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47 Date Night Ideas in Waco, TX

By Jessa McClure onOctober 28, 2019

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. Dinner and a Show at The Waco Hippodrome

The historic Hippodrome location is a great place to take your date for dinner, a movie, a show or a nightcap.

You can choose to dine inside the Hippodrome’s movie theater and put up your feet inside one of the theater’s luxury, reclining seats. It's the perfect thing to do at night in Waco. There's also a sit-down experience at the Raleigh Diner or on the roof at The Hightop if you want a fancier dinner date. 


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, get the Texas Experience on horseback or even take a romantic River Cruise Tour. There are many date night options 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.



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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. Visit the dog park and grab lunch from a food truck

Take your dog to the HOT Dog Park for a day of fun and exercise, and then grab a meal from one of the nearby Waco food trucks downtown.

This is the perfect lunch date! 


Artsy DATE IDeas

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

11. 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.


12. 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!


13. 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. 

14. Enjoy Exhibits at the Art Center of Waco

The Art Center of Waco, currently located inside Cultivate 7Twelve—a downtown arts space, 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!


15. 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.


16. 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...

17. 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.


18. 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 and end your evening with a delectable treat from the Nightlight Donuts food truck.

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


19. 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. 


20. 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!


21. Take a tour of the town in a pedicab

Grab your favorite beer or wine and hop in one of Waco’s pedicabs. For a ride just for two, take a Hueco Pedicab Tour.

Each tour is 90 minutes long and can take you on a ride to through historic Waco, the city’s finest breweries, or even through all of your favorite Fixer Upper sites.

For the “party bike” experience, book a tour with Waco Pedal Tours. You can even customize your experience or book a private tour.



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

22. 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 PrimeDiamondbacks1424Taste by Kissing Tree or Lone Star Tavern & Steakhouse.


23. 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.


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

For a romantic evening, have a nightcap at one of these rooftop bars: DichotomyThe Hightop at The Waco HippodromeZ’s at the Curry and Waco Winery Tasting Room & Rooftop Patio.


25. 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 VineyardsValley Mills Vineyards, and Waco Winery Tasting Room & Rooftop Patio



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


26. 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. 


27. 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.


28. 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.


29. 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. 


30. 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.


31. Have some Thai-style ice cream at Rollo’s Rolled Ice Cream

Watch as your Rollo’s Rolled Ice Cream is rolled up on a pan that is 15 degrees below zero. Sample delicious flavors like Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Fields and Almond Joy.


32. 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.


33. Spend the day or a weekend away at BSR Cable Park

You can have a thrilling day of surfing, float down the lazy river or dine at the Bar & Grill when you visit the BSR Cable Park.


34. 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, 


35. 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!


36. 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!


37. 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!


38. 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.


39. 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.



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


40. 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.


41. 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.




42. 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.


43. 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!


44. 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.


45. Take Country Western Dance Lessons at 5J Dance Hall

5J Dance Hall is a great place to hear live music and dance the night away. And if you have two left feet, you can visit the hall on Thursday evenings for country western dance lessons. Then, you can head out dancing for more date nights!


46. 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.


47. 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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