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Inexpensive dollars to spend for Valentine's Day,
Inexpensive dollars to spend for Valentine's Day,
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The Best Fun & Frugal Valentine's Day Activities In LA

Picture of Marie Cradle
Updated: 9 February 2017
Being financially strapped before Valentine’s Day is a potential heartbreaker. Here is a frugal guide for Valentine’s Day in and around LA, packed with active and entertaining diversion.

Take A Stroll In The Gardens

A bouquet is temporary – however, botanical gardens are forever. Take your sweetheart on a gorgeous walk surrounded by a stunning array of flora and fauna, even in drought-stricken California. Head to the affordable lush, green landscapes of Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Arcadia and Descanso Gardens in La Canada–Flintridge. Take selfies with your sweetheart, especially where the roses are in full bloom.

Descanso Gardens pond. ©Gaohoyt/WikiCommons
Garden pond, Los Angeles Arboretum | ©Gaohoyt/WikiCommons

Seek Out A South Bay Beach Day

Draw hearts in the sand and make a big splash on V-Day. Take your significant other to the beach, a no-brainer locale for sparking romance. Steer away from highly commercial Santa Monica, with its money-grabbing pier area and nearby shopping districts to entice your wallet. For a more affordable alternative, head to LA’s low-key South Bay (Redondo, Hermosa or Manhattan Beach) where the draw is beach splendour, rather than boutique buying. For greater chances of privacy to steal kisses on the shore, seek out the seclusion of Palos Verdes or Torrance State Beach.

A sunset at Manhattan Beach. © Marie Cradle
A sunset at Manhattan Beach | © Marie Cradle

Ride A Horse With Your Honey

Riding off on a steed into the sunset isn’t just a trope in the movies. Saddle up with your partner for a lovely, leisurely horseback ride. Hourly riding rates are reasonable by the hour at several locales, including Sunset Ranch, which conducts tours for novice and advanced riders against the spectacular backdrop of the Hollywood Hills. Other prime locations are Circle K Horse Riding and LA Equestrian Center in Burbank.

Description: Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Los Angeles, California | © Cbl62/WikiCommons

Romance, By Way of Dance

Going out to dance is a time-honored Valentine’s Day tradition. Avoid overpriced and packed Hollywood nightclubs, where pricey club admission and drinks, along with the crush of crowds, kill romance. Instead, seek out V-Day weekend schedules for sexy salsa or tantalizing tango at a number of dance studios like By Your Side and Third Street Dance. Even better, you can get your groove on for gratis at Proud Love, a dance event celebrating every kind of love match at downtown LA’s Pershing Square.

Catch a Classic Cinematic Charmer

Apropos for the love occasion, plan a movie date at an intimate cinema venue playing special romance-themed films. 2016’s V-Day romantic flick round-up in the LA area has something for every lover. Snuggle up to the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, playing at Aero Theater, or the whimsical, sentimental musical Moulin Rouge, showing at Los Angeles Theater in downtown LA. For ’80’s fare, catch beloved romance Harold and Maude at either Egyptian Theater in Hollywood or under the stars at a makeshift movie venue in Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach.