Want to take your significant other on a date but don’t necessarily have all the cash to treat them to a fancy restaurant? We get it, dates can get expensive! Most of the time, guys can easily spend over $50 while treating their girlfriends. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, check out these cute cheap dates in LA ideas that you can plan without breaking the bank.
Karaoke is a fun and simple activity, even for those of you who aren’t the best singers. You can select from over a 100 song choices and sing your heart out with your significant other. Don’t worry, each group has an individual, sound-proof room so others can’t hear you. While singing, you can also order some small appetizers and side dishes, and some alcohol if you’re old enough. Karaoke lounges—such as Feel Karaoke, SoopSok Karaoke and Recital Karaoke—can be found in L.A.’s Koreatown. Most of these lounges come with hourly ratings that are less than $20, and are especially cheaper in the afternoons on weekdays.
2. California Science Center
Interested in adding an academic aspect to your day out? Take your significant other to the California Science Center located at Exposition Park—and the best part is that there’s free admission! The California Science Center is a great way for you and your date to learn some new science facts. The interactive center covers an array of topics, ranging from the different ecosystems in our world to the human body. This is one of the cheap dates in LA.
3. Griffith Park Hiking Trail
Maybe you and your significant other need a break from always eating out and dressing up nicely. Try having an outdoor date at the Griffith Park Hiking Trails. Planning this date will be a lot easier as you only need to throw on some gym clothes and comfortable shoes, but don’t forget to pack water bottles, a first-aid kit and some snacks in case you get hungry. Going on a hike with your significant other can get you away from the busy city life and give some quality time with each other.
4. 3rd Street Promenade
Shopping is super fun until you see the astronomical price tags, so why not take your date to 3rd Street Promenade to go window shopping? It’s a good way to learn what your date’s taste in fashion is and for you to spend some good quality time with them. While you’re at the Promenade, you can also incorporate a game where you and your significant other choose full outfits for each other to try on. Window shopping is both a cheap and fun activity that anyone can enjoy. Afterwards, you can take a stroll to the Santa Monica Pier as it’s less than a 5 minute walk from the Promenade. This is one of the cheap dates in LA.
5. Exposition Park
Instead of bringing your significant other flowers, why not bring them to it? The Exposition Park, right across from the University of Southern California campus, has a beautiful rose garden and fountain. There’s no admission fee so anyone can walk into the garden grounds. You can have cute photoshoots with your date or go on a simple picnic with some of your favorite snacks and drinks. Just make sure to check the dates as the Rose Garden is closed to the public from January 1st to March 15th.
6. The Last Bookstore
If you’re in Downtown L.A., feel free to check out the Last Bookstore. It’s a cozy and aesthetic bookstore with creative interior designs, small art shops upstairs and of course, a wide selection of books. The place is very Instagram-worthy with it’s creative architectural aspects, such as the famous Book Tunnel. Whether you want to look for a new read that the both of you can get in to or just want to find a small nook to talk, the Last Bookstore is a great place to visit. This is one of the cheap dates in LA.
7. Little Tokyo
Located in Downtown L.A. as well, Little Tokyo is a small village section that shows off Japanese culture and history. From its bakeries to its cute stationery stores, it’s definitely a place worth checking out. It’s a fantastic area to window shop at and to take pictures, especially at night. You can also check out some of their Japanese food places, such as Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen or Midori Matcha.
8. Venice Canals
Tucked in between the Venice Beach Boardwalk and Abbot Kinney, take a free visit to the Venice Canals. You can stroll through the three canal-lined blocks and take in the scenic view of the cute houses, exquisite architecture and the sparkling water. If you’re interested in viewing the area from water-level, there are unfortunately no boat rentals available at the Canals. However, feel free to bring your own non-motorized vessel to tour the neighborhood from the canals.
Which of these cheap dates in LA are you going to try? Let us know in the comments.
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Erica Hur is a student majoring in Communication at the University of Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys food photography, bullet journaling, and going on trips to Disneyland.