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These Outside-the-Box Date Ideas That Will Steal Your Heart

Written By: Sara Abbas The Most Unique Date Ideas in Orange County

You don’t settle for average company, so why settle for a ho-hum game-plan when you can make any date an extraordinary adventure? As far as outside-the-box date ideas go, Orange County is home to an abundance of creative (yet classic) choices, as well as some tantalizing hidden gems. With year-round beach days and activities galore, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the tempting options when making plans … Relax. We alleviated the pressure by hand-selecting some unforgettable date ideas, just for you.


Couples Massage

We wouldn’t recommend multitasking on a date, but a little R&R in conjunction with some S.O. quality time is a definite win-win. Let the well-trained massage therapists knead away your worries by candle light in the comfort of a plush couple’s massage den. Sensual aromas and soft soundscapes create a relaxing atmosphere that anyone with an alarm clock can appreciate. And, knotty or not, everyone loves being pampered, so don’t overlook this February favorite when planning your next date.  

535 W Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

Morning at the Market

Every Saturday delivers a different variety of experiences at the Irvine Farmer’s Market. Not knowing exactly what you’ll find is precisely what makes this such a fun, unique date spot. Shop local artisanal goods and fashion. Actually stop and smell the flowers for a change, there are plenty on every corner! Then, let local musicians set the scene for your day-date while you share savory breakfast crepes, sip the freshest pressed juices and squash a few resolutions with a decadent French toast doughnut from Clayton’s Bakery.

5001 Newport Coast Dr
Irvine, CA 92603

Private Boat Rental

Who doesn’t love the salty sea air on a sun-drenched SoCal afternoon? Exactly! Impress the best with this clever way to get cozy. These easy-to-operate electric boats encompass all the adventure of sailing the open seas, without the hassle (or know-how). Rack up extra points with your S.O. by packing a thoughtful meal to enjoy a picnic at sea. We guarantee you won’t be getting voted off the island any time soon.

2001 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 91913


Don’t be fooled by the concept, this is anything but your average dinner-and-a-movie date plan. Cinepolis is a first-class entertainment experience including oversized leather reclining seats, gourmet menu offerings, charming staff and (drum roll, please) a full bar. Pick a fun flick from their website beforehand or browse their schedule online if you need inspiration. Elevate your experience with one of their delectable popcorn potpourris like the Chocolate Drizzled Zebra (milk chocolate and white chocolate drizzled over caramel popcorn).

32401 Golden Lantern
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Hiking in Laguna Beach

Nothing gets the adrenaline pumping and the endorphins racing quite like living on the edge. Take your S.O. to new heights and make a lasting impression by planning an exhilarating beach hike; be sure to pick a winner like Valido Trail, which is less known and hardly ever crowded. This hiker’s trifecta boasts a moderately challenging ascent, a trail that isn’t too long (only about 1 mile), and boasts some of the most romantic views in OC. Ocean and mountain views spanning as far as the eyes can see, this is a sure-fire way to get to know one another while sneaking in a great workout. There are plenty of trails in the area from which to choose, but you can let the semi-steep nature of Valido be your excuse to reach out a hand to your counterpart.

22105 Paseo Del Sur
Laguna Beach, CA 921651


It’s not just us, it’s a well-known fact that everyone loves a peachy California sunset. What better way to catch some rays with your sweetie that on your own stand-up-paddleboards (SUP) right in Sunset Beach. Swimsuits, laughter, and an upper-body workout? Yes, please! Test your skills while you cut across waves, twist against the currents, and maneuver into a mind-blowing date experience. Friendly staff is available to walk you through the process, so you can both be safely on your way in minutes. Think a SUP may be a little too much action for your date? Opt for a (slightly) tamer kayak and put your synchronicity to the test… life is but a dream.

1131 Back Bay Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Enjoy The Performing Arts

Whatever form of artistic expression you crave, Segerstrom Center for the Arts features a plethora of artistic flavors, perfect for every palate. Broadway, jazz, Shakespeare, film, pop, rock, dance—if it happens on a stage, it’s probably happening there. Broadway-anything, Motown, and death-defying magic are always crowd-pleasers. Peruse their calendar online to see what best suits your schedules. Extra points if you choose great seats using their interactive seat selector and pre-pay for parking online.

600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626