Spending time in sunny San Diego around Valentine’s Day 2019 this year and looking for some ideas on how to spend this special day?
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday, so you could opt to celebrate on the weekend on either end, or, to avoid some crowds at restaurants and attractions, celebrate on the day itself!
If you’re looking for romantic things to do in San Diego, whether that’s for Valentine’s Day 2019, or for a romantic date night any time of year, check out our a few of our suggested activities.
Regular admission to a number of these activities are included on the Go San Diego® Card.
Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go San Diego® Card.
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.
So whether you love’s deepest desire is to visit the pandas at the San Diego Zoo, or gaze upon the stars at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, you will find plenty to do indoors and out.
Getting In: Admission to the San Diego Zoo and the Fleet Science Center are both included with the Go San Diego® Card. The Go San Diego® Card also includes admission to many of the other Balboa Park museums.
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.
Getting In: Admission to the Japanese Friendship Garden is included with the Go San Diego® Card.
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.
Other artsy options in the San Diego area include the San Diego Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Hit Up a Ball Game
For the sporty couples out there, there are plenty of San Diego sports activities to enjoy.
One of our favorite sporty date ideas is an afternoon or evening at the San Diego Padres Stadium, PETCO Park. You can take a tour of the park most days, or take in a home game when they’re in town.
There are few things as fun and date like than a good, old-fashioned baseball game, complete with beer and hotdogs!
Of course, this won’t be available as a Valentine’s date idea — you’d need to wait until March 28 for the 2019 MLB season to begin.
If you’re still interested in exploring PETCO Park, take a course of this beautiful establishment to see its unique architecture and perfect situation. These tours are available in the off-season, so you could make it part of a larger Valentine’s day plan.
Getting In: PETCO Park tour tickets are included with the Go San Diego® Card; game tickets are separately priced and are not included with the Go San Diego® Card.
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?
Getting In: Admission to the San Diego Museum of Man is included with the Go San Diego® Card.
Adventure Through La Jolla
If you’re the outdoorsy sort of couple who would love 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. Plus, it’s easy to rent the necessary equipment and gear, so no need to bring your own.
Even better? You don’t need a lot of (or any!) experience to enjoy these activities, so why not take the opportunity this Valentine’s Day to try something new?
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.
Getting In: La Jolla Bike and Kayak Tours are included with the Go San Diego® Card.
Hop Aboard a Romantic Cruise
Another tried-and-true option is the romantic cruise.
There are several options floating around for your enjoyment (pun intended), like the champagne brunch cruise 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.
This thoughtful cruise is an excellent sight-seeing option, too, so it’s good for those of you who have come to San Diego for a special getaway trip.
Getting In: San Diego Harbor Tour tickets are included with the Go San Diego® Card.
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, although there isn’t necessarily a lot on the holiday itself because it falls in the middle of the week this year.
If you can be flexible in your dates, the Civic Theatre has a performance of Aladdin, the Balboa Theatre has a few small shows that are worth checking out, and the San Diego Opera will be putting on Verdi’s classic Italian opera Rigoletto.
Getting In: Theater tickets are not included with the Go San Diego® Card. For tickets and pricing, please contact your desired theater.
Sweetheart Sail at the Maritime Museum
When: February 9 & 10, 2019
Hop on board the Californian or San Salvador and enjoy a three-hour scenic tour of San Diego Bay on a special ‘Sweetheart Sail.’
You’ll get to see native wildlife, the stunning San Diego skyline, and landmarks along the way.
Enjoy chocolates and champagne while on board your romantic cruise.
Getting in: Sweetheart Sail tickets are not included with the Go San Diego Card – but you can add Maritime Museum tickets to your Go San Diego Card Build Your Own Pass so you can learn all about San Diego’s maritime history and significance after your cruise.
Remember to Save on Attraction Admission
From the classical to the quirky, and everything in between, we’ve put together some of 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.
Remember, some of these great options are included on the Go San Diego® Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, the special events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go San Diego® Card.