The Complete Guide to Brilliant Date Ideas in Houston

The writer, a former Texas resident, explains why Houston has much to see and do.
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james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
Travel Writer & Expert
  • James Wong is a freelance travel writer and expert.
  • He's reported for publications including VOGUE, GQ, Time Out and Thrillist.
  • James has lived in London, Tokyo and New York; and has traveled to almost every corner of the world.
Updated May 31, 2023
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Dating in Houston is a ton of fun. The city is blessed with lush green parks brought to life by Southern sunshine, swanky restaurants illuminated by candlelight, and plenty of alternative opportunities to let loose and fall head over heels for a lover. Remember, this is the largest city in Texas, so the date night options are extensive—and it just so happens to be one of the most affordable big cities in America, meaning nobody is left behind in the game of love. Here, you'll find activities across all price points that span from absolutely free to Amex Black limits. So whether you're planning a first date with a Bumble match, trying to impress a new squeeze in hopes of something more official, or simply treating a deserving spouse, we've got you covered. Here are the most fun and romantic things for couples to do in Houston, no matter how burning the Texas heat.

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Fun Date Ideas in Houston

These fun couples activities have just the tipple for frolics.

A couple enjoy a racing game together at a video game arcade
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Go On a Boozy Ghost Tour

The best excuse for hand-holding! Explore downtown Houston's eerie past with Viator's guided ghost tour of the city's most haunted spots, combined with a pub crawl for as much Dutch courage as y'all can muster. Remember, the best way to ward off spirits is to drink them.

305 Travis Street, Houston, TX

Or Let Cider Fuel Games Night

Switch ghosts for games at this brilliant arcade that's packed with over 275 unlimited play options for only $10 admission. At Cidercade's bar, you'll also find 48 taps of hard ciders, seltzers and kombuchas. The venue is family-friendly during the day, and adults only after 8 PM.

2320 Canal Street, Houston, TX

Foodie Date Ideas in Houston

From a date night restaurant to an adventurous food tour, here's where lovers get their fill.

Omakase sushi, perfect for a date night in Houston, TX
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Mingle at an Omakase

5kinokawa is one of the coolest dining experiences in the city, and it takes you on a multi-course ride that spotlights ingredients flown directly from markets like Toyosu in Japan. The BYOB communal vibe, chef interaction, and intimate 14 prized seats gives this a supper-club-meets-private-chef vibe, ensuring you feel special from the second you sit down.

3119 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX

Take a Food Tour

Sample dishes from all corners of the world with GetYourGuide's Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston. You'll feast on delights from Mexico, Italy, and Vietnam, and travel between restaurant locales via the largest tunnel system in America.

301 Milam Street, Houston, TX

Bonus: Check out The Most Romantic Restaurants in Houston for more foodie date spots.

Good First Date Ideas in Houston

Get to know each other with these awesome things to do on a first date.

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Feed Giraffes at the Houston Zoo

A stroll around the zoo provides ample opportunity to discover one another, and for an extra special chance to bond, get up close to the resident Masai giraffe family. You'll stand on the feeding platform with your date as the curious (and very loveable) giants come for their favorite snacks. Be on the lookout for their unique black tongues as they taste their treats!

6200 Hermann Park Drivet, Houston, TX

Tour the Underground Cistern

One for newbies discovering HTX, the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is an underground former water reservoir in the historic Buffalo Bayou Park. Turn things down a notch in the cool and calming 87,500 square foot tank with an informative group tour ($10), which can come with an additional Sound Healing Meditation experience on weekends ($15).

105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX

Anniversary Date Ideas in Houston

Treat your spouse to a weekend of massages at a luxury resort spa, or enjoy a romantic night at the ballet.

A couple enjoying a relaxing spa experience together for their date night
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Enjoy a Spa Day

The best way to say 'I appreciate you' has got to be a weekend of pampering. The Trellis Spa within the Houstonian Resort is the ultimate getaway for two. Being the largest luxury spa in the state of Texas, the space resembles a majestic European villa with statuesque architecture and perfectly manicured gardens.

111 N Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX

Get Dressed Up for the Ballet

With a hot and humid climate, Houstonians are always in search of a chance to get dressed up and enjoy an evening in cool AC. The Houston Ballet makes an exquisite anniversary night choice, particularly when paired with epic love stories such as Romeo and Juliet or Swan Lake.

601 Preston Street, Houston, TX

Cool Date Ideas in Houston

Here are cool or unusual things to do for couples in Houston.

Attend a Candlelight Concert

Fever's original Candlelight Concerts have been a roaring success across the globe, and you can attend one right here in Houston. The team transform iconic venues with hundreds of candles, then adds live music from composers like Mozart… and Taylor Swift and Coldplay. For a full list of upcoming events, visit their online schedule.

No address - pop ups all over town

Outdoor Date Ideas in Houston

A fan of the big outdoors? Here are date ideas to consider in Houston.

Archway in McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston, Texas
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Kayak Along Buffalo Bayou

Active couples will enjoy a day at Houston's premiere urban green sanctuary, including hikes, birdwatching, and picnics. Come sunset, join Buffalo Bayou Kayak Tours for a two hour paddle along the lake, where you'll watch the warm Texas sun melt along the skyline.

333 S Jensen Drive, Houston, TX

Relax With a Picnic at McGovern Centennial Gardens

Herman Park's eight-acre botanical garden is a fairytale oasis in the heart of the city, and a scenic spot for picnics. Pack your darling's favorite wine and cheese, get grab-and-go sandwiches from Local Foods, or have Milk Bar deliver a box of ice cream for the ultimate cool spread.

6100 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX

Free and Cheap Date Ideas in Houston

Have a swell time with free activities in town. The best is listed below.

Join a Rooftop Party

The former USPS office has radically transformed into POST Houston, an entertainment venue, food hall, gallery, and more. Head to the rooftop for their skylawn, a completely free five-acre urban park and sustainable organic farm that hosts school groups and community events. Grab a seat and soak up the views, and stick around for the slew of free events, DJ sessions, and parties that take place on select weekends.

401 Franklin Street, Houston, TX

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