Valentine's Day in Austin

Ideas for Romantic Activities

Looking for ideas for how to celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweetheart? Read on to learn about some of the most romantic activities in Austin.

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Ride a Horse-Drawn Carriage

Angeli Carriages
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One of the most romantic things to do in Austin is to take a ride through downtown in a horse-drawn carriage. Here are some companies that offer this:

02 of 08

Go Out to Dinner on Valentine's Day

Romantic dinner for two
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Dine at one of Austin's most romantic restaurants with your Valentine, where you can enjoy mood lighting and delicious food. These restaurants usually offer special menus and courses for Valentine's Day. If she's a foodie, consider Wink, which has a new menu every day that is built around locally sourced ingredients. Prefer a quiet home-like setting? Eastside Cafe is located in a little old house and even has an organic garden on-site. If it's over-the-top glamour you're looking for, head to Green Pastures in south Austin. The beautiful Victorian mansion will undoubtedly set the right mood.

03 of 08

Savor Dessert Together

Creme brulee and cappuccino at Eddie V's
Emily Starbuck Gerson

There's just something romantic about chocolate, and fortunately, Austin has some incredible places for sweet treats. Enjoy a decadent dessert with your honey for Valentine's Day. But if your honey is a vegan, she may not eat honey. Never fear. The Capital City Bakery and Sugar Circus Bakery both offer sweet treats for vegans. Looking for something a little more upscale? The 1886 Cafe & Bakery at the Driskill Hotel serves some of the city's finest pies in a drop-dead gorgeous setting. 

04 of 08

Have a Staycation

Westin Austin front desk
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Downtown Austin has dozens of unique and historic hotels. Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a romantic night together at one of downtown's best hotels. Is your significant other a music fan? Why not see a show at the Moody Theater and stay at one of the nearby hotels?

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05 of 08

See a Concert

The Continental Club on South Congress Avenue
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As the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin features countless shows across town every night. Enjoy a live show together at one of Austin's best music venues. If you don't mind a slightly cramped space, you simply can't lose by choosing the Continental Club. The crowd is friendly and the eclectic music is great every night of the week.

06 of 08

Visit Zilker Botanical Gardens

Zilker prehistoric garden
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The Zilker Botanical Gardens are 31 acres of greenery along the Colorado River. There are several themed gardens, including a romantic rose garden, a Japanese garden with koi fish, and a butterfly trail and garden. Enjoy a stroll with your Valentine in these beautiful gardens, which are free to visit. If you're planning to pop the question, the gardens have plenty of quiet areas where the two of you can enjoy that special moment alone. Here are a few more ideas for places to propose all over Austin. Good luck!

07 of 08

Share a Laugh

You’ve probably heard that laughter is the best medicine, but it can also be a powerful aphrodisiac. For standup comedy, Cap City Comedy is the premiere venue in town, but there’s actually a quiet comedy revolution happening all over town. In south Austin, there’s the upstart Institution Theater, which offers low-priced and sometimes free improv, sketch and standup shows. In north-central Austin, ColdTowne Theater offers edgy improv and a smattering of standup shows. On 6th Street, the Velveeta Room often features a mix of up-and-coming locals along with national-level rising stars. If wacky musical comedy is your thing, the venerated Esther’s Follies is right next door to the Velveeta Room.  

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Take a Hike

Woman sitting on top of Enchanted Rock
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The peace and quiet of a natural setting can help to calm the mind and allow you to truly enjoy each other’s company without distractions. The easiest spot to access in central Austin is the Barton Creek Greenbelt. But if you’re willing to take a short drive, there are excellent natural hideaways all over town. The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in west Austin will give you the opportunity to spot (or hear) the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. Reimer’s Ranch is an ideal choice if you want to take a long hike or go mountain biking during your getaway. Drive just a little farther west, and you can enjoy the oddly beautiful pink-granite dome known as Enchanted Rock. The Native Americans thought the rock had mystical powers, so maybe it will work wonders with your love life. 

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