Forget the Chocolates: Unexpected San Diego Adventure Dates for Couples & Besties This Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is another way to show you care for your loved ones. Why not celebrate it with a little fun? Whether you’re going out with your partner or your besties, we’ve gathered a few fun and adventurous date ideas. Read on to the end of this post for a giveaway!

Karaoke by Mikhail Nilov

Photo by Mikhail Nilov

1. Sing Your Heart Out (Even if it's Off-Key) 

Unleash your hidden rock star with a karaoke party for two (or your favorite group of friends). Check out the list below for a few transit accessible options to rent out a private karaoke room to sing your heart out.

Karaoke Near Transit
Love Songs For Your Sweetie
Going out with the girls? Try one of these tunes!

Thrift Store

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2. Thrift Store Challenge

If you’re looking for a low-key way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank (which, let’s face it – is easy to do these days), here’s a fun challenge for a date with either your partner or your besties! Set a limit, say $15. Choose one of two challenges: 

  • Find a gift for $15 or less OR
  • Find an outfit for your partner or friend for $15 (which they must wear on your next outing)

Either way, it's a chance to bond, laugh and maybe even score a little vintage swag!

Suggested Thrift Stores Near Transit


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3. Give Back to the Community

Instead of a fancy dinner this year, find a meaningful way to connect and strengthen your bond by making a difference together. Collaborate on creating care packages for seniors and the unsheltered or write heartwarming letters to isolated seniors who could use a little bit of joy

Where to Send Packages or Letters

Date Night Jar

4. Create a Date Night Jar

Go to the dollar store and get a jar (glass jar, mason jar, anything with a lid). Decorate the jar. Fill it with slips of paper (or write on small popsicle sticks) with various date night ideas in it. Once filled, you and your partner can take turns picking out dates to go on throughout the year. Print out our list to view the ideas below.

Date Night Jar Ideas


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5. Picnic in the Park

Swap the indoors for a picnic adventure. Pack a basket and spread a blanket for a fun outdoor date! Here are a few parks near transit that will be the perfect spot for you and your loved one. 

San Diego Picnic Spots


Cherry Blossom Croissant from Desserts by Clement

6. Grab a Dessert

This suggestion is a no-brainer for folks with a sweet tooth. You may want to combine a dessert outing with another item on this list! San Diego has no shortage of delectable dessert spots, and these picks are all accessible by Trolley or bus.

Delectable Dessert Spots


7. Taco Crawl

Who doesn’t love tacos? Or a lot of tacos?? Check out our Tacos by Transit map for a list of taco shops to visit and then gather your partner or your gal pals and go on a fun taco crawl adventure! 

Pink Cafe

Miracle Pink Latte from Miracle Potion

8. White Elephant Gift Exchange + A Pink-Themed Date

This idea is geared toward you and your girlfriends. Have everyone bring a gift. Some fun theme ideas could be “Gifts from Your Ex”, “Dollar Store Only”, “Handmade or Thrifted”, or “Something Pink”. Get together for some coffee or brunch at one of these fun “pink” themed cafes or restaurants:

Pink Themed Cafes and Restaurants

Dinner in San Diego

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9. Valentine’s Giveaway: Get Dinner with Your Date – On Us!

While it’s fun to try something new (like one of the above ideas!), nothing beats a nice dinner out with your partner or your friends. This Val-Gal-entine's Day, we want to help you celebrate your love – either for your partner or for your friends. Enter to win one of these gift cards for dinner on MTS!

  • One (1) $100 to Allegro (1 Winner)
  • Two (2) $50 to Cafe Coyote (2 Winners)
  • Three (3) $25 to The Blind Burro (3 Winners)

How to Enter:

To be counted towards the Valentine’s Day Contest, all participants must be following @sdmts on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) AND tag another account in the comments section of the contest announcements between January 31, 2024 12:00 a.m. PST and February 6, 2024 11:59 p.m. PST (entry).

Participants can gain one additional entry by sharing the contest announcement to their account via static post or story. Public accounts reposting will be automatically counted for an additional entry. Private accounts seeking an additional entry must direct message a screenshot of their repost to @sdmts on the platform of the repost. All reposts must be shared between January 31, 2024 12:00 a.m. PST and February 6, 2024 11:59 p.m. PST (additional entry).

  • Participants will be limited to two (2) entries per social media handle.

For full content rules, please view the Valentine's Day Contest Rules.

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