February has begun and so has the planning from people in relationships who are trying to come up with some fun date ideas in San Francisco for Valentine’s Day.

In 2021, the typical date of grabbing dinner, a drink, and a movie has changed drastically with COVID-19 and the restrictions that come with it. Fortunately, living in a beautiful city like ours means that there are still plenty of fun date ideas in San Francisco that your significant other will love.

Fun Date Ideas in San Franciso in 2021

  1. Take a GoCar through the city
  2. Visit a food truck park
  3. Go mini-golfing at Stagecoach Greens
  4. Visit the Japanese Tea Garden
  5. Take a ferry on the Bay

Take a GoCar through the city

A perfect trip built for two, a San Franciso GoCar is a great date idea for Valentine’s Day this year. Our tours are naturally socially distanced, and a great way to get some fresh air with that special someone.

Our All-Day Choose Your Own Adventure Tour includes a full day rental of the GoCar. Some fun date ideas in San Francisco along your GoCar Tour include a stop at a museum, a scenic picnic, or even a short hike. The Disney Family Museum, which displays memorabilia including a model of the original Park is great for Disney fans who might have missed a trip to the theme park that has been shut for most of the year. Art lovers may prefer a stop at one of the many fine art museums along the route, including the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor.

Our routes also include several great spots for short hikes or picnics, including Land’s End, with its beautiful views of the entrance to the Bay, and Stow Lake, where you can rent paddleboats by the hour for a leisurely trip around Strawberry Hill.

Visit a food truck park

No list of great date ideas in San Francisco is complete without taking part in the city’s tasty food scene. Getting something great to eat on a date is a must, but it can be hard to agree on exactly the right cuisine, especially when you’re just getting to know someone. Why not visit one of San Francisco’s Food Truck Parks, where you can choose between some of the best food in San Francisco and dine alfresco! 

SoMA StrEat Food Park, located at 11th Street between Bryant and Harrison is an open-air food court with rotating choices that include pizza, rotisserie chicken, tacos, and lumpia. And Spark Social is a fun date idea for Valentine’s Day in San Francisco. Located in the newly developed South Beach neighborhood near Oracle Arena, Spark Social has swing set dining and fire pits where you and your date can enjoy cuisine from one of the rotating food trucks. 

Go mini-golfing at Stagecoach Greens

Along with being one of our cutest date ideas in San Francisco, Stagecoach Greens is the city’s only outdoor mini-golf course. The 18 holes at this course are inspired by San Francisco history from settler times through the present day and include Bank of America and Salesforce Tower battling it out to be the tallest buildings in San Francisco on the 10th hole, and the rocking building located on the 14th hole as a nod to San Francisco’s history of earthquakes.

Visit the Japanese Tea Garden 

Built in 1894 as part of the California Midwinter National Exhibition, the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is a great date activity for those looking for a natural and cultural experience.  The Garden is situated on 5 acres of land with paths that ramble through plants, trees, and sculptures that have been designed with Japanese aesthetics.

The paths, bridges, and stairways in the garden are created to slow travelers and encourage them to reflect on the beauty around them. Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm, the Garden is accessible from the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

Take a ferry on the bay

All of our date ideas in San Francisco are worth checking out, but if you’re looking for romantic views, then you’ll want to take a ferry from Downtown San Francisco to one of the scenic towns along the water in the North and East Bay.

Sausalito and Tiburon, both located on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge, are only 30 minutes away and are charming bayside communities with walkable main streets lined with shops, cafes, and outdoor restaurants where you and your date can soak up the salt air and unobstructed views of San Francisco.  

Ferries operate out of Pier 41 and the Ferry Building, and both crossings take about 30 minutes. In the morning, coffee is served onboard, cocktails are featured in the evening.