It might not be Paris, but the city of Houston has its fair share of romantic venues that are ideal for popping that life-changing question. Whatever your idea of the perfect proposal, you might want to keep in mind these best romantic places in Houston to propose. — Amber Hilton

Williams Tower Water Wall

2800 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

If you’re looking for a dramatic backdrop for your proposal, Williams Tower Water Wall near the Houston Galleria is a great choice. If your potential fiancé was born and raised in Houston, this city icon will make for a very special proposal. Even if you’re just passing through, this massive wall of water is sure to impress. If Niagara Falls is your inspiration, this cascading 64-story wall of water will set the perfect mood. It is also a popular venue for weddings. Who knows, maybe your partner will love the proposal so much that she or he will want to hold the nuptials here too!

Galveston Island

Galveston Island Visitors Center
2328 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550
(888) 425-4753

This location, roughly one hour from downtown Houston, provides 32 miles of beaches, an ideal setting for a romantic proposal. If you really want to up the ante, try popping the question at sunset after a romantic dinner at one of the Island’s fine restaurants. There are plenty of attractions, shopping, dining and upscale lodging options here, if you’d like to work your proposal into a weekend getaway.

Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 259-8000

If your boyfriend or girlfriend is a sports fan, what better place to pop the question than during the big game? Minute Maid Park is one of Houston’s top sports venues and home of the Houston Astros. Some might find it cheesy, but others would melt for a JumboTron proposal with a ring conveniently slipped in a box of Cracker Jacks. Just be sure to wait for a break between innings so that the sports action doesn’t outshine the romance.

Rainbow Lodge – Houston

2011 Ella Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-8666

If you want a cozy and rustic setting for your proposal, Houston’s Rainbow Lodge is the perfect place. The Rainbow Lodge was voted the best romantic restaurant in the city in 2010 by AOL. Despite the lodge theme, this restaurant offers fine dining with crisp linens and top-notch seafood and wild game. Some of the menu options include steak, grilled seafood, pasta, salads, and chicken dishes. Make sure to reserve a private table for two and let this romantic restaurant set just the right mood. Hours: Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday for dinner from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday for brunch and dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Open some holiday Mondays for dinner only; see Web site for more details.