www.pcsgrades.comBy Lauren Dyer, Marine Spouse

Date night can take many different forms depending on what you want. You might opt to look for things to do on Camp Pendleton if you want to stay close to base. A romantic dinner followed by a walk on the beach might fill the bill. Or, you might want to go on a mini adventure and explore downtown. Whatever kind of date night you’re looking for, San Diego is the place to be.

The Art Lover Date Night

If you or your significant other loves art, then a date night in San Diego will be perfect for you. You can start your evening early by going to one of the many museums located in Balboa Park, including the San Diego Museum of Art. This museum is a fine arts museum that has a wide variety of art but focuses on Spanish art. You could also choose to stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art or the San Diego Art Institute to view short-term exhibits. Finish the evening with a lovely dinner at one of the fine dining establishments in San Diego.

A Romantic Evening

Romance doesn’t have to be expensive. You can opt to look for things to do on Camp Pendleton or you can start your date night in San Diego with a nice dinner out. You’ll have unlimited options to choose from. Finish the meal by enjoying a scrumptious dessert. Your night can end with a romantic moonlight walk on the beach. If you choose to have dinner downtown, then you’ll be right on the water and can walk to Seaport Village. There are also beautiful beaches, such as La Jolla Beach, all along the San Diego coast.

An Adventurous Date Night

There are several options if you’re looking for a more adventurous date night. You could start by taking a small hike to Sunset Cliffs, so you can watch the sunset. As a bonus, this won’t cost you anything so you can splurge on your dinner at one of the many nice restaurants in San Diego. You could also take a miniature adventure and simply explore downtown San Diego to find fun new places to visit.

The Casual Date Night

Sometimes you want a casual evening, or even day, where you can simply spend time with your significant other and have some fun. If that’s what you’re looking for, then you should consider a speed boat ride around the bay. Speed Boat Adventures offers a 90-minute ride, and there are plenty of sights to see, such as the USS Midway and Coronado Bridge. Finish the evening with a casual dinner or a picnic on the beach, and you’ve had a fun, yet casual date.

An Evening of Music

If you and your spouse are looking for an evening full of music, then look no farther. A short drive down to Chula Vista will take you to the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre where there are concerts every weekend. Whether you’re into country music, pop music, or anything in between, this is the place for you. You’re sure to have a fun night full of music and dancing.

The Overnight Date Night

Occasionally you need a night away from the hustle of your everyday life. If this is the case, then try going to The Pearl Hotel, located near downtown San Diego. Start your evening by dining at their on-site restaurant, grab a cocktail, and then go to their Dive-in Theatre. Simply grab a pool chair and cuddle up with your significant other to watch a movie. You can even take a swim if you’d like. End your evening by booking a room at the hotel. And there you have it; a cozy overnight date night.

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A Unique Evening to Remember

If you’re looking for a unique date night to remember, then you’ll want to check out the Whaley House Museum. The Whaley House is located in Old Town San Diego and is definitely not a place for people who are scared easily. This house is the number one most haunted house in the United States according to Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted. Over half of the Whaley House visitors experience paranormal encounters. If you want a date night that you’ll never forget, then you should be sure to check out this haunted house.

No matter what kind of date night you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find something fun to do in San Diego. The military life can be stressful with deployments and PCSes, so make sure you take the time to plan a fun evening with your significant other to alleviate some of that stress.

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Lauren Dyer, is a Marine Corps spouse, freelance writer and blogger, with more than 1,000 views each month on her blog Paws for Thought. She enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband and dog, Abbey. She has resided on both the east coast and west coast, and is currently enjoying her time in sunny San Diego.
Lauren Dyer