Squeal at the baby elephants of Fort Worth Zoo
Let's be clear: the Fort Worth Zoo has won awards for how great it is. And, besides, everyone loves getting a photo with a baby elephant or gorilla, several of which have recently arrived at the zoo. While there you can experience guided walking tours, see any of its 540 animal species, or relax in front of the stone fireplace of its Bluebonnet Cafe once you start winding down. Admission is just $14.
Snap your fingers to jazz at Twilite Lounge
Deep Ellum and Fort Worth
Yes, Twilite Lounge is technically a bar. But it’s so much more. This ode to New Orleans jazz bars boasts regular appearances from local musical greats as well as touring acts. If your date isn’t wowed by Twilite Lounge and its famous Frozen Irish Coffees, you might want to reconsider the match anyway.
Now entering its 15th year, the Nasher Sculpture Center is filled with some of the most stunning works of sculpture in the world -- from artists like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Auguste Rodin. For $10, an afternoon there is the best way to wow your date with real sculpture knowledge or let one of the Nasher’s staff do the heavy lifting by dropping some fascinating sculpture facts on them.
Sure, a 1970s sci-fi classic about a society in which anyone over 30 is killed off isn’t necessarily the most obvious theme for a successful date. But the Fort Worth Water Gardens, where pivotal scenes in the movie were filmed, still make for a fun time full of hand-holding and puddle-jumping. It's also a short distance away from great spots like Acre Distilling and Whiskey and Rye.