Stroll through a vineyard and toast to love on a romantic Houston vacation. (Photo: Alamy)
Whether you’re a local or visiting Houston for the first time, you’ll want to have some clutch date night ideas in your back pocket for when your sweetie asks you, “What’s planned for tonight?” Fortunately, there are plenty of date spots in Houston that cater to all tastes, and we’ve rounded up our three favorites. We’re sure you’ll end up as in love with Houston as Queen Bey is.
Who needs a romantic stroll along the beach when you have Kemah Boardwalk? Take your honey for a day of fun and an evening of romance along the water at this entertainment zone. Just 20 miles from downtown Houston, Kemah is the perfect day trip. With plenty of rides for daytime entertainment and a variety of restaurants for evening date night eats, you can’t go wrong, especially because everything is in walking distance.
If your timing it right, the boardwalk can make for a truly magical night. Go for a walk as the sun is beginning to set, and we guarantee you’ll be able to get in a sunset smooch along the water’s edge.
Haak Vineyards & Winery
We firmly believe that anyone who says they aren’t a wino just hasn’t tasted good wine. Whether or not you fall into that camp, it’s definitely worth the drive up to Haak Vineyards and Winery in Santa Fe, TX, about an hour from downtown Houston. Here, any day can be date night, as tours are offered daily until 3:30 p.m.
If you’re planning to visit on the weekend, they recommend calling ahead to make sure the winery isn’t booked for a private event. Tours are $10 per person and include four wine samples, as well as a taste of their Madeira, a famous red dessert wine. We’re sure the dessert wine won’t be the only thing your significant other is describing as “sweet” after you bring them here!
James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace
To find one of the most unique romantic spots in Houston, head to the Rice University campus. Here you’ll find the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace, a pyramid-like structure than can accommodate 120 people. Designed to host concerts and function as a laboratory for music students, this building is quite an aesthetic treat.
Every day at dusk and dawn, an LED light sequence is projected onto the ceiling, mirroring the natural light found at twilight and sunrise. Although the skyspace can be crowded during these performances, visitors typically clear out afterward, giving you and your date plenty of one-on-one time to explore the structure and roam the Rice University campus.