The 25 Most Romantic Things to Do in Los Angeles

Cityscape at dawn, Los Angeles, California, United States
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    Romantic Los Angeles

    Assuming you have a romantic partner with whom to experience all that Los Angeles has to offer, LA can be one of the most romantic places on the planet. The diversity of opportunities for romance is unparalleled anywhere in the world. From a beach getaway to a mountain retreat; from urban gardens to private sunset flights over the city; from champagne spa baths for two to sexy underground nightlife; if you can't find something in Los Angeles to set just the right romantic mood, you just don't have an ounce of romance in you.

    The following pages outline 25 of the innumerable opportunities for romance that can be found in and around the City of Angels.

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    Take a Romantic Walk on the Beach

    Sunset at the Huntington Beach Pier
    ••• Sunset at the Huntington Beach Pier. Kayte Deioma

    "Love long walks on the beach" has become the cliche of the personal ad and online dating profile for the simple reason that almost everyone loves long walks on the beach and finds walking on the beach romantic, even if you're the kind of person who would rather walk on the paved beach path than get your feet sandy. This one should almost be a given for any couple visiting Los Angeles. After all, with over 80 miles of coastline, the beach is one of LA's Top Attractions.

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    A Romantic Day at the Beach in Los Angeles

    Even if you don't care much for walking, a relaxing day enjoying the warmth of the sun on LA Beaches can be a romantic way to spend an afternoon. Each beach has its own appeal, depending on how close to (or far from) civilization you want be. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.

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    Share a Romantic Dinner with a View

    Takami Sushi Restaurant in Downtown LA
    ••• Takami Sushi Restaurant in Downtown LA. Kayte Deioma

    There are many romantic restaurants all across Los Angeles, but somehow sharing a special meal over a stunning view makes it even more memorable. I've assembled a list of LA restaurants that not only have exceptional food but also provide a feast for the eyes with views of the city, the Pacific Ocean, or the surrounding mountains in LA's Best Romantic Restaurants with a View.

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    Go Dancing at a Sexy LA Nightclub

    Most women love to dance and appreciate a man who is willing to at least make the effort, regardless of skill level. Besides, getting your freak on on the dance floor is a good precursor of coming attractions. Check out the Top Los Angeles Dance Clubs.

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    Stroll Through a Romantic Garden

    Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
    ••• Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. Kayte Deioma

    The greater Los Angeles area has an abundance of beautiful public gardens, from encyclopedic botanic gardens to intimate Japanese meditation gardens. Choose from any of the Best Public Gardens in Los Angeles.

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    Take a Romantic Gondola Ride

    Gondola Company of Newport Beach
    ••• Gondola Company of Newport Beach. Courtesy of Gondola Company of Newport Beach

    You don't have to travel to Italy to take a romantic gondola ride. There are several locations in Southern California where you can be serenaded as you're guided along calm inland waterways. Bundle up for a gondola ride. It's cold out on the water, providing a good excuse to cuddle.

    Choose from these Gondola Companies in Southern California.

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    Romance on the Water on a Charter Sailboat or Yacht

    Avalon Midday
    ••• Catalina Island. Tan Yilmaz / Getty Images

    Book a charter complete with skipper, or if you're a skilled sailor, rent a boat and pack a picnic for a day out on the water, or sail to Catalina for lunch.

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    Take a Romantic Brunch or Dinner Cruise

    Some prefer the independence of a sailboat picnic, but for those who would prefer to be waited on out on the water, you can take a brunch or dinner cruise from various Southern California locations with Hornblower Cruises.​ www.hornblower.com

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    Spa Treatment for Two

    Couple getting massages
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    Many spas have couples treatment rooms, but some are a cut above, with better ambiance and more unique services. Here is a list of the Top Couples Spas in Los Angeles. They have the most romantic treatment rooms where you can share an hour massage, a champagne bath, or a full day of pampering.

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    Spend a Romantic Day at Disneyland

    The Mad Hatter's Tea Cups at Disneyland
    ••• The Mad Hatter's Tea Cups at Disneyland. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    You may think Disneyland is just for kids, but if you take a moment to get into the prince/princess fantasy, there are a lot of opportunities for romance at the "happiest place on earth," including a few hold-each-other-tight rides. For a quick glimpse, here are some recommendations for the Best Places to Kiss at Disneyland

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    Learn Something Together

    Surfers in Santa Cruz, Calif.
    ••• Take a surfing lesson together. Beckett Gladney / Getty Images

    Whether it's a cooking class, a surfing lesson for two, or a couple hours at trapeze school, sharing a learning experience can be a great way to spend bonding time.

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    Sunset Champagne Flight over Los Angeles

    Cityscape Against Clear Sky Seen Through Helicopter
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    A private sunset air tour of Los Angeles in a helicopter or a small plane is a great prelude to a romantic dinner for two. Some tours will even fly you to dinner at a top notch restaurant. A great way to sweep her off her feet! There are a variety of ​air tours of Los Angeles to choose from.

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    Pick a Romantic Spot for a Proposal

    Los Angeles sunset seen from the Griffith Observatory
    ••• The Griffith Observatory offers great background views for a proposal. uschools / Getty Images

    If you're thinking about popping the question, Los Angeles has some truly unique opportunities to make it a memorable moment. Here are my suggestions for Romantic (sometimes crazy) ways to propose in Los Angeles.

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    Have a Picnic in Los Angeles

    Sunset Picnic at Barnsdall Arts Park in Hollywood
    ••• Sunset Picnic at Barnsdall Arts Park in Hollywood. Kayte Deioma

    Sharing a picnic in a special location is a romantic way to spend time together. You can go the budget route and grab your favorite fast food, assemble a gourmet feast from a local supermarket or go all out with champagne and caviar or a basket from your favorite high-end restaurant.​

    To get some ideas of where to find a great picnic basket, Gayot.com has come up with the Top 10 Best Picnic Baskets in Los Angeles.

    For ideas on where to have your special picnic, CitySearch.com readers have voted for LA's Top 7 Picnic Spots.

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    Romantic Horseback Riding in Los Angeles

    A couple riding horses
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    If you both enjoy horseback riding, a romantic horseback ride in the Santa Monica Mountains or on the beach can be a great way to spend time together. Los Angeles Horseback Riding has rides at sunset, sunrise or under the moonlight, with or without food. All rides are guided, so coordinate with your guide for the setting and space you need.

    Los Angeles Horseback Riding
    2623 Old Topanga Canyon Road
    Topanga, CA 90290

    You can also book a private sunset horseback ride to view the Hollywood Sign in ​Griffith Park. There are additional ranches offering rides from Malibu to Rancho Palos Verdes and Huntington Beach. See all the options in this guide to Horseback Riding in LA.

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    Motorcycle Ride on Mulholland Drive

    For those who enjoy sharing the adventure of the open road on the back of a Harley or other motorcycle, Mulholland Drive winds along the mountains between the LA Basin and the Valley giving you stunning views of both. You don't have to bring your own bike; there are rental companies where you can rent a motorcycle in Los Angeles.

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    A Romantic Drive Down the Coast in A Convertible

    Young couple driving convertible at sunset
    ••• Young couple driving convertible at sunset. Thomas Barwick / Getty Images

    A drive along Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu, or following the coast through neighborhoods all the way around the Palos Verdes Peninsula is romantic in any kind of car, but making the drive in a convertible on a sunny day adds a little sex appeal. The Orange County coast is another option, or you can spend a whole day driving from Malibu to South Orange County with stops at viewpoints along the way.

    You can compare rates for convertibles at Expedia.com (search Los Angeles car rentals and check off the convertible box).

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    A Romantic Night of Music at the Hollywood Bowl

    Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
    ••• Concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Kayte Deioma

    A picnic and a bottle of wine shared in a box, or even on the highest bench seats at the Hollywood Bowl can make for a delightful evening (although the music and view will be way better from a Box). Be sure to bring a blanket to cuddle under and keep each other warm on a chilly Southern California evening.

    For more outdoor music options, check out my Summer Concert Series page. 

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    Spend a Romantic Evening Ballroom Dancing

    Dancing with the Stars has demonstrated just how sexy ballroom dancing can be. It's still plenty romantic to have an excuse to hold your partner and whirl around the floor if you're a beginner, and there are plenty of lessons and clubs where you can dance the tango, waltz, salsa, foxtrot, swing, and more.

    For a truly retro Fred and Ginger experience, get dolled up and try the Sky Room in Long Beach.

    For a more casual experience, Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank has swing dancing every Tuesday and a variety of dance styles and other live music on other days.

    Here are some more resources to find places to dance Ballroom in the LA area.

    All Styles

    • BallroomDance.com

    Tango Dancing

    Salsa Dancing

    Swing Dancing in Los Angeles and Orange County

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    Share a Romantic Kiss on a Ferris Wheel

    The solar-powered Ferris Wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
    ••• The solar-powered Ferris Wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. Kayte Deioma

    There's something a little old-fashioned and inherently romantic about riding a Ferris wheel—taking in the elevated view and sharing a kiss at the top. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier is a great choice, offering a scenic view along the coast, with or without an accompanying walk on the beach.

    A more recent alternative is the Giant Wheel at the Pike in Long Beach at twilight with a view of Shoreline Village, the Pike, the Rainbow Harbor Lighthouse and the Queen Mary.

    Both locations also have a classic merry-go-round for a little more nostalgic play.

    Make sure your date isn't afraid of heights before you plan this outing!

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    Take a Romantic Stroll on the Queen Mary

    A couple watching the sunset from the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA
    ••• A couple watching the sunset from the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Kayte Deioma

    Keeping with the theme of nostalgia, a stroll along the deck of the 1936 Art Deco Queen Mary ocean liner with a starboard view of the Long Beach skyline is romantic at any time of day, but best as late afternoon turns to evening. You can watch the sun set from the Observation Bar and watch the lights of the city come on at twilight. Make a night of it by dining in one of the ship's restaurants, and/or get a room on board at the Queen Mary Hotel. 

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    Rent a Pedal Boat in LA or Orange County

    Paddle Boats in Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach, CA
    ••• Paddle Boats in Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach, CA. Kayte Deioma

    A leisurely pedal boat (paddle boat) ride is a pleasant way to share an hour or two outdoors, especially on a hot day.

    Fun places to pedal across the water around Los Angeles include:

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    Kayak to a Romantic Picnic at Huntington Harbor

    Wide Angle View of Huntington Harbor
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    Still-water kayaking can be a romantic way to spend a few hours on a sunny Southern California day. It's easier to have a conversation while gliding along inland waterways, disturbed only by the occasional wake of a motorboat, than to have to holler over the ocean waves. I also find moseying along side by side in individual kayaks is more conducive to flirting than when you're seated one in front of the other, but if one of you is a much stronger paddler, I recommend a tandem kayak so the weaker paddler doesn't get frustrated trying to keep up.

    There are many lovely places where you can kayak through peaceful canals, marinas or inland bays. One of my favorites is Huntington Harbor in Sunset Beach, where there are tiny little pocket beaches where you can pull over and picnic.

    Another is kayaking around Naples Island in Long Beach. The route around the small inner island under all the bridges is charming, but there's nowhere to stop and picnic. However, there's plenty...MORE of beach along the peninsula where you rent the kayaks, and also another stretch at Marine Park on the opposite side of the big island.

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    Shop for Diamonds in the Los Angeles Jewelry District

    Los Angeles Jewelry District
    ••• Los Angeles Jewelry District. Kayte Deioma

    Even if diamonds aren’t yet on the horizon, you'll find all kinds of trinkets in the Los Angeles Jewelry District in Downtown Los Angeles. It is the largest wholesale jewelry district in the country with almost 5,000 businesses. She'll be so dazzled that she won't mind that you're shopping wholesale. On the other hand, it might take the romance out of it for some. The main core of the district is on Hill Street between 5th and 8th Streets, with more businesses on the parallel streets of Olive and Broadway.

    More on the Los Angeles Jewelry District 

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    Take a Romantic Getaway

    Sunset at Lake Arrowhead dock
    ••• Take a roadtrip to Lake Arrowhead. Kenny Hung Photography / Getty Images

    There are tons of romantic things to do in LA, but if you want to get away, you can plan a luxury getaway within Greater LA, or take one of these Quick Road Tips from LA.