25 date ideas in Orange County that you can do this weekend! From the hottest dinner spots, sexy cocktails, casual breakfast spots and even some unique ideas that don’t cost money. This list will inspire you to live your best life with your partner and maybe spice things up while your at it 🙂
1. Take a hike along the coast in Laguna
There is Free parking at Heisler park, and along the streets. Start here and walk along the cliffs south towards Las Brisas. This pathway along the Laguna shoreline is breathtaking and magical. The fresh ocean air, warm breezes and jumping dolphins among an almost fake looking backdrop are just a few things you will experience along your walk. Finish at Las Brisas for a cocktail and then watch the sunset at lookout point.
The speak easy bar at CDM restaurant is small, intimate and plays an amazing array of music that is sexy yet fun. It probably doesn’t hold more than 20 people so make sure you arrive early to ensure a spot. They also serve light appetizers and you can make a reservation at the restaurant upstairs for before or after your cocktails.
While there are several places to rent bikes, Newport Cruisers is my favorite! Located a few steps from the bike path and Newport pier on the corner of Balboa & 23rd. They offer low rates with group and weekly discounts. The bikes are high quality, consistently maintained, and they add new ones to the fleet to ensure safe riding conditions. Baskets, locks, helmets & maps all included.
Rates are $5 – Hour or $20 – Day
SoulCycle is way more than a workout, it’s a sanctuary. A safe space to ride through whatever you’re facing, celebrate your accomplishments, and sweat it all out on the bike. Emerge feeling stronger, like the best version of yourself-because moving your body changes your soul. This was one of my favorite dates with my husband and we went to the Fashion Island studio followed by lunch. Make sure you reserve your bikes before hand so you can sit together!
Rent boards or Kayaks from Lido Paddle sports and cruise through the clean calm waters of Newport Bay. Located at 3300 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663
There is plenty of street parking and some parking at the church (make sure you read all parking signs and follow parking regulations)
SUP RENTAL PRICING:
$20 per hour per board or $35 for 2 hours per board
KAYAK RENTAL PRICING: (Kayaks available starting June)
Single Kayak- $20 per hour/$35 for 2 hours or Double Kayak- $30 per hour/$50 for 2 hours
In just a short hour boat trip on the Catalina flyer you can arrive at Catalina Island. The Island is known for its diving, wild life and the beloved town of Avalon. You’ll love the way the town is lined with white sandy beaches, palm trees and cabanas. Sip cocktails at Descanso Beach, shop and explore for a perfect date day or weekend!
7. Brunch and bloody mary's
Th Winery is focused on successfully pairing contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience.
Use La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks for a safe and guided sea cave tour!
Renting a Duffy electric boat is the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon or evening with your friends and loved ones, silently cruising Newport Bay. All of our Duffy Electric Boats can accommodate 10 people comfortably (children of all ages included) 12 maximum. Each boat has a full canopy top, full window enclosures, and a full stereo with iPod hookup. So don’t forget to bring along your favorite music!
Newport Harbor has several great places to tie up and dine. You may bring your own assortment of food and beverages on board.
**Reservations are highly recommended.
Capt. Dave’s Dana Point Whale Watching offers some of the best whale watching in the world! Capt. Dave’s exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. The two “pods” give you the extraordinary experience of feeling what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales, underwater, without getting wet!
Painting with a Twist® painting sessions are fun art, not fine art. Sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic local artists. It’s a colorful, casual party atmosphere where you’ll leave your cares behind and go home with a one-of-a-kind painting created by you.
Pelican hill offers free valet parking and is a local favorite happy hour spot. Inside the main bar you can almost always catch a sunset wedding, sip a martini and enjoy a nice conversation in a comfortable chair!
Javiers offers the perfect date night with a tropical setting for upmarket Mexican fare & margaritas made with an extensive list of tequilas. With two locations in Orange County, I recommend Newport Coast for the atmosphere and ocean breeze.
This date is completely free and just as amazing. Park in the neighborhood streets at the furthest end of the balboa peninsula to reach “the wedge” a famous surf spot with large waves and an array of talented surfers. Pack a picnic and enjoy the surf from dawn to dusk!
Wine Country Trattoria serves amazing food and wine and finish the evening by enjoying some rides and a firework show! Park tickets are required to enter. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made—online or by phone—up to 60 days prior to your visit.
open to the public for visitors every day from 10am – 4pm. The visitor yard features interactive displays, marine mammal artifacts, and our Treasure Trove gift shop. There is no charge for admission, but donations are appreciated!
Located just off Pacific coast highway in Newport Coast, the ocean club serves dinner only 7 days a week starting at 5pm. Enjoy delicious food, wine and live music nightly.
25. Wine taste in Silverado Canyon
Giracci Vinyards is conveniently located in the heart of Orange County, the Silverado locale transports you to another place and time. Sprawling vineyards, whitewashed fences, vintage historic buildings and barns, riding arenas, trails and streams with magnificent, mature old oak trees paint the landscape.
26. Enjoy a Farm to Table romantic meal
The Playground, in Santa Ana is new hip restaurant brought to you by the owners of “the lime truck’ They started with a small truck and expanded to the restaurant of their dreams bringing you the best farm to table dining experience. Food is only half the story at The Playground. They also plan be one of Orange County’s premier destination for craft beers and cocktails.