Though a couple’s relationship doesn’t always resemble the ideal duos in popular romantic films, it can be quite an adventure full of fun activities, romantic date nights, and crazy things to do to help bond your special relationship. That is, if you design it in this manner.
A fulfilling relationship should be full of experiences that produce beautiful memories, bring you two closer together, make you laugh, and make you say “I love you” nonverbally. Here are dozens of great ideas to help you break free from the monotony of your daily routine and start connecting over amazing new adventures.
Houston can be as romantic as you want it to be, with plenty of green urban spaces for peaceful walks together and incredible landmarks to watch magical lightshows at sunset. Despite being one of the most densely populated cities in the United States, Houston surprisingly provides romantics with a good set of intimate escapes.
Stroll thru Buffalo Bayou Park.
Buffalo Bayou Park is a large green space to discover in Houston that spans 160 acres and is packed with features that appeal to people of all ages. You can experience scenic walks along its paths and bridges as a couple, or you can rent a tandem bike. Look for places like the Bike Barn, which is right beside the Water Works and the bowls of the Lee and Joe Jamail Skateparks. Riding a bike in tandem allows you to explore the park more conveniently and at your own shared pace.
Both banks of the bayou are lined with 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. It’s a green haven, ideal for getting away into nature without leaving the city. In fact, the trail provides excellent views of the downtown skyline.
Pack a romantic picnic to enjoy in this massive park’s 160 acres of water and green space.
Take a Houston Culinary Tour
Discover Houston’s culinary side with a wonderful walking tour to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and cafés. During these tours, you will have the opportunity to sample delicious food and admire some of the architectural beauty along the way. The three-hour walking food tours take visitors to both well-known and lesser-known places of downtown Houston, including the historic Main Street and Market Square, as well as Green Street.
iFly Indoor Skydiving
9540 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX, Phone: 281-942-4359
iFly Indoor Skydiving provides a one-of-a-kind indoor skydiving experience without the need to jump out of a plane! A cutting-edge wind tunnel creates enough power to create a wall-to-wall cushion of air and genuine free – falling conditions, allowing visitors to feel the adrenaline rush that comes with flying without a parachute.
No prior experience is required, and the center welcomes “flyers” of all ages and abilities, including those with physical disabilities. All equipment and flight gear are provided, and you will be guided through the process by highly trained and accredited instructors to ensure your safety at all times. Each flight lasts about an hour and is roughly the length of one and a half skydives.
Enjoy Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.
6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007; Phone: (713) 639-7750
The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, which houses Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, includes a house museum filled with decorative art, paintings, and furniture. The Bayou Bend, the former villa of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg, is surrounded by 14 densely forested acres of floral and sculpture-adorned gardens. The mansion is a great place to spend a few hours admiring a piece of Houston history, and the lovely garden is ideal for romantic walks.
Dine with 360-degree views at Spindletop.
This fine dining spot at the pinnacle of the Hyatt Regency can be a wonderful choice to impress your loved one or simply to celebrate a special event together in Houston. The Spindletop serves high-end American fresh fish with Southwestern flair. It also offers breathtaking views of Houston’s skyline from its 34th floor location, which rotates as you sip your Chandon Rosé and enjoy your braised lamb shank. After the entire restaurant has completed a full revolution, you’ll be able to go back to your first view in an hour.
Sit & Talk at Siphon Coffee.
701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006; 281-974-4426
Rustic-industrial chic, comfy sofas, and a pleasant vibe aren’t what set Siphon Coffee apart from the many wonderful coffee shops in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood. It is their siphon-brewed coffee, brewed in a 19th century device, that produces a delicate and one-of-a-kind cup of coffee that is highly regarded by coffee connoisseurs. They also serve delicious espresso made from locally roasted coffee, microbrew on tap, a nice choice of wine, and delectable pastries. A chai latte, organic salads, and imaginative soups and sandwiches are available to guests.
JP Morgan Chase Tower Observation Deck
600 Travis St, Houston, TX, Phone: 713-223-0441
JP Morgan Chase Tower is Houston’s tallest building, standing 75 stories tall. The 60th floor houses an observation deck that is available to the public for free to enjoy the remarkable panoramic views of the city. Take the fast elevator, which travels at 1,000 feet per minute, and marvel at the spectacular views of Houston’s downtown skyline, NRG Park (formerly Reliant), the Texas Medical Center, the Galleria, and Greenway Plaza. This is one of the top locations in Houston for a romantic weekend getaway with an amazing view.
Stargaze at the George Observatory
George Observatory hosts a cool VIP event where you can view the stars through their cutting-edge research telescope. The event typically begins at 8 p.m. and is by reservation only; if you want to add this to your list of romantic stuff to do in Houston, TX, make sure you get your tickets early!