4 Different Day Date Ideas in North County (so you can skip the ceramics painting session)

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Do you have your plans set? We’ve been posting articles about where to go out to dinner in North County on Valentine’s Day, totally fun and adventurous things to do in Oceanside for Valentine’s Day, five North County hotels available for Valentine’s Day, and four alternative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a list of year-round day dates that you could consider for Valentine’s Day, or any time of the year you want to enjoy something different with your better half. Trust us, skip the ceramics painting session and kick your affection for adventure (and your significant other) up a notch!

1. Electric Bikes

Are you stuck indoors most of your days? Grab your beau and rent an electric bike for an hour, two or even the whole day. Where do you want to ride? The San Diego Electric Bike Co is in Solana Beach, and Pedego Bikes is in Carlsbad Village. Prices start at $14/hour (Pedego) and $15/hour (SDEBC). What are you waiting for? There’s a beautiful coastline waiting for you to cruise on by. Take a selfie while you’re at it, lovebirds.

  • Address:  San Diego Electric Bike Company: 101 Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075;  Pedego Bikes: 355 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Website: sdebike.com | pedegoelectricbikes.com

2. North County Beer & BBQ Safari

Having a beer at a craft brewery on the Hops Highway might be what you do for a date on any ole weekend night. How about making a 4-5 hour day date out of your thirst for good craft beer? Scavengers Beer Adventures has a North County/Carlsbad Brewery tour in a Pinzgauer vehicle that holds up to 12 people. They take you to three local breweries, behind the scenes tour of one of the breweries, a delicious meal, accompanied by an authentic beer geek! That is just some of the highlights. Prices range between $89-$125/person depending on the size of the group. Check out their site to see what breweries are on tap during the tour.

  • Address: Pick up at Carlsbad Village Train Station: 2275 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Website: brewerytoursandiego.com

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3. Vital Climbing Gym

Nothing like working out together to bring a couple closer together—and having more fun! There are two Vital Climbing gyms in North County San Diego. One in Oceanside and one in Carlsbad. You can purchase passes for day use, or as a monthly membership. New “bouldering” climbers need not be afraid – the community is friendly and helpful and climbing enthusiasts of all ages and sizes are welcome. Check out the event calendar for special deals and workouts. Carlsbad has use of the facility as low as $8 on Mondays and Fridays and Oceanside drops their prices to $10 on Mondays and Fridays, too. Members get 24-hour access and you’ll love the additions of a slack line and yoga sessions.

4. Watersports at Carlsbad Lagoon

If you’ve only driven by the lagoon and never actually stopped by for an afternoon of sun and fun, make a date of it. There is a wide variety of water sports equipment to rent including Yamaha Waverunners, kayaks, SUPs, boat rentals, aqua cycles, canoes, and more. Prices range between $25 – $135/hour but you can often find a deal on Groupon. Great spot for a double date, too!

Your Turn…

Where do you take your dates in the light of day?

Jen Leo: Jen Leo writes the nationally syndicated Web Buzz column for the Los Angeles Times and co-hosts the podcast This Week in Travel. She loves trying new restaurants and discovering local makers as she bounces between her homes in Carlsbad, CA and Charleston, SC with her husband and 7 year-old daughter. Follow her travels on Twitter and Instagram, and her daydreams on Pinterest.