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As the fourth largest city in the country, Houston, Texas prides itself on being a cosmopolitan city that has excitement, entertainment and activities of every kind for both its visitors and residents. If you are visiting Houston with your significant other, whether for a special occasion or just for leisure travel, Houston is full of romantic attractions, hidden quiet spots and special experiences that are sure to bring the two of you even closer.
Take your sweetheart to enjoy Houston's cultural offerings, found in the many museums, art galleries and performing art venues the city has to offer. Get dressed up for a night out at the Houston Symphony in downtown, which has a full calendar season of performances, including visiting musicians and conductors from around the world. Visit the ever-changing exhibits at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The massive museum hosts regular evening mixers and cocktail parties, where you and your partner could dance the night away underneath a giant dinosaur skeleton. You could also check out Sundance Cinemas Houston, where you can watch little-known indie flicks, a romantic foreign film or a classic silent movie.
Love and Nature
Take in the natural beauty of Houston with your love. The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center in Memorial Park is the perfect place for a quiet stroll along one of several nature trails. Sit on a bench in the wildlife garden, and enjoy the beauty of the native plants and flowers. The Hermann Park Conservancy, in the heart of the museum district, is another breathtaking green space for you and your sweetie to enjoy. Picnic by the water, rent one of the park's pedal boats or hop on the quaint Hermann Park Railroad for a scenic ride around the park. Check out the secluded Japanese Garden at sunset and cozy up under one of its cherry trees.
Classes for Couples
Learn something new with your love by taking a class together. Many cooking classes in the area have designated date-night cooking classes that will teach you how to cook a romantic meal together. Urban Chef offers monthly themed date-night classes, such as its Halloween date night, requesting couples to come dressed in a creative couples costume. At Sur La Table, you and your partner will learn how to cook upscale, elegant dishes with a strong emphasis on skills. You could also take a creative painting class at Pinot's Palette, an art and wine party studio with several Houston locations. Bring your favorite wine and learn to paint a masterpiece with your sweetheart.
Indulge in one of Houston's finest and most romantic spas with your partner. Petit Retreat is known for the massage services it provides specifically for couples. Enjoy side-by-side couples massages in a 1920s-style cottage, and take advantage of the whirlpool spa tub and private garden. All couples treatments include wine, fresh fruit and chocolates. At the Fiori Day Spa, you and your love will enjoy a European spa experience that includes a thermal mineral pool. Opt for the Couple's Experience package for the ultimate in privacy and romance. The package includes facials, a Swedish massage and lunch in a private VIP suite.
- Houston Symphony: About Houston Symphony
- Houston Museum of Natural Science: Special Events - Dance Under the Dinosaurs
- Houston Aboretum & Nature Center Plan Your Visit
- Hermann Park Conservancy: Inside Hermann Park
- Urban Chef: Date Night
- Sur La Table: Houston City Centre - Calendar
- Pinot's Palette: Home
- The Petite Retreat: Couple's Massage Therapy
- Fiori Day Spa: Spa Packages
Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.