Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 - MAP
Phone: (619) 239-0512
Web: www.balboapark.org

There's nothing quite like a natural backdrop against which the two of you can share some unforgettable romantic moments. Finding that backdrop is easy when you choose to visit the Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

The building itself was constructed in 1915 for the Panama-California Expo, and it looks like a converted aircraft hangar that now houses a dazzling array of flowers and other beautiful garden foliage that will make your walk through the facility nothing less than picturesque. Balboa Park surrounds the structure, and it is a favorite of picnickers and anyone out to enjoy the California sunshine, so after you visit the garden, continue your walk through the park and enjoy the natural beauty of Lily Pond.

Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Address: 1133 Coast Blvd, San Diego, CA 92037 - MAP
Phone: (619) 235-1169
Web: www.sandiego.gov

Instead of a stuffy meeting for lunch in an overcrowded restaurant, opt instead for a picnic for just the two of you at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Situated just above La Jolla Cove, this site features a splendid view of nature, including otters and sea lions since a wildlife preserve is nearby. Once you're done with lunch, enjoy a romantic stroll along the waterfront. And even though finding a parking place may be tough, there are plenty of parking garages within walking distance of the park, so this special escape for the two of you will be literally stress-free!

Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter

Address: 614 5th Ave Suite E, San Diego, CA 92101 - MAP
Phone: (619) 233-5227
Web: gaslamp.org

Romance, music and a dash of history all prove to be the ingredients of the perfect romantic evening when you visit Gaslamp Quarter. Aside from being an obviously hip, lively collection of restaurants, clubs and bars that are part of the district's top-drawer nightlife, it's also a great vantage point to do some fun people-watching.

The Horton Grand Hotel, one of Gaslamp Quarter's most recognized buildings, was built in the late 19th century and is one of the many highlights over the course of this sixteen-and-a-half block quarter. If the two of you want to cool your heels but still be a part of the scene, hail a pedi-cab and let your romantic adventure continue well into the night.

Junior Theatre

Junior Theatre

Address: 1650 El Prado #208, San Diego, CA 92101 - MAP
Phone: (619) 239-1311
Web: juniortheatre.com

Whether the two of you have kids or just love to be around children, a fun date would definitely include stopping into the San Diego Junior Theatre to see one of the troupe's latest productions.

This venue takes pride in consistently presenting the area's top talent, and these youngsters take their thespian aspirations quite seriously. This theater has the distinction of being one of the oldest children's theaters in the United States, opening its doors in 1948. Who knows? The two of you might catch the stage debut of the next young Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts!

Mission Beach

Mission Beach

Address: Mission Beach Park, San Diego, CA 92109 - MAP
Web: www.missionbeachonline.com

There's nothing quite as romantic as a walk along the beach with your special someone, but when the two of you explore Mission Beach, you'll discover that this is no ordinary section of the shore!

There is a great selection of quaint shops that have such interesting window displays that you won't resist the temptation to stop in and browse. Enjoy a coffee or cold beverage from one of the cafes as you stroll along Ocean Front Walk which spans the area between Mission and Pacific Beaches. In addition to the natural beauty of the ocean, you can also sit and people-watch, as the walk is always busy with rollerblades, runners, cyclists, artists and beach-goers out enjoying the day (or night).

Old Town Trolley Tours

Old Town Trolley Tours

Old Town Tour Boarding: 4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110 - MAP
Phone: (866) 754-0966
Web: www.trolleytours.com

If the two of you want to take a romantic trip but your busy schedules make it difficult to get away, you can still travel and maybe even learn something about San Diego in the process when you take an Old Town Trolley Tour.

The guides are knowledgeable (and quite entertaining) as they describe the various structures, historic sites and other attractions that you'll both see on this unique ride around town. Featuring the highlights of San Diego and Coronado, the tour begins at any of ten convenient locations, so you can hop on and and then you and your partner can enjoy the sights and sounds of the city at your own leisurely pace.

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