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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.


Published April 06, 2022

If you're stuck for ideas on how to spend your next date night or day, don't worry. Bucket Listers put together a list of the best unexpected date ideas activities in Los Angeles. Get ready to explore LA like never before with that special someone!

Hold hands at a 90's-themed skate night

Hold hands at a 90's-themed skate night

Calling all 90’s kids! Break out your flannel and old-school rollerskates for date night at this one-of-a-kind, immersive skating experience. The DJ will be bumping 90’s tunes all night, so you can throw it back to your middle-school dance as you bust out your best Electric Slide or Cabbage Patch moves to impress your date.  

Location: 1147 Palmetto St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Hours: 2-hour sessions starting from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. 

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Calling all 90’s kids! Break out your flannel and old-school rollerskates for date night at this one-of-a-kind, immersive skating experience. The DJ will be bumping 90’s tunes all night, so you can throw it back to your middle-school dance as you bust out your best Electric Slide or Cabbage Patch moves to impress your date.  

Location: 1147 Palmetto St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Hours: 2-hour sessions starting from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. 

For tickets to the 90’s Skate Night.

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. 

Hours: Monday through Thursday 10a.m.-9p.m., Friday and Saturday 10a.m.-10p.m.

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. 

Hours: Monday through Thursday 10a.m.-9p.m., Friday and Saturday 10a.m.-10p.m.

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. 

When: Times Vary

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. 

When: Times Vary

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. The large-scale artwork is by Cheri Pann and her partner Gonzalo Duran. The place is covered in vibrant tiles to the point where it’s seemingly every inch. 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. 

Hours: Monday through Friday 6:45a.m.-10p.m.; reservations only 

Where: 1116 Palms Blvd Venice CA 90291

For more information on the Mosaic Tile House. 

The Mosaic Tile House is an epic celebration of art and color right in the heart of Venice. The large-scale artwork is by Cheri Pann and her partner Gonzalo Duran. The place is covered in vibrant tiles to the point where it’s seemingly every inch. 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. 

Hours: Monday through Friday 6:45a.m.-10p.m.; reservations only 

Where: 1116 Palms Blvd Venice CA 90291

For more information on the Mosaic Tile House. 

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.  

Don’t forget to check out Bucket Listers’s 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.

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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.  

Don’t forget to check out Bucket Listers’s 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.

Take a ride on iconic Angels Flight

Take a ride on iconic Angels Flight

LA’s Angel’s Flight puts the “fun” in funicular. The historic landmark is located in Downtown Los Angeles. It originally opened in 1901 has 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 even 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. It originally opened in 1901 has 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 even 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. 

Location: 2200 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Hours:  Times vary, check your desired date for availability 

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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. 

Location: 2200 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Hours:  Times vary, check your desired date for availability 

For tickets to Underground Comedy at the Nite Cap.

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 and has stunning gardens to stroll through, plus an impressive collection of classical art to peruse with your date. Entry is free, but reservations are required. 

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

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays 

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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 and has stunning gardens to stroll through, plus an impressive collection of classical art to peruse with your date. Entry is free, but reservations are required. 

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

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays 

For more information on the Getty Villa Museum.  

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! 

Location: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802

Hours: Tours leave at 8 a.m. and return by 4 a.m.  

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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! 

Location: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802

Hours: Tours leave at 8 a.m. and return by 4 a.m.  

For tickets to the Jetski Adventure to Catalina Island. 

Wander the sprawling Los Angeles Flower Market

Wander the sprawling Los Angeles Flower Market

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

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

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., closed to the public on Sundays 

For more information on the Los Angeles Flower Market. 

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

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

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., closed to the public on Sundays 

For more information on the Los Angeles Flower Market. 

Rent and ride around in a Polaris Slingshot

Rent and ride around in a Polaris Slingshot

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.

Location: 100 W. Broadway Glendale, CA 91210

Hours: Times vary, check your desired date for availability  

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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.

Location: 100 W. Broadway Glendale, CA 91210

Hours: Times vary, check your desired date for availability  

For tickets to the Top Off Ride Around LA.

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 views of the ocean and 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 romanitc enough for Paris Hilton's wedding carnival, it should work for your SO too.

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

Hours:  Rides stop running at 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. on Sunday, and 6:30 p.m.  Monday to Thursday

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Soar high in the sky together as you take in unbeatable views of the ocean and 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 romanitc enough for Paris Hilton's wedding carnival, it should work for your SO too.

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

Hours:  Rides stop running at 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. on Sunday, and 6:30 p.m.  Monday to Thursday

For more information on the Santa Monica Ferris Wheel.  

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 their Mediterranean-inspired patio, you and your date will be wondering 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 – paired with a glass of vin from their impressive wine list, of course. 

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

Hours: Closed on Mondays, Tuesday - Thursday  5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sundays 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

For more information on The Little Door.

When you step through the doors of this chic spot and onto their Mediterranean-inspired patio, you and your date will be wondering 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 – paired with a glass of vin from their impressive wine list, of course. 

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

Hours: Closed on Mondays, Tuesday - Thursday  5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sundays 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

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

Hours: Times vary, check your desired date for availability  

For tickets to the Vintage VW Bus Wine Tour.

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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

Hours: Times vary, check your desired date for availability  

For tickets to the Vintage VW Bus Wine Tour.

Catch an outdoor movie with epic eats

Catch an outdoor movie with epic eats

Put a new spin on traditional movie nights with this fun and fresh new date night idea! Throughout the spring and summer, you and your date can catch a series of best-in-pop-culture films screened al-fresco throughout the city, plus enjoy gourmet street food or groove to live music. It’s more than just a movie night – it’s an experience! 

Location: Locations vary, check schedule for additional details 

Hours:  Hours vary, check schedule for additional details  

For tickets to the Street Food Cinema 2022 Outdoor Summer Series Los Angeles. 

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Put a new spin on traditional movie nights with this fun and fresh new date night idea! Throughout the spring and summer, you and your date can catch a series of best-in-pop-culture films screened al-fresco throughout the city, plus enjoy gourmet street food or groove to live music. It’s more than just a movie night – it’s an experience! 

Location: Locations vary, check schedule for additional details 

Hours:  Hours vary, check schedule for additional details  

For tickets to the Street Food Cinema 2022 Outdoor Summer Series Los Angeles. 

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! 

Location: 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90013

Hours: Monday through Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

For more information on the 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! 

Location: 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90013

Hours: Monday through Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

For more information on the Grand Central Market. 

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! 

Two Locations: 

Nesquik: 1457 Colorado Blvd. unit 102, Los Angeles, CA, 90041

Northridge Mall: 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

Hours:  Fridays & Saturdays at 1 p.m., Sundays at 11 a.m. 

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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! 

Two Locations: 

Nesquik: 1457 Colorado Blvd. unit 102, Los Angeles, CA, 90041

Northridge Mall: 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

Hours:  Fridays & Saturdays at 1 p.m., Sundays at 11 a.m. 

For tickets to the Custom Sneaker Class.

Channel your inner sommelier and go wine tasting

Channel your inner sommelier and go wine tasting

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 & charcuterie board to nibble on and branded glassware to take home. 

You can choose wines from Semler Estate or Saddlerock. Either way, it’ll be a day to remember – and you might even find a new favorite wine to share on future date nights! 

Location: 23130 Sherman Way, West Hills, CA 91307

Hours: Times vary, check your desired date for availability 

For tickets to the Malibu Beer & Wine Experience - Saddlerock or Semler Estate.

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Saddlerock Wine Tasting Experience 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 & charcuterie board to nibble on and branded glassware to take home. 

You can choose wines from Semler Estate or Saddlerock. Either way, it’ll be a day to remember – and you might even find a new favorite wine to share on future date nights! 

Location: 23130 Sherman Way, West Hills, CA 91307

Hours: Times vary, check your desired date for availability 

For tickets to the Malibu Beer & Wine Experience - Saddlerock or Semler Estate.

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