Whether you’re going on a first date or looking to switch things up with your longtime companion, here are the coolest places in Orange County to have a date

The California Scenario

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Neighborhood: South Coast Metro

In 1979, Henry Segerstrom, developer of South Coast Plaza, commissioned famed artist Isamu Noguchi to design a public garden near two of Segerstrom’s office towers.

Located across the street from South Coast Plaza, Noguchi’s sculpture garden is still around today. It’s a beautiful collection of fountains, boulders and stones — an abstract metaphor of California’s diverse natural environment. The garden is an Instagram-worthy spot for an afternoon stroll.

PRO TIP: After your stroll, grab a bite at Chef Amar Santana’s Vaca, a new restaurant featuring Spanish-inspired cuisine and tapas.

You can find the California Scenario at 611 Anton Blvd in Costa Mesa. 

Inspiration Point

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Neighborhood: Corona Del Mar

Located above Corona Del Mar Beach, Inspiration Point is the perfect place to view the sunset in a picturesque setting. There’s a giant grassy knoll, where you can spread a giant blanket and enjoy the view.

PRO TIP: Bring a picnic basket full of your favorite foods. Your date will be a guaranteed success.

Inspiration Point is located near the intersection of Ocean Blvd & Heliotrope Ave in Newport Beach. 

Anaheim Packing House

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Neighborhood: Downtown Anaheim

The Anaheim Packing House features more than 20 eateries and bars, with live music every weekend. Not only is this a great place to grab dinner, but it’s an overall cool place to hang out. Housed in a restored historic building, the Packing House features indoor gardens and rustic fixtures. There’s a real hip feel to the Packing House, which will score you big points with your significant other.

PRO TIP: There’s an intimate, miniature theater that seats four people showing classic films, hidden towards the street-side entrance to the Packing House. #OldSchoolNetflixandChill

The Anaheim Packing House is located at 440 S Anaheim Blvd in Anaheim. anaheimpackingdistrict.com

The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Neighborhood: Newport Coast

We know what you’re thinking: “Whaaaaaaaaat?!”

But The Resort at Pelican Hill is still a great date spot for us normal folk. As long as your bank account balance is not checked at the gate.

Even if you roll up in your 2005 Honda Civic, the valet parking is free. And you can take a stroll around the beautiful grounds. You’ll feel like a million bucks without actually spending them.

PRO TIP: Looking for an affordable dinner option nearby? Bear Flag Fish Co. has a location at the Crystal Cove Shopping Center.

You can visit The Resort at Pelican Hill at 22701 Pelican Hill Road South in Newport Coast. pelicanhill.com

Orange County Museum of Art

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Neighborhood: Newport Beach

Did you know that Orange County has its own contemporary art museum? The Orange County Museum of Art features traditional paintings, sculptures and photography, as well as new media in the form of video, digital and installation art.

While the museum may seem small, it’s collection comprises more than 3,000 objects, with a concentration on the art of California from the early 20th century to present.

OCMA is a great spot for a Friday night date. Not only is the museum open until 8, but admission is free.

PRO TIP: There are plenty of dining options at Fashion Island, located right up the street.

OCMA is located at 850 San Clemente Dr. in Newport Beach. ocma.net



Neighborhood: Irvine

Looking for a date night filled with laughs? ImprovCity is Orange County’s premiere improv comedy troupe. It features professional improvisational comedians performing games, scenes and songs in an intimate setting.

ImprovCity has shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, inside Irvine Lanes.

PRO TIP: Looking to kill some time before or after the show? Boomers! is next door. Mini golf was made for date nights.

ImprovCity is at 3415 Michelson Dr in Irvine. improvcityonline.com


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Neighborhood: Old Town Tustin

If you’re looking for a unique date idea, look no further than Brushstrokes in Tustin. At Brushstrokes, you can paint with your significant other, while sipping on wine. ??

No need to be Bob Ross to enjoy this studio. Brushstrokes’ artists guide you step-by-step to recreate the evening’s featured painting. The environment is fun and casual. And at the end of your session, you’ll leave with your own personal masterpiece. 

You can hang it up in your apartment to remember the great date suggestion OC Native gave you.

PRO TIP: There are plenty of amazing restaurants in the area. Be sure to check out Barolo Cafe, an Italian joint that makes made-from-scratch pasta.

Brushstrokes is at 138 West Main St. in Tustin. splatterbuzz.com/brushstrokes

Fullerton Arboretum

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Neighborhood: Cal State Fullerton

This is a great date spot, particularly for Cal State Fullerton students. Now, we all know about the hustle and bustle of the CSUF campus. But did you know the Fullerton Arboretum, located at the north end of the Cal State Fullerton campus, provides a peaceful respite from the modern world?

When you take a stroll with your significant other through the 26-acre site, you’ll find beautiful gardens, gigantic trees, koi ponds and colorful flowers. Not a spot for date night, because the Arboretum closes at 4:30, but is open 7 days a week. We would like to say this is a way better place to take your date than the Titan Student Union food court.

PRO TIP: Park in front of the Arboretum entrance at no cost.

The Fullerton Arboretum is at 1900 Associated Rd. in Fullerton. fullertonarboretum.org

Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk


Neighborhood: Downtown Santa Ana

Downtown Santa Ana’s Art Walk, which occurs every first Saturday of the month, is a great place to take your significant other on a date. The event features open exhibitions of DTSA’s art galleries and museums, artisan street vendors, live art performances and special events. The atmosphere is fun and vibrant and will surely be a night to remember.

PRO TIP: Plan your night in advance by making reservations at one of DTSA’s fine restaurants, like the Playground.

The Art Walk takes place throughout Downtown Santa Ana. A good spot to set your GPS to would be to Artists’ Village at 207 N Broadway in Santa Ana. downtown-santaana.com/artwalk

Little Saigon


Neighborhood: Little Saigon

Little Saigon is as close as you can get to visiting Vietnam without stepping on a plane. And exploring through Little Saigon’s unique shops and restaurants is fun journey for any couple looking for a unique date.

While Little Saigon extends through Westminster to Garden Grove, a good place to start would be at the Asian Garden Mall, an indoor mall in the heart of Westminster. The two-story mall houses dozens of shops and restaurants of all types, including a wide variety of imported products and foods.

PRO TIP: Be sure to start off your culinary journey through Little Saigon at the critically acclaimed Garlic and Chives, a modern twist on Vietnamese cuisine.

The Asian Garden Mall is at 9200 Bolsa Ave. in Westminster.

Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:52:55.

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