10 Sure Fire Suggestions For a Casual Fun Date In Houston
Houston: The Bayou City, Space City, The Big Heart, H-Town, Clutch City, Hustle Town, the Energy Capital of the World. By whatever name you call it, Houston is a culturally diverse, international city. It is also a young and educated city, meaning a fair percentage of the population over the age of 25 holds a college and graduate degree. Moreover, Houston has been ranked the number one city in the United States for young couples. So where do casually dating couples go just to have fun and get to know each other better?
With lots of green space offering more than 300-miles of interconnected bikeway network spread over 500 square miles and more than 128 miles of hike and bike trails, an incredible performing arts theatre district spanning 17 blocks and with nearly 13,000 seats and residential professional companies in the four disciplines of ballet, opera, symphony and theater, and with over 10,000 restaurants in the Houston area, finding a place to go on a casual date is not hard.
Here are 10 suggestions for a Houston casual date:
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1. Want a little theater – outside? How about Miller Outdoor Theater. At Miller you get everything from musical theater, to music concerts, to children’s theater. It is free seating on the lawn, with a nominal charge for seats under the awning. Bring a picnic basket and eat in the park beforehand, or take a peek into the zoo, which is just next door, or a walk in the newly refurbished McGovern Centennial Gardens. You can also pick up a movie at one of the outdoor movies in the park at Discovery Green or Market Square Park, both in downtown, or at the Menil Collection, close to University of St. Thomas campus.
2. If your date is into the opera, symphony, or the stage, a night on the town is in order. A per-theatre dinner at Damian’s Cucina Italiana is always a good starter. You can then take their complimentary shuttle service to and from the theater district. If you want to take a walk to the theater, Artista restaurant is a good choice. It also boasts a great downtown view. These are just two of several good restaurants that cater to the theater crowd.
3. Maybe your date is a sports fan , take him or her to a baseball game and watch the Houston Astros play at Minute Maid Park. If soccer is the game of choice, the Houston Dynamos play at Houston Sports Park, or watch the Houston Rockets play basketball at the Toyota Center. All of these stadiums are within the same general area. After the game, walk or drive over to La Carafe, the oldest bar in Houston, for a nightcap. If your date is more adventurous and into making his or her own sports, you can kayak down one of the bayous, or bike along many of Houston’s cycling trails.
4. For a season specific date, hop in the car and drive out into the Brazos Valley hills or the Texas Hill Country for spectacular wildflower viewing. Then, upon your return to Houston, head to Chapultepec’s for a Mexican dive experience.
5. Take a walk along the newly refurbished Eleanor Tinsley Park just outside of downtown. Be sure and take your pooches to the new dog park. If you prefer, take a run along the trails or head to Memorial Park for a walk or run along the attractive all weather trails out there.
6. If your date is more inclined to Science, the Museum of Natural Science is one of the many museums in the Museum District. The Black Labrador, an English pub, is close-by and always a good choice for a UK style experience, with a woody interior, great brews and English pub food.
7. Silver Street is a complex of 20,000 square feet and 70 creative studios, boasting some of the best up and coming young artists and local creative entrepreneurs in Texas. For a fun day or evening, walk around the artisans’ shops with a glass of wine.
8. Check out the many live music venues. For some good live music, take in McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. You will hear everything from Irish sessions to country-rock. There are many other venues with live music, such as Last Concert Café, Continental Club, or Warehouse Live. For headliner live music, check out The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion schedule.
9. Is your date a book-worm? Check out the many used bookstores in Houston. Half-Price Books is always a good bet for many hours of browsing and dipping. For an old-fashioned bookstore where books are plenty and the shelves are few, try Becker’s Books. Afterwards, go to Swirll for fantastic yogurt or the Chocolate Bar for a big-old slab of chocolate…well…anything!
10. Take a cooking class. Urban Chef offers date-night cooking classes, or for a Saturday morning date, try a cooking class at Sur La Table. It’s great fun trying your hand at gourmet cooking, and eating the results – you can also check out your partner’s cooking skills, which information might come in handy for the future.
Whatever your taste in date venues, you can find something intriguing to do in the Houston area, in fact, the choice is so wide, you could date every night of the year and never repeat an experience!
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