Romance in Los Angeles can be an expensive endeavor which takes away from the fun you’re supposed to have on a date. The last thing you want to think about is how much money you’re spending. We came up with thrifty ideas that will put a smile on your date’s face, without putting a hole in your wallet…

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Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Rd, Griffith Park, (213) 473-0800

The Griffith Observatory is a great place to take a date. They’ll have a great time star gazing and you’ll love it because admission and parking are both free. They also host many fun events and activities…most of them at no cost. Just visit them online and check out their events calendar.

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Attend a Taping of Your Favorite Television Show

Various studios around Hollywood, Burbank & Culver City

One of the greatest things about living (and dating) in L.A. is that you can attend free tapings of television shows. Find out your date’s favorite sitcom and get tickets to the production studio. They’re going to love this experience, not only because they’re attending a live taping of their beloved program, but also because you put in some thought and effort.

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Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, (310) 440-7300

The Getty has a wide variety of  world-class art galleries and a beautiful central garden…all for free. The only thing you’ll be paying for is parking, which will run you about $15. The panoramic view of Los Angeles is worth the trip. There are a ton of cool events that take place here from special exhibitions to a seasonal concert series.

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Milk

7290 Beverly Blvd, Fairfax, (323) 939-6455

Milk is a great place to take a date that has a sweet tooth. You guys can share a sundae, which will only set you back about $8. They also offer mouth watering macaron ice cream sandwiches, dulce de leche lattes, and their signature blue velvet cake.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

5919 Franklin Ave, Hollywood Hills, (323) 908-8702

If your date loves to laugh, take them to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where you guys can see up-and-coming comedians for $10 or less. It’s more of an intimate vibe than the big clubs like Laugh Factory, randomly hosting major celebrities that would otherwise perform in larger venues. That spontaneity makes for an unpredictable experience that’s both artsy and edgy.

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Perch Restaurant

448 S Hill St, DTLA, (213) 802-1770

They don’t call it Perch for nothing…The view of Downtown Los Angeles is absolutely breathtaking! This is a great idea for a romantic date so don’t forget the wine, which will only cost you about $6 during happy hour. The rooftop garden features a chic bar and lounge that’s sure to impress.

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The Japanese Gardens

6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, (818) 756-8166
This place is absolutely stunning, and it will only set you back $5 per person. Take your time and really enjoy the surroundings while getting to know your date as you stroll through the beautiful landscape. Added bonus: There’s a dreamy teahouse in the back!
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Picnic at Pan Pacific Park

7600 Beverly Blvd, Fairfax, (323) 939-8874

A picnic at this spacious, grassy park is a super romantic date idea and a really great way to get to know each other. You can make some sandwiches and grab a few snacks from home, which won’t cost much. Maybe bring a bottle of something nice to spruce things up.

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Landmark Theatres

The Landmark: 10850 West Pico / Nuart Theatre: 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard / Regent Theatre: 1045 Broxton Avenue

The first showing of the day will cost you about $10.50 a person at the flagship Landmark Theatre in Rancho Park. There’s an upscale wine bar on site, and you can opt into the Landmark Screening Lounge for a more cozy date on their leather love seats, ottomans, and sofas.

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Dockweiler Beach

12000 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, (310) 305-9503

A date (night) at Dockweiler Beach making smores over a bonfire is a great way to get to know someone. It gets chilly at night so your date is going to want to snuggle up to keep warm. The “bonfire kit,” as I like to call it, will set you back about $10 for marshmallows, graham crackers, a couple of chocolate bars, and skewers.

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We’ve set the stage, now it’s your turn—these affordable date ideas will knock the socks off your crush! Good luck out there 🙂

[This article was originally featured on December 9, 2015]


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