20 Perfect Date Ideas in Santa Ana

20 Perfect Date Ideas in Santa Ana

Whether it’s a first date or years of marital bliss, shake things up a bit on your next date night out with these fun ideas and happenings in Santa Ana! We can bet your date will appreciate the extra effort.

Shows & Exhibits


1. Bowers Museum

Leisurely strolls through an art gallery always make for a romantic date idea. Spend some intimate one-on-one time together exploring the various exhibits and talking about all your new and exciting discoveries!

Address: 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Phone: (714) 567-3600

Hours: Monday: Closed | Tuesday – Sunday: 10am to 4pm

2. The Observatory

Treat your sweetheart to a concert they’ll never forget! As Orange County’s most popular music venue, you can expect to find musical artists of all types frequenting the stages, including the intimate Constellation Room. You can guarantee you’ll find someone who you’ll both enjoy dancing and singing along to!

Address: 3503 South Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Phone: (714) 957-0600

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:30am to 6:30pm

3. Attic Community Theater

Attic Community Theater showcases the magnificent talent of local actors and directors in some of your favorite classic plays and musicals. Past shows include “The Crucible,” “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Annie,” so you can bet their 2019 lineup will have lots more in store!

Address: 2834 South Fairview Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Phone: (714) 662-2525

Hours: Vary by production

4. Frida Cinema

This art house cinema is the best date night destination for a couple of film enthusiasts or those looking to get into more obscure films. Hosting themed movie nights, marathons, trivia games and festivals, it’s the perfect place to indulge in your favorite cult classics and bond over your love of movies.

Address: 305 East 4th Street #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Phone: (714) 285-9422

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:30am to 11pm | Friday/Saturday: 11:30am to 1am | Sunday: 10:30am to 11pm 

5. The Coollab Project

Housed on the back patio of 4th Street Market, The Coollab Project is an open mic and jam session for singers, poets, rappers, musicians and visual artists. Local and personal, the entertainment and lively atmosphere is especially enjoyable over some light snacks and drinks!

Address: 201 East 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Hours: Thursday: 7pm to 9pm

6. Main Place Mall Picture Show

If obscure artsy movies aren’t for you, MainPlace Mall houses the latest box office hits, so you and your lover can still enjoy a classic date night out with a side of popcorn and drinks.

Address: 2800 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: (714) 547-7800

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:15am to 10:30pm | Saturday/Sunday: 10am to 10:30pm

Adventure Seekers

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7. Detectives Society Escape Room

Get your adrenaline fill and discover your compatibility while attempting to break out of an escape room together! It’s a fantastic way to discover how well you work together and allows for more easy and natural conversation. Best part is, you’ll both be too busy plotting your escape to encounter any awkward silences.

Address: 1526 Brookhollow Dr, Ste 82, Santa Ana, CA, 92705

Phone: (949) 203-2492

Hours: Monday – Thursday: Closed | Friday – Sunday: 9am to 12am  

8. Downtown Santa Ana Ghost Walk

Exploring the city’s most haunted residencies can add an extra oomph to a night out, especially if you’re both into a bit of spook and horror. It’s a more exciting way to get to know someone while learning a bit more about the ghostly aspects of your town!

Address: 120 West Civic Center Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Phone: (714) 547-9645

Hours: Vary by tour

9. Arrow Tag OC

Arrow Tag OC offers a fun new way to work out with their version of dodgeball using bows and arrows. Enjoy safely shooting each other over a game of “arrow tag” for a night of fun competition!

Address: 3400 West Warner Ave, Suite K, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Phone: (714) 517-1992

Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm | Saturday/Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

10. Round 1 Bowling, Drinks, and Karaoke

If you’re looking for some less intense options that still keep an exciting competitive edge, challenge your partner to a game of bowling, karaoke, or any of many arcade games.

Address: 2800 North Main Street, Suite 1100 Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: (714) 619-6840

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10am to 2am

Couples Classes

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11. Hipcooks Cooking Classes

Trying to spice up your date night? Why not start in the kitchen! Brush on an essential life skill while building a stronger relationship with your significant other in an intimate, hands-on cooking class.

Address: 125 C North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Phone: (714) 479-0588

Hours: Monday: Closed | Tuesday – Sunday: Vary by class

12. Sender One Rock Climbing

A rock-climbing date is a new kind of fun, active and original adventure! It’s an ideal choice if you love a good physical challenge or want to get out of your comfort zone and try new things together.

Address: 1441 South Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: (714) 881-3456

Hours: Monday – Friday: 6am to 11pm | Saturday: 8am to 10pm | Sunday: 8am to 8pm

13. Santa Ana Community College

Community college classes aren’t just for college credit! Take advantage of the various offerings and learn something new. Whether that be ceramics, photography or web design, there’s something you’ll both enjoy learning about together.

Address: 1530 West 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Phone: (714) 564-6000

Hours: Vary by class

Unwind & Relax

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Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash


14. Montanya Spa

Woo your significant other with a surprise “Couple’s Retreat” spa package that’ll help you both let go of the stresses of a hectic work week. You’ll both come out feeling renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated after a day of doing absolutely nothing.  

Address: 120 West 20th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Phone: (714) 918-8888

Hours: Monday/Tuesday: 8:30am to 7:30pm | Wednesday: 11am to 7:30pm | Thursday/Friday: 8:30am to 7:30pm | Saturday: 8:30am to 7pm | Sunday: 10am to 6pm

15. Smoke and Mirrors Fitness Couple’s - Yoga Flow

Sweat out the stress in a couple’s yoga class during your next night out! Perfect for those looking for a quieter workout that’ll help you and your partner unwind for the day.

Address: 2710 South Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: (949) 683-0965

Hours: Monday: 10:30am to 9:45pm | Tuesday: 10:30am to 10pm | Wednesday: 10:30am to 9:15pm | Thursday: 10:30am to 8:45pm | Friday: 10:30am to 7:45pm | Saturday: 9am to 3pm | Sunday: 9am to 3:45pm

16. Volunteer Together

Enjoy spending some time with a loved one while serving a cause you both care about. It’s an easy way to help those in need, pick up some new skills and reduce stress. Make sure to check out some local nonprofits in Santa Ana, they're always on the lookout for volunteers!

17. Santa Ana River Trail

Spend a relaxing afternoon biking down the Santa Ana River Trail with your date and enjoy a nice, relaxing day out in the sun. You can also explore various parts of the city that you both haven’t seen before. Make sure to make the occasional rest stop for some coffee or ice cream.   

Food & Drinks

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18. The Gypsy Den Vegan & Vegetarian Bar

Enjoy getting to know someone over some delicious mimosas and live music at this hipster-vegetarian bar. This casual eatery makes for a lovely casual date spot as it’s often flooded with melodies of local bands, lots of delicious vegetarian options, and great drinks!

Address: 125 North Broadway D, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Phone: (714) 835-8840

Hours: Monday & Thursday: 9am to 9pm | Tuesday/Wednesday: 9am to 8:30pm | Friday: 9am to 9:30pm | Saturday 8am to 9pm | Sunday: 8am to 3:30pm

19. Network Brewery

Brewery dates are a must, especially if you both consider yourselves beer enthusiasts. This local hidden gem offers various flavors of pales, reds, stouts, IPAs and more all within a small, quiet atmosphere that’s perfect when trying to get to know someone over drinks.

Address: 1824 Carnegie Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: (657) 859-8004

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 4pm to 10pm | Friday/Saturday: Noon to 11pm | Sunday: Closed

20. 4th Street Trivia Night on the Patio

It’s no doubt that 4th Street market is one of the trendier date spots in Downtown Santa Ana. Boost up the fun and stop by during their Movie Trivia Nights and sign up to compete or sit back and watch the fun over dinner and some drinks!

Address: 201 East 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Phone: (714) 486-0700

Hours: Wednesday: 7pm to 8pm 

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