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.
Newport Beach Valentine’s Cruises
503 Edgewater Pl
Newport Beach, CA 92661
This year, wine and dine your special person aboard a luxurious yacht with unforgettable daytime and evening cruises. Departure times include 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm, 10pm, and 11:30pm and cost $35. Each cruise travels through the beautiful Newport Bay with stunning views of the waterfront homes, and multi-million dollar boats which line the bay. Then, the cruise travels outside the bay for lovebirds. For those that choose departure times during the sunset and evening hours, you’ll enjoy an even better view of the scenery as the sun sets. Each cruise includes a complimentary drink (champagne, beer, wine, or a non-alcoholic beverage), as well as music during the cruise.
2017 Annual Valentine’s Four Course Winemaker’s Dinner Event
Laguna Canyon Winery
2133 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Date: February 14, 2017 from 7pm to 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. The 4 course winemakers dinner party is $151.25 per person and goes from 7pm to 10pm.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Ride the Great Park Balloon
Irvine Great Park
C Street, Irvine, CA 92618
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, a ride on the Great Park Balloon is a sure bet in aiding Cupid to nail his intended target.
Newport Gondola Ride
3101 West Coast Highway #110
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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 more.
Orange County Beaches
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.
Valentine’s Day Sunset Whale Watching Cruise at Dana Wharf
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
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 Valentine’s Day sunset cruise where you’ll be able to spot dolphins, whales and other marine life. The cruise includes chocolate treats, bottomless champagne and about as romantic of an experience as you can get. Or, opt for the Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wine Tasting Cruise from 5:30pm to 7pm (21 and over) where you’ll join a harbor cruise on the luxurious catamaran OCean Adventures. Four organic sparkling wine tastes and a chocolate bar are included for $52 per person.
Valentine’s Day At Pretend City Children’s Museum
Irvine, CA 92618
Date: February 14 at 11am to 4pm
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 4pm where a bevy of activities will be held. For children of all ages, as well as grown-ups, they will be celebrating by with fun activities including pin the arrow on the heart, where you can watch your child turn into cupid as they try to pin the arrow on the heart; symbols in a second, where you can learn about the symbols of Valentine’s Day and more. There will also be a sensational story time at 3:30pm.