First dates. They can make or break you in the world of dating. Whether you've loved every date you've been on, or had a few bad bolts in the bunch, rest assured that you are now in good hands! Adventure Dates in ATX is a series to equip you to impress your lucky date, while getting outdoors and utilizing our great city of Austin.
If you’re feeling spontaneous, close your eyes and pick a number between 1 and 5!
You always pass these people when driving across the bridge, and now you get to be one of them. Accept the SUP Challenge and give paddle boarding a try - it is well worth feeling like a slight tourist.
Afterwards, Zilker Park gives plenty of shade for you to hang up your Roo (for two) to get some relaxation in.
Getting there: Route to wherever your kayaking/SUP rental is along the river and find some street parking. Post-river, our favorite spot at Zilker is in a shaded grove – route to 2448 Andrew Zilker Rd, Austin, TX 78746. Follow the road to a parking lot leading to a field with towering trees perfect for hammocking and a gnarly view of the skyline.
Zilker: 2448 Andrew Zilker Rd, Austin, TX 78746
Hint: Find a Groupon for kayaking/SUP for 2 to make it cheaper!
2. 360 Lookout Picnic
Getting there: Often called “360 Lookout” or “the Crow’s Nest,” find this lookout by typing in “Austin 360 Bridge Overlook” into your Google Maps. Come in from the NORTH side of 360 (heading southbound) and park on the gravel on your right side directly after you pass Courtyard Dr and before you hit the river.
360 Lookout: Plaza on the Lake, Austin, TX 78730
Hint: Walk a little farther along the trail at 360 Lookout to get to a more secluded spot for the sunset!
3. Greenbelt Hike/Roo Hang + Patrizi's
If you’re itching to get on the trail but want to stay in Austin, the Greenbelt is in your backyard. Grab your Roo, your boo, and a good book and walk along the trail until you can see the river – then throw your hammock up!
Hungry after? Try some homemade Italian food at Patrizi’s for lunch or dinner!
Getting there: Put “1601 Spyglass Drive” into Google Maps to find an easy access point to the Greenbelt and plenty of street parking.
Greenbelt Entrance: 1601 Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX 78746
Hint: There are killer zucchini noodles at Patrizi's for the guys or gals who are gluten free!
4. Jester King Brewery / Pizza + Roo Hang
Wanting to explore your love for beer and good times? Jester King offers an unparalleled selection with farm tables and stringed-lights illuminated seating. Also known for their “sour” beer if you want to try something a little less hoppy and more fruity!
Bring your Roo to throw up for maximum chilling, and grab some grub at Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza next door to get the full experience.
Getting there: Route to Jester King Brewery!
Jester King: 13187 Fitzhugh Rd, Austin, TX 78736
Hint: Jester King has free beer tours at 6pm on Fridays, and 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays! They explain the brewing process of their craft beers and the Texas traditions that are woven within it – get educated! Make sure to check ahead if they are opened.
5. Brunch/Dinner at Easy Tiger + Riverwalk along Waller Creek
A bakery, café, beer garden, and now whiskey bar - this place is the ultimate one stop shop. On the corner of I-35 and 6th, Easy Tiger boasts hearty German food, ping pong tables, and a backyard with towering oaks and riverside seating. Enjoy the breeze outside whilst munching on a loaded pretzel and drinking some craft brews. Their bread is baked in-house and famous all around Austin! Bonus: some Antonelli’s if you’re feeling cheesy.
Getting there: Route to Easy Tiger on your maps app – parking will be along the street or in the parking lot under I35!
Easy Tiger: 709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Hint: Come at happy hour 4-7pm on weekdays and attend some of their special calendar events! Plus, in November, Waller Creek hosts an annual light show over the river that feels like walking through an outdoors version of The Met – just artsy enough to feel cultured, but still a cool place to show your date.
But wait. There's more.
Check out Part II of "Top 10 Adventure Dates in ATX" here.