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Date Ideas Minus the Dining

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Whether you’re down for a group date atmosphere or a simple one-on-one not all dates have to involve the typical “dinner and a movie” regime. Be adventurous and find an activity you both love. Or coax the other person to get our of their comfort zone and maybe explore a new activity! We’ve got you covered on plenty of date ideas minus the dining.

Grab your friends for a carefree afternoon or night out testing out your drive! One of our favorite date spots is Top Golf. Usually you’re in a group atmosphere where you can casually mingle, grab some drinks and engage in some sport, minus the romantic dining!

MON-SUN | 10AM-11PM

📍2700 Esperanza Crossing

Austin, TX 78758

What gets those creative juices flowing? All the supplies to create a work of art or some new craft! Upstairs Circus is where creative people come to gather. This interactive bar offers tons of activities to create a custom-made invention totally unique to you. This is the perfect date spot without the fancy dinner!

WED-FRI | 3PM-11PM

SAT | 11AM-11PM

SUN | 12PM-6;30PM

📍234 2nd St.

Austin, TX 78701

date ideas Austin

Enjoy the year-round nice weather in Austin when you book a bike tour around the city for your next date! This daytime date idea is a great way to explore the city and exchange you’re favorite spots with each other.

TUES-SAT | 5PM-9PM

📍3411 Glenview Ave.

Austin, TX 78703

For your next day date why not meet up for some mini put golf at Peter Pan Mini Golf! A playful day testing out your putting skills is a fun and friendly way to engage in a little flirtation and competition without the fancy dinner date part. And did we mention its BYOB?

SUN-WED | 10AM-10PM

FRI | 10AM-11PM

SAT | 9AM-11PM

📍1207 Barton Springs Road

Austin, TX 78704

Something about a refreshing cider and gaming is just the perfect marriage. Cidercade’s space is chalked full of classic arcade games, immersive experiences, and so many lip-smacking ciders to choose from. One of our favorite options for a date minus the dining, Cidercade is a fun way to connect for your favorite video and arcade games!

SUN-THURS | 10AM-12AM

FRI-SAY | 10AM-1AM

📍600 East Riverside Drive

Austin, TX 78704

Ready to exercise your competitive side? Vigilante Gastropub & Games boasts a large setting for all board game lovers to congregate. Explore their expansive library of games in their comprehensive database. Book a table or room to play games for this fun date spot option minus the dinner date.

TUES-THURS | 5PM-10PM

FRI-SUN | 5PM-11PM

📍7010 Easy Wind Dr. #150

Austin, TX 78752

date ideas Austin

Escape reality when you become immersed in the wonder of Dreamland amusement park. Nestled in the Dripping Springs neighborhood of South Austin, Dreamland is home to tons of lawn games like mini golf, disc golf, pickle ball, and water park. This is the perfect getaway date spot for a fun-filled day of activities!

MON-THURS | 9AM-10PM

FRI | 9AM-1AM

SAT | 7AM-1AM

SUN | 7AM-10PM

📍2770 W. Hwy 290

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

date ideas Austin

Work on your target practice and dexterity when you try this unique spot for your next date. While their motto is “Bringing people together, one bulls eye at a time” they do play it safe, don’t you worry! Urban Axes is fun spot to test your skills and connect on similar interests.

TUES-SUN | 11AM-11PM

MON | 5PM-7PM

📍812 Airport Blvd.

Austin, TX 78702

Enjoy an afternoon of golfing at this historic 9-hole, par-3 course complete with real grass greens and beautiful scenery. Take your date for a friendly golf game and test our your skills at Butler Park Pitch & Putt. Work up in an appetite? Their clubhouse offers tons of unique snacks like sweet & savory biscuits, movie-style snacks and candy and beverages!

SUN-SAT | 8AM-8PM

📍201 Lee Barton Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Enjoy a vintage night out when you take your date night on a trip down nostalgia lane. A classic date night out is checking what’s playing in your local drive-in movie theater. The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In always shows new release movies as well as classic art-house films!

See movie times on website.

📍2015 E M. Franklin Ave.

Austin, TX 78723

Enjoy a fun date night at this next iconic movie theater. Doc’s Drive-In Theatre shows new release blockbuster movies, cult classic films, and nostalgic favorites all under the stars! You can also grab movie snacks, drinks, and more at Mama Merlot’s next door.

See movie times on website

📍 1540 Satterwhite Rd, Buda, TX 78610

date ideas Austin

Blank spaces on buildings abound on many of our skyscrapers around the metro area, allowing talented artists to feature beautiful murals. You can find many in the UT area off the Drag, downtown Austin, and on South Congress! Take your date on a mural bucket list and see how many you can find!

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For more unique date spots in Austin, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok @StuffToDoInAustin! Check out the UNATION app to find more awesome stuff to do in Austin.

Hailey Way

Hailey Way

An alum of University of Washington's Journalism program, Hailey's cultural beats include technology, style, and the arts. Writing eventually transitioned into editing content for SEO best practices in balance with brand storytelling. As a digital marketing strategist, she wears many hats consulting clients in B2B/B2C small business, e-commerce, film, cosmetology, and lifestyle brands. Since 2018 Hailey has been a contributing style editor for Gabriel & Co. New York. She currently resides in Austin, where she enjoys thrifting, exploring local businesses, pop up events, and nature.

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