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Austin Date Ideas: 5 Ways to Have a Perfect Day [Or Night]

Published on August 12, 2021

2 girls walking outside on a date night in austin

Is your relationship hitting a plateau? Are you looking to woo that cutie you’ve been eyeing from afar? Or are you hoping to plan a fun solo date to get to know the best relationship partner you’ll ever have — yourself?

Whatever the case may be for you, you’re in luck. Austin is full of weird, whimsical and wonderful destinations perfect for any occasion, mood or sentiment. If you’re looking for the best date ideas in Austin, we’ve got you covered.

Best Austin Date Night Ideas

Whether you’re looking for a date idea that’s ultra-romantic, playful and silly, or healthy and active, check out these five date ideas for the perfect day (or night) in Austin:

1. Enjoy a Day at the Spa

Take a chill pill and relax with your loved one at Lake Austin Spa Resort on Quinlan Park Road. Choose from a wide variety of spa services and packages like the LakeHouse Half Day Away, which includes two 50-minute treatments and lunch, or the Austin 360: A Spa Experience for Two including 100-minute treatments each, champagne and light bites in the peaceful Bamboo Room.

2. Watch a Movie at a Drive-in Theater

What could be more romantic than an evening spent cozying up together in your car with blankets, pillows and a great movie under a starry sky? Drive-in movie theaters like MoonStruck Drive-In in Austin and Houston have serious date night potential — so put on some comfy clothes, pack the car with your most luxurious bedding items (duvet optional), and don’t forget the popcorn (not optional). Make your own popcorn with this healthy sweet sriracha popcorn recipe from Comeback Snacks.

3. Go on a Food Tour

Austin is full of delicious and diverse restaurants, so why just choose one for your next date? Austin Eats Food Tours offers guided food tours like the East Austin Happy Hour Tour and the Best of Austin Food Truck Tour, which would be perfect for foodie couples who don’t mind doing a little mixing and mingling during their date.

4. Take a Hike

If you’re looking for a date idea that’s a little more active, check out one of the many beautiful nature trails weaving their way through Austin. St. Edward’s Park and Trail is full of cacti, wildflowers and gorgeous places to stop and steal a kiss (or — dare we say — pop the question?).

Austin is well-known for its eclectic arts scene, so there are plenty of options if you’re looking for some inspiration and a romantic backdrop for your next date. Plus, in case you’re worried about any awkward lulls in the conversation, a modern art gallery like the Contemporary Austin is sure to provide an interesting discussion point or two.

Looking for more things to do in Austin?  

Fun Things To Do in Austin

1. Do you love ice cream? Of course you do! Visit the cool and creamy Museum of Ice Cream opening this summer for a dreamy, dairy-filled wonderland.

2. Calling all bibliophiles: The Texas Book Festival is back with both in-person and virtual events this fall.

3. Don’t miss the Black is Beautiful exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art, which features the work of activist and photographer Kwame Brathwaite who challenged beauty norms of the era. 

4. Treat yourself to experiencing new music at the drop-in summer concert series. This limited series showcases local artists.

5. Cheer for the local soccer team and admire a new set of rotating murals by local artists showcased during Austin FC’s home matches.

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The Author
Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. She enjoys long walks, iced coffee on tap, and discovering all the latest and greatest health and wellness trends.

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