Just because Valentine’s Day has come and gone, doesn’t mean you can forget about romance! Now is the perfect time to plan a special outing to reconnect with your SO or explore a new relationship. Flowers are nice, but why not try something different and experience a new adventure together. Don’t worry; we know it’s hard planning the perfect date so we did most of the legwork for you. Here are some great date ideas in Orange County.

Romantic Rendezvous

Sunset romance

Celebrate romance with a gondola ride at sunset. Bring aboard some wine and cheese as you travel the canals of the Huntington Harbour and are serenaded by the gondolier.

Indulge in a full day of bliss with a couples massage at any of the fabulous resorts that line the coastline and discover luxury at its finest.

Take a long stroll down the pristine sands of Laguna Beach, grab a cocktail and watch the sunset beachside at Rooftop Lounge, and head downstairs for an unforgettable meal at Kya Bistro.

Pack your blanket, s’mores fixings and build a beach bonfire on one of the many Orange County beaches. It doesn’t get more romantic than sitting under the stars and listening to the crackling fire with waves crashing in the background.

Some Good Old-Fashioned Fun

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You are never too old to recapture the magic of your childhood, especially with Disneyland just around the corner. Visit Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, snap a photo with Mickey, and share a kiss at the end of the night under the fireworks.

If you want to connect with nature, take a hike through the trails at Crystal Cove and enjoy the beautiful mountain landscape and panoramic ocean views when you reach the top. As a reward make sure to stop at Ruby’s Shake Shack for delicious shake and soak in the views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Cruise the charming streets of Balboa Island by tandem bike and watch the passing sailboats in the harbor. Once you get your fill of island life and Balboa Bars, take the Auto Ferry across to Balboa Fun Zone to play nostalgic arcade games and ride the waterfront Ferris wheel. Visit any of the local rental companies along the water and take out a duffy boat, paddle board, or kayak to explore Newport Harbor by sea.

It’s All About the Sip

The Wine Lab in Costa Mesa is the only wine bar in Orange County with an 8-wine tap system ensuring the perfect temperature. They offer over 50 different wines by the glass and rotate their flights weekly.

Orange Coast Winery bottles wine from its vineyards in Temecula and Lodi area and offers a casual and warm vibe at both locations in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar.

Maybe you prefer wheat to grapes. The Bruery is a boutique brewery specializing in barrel aged and experimental ales. Visit their tasting room to tour the brewery, meet the brewers, and most importantly try their exclusive beers.

If you are a beer aficionado and want to try a more hands on approach, head to Brew Bakers where guests can brew their own microbrew and bottle it to go.

It’s never easy coming up with new date ideas, but here are just a few to get you started. Tell us about your favorite local date ideas in Orange County.