Forget fussy five-course dinners — relaxed romance is where it’s at. Easygoing San Francisco is brimming with laid-back experiences for chill couples. Do you and your partner fit the bill? If so, make your next date a memorable one by trying out a few of these romantic things to do in San Francisco.
Get a fresh view of a fan favorite when it comes to this dreamy west-coast destination. Head to Napa Valley and soar over the green vineyards in a hot-air balloon. On this early morning date, you’ll float over Mt. Helena and touch down in time for an indulgent champagne breakfast.
2. Down by the bay
There are so many things to do in San Francisco at night, but what could be more romantic than an evening cruise around the bay? Sit back as you sail by an eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, and natural beauty. Dinner and drinks are taken care of, too.
3. Sip fine wines in luxe digs
A slice of Tuscany in the hills outside San Francisco: that’s the Castello di Amorosa in the Napa Valley. Take a private tour of the Castello and surrounding vineyards, then sample the area’s best wines and produce on a sunny picnic lunch. For traveling twosomes in search of a bit of nature with their vino, this Redwoods and wine country tour of Napa and Sonoma guarantees incredible views and award-winning wines.
4. Indulge in some old-fashioned romance
This stunning yacht cruise around the San Francisco Bay is all about vintage vibes. Enjoy a sit-down dinner while the sun sets over the bay. Soak up the views as you cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island, and more. Then, kick things up a notch with live music and dancing.
5. Get outside your comfort zone
The best way to keep romance fresh (according to the experts) is to try new things with your partner. So why not get out of your comfort zone and into nature? The Muir Woods just outside San Francisco are home to giant coastal sequoias, the largest trees on earth. The couple that hikes together, stays together.
6. Take brunch to the next level
What’s better than brunch on land? Brunch on a boat! Say goodbye to overcrowded cafes and hello to San Francisco sightseeing on the city’s beautiful bay. The two of you will enjoy free-flowing champagne and a sumptuous breakfast buffet on this date with a difference.
7. Unleash your inner foodie
For a fun date with a gastronomical bent, try a food tour with a local guide who knows all the secret hot spots. On this tour, you’ll do more than scratch the surface of San Francisco’s legendary food scene — you’ll take a giant bite out of it. From tacos to traditional Italian sandwiches, there’s something to suit every taste. This is one date that’s guaranteed to satisfy.
8. Impress your other half on an artsy outing
Want a date that’s culturally enriching and fun? You can’t go wrong at the buzziest gallery in the city, the SFMoMA. No, that’s not a typo. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the place to be if you’re into contemporary artwork. Here, breathtaking architecture combines with cutting-edge modern masterpieces to make for an impressively highbrow date. Even more impressive? Booking a skip-the-line ticket in advance.
9. Go big with a helicopter flight
If you’re looking to make a grand, romantic gesture, may we suggest a private helicopter ride over San Francisco? Take in scenic views of the California coastline and the golden gate bridge, while sipping on champagne. Sure beats dinner and a movie!
10. Take your date day-tripping
Get out of the hustle and bustle of the city on a laid-back day of sightseeing to some of the most picturesque nature spots on the California coast. Travel along the scenic Monterey Peninsula, renowned for its spectacular views, with pit stops along the way at Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and the historic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.