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Fun Date Ideas

Man and woman having fun on a date in Anaheim

From the cute to the creative, here are some unique ways to have a good time with a date in Anaheim.

Whether it’s a first date or you’ve been married for years, coming up with unique date ideas can be tough. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. From daringly adventurous to delightfully romantic, here are some fun things to do right in your own backyard.

Say Cheers

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a self-proclaimed hophead, Colony Wine Merchant is the perfect stop for a sip. Located on Cedar Street, this neighborhood wine bar offers a selection of fine wines and craft beer by the flight, glass or bottle. Snack on artisan cheeses or other small bites that pair perfectly with your selection. And be sure to check out the monthly calendar for fun events like Wine Wednesday, Thirsty Thursdays and beer & wine tasting events.

Colony Wine Merchant in Anaheim.

Wine and dine your date at Colony Wine Merchant in Center City Anaheim.

Cultivate Your Intellectual Side

Fun dates don’t always need to include dinner. Anaheim offers a variety of ways to explore culture while having a good time. Start your date off with a visit to Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center. This 25,000 square-foot art hub offers an ever-rotating collection of creations along with a calendar of events and activities for the artfully minded.

Muzeo museum in downtown Anaheim.

Explore the arts & culture of Anaheim at Muzeo contemporary museum.

If you’re not so much a fine art fanatic, you could impress your date by writing a little romantic poetry at the Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon & Workshop. Here you’ll find all the supplies a writer would need—coffee, pastries, and plenty of writing utensils. If you can’t find your writing muse, you can always browse some existing works at the free Airstream Library located right outside. 

Body Ink & Bean in Anaheim

Foster your inner poet at Ink & Bean Cafe in Center City Anaheim.

If your style of art is more of the graphic novel nature, try stopping by Pop! Comics & Culture Emporium. Located in the heart of Center City, Pop! offers all your comic favorites from Marvel to DC—in both comic and collectable forms. Who knows, maybe you and your date will bond over a first edition?

After your artistic adventure, stop by the Gypsy Den Café + Bar, where you and your date can continue your cultural consumption as you take in the eclectic atmosphere while indulging in a healthy snack or sip on one of their specialty coffees.

Airstream Library in Downtown Anaheim.

Enjoy a night out in downtown Center City Anaheim.

Dates For Daredevils

Yes, we know it’s a strange concept in Southern California, but Anaheim is home to a world-class ice skating facility. The Rinks, located on Center Street, is a cool date idea, offering you the opportunity to show how well balanced you are—or impress your date with your ability to “fall gracefully.” Open to the public 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, cost of admission is $11 plus $4 for equipment rentals for adults ages 16 to 54. That post ice skate-session bruise to your ego? Well that’s priceless.

The Rinks ice skating rink in downtown Anaheim.

Public ice skating at The Rinks in Center City Anaheim.

For those who love too oohh and ahhh, stick around after your skating session to view the Disneyland fireworks—without the steep price of admission. You can see them from a range of spots in this area, including the parking structure across the street from the The Rinks, on the patio at Gypsy Den, or from a comfy seat in Farmers Park. To plan your night around this performance check out the schedule at: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/entertainment/disneyland/fireworks/

If sliding on ice doesn’t get your heart pumping, how about flying through the sky? Located in the heart of downtown, SwingIt Trapeze offers circus and acrobatic classes for all levels. The two-hour flying trapeze session will teach you how to hang from your knees high above the safety net. Nothing says, “I love you,” like grabbing for your date mid-air.

For more fun date ideas, check out our Cheap Date Alert article or 19 Restaurants and Eateries.

Cheap Date Alert!

Okay, can we just start by agreeing that the words “cheap” and “budget” are sort of outdated pejoratives? Not that we’re not going to use them over and over again (precision of message and all that), but here’s what we believe: there’s no shame in frugality. Or in free! In fact, one of the most amazing things about Anaheim’s Center City is its urban appeal—it’s a vibrant cityscape of sights, sounds and sensations, all of which can be enjoyed by anyone. That makes it a pretty outstanding place for a cheap date.

For example, say you’re a foodie. On Thursdays, Downtown Anaheim’s Certified Farmers’ Market and Craft Fair takes over Center Street Promenade from 11am-4pm, with a mix of market stalls and food vendors. Then on Fridays, it’s the Farmers Park Market from 4pm-8pm, which features shopping and food, of course, but also free (yes!) yoga from 10-11am. Is the farmer’s market a great place for a cheap date? Um, are locally grown, farm-fresh tomatoes a taste of heaven? Of course. The trick to a fun, nearly-free farmers’ market date is to use it as an opening act of sorts. So plan ahead and bring a basket, maybe a blanket and a few utensils—enough to pull together a picnic and nosh al fresco on your edibles.

After eating, it’s time for a workout. The Frank Gehry-designed Anaheim Ice offers open skate sessions daily for $10, plus $3 for skate rental (Gehry’s eye-candy architecture is a bonus freebie). Under the rink’s undulating wooden curves you can make like a Duck (it’s the Anaheim Ducks NHL team’s training facility) showing off your speed work, or get in touch with your inner Michelle Kwan. Just remember that dating etiquette demands one thing: solidarity. So if one of you slips and goes down on the ice, make sure you both go down. It’s called bonding.

After that, drinks and maybe a few more nibbles may be in order. If you and your date are into vino, pop into Gypsy Den at the Center Street Promenade. The menu is as eclectic as the boho ambience, and the from-scratch fare pairs well with one of the vintages on offer at the winebar/coffeehouse/eatery. Or, if you’re a craft brew aficionado, head for The Iron Press, where “hoppy hour” from 3-6pm, Monday-Friday, features pours from $3-$4.50. The rotating selection of local beers on tap is truly impressive (check out taphunter for the latest line-up), and the $10 Bird in the Hand waffle cone—stuffed with buttermilk fried chicken and spicy slaw and served with jalapeno maple syrup—is a great cheap date dish, big enough for two to share and messy enough to inspire conspiratorial laughter (and maybe even a little finger licking). But if instead you’re into cocktails, head for the Packing House, and Hammer Workshop & Bar. It’s the spot to convene with the spirit world, thanks to inventive craft libations, many of which are based on fresh fruit elixirs that harken back to the locale’s roots as an orange-packing facility.

You’ll want to stay put at the Packing House to satisfy your sweet tooth and wind down your cheap date with dessert. Popbar has frozen gelato and sorbetto on a stick, which get dipped, drizzled and sprinkled to create your own hand-held pop art. Or Crêpe Coop has a wrap on French flair, using the thin, sweet Parisian pancakes to envelope fillings of hand-scooped ice cream, nuts, chocolate and fresh fruit. And finally, there’s Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream. Why is it the perfect cheap date spot? Because housemade flavors like lemon custard, root beer marble and wild mountain blackberry are chill enough to elicit brain freeze, but hip and hot enough to cement your bona fides as a cheap date impresario.

And that’s what budget dating at Anaheim’s Center City is all about.