30 Cheap, Fun, and Unique Date Ideas in Los Angeles

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Look no further because here are 30 of the BEST date ideas to do in Los Angeles, California! From the romantic to the adventurous, you will be able to find the perfect date idea in L.A. on this list!

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Los Angeles Date Night Ideas for Couples

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Cheap Los Angeles Date Night Ideas

1. Echo Park Lake – Enjoy a picnic at this historic reservoir surrounded by a quaint park offering boat rentals, picnic tables & walking paths! Grab one of these adorable picnic baskets to complete your picnic.

People walking and biking in Echo Park Lake.

2. Vineland Drive-in Theatre – Go old school at a drive-in movie! Snatch one of these cozy blankets to snuggle with your cute date!

Vineland Drive-in Theatre.

3. UCLA Botanical Garden – Stop and smell the flowers at the most beautiful botanical gardens in Los Angeles.


Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles.

4. Paddle Boats – Day or night, have fun with these adorable swan paddle boats for rent at Echo Park. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets – it’s just getting started! Don’t forget to take a couple of thermos flasks!

Man and woman enjoying their date at Echo Park in Los Angeles. | The Dating Diva

Couple on a date riding swan boat.

5. Venice Canals – Take a stroll along the stunning Venice Canals near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, at the corner of Washington and Strongs Drive. There, under a small sign that says “Venice Canals Walkway,” turn in and begin exploring.

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People walking in Venice Canals.

6. Highland Park Bowling Alley – The coolest bowling alley to take your date and some friends!

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Highland Park Bowling Alley.

7. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Enjoy dinner and a movie at the stylish theater chain known for showing new & classic films and serving cocktails & creative bites eat-side.

Audiences loving their time at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. | The Dating Diva

People enjoying their dinner and movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

8. Griffith Observatory – Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.

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Griffith Observatory.

9. Runyon Canyon Trail – Hike and watch the sunrise at the top! Some of the most scenic views of the city (and the Hollywood sign) can be had from this trail. For couples closer to the Westside, the trails in Topanga State Park afford breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean from certain vantage points.

Inexpensive hiking dates are perfect for young couples. | The Dating Diva

Runyon Canyon Park.

10. 71 Above – One of the best date destinations in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s a fine dining restaurant located on the 71st floor of the First Interstate building. Needless to say, the views are incredible because you’re towering over almost every other building in the area. This is the place to go if you want to impress someone special!

11. Walt Disney Concert Hall – The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, California, is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center.

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Walt Disnet Concert

 

12. Grand Central Market – How fun would this date be shopping for some yummy foods?!

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People at Grand Central Market.

13. The Last Bookstore – Airy book & record store offering new & used items in a multilevel space adorned with local art.

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A beautiful display of books at The Last Bookstore.

14. Staples Center – Staples Center is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street.

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Front of Staples Center.

15. Downtown Central Library – Take your date to the stunning downtown Central Library.

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Downtown Library in California

16. Le Petite Paris – Elegant bi-level French brasserie with a patio serving classic fare & cocktails all day.

La Petite Paris is perfect for a romantic dinner date. | The Dating Diva

Women eating at Le Petite Paris.

17. The Orpheum Theater – The Orpheum Theatre at 842 S. Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles opened on February 15, 1926, as the fourth and final Los Angeles venue for the Orpheum vaudeville circuit. 

Audience watching in the Orpheum Theatre that are perfect for couples who love theatre | The Dating Diva

Front of Orpheum Theatre.

18. El Matador State Beach – A collection of 3 small cliff-foot beaches with blufftop parking popular in the summertime.

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El Matador State Beach.

19. The Groundlings – Cozy venue for an improvisation & sketch comedy troupe that launched many famous careers.

Audience waiting in line to go into The Groundlings for a date. | The Dating Diva

People laughing at a comedy show.

20. Santa Monica Ferris Wheel – Pacific Park is home to all 12 fun, family-friendly rides on the Santa Monica Pier, including the world-famous Ferris wheel and roller coaster.

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Santa Monica Ferris Wheel

21. Pacific Coast Highway – Take a drive along this famous route. State Route 1 is a major north-south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. At a total of just over 656 miles, it is the longest state route in California.

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Pacific Coast Highway.

22. Rooftop Cinema – Sit back, relax and catch one of L.A.’s outdoor movie screenings, on a rooftop!

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Rooftop Cinema.

23. Cirque School – The Cirque School in Hollywood teaches Cirque 101 classes for $25 each and offers the chance to attempt static trapeze with the help of an instructor. Could be a super fun date!

Cirque classes that are perfect for active couples. | The Dating Diva

People taking Cirque classes.

24. The Passage Bike Ride – The Passage Bike Ride is a weekly bike ride that starts and ends at a donut shop. The guides try to lead riders to lesser-known parts of LA, and the route varies each week to keep things interesting.

Couple enjoying biking with the Passage Bike Ride. | The Dating Diva

Couple enjoying biking with the Passage Bike Ride.

25. Escape Room L.A. – Escape Room L.A. contains fun and challenging puzzles your group must solve before your time runs out! Clues are tricky, but no special skills or knowledge are required.

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The front of the Escape Room.

26. Sunset Ranch – Consider a country-style getaway on a ranch offering day & night horseback riding tours & BBQ buffets.
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Couple horseback riding on the beach.

27. Getty Center – Where you’ll enjoy art, architecture, and free admission. Parking is $15.

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Couple enjoying the Getty Center.

28. Da Poetry Lounge – The best date ideas in Los Angeles don’t need to break your wallet. Listen to some of the city’s best poets on Tuesday nights at Da Poetry Lounge at the Greenway Court Theatre for a $5 admission fee.

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Man reciting poetry.

29. Movers and Shakers Salsa and Bachata Dance Academy – Take your date out for some spicy salsa dancing.

People salsa dancing for a perfect date night idea. | The Dating Diva

People taking a dance class.

30. Concert Date Night – There’s pretty much always a concert happening somewhere in L.A. Enjoy outdoor seating at the Greek or the Rose Bowl, or take in a show at the Shrine or the Forum.
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Couple at a concert for date night.

Thousands of people enjoying the concert.

About the Author: Whitney

I am a passionate, fun, and caring gal married to the most incredible man in the world! Where I am the happiest is in nature with my smoking hott husband on my right and my sweet pups on my left! I enjoy reliving my glory days by playing volleyball with my girl friends or relaxing at the golf course! I am convinced I could not live without popcorn, caramel apples, and my guilty pleasure, vanilla coke! You can find me cuddling with my love watching Netflix, partying with family, or on that dance floor baby!

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5 Responses to 30 Cheap, Fun, and Unique Date Ideas in Los Angeles

  1. Umm… OKAY!!! Thanks for planning our next romantic getaway!! There are SO many great ideas here that I’ve never even heard about. Thank you SO much!!