With all its warmth and natural beauty, Austin is a perfect city for couples to explore and enjoy together. Whether you’re a local or visiting from elsewhere, endless romantic options await in the Texas capital. Read on for some inspiration for your next vacation (or staycation) for two in the heart of the Lone Star State.
Picnic in the Great Outdoors
Austin is no shrinking violet when it comes to beautiful outdoor spaces, and two in particular are perfect for picnicking: Mount Bonnell and Zilker Park.
Pack light for Covert Park at Mount Bonnell, which requires a rewarding climb up a limestone staircase – about 100 stairs in total – giving way to a stunning view of the skyline ahead and Lake Austin below. Be sure to arrive while it’s still light out and enjoy the sunset in all its glory. (You’ll have plenty of time to linger and enjoy your picnic – the small hilltop park doesn’t close until 10 pm.)
Just south of downtown, Zilker Park hosts iconic events like Austin City Limits Music Festival in the fall and the Zilker Trail of Lights over the holidays, but the rest of the year it’s filled with sun-seekers romping the grounds with their dogs and enjoying the lakeside view. With easy access to the Zilker Botanical Garden and Lady Bird Lake, a succulent garden stroll or stand-up paddle-boarding excursion is just a few steps away from your own picnic made for two.
Plan a Hill Country Wine Tour
Wine enthusiasts rejoice in the delights of the Texas Hill Country, where Fredericksburg entices visitors with its quaint array of wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms. Make a day trip up Highway 290 and sample some Viognier – a local specialty – and other mild-weather varietals through pre-arranged or self-guided winery tours. Arrive safely at each destination courtesy of a 290 Wine Tours hop-on, hop-off shuttle.
With your tastings complete, spend the early evening strolling together along the shops and eateries of Main Street, arranged in one long strip in the heart of the charming hill country enclave settled by German immigrants in the late 19th century. Before heading back to Austin, enjoy thoughtful wine pairings over dinner at an intimate local restaurant like Vaudeville Bistro or Cabernet Grill.
Learn Something New Together
The couple that learns together, stays together, so consider spending a day wandering the city’s best art museums and taking in a classic or indie movie at the Austin Film Society Cinema. For some hands-on learning with take-home souvenirs to show off your new skills as a couple, sign up for a creative workshop together at CRAFT on the eastside. There, you can bring your own bottle of wine and learn the art of pickling, make a signature natural perfume/cologne, or dabble in ceramics for a couple of hours.
Indulge in a Spa Package
There may be no healthier indulgence than getting pampered at a hotel spa, and sharing the experience as a couple is one of the top romantic things to do in Austin. The Skyline Spa at Hilton Austin offers a heavenly array of options, from massages and facials to body and nail treatments. Book a side-by-side massage in the spa’s designated Couples’ Suite, or arrange an in-room massage through the concierge, followed by some decadent room service enjoyed from the comfort of your own hotel bed.
Ready to book your next romantic getaway or staycation in Austin? Get started with our Hilton Travel Guide.