Tired of doing the same thing when you go out on a date? Well, it doesn’t have to be that way! Whether it’s a date with your sister, group of friends, mom, or a special somebody, you don’t have to resort to dinner and a movie, especially in Long Beach where there are so many options to shake up your routine and try something new. Here are 10 inexpensive date ideas to consider next time you’re heading out!
1. Sip Wine and Paint Pottery
What’s more therapeutic than painting a piece of pottery while sipping on wine? Monday through Friday at Color Me Mine on Second Street, you can bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy while creating a work of art. In addition to their recurring classes, they offer a monthly date night where others will be doing the same thing! Paint N Glaze on Studebaker Street also lets people bring their own wine! Just make sure to bring your own wine glasses.
For more information on Color Me Mine click here.
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2. Duffy Boat Ride
This is definitely meant for a group date; split equally, it can be as little as $12 per person for every hour spent on the water. You also have the option to bring your own food and beverages on the boat. And with the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to cruise around. There are just a few spots left, so make sure to reserve your boat as soon as possible. For more information, click here.
3. Bike Ride on San Gabriel River Trail
There are many points of entry along the San Gabriel River Trail that are in Long Beach. Although the entire trail is 35 miles, you can easily ride just a few miles west or east to reach a beautiful destination. Biking west will lead you to Seal Beach and biking east will lead you to El Dorado Park. For more information, click here.
4. Laugh Factory
If you haven’t been to the Laugh Factory, make sure to put it on your list. You never know who you’re going to see and you’re bound to have some laughs. Pre-sale tickets are less than $20, and there’s a two-drink minimum per person inside. For more information, click here.
5. Thai Foot Massage
Pampering your body is extremely important. Thai foot massages are a great way to deeply relax without breaking your wallet. Rose Massage on Anaheim Street offers an hour massage for $20. It’s a pretty sweet deal considering other massages can cost nearly $100.
6. Salsa Lessons at PCH Club
You’ve probably considered learning how to salsa once in your life. Now is your chance! The PCH Club offers bachata and salsa lessons to anyone, beginners and experienced. It’s a $5 cover on Monday nights and a $10 cover on Thursday nights. Those covers will guarantee you beginner dance classes for both bachata and salsa. For more information, click here.
7. Karaoke Night
Karaoke nights are perfect for a group date! They’re a great way to find out what classics people are rocking with. Alex’s Bar on Anaheim Street has free karaoke nights and they always bring a crowd. For more information, click here.
8. Electric Scooter Ride
Yes, you’ve seen them, but have you ridden one yet? They’re actually quite fun, even though their main purpose is public transportation. You can hop on one pretty much anywhere downtown and cruise along the beach. All you need is a smart phone to download the app to get started. It’s an inexpensive way for anyone to see Long Beach from a different point-of-view.
9. Brunch & Museum
Claire’s at the Museum on Ocean Boulevard serves up delicious food with a stellar view of the beach. If you eat brunch there, you’ll be able to purchase half-price tickets to the Long Beach Museum of Art. And it’s not far, the museum is right next door. For more information, click here.
10. First Fridays
On the first Friday of the month in Bixby Knolls on Atlantic Avenue, it’s free to enjoy art, live music, and food samples. The next one is on Dec. 7, and there will be s’mores and hot chocolate. For more information, click here.