Whether you're looking for fresh ideas or tried and true staples, we've rounded up our top summer date night ideas in Austin.
From outdoor adventures to cultural delights, read on for eight summer date night ideas that will have you ready to book a sitter.
1. Bat Watching on Congress Avenue Bridge
Experience a unique spectacle by going bat watching on the Congress Avenue Bridge. From late spring to early fall, over a million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from beneath the bridge at sunset. Pack a blanket, find a cozy spot on the bridge or nearby park, and witness the incredible sight as the bats take flight against the backdrop of the Austin skyline. Here's how to make the most of your bat watching experience
2. Moonlight Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake
Embark on a romantic moonlight kayaking adventure on Lady Bird Lake. Rent a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard and paddle along the calm waters with the moonlight glow overhead. Enjoy the stunning views of the city skyline, passing under the Congress Avenue Bridge, and savor the tranquility of the lake.
3. Dive-In at Deep Eddy Pool
Take a refreshing swim at Deep Eddy Pool. This historic spring-fed swimming pool is a must-see for Austin locals and visitors alike. Float on a raft or lounge poolside while enjoying the summer sun. With the cool water and a charming atmosphere, this unique date night is perfect for beating the summer heat.
4. Food Truck Park Hopping
Explore Austin's vibrant food truck scene by going on a food truck park hopping adventure. Visit popular spots like The Picnic, where a variety of food trucks gather. Indulge in a diverse array of cuisines, from tacos and BBQ to international delicacies.
5. Zilker Summer Musical at Zilker Park
Spend the evening at Zilker Park while enjoying the annual Zilker Summer Musical. Settle in with a blanket or lawn chairs as you watch a Broadway-style performance under the stars. The open-air theater and the beauty of the park create a magical setting for an outdoor theatrical experience.
6. Sunset Hike at Mount Bonnell
7. Bakery Tour
Not in the mood for dinner and drinks? Try coffee and pastries on a bakery tour. Begin your journey at Easy Tiger, a beloved bakery and beer garden where you can indulge in artisan breads, pastries, and handcrafted pretzels. Don't miss out on a visit to Voodoo Doughnut, where you can savor whimsical doughnut creations. Wrap up your tour at Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, a local favorite offering an assortment of pies, cookies, and cakes.
8. Brewery Hopping
Experience the vibrant craft beer scene in Austin, TX, with a brewery-hopping adventure. Start at Jester King Brewery, known for its farmhouse ales and scenic setting. Then, head to Austin Beerworks for their diverse range of brews. Finally, visit Zilker Brewing Company for innovative beers and a relaxed atmosphere. Cheers!
Date nights are proven to be important for parents—they tend to make us feel connected, relaxed and able to return to parenting refreshed and with a stronger sense of personal identity.
But don't feel pressured to do date night in a way that's not 'you'! Adventurous and romantic dates are the ticket for some, but going for a drive, a jog, or sitting in peace and not saying anything for a little while are great options, too.