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Even though there’s nothing wrong with embracing take-out and Netflix for most romantic nights, sometimes couples want to add a little flare to their nights together. Dallas is an amazing city for date nights, especially if you know where to look. Will you and your partner be checking any of these out in the next few months?

Go Two-Stepping

Come on, it’s Dallas. If you and your sweetheart haven’t given country dancing a shot yet, then you’re missing out on the authentic Western experience. Head over to Cowboys Red River or one of the many other venues in the area to try out some new moves. It’s okay if you step on each other’s toes a few (dozen) times.

Explore the Dallas Farmers Market

Pick a weekend morning to meander through the 26,000 square foot food hall. There are plenty of restaurants and specialty foods to check out, as well as seating so you can relax with your delicious purchases. Nothing breeds romance like fantastic food, right?

Visit a Winery

Whether you’re looking for a reasonably-priced wine tasting or a tour of a winery, there are several options in the Dallas area. Times Ten Cellars offers great happy hours, and Bishop Arts Winery serves wine with tasty food.

Salsa Dance in Deep Ellum

Even if your dance moves aren’t all that smooth, places like Cafe Salsera are a blast to check out. Worst case scenario, you can simply watch more impressive dancers while you munch on tasty dishes. The sensual style of the dance is sure to spice up your night, whether you flaunt your moves or not.

Take a Sushi Making Class

You don’t have to be fancy to learn to make your own sushi. Places like Central Market Cooking School offer one-time courses, and it’ll be a unique night out for you and your partner. If sushi isn’t your thing, there are other courses you can consider. Bon appetit! 

Enjoy Live Music at a Jazz Cafe

Venues like The Balcony Club and The Library couldn’t provide a more romantic atmosphere for a date night. Relax and sip on your drink while you enjoy the music and your partner’s company. You won’t have to shout at each other over the loud bass of other bars, and you’ll get to hear a quality performance.

See a Movie at Magnolia Theater

Sure, seeing a movie isn’t exactly the most original date idea, but The Magnolia will lend a special feel to your viewing experience. With a great bar and a nice atmosphere, you probably won’t be sharing the theater with obnoxious groups of teenagers or sticky floors.

Try Out a Shotgun Date

You know you’ve always secretly wanted to practice shooting with (and definitely not at) your significant other. The DFW Gun Range offers a luxurious experience for advanced and first-time shooters. Just show up, pay a reasonable fee, and showcase your shooting arm. Nothing spells romance like a gunshot, am I right?

Eat at and Explore the Dallas Museum of Art

If you’re like many Dallas residents, the Museum of Art is probably one of those places you’ve always seen and never checked out. Well, it’s time that you gave it a shot. Take a long, soothing stroll through the art displays, and then treat yourself to lunch at the DMA Cafe or the Socca Mediterranean Cafe. You can also hop across the street to check out the food trucks at Klyde Warren Park on a nice Saturday.

Relax at an Actual Pub

Take a mini-vacay by checking out a UK or Irish style pub. Places like The Dubliner and Fillmore Pub offer great food, drinks, and atmospheres. Sit back and relax while enjoying the amenities of a regular bar with a twist.

Treat Yourself to a Day at the Spa

Whether you’re searching for a hot stone couple’s massage or a soak in a hydrotherapy pool, Dallas has spas that fit your needs. Hiatus, Spa Castle, and ZaSpa Dallas all offer couple’s packages. You know your bodies deserve some pampering once in awhile, and there’s no reason not to make a date night out of it.

Dine at Nick & Sam’s

Sure, you and your sweetheart usually stick to The Olive Garden for your special nights out, but it doesn’t hurt to splurge every now and then. Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse offers an atmosphere and menu that are well-worth the cost. Treat yourself to some champagne and great service, and don’t forget to try one of their fancier dishes.

Fly Over the Dallas Skyline

Although this is one of the priciest options on the list, if you have the means, there’s no better (or more romantic) way to view Dallas than from the air. There are several companies in the area that offer plane and helicopter tours of the city. Talk about a special night out. You can even fly to a luxurious wine tasting if you’re in the mood!

Float the Trinity River

If you’re an outdoorsy couple, consider experiencing the Trinity in a fun way: Canoe or kayak on a river expedition. It’ll definitely be a memorable date, and it’s a great way to get outside on a nice weekend.

Take a Partner Yoga Class

This one might be outside many people’s comfort zone, but if you’re feeling brave, it can be a humorous and fun date. Sure, you might giggle while you’re trying to replicate whatever the heck this pose is, but it’s a great way to bond. Search for the yoga places near you and see what they have to offer.

Bond While Scaling a Rock Wall

Want some real romance? Try dangling from a 100-foot indoor cliff together. Although this date might not be for the faint-of-heart, it’s certainly a unique way to get some quality time together. Added bonus: you’ll get a workout at the same time! Click here to see some of the best gyms for climbing in the area.

Solve a Mystery Together

You’ve probably heard many people talking about “escape rooms” and how much fun they are. Never fear, Dallas is home to multiple different escape adventures, and they’re quite the entertainment experience. Head to Red Door Escape and tackle the “Once Upon a Time” episode or flee from a zombie at Room Escape Adventures.

Show Off Your Swing at Top Golf

Trust me: no one is more uncoordinated than I am, and even I love spending the evening at Top Golf. Players of all experience levels will have fun aiming for the different holes and competing with each other. Plus, the venue has great food and drinks, so you can still enjoy the night if you’re not athletically inclined.

Create Your Own Masterpieces

Whether you’re the next big name in art or someone who can only sketch stick figures, Painting with a Twist is a great way to spend a night with your special someone. The instructors are wonderful, and they’ll walk you through the process of creating a piece that you’ll be proud to showcase in your home. Who knows? Perhaps one of you has a secret artistic streak.

Check Out the Dallas Zoo

Despite what you may think, the Dallas Zoo isn’t just a place for wide-eyed children and their families. As the largest zoological experience in Texas, the park offers tons of fun activities, from Meet the Keeper talks to brand new exhibits. Take a nice afternoon to stroll around together and take in all the entertaining sights. Sometimes, pretending to be an excited kid for a few hours is a great way to reconnect. 

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