Things to do in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day

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Los Angeles is such a magnificent city, full of vibrant, bustling life. It’s also a home to dreams and magic, with the Hollywood culture making this west coast star one of the most romantic places to be this Valentine’s Day. But how to design the perfect date for your and your loved one this year? Check out our selection of the best things to do in Los Angeles for Valentine’s Day.

Universal Studios Hollywood

The film industry has been one of the leading proponents of love in the world, making romantic movies that span the generic spectrum from fun rom-coms to the best love stories ever told. So if you and your loved one enjoy the romance of the silver screen, taking a studio tour is the best way to get a behind-the-scenes look at where all the magic happens.  This tour offers you double the excitement and double the romance: fun-loving couples can combine the tour with a few hours spent enjoying the diverse theme park attractions. If you’re looking for a more adventurous way to spend Valentine’s Day, then this is definitely the place to be.

Aquarium of the Pacific

Love among the fishes. Courtesy of Kevin Le Vu Photography

This year, Los Angeles’ favorite Aquarium is hosting a Valentine’s Day Late Night & Dinner for those whose idea of romance takes an aquatic twist. The Aquarium has extended hours for exclusive late-night access to exhibits, so you can witness the nighttime behavior of your favorite animals. This event is the full romantic package, with elegant lighting, a specially curated selection of options at the gift shop, and the feature dinner. The dinner offers a multi-course gourmet menu, a buffet selection, and even a cupcake bar! We recommend making reservations for the dinner, as this special event is likely to sell out quickly. For a truly unique experience, married guests can opt to renew their vows in front of the Aquarium’s famous penguin couple, Noodles & Patsy.

Romance at sea

The Queen Mary

Love is in the air this time of year – and in the water! The Queen Mary has long been considered the most romantic spot in Long Beach. With stunning ocean and skyline views and delicious gourmet cuisine, there’s no better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles this year. Guests have three different dining options to choose from, each promising the romantic dinner of a lifetime. Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge combines world-class cuisine with stunning views of the harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Chelsea Chowder house is more fun and contemporary, and offers a great selection of steak and seafood for the classic dining palate. The Promenade Café is the most casual option, but certainly not the least romantic; the special menu and sweeping views of the Pacific will make your evening unforgettable.

The Huntington Library

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A visit to this local institution combines art, literature, and nature all in one marvelous experience. If your romantic sentiments are cultivated through art, then be sure to explore all four of the Library’s galleries, which feature one of the most comprehensive collections of 18th and 19th century British and French art to be found in this country. For the book lover, the Huntington’s rare books collection will take you back to the very beginning of romance with a display of the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and folios of Shakespeare’s works. It’s hard to get any more romantic than the Bard! Lovebirds should also take advantage of the 120 acres of botanical gardens, including the remarkable rose garden.

Los Angeles has something for every lover this Valentine’s Day. From the classical options of fine dining and romantic vistas, to quirky encounters with movie sets and Shakespeare, our list of things to do in Los Angeles this season of love has it all.


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