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Orange County Date Ideas

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Whether you’re looking for a fun night on the town or want to experience Orange County with that special someone, Southern California is full of fun date locations. Move over Paris; Orange County is hot on your heels for the title “City of Love.” With so many different events to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice choosing your next night out with your significant other. 

From a romantic Temecula wine tour to a heart-stopping performance at The Observatory, we’ve pulled together some of the best Orange County date ideas, so you can spend less time making plans and more time making your move. So let’s look at some of the best Orange County date ideas without further ado.


Anaheim Packing District

Nothing goes better with date night than great food. Anaheim Packing District is home to some of the best food in Orange County. This district combines three locations into one must-visit spot: the Anaheim Packing House, home of incredible foods and mouthwatering meals, MAKE Bldg, Farmers Park, and the Packard Building. While many of these locations are excellent spots for a date, our pick of choice is the Packing House. But, then again, that could be our stomach talking. 

They say the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach, and Anaheim Packing House takes the mantra to heart. From mouthwatering burgers to local fare you can’t get anywhere else, bring your appetite when you visit this fantastic location. From the atmosphere to the building aesthetics, you’ll be dining in style at this food court unlike any other in California. Even if you’re not feeling super hungry when you roll up to the Packing House, you’re sure to fall head-over-heals for the local foods and specialty goods. 

Temecula Wine Tour

Every good date starts with two things: good company and great wine. So if you’re interested in sampling some of the best wine near Orange County, you won’t want to pass up a chance at a Temecula Wine Tour. These guided wine tours take you through some of the premier growers in Temecula, allowing you to sample incredible wines and amazing views. 

With private reservations available, and custom pickup locations, you and your plus one (or more, we don’t judge) can listen to historical facts about Temecula Valley from our expert tour guide. In addition, each vineyard stop along the way includes complimentary tastings and exciting information on the valley’s history. So if you’re interested in a classy date like no other, make your reservation today. 

Downtown Disney

While visiting Disneyland is a bucket list item, heading to Disney for a casual date night is slightly outside the average person’s budget. Thankfully, Downtown Disney offers the magic of Disney without the overhead. From incredible restaurants to shopping experiences like no other, Downtown Disney brings a bit of the magic of the parks to everyone. You and your special someone can peruse the shops, enjoy the food, and take in everything that makes Downtown Disney a must-see experience, all without setting foot in Disneyland proper. 

Downtown Disney has much more than just shops. From lodging options to spas and everything in between, you and your date can take advantage of the sights, sounds, and services throughout Downtown Disney without the hassle of the parks. To find out more about what’s available Downtown, check out their website. 

The Observatory

Sorry Orion’s Belt, the only stars you’ll see at The Observatory are those of performance fame. This music venue is a must-visit location. With famous musicians and quality performers taking the stage every night, you won’t want to miss this out-of-this-world location. From the stadium-adjacent Observatory to the private concert feel of the Constellation Room, see your favorite performers as you’ve never seen them before. 

Tickets are on sale on their website, so make sure to snag a seat as soon as possible. Remember that the box office on location is only open the day of shows, so if you’re looking to secure a ticket in advance, you should check out their online reservation options. 


Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum

If you want Beach Boys songs stuck in your head all day, this is your date spot. Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum was founded by a woman who had never surfed before but knew the importance of Huntington Beach and fell in love with the beachy vibes of the area. Natalie Kotsch founded the museum under the idea that you don’t have to surf to enjoy the sport, and we heartily agree. The museum has fascinating exhibits and life events worth planning for. From perusing the first surf spots along California to attending a Surfin’ Sunday live music performance on the beach, you’ll never run out of things to do at this rocking museum. 


626 Night Market

The 626 Night Market has been going for ten years, and what an incredible ten years those have been. Running Saturday and Sunday evenings, this event is perfect for a late-night date. With outdoor food vendors, live events, and more, you’re sure to have a blast at this outdoor market. Since the vendor list rotates, check out the 626 Night Market social media accounts for up-to-date information on what to expect when you visit. The 626 Night Market Mini runs out of San Diego, making it a slight drive from Orange County but well worth the trip.


If you’re interested in a one-of-a-kind date night experience, schedule a tour with Best Coast Tours today. From the classy Temecula Wine Tasting to the historical exploration of Los Angeles and everything in between, our incredible tours are a no-brainer choice for date night. With custom pickup locations and private tour reservations available, spend some quality time exploring the wonders of Orange County with that special someone. Check out the tabs above to find out more or reserve a spot.

From $134
  • Delight in Tastings at Somerset Winery, Oak Mtn., Callaway Winery, and Vineyard
  • Savor a Delectable Charcuterie Board at Oak Mtn.
  • Discover the Art of Winemaking with a Production Warehouse Tour at Somerset Winery
  • Uncover the Enchantment of a Wine Cave Tour at Oak Mtn.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Pickups from multiple hotels and Airbnb’s throughout Temecula