Spring in Austin is wrapping up with summer on its heels, and that means it's time to grab your honey for a romantic night under the stars (or city lights, depending on where you go). Here are a few of our top suggestions.
Gaze at the stars
Every Wednesday night you can gaze at the stars from campus with UT's Department of Astronomy. The department hosts can't-miss "star parties" at the telescope on the roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall.
Catch a movie at the drive-in
Yes, Austin has an old-school drive-in movie theater. The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in shows all your childhood and pop culture favorites, indie films, and cult classics. So bring some blankets and pillows, snuggle up with your sweetie, and pretend like you've been transported back to the 1950s. (Bonus points if you work in a Grease reference at least once during the date.)
Try your hand at beach volleyball
Blow off some steam with a sporty outing. Rent out a sand volleyball court at Aussie's Grill and Beach Bar, round up some of your coupled-up friends, and have an epic beach volleyball tournament in the heart of Austin.
Or, show off your long drive
TopGolf can get a little pricey, but they have great food and drinks, and you can really show off your skills. The best part is that you don't have to be good at golf to have a good time. (Trust me, I'm really bad, and it's always fun.)
Take a road trip
Travel out to the Hill Country and visit the Salt Lick, one of Central Texas' legendary barbecue joints. If you're in it for the long haul, leave a little early and visit a winery nearby in Driftwood for a few sips of the good stuff before you fall into a meat coma. Driftwood Vineyard, Duchman Family Winery, and Fall Creek Vineyards are all great options close to Salt Lick. Plus, Salt Lick recently opened its own winery and tasting room, so you can have a taste or buy a bottle while you wait.
Rent a watercraft and cruise
Once Lady Bird Lake reopens, take your beau to the many local businesses that let you rent canoes, kayaks, water bikes, paddle boats, and more. If you want to go all out, you can even rent a private boat cruise — super romantic, with really great views of the skyline.
Pack a picnic
Make a meal together and take a hike in one of Austin's local parks or greenbelts, or climb to the top of Pennybacker Bridge or Mount Bonnell for some of Austin's most legendary views — and they make for great photo ops, too!
Go for a night swim
You read that right. Barton Springs Pool is open until 10 pm, but many people don't know that the admission fee is waived after 9 pm. Yes, it's a little colder at night, but there's not a more refreshing way to end a hot Texas summer day than with a dip in that cool water, which averages about 68 to 70 degrees year-round.
Take in a baseball game
Root for the home team with Central Texas' minor league baseball team, the Round Rock Express. Tickets for games are relatively affordable, and there's no better way to spend a summer evening with your S.O. than by singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," eating hot dogs, and drinking cold beer.
Go digging for buried treasure
If you're feeling adventurous, try geocaching. If you haven't heard of this, it's like going on a scavenger hunt or looking for buried treasure in the middle of the city. You're provided with coordinates and small clues and you have to find hidden items. There are plenty of geocaches hidden across the city, along greenbelts, in city parks, and in state parks. It's a fun way to get to know more about Austin and spend a day walking around the city! You can download a free geocaching app or visit the Austin geocaching website.