What are the best five things to do on a romantic trip to Houston?

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There are plenty of ways to find romance in this city. From breathtaking wild flowers to a fabulous opera performance, it is hard not to find some parts of Houston romantic. Here are five ways to romance your Houston honey:

1. Take in Memorial Park: Pack a picnic and head over to the city’s largest urban park. With 1,500 acres to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for two. Active couples can take an afternoon walk on the gravel jogging path that loops the park. Picnickers beware: Don’t lay your blanket on any ant mounds. Houston has a large population of fire ants and their bites are a sure-fire mood killer.

2. See an opera or a ballet: Nothing says romance like a night out at the theater. The Houston Grand Opera often has international stars grace is stage. The black tie performances give you a chance to dress up for a night out. Far from boring, the Houston Grand Opera will keep you on the edge of your seat, if only for the notes that the performers hit. You may not think it, but the Houston Ballet Company is hailed as one of the best in the nation. We suggest picking out a holiday show to take that special someone to. Both are located downtown.

3. Stroll at Hermann Park: Located in the Museum District, this historic 445-acre space has everything you need for love: large lawns, gardens and an idyllic lake for paddle boating. As you walk toward the lake, you’ll be guided a path lined by beautiful trees and plenty of nature. Head over to the right side of the lake to the walking bridge where you can watch the plethora of turtles gliding through the water.

4. Stop and Smell the Bluebonnets: The Texas state flower blooms in spring, making way for picturesque views and celebrations throughout Houston. Take in the beautiful sight on Highway 290, which gets completely bordered by bluebonnets - you’ll notice cars pulled to the side every other mile to take pictures in the breathtaking fields of wildflowers. If you keep heading west on 290, you’ll make it to Chappell Hill, which is home to the official bluebonnet festival each April.

5.Take a horse drawn carriage ride: You’ll find several of these romantic rides downtown. Hop on one and take a hand-in-hand ride as you soak in the Houston sites. Of course, nothing says Texas like a horse drawn carriage. We suggest you arrange a ride after rush hour, so you don’t have cars honking in your ear, interrupting your conversation with that special someone.

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1.) Laze around by a gorgeous pool. On a romantic trip to Houston, nothing says romance better than to laze by the pool in sumptuous splendor, with your choice of snacks or drinks served directly to you by the pool. To accomplish this, make sure you book a room at the Hotel Granduca, the Four Seasons Hotel, or the Hotel Zaza. All three hotels have magnificent pools and lovely sunning areas. The Hotel Granduca and Zaza both have covered gazebos available for rent, all the better so that you and your loved one can canoodle privately.

2.) Indulge in a romantic dinner. Dining will definitely heighten the romance on a trip to Houston. The most romantic dining rooms in Houston are also the most intimate: Triniti, The Pass, Artisans, La Colombe d'Or, the Rainbow Lodge, Bistro Provence, Etoile, and Le Mistral are all romantic, with food that is sure to ignite the senses as well as the palate.

3.) Take in a cultural arts performance. Houston's performing arts scene is one of the best in the nation. Be it a play, a ballet, an opera, musical or concert, got in for a night of culture to stir up some romance.

4.) Hit a jazz club or a wine bar. Visit any of The Tasting Rooms, or wine bars like 13 Celcius, Simone on Sunset, or Cru for an evening of wine and conversation. With comfortable bar seats, lounges, outdoor patios, and oftentimes live music, in vino veritas, which is to say in wine there is truth, and in truth there is romance. Likewise, a jazz club like Cezanne is intimate and playful, a place where you can let loose and enjoy the music and each other.

5) Visit the Menil and have a picnic. The Menil collection, a free museum set in the middle of a sprawling green lawn, is the perfect place for an early morning taste of art, followed by a lazy afternoon picnic on the lawn. 

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