Austin may be well known as a destination where you will probably focus on stuffing copious amounts of barbecued meats in your mouth, but believe it or not, the capital of Texas offers plenty for romantics to enjoy, too. From upscale movie theaters to paddle boats shaped like giant swans, here are the most romantic things to do in Austin.
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The historic Paramount Theater is one of the few places in Austin where people feel obligated to dress well. The gloriously ornate decor just seems to demand it. The theater hosts everything from ballet to stand-up comedy. Whatever the event, it’s an ideal site for a special date.
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One of the highest points in Austin, Mount Bonnell offers a stunning view of the entire city. Although you may not be entirely alone, the viewing area is big enough for the two of you to find a cozy little space for two.
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Capital Cruises rents swan-shaped pedal boats at Lady Bird Lake by the hour. What could say “I love you” better than agreeing to be seen inside a massive waterfowl? But seriously, laughter can be one of the most potent aphrodisiacs.
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Mayfield Park in northwest Austin is home to a whole flock of peacocks strutting their stuff year-round. Stroll through the lush grounds or enjoy a picnic amid all this courtship activity, and something’s bound to happen.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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The Violet Crown Cinema approaches movie going as a special event. The floors aren’t sticky, the seats are comfortable, and it’s never crowded. The theater features thought-provoking independent films that invite conversation and coffee afterward.
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The glamorous old hotel oozes romance, from its marble staircases to its crystal chandeliers. It’s also home to an upscale restaurant and one of the best bars in Austin. And other downtown fun spots are a short walk away.