Love Is in the Air in LA

Whether it's the anticipation of a first date, the devotion of a committed love, or the thrill of a summer fling, these outdoor adventures promise to keep your heart pumping and the romance pulsating.

Sunset at Dockweiler State Beach
Sunset at Dockweiler State Beach | Instagram: @weirdtallgirl
Bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach
Bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach | Instagram: @ktdiphone

Dockweiler State Beach

Dockweiler State Beach is the quintessential SoCal spot for an evening escapade. This idyllic beach sets the stage for romance with its alluring bonfires that adorn the shoreline. Imagine cozying up by a crackling fire, savoring mouthwatering s'mores, and being mesmerized by the spellbinding hues of the sunset. The harmonious blend of warmth, delectable treats, and awe-inspiring vistas crafts an intimate and indelible experience. Whether you're igniting the flames of a new connection or rekindling the sparks in your relationship, Dockweiler Beach offers an idyllic backdrop for an unforgettable and amorous date night.

Swan Pedal Boat at Echo Park Lake
Swan Pedal Boat at Echo Park Lake | Instagram: @smadjita
Swan Pedal Boat at Echo Park Lake
Swan Pedal Boat at Echo Park Lake | Photo: Wheel Fun Rentals

Echo Park Lake

Whether it's day or night, this date will surely have you creating ripples in the water as you leisurely pedal together through historic Echo Park Lake on a cozy Swan Boat from Wheel Fun Rentals. Afterwards, take a stroll along the path that lovingly embraces the lake, enjoying the enchanting downtown views. To further enhance the experience, explore the vibrant Echo Park neighborhood, where a plethora of my favorite eateries and local boutiques eagerly await your visit. This perfect blend of charm and excitement will elevate your romantic outing to another level, setting the stage for a memorable time. So, don't be scared (sha-la, sha-la-la ya, ya, ya), you've got the mood prepared (woah, woah). Go on and kiss the girl.

Concert at the Greek Theatre
Photo: The Greek Theatre

Greek Theatre

Experience the ultimate romance as you dance together under the stars at the legendary Greek Theatre. Browse the lineup of upcoming performances and select a show that captures your hearts and ignites your passion. With its captivating ambiance and remarkable acoustics, the Greek promises an extraordinary outdoor concert experience. This date idea is an essential addition to your Los Angeles repertoire, guaranteeing a memorable and deeply romantic evening. Secure your tickets, lose yourselves in the music, and forge everlasting memories beneath the starry skies of the Greek Theatre.

Independent Shakespeare Co. "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" | Photo: Independent Shakespeare Co.
Independent Shakespeare Co. picnic
Photo: Independent Shakespeare Co.

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

What proclaims love louder than the very man who initiated its ardor? Prepare for an extraordinary resurgence as the cherished Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival triumphantly returns for its 20th season, rekindling the flame of live theater after the challenging days of the pandemic. Nestled in the Old LA Zoo Picnic Area, this enchanting venue is poised to set your hearts ablaze, evoking passionate whispers of "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" The first production this year is Julius Caesar (July 5-30), followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream from August 9 to September 3. Best of all? All performances and pre-show activities are free!

Nighttime view from the Jerome C. Daniel Overlook on Mulholland Drive
View from the Jerome C. Daniel Overlook on Mulholland Drive | Instagram: @tovrleaf

Mulholland Drive

Are you ready for a romantic drive? Pack your car with snacks and prepare yourself for an exhilarating ride along the renowned Mulholland Drive, a legendary road that has captured the imaginations of countless individuals, including esteemed director David Lynch. Set off on a scenic adventure along Mulholland Drive, leading you to one of the illustrious overlooks of Los Angeles. Vantage points like the Jerome C. Daniel Overlook not only offer awe-inspiring vistas but also serve as romantic rendezvous spots, perfect for a picnic and, perhaps, even a makeout session. Revered architects, such as John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler, and Raphael Soriano have left their mark on this iconic roadway by designing homes that further enhance its allure. This enchanting and budget-friendly date idea provides ample opportunities for engaging conversations and forging deeper connections as you immerse yourselves in the irresistible charm of this famous road.

Paramount Drive-In Theatres
Paramount Drive-In Theatres | Instagram: @paramount_drive_in
Date night at Paramount Drive-In Theatres
Date night at Paramount Drive-In Theatres | Instagram: @barkleythebeachdoodle

Paramount Drive-In Theatres

Imagine a romantic evening under the starlit sky at the Paramount Drive-In Theatres, located just east of Downtown Los Angeles. As the sun sets and twilight descends, cuddle up with your special someone for a cozy date night like no other. This classic drive-in theater transports you to a bygone era of nostalgia and cinematic magic. Snuggle together in the comfort of your car, savoring popcorn and your favorite snacks as you immerse yourselves in a captivating movie experience. Enjoy the intimacy and warmth of this unique date night where the timeless allure of the silver screen and the company of your partner intertwine, creating beautiful memories that will linger long after the credits roll.

Date night at Pigeon's Roller Rink
Pigeon's Roller Rink | Instagram: @pigeonsrollerrink
Wedding at at Pigeon's Roller Rink
Rolling into wedded bliss at Pigeon's Roller Rink | Instagram: @greenweddingshoes

Pigeon's Roller Rink

Ready to relive some middle school romance? Pigeon's Roller Rink in Long Beach offers a unique experience as the only indoor-outdoor skating rink in the LA area. Originally created as a pop-up during the pandemic, this beloved space has decided to stay for good. The venue is the brainchild of Shayna "Pigeon" Meikle, the owner of Pigeon's Roller Skate Shop and Beach Cities Roller Derby.

Located at the 2nd & PCH outdoor shopping mall, you'll enjoy plenty of fresh air during your visit. Each session lasts about 2 hours and costs from $10-17 for entry. Whether you rent Pigeon's roller skates for $10 or bring your own, you're in for a fun time. Be sure to follow @pigeonsrollerrink on Instagram for upcoming themed nights and scheduled classes if you want to improve your skating skills.

Pigeon's Roller Rink is a charming, hip destination where you can skate to your heart's content. Just remember, it's not your typical rink, so don't forget to pack water and snacks to keep yourself refreshed.

Couple on a ride at Sunset Ranch Hollywood
Sunset Ranch Hollywood | Instagram: @sunsetranchhollywood
Couple kisses a horse at Sunset Ranch Hollywood
*Kisses* at Sunset Ranch Hollywood | Instagram: @sunsetranchhollywood

Sunset Ranch Hollywood

Saddle up for an unforgettable romantic adventure with Sunset Ranch Hollywood and indulge in a delightful horseback ride through the enchanting trails of Hollywood. If you're yearning for a revitalizing alternative to the mundane indoor dating scene, this outdoor escapade in the Hollywood Hills is perfectly tailored for you. Choose from the one-hour Mulholland Trail Tour or the two-hour Mt. Hollywood Tour (Day or Evening).

Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of the majestic hills and awe-inspiring views; and nurture a profound connection with your partner while astride magnificent horses.

Bridge and flamingo boat at the Venice Canals
Bridge and flamingo boat at the Venice Canals | Instagram: @othelloeduardo
Sunset at the Venice Canals
"A cotton candy sky" at the Venice Canals | Instagram: @unchained.elephant

Venice Canals

Experience tranquility and romance as you take a leisurely stroll or bike along the serene Venice Canals, a true hidden treasure located between Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney. Walk through three enchanting blocks lined with charming houses and modern designs; cross over arched pedestrian bridges; and be entranced by the vibrant wildlife flourishing in the canals. Let the magical ambiance of this idyllic setting embrace you and your significant other - meander through the canals and paint an unforgettable scene straight out of a romantic movie.

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