Drive in movie-Blue Starlite Austin- This mini urban drive-in is located in the middle of the city and is perfect for a relaxing night out filled with stargazing, classic movies, and room for icebreaker questions. With a backdrop of trees and an excellent view of the downtown skyline, Blue Starlite is a great date option.
Blanton Museum of Art- If you’re looking for some great photo-ops and a time to walk around while enjoying special, modern art pieces, Blanton is for you! Blanton is described as “Where Art Meets Austin,” so it is perfect if you want to learn more about the talent present in Austin while spending quality time with your significant other.
Peter Pan Mini Golf- Peter Pan Mini Golf is a wonderful opportunity for a fun, joke-filled date! It’s also a part of Austin culture and has been open since 1948. Peter Pan is a family establishment, filled with laid-back staff, and snow cone stands! Simply put, this date idea is a hole-in-one!
Mt. Bonnell- The breathtaking views and active style make Mt. Bonnell a great bonding experience. Enjoy each other’s company alongside a beautiful panoramic of Lake Austin.
360 Overlook- Similar to Mt. Bonnell, the 360 overlook is a perfect romantic outing, including a slightly challenging hike with quite the rewarding view, not to mention the incredible photo-ops and potential memories.
Mozart’s- Another “Austin original”, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is an impeccable spot to just learn more about someone over a delicious latte and fresh-baked pastry, while listening to live music, all while hearing the calming sounds of Lake Austin. Mozart’s also takes pride in the fact that they are a spot where many first dates have occured, a tradition we hope you will continue.
Zipline Tour- While on the pricier side, Lake Travis Zipline Adventure offers a three hour excursion, including all the equipment, boat transportation, as well as a time to allow your adventurous side to arise.
The Oasis on Lake Travis- Beautiful views of Lake Travis, delicious food, live music and dancing lessons create a romantic, sentimental vibe.
Violet Crown Theatre- Violet Crown is a cinema designated to showing international and studio films, documentaries, as well as independent and indie films. They also offer food and drinks that you can enjoy while relaxing in their state of the art chairs and theatres! It’s location allows for time to explore more of Downtown Austin and also watch movies with your significant other!
Crux Climbing Center- Adventurous, athletic, enduring, and challenging! Crux Climbing Center in Austin has free and harnessed climbing, bouldering, as well as yoga and fitness! Step, or climb, out of your comfort zone during this fun date idea.
Roast Marshmellows at Halcyon- Halcyon, defined as peaceful and carefree, is a coffee lounge located in downtown Austin. While the lounge turns into a bar at night, there are also teen options, including roasting marshmellows for smores while being surrounded by beautiful Austin skyscrapers, while drinking delicious coffees and even trying crepes.
Roller skating at Austin Roller Rink- Arcade games, roller skating, flashing lights and throwback jams are all wonderful qualities of the Austin Roller Rink. Enjoy a night out full of laughter, and testing skills!
Austin Central Library- One of my personal favorites out of this list is the Austin Central Library. Within the six-story building are thousands of books, innovative learning centers, as well as a spot where you and your date can learn more about eachother’s ideas and aspirations. After all, the library is described as an “incubator for ideas.”
Bowling at Union Underground- Located on the University of Texas campus, Union Underground bowling is on the cheaper side, price wise, and is designed to appeal to students. With frequent glow-in-the-dark events, the 12-lane bowling site is perfect if you are wishing to show off your competitive side.
Food Truck Night- While there are many food truck options around town, a personal favorite of mine is Mellizoz Tacos. It is delicious, inexpensive, and is located near South Congress, another place that is always exciting to explore. The tacos, street corn, and location allow for a relaxed date spot, room for conversation over good food, and an all around great date while trying new food.
Written by: Camryn Horst, Co-Editor & Lifestyle Editor