Whether couples are on their honeymoon or simply spending a weekend away together, Dallas has endless opportunities for special moments. "Dallas is a city that has it all," says Heather Grosz, a luxury travel advisor with Two Nights In. "There are beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls. Not everyone would expect that in a big city, but it is nice to get away from the crowds and spend some time outdoors with plenty of convenient restaurants and great spots for a picnic."
Meet the Expert
Heather Grosz is a luxury travel advisor with Two Nights In. She loves Dallas and does full-service travel planning both domestically and globally to all seven continents.
You can plan a weekend getaway to Dallas for under $1,200, depending on the time of year you visit. Summer is the most popular time to visit Dallas, but Grosz prefers visiting in the spring or fall. She shares, "The weather is great, and you do not have to deal with the Texas summer heat or colder winter months. However, every season has unique activities, and there is always plenty to do indoors when the weather outside is not ideal."
Though she cautions, "Dallas is a very big city, so plan the location of your stay accordingly. There are great places to walk, but you will need to plan to rent a car or get a rideshare to almost everywhere."
Preparing for your romantic getaway? Here are 15 romantic things to do in Dallas any couple will enjoy.
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Enjoy Cocktails at Shoals Sound & Service
With its romantic ambiance and wildly popular cocktails, Shoals Sound and Service sets the scene for a great date night. As the city’s much-adored Latin American kitchen and cocktail lounge, it’s a great place to try original Dallas cocktails and empanadas.
Stroll Through Klyde Warren Park at Night
Walk hand in hand with your love on a stroll through Klyde Warren Park. Grosz recommends this 5.2-acre urban park in downtown Dallas. It’s a beautiful place for relaxation and reflection with the bonus of having the city skyline as a backdrop.
Try a Tandem Massage at the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
When was the last time you and your partner were simultaneously spoiled with a luxurious spa treatment? The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas can really set the scene for romance with its deluxe tandem massage for couples. Some signature treatments at the spa include Dean’s Margarita Salt Glow, which celebrates the unique flavors of Texas along with its magnificence, and the eight-hand massage.
See a Film at the Rooftop Cinema Club
Sure, you can see a movie anywhere, but you can’t have the Rooftop Cinema Club experience everywhere. Here you can enjoy a romantic movie while taking in a gorgeous sunset or starlit evening. With cinema-style seating, it offers views of the city skyline and delectable food, too.
Spend an Evening at The Opera
Treat your date to an inspiring performance by the Dallas Opera, a renowned performing arts organization, at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. This opera house is a lovely and romantic place to be with a chandelier and gold leaf-covered balconies.
Have Wine Tasting Adventures
Texas may not be known for its fine wine, but that may very well be changing. From Fredericksburg to Lubbock, Lone Star State wineries are creating special, flavorful wines, and Dallas has several fun wine tasting destinations. Try a guided wine tour at The Art of Wine or savor a tasting at Times Ten Cellars or Checkered Past Winery.
Visit Southfork Ranch
As the primary location for the infamous, long-running TV series aptly named Dallas, Southfork Ranch is a popular destination for Dallas visitors. Take a tour to see many of the sights from the romantic, fictitious Ewing Mansion from the TV show. It also gives you a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle on display in the show, and you can see authentic mementos, props, and costumes from Dallas, too.
Have a Date Night at 470 Feet
Book a date night package at The Reunion Tower for romantic, breathtaking views of the city of Dallas in all its lit-up wonder. The inclusive couples’ package was designed to enhance the romance of the evening with two admission tickets to the GeO-Deck, VIP elevator service, a digital photograph to mark the occasion, a silver picture frame to later display the photo, two glasses of sparkling wine, and two Reunion Tower logo flute glasses to take home as keepsakes.
Take a Gondola Ride
You don’t have to go to Venice, Italy for a romantic gondola ride. Grosz recommends the short drive to Irving for a romantic gondola ride, one of the lesser-known romantic things to do near the city. Gondola Adventures offers a romantic ride on Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn.
Savor Dinner for Two at Spiral Diner & Bakery
If you think a diner can’t be romantic, think again. The award-winning Spiral Diner & Bakery recreates the joyful environment of a retro 1950s diner, and couples can slip into a comfortable booth for a special dinner. The restaurant serves delectable comfort food that’s healthier than you’d imagine, while still offering a gorgeous dessert counter.
Play at Six Flags Over Texas
If you’ve seen romantic movies like The Notebook, you know that theme parks can sometimes unexpectedly inspire lovey-dovey moments. When you go on a date to Six Flags Over Texas, you can enjoy a lot of close contact as you experience a new adventure on every ride side by side, and there are lots of opportunities to get photos to document your date day!
Spend an Afternoon at the South Dallas Cultural Center
With two visual art galleries that offer dynamic, thought-provoking exhibitions, the South Dallas Cultural Center has a variety of programs that celebrate the African contribution to world culture. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon with your partner; you are both sure to find inspiration while exploring the current exhibits.
Dance the Night Away at Guitars & Cadillacs
When in Dallas, dance to country music as many Texans do. Take your date to the country-western nightclub Guitars & Cadillacs for a fun atmosphere and "country that rocks." It has seasonal activities and specials, and there’s always something interesting going on there.
Enjoy a Picnic for Two at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is an idyllic spot for an amorous picnic with its gorgeous flowers, seasonal displays, and tranquil atmosphere. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket, cooler, food, and even adult beverages.
Grab Sweets for Two from Cinnaholic
Before heading out for a picnic or going back to your hotel room for the night, stop by Cinnaholic for a creative take on cinnamon rolls. You can also choose to dine in, but the cinnamon rolls are so decadent and large that you’ll probably want a to-go box. Show your partner how well you know their tastes by creating a cinnamon roll just for them or enjoy one of their seasonal sweet treats.
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