While most people don’t think of Texas as a popular romantic destination, the state has many great places to visit for lovers. Couples can have a variety of experiences in Texas from life-changing molecular gastronomy experience in Houston to strolling hand in hand down the San Antonio Riverwalk.
The Lone Star State certainly doesn’t lack romantic Texas getaways. You and your partner can walk on the Gulf Coast beaches at sunset or head for a romantic getaway at a Wild West ranch. Or you can dance with that special someone at the oldest dancing hall in Texas or two-step at a saloon or paint the town red in bustling Austin.
Most Romantic Places to Visit in Texas
From the deserts and plains to the beaches, from romantic woods and dense forests to lazy rivers, the variety of landscapes that Texas has, has also resulted in it being such an amazing destination for couples and honeymooners.
From the romantic cabins in the Texas Hill Country to short and sweet romantic weekend getaways in Texas, we have visited them all. We have always been inspired and felt more connected after a trip to some of the most romantic places in Texas.
Texas offers a variety of couple-friendly resorts and destinations; here we list our favorite 12 to plan a romantic vacation or honeymoon with your loved one.
With all of the charm and romance of a Mediterranean city, the Riverwalk in San Antonio feels like a world upon itself. The architecture of the buildings lining the river is more expressive and features Mediterranean and hacienda styles. Along with the shops and galleries lining the walkway many of the city’s best eateries are located in this section and offer alfresco eating right on the water. In peak season, mariachi bands can often be found offering sweet serenades to couples as they dine. For those looking into a time-honored tradition, marriage island in the center of the river has long been a favorite destination for small weddings and elopements.
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Like a piece of surrealist art come to life, the magnificent Waterfall Fountain at the Gerald D. Hines Park offers a beautiful backdrop for romantic picnics for two or surprise proposals. A two-story man-made waterfall cascaded into a 64-square-foot pool fronted by three archways. The Spindletop at the Hyatt Regency offers 360-degree views of the city from a rotating dining room 34-stories up. Dinners are designed to last an hour, the time it takes to make one full rotation.
Brenham isn’t high on many people’s travel lists which makes it the perfect destination to get away from it all. Consider retreating even further in one of Scenic Hill Retreats’ spa cabins. These romantic cabins feature rustic log-cabin charm with modern amenities like a hot tub. Part of keeping the fire of a romance alive is trying new things, like the fusion tapas found at romantic 96 West. This dinner-only restaurant offers a regularly changing menu of internationally inspired dishes served with locally produced wines.
Galveston is a city of history and its romantic atmosphere comes from its beautiful architecture and cultural touchpoints. Send the night at the romantic Tremont House. The outside of the building retains its luxurious golden-age charm while the interior has been renovated to suit modern, minimalist tastes. Galveston Water Adventures offers a gorgeous sunset cruise around the island offering views of the gulf and the Galveston skyline. Returning to the hotel, stop for a nightcap at the Rooftop Bar. Sip handcrafted cocktails while watching the moonrise over the city.
Imagine the smell of sun-warmed peaches as lazy bees hum through the shade of the orchard trees. What image could be more romantic? At Behrends Orchard in Fredericksburg, couples can pick their own peaches in the sweet warmth and beauty of Texas’ peach season. Sticking to the theme, Das Peach Haus offers romantic wine tastings and private culinary classes that cover everything from wine pairing to preserving to green eating. Just make sure to book ahead of time for both the tastings and the classes.
Austin is known as one of the coolest destinations in Texas. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” there is plenty of romantic potential in the city’s nightlife. From cozying up in an intimate venue like the Skylark Lounge to dancing salsa and tango at Cielo Nightclub. There is a venue that fits every couple’s style. For those looking for something even more intimate, consider a Getaway House – a small modern cabin at a secret location close to Austin. The point of these cabins is to get away from everything, so the actual address isn’t available until the cabin has been booked.
When people imagine Dallas they picture big hair, big hats, and big boots but Dallas has a softer side too. One that knows how to enjoy life. Nothing says romance like chocolate. Dallas by Chocolate offers a four-hour tour of the best chocolate desserts, drinks, and more around the city. For couples looking for something a little spicier, Viva Dallas Burlesque has shows every weekend, though once a month they kick it up a notch with their Cirque de Burlesque show that combines burlesque with the artistry and aerial tricks of Cirque du Soliel.
South Padre Island
There is something uniquely romantic about a sunset horseback ride down the beach. Its something seen in countless movies, pictures, and daydreams. Island Adventure Park helps couples turn this dream into a reality with nightly rides. While considering movie-worthy romantic scenes, South Padre Island has its own version of that scene from Ghost, but with sand. Couples can book a class with a master sculptor to learn the fine art of sand sculpting in the sandcastle capital of the world. Finish out the day with a romantic dinner overlooking the water at the Cafe on the Beach
Sundance square looks like the set of a Nicholas Sparks movie. There are fountains and a giant pool in the center of the square catch and reflect back the amber glow of the surrounding lights creating a beautiful rippled reflection that lights the whole scene to perfection. There are few places in Texas so picturesque and so perfect for a proposal. For couples who are a little more low-key and are just interested in an update from the standard dinner and a movie, consider the Coyote Drive-in. Movies start as the sun is setting, so it’s like getting two shows for the price of one.
In Aztec mythology, the hummingbird represented the beauty and strength of the sun god. In September, thousands of these fierce and vibrant little creatures descend on Rockport during their migration. No one knows why Rockport attracts so many of them but it has become an annual celebration. People come from all over Texas to see the birds and to enjoy the carnival and street festival that takes place in late September every year. Expect to find local artisans and restaurants in stalls enjoying the autumnal warmth.
Canyon Lake in the Texas Hill Country makes the perfect romantic vacation destination for couples. Take some time to be alone together by exploring the hiking trails that surround the lake. The 0.6-mile Overlook Trail brings hikers to an overlook of the dam that also offers unobstructed views of the entire lake. Another romantic way for couples to get out into nature is through a sunset full moon paddleboard tour with East Valley Kayak Rentals. The tour leaves in time for sunset and leaves ample time to paddle by moonlight, taking in the beauty of the lake by night.
Spice up the traditional Italian restaurant or steak house “fancy” dinner date by trying something truly luxurious. Eculent on the Kemah Boardwalk is the brainchild of Chef David Skinner. He sought to bring avant-garde cuisine to Texas. The space has just one table, big enough for six, and dinner guests can expect dinner to last for up to three hours. Each precisely designed dish is enhanced by the space with shifting artwork, scents, and music to compliment what is being served. More than just a 14-course (or 40, depending on the day) dinner, Eculent is a full sensory experience unlike anything else in North America. Just be sure to plan ahead, reservations are only open every two months.
Dripping Springs is one of Texas’ most sought after swimming holes. At Hamilton Pool Reserve, a giant cave opens up over turquoise waters and a small sandy beach creating a sense of seclusion. The pool requires a reservation and a bit of a hike down from the parking area. The descent can be steep in areas and the trail is rocky but there are walking sticks provided for the trek. Dripping Springs is also known for its wineries. Like many hill country towns, there are multiple within city limits. One of the most romantic of the wineries is the Driftwood Estate. Tastings are available for up to six wines and the view of the Bistro looks over the vines and off to the hills and valleys beyond.
Hyatt Lost Pines
This resort is the perfect romantic getaway. Just over 20 miles outside of Austin there are still opportunities to explore the city, but the 405-acre grounds are so full of things to do, there isn’t really a need. The hotel itself is beautiful, built in a gorgeous heritage style with an interior that blends modern design with Texas Hill Country chic. The grounds offer the Django Spa with customizable couple’s packages to create the perfect, relaxing experience. While there is plenty to do on-site from the golf course to the bike trails to the lazy river, one of the romantic activities is to simply sit close to the stone fireplace with a cocktail or a coffee and enjoy the warmth of each other’s company.
Texas Hill Country
The Texas Hill Country is the wine destination in Texas. There are over 50 wineries in the area, each offering its own unique spin on the art. Visit any of the wineries for a tour and tasting and a romantic stroll through the vineyards. Locals go to the Rose Hill Manor for their special events. The elevated southern cuisine served at this Georgian-influenced manor is spectacular on its own, but when combined with the views overlooking Sabine Lake, this site is truly magical.
The perfect location for proposals, engagement photos, or just to get away, Enchanted Rock is the perfect romantic destination. The area exudes a natural softness from the pink granite of the mound itself to the red rocks of the surrounding area. For the best romantic photos look into some of Austin’s best photographers like the soft vintage styling of Rebekah Paul or the over-the-top maximalist portraits of Carina Walker. If this date is more about quality time together, then pack a basket with locally produced wine, cheese, fresh-baked bread, and fruit and head up to the top of the rock for a picture-perfect sunset picnic.
Renting a cabin in Lake Texoma is the perfect way to getaway. There are cabins for every kind of couple from the all-inclusive resorts that offer easy access to spas, activities, and restaurants to a cabin tucked away from it all. Either way, a cabin is the perfect home base for exploring the lake with boat rentals or paddleboard yoga in the soft morning sunlight.
Roses are the symbol of love. Corpus Christi has a whole garden dedicated to them complete with a white trellis and arbor which has been the backdrop of countless weddings and proposals. The garden is a beautiful destination for a stroll hand in hand or something bigger like a proposal. Finish off a beautiful evening at the Republic of Texas, a restaurant on the 20th floor for the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel. The restaurant features a wall of two-story windows overlooking the beach and a menu full of fresh seafood and aged steaks.
We hope you liked our list of the best romantic getaways in Texas. Did we miss any beautiful destination or a date night attraction? Let us know in the comments.