Forget dinner and a movie. When it comes to dating in Orange County, enjoying the great outdoors together is the best way to keep the relationship exciting. Whether it’s your first date or your hundredth date, this sunny side of California offers a myriad of fun things to do as a couple. This fall, breathe some fresh air into your relationship and check out one of these outdoor date destinations in OC.
Marina Boat Rentals
600 E. Bay Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Picture you and your loved one floating along one of the most picturesque harbors in California. Newport Harbor offers great views of beautiful oceanside estates and yacht clubs. You can rent a powerboat or sailboat and take a romantic, self-guided tour through the harbor for the day. When you’re ready for dinner, dock your boat at a reserved dock space and stop in at one of the waterfront restaurants for a fine dining experience.
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
If you and your date love to hike or bike, Crystal Cove State Park is the ideal place for a romantic outdoor adventure. With 2,400 acres of undeveloped woodland to explore, this park overlooking more than three miles of California coastline is a memorable date in the making. Magnificent views of the ocean, cool coastal breezes and colorful sunsets are just a few of the reasons to hit the high road on this date.
1 Green Pier
Avalon, CA 90704
A trip to the city of Avalon on Catalina Island just off the coast of Orange County is a great way to spend the day with your significant other. Explore the island by land, air or sea and give your date a day to remember. Jeep tours, helicopter rides and glass-bottom boat tours are just a few of the daytime activities to choose from. Before catching your charter boat back to the mainland, enjoy a tasty seafood dinner at one of 30 restaurants in Avalon.
The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Road S.
Newport Coast, CA 92657
If you and your date love to golf, nothing is more thrilling than refining your swing on one of the best courses on earth. The Resort at Pelican Hill was named the No. 1 golf resort in the world by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, and it is located right here in Orange County. Take your date to tee time this fall and experience luxury with Pelican Hill’s unparalleled service and amenities. A total of 54 holes of golf put you and your date right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the view and ocean breeze while you drive your way towards an unforgettable date.
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
The happiest place on earth is also a popular place for happy couples who are just kids at heart. Hold each other tight on some of the thrilling rides throughout the park or share an ice cream cone while watching a dazzling parade on Main Street. Sparks will fly between you and your date as you experience the spectacular fireworks show in the evening. While many may think Disneyland is just for kids and tourists, a date with Mickey can work some magic between two people.
Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.