Valentine's Day is coming up next weekend. Still struggling with what to do with your sweetie? Check out this round-up of unique (and uniquely Austin) Valentine's Day activities that will wow that special someone. Bonus: most cost almost nothing!
What better way to get romantic with your honey than a leisurely paddle down Lady Bird Lake! Choose a Canoe, a single or double Kayak, or Stand up Paddleboards for a unique float that's also a workout. Available from Rowing Dock ATX or Zilker Park Boat Rentals. Rates range from $12 to $25 per hour on weekends, depending on the craft. Zilker also has the option to rent for an entire day for $40.
Looking for a romantic view and don't want to spend a thing? Pack a picnic and take your sweetheart to Mount Bonnell. You'll have to climb a long staircase to get to the top, but then you are rewarded by the most incredible view in Austin of the lake and all the surrounding area.
Test your Putt Putt Skills at Peter Pan Mini Golf on Barton Springs at Lamar. Just look for the iconic giant Peter Pan statue and enjoy an evening of fun trying to best each other on the fun, zany courses. A round of golf is just $6 (try both courses for $9), and it's BYOB so you can really make an evening of it. (No glass, please!)
Give a gift for a future night outwith a gift certificate for a couple's cooking class! Thai Fresh, a locally owned Thai restaurant in Bouldin on Mary near South 5th offers cooking classes. Learn to cook the amazing Thai dishes Jam prepares in her kitchen in your own! There are always gluten free and dairy free options, so this is a great choice if your loved one has food allergies or restrictions. Both Whole Foods Market at 6th and Lamar and Central Market at Lamar and 38th also offer a variety of classes teaching many different dishes.
A trip to Mozart's Coffee Roasters is the perfect end to any date. Grab a cup of coffee, one of Mozart's amazing desserts, and sit on their huge deck on the banks of Lake Austin enjoying the sunset and each other's company.