Valentine's Day ideas around San Diego

SAN DIEGO - As Valentine's Day draws near, here are some ideas for celebrating the holiday with your loved ones around the San Diego area.

Visit a museum

Explore museums in San Diego County as part of Museum Month and get half off admission prices. All you need is a free Museum Month pass, which you can pick up at a local Macy's store. And this is not just for Valentine's Day – this applies to the entire month of February. Click here for more details on the program and for a full list of participating museums. 

Go on a hike

Surround yourself in the beauty of San Diego and take a hike. Here are some of our favorite spots: Torrey Pines State Reserve, Cowles Mountain and Cedar Creek Falls Trail

Go on a picnic in the park 

For a simple and cheap date, why not pack a lunch and have a picnic in the park? Some picnic spot ideas: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, Balboa Park, Presidio Park and Shelter Island

Treat your Valentine to dinner 

It’s the classic way to enjoy a nice meal together. Many restaurants in San Diego are offering special Valentine’s Day meals. If you need help deciding on a place, OpenTable has a nice list of restaurants with special Valentine’s Day offerings. 

See a drive-in movie

Who doesn't like a drive-in movie? Cruise into the South Bay Drive-in near Imperial Beach. It’s located at 2170 Coronado Ave. San Diego, CA 92154. You get to watch two movies in the comfort of your own car for about half the price of one in the theaters (and you can bring your own snacks). Check out what movies are playing next by clicking here

Take a dinner cruise 

Treat your loved one to a dinner cruise around San Diego Bay — enjoy a meal while taking in beautiful views of San Diego landmarks. There are a few companies that charter dinner cruises, including Flagship Cruises and Hornblower. 

See some art 

The Oceanside Museum of Art will hold its Art After Dark: Vintage POP! event on Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will feature art along with music and live entertainment. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. 

Run or walk the Coronado Valentine's Day 10K 

If you’re the more athletic type, you can take part in the Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K along the bay on Sunday. Proceeds go to benefit the Islander Sports Foundation and the Stephen J. Wampler Foundation. Click here for more information and how to register. 

Get your blood pressure checked for free

Your heart is vital to your health. This Valentine’s Day, join ABC10, the County of San Diego, and our partners for Love Your Heart Day. Get your blood pressure checked for free at participating fire stations, libraries, health clinics and businesses around the county. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In San Diego, more than three thousand people die of coronary heart disease every year. This Valentine’s Day, love your heart! Get your blood pressure checked. Join ABC10 as we strive to Live Well San Diego!

Get something sweet for your sweetheart

Flowers and candy are traditionally given as gifts. If you’re planning to give flowers and are ordering them online, you may want to watch our Team 10 consumer report that put three flower companies to the test to see if what you are sending is what you pay for. 

As for candy, more than 83 percent in a survey of more than 1,300 adults by the National Confectioners Association, say they share candy with friends and family for Valentine’s Day.  

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You could always go with chocolate or the candy hearts, but if you’re looking to give something sweet that is a little different, try these ideas:

Cookies: Agents with The Secret Cookie Service will deliver freshly baked gourmet cookies to an address of your choosing (the Drop Point). There may be an additional charge for delivery, depending on your address. Their hours are also in the evening, so if you want cookies delivered in the daytime, you may need to schedule that in advance. 

Singing Valentine: For a special way to send your message of love, book a singing Valentine with the San Diego Chorus. Quartets will be delivering the singing telegrams by phone or in person on Friday and Saturday.

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