Austin is weird, wild place know for its eclectic mix of college students, cowboys and hipsters. But Austin is also for lovers. A great place to set the mood is Mount Bonnell. Known for its beautiful, unobstructed view of the Austin area since the mid-1800s, Bonnell hosts sunset picnics and romantic marriage proposals on a regular basis. Visitors park at the base of the hill and work their way up nearly 100 stone steps to the wide open outcropping overlooking the southern side of the city and Lake Austin below. A short gravel trail leads slowly downhill and, to the left, offers up intimate spots with a clear view of the massive Pennybacker Bridge.
For carriage rides around the city, check out Die Gelbe Rose Carriage Tours. One of the best ways to learn about scenic Austin is from the back of a Clydesdale-drawn carriage. Romantic and historical tours are available by appointment; or if you are wayward evening travelers on Sixth Street, take in a tour of downtown. See the Capitol, Governor's Mansion, and the famous Fourth Street Warehouse District.
For cruising around on Town Lake, the best way to go is on Capital Cruise. Have dinner with your date while watching the beauty of Austin's downtown from the peaceful water. Sightseeing tours are also available, along with canoes and kayaks. Spend a romantic day together in Austin and experience what many other couples have felt before -- awe of nature's grandeur and of the city's intrinsic beauty.
3800 Mount Bonnell Road
Breathtaking views from above Lake Austin... read more
805 N. Capital of Texas Highway
Protected urban wilderness packed with pedestrian-only trails... read more
1705 South Quinlan Park Road
1600 City Park Rd
2101 Barton Springs Road
Spring-fed pool and first-rate people watching...
4801 LaCrosse Ave
Elegant grounds celebrate the beauty of native plants... read more
208 Barton Springs Road
Hyatt Regency Town Lake boat dock