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54 Date Night Ideas in Waco, TX

By Jessa McClure

We can all agree parents need a date night every once in a while... 


So, head out for a fun date night and create some memories with your significant other. Whether you’re looking for things to do at night, a first date or somewhere to just celebrate a night without the kids, here are some great date night ideas in Waco, TX area. 


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Explore the best Waco things to do with these local favorites for date night:


1. Visit the Dr. Pepper Museum & Frosty Soda Shop

Take a tour of the Dr. Pepper Museum and learn about the discovery of one of America’s favorite beverages. Then, pop into Frosty’s Soda Shop for a Dr. Pepper float with real Blue Bell Ice Cream.

If you're looking for a classic date in Waco, this is a great idea!


2. Attend a Show at The Waco Hippodrome

The historic Hippodrome location is a great place to take your date for some great live entertainment. From concerts and plays to stand-up comedy shows and traveling performers, this one-of-a-kind venue is a great place to enjoy acts from around the country in your own backyard.


3. Take a Waco Tour: Be a tourist in our town

Waco Tours aren’t just for visitors. You can enjoy all that Waco has to offer when you hop on to one of these action-packed tours.

Take the Classic Waco Tour, a romantic River Cruise Tour, or you can even book a private tour. There are many date night ptions with Waco Tours!


4. Magnolia Market at the Silos

If you and your significant other are big fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines, then stop by the Silos for a stroll inside Magnolia Market. You can also enjoy Joanna’s famous garden, feast on local delicacies from the nearby food trucks and pick up a treat at the Silos Baking Co.


5. Walk the Brazos Riverwalk and Waco Suspension Bridge

The Waco Suspension Bridge is flanked by two parks – Indian Springs Park and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

Not only is it a beautiful and iconic piece of local Waco history, but it is a great place to enjoy a day outside, picnicking, feeding the ducks or attending one of the cities many festivals and events. If you're outdoor lovers, this is a fun date idea in Waco.


Baylor date night ideas

These sporty date night ideas are perfect for Baylor fans to enjoy all Mclane Stadium has to offer. 

6. Go Sailgating

If you’re a fan of Baylor football and you have a boat, then sailgating might be the perfect excuse for a romantic evening on the water. You can enjoy views of the setting sun over the Brazos River and celebrate your favorite team with good food and fun.


7. Take a tour of the stadium

Each 90-minute tour of the state-of-the-art entertainment and sports venue includes all the iconic parts of Baylor. Visit Bruiser’s Locker Room and the Baylor Locker Room, the Presidential Level, press box, recruit lounge, suites and get a chance to walk on the field.


8. Catch a Baylor Game!

From football to basketball to volleyball and everything in between, the Baylor Bears don’t disappoint.

Watching a game is one of the best date night ideas in Waco! Enjoy game with your significant other to connect and cheer on your favorite team.



If you love animals, check out these date ideas...

9. Spend the day visiting the Cameron Park Zoo

Stroll through the picturesque trails of the Cameron Park Zoo and get to know the animals that call it home. Stop by the Plaza Café for lunch or a treat. 


10. Take your date and your dog out for lunch at Magnolia Market

Why leave Fido home by himself when you can bring him along for the fun. Magnolia Market allows for man’s best friend to enjoy a meal from a food truck. This is the perfect lunch date! 


11. Enjoy the Sculpture Zoo on the Waco Riverwalk

Walk along the Brazos River with your date and capture the whimsy of 28 animal sculptures that are crafted by local artisans with an Instagram photo session. And when you’re finished making friends with the animals, you can grab a bite to eat at the many nearby eateries.

Artsy DATE IDeas

Love to create? Head out to one of these places to create in Waco. 

12. Paint your own pottery at Practically Pikasso

Practically Pikasso provides patrons the chance to create one-of-a-kind creations for a nominal sitting fee and the cost of your pottery piece. You can paint your own pottery, create a mosaic, or create something out of fusible glass.

Then, head out for dinner at the number of restaurants nearby. You can create a whole memorable evening with these fun things to do at night.


13. Create wooden artwork at Board &  Brush Creative Studio Waco

At Board and Brush Creative Studio Waco, you can create beautiful artwork that will remind you of your special night together.

Don’t forget to bring your favorite beverage for some extra fun on your date night!


14. Enjoy a glass of wine and a painting tutorial at Painting with a Twist

If you and your spouse are looking for a creative way to spend an evening together, then Painting with a Twist might be the perfect spot.

Bring your favorite wine or beverage and a snack to enjoy. Then let the team of instructors guide you through the night’s featured painting.



Whether you enjoy museums, shows or the theater, here's date night ideas to add a little culture to your night. 

15. Enjoy Exhibits at the Art Center of Waco

The Art Center of Waco, offers art exhibits that showcase the work of local artists and beyond. It's one of the best things to do at night in Waco. 

If you're looking for artsy date night, there are so many fun things to do here!


16. Check out local art and more at the annual Waco Cultural Arts Fest

During the first weekend in October, visit the Waco Cultural Arts Fest with your loved one. The event includes six festivals—art, music, dance, science, word and film at Indian Spring Park and at the Waco Convention Center.


17. Spend an evening at the Baylor Theater

If you’re a fan of Broadway without the price tag or the airfare, then a night of Baylor Theater at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center is just the ticket. Tickets are reasonably priced, and discounts are available for military, Baylor students and seniors. 

Before the show, grab dinner for a complete date night. 



 Explore downtown Waco with these fun date night ideas...

18. Waco Escape Room and dinner at Clay Pot

Whether you go for a two-player room or join a group, Waco Escape Room can spice up any date night with puzzles, clues and a ticking clock. If you and your partner are in to puzzles, this will be a great night out. 

Before you solve your way out of an escape room, try a spicy dish at the Clay Pot, which is just a few blocks away.


19. Have a classic downtown Waco night

If you're looking for things to do at night, start your date night at The Backyard Waco for a live concert. Then, head to Dichotomy for a nightcap or a cappuccino.

You can usually catch Nightlight Donuts dispensing its pastries across the street from Dichotomy.


20. Enjoy unique eats and live music at Union Hall

Inside of Union Hall in downtown Waco are several new eateries that will delight any foodie. From a macaroni and cheese bar to Asian cuisine to over the top milkshakes, there’s something for every taste. And while you’re dining in the indoor food court, you might get the chance to hear local artists or participate in special events.


21. Stroll through Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market

Sample homegrown produce, meats and more at the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and take home organic products.

Then, use your fresh produce to make a nice dinner for two. 


22. Visit downtown Waco during the First Friday of the month

Take a stroll in downtown Waco on the First Friday of the month for sips, bites and specials all day.

There's tons of fun things to do on date night!


23. Take a tour of the town on a "party bike"

If you’re looking for a unique way to get around Waco and discover all it has to offer, then book a tour with Waco Pedal Tours. The 16-person pedal bike party bus has a U-shaped bar top offers fun and laughs for locals and visitors. You can even customize your experience or book a private tour.


24. Experience the past with tours of historic Waco home

The Historic Waco Foundation owns three Civil War-era homes that give patrons the chance to see what life was like in the 1800s. Each tour includes a deeper look at the homes’ architecture and Waco heritage. The homes include original furniture and family heirlooms, as well as artifacts. This would be a great date for a history buff. Tours are open seven days a week!



If you're looking to enjoy an adult night out, wine & dine together with these fun things to do at night!

25. Have an upscale dinner at a Waco restaurant

If you’re celebrating a big occasion or looking for a place to have a fancy dinner with your significant other, then try one of these luxuriously locations: 135 PrimeDiamondbacks1424, or Lone Star Tavern & Steakhouse.


26. Visit a Waco brewery or distillery

Take a tour of these local breweries, taste their signature products or even take a master class that will have you impressing your friends. Waco has a number of breweries and distilleries including Balcones DistilleryBare Arms BrewingBrotherwell BrewingSouthern Roots Brewing Co.Waco Ale Company.


27. Enjoy a Texas sunset at one of Waco’s rooftop bars

For a romantic evening, have a nightcap at one of these rooftop bars: DichotomyZ’s at the Curry.


28. Take a tour a local winery to taste the best of Waco

You don’t have to travel far to tour wine country...

Waco has a plethora of wineries perfect for a day or night out. Here are a few Waco wineries: Country Spring Vineyard and Wine GardenKissing Tree Vineyards, and Valley Mills Vineyards.


Out of the Box Date Nights

29. Express your frustrations in a healthy way inside the Waco Rage Room

If you need a constructive outlet for your pent-up anger at the end of the week, then why not make a date night out of it at the Waco Rage Room. You can break electronics, household items and dishware without making a mess in your own home. You can even book a private room for a date night for $70 for 45 minutes

30. Have an axe to grind?

Whether you’re a sports nut or someone looking for a way to relieve a little stress, the Waco Axe Company can help you create a memorable night of axe throwing. Your visit includes help from axe coaches, games, wi-fi and a beer and wine bar.

31. Shoot the breeze and a target

Try out Republic Gun Club’s premier full-service indoor gun range in a clean and safe environment. Pricing includes an hour of shooting in a private lane. The gun club hosts date night events, so check their calendar often.



Enjoy coffee? There's tons of places for date night in Waco.


32. Enjoy a coffee or cocktail at Dichotomy

Like its name implies, Dichotomy tailors to two beverage fans—coffee enthusiasts and booze buffs. Each side of this coffee bar creates quality drinks that would be great for any date night.

On the coffee side you can indulge in espressos, cappuccinos, or even a cookie butter latte. And if you’re looking for more of an adult beverage, slide down to the bar for an Irish coffee, a Hot Toddy or Sweet & Spicy. 


33. Grab a locally inspired beverage and listen to live music at Common Grounds

Spend the evening in the heart of Waco, listening to live music and drinking a hot or cold beverage. Common Grounds has dozens of creative beverages to choose from including coffee & sodas created to pay homage to the Waco area like The 254 (Waco’s area code) or the Lake Waco.



Looking to enjoy the outdoors? We've got you covered.


34. Hike, play disc golf or take some pictures at Cameron Park

Cameron Park is great place to venture into nature without being too far from civilization. Cliffs, picturesque bluffs and a centuries old staircase are all perfect for the adventurous couple.

And if you’re a little less of a risk taker, you can play a game of disc golf or take some pictures at Miss Nellie’s Pretty Place.


35. Go fishing or camping on Lake Waco

Enjoy a day of fishing on Lake Waco, and end the evening with a picnic dinner and a dessert of s’mores.



These date night ideas are perfect for summer or hot weather. 


36. Have some fun in thsun at Hawaiian Falls

Come for a day of waterpark fun at Hawaiian Falls Waco. You can pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat from Sharkey’s Café.


37. Grab a cool treat from Heritage Creamery

If you're looking for a delicious, after-dinner treat to satiate your sweet tooth, then Heritage Creamery is the place for you and your date. Not only do they serve up ice cream cones, shakes, floats, and ice cream sandwiches, but they also pride themselves on using the best locally-sourced ingredients in the area. And when you're finished with your ice cream, you can pop on over to Common Grounds (which is right next door) for a coffee and some live music.


38. Spend time surfing the “Texas” waves

Book a private surf session or join a public surf time and learn to cruise the waves at Waco Surf. There are waves for beginner, intermediate and expert surfers. You can also enjoy wake boarding in Cable Park, or waterpark and beach fun in The Wetlands area.


39. Have a picnic and take a dip at Tonkawa Falls in Crawford, TX

Tonkawa Falls near Waco, TX is a picture-perfect park where you can enjoy the great outdoors, including a swimming area. Packing a picnic is the perfect romantic date night!



Bring out your inner child at these fun date night spots, 


40. Be a warrior at Urban Air Waco and get a slice of pizza

Want to feel like a kid again? Spend date night connecting to your inner child at the Urban Air Adventure Park flying high on the Sky Coaster, playing a game of dodgeball or trying your luck on the Warrior course.

When you’ve worked up a warrior-sized appetite, stop by Poppa Rollo’s Pizza for a yummy dinner you don’t have to cook!


41. Skate your way down memory lane at Skate Waco

Hold hands and skate around the rink on your date night at Skate Waco – in Waco or Bellmead. Maybe they’ll even play your song!


42. Enjoy Nostalgic Treats at Hey Sugar Candy Store Waco

Hey Sugar Candy Store Waco is a great place to take a trip down memory lane with nostalgic candy and retro sodas, or dine on unique popcorn, gourmet chocolate, and old-fashioned ice cream.

This date idea is sure to bring our your inner child!


43. Escape reality to a VR world

Grab your lightsaber or blaster and find yourself inside of the Vader Immortal Lightsaber Dojo immersive VR experience at Main Event. And after you save the universe you can extend your play time with arcade games, billiards, laser tag, bowling, karaoke, mini golf, gravity ropes, multi ball, and story rooms where you can play through an adventure in an immersive environment.

44. Bowl at Spare Time Texas

Just a short drive down I-35 will take you to Spare Time Texas, where you can bowl, play laser tag, try your hand at arcade games and eat at their in-house restaurant

Golfing Dates


45. Spend the evening playing mini golf at Putters Waco

At Putters Waco, you can play mini golf, try your hand at arcade games, and even have dinner and drinks.

This downtown date idea is within walking distance to other Waco attractions, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy an evening together.


46. Practice your golf swing in a climate-controlled hitting bay with dinner and drinks

You can’t miss Topgolf as you drive down I-35, and you won’t want to miss out on your chance to take your date to this premier entertainment location. Kick back in one of their climate-controlled hitting bays with dinner and drinks from the bar and restaurant and enjoy swinging complimentary golf clubs. They even have an indoor fire pit, 9-hole mini golf course and games on the big screen




These date night ideas only happen for a limited time each year. 


47. Enjoy live music and food at Westfest in West, TX

Check out this Labor Day weekend-long celebration of the Czech culture at Westfest in West, TX. There’s food, concerts, crafts and Czech-style performances.


48. Spend a night at the Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo

Each year, in early October, the Extraco Events Center is the home to one of the biggest events in Waco, TX. From fair attractions to live concerts to rodeo action, the HOT Fair & Rodeo doesn’t disappoint.




49. Snuggle up together at a movie in XD

Catch one of the latest films at Waco’s newest theater, Cinemark Waco & XD. Share a bucket of popcorn or choose something for dinner from their extensive menu. Enjoy all of it in reclining chairs

50. Enjoy a great meal and shopping in historic Clifton, TX

Just a stone’s throw away from Waco city limits is Clifton, TX. This quaint town has retained its vintage feel with modern touches like gram-able murals, wineries, restaurants, The Cliftex movie theater and places to shop like Market at the Mill.


51. Try the simple life at Homestead Heritage

Homestead Heritage is an agrarian and craft-based, Christian community that prides itself on simplicity and sustainability. You can shop their handmade gifts, eat at their organic eateries or tour their facilities.

Be sure to visit Homestead Café too. They periodically host farm to table dinners!


52. Catch a race at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway

March through September, you can catch a stock car race every Friday Night at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Elm Mott, TX. Complete the night with a bite to eat from the concessions stand.


53. Game Night: Date Night at Home

After the kids are in bed, pull out all of those board games that have been collecting dust at the top of the closet and play to your heart's desire.

Not only is this a free activity, but there's nothing more fun than beating your husband in Battleship and Scrabble in the same night.


54. Movie/TV Show Marathon

With companies like Netflix and Hulu adding more shows and movies by the day, it is becoming easier and easier to stay in for movie night. Not only will you get the chance to snuggle up to your spouse while you enter a world of fantasy, but you won't necessarily have to call a babysitter to come watch the kids.

You can make the night even more movie theater-ish if you pop some popcorn and grab a box of your favorite candy (a lot of stores have smaller boxes for a dollar)


You can also check out Parent/Child Date Ideas in Waco, TX so you can have a special night out with your kids too!

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