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A definitive list of the best Austin date ideas

Katey Psencik

So you’ve got a new boyfriend or girlfriend. Or just somebody you really like. Or you’re trying to freshen things up with your longtime partner. Regardless of what (or who) you fancy, this definitive list of great Austin date ideas (which we’ll keep updated as we think of more) is for you.

  1. Tour one of Austin’s many breweries, wineries or distilleries.
  2. Go rollerskating at Playland.
  3. Go to a drive-in movie.
  4. Go on a ghost tour downtown.
  5. Go to a concert at one of Austin’s legendary live music venues.
  6. Go for a hike on one of Austin’s many trails.
  7. Go to a reading at BookPeople (or just go buy some books). 
  8. Take cutesy photos in front of Austin’s iconic murals.
  9. Get cultured at the Blanton Museum of Art.
  10. Learn how to salsa dance.
  11. Go bowling (and scarf down some cheese enchiladas) at Dart Bowl.
  12. Go see an improv show at Coldtowne or The Hideout.
  13. Go taste-testing around Austin to find the best margarita in town.
  14. Write poems to each other at the typewriter in the tower of the Elisabet Ney Museum.
  15. Have a romantic oyster happy hour at Clark’s or Perla’s.
  16. Go for a jog (or, hey, a walk) on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake.
  17. Turn up the romance at candlelight yoga.
  18. Listen to some jazz at the Elephant Room or blues at the Skylark Lounge.
  19. Figure out who really has the best ice cream in Austin. A lot of testing may be required.
  20. Watch the sun set at Mount Bonnell.
  21. Check out the peacocks at Mayfield Park and Preserve.
  22. Go to a Round Rock Express game, a Texas Stars game or watch the Longhorns play.
  23. Take a tour of a Hill Country winery then end the day at the Salt Lick for dinner.
  24. Go rock climbing on Lake Travis.
  25. Wait in line at Franklin (everyone’s got to do it once).
  26. Take two-stepping lessons at the Broken Spoke.
  27. Have a staycation weekend (or night) at one of Austin’s hotels.
  28. Watch the sun set at The Oasis.
  29. Go pet other people’s dogs at some of Austin’s dog-friendly bars.
  30. Take a very Texas road trip.
  31. Feeling adventurous? Try aerial or partner yoga.
  32. Go to a painting night (they’re usually BYOB).
  33. Go for a ride on the Austin Steam Train.
  34. Have a romantic dinner.
  35. Stay in and stream some of your favorite ‘90s cartoons.
  36. Go beat a bunch of 10-year-olds at laser tag.
  37. Grab your favorite local Austin brew and play putt-putt at Peter Pan Mini Golf.
  38. Go float the river in San Marcos or New Braunfels.
  39. Take a stroll on the boardwalk along Lady Bird Lake.
  40. Watch the bats come out at dusk.
  41. Play old-school video games at Pinballz.
  42. Buy a cupcake out of an ATM.
  43. Embrace the heat and eat dinner outdoors.
  44. Paint your own ceramics at Ceramic Bayou or Cafe Monet.
  45. Try the best food truckstacos and barbecue in Austin.
  46. Check out one of Austin’s hotel pools that offer free hours or day passes for locals.
  47. See who’s a better singer at karaoke.
  48. Go for a swim at one of Central Texas’ watering holes.
  49. Taste-test everybody’s favorite food group at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.
  50. Feel like a kid again at one of Austin’s trampoline parks.
  51. Volunteer together.
  52. Taste all of Austin’s best milkshakes.
  53. Go bouldering at one of Austin’s rock gyms, like the Austin Bouldering Project or Crux Climbing Center.
  54. Have a picnic.
  55. Go camping.
  56. Eat at one of Austin’s best restaurants.
  57. Go see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse or Violet Crown.
  58. Take a day trip to the San Marcos River to go kayaking.
  59. Race your date at K1 Speed.
  60. Swing away at TopGolf.
  61. Test your relationship with a trip to IKEA.
  62. Challenge each other to games at Main Event or Dave and Buster’s.
  63. Feel free at Hippie Hollow (hey, we’re not here to judge).
  64. Play Skee Ball for free at Full Circle.
  65. Jump in literally any body of water you can find (in Texas, it’s swimming season year-round).
  66. Take a day trip to Schlitterbahn or Fiesta Texas.
  67. Go dancing at Barbarella.
  68. See what skydiving is like (without the actual jumping-out-of-a-plane thing) at iFly.
  69. Actually go skydiving.
  70. Try to win some money at Bingo.
  71. Check out one of Austin’s many, many, many festivals.

Do you have any more ideas we missed? Leave them in the comments!