Look no further than Dallas, TX, if you want to plan a trip that’s all about love and romance. Whether you prefer to take to the waterways or eat a luxurious meal while enjoying a view of the city’s nighttime skyline, there are plenty of options to suit your style as a couple.

Fun Couple Things to Do in Dallas

Booking a vacation rental in this major Texas city is just as easy as finding a range of different romantic things to do. Check out our extensive list of recommendations below for date ideas in this charming city.

1. Gaze Out at the Dallas Evening Skyline

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 5 to 15 minutes
Downtown Dallas skyline as seen from the Trinity River.

Taking in the view of the city’s skyline at night can set the mood for a romantic evening. It’s a good thing then that several places outside the city offer panoramic views of the night lights. Consider spots like Trinity Overlook Park or the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge at the Continental Bridge Gateway Plaza West. Take a gaze at the structural beauty and neon splendor of this action-packed place.

2. View the City from the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 5 minutes
Reunion Tower stands tall over the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

See the city from a bird’s-eye view. An incredibly romantic activity in Dallas is riding the elevator up to the GeO-Deck of Reunion Tower for a fantastic view of the city center during daytime. The viewing deck sits 470 feet above the city, creating an expansive perspective of the area.

Capture some memorable photos of you and your partner with the city behind you. Plus, there’s a cafe, bar, and dining area that provide places to sit down and enjoy a cozy meal or drinks while enjoying the sights.

3. Gallop Around Texas Horse Park

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 20 minutes
Dark bay horses over a fence.

Saddle up for a romantic ride at the 302-acre Texas Horse Park. Catch a glimpse of how life in Texas looked for early settlers, and enjoy getting away from life in the big city. If you’ve never been horse riding before — or need to refresh your skills before heading out on the trails — the park offers a class on riding followed by an hour-long jaunt.

4. Stroll the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 15 minutes
Red flowers at the Dallas Arboretum.

Meander hand-in-hand with your partner along the pathways of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s 66-acre natural estate. Experience the vibrant colors, peaceful fountains, and the shores of White Rock Lake providing a lovely landscape for any date.

These gorgeous gardens are highly sought after as a venue for weddings and events. The space consists of 11 garden displays that offer unique views of rare plants and flowers. This site is open year-round, and it’s offerings change with the seasons.

5. Take a Gondola Ride through the Mandalay Canals

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 15 minutes

Enjoy playful kisses under bridges and the strains of romantic music played by gondoliers —without requiring a trip to Venice! Instead, you and your loved one can hop on one of the gondolas at Lake Carolyn and the Mandalay Canals. Guests are served chocolates and sparkling cider or Italian sparkling water to enhance the dreamy mood during the ride.

6. Go Ice Skating

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 50 minutes
White ice skates up against the wall in an indoor rink.

Romance at its finest. Hold your date’s hand as you skate around on the same ice that the Dallas Stars play on. The Richardson Stars Center offers public skating throughout the year, and even adds an outdoor rink in the wintertime. This makes for a very affordable and memorable date option. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own skates, rentals in all sizes are readily available.

7. Take a Stroll Through Sundance Square

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 30 minutes
Water rushing down a large fountain in Sundance Square.

Right in the heart of Fort Worth, Sundance Square is a lively epicenter of fine dining, beautiful architecture, and exciting events. Spend some time with your date watching the Water Gardens in the plaza, then munch on some gourmet cowboy cooking at Reata, before catching a comedy show at Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub. If you’re looking for an excuse to get a little closer to your date, you can always go dancing at Scat Jazz Lounge.

8. See the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 5 minutes
The Dallas orchestra practicing.

Nothing is more romantic than a night at the symphony! The DSO will serenade you and your partner by setting the perfect mood for your romantic evening. With frequent performances throughout the year, featuring a wide variety of classical and contemporary composers, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect show for you and your date.

9. Check Out Fair Park

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 10 minutes
Hanging umbrellas in navy blue, green, and white at Fair Park.

Everyone knows that a state fair is a classic date venue, but even after the fair season is over, Fair Park has plenty of date activities on tap. Home to one of the largest collections of 1930’s Art Deco architecture, you can spend some time appreciating historical art pieces.

Then, why not take your date to see a musical theatre performance at the historic Music Hall? This venue offers a variety of musicals throughout the year, so check out what’s playing and get your tickets now!

10. Enjoy a Wine Tasting

Drive Time from Downtown Dallas: 15 minutes
Slender wine glasses at a dinner table.

What better way to set the mood than some fine wine and tasty nosh? Veritas Wine Room, an award-winning vino-pub, is the perfect place for you and your date to relax and really get to know each other. The establishment has an extensive list of wines, available by the glass or bottle, and a great selection of beer and cider that pair perfectly with a customizable charcuterie board. Doing a little research on the wine list ahead of time can pay big dividends!

The Lone Star State Is Perfect for Couples

Dallas truly is a city made for lovers. Renowned worldwide for its cultural activities and unique architecture, it’s so easy to fill your evening with romantic activities that will make the perfect date. With this list in hand, your partner will be thoroughly impressed from start to finish.