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The Best Cheap Date Night Ideas Around Dallas and Fort Worth

When the budget is tight but romance is on the heart, these are the best cheap date night ideas to turn to.

Ever since Cupid started recycling his arrows to save money, the dating scene has evolved. Overspending and indulgence are no longer the only ways to impress a love interest. Instead, romantic adventures can be found all over the city for less than $20. There are a myriad of options, but here are six ideas to get sweethearts on the path to fiscally responsible ever after.

Galaxy Drive In, Texas
The Galaxy Drive In has offered Texas its share of late-night, under-the-stars films. (©Mahanga/Wikimedia Commons)

Movie Night at the Galaxy Drive-In 

Just a short drive from Dallas is one of the last operational drive-in movie theaters in Texas. Showing first-run movies at dirt-cheap prices, the Galaxy Drive-In brings Hollywood to the front seat. Or bring along folding chairs to sit under the stars. Six dollars per person gets a double-feature, no less. With the extra $8, snack on popcorn, two sodas and candy or hit the mini golf course for only $3 per game. Try doing that at the local multiplex.

Pelican lands in White Rock Lake Texas
White Rock Lake is a great place to watch wildlife. (©TexasEagle/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Hike, Bike or Kayak at White Rock Lake

In the heart of the city is an urban oasis with possibilities for memorable dates. Pack a picnic and stroll around the lake on a paved trail that weaves through wooded areas. There are several picnic spots with tables, or simply pull up a piece of grass and throw down a blanket. Feeling adventurous? A kayak built for two is just $19.99 for an hour.

Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park (©DCVB)

Ride the Trolley to Kylde Warren Park

Clang, clang, clang! The McKinney Avenue Trolley system is a nostalgic blast from the past that reaches several great destinations within Uptown and Downtown. Riding is free. Catch one of the streetcars and eventually end up at the St. Paul stop in front of the Dallas Museum of Art. Walk across the street to Klyde Warren Park where cute twosomes can engage in competitive games of pingpong, croquet, petanque, checkers, chess or backgammon. And because everything’s free, dates will have an entire $20 to spend on food trucks or at MesoMaya’s nearby La Ventana taco window.

Fort Worth Botanical Garden
Fort Worth Botanical Garden (©Amy the Nurse/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Fort Worth Botanical Garden

Flowers are a romantic gesture, but for less than the cost of a dozen roses have a date among thousands of gorgeous blooms. Admission is $2 for the conservatory—$5 for the Japanese Gardens—in the oldest botanic garden in Texas. That leaves just enough for a light lunch at The Gardens Restaurant. Because after walking through 23 gardens covering more than 110 acres, nourishment is needed. Nourishment for your spirit, of course, is included with the price of entry.

Nasher Sculpture Center
There are many outdoor sculptures at the Nasher Sculpture Center. (©jwbreede/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Nasher Sculpture Center

There’s more than one way to experience masterpieces of art. There’s sitting on a bench in a museum, and then there’s the Nasher Sculpture Center, where art enthusiasts may roam the lush gardens and marvel at stunning works. A quiet and peaceful escape from the city, it’s a fantastic place to contemplate the marvels of engineering and creative inspiration that go into every piece. Bring a camera for plenty of great photo opportunities, or a sketchpad for artistic tributes to one another.