24 Fun Houston Date Ideas That Are Way More Fun Than You'd Think
Leave your assumptions and you'll have a blast.
Dating in Houston can be a lot of fun. From going out to dinner at the many restaurants, utilizing all the parks the city has to offer, or attending sports events where your team actually wins, Houston provides a lot of options when it comes to having a fun and eventful date night. But if you're looking to take your special someone out to do something a little more special, Houston can easily give you that too.
Sure, you can never really go wrong with the typical movie and dinner date night combo. But if you want to spice up your dating life and try something new with your favorite person, we got you covered. Houston has something for everyone. Have an open mind when going through this list. There's nothing like trying something new and potentially enjoyable with someone you love, in the city that you love. Who said you have to get out of the city to do something fun? Enjoy!
Go beer tasting at Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Saint Arnold Brewing Co. is Texas' oldest craft brewery. Named after the patron saint of beers, Saint Arnold Brewing Co. offers a few delectable options of brews you can taste during a tour. Each admission comes with a souvenir glass and four 8oz samples. Bring snacks, games, a couple of folding chairs, and a picnic blanket! Their beer hall and restaurant is really one-of-a-kind.
Tip: Go on a weekday for free admission.
Skate at the roller rink Beyonce filmed "Blow"
Where: Funplex's Roller City USA - 13700 Beechnut Street
As if a Beyonce cosign isn't enough. When's the last time you roller skated? At Roller City USA, you'll feel like you time traveled to the 1970s except they're playing the top 40 hits. Funplex also has bowling, go-karting, and more.
Feed the stingrays at the Downtown Aquarium
Where: 410 Bagby Street
You can actually feed and touch stingrays at the aquarium's Stingray Reef located downtown. Get up close and personal to these deep-water dwellers.
Tip: After you're done feeding the stingrays, you can check out the aquarium's rare white tigers. Yes, we said white tigers.
Walk the Kemah Boardwalk
Where: 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, Texas 77565
Restaurants, shopping, and an amusement park! The Kemah Boardwalk has it all. It also has a beautiful view of Galveston Bay. Get on the Ferris wheel, play a few arcade games, and get that adrenaline running with the many amusement park-themed rides.
Go to the Houston Zoo After Dark
The Houston Zoo is catering to adults on the third Thursday of every month in the summer and is leaving the gates open for you to see the animals while having a cold beverage in-hand. Every After Dark event will be different from the last. So make sure to check what entertainment is scheduled for the night. After Dark will be held rain or shine, so come ready to party!
Watch a movie at The Showboat Drive-in Movie Theater
Where: 22422 FM 2920
Play it old school and watch a movie under the stars in the privacy of your own car. Bring a blanket, pillow, and whatever else you need to get comfy. You can watch two feature films for the price of one. Make sure to bring cash since they don't take credit cards.
Play with the butterflies at Cockrell Butterfly Center
Where: 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Inside the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the Cockrell Butterfly Center where you can encounter up to 60 different species of butterflies. It’s a beautiful sight like no other. You might even get lucky and have a butterfly land on you.
Tip: There are other exhibits to explore in this museum. Make sure to check it out before you leave.
Get competitive at Joystix Classic Games and Pinballs
Where: 1820B Franklin Street
Play on one of the classic pinball machines, arm wrestle an arm wrestling machine, and get into a friendly competition of skeeball. Whatever game you choose to play, you two will be sure to have a blast.
Joystix carries one of the largest selections of new and refurbished games to rent in the country. From Whack-a-Mole to Guitar Hero, you will find something here worth playing.
Play trampoline dodgeball at Sky Zone
Jumping on trampolines is fun. Playing dodgeball is fun. Combine the two, what can go wrong? If you don't want to play dodgeball, jump around from trampoline to trampoline or jump into a big pit of foam.
Go star gazing at The George Observatory
What's more romantic than stargazing? Located in the scenic expanse of Brazos Bend State Park, The George Observatory houses three telescopes, one of them being the largest in the whole country. From the Milky Way to a meteor shower to Saturn's rings, you and your love can see a variety of out-of-this-world things.
Pick out each other's beers at The Hay Merchant
Where: 1100 Westheimer Road
The Hay Merchant takes beer very seriously. If you and your significant other are big beer drinkers, The Hay Merchant might turn into a regular outing. With 80 taps, you can be promised that each drink will be served at the temperature it was intended to be consumed. Cheers!
Strike out at Bowl and Barrel
Where: 797 Sorella CT STE 118
Whether you consider yourself a pro bowler or not, bowling at Bowl and Barrel is more than just your average bowling alley. It's Houston's first upscale bowling alley, complete with a full-service American tavern, a beer hall, and 15 lanes. Beer and bowling, what a perfect combination.
Tip: This place would be perfect for double dates.
Go to La Carafe, the oldest bar in the city
Where: 813 Congress Avenue
La Carafe is not only the oldest bar in Houston, it's housed inside the oldest building in the whole city. There's so much history in this bar, you can't help but think what all went on within its walls. But that's what gives La Carafe its charm.
Skip the sit down restaurants and try one of the many food trucks in the city
Tip: Make a food truck bucket list and knock them out one by one.
Play some games at Kung Fu Saloon
Where: 5317 Washington Ave
Kung Fu Saloon is home to a wide range of vintage arcade games. There’s NBA Jam, Mortal Combat, Golden Tee, Pacman, and more. If you want to play something other than an arcade game, they also have shuffleboard, foosball, ping pong, giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, and FREE Skee-Ball. It helps that they have a full bar of beer to quench your thirst.
Splash around at a trampoline water park
Where: Altitude H20 - 4411 County Road 418
Altitude H20 is home to the largest floating aqua park obstacle courses in the whole state. With monkey bars, slides, balance beams, and a refreshing body of water to jump into, it’s the perfect activity to beat the year-round Houston heat.
Sing your heart out at Glitter Karaoke
Where: 2621 Milam Street
You don’t have to be the best singer to love karaoke. All you need is your favorite song and a microphone. Glitter Karaoke is guaranteed to have your favorite with a repertoire of over 100,000 songs. You can karaoke with a ton of strangers or book a private room for just you and your friends. Drinks are also fairly priced. That’s always a plus.
Overlook Houston in a hot air balloon
Where: 1029 Hwy 6
Air Texas Balloon Adventures provides a fleet of hot air balloons year-round throughout the local area. Perfect for sunset and sunrise rides, you can reserve a balloon for two. There’s nothing more romantic than sipping champagne on a hot air balloon overlooking the city you love.
Attend trivia night at The Flying Saucer
Where: 705 Main Street
Every Tuesday The Flying Saucer hosts a themed trivia night. Perfect for competitive couples, test your knowledge on a range of subjects. From Star Wars trivia to double or nothing trivia nights, you'll be sure to have a good time. They also have great beer options.
Tip: If you miss the 7:30 PM trivia slot, they host a later one at 9:30 pm.
Laugh it up during an open mic night at Improv Houston
Where: 7620 Katy Freeway Space 455
Attend open mic night at Improv Houston to see some locals perform their stand-up comedy routine. You and your significant other will enjoy a night of laughs at Houston’s premiere comedy spot.
Get free cheese tastings at Houston Dairymaids
Where: 2201 Airline Drive
Every week Dairymaids selects six cheeses to include in their free cheese tastings. On Wednesdays, they also have samples of wine, beer, and cider. No reservations needed!
Eat Dim Sum at Kim Son Restaurant
Want to try authentic and delicious dim sum? Look no further than Kim Son. With over 100 different dim sum dishes pushed out in carts, you'll get an experience of a lifetime. If you can't find what you're looking for on the carts, you can request something on the menu. Come hungry.
Learn everything space at NASA Space Center Houston
Where: 1601 E NASA Pkwy
Houston is known as Space City. So it would make sense to plan a date at NASA Space Center. From interactive space exhibits to touring the space shuttles, you'll leave with a greater appreciation of the part Houston plays in exploring space.
Go dipping crazy at The Melting Pot
Where: 6100 Westheimer Rd
From dipping breads and vegetables into different types of cheese fondue to submerging strawberries, bananas, and marshmallows into a chocolate fountain, The Melting Pot is a dining experience worth trying.