Summer date ideas in Los Angeles

Make it the summer of love (or at least lust) with these super-cute, in-season date ideas in Los Angeles
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If spring is a romantic season, summer is definitely a sexy one; especially in sweltering Los Angeles. Whether you're feeling a renewed spark in a long-term relationship or trying to fan flames with a new special someone, Netflix-and-chilling in the AC through September isn't going to cut it. So embrace the heat and use it to your advantage with these fun, sweet and yes, sexy summer date ideas in Los Angeles.

Summer date ideas in L.A.

Rooftop Cinema Club
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Movies

Snuggle at a rooftop movie

The masters of al fresco rooftop movie viewing are returning for their third season of screenings. This year, they have expanded to two locations: their original spot on the rooftop of the Montalbán in Hollywood, as well as the roof deck of LEVEL in Downtown. Known for excellent film choices and a steady supply of snacks and booze, Rooftop Cinema Club is your snazzy, comfortable and less stressful alternative to other outdoor movie screenings. Enjoy a movie (and rooftop views) on a breezy summer night sharing a blanket in a loveseat for two.

Magpies Softserve
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Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Indulge in some soft-serve

Los Angeles is a city with a lovely climate year-round, which is pretty ideal in and of itself, but also means that it's almost always ice cream weather. And while the dense, scooped kind often hits the spot, there's something nostalgic and perfectly summery about a swirl of soft-serve fresh from the machine. Luckily, the old-school ice cream treat is having a bit of a renaissance in L.A. these days, with hip new shops offering soft-serve in exciting new flavors (and colors). Treat your sweet to some sweet!

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Golden Road
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Bars

Take a brewery tour

For an in-depth look at how local breweries make their magic—and, let's face it, to slurp plenty of beer samples—check out one (or a few) of the best brewery tours in the city. You'll learn something new together, have a few drinks and discover your new favorite brews to share.

Things to do

Play at Echo Park Lake

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Spread out a blanket in the shade or splurge on a pedal-boat rental; there's nothing more romantic than floating around the lake past ducks and lotus flowers, then stealing a kiss near the spray of the fountain.

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Things to do

Explore the Venice Canals

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Tucked between the grimy Venice Boardwalk and the posh Abbot Kinney, the Venice Canals offer a completely different side of the famed beachfront neighborhood. Take a stroll through these three canal-lined blocks—hence the name, Venice—and you'll discover an idyllic scene: arching pedestrian bridges, charming beach houses, bunches of ducklings and the occasional paddle boarding bulldog. You can pick out your favorite dream homes together.

El Matador State Beach
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Things to do

Hit the beach

With miles of pictureque coastline from Malibu to the South Bay, the best beaches in L.A. are aplenty for outdoor enthusiasts, surfers, families, sun worshippers, beach bunnies and sweethearts. From Venice and Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and Playa Vista, there are tons of great beaches to frolic at with your significant other.

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Restaurants

Shop the farmer's market

Without a doubt, Los Angeles has eternal bragging rights when it comes to its phenomenal farmers' markets. These seasonal markets are where the best restaurants in L.A. buy their produce, where you can indulge in your love for cheap eats with endless sampling, and where cartons of avocados seem to stretch as far as the eye can see. Bring a date and do some shopping, then cook a romantic meal together.

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Things to do

Go on a picnic

L.A. is a great city for picnicking, and it's one of the cutest things you can do on a date. Pack a basket with your partner's favorite foods, grab a bottle of wine and find a sunny spot on the grass.

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Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Stroll Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier includes Pacific Park, a traditional set-up stocked with a Ferris wheel, aquarium, fairground games and cotton candy stands. On warm weekends, the stretch is perfect for a sunset stroll or a romantic kiss atop the Ferris wheel. Lately, the Pier has played host to a number of outdoor film and music events, which means you can return for date after date and never get bored.

Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park
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Things to do

Go on a waterfall hike

While Angelenos are blessed with a gorgeous web of hikes with a view, we all too often find ourselves baked by the sun, with the ocean in sight and yet tantalizingly out of reach. Find a trail that will keep you and your boo cool by journey’s end with some of the area’s most impressive waterfalls. We can’t think of a more perfect way to enjoy a hot summer day.

Ready for a romantic day trip?

Palm Springs, CA
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Things to do

The 15 best day trips from Los Angeles

Luckily L.A. happens to be surrounded by spectacular landscapes, beautiful beaches and small towns perfect for day trips. From wine tasting in Santa Barbara to vintage hunting in the desert or feeling the sand between your toes down south, you’re sure to find a short trip worth taking. 

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