Best Valentine’s Day Date Ideas For Orange County

February 12, 2016 2:00 AM

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It’s the season of love and if you’re looking for unique ways to celebrate that special person, Orange County offers a myriad of top events across the county. From Valentine’s Day dinner cruises to spending the evening at a winery, we’ve curated a list of the best events.
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(credit: Newport Beach Tours)


Newport Beach Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance Cruise
3300 Newport Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 644-3186
www.newportbeachtours.com

This year, wine and dine your special person aboard a luxurious yacht with an unforgettable 3-hour cruise around Newport Beach harbor. The Valentine’s day dinner cruise offers an intimate atmosphere, stunning views, champagne throughout the cruise, gourmet cuisine, and award-winning service that’s sure to impress. During your luxury cruise you will enjoy a private candle-lit table with Valentine decor, free-flowing champagne, a delicious 4-course seated dinner, and live entertainment.

(credit: Laguna Canyon Winery)

(credit: Laguna Canyon Winery)


Valentine’s 4 Course Winemaker’s Dinner
Laguna Canyon Winery
2133 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-9463
www.lagunacanyonwinery.com
Date: Feb 14 2016 from 7pm-10pm

Sourcing premium grapes from the Napa and Sonoma regions, Laguna Canyon Winery is a beautiful winery situated beautiful Laguna Beach. For Valentine’s Day, spend the day with your loved one for a winemaker’s dinner where they will be offering a 4 course meal. With an evening of wine, food and live music, its your chance to pull out all the stops for an unforgettable evening. Menu items will be paired with both red and white wine and include items like a rubbed filet mignon, oregano citrus marinated shrimp and much more.

(Credit: City of Irvine)

(Credit: City of Irvine)


Hot Air Balloon Ride
Ride the Great Park Balloon
Irvine Great Park
C Street, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 724-6247
www.ocgp.org

What is more fun than seeing a 360 degree view of Orange County from 4000 feet up? Stop by Irvine’s Great Park where you’ll get the chance to outshine your friends when it comes to Valentine’s Day ideas. Jump into a hot air balloon at Irvine’s Great park, and once at the top, you’ll are treated to amazing and spectacular views that can stretch to some 40 miles of visibility on a clear, sunny Southern California day. Ideal for Valentine’s Day Sunday, a ride on the Great Park Balloon is a sure bet in aiding Cupid to nail his intended target.

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(credit: Gondola Adventures)


Newport Gondola Ride
3101 West Coast Highway #110
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 646-2067
www.newportbeach.gondola.com

What’s more romantic than a snug authentic Venetian gondola, propelled by oar and oarlock by singing gondoliers cruising down the harbor on Valentine’s Day? Gondola Adventures is the only company licensed in Orange County to offer wine and champagne and singing gondoliers, other enhancements include chocolate, roses and even a student photographer to capture your perfect date.

(credit: Desiree Eaglin)

(credit: Desiree Eaglin)


Waterfront Stroll
Orange County Beaches
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Orange County naturally lends itself to epic waterfront stroll dates with its miles and miles of pristine beaches so why not take your Valentine on a perfect sunset stroll on Valentine’s Day? San Clemente, the Huntington Beach Pier, Laguna Beach and even the Bolsa Chica Wetlands are perfect spots to visit. Pick a nearby restaurant, or better yet – pick up some food to go and enjoy nature’s beauty with your valentine.

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(credit: Tim T./Yelp)


Brenton Wood’s Valentine Love Jam
Yost Theatre
307 N Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(888) 862-9573
www.yosttheater.com

Famed R&B Singer Brenton Wood will woo couples with his reggae/blues beat on this special Valentine’s Day evening performance. Wood, who is known for his mid 1960’s hits like “The Oogum Boogum Song” and “Gimme Little Sign,” will perform with special guest Soto as well, who will bring their Latin, funk, and R&B dance music to the mix for an evening of great music.

(credit: Laguna Beach Music Festival)

(credit: Laguna Beach Music Festival)


Laguna Beach Music Festival
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-2787
www.lagunabeachmusicfestival.com

The annual multi-day celebration of Laguna Beach Music Festival is a lively medley of classical and contemporary music, intimate events with renowned musicians and enchanting discoveries of music’s future stars. On the last day of the event, Valentine’s Day, enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day concert with New Global Voices at the Laguna Playhouse, where you’ll get to experience the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Jennifer Koh will be on violin, along with Shai Wosner on piano. It promises to be a great event!

(credit:  Barry Curtis / Captain Dave's Dolphin &Whale Safari)

(credit: Barry Curtis / Captain Dave’s Dolphin &Whale Safari)


Valentine’s Day Sunset Whale Watching Cruise at Dana Wharf
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(888) 224-0603
www.danawharf.com

Are you looking for a different experience this year? This Valentine’s Day, a unique and romantic special cruise is offered where you’ll get to watch whales aboard the largest ship in Orange County, the Dana Pride. The 2 hour cruise out of Dana Point sets sail and will offer a scenic sunset cruise which is an idea time to spot dolphins, whales and other marine life. The cruise includes chocolate treats, glasses of champagne and about as romantic of an experience as you can get. A full cash bar is also available.

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(credit: Pretend City)


Valentine’s Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 428-3900
www.pretendcity.org

Valentine’s Day centers around celebrating those you love, including the tiniest of tots. Pretend City Children’s Museum, the largest children’s museum in Orange County will be holding their annual Valentine’s Day event from 11am to 3pm where a bevy of activities will be held.
Specifically for children of all ages, as well as grown-ups, they will be celebrating by giving flowers, candy and cards to the ones who they love. This year Pretend City Children’s Museum will share some hearty history with your family to help teach more about this holiday through hands-on, educational and fun activities as well. With a story time, poetry play, games and more, it’s sure to be a blast and get you in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.

Desiree Eaglin is the mother of four and resides in Southern California. She blogs about life, motherhood and all its trials and tribulations on her site The Funny Mom Blog. You can follow her daily adventures on Twitter too.

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