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The Best Unexpected Date Ideas in LA
The Best Unexpected Date Ideas in LA

The Best Unexpected Date Ideas in LA

It's time to take a stand against boring dates, and spice things up. ❤️‍🔥


Published January 09, 2022

Looking for the perfect spot for a first date? Stuck in an endless cycle of Netflix and chill? Don't worry, we're here to help rescue you from the same old boring date ideas.

Los Angeles is jam-packed with exciting things to do, from horseback rides through the Hollywood Hills to underground comedy shows. Lucky for you, we've compiled all the best ideas into one handy list that will keep your date nights fun all year long.

 

17 Unique Date Ideas in LA

Visit The LAB Anti-Mall

Visit The LAB Anti-Mall

The LAB Anti-Mall is the perfect indoor-outdoor hangout spot, packed with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes to peruse. “LAB” stands for “Little American Business,” as the retail center aims to support artisans and local businesses. With a ton of art around and live music often on the agenda, you wouldn't get bored with your date here. 

Where: 2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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The LAB Anti-Mall is the perfect indoor-outdoor hangout spot, packed with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes to peruse. “LAB” stands for “Little American Business,” as the retail center aims to support artisans and local businesses. With a ton of art around and live music often on the agenda, you wouldn't get bored with your date here. 

Where: 2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

For more information on The LAB Anti-Mall.

Fly above LA on a sunset flight tour

Fly above LA on a sunset flight tour

Watch your love soar to new heights! Experience the city from a new perspective as the sunset flight tour flies you above Downtown Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Sign, and much more!. The 45-minute flight can include champagne for a $60 add-on. 

Where: Sunset Flights 4015 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA 91731

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Sunset Airplane Flight Tours (+ Day & Night!)

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Watch your love soar to new heights! Experience the city from a new perspective as the sunset flight tour flies you above Downtown Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Sign, and much more!. The 45-minute flight can include champagne for a $60 add-on. 

Where: Sunset Flights 4015 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA 91731

For more information on flight tours of Los Angeles

 

Experience the Mosaic Tile House

Experience the Mosaic Tile House

The Mosaic Tile House is an epic celebration of art and color right in the heart of Venice. Almost every inch of this unique space is covered in vibrant tiles, and the mix-matched shards provide a unique backdrop for photos and exploring the property. With eye-catching pieces of art to investigate everywhere you turn, you can definitely get lost in this labyrinth. 

When: Saturdays, 12 pm – 3 pm. Reservations only.
Where: 1116 Palms Blvd Venice CA 90291

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The Mosaic Tile House is an epic celebration of art and color right in the heart of Venice. Almost every inch of this unique space is covered in vibrant tiles, and the mix-matched shards provide a unique backdrop for photos and exploring the property. With eye-catching pieces of art to investigate everywhere you turn, you can definitely get lost in this labyrinth. 

When: Saturdays, 12 pm – 3 pm. Reservations only.
Where: 1116 Palms Blvd Venice CA 90291

For more information on the Mosaic Tile House.

Take a Guided Horse Trail Ride

Take a Guided Horse Trail Ride

Take a guided horseback ride with your boo through the Hollywood Hills and see some of LA's most iconic landmarks like the Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign. Schedule an evening tour to catch sunset views and romantic vibes, or go on a Saturday or Sunday morning and round out your day date at one of LA's best brunch spots.

Where: Sunset Ranch Hollywood: 3400 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA

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Horse Trail Rides

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Take a guided horseback ride with your boo through the Hollywood Hills and see some of LA's most iconic landmarks like the Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign. Schedule an evening tour to catch sunset views and romantic vibes, or go on a Saturday or Sunday morning and round out your day date at one of LA's best brunch spots.

Where: Sunset Ranch Hollywood: 3400 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA

For more information on Guided Horse Trail Rides.

Take a ride on the Angels Flight Railway

Take a ride on the Angels Flight Railway

LA’s Angel’s Flight puts the “fun” in funicular. The historic landmark is located in Downtown Los Angeles and boasts the title of “world’s shortest railway.” The fare is $1 each way, making it the perfect cheap (but fun) date. If you were a “LaLa Land” fan, you’ll recognize Angels Flight from a romantic scene in the movie! 

Where: 350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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LA’s Angel’s Flight puts the “fun” in funicular. The historic landmark is located in Downtown Los Angeles and boasts the title of “world’s shortest railway.” The fare is $1 each way, making it the perfect cheap (but fun) date. If you were a “LaLa Land” fan, you’ll recognize Angels Flight from a romantic scene in the movie! 

Where: 350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

For more information on Angels Flight.

Catch an underground comedy show at the Nite Cap

Catch an underground comedy show at the Nite Cap

Get ready to laugh the night away together at an Underground Comedy show at the Nite Cap. This hidden gem, located in Burbank, frequently has big-name comedians from places like Netflix or Comedy Central drop in for a set, so you’ll catch a killer show no matter what night you stop by. 

Where: 2200 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

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Underground Comedy at The Nitecap

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Get ready to laugh the night away together at an Underground Comedy show at the Nite Cap. This hidden gem, located in Burbank, frequently has big-name comedians from places like Netflix or Comedy Central drop in for a set, so you’ll catch a killer show no matter what night you stop by. 

Where: 2200 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

For tickets to Underground Comedy at the Nite Cap.

Experience a Wine tasting for Two

Experience a Wine tasting for Two

Have fun sipping your way through a variety of wines during an exclusive tasting experience at Malibu Beer & Wine! Each experience includes a pre-set flight for two with a tasting note sheet so you can remember your favorite sips, plus a cheese and charcuterie board to nibble on and branded glassware to take home. It’ll be a day to remember, and you might even find a new favorite wine to share on future date nights! 

Where: 23130 Sherman Way, West Hills, CA 91307

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Wine & Cheese Pairing for 2

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Have fun sipping your way through a variety of wines during an exclusive tasting experience at Malibu Beer & Wine! Each experience includes a pre-set flight for two with a tasting note sheet so you can remember your favorite sips, plus a cheese and charcuterie board to nibble on and branded glassware to take home. It’ll be a day to remember, and you might even find a new favorite wine to share on future date nights! 

Where: 23130 Sherman Way, West Hills, CA 91307

For tickets to Wine Tasting for Two.

Hike the Park to Playa trail

Hike the Park to Playa trail

The Park to Playa trail connects a network of trails and open spaces to the Pacific Ocean at Playa del Ray. Starting at Baldwin Hills Parklands, there are multiple trail access points in six segments: Stocker Corridor, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Blair Hills – Segment C, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Culver City Park, and Ballona Creek Bike Path. The gorgeous trail opened in 2021 and offers a lower elevation with peaceful views.  

Hiked it already? Check out the Bucket Listers LA hiking guide for a list of the most scenic trails in the area. 

Trailhead address: 34°00'57.6"N 118°22'55.4"W.

For more information on the Park to Playa trail.

The Park to Playa trail connects a network of trails and open spaces to the Pacific Ocean at Playa del Ray. Starting at Baldwin Hills Parklands, there are multiple trail access points in six segments: Stocker Corridor, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Blair Hills – Segment C, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Culver City Park, and Ballona Creek Bike Path. The gorgeous trail opened in 2021 and offers a lower elevation with peaceful views.  

Hiked it already? Check out the Bucket Listers LA hiking guide for a list of the most scenic trails in the area. 

Trailhead address: 34°00'57.6"N 118°22'55.4"W.

For more information on the Park to Playa trail.

Get lost in the Getty Villa Museum

Get lost in the Getty Villa Museum

While you may not be able to hop on a plane with your beau and jet off to Italy, you can head to the Getty Villa museum for your own Italian adventure right in LA. This museum is located in a recreated Roman country house with stunning gardens to stroll through, plus an impressive collection of classical art to peruse with your date. Entry is free, but reservations are required. 

Where: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 

For more information on the Getty Villa Museum.

While you may not be able to hop on a plane with your beau and jet off to Italy, you can head to the Getty Villa museum for your own Italian adventure right in LA. This museum is located in a recreated Roman country house with stunning gardens to stroll through, plus an impressive collection of classical art to peruse with your date. Entry is free, but reservations are required. 

Where: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 

For more information on the Getty Villa Museum.

Wander the sprawling Los Angeles Flower Market

Wander the sprawling Los Angeles Flower Market

You and your date can wander the stalls and shops together at this historic flower market as you admire row upon row of fresh, unique flowers. Stop here in the morning before heading out to brunch nearby for a perfect weekend date. As a bonus, you can pick up a romantic bouquet on the spot! 

Where: 754 Wall St. (between 7th and 8th), Los Angeles, CA 90014

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You and your date can wander the stalls and shops together at this historic flower market as you admire row upon row of fresh, unique flowers. Stop here in the morning before heading out to brunch nearby for a perfect weekend date. As a bonus, you can pick up a romantic bouquet on the spot! 

Where: 754 Wall St. (between 7th and 8th), Los Angeles, CA 90014

For more information on the Los Angeles Flower Market.

Take a Joyride Together

Take a Joyride Together

Looking for a way to really top off your date? Leave the puns to us and put your pedal to the metal during this thrilling experience. Face the excitement of driving a trendy Polaris slingshot as you jet around town taking in the sites together. Hourly rates start at $75.

Where: 100 W. Broadway Glendale, CA 91210

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Top Off Rides Los Angeles

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Looking for a way to really top off your date? Leave the puns to us and put your pedal to the metal during this thrilling experience. Face the excitement of driving a trendy Polaris slingshot as you jet around town taking in the sites together. Hourly rates start at $75.

Where: 100 W. Broadway Glendale, CA 91210

For tickets to the Top Off Ride Around LA.

Transport yourself to France with dinner at the Little Door

Transport yourself to France with dinner at the Little Door

When you step through the doors of this chic spot and onto its Mediterranean-inspired patio, you and your date will wonder if you’re still in LA or if you’ve teleported straight to France! The candlelit tables surrounded by lush greenery create the perfect cozy, intimate ambiance for a romantic night out. Share a few farm-to-table dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and paired with a glass of vin from their impressive wine list. 

Location: 8164 W. 3rd Street, West Hollywood, CA 90048  

For more information on The Little Door.

When you step through the doors of this chic spot and onto its Mediterranean-inspired patio, you and your date will wonder if you’re still in LA or if you’ve teleported straight to France! The candlelit tables surrounded by lush greenery create the perfect cozy, intimate ambiance for a romantic night out. Share a few farm-to-table dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and paired with a glass of vin from their impressive wine list. 

Location: 8164 W. 3rd Street, West Hollywood, CA 90048  

For more information on The Little Door.

Go on vintage VW bus tour through Malibu– with wine

Go on vintage VW bus tour through Malibu– with wine

No basic happy hour dates allowed! Instead, channel your inner hippy together while riding in style on a retro-chic VW bus to tour some of Malibu’s best vineyards. On this adventure, you’ll sample wines and nosh on snacks at several wineries along the way, plus take in the views from Malibu’s gorgeous canyons and cliffs. Each tour also comes with two bottles of wine to take home, so you can keep the fun going! 

Location: 32111 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

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Vintage VW Bus Wine Tour

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No basic happy hour dates allowed! Instead, channel your inner hippy together while riding in style on a retro-chic VW bus to tour some of Malibu’s best vineyards. On this adventure, you’ll sample wines and nosh on snacks at several wineries along the way, plus take in the views from Malibu’s gorgeous canyons and cliffs. Each tour also comes with two bottles of wine to take home, so you can keep the fun going! 

Location: 32111 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

For tickets to the Vintage VW Bus Wine Tour.

Sample world cuisine at Grand Central Market

Sample world cuisine at Grand Central Market

This one-of-a-kind food market has everything you can dream of, from piping hot pupusas to fresh handmade pasta and more. Come hungry and roam the stalls with your date, sampling everything the market has to offer. There’s even a vintage photobooth on-site for you to snag some photos of your visit! 

Where: 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

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This one-of-a-kind food market has everything you can dream of, from piping hot pupusas to fresh handmade pasta and more. Come hungry and roam the stalls with your date, sampling everything the market has to offer. There’s even a vintage photobooth on-site for you to snag some photos of your visit! 

Where: 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

For more information on the Grand Central Market.

Take a ride on Santa Monica's iconic ferris wheel

Take a ride on Santa Monica's iconic ferris wheel

Soar high in the sky together as you take in unbeatable ocean views and the Santa Monica Pier with your date on this iconic Ferris Wheel. Try to time your visit so you can catch the sunset for an extra romantic touch, and then stroll down the boardwalk and try your luck at a few games to end the evening. If it was romantic enough for Paris Hilton's wedding carnival, it should work for your SO too.

Where: 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401 

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Soar high in the sky together as you take in unbeatable ocean views and the Santa Monica Pier with your date on this iconic Ferris Wheel. Try to time your visit so you can catch the sunset for an extra romantic touch, and then stroll down the boardwalk and try your luck at a few games to end the evening. If it was romantic enough for Paris Hilton's wedding carnival, it should work for your SO too.

Where: 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401 

For more information on the Santa Monica Ferris Wheel.

Take a creative sneaker customization workshop

Take a creative sneaker customization workshop

Stylish couples will love this custom sneaker-decorating class, where you can create a unique work of art that you can wear! In this workshop, a pro from Majorwavez Lab will guide you through the process of sewing or painting your sneaks to create a one-of-a-kind design. The best part? Once you’re done, you can think of your date every time you rock your new kicks with your favorite outfit! 

Where: 
Nesquik: 1457 Colorado Blvd. unit 102, Los Angeles, CA, 90041
Northridge Mall: 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

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Custom Sneaker Class

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Stylish couples will love this custom sneaker-decorating class, where you can create a unique work of art that you can wear! In this workshop, a pro from Majorwavez Lab will guide you through the process of sewing or painting your sneaks to create a one-of-a-kind design. The best part? Once you’re done, you can think of your date every time you rock your new kicks with your favorite outfit! 

Where: 
Nesquik: 1457 Colorado Blvd. unit 102, Los Angeles, CA, 90041
Northridge Mall: 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

For tickets to the Custom Sneaker Class.

Go on a jetski adventure to Catalina Island

Go on a jetski adventure to Catalina Island

Take to the high seas for your next date with this once-in-a-lifetime jetski adventure! This date will get your adrenaline pumping as you take a journey on the Pacific Ocean. Together you’ll speed across the waves, swim through beautiful caverns, snorkel in crystal clear water, and catch a glimpse of ocean wildlife like dolphins and sea lions, plus create memories to last a lifetime! 

Where: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802

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Jetski Adventure To Catalina Island

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Take to the high seas for your next date with this once-in-a-lifetime jetski adventure! This date will get your adrenaline pumping as you take a journey on the Pacific Ocean. Together you’ll speed across the waves, swim through beautiful caverns, snorkel in crystal clear water, and catch a glimpse of ocean wildlife like dolphins and sea lions, plus create memories to last a lifetime! 

Where: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802

For tickets to the Jetski Adventure to Catalina Island.

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