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Rekindle your romance after a long, hot summer with the perfect places for couples in Houston. Take a quiet stroll through the Japanese Gardens tucked away in Hermann Park, then head over to Rice Village for lunch and a little shopping. For a great diversion, stop by The Arms Room. Enjoy dinner at Taste of Texas, then a romantic evening at the Hotel ZaZa to reconnect in peace and create great new memories at the same time.

Japanese Gardens
6000 Fannin St.
Houston, TX  77030
(713) 284-8300

Price: free

Near the Sam Houston Monument in Hermann Park, the Japanese Garden awaits. The traditional Japanese architecture of the teahouse was originally constructed in Japan and moved to the gardens by The Commemorative Association. The strolling gardens were designed in the Diamyo style that dates back to the 17th to 19th centuries. Step into this beautiful garden oasis and discover its hidden treasures with your honey for the perfect day out with nature. Click here for a calendar of events.

Rice Village
2400 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX  77005

Head over to Rice Village for some shopping, and stop into one of the many eateries for lunch. Since 1930, this area close to the Rice University campus has been known as the area’s premier shopping destination. Explore more than 300 options in the 16-block area filled with eclectic treasures ready to pique your imagination and take the stress out of never having you time.

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The Arms Room
3720 Gulf Freeway
League City, TX 77573
(832) 226-5252

Prices: $15 per person
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Switch gears at the Arms Room. This family owned and operated indoor shooting range and gun shop has everything to blow off steam — and a few rounds — during the heat of the day. Rent just about any weapon, and take advantage of readily available instructors who make this sport accessible to even the most novice shooter. The lanes are nicely divided with electronic target controls perfect for teaching your honey a little home defense while you unwind.

Taste of Texas
10505 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 932-6901

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The Taste of Texas is an independent steakhouse serving the Houston area since 1977. This is the perfect spot to soak up some Texas history and enjoy good company. Pick out the steak you want, or visit the kitchen to learn how these meat pros prepare your meal. Make new memories over a perfect steak. The walls of this establishment offer a collection of Texas historical artifacts that help to create a wonderful atmosphere.

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Hotel ZaZa
5701 Main St.
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 526-1991

Prices: from $199 per night

After a wonderful day together, the Hotel ZaZa will help create exactly the right setting for a night of romance. Unwind with a beverage by the pool and perhaps a swim. The luxurious rooms make the rest of the world fade away while you focus on that rekindled romance. This beautiful hotel offers ambiance and atmosphere ideal for an unforgettable getaway. Dining at the Hotel ZaZa is all but ordinary. The richly decorated Monarch dining hall features delicious cocktails and a variety of mouthwatering meals.

Cari Ray is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.