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Dinner and a movie are always great date night options. But after a while, date night can end up turning into a routine more than a fun outing. If you’re looking for date ideas, whether for a first date with a partner or a night away from the kids with your spouse, check out our options below.

We’ve found the best spots near you to give you the variety you have been craving for. Think outside the box and dare to try something different for your next date night! Turn a regular night into one to remember forever.
Botanical Building and Lily Pond
Botanical Building and Lily Pond

(619) 239-0512

1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101   Directions Website

There's nothing quite like a natural backdrop against which the two of you can share some unforgettable romantic moments. Finding that backdrop is easy when you choose to visit the Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

The building itself was constructed in 1915 for the Panama-California Expo, and it looks like a converted aircraft hangar that now houses a dazzling array of flowers and other beautiful garden foliage that will make your walk through the facility nothing less than picturesque. Balboa Park surrounds the structure, and it is a favorite of picnickers and anyone out to enjoy the California sunshine, so after you visit the garden, continue your walk through the park and enjoy the natural beauty of Lily Pond.

Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Ellen Browning Scripps Park

(619) 235-1169

1133 Coast Blvd
San Diego, CA 92037   Directions Website

Instead of a stuffy meeting for lunch in an overcrowded restaurant, opt instead for a picnic for just the two of you at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Situated just above La Jolla Cove, this site features a splendid view of nature, including otters and sea lions since a wildlife preserve is nearby. Once you're done with lunch, enjoy a romantic stroll along the waterfront. And even though finding a parking place may be tough, there are plenty of parking garages within walking distance of the park, so this special escape for the two of you will be literally stress-free!

Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter

(619) 233-5227

614 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101   Directions Website

Romance, music and a dash of history all prove to be the ingredients of the perfect romantic evening when you visit Gaslamp Quarter. Aside from being an obviously hip, lively collection of restaurants, clubs and bars that are part of the district's top-drawer nightlife, it's also a great vantage point to do some fun people-watching.

The Horton Grand Hotel, one of Gaslamp Quarter's most recognized buildings, was built in the late 19th century and is one of the many highlights over the course of this sixteen-and-a-half block quarter. If the two of you want to cool your heels but still be a part of the scene, hail a pedi-cab and let your romantic adventure continue well into the night.

Junior Theatre
Junior Theatre

(619) 239-1311

1650 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101   Directions Website

Whether the two of you have kids or just love to be around children, a fun date would definitely include stopping into the San Diego Junior Theatre to see one of the troupe's latest productions.

This venue takes pride in consistently presenting the area's top talent, and these youngsters take their thespian aspirations quite seriously. This theater has the distinction of being one of the oldest children's theaters in the United States, opening its doors in 1948. Who knows? The two of you might catch the stage debut of the next young Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts!

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