The land of the Wild West, cowboys, barbeque and country music–the state of Texas in the USA stands for all things typically American. Also known as the ‘Lone Star State’, Texas is famous the world over for its eclectic cities like Dallas, Houston, and Austin; tourist attractions like The Alamo, Big Bend National Park, etc.; Southern hospitality, and mouthwatering food. For those looking for romantic things to do here, there is no dearth of options - from horseback riding through winery tours to fireworks displays; every kind of couple can find something to suit their tastes. First off, book your stay at the best beach houses or wellness retreats. To know more, scroll down to our suggestions for the top romantic things to do in Texas, the USA.
One of the best ways to end your romantic outing on a good note is by joining this Joy of Goats Airbnb Experience. At Ardor Wood Farm in Red Rock, just less than an hour from Austin, you’ll get to feed baby goats, especially the farm’s Nigerian Dairy Dwarf goats. After you meet and cuddle with your new friends, you can explore the trails of the 67-acre (27-hectare) property. You can most certainly make it a full-blown outdoor picnic and bring your own food!
Joy of Goats
Duration: 2 hours
2. Explore San Antonio Botanical Garden
A great way to spend the day in San Antonio is to explore the grounds of the city’s official 33-acre (13-hectare) botanical garden. One of the garden’s best features is Lucile Halsell Conservatory, a subterranean structure with greenhouses that envelop a courtyard. The structure was designed by Emilio Ambasz and has won architectural design awards. San Antonio Botanical Garden also features several gardens, a native area, and Sullivan Carriage House. Bring your loved one to this romantic attraction in San Antonio and immerse yourselves in nature!
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Address: 555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209, United States
Website: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
3. Dine, dance, or take a cruise at San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio Riverwalk is a network of walkways along the San Antonio River and is filled with the best things to do for your anniversary in Texas. There are museums, historic places, bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, etc. situated all along the Riverwalk. As a couple, you can take a private ride on one of the many Riverwalk barges and have a memorable time taking in the sights of the river. From there, head on over to a riverside restaurant for a romantic dinner. After dinner, enjoy live music, dancing, or theatre at a nightlife spot on the river. End your night with a moonlit stroll along the river bank.
San Antonio Riverwalk
Address: 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, United States
Website: San Antonio Riverwalk
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
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4. Stargaze at Big Bend National Park
What could be more romantic than falling asleep under the stars with your partner by your side? You can do just that at the Big Bend National Park in Texas. This national park has been designated as a ‘gold tier Dark Sky Park’ by The International Dark-Sky Association and is the perfect place to go stargazing in Texas. At its many idyllic stargazing spots, you can camp overnight, snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy hot drinks while gazing up at the Milky Way, constellations and the heavens illuminated by thousands of stars. This couple’s thing to do in Texas will light up your night!
5. Set sail on a Lake Conroe Cruise
Embark on a beautiful and very romantic cruise on the magnificent Lake Conroe located in Montgomery County, Texas. Go on a cocktail cruise or a lovely dinner cruise aboard a 131 feet (40 metres) paddle-wheeler vessel and enjoy a different take on Texas’ nightlife. Down delicious cocktails, tuck into a scrumptious dinner, listen to country classics played by the DJ, or take to the dance floor. For some quiet time, head out to the upper deck to enjoy forest views, breathe in the clean lake air, or simply watch the stars above.
Southern Empress Cruises
Address: 7037 Kingston Cove Ln, Willis, TX 77318, USA
Website: Southern Empress Cruises
Opening hours: as per cruise timings
Price: 19.95 USD onwards
6. Go on a date night at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Go on a county fair-style date at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, one of the most romantic places in Texas. Enjoy fun rides, delicious food, mesmerising views of the Texas Gulf Coast, and a night of pure fun at this pleasure pier. In this nostalgically themed amusement park, hop aboard one of the 16 rides or win a prize for your date at a midway game. Then slip into one of the restaurants for a romantic sitdown dinner or grab a funnel cake on the go. End the night with a spot of souvenir shopping on the pier.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Address: 2501 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
Opening hours: Sun - Mon: 11am - 7pm; Fri: 4pm - 8pm; Sat: 11am - 9pm (closed on Tue, Wed & Thu)
Price: 26.99 USD
7. Book a flight experience at Cavanaugh Flight Museum
If you and your partner are aviation enthusiasts, a visit to Cavanaugh Flight Museum will surely be a very romantic and fun thing to do in Texas. And even if you are not, visiting this museum will surely make for an interesting date as you admire vintage aircraft, historically significant planes, armoured vehicles, etc. You can even book a flight experience on a distinctive warbird aircraft that will see you soaring high above Texas in a one-of-a-kind WWII plane!
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Address: 4572 Claire Chennault St, Addison, TX 75001, United States
Website: Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm
Price: 12 USD
8. Enjoy dinner and a show at The Hobby Center
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, commonly known as ‘The Hobby Center’ is the perfect place to indulge in the classic American date night activity of dinner and a show. Situated in the heart of Houston, Texas, this performing arts venue hosts musicals, plays, Broadway shows, musicals, comedy shows, and many such acclaimed events that you can enjoy in one of the two acoustically distinguished theatres here. Admire the magnificent grand lobby and dine at a contemporary American cuisine restaurant here to round off your perfect romantic night out.
The Hobby Center
Address: 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002, United States
Website: The Hobby Center
Opening hours: as per show timings
Price: ticket prices vary
9. Watch the spectacular Freedom Over Texas Fireworks
For a truly American experience, you have to catch the 4th of July Freedom Over Texas Fireworks in Houston, Texas. Adding a romantic flair to patriotic fervour at this event are live music acts by renowned country music artists, an array of food and drink options in the form of food trucks, stalls and vendors, a beer garden, etc. Round off your fun romantic night by watching a stunning fireworks display.
Freedom Over Texas Fireworks
Address: Eleanor Tinsley Park, 18-3600 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019, United States
Website: Freedom Over Texas Fireworks
Opening hours: 4am - 10pm (only on 4th of July)
Price: 5 USD onwards
Go high up in Dallas, as high as 470 feet (143 metres), and see the best sights of the city with your partner by your side from Dallas Reunion Tower! One of the icons of Dallas, the Reunion Tower has a GeO-Deck that has an indoor observation deck from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the entire city. Or hold your partner’s hand and step out onto the outdoor deck to take in closeup views through high-definition zoom cameras. Round off your trip with a drink at the Cloud Nine bar or a romantic meal at the Five Sixty restaurant by Wolfgang Puck.
Dallas' Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Observation Ticket
Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Austin is one of the major cultural hubs in Texas. It does get unnervingly busy in this city, so in case you need to take a step back and slow down with your loved one, take them out for a scenic kayak tour under the sunset. This Airbnb Experience hosted by Gabriel Oso lets you enjoy the skyline views and scenic Austin vista from afar. Besides the equipment, drinks are included in this romantic tour. Beginners and experts are all welcome!
Scenic Sunset Bat Kayak Tour of Austin
Duration: 2 hours
If you’ve always wanted to be a cowboy or a cowgirl, you can make that dream come true in Texas! One of the best things for couples to do in Texas is horseback riding. Most operators will offer your half-day or full-day adventures that include riding lessons, leisurely trail rides, or endurance rides (for experienced riders) past scenic vistas. You will also have the opportunity to learn about horses and ranch activities. Some experiences even include a romantic picnic or a swim in a lake.
Horseback Adventures of Central Texas
Duration: 2 hours
The fertile lands of Texas are dotted with vineyards and wineries that make produce some of the best-tasting wines in the country. Spend some time indulging in romantic wining and dining during a winery tour in Texas. Take your pick from a range of winery tours that include a guided tour of the winery where you will learn about the winemaking process and then sample delicious wines paired perfectly well with light bites or a full three-course meal.
Marble Falls Winery Tour and 3-Course Meal with Wine
Duration: 2 hours
Love and romance in Texas
Though it may be called the Wild West or Deep South, visitors to Texas can also enjoy a range of romantic activities here. From horseback rides to dinner and a show, our list of the top romantic things to do in Texas, the USA has it all.
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