Austin Date Ideas And Things To Do In Austin For Couples

A special someone deserves a special time. Go a little out of the box with these Austin date night ideas for unique things to do in Austin for couples.

Austin Eats Food Tours
Web Site: Austin Eats Food Tours
Phone: (512) 963-4545

Austin Film Society (AFS) Cinema
Web Site: AFS Cinema
6226 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, Texas 78759

Phone: (512) 322-0145

Austin Ghost Tours
Web Site: Austin Ghost Tours
303 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 853-9826
Departing from the front porch of the Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill, Austin Ghost Tours will take you on a walking tour of some of Austin’s spookiest places. Having extensively researched Austin’s history, the tour guides will tell you the real stories behind some of the most chilling moments in the cities past and present. In over 10 years they have never canceled a tour due to weather, so if it’s rainy and stormy, consider yourself in for an atmospheric treat.

Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In
Web Site: Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In
12419 Lowden Lane
Manchaca, Texas 78652

Phone: (512) 850-6127

Bowling at the Texas Union
Web Site: Bowling at the Texas Union
2247 Guadalupe Street Texas Union Underground, Room 1.120
Austin, Texas 78712

Phone: (512) 475-6670
Deep under the heart of the University of Texas is the Texas Union Underground, a recreational facility open to the general public featuring bowling at the Texas Union Underground. The bowling alley at The Underground has 12 bowling lanes and shoe rental is available. A special feature of bowling at the Texas Union is “Glow Bowl” nights, bowling with black florescent lights, lasers and music. Reservations are accepted and league bowling is available. The Texas Union Informal Classes also offer five-week bowling lessons to learn etiquette, proper equipment and the fundamentals of the game including ten free practice games.

Chicken Shit Bingo At Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
Web Site: Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
5434 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78756

Phone: (512) 524-1291

ColdTowne Theater
Web Site: ColdTowne Theater
Address: 4803 Airport Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78751

Phone: (512) 814-8696

Doug Sahm Hill at Butler Park
2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: (512) 495-1963
Besides being named for one of Austin’s original cosmic cowboys, Doug Sahm Hill is one of the cool things to do in Austin because of the great view of Lady Bird Lake and the Austin skyline. Doug Sahm Hill is next to the Long Center and across the street from Auditorium Shores. A concrete path spirals around a grassy hill to to make it an easy climb to the top. At the top of the hill are benches in a circle around an inlaid map of Texas. During the day, Doug Sahm Hill gives a panoramic view of the buildings that make up the Austin skyline and at night it is a wonderful spot to see the downtown city lights. Insiders Tip: Even if you have never heard of Doug Sahm, you have heard his Top Twenty hit “She’s About a Mover” if you are a fan of sixties rock music.

East Side Cafe
Web Site: East Side Cafe
2113 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78722

Phone: (512) 476-5858

Esther’s Follies
Website: Esther’s Follies
525 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 320-0553

Grown Folks Step and Roll At Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
Web Site: Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
1156 Hargrave Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Phone: (512) 472-6932

The Hideout Theatre
Web Site: The Hideout Theatre
Address: 617 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 443-3688

Lone Star Riverboat Friday Night Moonlight Cruise
Web Site: Lone Star Riverboat
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: (512) 327-1388
Lone Star Riverboat is a family owned business, operating the largest electric paddle wheel boat in the nation, as well as several smaller boats. They are available for private rental, as well as public tours and bat-seeing trips. They are also a city concession, meaning that a portion of their gross sales go to preserving the park system.

Mount Bonnell at Covert Park
Web Site: Mount Bonnell at Covert Park
3800 Mount Bonnell Road
Austin, Texas 78731

Phone: (512) 974-6700
There’s an old folk tale in Austin that if a couple walks up the 100 stairs to the top of Mount Bonnell they will fall in love, the second time they will get engaged, and the third time they will inevitably get married. Regardless of the actual statistics, Mount Bonnell is the oldest tourist attraction in Austin, and has been enjoyed by generations of Austinites since the 1850s. A great view of Austin, it is a bit of a hike, so be sure to wear appropriate shoes. Admission to Mount Bonnell at Covert Park is free.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Website: Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
3826 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, Texas 78703

Phone: (512) 477-2900

The Paramount Theatre
Web Site: The Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 472-5470

Peter Pan Mini Golf
Web Site: Peter Pan Mini Golf
1207 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: (512) 472-1033
Nestled under the trees at the top of a hill close to Zilker Park, family owned and operated Peter Pan Mini Golf has been the scene of birthday parties, teen outings and family fun for generation after generation of Austinites. Peter Pan’s 36 holes are divided up into two courses and though the 15 foot Peter Pan and the 20-foot T-Rex are hard to miss, every hole features some kind of obstacle or character to put around or through. Many of these fiberglass and concrete characters have been on the course since it was originally built in 1948 by the Dismukes family. Often open till midnight, Peter Pan Mini Golf is also a great date destination.

Star Gazing At Painter Hall Telescope On University of Texas Campus
Web Site: Star Gazing at Painter Hall
Painter Hall
2400 Speedway
Austin, Texas 78712

Phone: (512) 471-5007
The Astronomy Department at the University of Texas hosts free viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope every Friday and Saturday night while UT is in session. Painter Hall is located at the corner of 24th street and Inner Campus Drive just to the north of the UT Tower. At Painter Hall take the elevator to the 5th floor and exit to the left. Follow the 5th floor hallway to the end and take the staircase through the double doors on the left. At the sixth floor go to the right and follow the signs up to the telescope. Parking is available at nearby UT parking garages for $3 after 6 PM. Viewing times change throughout the year so check the website first or call (512) 471-5007 for current times. If the weather seems questionable for this fun free thing to do, call (512) 232-4265 approximately 30-45 minutes before the scheduled start time to find out if the viewing is cancelled. The Painter Hall telescope has been in place at Painter Hall since the 1930’s and the lens in the telescope was ground at the turn of the century.

Star Gazing At Robert Lee Moore Hall Telescope On University of Texas Campus
Web Site: Star Gazing At Robert Lee Moore Hall
Robert Lee Moore Hall
2557 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712

Phone: (512) 471-5007
The Astronomy Department at the University of Texas sponsors free public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall at the southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway every Wednesday night while UT is in session. Take the elevators at Robert Lee Moore Hall to the 17th floor and then follow the signs to the stairs up to 16 inch telescope used for teaching undergraduate astronomy majors and for graduate student projects. Parking is available at nearby UT parking garages for $3 after 6 PM. Viewing times change throughout the year so check the website first or call (512) 471-5007 for current times. If the weather seems questionable call (512) 232-4265 approximately thirty to fortyfive minutes before the scheduled start time to find out if the viewing is cancelled. A typical night will include a planet or two, binary stars, star clusters and some of the brighter nebulae.

Texas Rollergirls
Web Site: Texas Rollergirls
425 Woodward Street
Austin, TX 78704

University of Texas Tower Tours
Web Site: University of Texas Tower Tours
2247 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78712

Phone: (512) 475-6633
Especially for any University of Texas graduate, a trip to the top of the UT tower is one of the cool things to do in Austin.Most Austinites and former University of Texas students have never been to the top of the University of Texas Main Tower. The Tower only reopened to the public a few years ago after being closed for almost 25 years. The observation deck at the University of Texas tower provides a spectacular 360 degree view of the UT campus and the surrounding Austin area. Visitors are accompanied by a UT student guide to the top of the tower. Tours are self-guided with approximately 45 minutes to view Austin from the observation deck. Advance ticket reservations are strongly recommended. Insiders Tip: The best paid public parking area for visiting the Main Tower is the UT San Antonio Garage located at 2420 San Antonio Street.

The Vortex Theatre
Web Site: The Vortex Theatre
Address: 2307 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78722

Phone: (512) 478-5282