A stone's throw from Dallas, Flower Mound, Texas has become a thriving small city in its own right. This growing community has plenty of date night activities close to home -- no need to go all the way to Dallas or Fort Worth. While Flower Mound is a known shopping destination -- and mall add-ons like movie theaters and great eateries make for fun date nights -- you can also impress your date with more unexpected activities.

Get Active

Head down to the Community Activity Center with your date for a fun and active night that's easy on the wallet -- affordable day rates are available. Challenge your date to a game of badminton or basketball. Hit the pool and enjoy the water slide or the outdoor water park during summer. Get fit and work out with your date side-by-side. Or chill out in the Chill Zone where you can use the free wifi or play pool, fooseball, shuffleboard or ping pong. There's even a gaming station.

Get Outside

Flower Mound has 680 acres of parkland, including about 32.6 miles of trails. Take your date to Wilkerson Park and enjoy the walking trail and wildflower area. Pack your dinner and enjoy eating under the oak trees in the picnic area. Nature enthusiasts will love the Outdoor Learning Area where you can enjoy a grass walking trail and prairie restoration areas plus special events at the amphitheater. Or head to Rheudasil Park to relax by the serene pond or shoot some hoops with your date at the outdoor basketball court.

Get Cultural

For a laid-back cultural experience, catch a flick with your date at AMC Highland Theatre; this location offers IMAX films and an expanded range of food options at their Marketplace eatery. Or impress your date with something different. Flower Mound has a variety of cultural institutions such as the Actors Conservatory Theatre, Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre, Flower Mound Community Orchestra and the Lewisville Lake Symphony. Students can often get discounts of 50 percent or more, so bring your ID to score better prices.

Do Something Different

Skip dinner and a movie and try something different with your date. AMF Lewisville Lanes in Lewisville is about six miles outside Flower Mound and has not only 32 lanes but a lounge area with snacks, arcades and billiards. Painting with a Twist is perfect for artistic types -- ages 13 and over only. You're provided with all the supplies and a local artist will guide you and your date through creating your own masterpieces. Or take a drop-in dance class at Turning Pointe Dance Studio, where instructors help couples master country and western dance or East Coast swing.