Los Angeles is known for its resident Hollywood stars, beaches, major boulevards and lively culture, but it’s not thought of as the most romantic city in the world. But, despite LA not being Paris, there are plenty of great date ideas in this wonderful city. Forget traditional dinners or a picnic near the river, and instead, imagine date ideas that reflect just how fun Los Angeles is.
If you’re staying at Freehand LA with a loved one, then you may fancy heading out for a romantic few hours. We’ve pulled together a list of our favourite fun date ideas that you’d never have thought up, so that you don’t have to spend hours scrambling on Google.
Hire A Ride With Echo Park Swan Pedal Boats
Echo Park’s iconic swan boats are both a fun and unique way to spend a date in LA. These boats even light up in night, so it’s not just a daytime activity. Echo Park is known in LA for its independent businesses, pop-ups from artists, and food offerings. An entertaining brain-game is offered free with your rental of the swans, and if you want to, you can take part in an Echo Park find and seek trivia game whilst on the water.
Distance from Freeland LA: 54 minute walk, 27 minutes on public transport, 11 minutes via taxi or car
Go For A Skate At Paramount Iceland
Whilst it may be the perfect wintertime date, come rain or shine, a skate is always fun. The LA Kings recently revamped Paramount Iceland to give it a bit of a facelift, and now, this neighbourhood gem, offers public skating every Friday and Saturday evening as well as classes.
Distance from Freeland LA: 1 hour and 22 minutes on public transport, 34 minutes via taxi or car
Watch A Movie At The Rooftop Cinema Club
Dinner and a movie may be a classic, and seemingly predictable, date idea, but this one raises the game – quite literally. Elevated at the top of a building, with great views, Rooftop Cinema Club is great spot for film buffs to enjoy some cosy time, surrounded by the downtown skyline.
Distance from Freeland LA: 3 minute walk, 2 minutes on public transport, 2 minutes via taxi or car
Dine Deliciously At Smorgasburg
Five acres of delectale pop-up food vendors are ready and waiting every Sunday, so you can eat to your heart’s content. Perfect for the foodie couple who like to try everything on the menu, Smorgasburg offers anything you could imagine, from croissant taiyaki and grilled cheese, to Philly water ice and bread pudding.
Distance from Freeland LA: 27 minute walk, 17 minutes on public transport, 9 minutes via taxi or car
Enjoy A Sunset Horseback Ride
How sweet – a sunset or moonlight ride for just the two of you, with no experience necessary in order to ride with Good Ponies. Led through the Oaks and Skyline trails at Griffith Park, this incredible evening will make for a date that you will never forget.
Distance from Freeland LA: 50 minutes on public transport, 15 minutes via taxi or car
Hear The Incredible Los Angeles Philharmonic
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is an incredible, internationally recognised landmark, and renowned worldwide for its acoustic sophistication. The Los Angeles Philharmonic perform the best of classical and contemporary music, ready to become the perfect backdrop for a dreamworthy date.
Distance from Freeland LA: 21 minute walk, 10 minutes on public transport, 5 minutes via taxi or car
Pick Out Flowers For Your Loved One At The Original Los Angeles Flower Market
Visit the iconic Original Los Angeles Flower Market and say hello to hundreds of flower and plant varieties. Pick out the flowers that stand out to the pair of you, and bundle them up in your very own bouquet, filled with love. A simple, yet memory creating way to spend a date.
Distance from Freeland LA: 11 minute walk, 12 minutes on public transport, 6 minutes via taxi or car
Say Hello To Sweet Animals At The Wildlife Learning Center
In The San Fernando Valley, nestled in an old olive grove, this center was created to give a home and give love to animals in need, along with providing the public with education in life sciences, conservation and the environment. The WLCC gives over 100 displaced, rescued and zoo-born wild animals a home, and you can say hello to them on your next date. Meet a fascinating variety of animals from around the world exhibited in a beautiful landscaped setting. Make sure you give a wave to Zeus, the starry-eyed blind owl in the gift shop.
Distance from Freeland LA: 1 hour and 27 minutes on public transport, 38 minutes via taxi or car