Spending time in sunny San Diego around Valentine’s Day this year and looking for some ideas on how to spend the holiday?
Check out our list of favorite romantic things to do in San Diego for inspiration.
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Stroll the Japanese Friendship Garden
Part of the pleasure in Valentine’s Day is the personal time spent with the one you love.
For a uniquely romantic setting for your personal time this year, take a stroll through this one-of-a-kind garden.
Nearly 100 years old, the Japanese Friendship Garden, San-Kei-En is designed to offer Zen serenity and peace.
It was originally created as a gesture of friendship between the U.S. and Japan, and now attracts visitors from all over the world with its simple design and classic features.
A visit to the Japanese Friendship Garden will cultivate the perfect state of peace and harmony for you and your partner.
Explore the Art World
Since the dawn of time, man has turned to art to express his love. In fact, some of the most famous pieces in history were inspired by this universal emotion.
To soak up some of that passion yourself, stroll through the galleries of San Diego’s nationally renowned fine arts museum – the San Diego Museum of Art.
Collections feature everything from the European old masters, 19th and 20th century paintings, and new works of modernism to sculpture, artifacts, and multi-media artwork.
Be sure to check out the Museum’s 25 Works of Art You Must See, a featured collection of the best and brightest of their works that will give you a taste of all they have to offer.
They also offer special Valentine’s programming this year, so don’t miss out!
Reflect on Your History
Valentine’s Day is not only a time for romance, but also one of a reflection, when we think about our personal histories and how we came to be with the people we love today.
San Diego’s unique Museum of Man is on a mission to help answers questions about that quintessentially human quality.
It’s the only institution in the region devoted to the celebration of diversity, and one of the only in the world that’s all about the human experience.
Nestled in the heart of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park, the Museum of Man brings together beauty, history, anthropology, art, and artifacts from ancient and contemporary cultures.
It’s a great way to learn something about our past as you plan for the future. After all, what is more essential to mankind than the idea of love?
Wander Balboa Park
San Diego is one of the most temperate cities in the country, and is likely to be pleasant even in mid-February.
So there’s no reason why you can’t spend an afternoon or an evening walking with your loved one through the nation’s largest urban cultural park.
In addition to its beautifully cultivated gardens and landscape, Balboa Park also features some of the region’s premier museums.
Adventure Through La Jolla
If you’re the outdoorsy sort of couple who loves nothing more than to enjoy the fresh and beautiful weather of a San Diego winter, then some time spent in La Jolla sounds like the perfect date idea.
Whether you want to hike, bike, snorkel, or swim, there are plenty of options to keep everybody happy.
Take a tour of the area, or explore on your own – there’s no shortage of beautiful vistas and stunning ocean scenery to keep you happy.
Indulge in a Romantic Dinner
Call me old-fashioned, but to my mind there are few things as enjoyable as a good romantic dinner.
Fortunately, San Diego has some of the most amazing food in the region for you and your Valentine to sample, whether you’re interested in high end seafood or street-side Mexican.
If you’re looking for ideas for great romantic restaurants, explore areas like the Gaslamp Quarter/Banker’s Hill, Downtown, La Jolla, and Del Mar.
We recommend using a service like OpenTable to book your free reservations – just do it early!
Take in a Show
If you want to really impress your culturally-inclined date, then a musical performance or theatrical show is a reliable option.
This time of year, San Diego has plenty of great shows in town for you to choose from.
If you’re trying to be romantic while appealing to your inner child (or if you’ve got no choice but to bring the kids along), a recent adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Big Friendly Giant (BFG) is coming to San Diego this February.
The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus is putting on a big show the weekend before, if you prefer something more adult-oriented.
Just remember to purchase tickets in advance to avoid the panicked rush the week before!
Hop Aboard a Romantic Cruise
Another tried-and-true option is the romantic cruise. There are several options floating around for you enjoyment (pun intended), like the champagne brunch cruise by Flagship Cruises or the weekend cruises offered by Hornblower Dinner Cruises.
Or, if you’d prefer something a little less formal and overtly lovey-dovey, then a regular cruise might do the trick, like a scenic one-hour Harbor Tour.
Save on Admission
So there you have it! From the classical to the quirky, and everything in between, we’ve put together our favorite romantic things to do in San Diego and we just know you’ll find something to help you put together that perfect date.
Don’t forget – a Go San Diego® Card can help you save a bunch on admission to several of these great attractions, so you’ve got more money left over for the really important stuff like presents.