A city surrounded by miles of coastline and lush parks, it’s hard not to find romantic activities to enjoy with a loved one while vacationing in Los Angeles. Downtown LA is teeming with old-school date spots such as bowling alleys, movie theatres (even a drive-in), and concert halls showcasing musicals and opera all year round. 

    If the city feels a bit cramped for your liking, we suggest driving out to California’s expansive national forests to enjoy adventures such as hiking, camping, and even a safari tour with wine tasting. Time to romance your significant other by exploring our list of Los Angeles’ most romantic places.  


    Santa Monica Pier

    Ride the Ferris wheel for views of the Pacific Ocean

    Santa Monica Pier attracts families with its beachfront promenade and the impressive carnival rides and kid-friendly games you’ll find there. Founded in 1909, this traditional amusement park is where you can ride the iconic Santa Monica Pier Carousel, which dates back to the late 1930s. Fairground rides typically cost between $5 and $10 each. Cycling is a popular activity as the pier features a 26-mile-long pathway that runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean. Fitness enthusiasts can work out at an outdoor body-building gym located south of the pier.

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    Location: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA

    Phone: +1 310 458 8901


    Venice Canals

    Go for a stroll along these Italy-inspired canals

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    The Venice Canals, located between Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Venice Beach Boardwalk, offer idyllic views of pastel mansions and pedestrian bridges. Built in 1905 by millionaire Abbot Kinney, the walkways are popular spots for those looking to enjoy a quiet stroll away from the often overcrowded boardwalk. If you’re looking to enjoy some fun under the sun, Venice Beach and Muscle Beach Gym are just a short walk away from the Venice Canals. 

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    Location: Venice, CA 90292, USA


    Descanso Gardens

    Share a dessert at Malibu Cafe

    Descanso Gardens is a 150-acre botanical park located 5.4 miles northwest of the Kidspace Children's Museum. Its themed gardens are teeming with oak trees, rare herbs, medicinal plants, and beautiful flowers, including North America’s largest camellia collection. The gardens are also where you can spot over 100 species of birds and mammals such as squirrels, mule deer, and bobcats. The best way to explore Descanso Gardens is by taking the Enchanted Railroad, which costs $3 per ride. 

    Location: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 818 949 4200


    Go for a wine safari

    Feed zebras and giraffes during the jeep tour

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    Malibu Wine Safari is a jeep tour that cruises through the 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch. Located 30 miles west of Santa Monica Beach, you get to choose from 4 types of wine safaris. The most popular option is the Explorer Giraffe Safari, which includes a tour of Saddlerock Ranch & Vineyard, 2 wine tasting stops with 6 wines, complimentary spreads and crackers. You also get to feed zebras and camels, as well as Stanley, a giraffe that was featured in the “Hangover III” movie.

    Location: 32111 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 818-497-2206


    Shop at Rodeo Drive

    Look out for celebrities at this upscale shopping street

    Rodeo Drive is where you may spot Hollywood’s rich and famous going about their day in Los Angeles. This 2-mile-long shopping street has over 100 designer boutiques and jewellery stores, such as Gucci, Dior, Harry Winston, and Gorgio Armani. There are plenty of 5-star hotel spas and beauty salons, where you can splurge on nail services, body massages, and facials.

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    Location: 328 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA


    Share a picnic at Echo Park Lake

    Cruise through the lake in a pedal boat

    Echo Park Lake, founded in 1860, attracts couples and families with its colourful gardens, walking paths, and picnic areas. You get to rent a pedal boat (or swan boat) from the onsite Wheel Fun Rentals to cruise through expansive lake. Echo Park Lake also features many al fresco brunch spots, where you can bond with your loved one over coffee and dessert.

    Location: Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA


    Highland Park Bowl

    Play a few rounds at LA’s oldest bowling alley

    Highland Park Bowl is a vintage bowling alley dating back to the Prohibition era. It features a stunning steampunk setting, with chandeliers and bar shelves made with pin-setters, 1920s popcorn and cigarette machines, and a horseshoe bar that serves craft cocktails and draught beers. Hourly lane rates at Highland Park Bowl start from $25 and shoe rentals cost $5 per pair. 

    Location: 5621 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042, USA

    Open: Monday – Friday from 5 pm to 2 am, Saturday – Sunday from 11 am to 2 am

    Phone: +1 323-257-2695


    Watch a concert at Hollywood Bowl

    Catch classical music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

    The Hollywood Bowl has been hosting some of the world’s biggest concerts since 1922. Located 1 mile north of the TCL Chinese Theatre, the open-air amphitheatre can accommodate over 17,000 people at a time. Among the many music legends who have performed here are Elton John, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. Fans of classical music can catch the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which comprises 80 musicians performing film scores, Broadway tunes, and jazz music.

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    Location: 2301 North Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm (box office)

    Phone: +1 323-850-2000


    Griffith Observatory

    Enjoy panoramic views of Los Angeles

    Griffith Observatory, with its impressive height of 1,134 feet above sea level, is where you can see the entire Los Angeles landscape for free. The observatory is located in Griffith Park, a municipal park that offers enjoy activities such as hiking, golfing, cycling, and horseback riding. There are over 50 miles of trails, many of which are set close to waterfalls and lagoons within the park. After spending some time at the Griffith Observatory, catch a live concert at the neighbouring Greek Theatre. 

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    Location: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

    Open: Tuesday – Friday from 12 pm to 10 pm, Saturday – Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 213-473-0800


    Electric Dusk Drive-In

    Watch a movie under the stars

    Electric Dusk Drive-In offers an old-school theatre experience for couples in Los Angeles. The drive-in movie venue takes place at Van de Kamp Bakery Building, about a 10-minute from Griffith Park. You can even bring lawn chairs if you’re not driving to the venue. Tickets at the door cost between $14 and $16 per person. Bring your own popcorn or get them from the onsite concession stand, which also sells fast food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks. 

    Location: Van de Kamp Bakery Building, 2930 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90065, USA

    Phone: +1 323-867-6899

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