Beautiful beachfront Santa Monica offers plenty of date night options for the adventurer, the romantic and the foodie alike. Offering both daytime and nighttime activities galore, Santa Monica is the perfect spot for first dates or 50th dates. Here are some amazing attractions and perfect places in Santa Monica that we think you should definitely add to your date night to-do.
Santa Monica Pier
The Pier is at the top of our list for fun and unique dates for good reason — it’s loaded with stuff to do! Check out the amazing restaurants and food carts offering a range of cuisines, fresh seafood and even live music. You can fish from the pier, learn to swing the trapeze, ride the historic carousel and sip soda at the vintage fountain inside. There are bike rentals available, plus an arcade and Pacific Park, where you can ride the roller coaster or view Santa Monica from atop the Ferris wheel. The Pier is also home to the Santa Monica Aquarium situated just below the carousel. Dedicated to preserving the Santa Monica Bay, there are over 100 species of native marine animals and plants that call the aquarium home. In the fall, check out Front Porch Cinema, free movies on the Pier co-produced with Eat|See|Hear.
3rd Street Promenade
Dig in to Downtown Santa Monica with the alfresco shopping experience of the Promenade. Home to local boutiques, retail shops and restaurants plus art galleries, performance venues and movie theaters, the Promenade is sure to satisfy your date night desires. Indulge in retail therapy, flip through the latest comics at Hi De Ho Comics or pamper your date with a trip to the spa. Follow up your shopping excursion with a romantic dinner downtown.
For a relaxed, fun evening, plan your date at an upcoming outdoor movie in Santa Monica. Eat|See|Hear will be showing Office Space at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 17. This outdoor event is dog-friendly, so bring your pooch and get a free biscuit at the door! Before the show, grab dinner from some of LA’s best food trucks including MOE Eggrolls dishing up open-ended eggrolls with creative flavor concoctions and the best deli sandwiches; White Rabbit flipping up Filipino fusion like slow-cooked and braised meats, tacos and desserts; and Good Greek Grub serving gyros, delicious meat skewers and the best Greek salad. Doors open at 5:30. Touch Vinyl presents End of Summer playing live music at 7:30 and the movie will start at 8:30. Bring pillows/cushions to sit on and a blanket to snuggle with your date in front of the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi! If interested you can purchase tickets to Office Space outdoors here.
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