Top Summer Date Ideas in San Diego

Summer is finally here giving you more time and better weather to spend with your significant other. For those of you looking for top summer date ideas to take your better half on, we have compiled a list of San Diego’s best opportunities for romantic and unforgettable experiences that you both will enjoy.

Gondola Ride

The Gondola Company

For those yearning for an hour of romance, located in the Coronado Cays will take you around the canals of the Cays where you can see the sights and enjoy being on the water. The gondola cruise includes soft Italian music, warm blankets, ice buckets, glasses and wine openers; however, you must bring your own beverage. They also encourage you to bring your own food. If you’re interested in some live entertainment for your cruise, a musical upgrade can be purchased in which a professional violinist or mandolin player will play for you. Tickets begin at $95 for two people, with a range of packages at different prices, including packages for larger groups. Call 619.429.6317 to make a reservation.

Drive-In Movie

If seeing a movie is more your speed, check out the South Bay Drive-In Theatre on Coronado Ave. The theater plays current movies, with the schedule of the night’s movie here. Tickets are $8 for adults, and if you can’t get away from your kids, only $1 for each children’s ticket. The best part of this theater is the bargain: an $8 ticket pays for two movies! The beauty of the drive-in theater is you can enjoy the movie outside of your car for a different kind of experience, or inside your car if you prefer the privacy.

Kayak Excursion

La Jolla Kayak
Perhaps you’re looking for a date that combines fun and a little exercise…a kayak excursion at La Jolla Kayak would not only provide these things but get you out into the ocean in a beautiful location for an added bonus. If you are feeling adventurous, kayaks are available for rent for $50 for a double kayak to go out on your own, but if not, >kayak tours are available to explore the Seven Caves. While you can make reservations for the kayak rentals without a tour guide, weekends are first come, first serve.

A Night at the Theater

For theater lovers, San Diego is offering fantastic plays throughout the summer season at both the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre. Currently, the Playhouse is featuring Chasing the Song, a page to stage musical about a young songwriter in the 1960’s rock ‘n’ roll scene, as well as a San Diego Repertory Theatre associated play, El Henry, a futuristic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I. The play is original in that it is a Without Walls Production, meaning it is totally outdoors. Similarly for Shakespeare lovers, The Old Globe is putting on Othello and The Two Gentleman of Verona throughout the summer as part of their annual Shakespeare Festival. Get a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in Downtown San Diego or at the Prado and enjoy the outdoor theater experience on a warm summer night.

Pop-Up Picnic

Arguably the most creative date around is the Pop-Up Picnic. If you’re looPop-Up Picnicking for romance with little to no effort and an element of surprise, this is the perfect date for you. The company will bring a tapas-style meal for two, dessert by San Diego’s Cupcakery and a bottle of sparkling wine as well as vintage-inspired furniture to create an old-school feel. All you have to do is show up. Want to have a picnic at the place you met? They are extremely flexible with setting up at the location of your choice. Don’t want tapas? They’ll help you pick out a different food and have it all waiting for you when you arrive.

Whether you’re looking for exercise, entertainment or pure romance, San Diego has these fun activities, as well as countless others, waiting for you. Get out this summer and participate in all of these top summer date ideas with your loved one.

What are some more dates that you think are must-do’s in San Diego? Let us know below in a comment.

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Maddie Erdossy
Maddie Erdossy is a junior English major at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interning at the Blue Book for a second summer as a social media contributor and blogger. As a graduate of The Bishop’s School and resident of Rancho Santa Fe, she is knowledgeable about both La Jolla and all things in North County. Her blog posts focus on food, entertainment and lifestyle around San Diego.

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