Austin Dating Place Recommendations: Activities for Couples

With so many romantic date options ranging from secluded hiking trails to trendy restaurants, it can be hard to decide on the best romantic things to do in Austin. It’s not just residents who have recognized how fun and quirky Austin can be over the past 15 years. There are limitless date options in Austin, whether you’re planning a romantic date night with your significant other, the first date with someone you met online, or a double date with your best friends.

For your next date night (or day), here are 10 of the most romantic things to do in Austin!

Romantic Activities in Austin, TX

In Zilker Park have a picnic

A picnic at Zilker Park is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your partner.

This public park, southwest of downtown Austin, offers panoramic views of the city.

Zilker Park also includes a dog-friendly area where you can walk your dog and let him run free. The best part is that it’s absolutely free, and there’s plenty of space to walk around and hundreds of nice places to sit and enjoy a picnic.

With so many wonderful delis, wine shops and food trucks in Austin, it’s simple to pack a nice picnic full of delicious goodies.

Recreate a Texas-style Roman holiday

A young princess riding a Vespa through the medieval lanes of Rome with her arms wrapped tightly around a journalist is one of the most memorable love images of the previous century. Rent a Vespa for the day and tour downtown Austin to recreate that feeling with a Texas twist.

There are many fun, educational, historical and other attractions in and around downtown.

Traveling from place to place on a Vespa can make your evening romantic and interesting.

Take a look at the shops in South Congress

Whether you’re looking for local art at Parts and Labour, enjoying an ice cream at Amy’s, photographing the “I love you so much” mural at Jo’s, or just walking aimlessly hand in hand, SoCo is a favorite nighttime destination in Austin.

Enjoy a sunset cruise while seeing Austin’s iconic bats

The Congress Avenue Bats are one of Austin’s best-known sights.

People of all ages can enjoy a romantic sunset cruise.

You have one of the most romantic date nights in Austin when these two elements are combined. Many sunset cruises depart from a prime spot to watch Congress Street bats take their nocturnal flight (March through October) and watch the sunset over Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.

A guided kayak tour is a new option for those with a more adventurous mindset.

Embark on a trip down memory lane in Austin

Nothing quite captures the spirit of a drive-in theater quite like dual function from the front seat (or truck bed). Every night of the week, two local drive-ins show both new releases and classics in Austin. Then, share some popcorn for the ultimate romantic touch (or a milkshake with two straws).

Mount Bonnell is a great place to see the sunset

It’s been a popular Austin dating site and even a wedding venue since the 1800s! Mount Bonnell is a great place to see the sunset.
Mount Bonnell seems to have been a popular Austin dating site and even wedding venue since the 1800s! So pack some snacks and plan your outing for the sunset, and you’ll be ready to enjoy one of Austin’s most romantic activities.

Sara H. Byrd