Top 19 Romantic Things To Do In Texas, USA - Updated 2024

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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 in Texas. You can also stay in a wellness retreat and have yourselves pampered over the weekend. To know more, scroll down to our suggestions for the top romantic things to do in Texas, USA.

1. Explore Space Center Houston (from USD 29.95)

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Embark on an out-of-this-world adventure as you explore Space Center Houston in Texas. This captivating attraction offers a unique opportunity to delve into the wonders of space exploration and the rich history of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Immerse yourself in interactive exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, and engaging presentations that showcase the achievements and advancements in space technology.

Experience the thrill of a simulated space mission, witness astronaut training demonstrations, and even meet real astronauts who have ventured beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Discover the inner workings of space travel, from mission control to astronaut living quarters, and gain a deeper appreciation for the scientific and technological marvels that make space exploration possible.

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Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

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2. Experience immersive art at Hopscotch (from USD 24.0)

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Immerse yourself in a world of interactive art at Hopscotch, a unique and captivating experience in Texas. This immersive art installation takes you on a journey through a series of vibrant and imaginative rooms, where you become an active participant in the art itself. Engage all your senses as you walk, play, and interact with the visually stunning and thought-provoking installations. From whimsical landscapes to mind-bending illusions, each room offers a new adventure and a chance to explore your creativity.

Capture Instagram-worthy photos as you discover hidden surprises, jump into ball pits, and lose yourself in a sea of colors. Hopscotch provides an opportunity to let your imagination run wild and embrace the joy of artistic expression.

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San Antonio: Hopscotch Immersive Art Experience Ticket

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3. Bond with baby goats (from USD 38.0)

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!

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Joy of Goats

Duration: 2 hours

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4. Explore San Antonio Botanical Garden

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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)

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5. Dine, dance, or take a cruise at San Antonio Riverwalk

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San Antonio Riverwalk is a network of walkways along the San Antonio River and is filled with the best things to do 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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6. Stargaze at Big Bend National Park

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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 superb attraction in Texas for couples has been designated as a ‘gold tier Dark Sky Park’ by The International Dark-Sky Association and is the perfect place to go romantic stargazing.

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.

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7. Set sail on a Lake Conroe Cruise

Posted by Southern Empress on Monday, 23 December 2019

Embark on a beautiful and very romantic cruise on one of the magnificent lakes in Texas. Go on a cocktail cruise or a lovely dinner cruise aboard a 131 feet (40 meters) 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

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8. Go on a date night at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

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Need honeymoon ideas in Texas? Go on a county fair-style date at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, one of the most romantic places to visit in Texas for couples. Enjoy fun rides, delicious food, mesmerizing 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 sit-down 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

Website: Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Opening hours: Sun - Mon: 11am - 7pm; Fri: 4pm - 8pm; Sat: 11am - 9pm (closed on Tue, Wed & Thu)

Price: 26.99 USD

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9. Book a flight experience at Cavanaugh Flight Museum

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If you and your partner are aviation enthusiasts, one of the best places to visit in Texas is the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. And even if you are not, visiting this museum will surely make for an interesting date as you admire vintage aircraft, historically significant planes, armored 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

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10. Enjoy dinner and a show at The Hobby Center

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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

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11. Watch the spectacular Freedom Over Texas Fireworks

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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 fervor 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, vendors, a beer garden, and more. Furthermore, the stunning fireworks display here makes any couple’s vacation in Texas truly memorable.

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

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12. Take in panoramic city views from Dallas Reunion Tower (from USD 24.0)

Visiting the Reunion Tower, which is 470 feet (143 meters) high, is definitely one of the fun things to do as a couple in Dallas! An iconic spot in the city, this tower has a GeO-Deck that has an indoor observation deck from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the concrete jungle. 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 romantic weekend getaway in Texas with a drink at the Cloud Nine bar or a romantic meal at the Five Sixty restaurant by Wolfgang Puck.

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Dallas' Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Observation Ticket

Duration: 45 to 60 minutes

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13. Ride the Wyler Aerial Tramway

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Located at Franklin Mountains State Park, the Wyler Aerial Tramway offers a ride through the east side of the mountains where you will be able to catch sight of rugged mountains and breathtaking formations throughout your ride. Soar 5,632 feet above sea level as you ride through 3 states and 2 nations. Don’t forget to catch sight of running wildlife such as reptiles and various birds and insects while you are at it! Before you leave, feel free to also check out the gift shop at the platform and bring home some memorable souvenirs as a remembrance of this four-minute ride.

Wyler Aerial Tramway

Address: X221999A0000100, El Paso, TX 79930, United States

Website: Wyler Aerial Tramway

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14. Book a romantic train ride aboard a historic steam train

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Complete your night with a romantic train ride abroad a historic steam train, where you ride through the beautiful lands of the Piney Woods, listening to the slow yet peaceful rumblings made by the steam train, and enjoy the clear night sky all at the same time. Come travel on a historic steam train and live the life you only see in movies!

Romantic train ride aboard a historic steam train

Address: 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, TX 75801

Website: Romantic train ride aboard a historic steam train

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15. Take a sunset stroll along Matagorda Beach

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While you are in Texas, never miss the chance to visit the beach. Take a sunset stroll along the Matagorda Beach, enjoy the sea breeze and let the soft sand under your feet get in between your toes as you relax with your partner. It’s always a good idea to spend some quiet romantic time with your loved one on the beach, especially when you are on your honeymoon. And what’s a better way to spend your romantic time than being able to set foot on the beautiful Matagorda Beach?

Matagorda Beach

Address: TX 77457, USA

Website: Matagorda Beach

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16. Enjoy a picnic at Mount Bonnell

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Enjoy a beautiful view from the top of Mount Bonnell while you indulge yourself with a picnic session. Mount Bonnell offers a tranquil green environment where you can escape from the city buzz and spend some private time with your loved one. Apart from it being an ideal picnic spot, Mount Bonnell is also known for its history and various developments throughout the years. Take this chance to experience more of Texas local lifestyle as well!

Mount Bonnell

Address: 3800 Mount Bonnell Rd Austin, Texas 78731

Website: Mount Bonnell

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17. Kayak into the sunset (from USD 49.0)

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!

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Scenic Sunset Bat Kayak Tour of Austin

Duration: 2 hours

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18. Go horseback riding past scenic landscapes (from USD 195.0)

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.

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Horseback Adventures of Central Texas

Duration: 2 hours

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19. Sample exquisite wines on winery tours (from USD 75.0)

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.

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Marble Falls Winery Tour and 3-Course Meal with Wine

Duration: 2 hours

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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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