5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Houston

Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

Waugh Drive Bat Colony

Beneath Waugh Drive Bridge, along the Buffalo Bayou, something magical, strange, and slightly spooky happens every night. Houston is secretly known for its large bat population and the colony that makes Waugh Drive Bridge its home doesn’t migrate during winter but remains in Houston throughout the year. At sunset, you and your date can travel to the Bridge for an incredible experience unlike any other in nature. Hundreds of bats emerge, their wings flapping loudly, at sunset to search for insects to eat. Please remember not to disturb the bats with loud noises, to throw objects, or to stand directly under the bridge during the bat emergence.

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

Formerly an underground reservoir for the city (built in 1926), Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is now a unique attraction and public space, featuring art installations and guided tours. Whether you’d like an artistic date night enjoying the special installations or an historical date with guided tours of the cistern or a rejuvenating, quirky date participating in Sound Healing Meditation using the acoustics of the cistern, a visit here makes for a wonderful break from the typical date night.

The Orange Show

What began as one man’s tribute to his favorite fruit – the orange – has now become a beloved Houston site. The Orange Show has grown immensely since it began and now features music, storytelling performances, workshops, and the Houston Art Car Parade. When you visit, you’ll find something more than a folk art museum, you’ll find a picture of late 20th century American culture that can’t be experienced anywhere else. Take your date on a treasure hunt through The Orange Show and enjoy every bit of quirky art that will surround you.

Galveston Island Horse & Pony Rides

Many couples dream of romantic horse-back rides on the beach, but few places in the United States offer them. Just outside Houston, on Galveston Island, couples can fulfill this dream. It is a wonderful, one-of-a-kind date night along the Gulf Coast. You do not have to be an expert equestrian to enjoy a ride at Galveston. And if you are looking for an even more special, romantic date night, take a sunset tour.

Laser Light Show

A special show hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. You and your date can enjoy a light show unlike any other in the Burke Baker Planetarium. You’ll feel transported by the high-definition lights and images while Pink Floyd’s famous album, Dark Side of the Moon, plays around you. It is an immersive, breathtaking experience that any couple will love because you will feel transported by the sights and sound.

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