We may be biased, but we believe Valentine’s Day is even more special in San Diego. Breathtaking sunsets, along with the long list of luxurious restaurants, spas and date night spots available, our lovely county also offers many budget-friendly Valentine’s Day activities for couples, singles and families.
Here are some of our favorite cost-effective, fun Valentine’s Day events in 2018 that you can participate in:
Oceanside’s Ferris Wheel and Horse & Carriage Rides
The weekend of February 10th and 11th will be a very romantic one at The Strand in Oceanside! From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you’ll be able to ride a ferris wheel (a ride is only $5 per person) and reap in beautiful views of the coast and city. After that, you and your partner can cuddle up on a horse and carriage ride along the beach, available from noon till 5 p.m. (tickets are $5 per person). Couples can take tango lessons at the Oceanside Museum of Art on February 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. ($25 to $30 per person) and a free showing of Disney’s latest Beauty and the Beast begins at sunset on February 10.
Bonnie & Clyde Movie Night
The Headquarters in Seaport Village is hosting a free, outdoor movie night focusing on one of the most infamous American couples that we all love to root for. Keep warm under a blanket, as you watch this 1939 classic with your “ride or die.” The event begins at 6 p.m. on February 14.
Valentine’s Week Sunset Cruises
If you’re used to spending an extravagant amount on Valentine’s Day, but want to scale it back a little this year, the Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruises’ Valentine’s Week Sunset Cruises could be just what you’re looking for. Discounted whale watching and harbor wine cruises are available the week of Valentine’s Day. And on the holiday, a special coastal cruise ($55 per 21+ adult) from 4 to 6 p.m. includes champagne and chocolates.
Sunset picnic at Sunset Cliffs
Keep it simple (and intimate) with a romantic picnic at San Diego’s favorite sunset-viewing spot. Bring some blankets, chairs, water and a picnic basket filled with goodies to Sunset Cliffs (or your favorite park) to make this an inexpensive, yet memorable Valentine’s Day with your loved one.
For you and friends:
San Diego Fermentation Festival
Gather a group of pals and head to Encinitas for its fourth annual Fermentation Festival. This outdoor event is not only for beer lovers – it will offer many fermented foods and beverages, as well as workshops and presentations by fermentation experts, DIY pickling stations and a wellness pavilion (with yoga, massage, acupuncture and other alternative healing specialists).
Night Out at Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro
Take some friends to Splash for a fun night in North Park! What makes this wine lounge so unique is its circular self-serve wine stations that allow customers to get their own tasting, glass or bottle by use of prepaid cards. The wine selections change regularly, so there’s always something new to try.
Go to a Nearby Comedy Club
There are so many comedy clubs in San Diego, so if you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, head to one! Support local comedians and treat yourself to a lot of laughter.
For the whole family:
Oceanside’s Family Fun Ride
If you have an active family (or looking for more ways to be active), then you definitely should participate in this free community bike ride along the San Luis Rey Bike Path in Oceanside (helmets are required). The journey begins at 9 a.m. on February 10 at Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater. Roundtrip, the length is 7.4 miles, but it is an easy, flat and very enjoyable ride.
Torrey Pines Gliderport
Take the family to the Gliderport in La Jolla for a nice day of fresh air and fabulous views. Have a picnic on a blanket or sit at a bench and gaze upon hang gliders and paragliders, while they jump off the cliffs to take off and soar through the sky. If you don’t want to bring a pre-prepared picnic, the Cliffhanger Cafe is a full-service deli and cafe, serving lunch and snacks from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Visit the New Children’s Museum
This wonderful museum in the Gaslamp encourages creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration via art studios, workshops, educational programs and engaging art installations. There is so much to do and see in this museum that it is the perfect way to spend an entire day with the ones you love most!
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers – it’s a holiday that should be spent doing fun activities with people you love. For more events, tips and things to do in San Diego, check out Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups’ articles.