Offbeat Date Ideas in San Francisco

Visiting San Francisco and looking for date ideas beyond a dinner and a movie? Here are some of our favorite offbeat date ideas in San Francisco.

Visiting San Francisco and looking for date ideas beyond a dinner and a movie? Here are some of our favorite offbeat date ideas in San Francisco for the romantics, the geeks, and the actives.

Have your own idea for a fun offbeat date idea? Let us know in the comment section.

Wine Tasting Fundamentals Workshop


WHERE: SF Cooking School – NEIGHBORHOOD: Civic Center/Tenderloin – WHEN: Varies (check SF Cooking School for schedule) – PRICE: $85

Do you often go wine tasting and feel like you’re just pretending to know something about wine? That’s how I used to feel until we took this class. It’s a fun experience while having the advantage that you’re actually learning something together with your date.

From their website:
“This class will give you a solid foundation to explore and enjoy wine without intimidation or hesitation. You will learn how to taste like the professional tasters do, focusing on all the “messages” imbedded in the wine. ” So that next time a sommelier brings you a wine for your approval, you actually know what you’re talking about.

Star Gazing Party in Sonoma

photo by jonathanflash85
photo by jonathanflash85

WHERE: Robert Ferguson Observatory – NEIGHBORHOOD: Sonoma – WHEN: Once a month usually on Saturday – PRICE: $3

Robert Ferguson Observatory is usually closed to the public but once a month where members of the community are welcome to gaze at the celestial bodies using 4 telescopes, along with docents to explain what it is you’re actually seeing.

Get your kinky on at the history San Francisco Armory



The tour is led by employees of a film studio that uses the building for producing adult movies. The highlight of the tour includes viewing of the facilities originally built for National Guard as well as the cinematic sets that have since been constructed for use as production studios.

Think dungeons with weird contraptions on the walls. Might not be suitable for first dates, but then again it could be just me.

Go jump around on trampolines at House of Air


WHERE: Presidio of San Francisco – PRICE:Varies – WEBSITE

This place is so awesome it’s impossible not to have fun, especially if you and your date are not above getting hot and sweaty on a date.

Antique arcade games at the Musée Mécanique.


WHERE: Pier 45 – PRICE:Free to browse, 25 cents up to play – WEBSITE

One of the world’s largest privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition. And yes, you can play them!

Drinks and science at the Exploratorium


WHERE: Exploratorium, Pier 15 – PRICE: Admission: $15 General; $10 Members

This hands-on science museum is open to adults (18+) only every first Thursday of the month. Each month has a different theme.

From the website:
“Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.”

Go Rock Climbing Together at Planet Granite

WHERE: Presidio – PRICE: $20 for a day pass


Located next to House of Air on beautiful Crissy Field, bring your date for a climbing adventure in this large indoor climbing gym with beautiful view of San Francisco Bay.

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