Looking for some romantic activities in Austin? The Lone Star capital has it all and then some. Whether you’re looking for a classic candlelit dinner or something a bit more creative, there’s something for every occasion. Plan an epic date for your special someone with these suggestions of the most romantic things to do in Austin. Happy swooning.
7 of the Most Romantic Things to do in Austin
1. Enjoy a classic dinner for two
It’s no secret that Austin is home to arguably the best food scene in Texas. The capital city is chock full of restaurants run by some of the Lone Star state’s best chefs ready to pull out all the stops for the dinner of a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for a swanky brasserie oozing with French pizazz or a classic steak dinner complete with an extensive wine list and white linens, there’s something for everyone. Check out our picks for Austin’s best date-night joints here.
2. Cosy up at the drive-in
Whisk your lover off to one of America’s most iconic and nostalgic eras in the days of drive-in movie theatres to the uber retro Blue Starlite urban drive-in. This cosy drive-in is the perfect way to spend an evening together while enjoying a classic flick from your car. Now more than ever, it’s important to have accessible date ideas that are safe and distanced. Drive-in movie theatres fit the bill. Amp it up with some takeout dinner and blankets.
3. Lace up your boots for an afternoon hike
Austin is known for many things – among them, an incredible host of urban hiking trails perfect for an afternoon together in the great outdoors. The Barton Creek Greenbelt alone consists of 13 miles of trails, some of them the best in the state. Then there’s the Ann and Roy Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which follows 10 miles of leafy lakeside and skyline views. Looking for a real escape from the city? The 227-acre Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is loaded with hiking trails weaving through the lush woods.
4. Get boozy together with some local spirits, brews and vinos
Austin’s bumping food scene is matched with an equally impressive host of local breweries, vineyards and distilleries. What better way to mark your love than by clinking a few glasses of local goods? Hit up the famous Deep Eddy Vodka distillery to get your fill of speciality cocktails or flights made with Austin’s favourite. Or how about the Still Austin Whiskey Co. which holds the title for first whiskey distillery in Austin since the prohibition era. There are loads to choose for winos and brew lovers from like the Flat Creek Estate Winery over in Marble Falls and St. Elmo Brewing Co. in South Austin.
5. Stroll Mayfield Park hand in hand
Head up to W 35th in northwest Austin, and you’ll find Mayfield Park. This stunning manicured park is made up of 30 different gardens perfect for strolling on a sunny afternoon and having a picnic. Best part? The park is famous for its colourful residents – peacocks. That’s right, keep an eye out for the countless peacocks strutting their stuff around the grounds.
6. Enjoy a romantic stay at a luxury resort
Looking to really amp up the swoon factor? Book a night or two at one of Austin’s many luxury hotels. Head to Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa for the ultimate pampering or opt for the Hotel Granduca perched hilltop and loaded with Italian flair and Mediterranean Romance. Either way, you’re in for the escape of a lifetime.
7. Indulge in iconic Texan fare
If you’re trying to a craft a date that is messy, fun and all about the experience, then a BBQ feast is a must. Austin is known for some of the best-smoked meats the Lone Star state has to offer. Bring a bib, hit up one of the cities most beloved bbq joints and spend the day chowing down on brisket and brews that can only be described as damn good. The usual suspects with lines out the door are Franklin and Terry Black’s.