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TPWD News Release — Feb. 11, 2014

Take Your Sweetie to a State Park This Valentine’s Day

AUSTIN— With Valentine’s Day around the corner, folks everywhere are making plans for how to spend the day with the people they care about.

If traditional date ideas don’t rock your boat, Texas State Parks has some alternative date ideas that are sure to make for a memorable weekend.

Some non-traditional Valentine’s Day suggestions include spending the weekend in the outdoors with activities such as camping, hiking, biking, boating and fishing at a local park.

According to, 81.5 percent of non-married couples and 85.4 percent of men and women ages 18-29 prefer to try unusual dates because it adds excitement to the relationship.

The organization’s study found that the top five outdoor activities for a date are boating, hiking, camping, fishing and biking.

Worried about not catching anything while fishing? Rainbow Trout stockings are happening in ponds and lakes around the state and help heighten chances of catching a fish.

Parks stocked in just in time for Valentine’s Day include:

According to the research, two out of three couples currently boat and fish together and more than 30 percent of men said they are impressed by a woman who can bait a hook.

For more events to create a memorable weekend, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Activity page.