With two city parks measuring more than 400 acres each, a top shopping mall that houses a ice skating rink and an awarding-winning restaurant, Houston, Texas is a place for romance. A romantic outing is about spending time with that special companion. It is about togetherness, enjoying each other's company and sharing a common interest or hobby.
A Day in a Park
Houston is home to massive parks. Memorial Park stretches more than 1,500 acres and is located near the intersections of Interstate 10 and Interstate 610. According to the park's website, it's the seventy-second largest park in the United States and is larger than New York's Central Park. Hermann Park encompasses 445 acres and is located close to downtown Houston, Texas Medical Center, Rice University and Houston Museum District. Memorial Park and Hermann Park have picnic areas where couples can feast on homemade meals or takeout meals from nearby restaurants. In addition to a picnic area, Memorial Park offers bird watching and has walking trails. At Hermann Park, visitors can board the Hermann Park Train. The train takes passengers on a tour of the park. Couples can rent a paddle boat to explore Hermann Park's McGovern Lake. The eight-acre lake also offers fishing and bird watching.
Memorial Park 6501-1/2 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77007 713-863-8403 memorialparkconservancy.org
Hermann Park 6201-A Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX 77030 713-524-5876 hermannpark.org
Polar Ice Houston
Polar Ice Houston is an ice skating rink that is located inside the Houston Galleria mall, which according to the mall's website became the fourth largest mall in the country in 2003. The ice skating rink is open seven days a week. Sock and skate rental is available, or you can bring your own equipment. Skating classes are offered for beginners. An admission fee is charged to skate at Polar Ice Houston.
Polar Ice Galleria 5015 Westheimer Road, Suite 1260 Houston, TX 77056 713-621-1500 polaricegalleriahouston.com
Mark's American Cuisine
Maybe it's because this restaurant is housed in an old church that it sets the stage for romance. According to Mark's American Cuisine's website, the restaurant has been voted Houston's best romantic restaurant by Citysearch.com. Other awards and recognitions include top prize for Houston in the 2009 Zagat ratings for best restaurant in the world, North American Restaurant Association's Five Star Award from 2002 to 2007 and best new restaurant in Houston by "Food and Wine" magazine in 1999. The restaurant's Chef/Owner Mark Cox has received the Hall of Fame Award, which is given by trade publication "Nation's Restaurant News." The menu at Mark's American Cuisine consists of a wide selection of lunch, dinner and dessert dishes. The restaurant also features a full bar.
Mark's American Cuisine 1658 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77006 713-523-3800 marks1658.com
Bath Junkie is a retail store that lets customers create scents for bubble baths, moisturizers, body scrubs, lotions and other personal care products. There are 200 fragrances to choose and customers can pick the products color and tint.
Bath Junkie 2020 W. Gray Houston, TX 77019 713-527-7200 bathjunkie.com
Bath Junkie 4872 Beechnut Street Houston, TX 77096 713-218-8010 bathjunkie.com