Creative Date Ideas in SF: For the Lazy, For the Fun, and For the Active
The following article is a guest post, courtesy of Catherine Nguyen
Hey SF Bagels,
Although summer in SF isn’t exactly 85 degrees and sunshine, we got 3 creative date ideas in SF for how to make the most of the great outdoors and the (lack thereof) of sunshine.
For the Lazy: Beach it Out
If you’re feeling lazy and want to soak up some rays for a hot summer tan, take your date out to a nearby beach!
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offers lots of live entertainment, fun rides, and of course funnel cakes to fulfill your every beach desire. Only an hour away, Santa Cruz is always bustling with sunny weather and good eats nearby.
Of course, if you’re feeling even more lazy and don’t want to make the commute, the Pacific Ocean is right around the corner. Check out Bakers’ Beach off the Presidio western shoreline, where you can get a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Pro tip: the northern section of Baker Beach is arguably “frequented by clothing-optional sunbathers” or in other words, may be a nude beach, so be prepared (or not).
For the Fun: Bike Around the City
If you’re feeling adventurously fun, rent a bike for the day and hit up one of SF’s many bike trails for a scenic and romantic ride away.
We personally recommend the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito bike route. Starting from Fort Mason, this route crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, where you can make a pit stop in Sausalito, a gorgeous waterfront, urban town. Rent your bike from Blazing Saddles where they have locations in both SF and Sausalito, so if your adventurous-ness wears out, you can ride the ferry back to Pier 41.
Still feeling wary? Use SF Bicycle Coalition to plan your next trip safely and soundly!
For the Active: Hiking
You can easily find that picture-perfect view of San Francisco along the many trails of the Marin Headlands. What’s also great about hiking here is that some of the trails lead to Kirby Cove, which is another beach with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
But if you’re looking for more of a nature trail check out the Muir Woods National Monument. This destination is surrounded by tall redwood trees, and the trails are divided by how long they take to complete (i.e. half an hour or one hour).