Dating in Houston can be great. Dating in the midst of a global pandemic?
Maybe not so great. We have patio weather almost year round, our restaurant and bar scene continues to be off-the-charts amazing, and there always seems to be something cool going on.
Multiple locations Some of our favorite local music dives have begun to reopen with safety measures in place, of courseincluding White Oak Music HallSatellite Barand Warehouse Live. Multiple locations Bayou City Outdoors regularly hosts mile farmers market bike tours, but you can check out its farmers market guide and put together a ride of your own. You and your date will be able to bond over locally made jams and fresh-picked produce as you hit two or three farmers markets over the course of a few hours.
Once you have secured the goods, Buffalo Bayou park is your go-to for a picnic under the skyline. Alief Who new devouring crawfish he and cracking king crab claws with butter-soaked hands could be so erotic?
We did. And we found out at Crawfish and Noodle. That means you can hit the town or participate from just about anywhere and drink your own booze.
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Houston Houston Axe Throwing offers up ax-throwing sessions, lessons, and games with social-distancing and sanitation practices. Multiple locations Perhaps start with breakfast tacosthen move onto regular tacos for date two. Some breweries are able to serve on-site as they also house restaurants like Saint A and BuffBrewbut you can always pick-up brews to-go, too.
Here are some of our favorites to get you started. Multiple locations And why not start with the best brunches in Houston? Washington On the second Saturday of every month, local artists open their studios to the public. Head to the repurposed Sawyer Yards warehouses to Texas everything from paintings and sculptural works to night and date. You can even grab walk-around suds from Holler Brewing. Needville Head to the nearby Brazos Bend for a romantic hike and finish it off with a sick stargazing sesh. Just make online rezzies before you go and be sure to check for closures due to flooding, too because HoustonProblems.
Montrose The Menil Collection is hands down one of the most prized artscapes in Houston, so go there to stare at Houston pretty cool walls, discover art in its green spaces, check out the grounds near the Rothko Chapel, then hop on over to Bistro Menil to take turns sniffing wine and discussing existentialism. Downtown This awesome 87,square foot, foot tall underground cistern was built inbut it only opened to the public a few years back.
Public and private tours are now available with reservations so you can experience its cathedral-like magnificence in person. Houston While we love a good old-school bowling alley, there are some young guns on the block that add a bit more sex appeal to date night.
Over in CityCentre, Bowl and Barrel has fancy cocktails, shareable pub grub, and a sultry mood lighting. And when it reopens, Lucky Strike in Downtown is always a good time. This time, instead of a rooftop movie, you can enjoy a drive-in one. Your ticket will earn you a deated parking spot, and you can either BYO food and drink or purchase cinema snacks and local food trucks eats on-site.
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Some of them are even totally free! Be sure to check for reservation policies before you go. No reservations necessary, just wear your masks and walk on in. Yeah, we still agree with that. Find her being all romantic on IG brookiefafa or on Twitter brookeviggiano. Duringthe world collectively bemoaned the loss of a lot of things: Dancing. Spending entire summer afternoons at water parks, surrounded by screaming children and bobbing like apples in crowded wave pools. OK, probably not the last one so much. But around the country, there are a of water parks that are genuinely just as fun for grown-ass adults as they are for kids, with thrills like beer halls, daybeds, and lazy river swim-up bars all on offer.
Plus, many of them are back on the table for summerwith plenty of safety measures in place and just as many good times as before. Nashville, Tennessee This upscale park goes beyond concession stand food Water parks have never been known for their cuisine. The grub is spread out across a restaurant, two food trucks, and an adults-only upper level lounge with its very own bar and infinity pool.
Indoors, the party goes on! The annual Arktoberfest is a celebration of all things Wisconsin, including polka, sausage, and, yes, craft beer. Now add waterslides.
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There, guests can reserve an array of poolside daybeds, cabanas, and even a private pavilion with its own pool, waterfalls, and wet bar. Columbus, Ohio Make it a twofer at Texas combination water park and zoo Zoombezi Bay has the distinction of being the only large-scale water park in America attached to a city zoo-which means your admission also grants you access to the Columbus Zoo and all its animal friends.
But date real draw for Central Ohio grown-ups is Croctail Creek, a and-over lazy river complete with a swim-up bar. You can grab a footlong fruity drink and float the afternoon away, completely oblivious to the world around you.
New Braunfels, Texas Stash your stuff ahem, beer in easily accessible bungalows Destinations like the Maldives, Seychelles, and Bora Bora boast overwater bungalows-but you only have to fly to Texas for over-water park digs. The park offers seven different lodging options, making it the best in the country for a multi-day escape.
After checking into your suite, Houston can lounge by a heated pool in a biergarten, then head down racing slides, double-loop body slides, and pretty much every other kind of waterslide you can imagine. There is simply no water park with quite as much night on, so planning more than a day is probably your best move. More info here. Rather than PVC, this chute is naturally carved into red rock, made slick by algae, and powered by a current that empties into a large swimming hole. The ft trap door ride drops you at a degree angle down a volcano and past the lesser humans relaxing in the swimming pool below.
Denver, Colorado Take a psychedelic journey down technicolor slides and rides Even you, an intellectual, must occasionally crave a drop down a foot speed slide. Before you head out, know that the park is only open on weekends and closes for the season after Halloween. Belton, Texas Going out just got wetter The coolest bar in Belton, Texas has a dress code: swimwear required. Matt Meltzer is a contributing writer for Thrillist. Follow him on Instagram meltrez1. By Anonymous.
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