Hoping to impress your honey on V-Day? Our guide to Valentine’s Day ideas for couples has a bevy of romantic things to do to help you get closer. After a romantic meal or a spa day, spend a day out with your SO or treat each other to a date night with one of these events. L.A. is a romantic city every day of the year, but it really does Valentine's Day right (and so should you).
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Valentine’s Day ideas for couples
See how romance plays out in the animal kingdom at the L.A. Zoo's 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 five-course dinner.
This adults-only, nudity-driven scavenger hunt at the Getty (held the weekend of V-Day) is a comical two-hour quest that has guests searching for answers to riddle-like questions in the museum's bare-it-all paintings and sculptures. Whoever answers the most questions correctly will pick up some sweet swag (gift cards, backpacks, street cred). No previous art knowledge is required.
More than a decade later, we're still no closer to figuring out what Bill Murray whispered in Scarlett Johansson's ear in Lost In Translation. But the Sofia Coppola film remains a beautiful look at loneliness and friendship in a Tokyo cityscape that seems as isolatingly cyberpunk as it does impossibly dreamy. Throw in a fantastic shoegaze score—and at this special Cinespia screening, a karaoke bar and photobooth—and you have the recipe for a romantic classic.
It’s famous for that spaghetti kiss—a legendary scene that Walt Disney almost cut out. But Lady and the Tramp has many other charming moments: the script evolved out of years of personal pet stories shared by the studio's animal-loving writers and executives. A true labor of love. See it at El Capitan around Valentine's Day and you'll be treated to a candlelit dinner before the movie, catered by Miceli’s (sold separately; call 818-845-3110).
Learn how to tango in Union Station's handsome ticketing hall at this romantic Valentine's Day event. The evening starts with a free tango lesson, followed by a milonga, or tango social dancing. Tangótico will provide live orchestration with a performance by dancers Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes.
There’s something so earnest about the way The Notebook, a star-crossed teen romance, hits its clichéd marks that the film itself takes on the unassailable, idealistic purity of first love. Magic casting, too: here’s where the world’s love affair with Ryan Gosling started, before he got way too cool for this sort of thing. This special Cinespia screening includes live music and dance before the screening, plus a full bar; elegant/formal attire is required.
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 pre-Valentine's Day shows are a must.
Currently stationed at a school parking lot in Atwater Village, the Electric Dusk Drive-In gives beatnik crowds somewhere to soak in a roster of blockbusters, while indulging in a quirky menu of BBQ fare and homemade cookies. For February, the series is screening a trio of romantic movies, some more classic than others: The Notebook; Crazy, Stupid, Love; and Casablanca.
Spend a crafty Valentine's Day atop Ace Hotel with a make-your-own ice cream station from Smitten Ice Cream and a corsage and boutonierre workshop with guidance by Black Leaf Flower Shop. Cousin Liar will be providing the tunes, along with DJ sets from Nina Tarr, Travis Waddell and Day Dripper.
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 ($150 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.
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You don't have to go far for some fun quality time with your significant other. From the best beaches to the mountains, Southern California is ripe for romantic getaways. So whether you're in the middle of wedding planning or you're still feeling that high from your first date, grab the cutie in your life and head to one of these romantic destinations.