First impressions mean everything, and nowhere is this truer than in the world of dating. Selecting the right venue, the best atmosphere and the nicest surroundings can spell the difference between dating success and failure. Houston abounds with great places to take your future special someone with a wide variety of restaurants, museums, beaches and other places sure to impress. Here are the top first date spots in Houston:
Houston Museum Of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 639-7300

Houston’s Museum District is loaded with great first date options, but the Houston Museum of Fine Arts is the best choice. It’s a large facility, covers two buildings, houses its own theatre, and contains several floors of fine art, which is something most any first date will appreciate. You and your date can spend some time gazing at the different paintings before examining sculptures, pottery and other works of art from different regions of the world. The Houston Museum of Art even offers art classes where couples can show their creative sides and get to know each other in ways they never imagined.

Armond Bayou Nature Center
8500 Bay Area Blvd.
Pasadena, TX 77507
(281) 474-2551

If your date loves the outdoors, then an excellent location for a first date is the Armand Bayou Nature Center. Located in the east Houston suburb of Pasadena and covering a large, swampy area, Armand Bayou Nature Center is a fun place to explore nature, get educated about the local ecosystem and its importance, and spend time together on a paddle canoe or pontoon boat. Those who want some exercise will enjoy hiking one of the trails where they may encounter alligators, turtles, birds and other native wildlife. Armand Bayou Nature Center is the largest urban wilderness preserve in the United States and it makes a great first date option for those who can’t get enough of the natural world.

Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
(877) 285-3624

At Kemah Boardwalk, couples can treat themselves to a wide variety of entertainment. The boardwalk features dining, shopping, amusement park rides, and endless fun for yourself and the one you’re trying to impress. Visit one of the waterfront restaurants, take a spin on the Boardwalk Bullet roller coaster, then stop at one of the shops for a parting gift. Your date will love the entertainment that comes with a visit to Kemah Boardwalk, one of Houston’s top spots for fun.

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Saint Arnold Brewing
2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 686-9494

Perhaps your date loves great beer or would like to learn more about beer. If so, then why not take him/her to the oldest craft brewery in the state of Texas, Saint Arnold Brewing. This award winning brewery has been perfecting the art of craft beer since 1994 and now has a tap room that is open every day of the week to accommodate any schedule. Guests are invited to sample the beer, take a tour of the facility, and otherwise mingle with the crowd and make new friends. It’s the perfect place for laid back social date interaction, located just north of downtown.

River Oaks Theatre
2009 W. Grey St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 524-2175

Movies are a traditional date option, but one theatre that is certainly not traditional is the River Oaks Theatre. This historic theatre dates back to the 1930’s and what sets it apart isn’t just its age, but also the movies it shows. At River Oaks Theatre, you will discover independent films, foreign movies, and re- releases of timeless cinema classics. It’s uniqueness makes it the perfect place to take a first date and its location inside the River Oaks Shopping Center means there are plenty of options for dining and shopping when the movie is through.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at