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Top 10 Most Romantic Places in Austin

Here are some ideas for celebrating special events and taking time out for a little romance.

1. A Great Restaurant. Our top pick for most romantic restaurant in Austin has to be the Driskill Grill. This elegant 5-star restaurant has it all - top notch service, tasting menus, incredible food, a romantic dining room, and an award winning wine list. Get dressed up and indulge in fresh, seasonal, organic, and creative dishes.

2. A Unique Stay. Spend the whole night out then head back to your suite at Hotel Saint Cecilia. This one-of-a-kind hotel is charming, eclectic, and truly amazing - to say the least. Inspired by the musicians, artists, and poets of the 1950's and 60's, you will be taken back in time and also get pampered with great service while you're there.

3. A Stroll in a Garden. Take a stroll in the Zilker Botanical Gardens, and enjoy the quiet gardens and the beauty of the waterfalls, streams, and koi-filled ponds. 

4. Carriage Ride. Take a tour of downtown Austin in style. Austin Carriage offers romantic carriage rides during the day and in the evenings, for a perfect date.

5. A Massage for Two. Spend an hour together, each getting a relaxing swedish massage at the Lake Austin Spa Resort. Or better yet, spend the whole day getting pampered together at the spa, with delicious meals in between, a private hot tub, and lots of alone time. 

6. Take a Hike. For a great hike with scenic views, try a hike or a run at the Barton Creek Greenbelt. A bit rugged and hilly, the 8 mile terrain is a great workout in a very serene setting.

7. Learn Something New. There's something romantic about taking cooking classes together. Try Central Market, Whole Foods, or Williams-Sonoma.

8. River Cruise. Take a ride on the Lone Star Riverboat Cruise and spend time enjoying the beautiful scenary together. Check out their website for themed cruises and special events.

9A Live Show. Take your partner to a live performance at a big theater downtown, like the Paramount, or a ballet show at Austin Ballet. Or try out an edgier theater offering original material, like the Salvage Vanguard Theater. For other options, check out our Performing Arts list. 

10. Volunteer. Spend the day making a difference - together. There are volunteering opportunities all over Austin, and you're likely to find one that you're passionate about. Try Austin Parks, the Austin Museum of Art, Austin Humane Society, and the Habitat for Humanity.