The 10 most romantic things to do in San Francisco

couple overlooking golden gate bridge

Looking for some great date ideas in the Bay area? San Francisco is a playground of opportunity and there are a myriad of options for you to share with someone special. Just when you think you’ve heard them all, here is the ultimate list of the most romantic things to do in San Francisco. Try them out today!

We’ve talked about romantic things to do in San Francisco before. We’ve even made a Muni Metro Date Map, packed with 56 amazing San Francisco date ideas. Essentially, this is a city full of fun, exciting activities to do – especially if you have a partner to share the thrills with.

But there are some ideas that are simply more romantic than others – and we’ve collected the best of the best:

Romantic things to do in San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge

It may seem like a tourist trap but however many times you walk over the Golden Gate Bridge, it still takes your breath away. It is an architectural masterpiece with incredible views of the Bay area and subsequently oozes romance. The Golden Gate Bridge is at its most enchanting first thing in the morning when it’s shrouded in mist. It truly is one of the most romantic things to do in San Francisco.

Embracing the great outdoors

Conservatory of Flowers – Golden Gate Park

A myriad of exotic flower sensations, this awe-inspiring attraction is a great date for those couples who enjoy getting close to nature. With almost 2000 plant species, this botanical beacon offers a range of sights including lowland and highland tropics, aquatic plants and seasonal special exhibits. Prepare a little picnic and head over on a sunny afternoon for a great date experience.

Boat ride – Stow Lake

For couples who enjoy embracing the great outdoors and want to escape the hustle and bustle of San Francisco’s concrete neighborhoods, a boat ride in Stow Lake is the perfect date for you. A man-made lake complete with a fleet of American made boats (from rowing boats to electric boats) there is something for everyone here. A beacon of calm tranquility amidst the crowds of San Francisco, this is a breath of fresh air for busy couples.

Take a hike – Land’s End

For couples seeking romantic things to do in San Francisco with an element of adventure, why not try a hiking trail to Land’s End? Many San Francisco locals have been meaning to do a hike but never quite get round to it, so why not use this as an opportunity to try something new with your partner? Commencing above the Cliff House, The Land’s End Trail is a fairly easy 3 mile hike across the coastline of San Francisco with access to China Beach, views of the Sutro Baths and of course the Golden Gate. Give it a go!

Getting cultural

City Lights Bookstore

For American singles who love to have their head in a book, The City Lights Bookstore is an enchanting ‘literary landmark’, exuding charm and a touch of effortless romance for couples. A truly great independent bookstore founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghelli and Peter D. Martin, City Lights is a playground of creativity and a lovely way to soak in a lazy Saturday afternoon. Spend a leisurely day perusing literature with someone special and let your closeness grow.

Sunset sail on a Catamaran

There are many ways to admire the beauty of San Francisco and from the water is one of the best. A sunset sail with your loved one is the epitome of romance. The Catamaran saunters through some of the Bay’s most popular attractions including Alcatraz Island, so guests can watch the sun sink slowly under the Golden Gate Bridge. You can often catch a glimpse of marine wildlife and with a classic San Francisco sunset, this is a pretty unbeatable date idea.

Illuminate Your Night

One of the most romantic things to do in San Francisco is to enjoy one of the many public luminous artworks by some of the world’s most notable light artists and what’s more – they’re free! There is also an annual light art event with special itineraries and activities which takes place between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Lovers can gaze upon artist Leo Villareal’s monumental light sculpture known as The Bay Lights, illumining the western span of the Bay Bridge.

For the real romantics

Dinner – The Cliff House

The predominant reason people go to The Cliff House is for the awe-inspiring view and it truly does take your breath away. Whether you go for the casual bistro restaurant on the main level or for the fancier fine dining upstairs, all you need is a window to experience the magical effect of the view of the harbor. Sunset is probably the most romantic time to go but Sunday brunch is also great and they also offer live jazz in the balcony lounge on Fridays.

Relaxing – The Nob Hill Spa

A couple’s massage at the Nob Hill Spa is without a doubt one of the most romantic things to do in San Francisco. It has been described as feeling like you’re sitting on top of the world at this resort-style spa. Perched in the Huntington Hotel at the top of California Street, this spa offers an incredible infinity pool and every holistic treatment under the sun. Indulge in your romantic side and enjoy this with someone special.

Movie date with a twist – The Foreign Cinema

This eclectic date spot aims to hit all the senses. The Mission District’s hybrid restaurant screens a movie every day in its outdoor courtyard and boasts a wide range of different genres and types of films. The Foreign Cinema also offers a range of places for you to eat; from patios to mezzanines, there really is something for everyone. Treat yourself to something different and exciting.

So without further ado, grab someone special and get dating!

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