You’ve found the person of your dreams and you have the ring. Now all you need is the perfect place to pop that all important question. With the autumn season upon us, it’s as good a time as any to take advantage of an awesome outdoor location for setting the scene. From scenic views to a romantic cruise, here are some of the best DFW places to create your once-in-a-lifetime moment. You can also find more places to up the romance factor here.
The Continental Avenue Bridge, with its picture perfect backdrop of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the Dallas skyline, makes a dreamy location for a proposal. Situated behind Trinity Groves, this recently opened urban oasis hosts everything from bocce ball and an over-sized chess board to picnic tables and intimate areas where you can get down on one knee. Plan a sunset stroll along the bridge, and then afterwards celebrate the occasion with dinner and drinks at Trinity Groves.
Looking for the perfect rooftop to pop the question? The breathtaking view from NYLO’s ultra modern SODA bar is sure to make your sweetie swoon. This sleek outdoor lounging spot, up on the sixth floor of the hotel, offers all of the elements you’ll need to set up an evening of romance. Apart from the stunning city views, the rooftop bar comes complete with an infinity pool and a fire pit, as well as cozy lounging areas that are sure to set the right tone for a memorable moment.
If a romantic gondola ride through the canals of Venice is out of the question, then take your beloved on a gondola through the Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn. Gondola Adventures offers plenty of options for making it a night to remember, ranging from a one-hour cruise with chocolates and sparking cider for $135 to a 90-minute gourmet dinner cruise complete with roses starting from $299.
This 3,600-acre wonderland is especially enchanting during the fall when the area is ablaze with the colors of the season. The refuge is also home to many animal species and is a favorite autumn pit stop for migratory birds on their way down south. With miles and miles of meandering trails through forests, wetlands, prairies and canyons, you won’t have a problem finding a secluded spot to declare your everlasting love.
Dazzle your future betrothed with a sunset or moonlit horseback ride on the Walnut Grove trail that meanders along the scenic shoreline of Lake Grapevine. Take a two-hour private ride, for $90 each, and enjoy a kaleidoscope of autumn colors while you travel through the trail’s dense woodlands and rolling hills. Or take a Widowmaker ride through the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands for a romantic adventure that’s sure to be over the top.
For a fairytale-like proposal, Brazos Carriage will help you seal the deal by whisking you both off in a Cinderella carriage to the Fort Worth Water Gardens or Sundance Plaza for $140. When you arrive at the location, the carriage driver will claim that the horse’s harness needs adjusting— which will be your cue to take a walk around and pop the question. Then when you return to the carriage, your sweetheart will find a dozen wrapped roses and a box of chocolates waiting on the seat.