Coming up with fun date ideas is harder than it looks. Will the other person like what I planned? Will I like what I planned? When the pressure is on, it helps to have a huge variety. Enter this list of our favorite date night ideas in Los Angeles. We’ll make sure your evening brings just the right amount of romance, adventure, and fun.
It’s one of the perks of living in one of the world’s entertainment capitals: there’s no shortage of live theater. Browse our site and you’ll find tickets to Broadway musicals, world-class dramas, and even dinner theater. If that’s not your (or your date’s) thing, then check out our selection of stand-up comedy and live TV tapings.
Everybody loves a good meal, but if simply taking your date out to a nice restaurant doesn’t seem exciting enough, kick it up a notch (hat tip to Emeril) and try a cooking class. LA has all sorts, from pizza-making to macaron-baking classes. One fun option, if your date is interested in Japanese food, is to pair your lesson with a sake tasting at Zen Maru’s sushi-making class.
It'd be tough to find a more romantic date idea than a soothing gondola ride down Venice’s Grand Canal. And guess what? You don’t have to go all the way to Europe to find one. Instead, you can sail from Long Beach’s “Little Italy” via The Gondola Getaway, which even encourages its guests to bring a bottle of wine. It’s one of many LA boat tours you can find on our site.
In the mood for something that requires less energy and more of you just laying around relaxing? Us too. That’s why a couples massage is one of the best LA date night idea. For an experience that’s a little bit different than your run-of-the-mill spa visit, book some time at Ancient Thai Massage. Here, therapists combine Swedish and Thai techniques, which use assistive yoga and passive stretching to re-energize the body.
Active dates are some of our favorites. Did you know that dancing releases dopamine (one of the chemicals that makes you feel good)? So joining a dance class may be just the ticket to a happy evening. We recommend JT Ballroom Dance Studio for couples ballroom and Latin-dance lessons—and the studio also offers wedding dance consultation, if your date goes extremely well.
From the Getty to the National History Museum to LACMA, Los Angeles has no shortage of world-class museums. But it’s also ripe with the less-frequented, more-colorful museums that make for an especially creative date, like the Museum of Illusions. The Instagram-worthy attraction puts you in the middle of fantastical 3D images, so it’ll look like you’re hanging upside down from the ceiling, dangling from the cliff of a canyon, and filing your taxes without the help of an accountant (!)
Yoga...as a date? Seems like an unusual idea, but it makes a lot of sense. In addition to releasing tension, yoga can help give you piece of mind by reducing anxiety and stress—sounds like good qualities to have on a date! Electric Soul Yoga makes for an especially positive experience; laid-back lessons here are set to fun, energetic music.
Even when it feels like you’ve seen it all, you truly haven’t. That applies to sprawling Los Angeles, too, which can still pleasantly surprise people who’ve lived there all their lives. Discover something new about the City of Angels with your date on a guided tour, like the Venice Beach Street Art Tour. This two-hour jaunt takes you past Venice’s colorful murals, graffiti, and boardwalk. Dates can be educational, too, right?
For the couple who wants to have a blast AND develop teamwork (double date, anyone?), go try any and all of Los Angeles’s delightful escape rooms. If you know your date loves a good scary movie, they’ll probably dig Horror Escape LA’s terrifying rooms (a doctor’s office, a zombie lab, and a captive chamber). Or solve the ancient secret of King Tut’s tomb at MagIQ Room–talk about a great achievement for a first date!