Valentine’s Day ideas and romantic things to do for couples

Fall in love with these Valentine’s Day ideas and romantic things to do for couples looking to spice it up on February 14.

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Hoping to impress your honey on V-Day? Our guide to Valentine’s Day ideas and romantic things to do for couples has a bevy of ways to help you get closer: From a sexy cocktail-making class to a museum scavenger hunt and even a sensual, eat-with-your-hands oceanside dinner.

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Stimulate her senses

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Get touchy-feely (with your food) at this sensual utensil-free dinner. You and your lover can feed each other an eight-course meal designed to stimulate all five senses: sight, touch, taste, scent and sound ($170 per person or $220 with wine pairings). Feed your sweetheart finger-food menu items like last year's selection of caviar, oysters and a "forbidden fruit" salad in an intimate, private poolside cabana overlooking the ocean. Personalized music, flowers and decorations available by request. There are only 18 cabanas, so reservations will fill up fast. (Tip: The northern cabanas, especially numbers six through nine, have breathtaking ocean views.)

  1. Coliseum Pool & Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, 92657
  2. Thu Feb 20
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Set the night to music

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Let the LA Phil rev up the romance with a Valentine's Day ode to Beethoven, Berg and Brahms at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lionel Bringuier returns to the LA Phil (he used to be the LA Phil's resident conductor) to lead the orchestra, plus there's a free dessert buffet and a photo booth after the show. Or for a different style of classic romanticism, try a sultry bossa nova set from Maria Rita on the 14th.

  1. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S Grand Ave, between W 2nd & W 3rd Sts
  2. Until Sun Feb 16
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Watch them do the wild thing

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And by "them," we mean wild animals of course. See how romance plays out in the animal kingdom at the LA Zoo's fourth annual adults-only wildlife fundraiser, Sex and the City Zoo. The evening includes an informative guest lecture, animal walk-abouts that let you observe small animals up-close and a wine-and-dessert reception, or a four-course dinner (additional $75; $65 for members).

  1. Los Angeles Zoo 5333 Zoo Drive
  2. Sat Feb 8
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Get naked at the Getty

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This adults-only, nudity-hunting scavenger hunt at the Getty (held the weekend before V-Day) is a comical two-hour quest that has guests searching for answers to riddle-like questions such as: "Who painted a gal who may soon suffer a heart attack?" Answer: Bouguereau. (Eros aims an arrow at a woman’s heart in Bouguereau’s A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros.) Whoever answers the most questions correctly will pick up some sweet swag (gift cards, backpacks, street cred). No previous art knowledge is required. Arrive 30 minutes early to allow time to park (not included in scavenger hunt cost) and ride the tram up to the Getty.

  1. Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr
  2. Sat Feb 15
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Make it a family affair

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Romantic options abound for couples in LA. But for couples with toddlers in tow? Not so much. Enter: Baby Loves Disco. The kid-oriented company is hosting a mid-day Family dance party the weekend before Valentine's Day, complete with DJs, MCs and dancers—all to help parents and little ones celebrate the family love. Find Valentine card–making, arts & crafts, chocolate treats and dance lessons for the kids; slow dances and a cash bar for grown-ups.

Do like they do in the City of Love

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If you're going for goof-factor, a gondola ride from a top-hat-wearing gondolier fits the bill. Huntington Beach Harbor's Sunset Gondolas ratchets it up a notch during their Valentine’s Day rides (1637 Pacific Coast Hwy), throwing in a private photo shoot and red rose for your date. If you can snag a late afternoon time slot for the one-hour ride ($120 per couple), you might even catch the sunset over the ocean. The best part? You can BYO. A bottle opener, ice, cups and blankets are all provided for snuggling up. Book online or call 800-979-3370.

Get frisky

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La Lucha Vavoom's racy, raucous spectacle of wrestling, burlesque and various amazing sideshow acts may not seem a logical choice for a romantic night out. But chances are it'll be a lucky one: It's scientifically proven that women get frisky after thrilling situations and men, well, what doesn't turn them on? These special Valentine's performances will feature lecherous luchadore The Kissing Bandit along with a pre-show performance from Peaches.

  1. Mayan 1038 S Hill St
  2. Until Thu Oct 30
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