A friend of a friend is visiting from out of town in June and wants to propose to his girlfriend. So, he asked me for a few recommendations on cool spots. This was a fun challenge for me because, being a reasonably long-time Austinite, I found that I had been taking my surroundings for granted. I polled my friends and came up with SO MANY great proposal places in Austin. I fear I overwhelmed the guy! Oh well. Once I had the list, I figured I should share it with you.
So, if you are looking for a place to propose or a place to get hitched "on the fly", maybe consider one of these sweet spots?
A great majority of my friends say to climb up to the top of Mount Bonnell.
It’s a great view and not too tough of a hike. I’ve married a few couples who have gotten engaged up there. Great at sunset, but you will have other people around at sunset. There is a "letterbox" location up there, so you could plan a really great scavenger hunt/surprise. Click here for more about letterboxing.
Another idea is to enjoy the lake. You can rent a boat (the swan boats look cool!) or kayak. Or, I’ve had friends rent a small motor boat with a captain so you can enjoy a picnic and not have to worry about driving (this would be awesome, in my opinion!)
Another option is the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge that goes over the lake - I’ve performed a couple of weddings there, but you will not be alone.
There’s a spot called Lou Neff Point on the trail around the lake that is pretty. And, if you look carefully, you can take the walkway to the right of it and go down to the waterfront, which is generally pretty private. It’s got a great view of downtown.
There’s also a really pretty park called Mayfield Park that has ponds with lily pads and beautiful peacocks strolling around (although they do make a crazy screeching noise!). I’ve done several weddings there.
Another interesting suggestion is the center of the Texas State Capitol Dome. It’s pretty awe inspiring and your voice echoes.
If you’re into flowers, the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center is really pretty and there are lots of little private spots here and there.
Also - there’s a place called the Umlauf Sculpture Garden that is really sweet - outdoor sculptures and kind of a cozy, green area in Central Austin.
One friend recommended the Elizabet Ney Museum, which is a cool building in and of itself. But - even cooler - there is a secret hidden stairway that takes you to the roof. You could work something out with the museum staff to make it a treasure hunt!
And, finally, a very Austin suggestion is in front of one of our fab street murals. I did a blog post about this, which included the “I love you so much” and "Welcome to Austin" murals. But there are some fun new ones to add to the list, including "Til Death Do Us Part" , "Puppy Love", and "You're My Butter Half" (all in East Austin).
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