5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in San Francisco

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Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

Swing Hunting

Locals know that throughout the city of San Francisco are dozens of rope swings, hidden atop hills, in canyons, at the end of labyrinths, and in coves. Hunting for all of the rope swings in the city can be a wonderful adventurous date. You’ll see some of the best spots in San Francisco, embrace your inner-child who loves to swing, and have plenty of opportunities for cute, couple photos. Kirby Cove Panorama Swing, Bernal Heights Park Swing, and Land’s End Swing are some of the most popular and satisfying swings to discover.


Dinner and a show is a classic date night idea, but Berber puts its own spin on that. Berber is a North African supper club, featuring incredible Moroccan eats, and live cirque performances. Yes, a circus. The Dinner Show has aerialists, dancers, acrobats, and more. The show and the food are sure to dazzle you and, perhaps, inspire you and your date to run away to the circus. 

Dandelion Chocolate Factory Tour

Chocolate and date night go hand-in-hand, but what if you both could become a chocolatier for a time, become Willy Wonka himself, so to speak? That is exactly what Dandelion Chocolate Factory offers. Set aside an hour and a half for a fun date making your own truffles, indulging in the rich, delicious chocolate at Dandelion. This Chocolate Factory is especially unique because they are a bean-to-bar factory. The cocoa beans are transformed into chocolate onsite. 

Church of 8 Wheels

An original way to spend an evening – roller skating. This roller rink is set in an old church with high ceilings, beautiful architecture, neon lights, and disco balls when it’s time for “Roller Disco”. The 8 wheels celebrated in this church are those found at the bottom of your roller skates. The great thing about the Church of 8 Wheels is its size – there is always plenty of room to skate and maybe try a trick or two. Live DJ’s play all the disco hits of the 70’s, making the entire space feel like a disco time capsule.

SeaTrek’s Paddle the Gate

Kayaking is a wonderful, active date idea that will get you both outside and exploring the world around you. Sea Trek’s Paddle the Gate Tours start at Horseshoe Cove taking you along the Coast and underneath the famed Golden Gate Bridge. And, for a truly special, unforgettable experience, take the Starlight Kayak Tour. You’ll kayak through waters as the sun sets and the moon rises and will be treated to dinner at Salsalito Taco Shop. At the end of the date, you’ll have experienced San Francisco in an entirely new way.

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