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Austin Date Ideas: Fun Creative Dates for All Interests

Updated: Sep 28, 2022


A man and woman biking down butler hike and bike trail. The main is on the left wearing a blue checked shirt while the woman on the right wears a red shirt smiling back at him. Both are pushing red bikes
Butler Hike & Bike Trail. Credit Nick Simonite.

Recently moved to Austin? Longtime residents curious to know all that the city offers? Just in town for a week? Regardless of your situation there are lots of amazing places to visit and things to do in the capital of the Lone Star State for your date night. Austin has it all with its vibrant landscape of art, music, food, and more. Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, check out some live music, sample the local cuisine, or peruse the art scene you’ll find all that and more in this list of Fun Creative Date Ideas!


It shows a vibrant picture of the Barton spring pool. It shows a set of stairs leading down to the pool where people in swimming attire are near the edge as well as swimming in the pool.
source: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

Barton Spring Pool

Barton Spring Pool is located inside Zilker park. The pool is a whopping three acres in size and is kept warm by underground springs at a balmy temperature of 70 degrees. This makes it perfect for year round swimming whenever you’d like. The pool is open every day till 10pm making it a perfect spot to go even in the evenings when trying to escape that fiery Texas heatwave.


Barton Spring Pool Cost

The entry fee for residents is $5 for those 18 and older and $9 for non Texas residents.

For a full list of fees and pricing visit the Austintexas.gov site


Barton Spring Pool Hours

The pool is open 8:00am -10:00pm everyday except Thursday where it is closed from 9am-7pm. You are able to swim between the hours of 5am and 8am every day but there will not be any life guards there at that time so we don’t recommend that. No reservation is needed


It shows a wide angle shot of the corner of the Blanton museum of art. Yellow Light illuminates the arches of the building.
source: https://blantonmuseum.org/about/

The Blanton Museum of Art

Come by to the Blanton Museum of Art to see an astounding collection of over 21,000 works. It is renowned for its European paintings as well as modern and contemporary American and Latin American art. Current visiting Exhibitions that can be seen include Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America.


Blanton Museum of Art Cost

The Blanton Museum is Free Every Thursday thanks to the Moddy Family Free Day Endowment

Adult - $12

Seniors(65+) - $10

Youth and College Id Holders - $5

UT ID holders, Children 12 & under, and K-12 Teachers(with valid id) – FREE


Blanton Museum of Art Hours

Wed-Sat: 10am -5pm

Sun: 1pm-5pm

Mon-Tues: CLOSED


it shows the elephant room located in austin. An older man wearing a cap stares at the camera from a distance. A warm yellow light basks the entire picture emanating from a lamp to the side.
Dave Creaney For American Statesmen

The Elephant Room

If your looking for live music look no farther than the Elephant Room here in Austin. The Elephant room is a speakeasy underground jazz bar with nightly live music, a full bar, featuring more than 20 draft beers on tap and wines by the glass.


The Elephant Room Cost

No cover Sunday - Wednesday

$5 cover Thursday

$7 Cover on Friday and Saturday


The Elephant Room Hours

Live Jazz 7 days a week

Early Shows 6pm Late Shows 9pm

Monday-Friday 5pm – 2am

Sat-Sunday 8pm – 2am


A succulent display of the different meats and sides that you can order at Interstellar Barbeque. It includes sausage, brisket, burnt ends, coleslaw, and more.
source: https://www.theinterstellarbbq.com/

Interstellar Barbeque

Barbeque so good it seems otherworldly! Interstellar Barbeque in North Austin lives up to its name serving barbeque that creates an out of this world explosion of flavor in every bite that you take. Interstellar Barbeque is run by pit master John Bates and is built upon a few key principles: only using the highest quality ingredients, always source the best wood, take the time to cook one batch at a time, and cook great good for you always placing an emphasis on quality over quantity.


Interstellar Barbeque Cost

Pricing for their brisket was $16 for a ½ pound in May 2022. Expect to pay around 20-$25 dollars per person for a meal at this location. For current up to date pricing see the menu in Restaurant or Call Ahead.


Interstellar Barbeque Hours

Monday-Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday-Sunday – 11am-Sold out


A ghostly aura surrounds one of the historic building in Austin Texas
source: https://www.touratx.com/ghost-walk

Ghost Walk Austin by Austin Walking Tours

Fascinated by the supernatural. A super fan of the spectral. Then walking tours of Austin has the thing for you. Austin is full of stories and almost every street corner abounds with exciting stories just waiting to be told. With these expert guide and a stellar 4.8 starts on google reviews you are sure to have a spooky time. The tour lasts on average for about an hour and 30 minutes.


Walking Tours Of Austin: Ghost Walk Cost

Adults - $23.00

Children(ages 10 and under) - $12.00


Walking Tours Of Austin: Ghost Walk Hours

They are scheduled to start at 8pm Monday -Saturday with an additional ghost walk done on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm


people having fun skating at playland skate center. There is a sparkling skate shoe sign in the center with lightning bolts glowing outwards from it.
source: https://playlandskatecenter.net/

Playland Skate Center

Playland Skate Center is a great date night occasion especially considering that they offer Adult Nights(ages 18+) on Tuesdays and Saturdays so that you can relax and avoid children careening down the rink at you. Have fun skating the rink and jamming out to some tunes while you do!


Playland Skate Center Cost

Roller-Skates – $11.09 + tax

Roller-Blades - $15.09 + tax


Playland Skate Center Hours

Monday, Wednesday - Closed

Tuesday – 7pm-11pm Adult Night

Thursday – 3pm-8:30pm

Friday – 3pm-10pm

Saturday – 12pm-8:30pm / Adult Night 9pm -12am

Sunday – 12pm-5pm


pinball machines line both sides of the picture brightly glowing. There is a vibrant retro themed carpet that is based upon the theme of pinball.
source: https://austinmoms.com/

Pinballz Arcade Austin

With three locations in Austin there will always be a Pinballz Arcade close enough for you to enjoy the plethora of arcade and pinball machines that they have. They have lots of new and Old School retro games to play. They have classics such as Super Mario Bros, Pacman, 007 Golden Eye, Indiana Jones, Jurassic park and more. If pinball games aren’t your fancy they have a plethora of other game types such as classic video games, airy hockey, skee-ball, and more. A great date night activity where you can let your inner child run free.


Pinballz Cost

Pinballz is a pay per play arcade with pricing ranging from a 1.00 to a 1.75 per play according to recent reports. For accurate up to date pricing visit their website or call ahead.


Pinballz Hours

MON – THURS: 11AM – 12AM FRI: 11AM – 2AM SAT: 10AM – 2AM SUN: 10AM – 10PM


Hopefully this has gotten the creative juices sparking and you have some great date ideas planned! If we didn't mention one of your favorites feel free to leave us a comment below and it might get picked to be in one of our next articles!



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