It is officially the month of love and that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! As exciting as this holiday is, it can often be stressful to come up with a special date for you and your significant other (unless of course, you’re hosting a Valentine’s Day taco party catered by us!) To help ease your stress, we have curated this list of date ideas in Orange County that are sure to spark your interest!

Romance on the Water at Cruise Newport Beach

For our taco loving readers who want to spend a romantic evening on the water, this option is perfect for you! Cruise Newport Beach offers various departure times that include 5pm, 6:15pm, 6:45pm, and 8:15pm. This date costs only $35 per person, which is a great deal if you want to have an amazing evening while on a budget. This cruise takes you around the breathtaking Newport Bay and offers a complimentary drink with music to go along with it! Head over to to purchase your tickets!

Irvine Hot Air Balloon Ride

After a romantic dinner, what better way to end the night than riding in a hot air balloon and getting a 360 degree view of Orange County? This hot air balloon is located in Irvine’s Great Park and ascends 4000 feet up into the air, giving you an amazing view of the whole county! Once you are at the top, you will be treated to views that extend up to 40 miles when the weather is clear. Whether you are going here with friends or with a date, you are sure to enjoy this view!

Beach Picnic

This idea is perfect for the most affordable yet romantic date! It is extremely simple to plan, and your date will appreciate the thoughtful gesture. Prior to the picnic, you can take a stroll along the beach and enjoy all that mother nature has to offer. All a picnic takes is a few blankets, the meal of your choice, and some drinks to enjoy on the side! You can have this picnic any time of the day, and plan it according to your schedule. You can even get tacos from Taquero’s Mexican food to enjoy on the beach while watching the sunset!

Newport Gondola Ride

What better way to celebrate the romantic holiday than by enjoying a ride on an authentic Venetian gondola? The gondoliers propel you down the Newport Harbor while singing romantic love songs to you and your significant other. The company Gondola Adventures is the only company in Orange County that is licensed to offer wine, champagne, and other beverages to their riders! For your perfect gondola experience, checking out Gondola Adventures is a must.

At the end of your day, if you’re still hungry after the fun activities, stop by Taquero’s Mexican Food for a delicious and authentic meal! Nothing says ‘I love you’ like tacos. Happy Valentine’s Day!