Austin is the home of art, music and even romance! For the couples looking for a little bit of everything, from an intimate dinner to adventures out by the water, this is your perfect romantic weekend destination. MyCurlyAdventures_ and MyCulinaryAdventures_ are here to share some of their favorite things to do for a couples weekend in Austin!

Poolside cabanas with large lounge furniture, and clothes and towels draped across the lounge chairs.Courtesy South Congress Hotel.

Day 1

As soon as you arrive in Austin, check into the South Congress Hotel for a beautiful boutique hotel experience located right in the heart of South Congress Avenue. With its convenient location, there’s so much to do nearby and couples don’t have to worry about driving if they don’t want to. When the weather is nice, book a cabana at their rooftop pool for a relaxing time in the sun and service from their pool bar. When you're ready to explore, bikes are available to rent from the hotel lobby.

Explore East Austin
Filled with vibrant colors and murals, East Austin is a great place to do a little mural hopping and take in the local art scene. Make a trip to the "Your My Butter Half" mural and snap a cute couple's pic. 

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner at Juniper
For a fine dining experience, head over to Juniper with its moody ambiance and intimate space, you're sure to have a romantic meal. Choose between their prix fixe menu or order a la carte, just don't forget to add the puffy potatoes to your order! 

Dance the Night Away
Want a reason to get close to your partner? Try your hand at passionate Latin dancing to upbeat live music. Take your pick of salsa, bachata, kizomba, and other Latin dance forms at Esquina Tango!

Girl reaching for a pair of cowboy boots at Allens Boots.
Allen's Boots. Credit Carolina de Mauro.

Day 2

Breakfast at Café No Sé
Located at South Congress Hotel, Café No Sé is convenient for a nice and quick breakfast with options like lemon ricotta pancakes and butterscotch lattes.

Explore South Congress Avenue
South Congress is where it’s at for that funky Austin vibe. You can view and purchase local art, shirts with funny phrases, and other unique items at shops along the street. Find eclectic toys, gifts, and games at Monkey See Monkey Do, or get yourself a pair of matching cowboy boots at Allens Boots.

Lunch at Lucky Robot
While on South Congress, stop in for lunch at Lucky Robot and order some delicious sushi. For couples that like trying different things, you can sample different nigiri or cook your own beef with their hot rock. There are even some delicious vegan nigiri options!

Grab Some Ice Cream at Amy’s
After lunch, ice cream is a must; and Amy’s Ice Creams is an iconic spot that locals and visitors both love. Mix it up with their large selection of toppings and "chrush'ns."

Play a Round of Mini Golf
Sure you can play mini golf just about anywhere, but there’s something truly unique about Peter Pan Mini Golf—known for its weird sculptures, dinosaurs and, of course, the giant Peter Pan. The course is BYOB, so you can "cheers" when you make that hole-in-one. 

Adults and children playing in and along the banks of Barton Springs Pool.Barton Springs Pool. Credit Cindy Bolanos.

Cool off at Barton Springs Pool
Especially in the heat of the Summer, Barton Springs Pool is an absolute must for a little refresh. Feel the joy of being out in nature, while also enjoying the Austin skyline as part of the backdrop. 

Try Something New at a Food Truck
Couples will love the amount of good food in Austin. It’s not hard to find a new dish, and it’s fun to travel around the world (all while staying in Austin) with all the exciting food trucks. Try Shirley’s Trini Cuisine for oxtail stew or nosh on biryani at Bombay Dhaba.

Watch the Bats
Get a sunset boat tour and bat watching show all in one with Capital Cruises which takes you on the water and guides you to where thousands of bats fly from under the bridge for a spectacular site. Austin is home to over 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats who make Congress Avenue Bridge their home from late spring through fall.

Day 3

Breakfast at Hideaway
Hideaway is a fun breakfast spot, featuring rotating waffle specials filled with decadent toppings such as the lemon drop waffle (topped with lemon curd, white chocolate, poppy seeds, whipped cream and candied lemon).

Ride a Swan
There’s just something so romantic about a swan boat ride on the water. Go early to snag one of these highly sought-after boats from Capital Cruises, or enjoy a couples' kayaking trip or motorized boat ride. Being on the water in Austin is so beautiful because if you float one way, you get the urban city backdrop, and if you go the other, you get to relax in the serenity of nature.

Stroll Through Zilker Botanical Gardens
There is so much to see at Zilker Botanical Gardens—waterfalls, a variety of different roses and even a mini fairy garden that delights the imagination, no matter the age.

Hand holding a large barbecue sandwich close to the Barbecue. Credit Hilary Bodiford. 

Lunch At la Barbecue
It would be a disservice to only visit Austin once when you needs to return and try all the different barbecue spots. But there’s nothing like couples' bonding time over barbecue-covered fingers and digging into a plate of ribs. The la Barbecue owners come from a long line of Texas Hill Country pitmasters, so it’s a little like getting the best of both worlds when visiting here!

Hike to Sculpture Falls
A wonderful thing about Austin is that lovely balance between nature and city. In one moment, you can be shopping through local boutiques or enjoying fine dining and the next, you can be walking through trails, passing waterfalls and hilly terrain. One of the most popular spots to hike is the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Along the way, you’ll see the creek passing along the  trail and find swimming spots before emerging into Sculpture Falls—an area where the water has created sculptures and formed the rocks into a waterfall.

Photo of Jessica Serna, woman wearing a denim jacket with curly brown hair smiling at the cameraPhotos & article contributed by Jessica Serna.
Jessica Serna is the Blogger of MyCurlyAdventures, a Texas based travel brand that inspires people to find magic in the everyday and encourages people to live a travel lifestyle even with a 9-5 through looking for local getaways. She takes readers on adventures throughout her state and beyond with her husband and showcases how sometimes you "travel the world" without having to travel far. Through these trips, she shares married life, managing curly hair, and the excitement of making every moment magical. She has published a magazine to share these adventures and also travels across Texas to speak about travel on local TV.