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Orange County is one of the most romantic regions in the country, especially during the fall months. As the days grow shorter, the OC offers events and activities that are perfectly suited for couples. The choices here range from challenging athletic activities to communing with nature to sweetly romantic dating opportunities. The following list of fall events and activities are great for couples just starting out as well as those who have been together for many years. 
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(credit: Newport Landing)


Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm St., Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-0551
www.newportwhales.com

Newport Beach is a great spot to visit throughout the year, but watching the giant blue whales makes it even better. These mammals are quite active in the fall, which is the perfect time for a whale watching cruise with your significant other. Newport Landing offers trips seven days a week for $32 per person on weekdays and $36 on weekends and holidays. As summer turns to fall, this is an experience that you can share with that special someone.

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(credit: Bruce W./Yelp)


The Factory Bouldering
1547 W Struck Avenue Suite A
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 639-7625
www.thefactorybouldering.com

Is it true that couples who climb together stay together? If you bring your significant other to the Factory Bouldering, you just might find out. With over 11,000 square feet of terrain to climb and hundreds of boulder problems to overcome, you can really work on team-building skills and communication. The Factor Bouldering also hosts special events, so make sure to check out their website for the latest offerings during the fall months.

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Skate Spectrum
Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 753-5180
www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com

Has there ever been a more romantic activity for couples than ice skating? Skate Spectrum, an annual event at the shopping center, marks the annual return of the ice skating rink. Positioned behind the giant ferris wheel, the rink will offer open, late night and extended skating sessions. Skating season runs from Oct. 2 through Feb. 15, 2016. Admission is $19 with skate rental or $15 dollars if you bring your own skates. Take your partner by the hand this fall and get on the ice.

Related: Best Romantic Places In Orange County To Propose

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(credit: Sandra L./Yelp)


Oak Canyon Nature Center
6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 998-8380
www.anaheim.net

Fall is the time to enjoy the simpler pleasures with your significant other, especially at the Oak Canyon Nature Center. Covering 58 acres in the Anaheim Hills, the park contains hiking trails that are perfect for romantic hikes. The Oak Canyon Nature Center also is available for wedding rentals if someone has already popped the question. Open sunrise to sunset, the park and trails are available to visitors seven days a week, making it easy to find a good day to hike.

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(credit: Isreal T./Yelp)


Ship ‘N A Bottle
3101 Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(714) 206-9283
www.shipnabottle.com

Cruises are an exceptionally romantic activity for couples, especially in Southern California. When you are ready to get cozy on the water, Ship ‘N a Bottle provides everything you need, including licensed Coast Guard Captains at the helm. Tours through Newport Bay and Mission Bay are available, which can be booked through their website. The company also offers such food options as appetizer plates or fondue complemented with wine or champagne. Ideal for an impressive first date, anniversary or birthday, Ship ‘N a Bottle provides a romantic getaway for couples in the OC.

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Steven Bryan calls Irvine, California his home. A freelance writer for more than 20 years, he has interviewed a wide range of notable celebrities, including a variety of up-and-coming musicians and artists as well. Passionate about movies and comic books, he also makes an annual pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic-Con.
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