11 Romantic Date Ideas In San Diego That Aren’t Going To A Restaurant

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, chances are that you’re starting to make plans to show your special someone how much you care. Stand apart from the crowd and do something more than just book a table at your favorite special-occasion restaurant. Choose a more creative San Diego date! Here are 11 ideas that will leave a lasting impression and showcase your originality at any point during the year.

1. Choose Your Own Adventure At Balboa Park

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There’s something for everyone at Balboa Park. Whether you’re in the mood for an artsy date at one of the park’s many museums or an outdoorsy outing strolling hand-in-hand admiring the beautiful gardens and century-old architecture, you can find everything you need for a romantic time here. Pack a picnic to enjoy in a secluded section of the park or catch a play at the Old Globe Theatre.

2. Book A Harbor Cruise

Set sail on a harbor cruise for a romantic date on the water with the stunning San Diego skyline as a backdrop. You can opt for a casual daytime sightseeing cruise or a more formal dinner cruise. Legend says that kissing under the Coronado Bridge will bring good luck, so be sure to steal a smooch when you cruise under the bridge!

3. Go Back In Time At The Hotel Del Coronado

For over a century, the Hotel Del Coronado has beckoned lovers from near and far to escape within its charming seaside walls. If booking a room at the resort is a bit too pricey for your budget, you can still get lost in the romance of the historic building. Grab a drink and listen to live music in the old-fashioned Babcock and Story Bar or indulge in a luxurious couples’ spa treatment. Of course, there’s also the prime opportunity for a sunset walk on the beach too.

4. Visit A Winery

While Temecula is often the go-to spot for wine tasting, there are wineries closer to San Diego that make for a great date, too. The Bernardo Winery, which is San Diego’s oldest winery, is home to a wine tasting room and several adorable shops with hand-crafted items, and often hosts special events. There’s even Cafe Merlot, a full restaurant, on site if you’re looking for a bite after all the sightseeing and browsing.

5. Catch A Movie At The Dive-In Theater

You’ve heard of the drive-in theater but have you heard of the dive-in?! You can’t get much more California than this! The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma hosts a dive-in theater every Wednesday where a classic film is projected poolside. You can (and should) reserve a table for this unique event by calling ahead. Whether you choose to take a dip or not is completely up to you!

6. Explore The La Jolla Cove

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The beauty of the La Jolla Cove makes it an ideal date spot. From viewing the seals and sea lions as they sun themselves on the beach and rocks to watching the sun sink into the Pacific, there are sights-a-plenty to see here. You can grab a blanket and cozy up on the grass at the park or hunt for your own secluded piece of paradise on the beach.

7. Hit The Water On The Bahia Belle

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There’s just something about an old-fashioned sternwheeler that makes you think of romance. The Bahia Belle, which departs from Mission Bay’s Catamaran Resort and Bahia Resort at alternating half hour increments, cruises back and forth across the bay multiple times in the evening. Drinks and entertainment are offered from 9pm to 1:30am for guests 21 and up. The schedule changes throughout the year so be sure to check ahead to make sure the boat is running.

8. Float Over San Diego In A Hot Air Balloon

Make a big impression and book a hot air balloon flight to literally take your date to new heights. Sky’s the Limit offers daily sunset champagne adventures leaving from Del Mar that offer gorgeous views of the coastline and the surrounding areas. It may be a bit pricey but it’s hard to beat in the romance department.

9. Browse The Shops At Seaport Village

With a waterfront view like this, it’s easy to see why Seaport Village is a must for all the romantics out there. Combine the beautiful sights with an eclectic collection of shops to browse and you have the perfect spot for a relaxed date. Stop by the nearby Embarcadero Park for a picnic to round out your visit and up the romance factor even more!

10. Go Hiking In Torrey Pines

Show off your athletic side with a hike through Torrey Pines State Park. By the time you climb from the bottom of the hill to the top, you’ll feel the rush of endorphins taking over. Meander through the various trails to view the flora or hike down to the beach. Either way, you’ll have a spectacular view of the sunset to share with your significant other.

11. See The Magic At The Red Spade Theater

Join magician Sebastian in his Intimate Miracles show for a mix of magic, humor and storytelling that is sure to be a memorable and unique date night. His incredible sleight-of-hand tricks will leave you and your date mesmerized.