5 Dreamy Dates in Dallas
Dallas is known for its family-friendly attractions, ranging from amusement parks to museums and more. But discover another side to the city when it's time for alone time with your significant other. From adults-only amusements to sunsets and stargazing, there are plenty of romantic settings under the Dallas sky.
1. Supper, Scenery and Stars
Enjoy 360-degree views of the city as you dine 560 feet high in the sky. Wolfgang Puck at Reunion Tower (300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas, TX) rolls out fine-dining finesse with selections of Texas quail, pan-seared Texas redfish or Puck's signature Asian dishes. The 50th-floor restaurant rotates to reveal sunset and city lights views in every direction. Order a bottle of wine to make your special dinner complete. The restaurant has more than 400 bottle selections, a dozen types of sake and wines by the glass.
After Dessert: Head down a few floors to the GeO-Deck to marvel at the stars. The interactive Constellation exhibit lets you add your names and other info to a star. Add a star on subsequent visits as your relationship grows to create a memorable romantic constellation.
Buy a City Pass, and you'll get in free to the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck. The pass also admits you to Perot Museum of Science and Nature (2201 N. Field St., Dallas, TX) and your choice of two other venues.
Play With the Grown-Ups
Have you ever wanted to enjoy kid-friendly attractions like Legoland Discovery Center (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine, TX) and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science at your own pace instead of chasing after the kids? Check out special adults-only evenings hosted by both venues. At the Perot Museum, a Social Science evening lets you wander the displays with alcoholic beverages if you'd like and enjoy museum-wide-themed mysteries and live demonstrations. Legoland Discovery Center lets you challenge the master builder or each other at a wide range of interlocking challenges.
See a Saucy, Sexy Show
Head to Viva Dallas Burlesque at Viva's Lounge (1350 Manufacturing St., #120, Dallas, TX) if you want a night that combines comedy, theater, dancing and a bit of the risque. The twice-monthly event happens on the first and third Saturday of each month. Reserve VIP seating just feet from the stage to avoid less-than-romantic waits in line for first-come, first-served general admission seating. You might see juggling acts, aerial performers, strip-tease and more during your fun-filled evening. The show changes every time, so even those attending regularly won't experience the same show twice.
Go to the Drive-In
Have a remember-when car date by watching a movie at the Coyote Drive-In (223 NE 4th St., Fort Worth, TX). The four-screen theater 25 miles west of the Dallas city limits shows double features every night of the week. Grab some grown-up drinks at the snack bar, which carries a selection of beer and wine. Pair it with pizza, burgers, a cordon bleu sandwich or other fare from the snack bar.
Paddle a Lazy River
Rent a canoe for two and view Dallas from the unique perspective of the main stem of the Trinity River as it flows through downtown into the Great Trinity Forest. Or float the West Fork from Fort Worth into the city past sandstone outcroppings and pastureland. The trips are just two of several offered by Trinity River Expeditions (304 Lyman Circle, Dallas, TX) where you might catch a glimpse of wildlife like beaver or coyote. The company provides all the equipment you need for your river trip, including life vests and transportation.
Take a Foodie Tour
Discover some of the city's best cuisine on themed tours with Dallas by Chocolate (5450 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX). If you're the type to order off secret menus, check out the Off the Menu tour that will enlighten you to the best cuisine you can only get by asking. Other romantic tours include the Winery, Bites, Chocolate and Jazz tour or the Saturday Night on the Town tour that rolls out chocolate, wineries, pizza and live music.
Indulging her passion for vacation vagary through the written word on a full-time basis since 2010, travel funster Jodi Thornton-O'Connell guides readers to the unexpected, quirky, and awe-inspiring.