Tired of dates that involve grabbing a drink or going to the movies? Instead of the standard dating activities that you can do in any city, perhaps you should explore Los Angeles and try something new.
Following are some ideas for planning your next date:
1. Downtown Art Walk – Whether you work in downtown or not, the area is rich with places to go and art to see. With over 40 galleries participating, on the 2nd Thursday of every month you can visit these galleries for free. MOCA is currently offering a retrospective of its first thirty years, with over 500 works of art by over 200 artists. Take a date, stop in a few galleries, and grab some sushi in Little Tokyo.
2. Outdoor Ice Skating – Perhaps you haven’t done this since you were a kid, but ice skating outdoors (especially at night) is a playful experience for a date. Visit the rink in Santa Monica at 5th and Arizona, and follow it up with a hot chocolate at Leonida’s Chocolate Café at 4th and Santa Monica. Drinking Belgian hot chocolate is like drinking a melted chocolate bar. Delicious.
3. Do a volunteer activity. With so many tragedies surrounding us from hunger to homelessness, a different date idea is to get involved with a local volunteer group and pick an activity to do together. A great website to check out is the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles, which offers a lit of opportunities and projects taking place throughout the county.
4. Beer and wine tasting – Perhaps you’ve only been to Napa or Santa Barbara for wine tasting, but there are places closer to home. Malibu Family Winery is a beautiful, family-run winery, and the ride up the PCH to get there is stunning. If wine is not your thing, there are a number of great breweries around L.A., including the Bonaventure Brewing Co. in downtown. They offer 20 homemade brews on tap and a tasting menu, along with a great view of the city skyline.
5. Morning hike at Griffith Park – instead of an evening date, try an early one with a hike at Griffith Park (if you don’t know your way around, you can sign up with Sierra Club, which organizes hikes on weekend mornings). You can follow this up with a nice brunch in Los Feliz at Alcove Café on Hillhurst, which offers tasty breakfast entrees, pastries, and a large outdoor patio.
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