Houston is a great city for dating if you’re sports fans. (It’s also one of the few cities in the States that embraces sports games as date-appropriate.) Houston has sports teams for every major professional league (with the exception of hockey), so be sure to cheer on your favorite team. Every Houston resident and visitor should check out the Reliant Astrodome at some point. As the world’s first domed stadium, it’s been nicknamed “the eighth wonder of the world.”
Dating in Houston: Out of This World
Even if you’ve lived in Houston your entire life, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t play tourist in your own backyard. Houston, aka “Space City,” is home to NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Visit Space Center Houston next door where you can meet an astronaut, take a behind-the-scenes tour of International Space Station training, and visit the historic Apollo Mission Control Center.
Optional: Follow up your space date with a private at-home screening of Apollo 13.
Dating in Houston: Get Cultured
Houston has a thriving arts community — some say it rivals New York’s, with more theater seats available in Houston than on Broadway — offering world-class ballet, opera, concert and theater date options in the Houston Theater District, where you’ll find six performance halls hosting nine major performing arts organizations.
Explore one of Houston’s many cultural institutions and institutions like The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston or the Houston Zoo.
Dating in Houston: Chow Down
Don’t let your date get hungry! Barbecue, burgers and Tex-Mex are must-eats in Houston. Get your Tex-Mex fill at Ninfa’s, Pappasitos, or Molina’s.
With a growing international community, there’s something for everyone, and for every budget, from the upscale Grove within Discovery Green to Sushi King’s continental-style Japanese cuisine, to the Mediterranean menu at the cozy-and-reasonably-priced Zelko Bistro.
Dating in Houston: Have a Java — Or Beer
Most dates either begin with drinks or end with them.
In Houston, the coffee ain’t bad at all. Grab a cup of joe at Antidote Coffee. Its brick walls and hidden patio offer great ambiance with its delicious brews.
Looking for something harder? Imbibe at Nouveau Antique Art Bar if you’re looking for something trendy and romantic. Or order your date a drink at the historic La Carafe bar. Expect to hear Benny Goodman playing in the background.
Dating in Houston: Live Music
Not into the symphony? Houston venues are regularly hosting local (and touring) rock, blues, country and Tejano acts. And don’t forget about the influential independent Houston hip-hop scene.
If listening to music isn’t enough for you, there’s always karaoke.
Dating in Houston: Find a Festival
Festivals are great date options, as you can wander by exhibits at your own pace as you chat about your surroundings. There’s never a shortage of things to see, do or talk about.
Love art? The Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park is an art-lover’s dream each spring, featuring the works of 300 artists.
Houston is also home to the world’s largest livestock exhibition, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Even if you’re not into livestock, the live entertainment might be a big enough draw. Elvis Presley once performed there!
Dating in Houston: Stay Local
Some criticisms of the Houston dating scene is that suburbanites suffer. Thanks to urban sprawl, two Houston singles might live an hour away from each other. Find organizations, sports leagues and activities local to your area when looking for dates if you’re hoping to cut down on the dating commute.
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