By Ashley Burnett
Looking to plan a romantic afternoon or night with your significant other? Whether your sweetheart is into hiking, skating or just a delicious meal, there are a ton of options in Irvine to plan the perfect date. Below we've rounded up just a few of the best date ideas in Irvine.
Picnic in William R. Mason Regional Park
Pack a picnic (or grab food to go at a casual spot like CAVA or Mendocino Farms) and head to William R. Mason Regional Park for a picnic. Spread out a blanket and sit by the lake to watch ducks float on the water, or choose a spot on one of the grassy knolls and grab some sun at this peaceful spot.
Skating at The Rinks
Public skating at The Rinks (which is set to also open a second Irvine location at the Great Park) is a great idea for more active couples. The rink is open to the public on Saturday nights and select hours during the weekdays. Skate rentals and general admission are inexpensive and worth every penny for a unique experience in the city.
Bowling at Irvine Lanes
Bowling is a classic date idea for a reason. Irvine Lanes has specials like their Ten Dollar Tuesdays, which include two games and shoe rentals, as well as Galaxy Bowling with fun colors, music and lasers on Tuesdays and weekend nights. You can also grab a wide variety of food and drinks at the bowling alley, making it a one-stop shop for the perfect date night.
Fondue at The Melting Pot
Dinner at The Melting Pot is truly an experience and perfect for couples. Dinners are totally customizable-choose the number of courses, the cheeses, the salad, the chocolate and more. Far more interactive than the usual dinner, The Melting Pot is sure to stimulate conversation (and whet your appetite).
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Hiking at Bommer Canyon
One of Irvine's most scenic hiking spots, Bommer Canyon has trails for every activity level, and all offer great views of the city or canyon itself. Choose to go head off on the trail with just the two of you, or head out for a guided tour to check out some spots that are typically closed off to the public.
Hot Air Balloon Ride at The Great Park
You and your sweetheart can fly up 400 feet from the ground at this iconic Irvine attraction. Offering the best view of the city-make sure to buy a ticket at night to see Irvine all lit up-this activity is one of the most romantic in Irvine.
Dinner at All That Barbecue
Another fun, interactive dinner date can be had at All That Barbecue. Cook bulgogi and kobe beef and pig out for a night of all you can eat Korean barbecue. Afterward, head to one of the many coffee and tea spots nearby to finish off with a sweet treat.
Visit the OC Zoo
This cute spot at Irvine Regional Park is perfect for a daytime date. Check out the native Californian species at this eight acre zoo or species like the bald eagle, black bear, mountain lion, vultures and more. The petting zoo is also fun-take turn feeding the goats and sheep some grain, or hang out with the chickens.
Ashley Burnett is a writer and editor living in southern California. Her work has previously appeared in Locale, LA Travel Magazine, TravelAge West and various other publications.