Sure, you could go through the drama and paperwork of committing yourself to a life-long marriage. Or, you could just attach a lock onto a bridge with your partner and call it a day. If you decide to go with the more convenient of the two, you'll be pleased to find that Houston's Love Lock bridge overlooks downtown and is almost exactly like what you'd find in Paris. 

Sure, Paris did it first. But Houston did it better. I mean, do they have our stunning skyline? I don't think so!

Right on the pedestrian bridge over Allen Parkway, the chain link fence holds dozens of love locks placed by H-town lovers.

In Paris, the tradition is to toss your key into the water after padlocking, but, as you may find, there's no water at this love lock bridge in town.

Below, is just the busy streets of Allen Parkway. But that's what makes it home, right?

So unless you want to be a jerk and hurl your love key into oncoming traffic, you should probably elect to keep the key.

Plus, you never know. Maybe you'll need to go remove your love lock one day. It's just less commitment that way.

But traffic isn't the only local touch this bridge has. There is a hole in the middle of the fencing, opening up to a picture-perfect view of the Houston skyline.

But Houston wasn't the first city to bring this European tradition back home, cities like San Antonio and Jacksonville also have their own love lock bridges.

Nothing quite compares to the one Houston has, though.

Valentine's Day is just a few days away, and we recommend planning a trip to Houston's Love Lock Bridge for the occasion.

If padlocks aren't your idea of romance, there's still plenty of unique places to take a date on in this city.

Houston's Love Lock Bridge

Price: Free

Address: 3422 Allen Pkwy., Houston, TX

Why you need to go: It's the perfect date for those who love the Houston skyline and romantic gestures.

Please respect the local environment and laws.

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