17 Romantic Getaways Near Austin, TX - Updated 2024

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Welcome to the Lone Star State. Texas offers landscapes as varied as pine forests, deserts, and the gorgeous sandy beaches of the gulf coast in which to unwind with your significant other. Not only that but it is home to all manner of large cities housing everything from charming romantic eateries to out-of-this-world experiences - quite literally, in the case of NASA’s Space Center in Houston. Base yourself in the state capital of Austin and you’ll find plenty to suit all manner of romantic tastes - be it its handy position close to the Hill Country or the city’s array of parks and their host of hiking and swimming opportunities. But if you’d also like to see the romantic getaway options that exist in the wider state, the city is a handy location from which to launch yourself into a memorable Texas vacation. If you don’t know where to stay just yet, check out the charming boutique hotels in the city or book a gorgeous cabin near Seguin closer to Austin. Read on for some of the romantic getaways near Austin, TX.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to couple-friendly amenities and activities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 31, 2024.

1. Georgetown (from USD 101)

Couples looking for the perfect blend of laid-back and adventure can have Georgetown as their next destination for unique getaways near Austin. The art galleries, breweries, and parks all offer easygoing diversions but the exciting hiking trails, caverns, Blue Hole, and Lake Georgetown feed a dose of adventure to thrill-seeking pairs. For dining and shopping galore, the historic downtown wouldn’t disappoint.

With plenty of things to do in Georgetown, you’ll need a relaxing place to stay after a day of immersion. Comfort Suites, as its name suggests, is a comfortable retreat that can indulge you and your partner with soothing soaks in its indoor pool and hot tub. With complimentary perks such as WiFi and parking included, it’s easy to stay connected and have a hassle-free road trip.

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Comfort Suites

Address: 11 Waters Edge Cir
58.93 km (36.7 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the property was clean and it was a quiet stay
all have welcomed my early arrival and some have accelerated cleaning a room to accommodate me
clean close to everywhere
Host:
the staff is always friendly and helpful
safe quiet and friendly friendly staff around
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2. Bee Cave (from USD 169)

When else will you heed the buzz of Bee Cave? Located 17 miles (27.36 kilometers) west of Austin, this gem in Texas is an ideal destination for relaxation and entertainment. Creating memories with your beloved here is great at any time of the year, thanks to the year-round activities and attractions available for tourists.

An intimate and romantic weekend filled with buzzing recreation can be spent with a cruise at Lake Travis, a stroll at Bee Cave Sculpture Park, and some pampering in a luxurious accommodation. If you plan to soak up the sun, the outdoor pool of Sonesta Bee Cave Austin would be an indulging affair. This contemporary hotel also features a gym, restaurant, and parking within its 3.5-star premises.

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Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hill Country

Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille

Address: 12525 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave
47.43 km (29.5 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
new clean space if our room hospitality
Host:
the staff is great and very accommodating
super friendly staff who went out of there way to make our stay very special
Location:
nice hotel in a great location
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3. Wimberley (from USD 205)

Wimberley Texas Downtown 3
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One of the sleepiest cities in Texas is Wimberley in Hays County. The drive from Austin will take around 45 minutes, so getting to Wimberley shouldn’t be a stretch. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway and just want to spend time with your partner without any other distractions, Wimberley’s your answer. There’s not much to see in town. You have all the time in the world to gush over your loved one and rekindle the fire in your romance. For a nice place to stay in the city, book a room at the modest Hotel Flora and Fauna.

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Hotel Flora and Fauna

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 400 River Rd
61.77 km (38.4 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Pets allowed Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking Internet services

4. New Braunfels (from USD 84)

Independence Day Parade, New Braunfels
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If you’re looking for romantic getaways for couples away from the hustle of Austin and in a place that’s more peaceful but also has lively shenanigans, don’t bat your eye on New Braunfels. This historic city is one of the German settlements of the colonial attempt in 1845. Its best landmarks and attractions include Comal and Guadalupe rivers, as well as Gruene Historic District and Natural Bridge Caverns.

Should you decide to stay in this picturesque city, a nice and cozy hotel that you can book is Best Western Inn and Suites.

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Best Western Inn & Suites

Wheelchair accessible

Address: 1493 N I-H 35
76.14 km (47.4 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

5. San Marcos (from USD 108)

Hays county courthouse historic district 2013
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Larry D. Moore used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Just less than 40 minutes of drive from Austin is the equally lively city of San Marcos. One of the quirkiest attractions in the city must be the Virtual Mermaid March, which is a public art project that features giant mermaids installed throughout San Marcos. To make your trip extra romantic, reserve a spot at Meadows Center Glass Bottom Boat Tours. When the sun sets, make your way to the city’s hottest brewery, AquaBrew, which is located within a short distance of the downtown square. If you decide to spend a few days, opt for the charming bed and breakfast. One such property in San Marcos is Crystal River Inn.

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Crystal River Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 326 West Hopkins Street
53.09 km (33.0 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking

6. San Antonio (from USD 237)

Tower of Americas
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If you’re after a romantic setting then you’re sure to find it in this busy city less than 2 hours (80 miles/129km) from Austin. The San Antonio River Walk, with its numerous restaurants, shops and hotels, will make for a charming location for a romantic evening stroll. And speaking of great locations for a romantic meal - why not stop over at the city’s iconic Tower of the Americas - a 750ft tall (229-metre) tower which is topped by a revolving restaurant offering fine panoramic views. The wider city’s rich colonial roots will also make for a charming setting during your visit - with the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park sitting within a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to four 18th Spanish religious missions and a host of trails. The city is also home to the iconic and world-famous Alamo fort.

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Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 123 Losoya
125.6 km (78.1 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

7. Corpus Christi (from USD 143)

South Padre Island - January 2011 - panoramio
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Todd Dwyer used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico - roughly 200 miles/320km (3 hours 20 minutes by road) to the south, Corpus Christi’s bay setting has resulted in a number of sheltered beaches on which to unwind and listen to the sound of the surf. The Padre and Mustang Islands are also worth checking out. Padre Island is actually part of a national seashore park that is home to endangered sea turtles and a range of migratory bird. Mustang Island - an 18-mile long barrier island - is also home to a near 4000-acre (1600-hectare) state park as well as a host of beaches and even a paddling trail. The city’s north beach - with its trail, Ferris wheel, restaurant and large aquarium - will also make for a pleasant romantic stroll. Other noted landmarks include the USS Lexington, a preserved WW2 aircraft carrier which today functions as a museum. Emerald Beach Hotel, one of the most romantic hotels near Austin, is a nice place to spend your vacation.

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Emerald Beach Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 1102 South Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi City Center, Corpus Christi (TX), United States, 78401
262.56 km (163.2 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

8. Fredericksburg (from USD 179)

Vereins Kirche July 2017 1 (Vereins Kirche and Marktplatz)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Michael Barera used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Wine lovers seeking a romantic tour of wineries will probably want to check out Fredricksburg during their trip, just 1 hour 30 minutes west of Austin (78 miles/126km). The area around the city is noted for its wine connections, so you’ll find plenty of tasty drops of aqua vita during your stay. And, while wandering between the wineries, the likes of the city’s Market Square is home to parkland in which to enjoy a pleasant picnic with your significant other. And those who enjoy a stroll around historic architecture will also find much to recommend - from the replica 19th-century German church at the Vereins Kirche Museum to the restored 19th-century army fort at Fort Martin Scott.

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Fredericksburg Inn and Suites

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 201 South Washington Street
134.05 km (83.3 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms

9. Dripping Springs (from USD 145)

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Say hello to one of the wedding capitals of Texas and one of the best weekend getaways near Austin. The small town charms of Dripping Springs and its location at the ‘gateway’ to Texas Hill Country, has made it a popular spot. Indeed, those who enjoy their outdoor charms will no doubt be tempted to take on the trails within the sizeable Hill Country area - with rolling peaks that typically rise 4-500 feet (122 to 152 metres) on average. Those who don’t want to stray too far may also wish to check out the likes of Dripping Springs Ranch Park and its 110 acres (45 hectares) of woodland and hiking trails. And, as with the previous entry on the list, Dripping Springs is noted for the range of distilleries, wineries and breweries that can be found in the local area. What’s more, it’s only 30 minutes west of Austin - 23.4 miles/37.6km - making it a short hop from your Texas base.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Dripping Springs - Austin Area, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 333 East Hwy 290
58.16 km (36.2 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry Facilities for disabled guests

10. Galveston (from USD 87)

The Aquarium at Moody Gardens
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If your idea of a romantic vacation is a fun-filled adventure that will lift the spirits of you and your partner, then you may wish to consider visiting the island city of Galveston, some 215 miles/346km (3 hours 20 minutes away) from Austin. It is home to all manner of amusement park rides at the likes of Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier - including a romantic Ferris Wheel. Moody Gardens, with its massive glass pyramids housing a menagerie of exotic animals, is another noted site worth checking out.

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Beachfront Palms Hotel Galveston

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 5914 Seawall Boulevard
274.39 km (170.5 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Pets allowed 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Business centre

11. Waco (from USD 173)

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Located just over 90 minutes northeast of Austin (around 102 miles/164km) this city that sits along the banks of the Brazos River is another excellent destination for weekend getaways from Austin. A popular 7-mile (11km) walk along both banks of the river would make for a relaxing way to spend time with your loved one.

What’s more, one end of the route finishes at the Cameron Park Zoo, with its mix of lions, meerkats, and otters to enchant onlookers. The zoo is part of a wider 416-acre (168-hectare) park which boasts picnic spots alongside disc golf and playgrounds. If you’d rather visit cultural sites, the city is home to the likes of the Waco Mammoth National Monument and its bones of two dozen mammoths. And if the city’s roasting summer temperatures get too much, a visit to the popular Hawaiian Falls water park should help you to cool off.

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Hilton Waco

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 113 South University Parks Drive
161.17 km (100.2 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Terrace

12. Seguin (from USD 110)

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One of the oldest towns in the state, Seguin boasts Art Deco architectural gems and a number of artificial lakes and reservoirs. What’s more, it is just an hour to the south of Austin (52 miles/84km), making it a hassle-free destination for a day trip on your romantic break. You’ll find plenty to see. Indeed, a raft of building projects in the 1930s means that the city is home to some fine examples of Art Deco architecture at the city hall, courthouse and fountain, while Seguin’s age has seen its downtown area added to the country’s National Register of Historic Places. And if you time your visit right, your trip may just coincide with one of three large parades that take place in the city every year. Those who crave a bit of fun will also enjoy the likes of Lake Dunlap.

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Hampton Inn Seguin

Address: 1130 Larkin Ave, Seguin, TX, USA, 78155
75.17 km (46.8 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Express check-in/check-out Free parking Family rooms On-site parking Safety deposit box Physical distancing rules followed Lift

13. Dallas (from USD 191)

White Rock Lake Sunset
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Dallas is home to all manner of attractions. If you prefer natural charms than the tree-lined paths of the Dallas Arboretum - a botanical garden set on the shores of the White Rock Lake reservoir (pictured) - will prove a pleasant diversion, as too would the 95-acre Dallas Zoo and its 2000 different animal species. Those looking to experience the cityscape, meanwhile, will likely want to head for the 171ft (52-metre) tall Reunion Tower, which enjoys great views of the skyscrapers of the downtown area. And culture fans will love the museums of the Cultural District. Throw in the myriad restaurants you’d expect in any large city and you will find plenty to keep you and your loved one occupied if you’re prepared to embark on the 3-hour (195 mile/314km) journey from Austin. Check out one of the romantic hotels near Austin, Magnolia Hotel Downtown Dallas, for a cozy place to stay.

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Magnolia Hotel Downtown Dallas

Wifi Available

Address: 1401 Commerce Street
300.41 km (186.7 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning

14. Smithville (from USD 181)

Buescher state park 2007
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Larry D. Moore used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Up to now, your romantic destinations have focused upon two of the state’s big cities, but if you prefer the charms of a small town, then you may wish to consider Smithville, just 45 miles (73km) or a 46-minute drive southeast of Austin. Although it is technically a ‘city’, its population is less than 4000, so you won’t be crammed in among huddled masses during your stay.

It is also home to a number of ‘Mom and Pop’ stores and eateries, for that authentic small-town American experience as you wander through the downtown area. Time your visit right and your trip may coincide with one of the town’s popular annual festivals - such as the Jamboree, which has been running for more than 60 years, or the Festival of Lights.

The rural setting of Smithville will also appeal to romantics who plan to enjoy the great outdoors for a weekend trip from Austin. Just outside the town lies the 1000-acre (405-hectare) Buescher State Park.

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Katy House Bed and Breakfast

Wifi Available

Address: 201 Ramona Street
34.24 km (21.3 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Garden Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Express check-in/check-out Heating WiFi Available Free WiFi

15. Stonewall

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One of the historic small towns in Texas is Stonewall, which is over an hour’s drive from the vibrant Austin. The town was named after Thomas J. Jackson, a confederate general who, in 1870, founded a staging post near the area. Stonewall is known for being the birthplace of Lyndon B. Johnson, who served as the 36th President of the United States. While there are not that many tourist attractions in this unincorporated community, it sure provides a picturesque backdrop for couples on the hunt for their next romantic getaway. Check-in at Rose Hill Manor and start cuddling up with your loved one.

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Rose Hill Retreat AAA Four Diamond Inn

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 2614 Upper Albert Road
113.2 km (70.4 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests

16. Cedar Creek (from USD 324)

Cedar creek UMC
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Larry D. Moore used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If getting away from all the stresses of the world is what you need with your loved one right now, Cedar Creek may be the answer to your problems. It may quite possibly be one of the idyllic towns in Texas. It is about a 30-minute drive from Austin and has no other major attractions than its own park, Cedar Creek County Park. If staying in without any interruptions sounds good to you, you really cannot go wrong with spending your romantic getaway here. One of our highly recommended places to stay in town is Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa.

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road
4.37 km (2.8 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court

17. Houston (from USD 395)

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Another Texas city that is out of this world - almost literally in this case. Houston is the fourth largest city within the USA - so there’s naturally plenty to see and do. Those who love everything space-related will be in heaven, with the city’s close links to NASA on a show for all to see at the likes of Space Center Houston and the space agency’s astronaut training complex. Of course, the reason for your visit is romance rather than science, but in that regard, you are equally well catered for. The downtown area’s Theater District is the location of the famous Houston Grand Opera - perfect for a musical night on the town (pictured). What’s more, it’s only a 2-hour 30-minute drive away from Austin (165 miles/266km).

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The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Wifi Available

Address: 111 N Post Oak Ln
199.2 km (123.8 mi) from The Dinosaur Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Sauna

Romantic getaways in Texas

A state the size of Texas has plenty going for it when looking for a romantic getaway - be it the beaches of the gulf coast, the bustling cities of Houston and Dallas, or the walking and wineries of the smaller towns. Upon learning all these stirring stops, where will you head to enjoy a romantic weekend getaway near Austin?

Frequently Asked Questions about the best romantic getaways near Austin


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