Seal it With a Kiss: 16 Perfect Romantic Things to Do for Valentine's Day in San Francisco
From fine dining to picnics in the park to sailing the bay at sunset, San Francisco offers romantic experiences to help couples feel the love this Valentine’s Day.
For those looking to wine and dine:
Cocktails with a View at Top of the Mark
Known for its signature martinis and magnificent views of San Francisco, Top of the Mark is the perfect place for a most romantic evening. Arrive for pre-dinner drinks and experience the sun setting on the San Francisco skyline, or linger for a nightcap with the twinkling lights of the city below.
No time to head to wine country? Enjoy a first-class wine tasting experience at one of the many new urban wineries located within San Francisco’s 49 square miles. Bluxome Street Winery offers weekend tours and tastings of five wines paired with charcuterie.
Illuminate Your Night
Lovers can gaze upon artist Leo Villareal’s monumental light sculpture known as The Bay Lights, illuminating the western span of the Bay Bridge. Dine at Epic Roasthouse or Waterbar for a five-star dining experience, complete with a beautiful view of this stunning light installation.
For the museum and art lovers
San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest)
SF IndieFest (through Feb. 15 at various locations) is known for screening the best independent films from the Bay Area and beyond. This Valentine’s Day, SF IndieFest will be screening "The Manhattan Front," "Anti-Valentine’s Day Power Ballad Sing A Long," and "Shorts 6: The Girls Are Alright."
Exploratorium's After Dark: Chocolate
From 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.taste your way through a flight of delicious demonstrations and learn how the notorious Valentine's Day treat goes from a bitter fruit to a beloved bar. You'll get to hear about the chocolate-making process firsthand and get to taste the final product!
Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics at The Conservatory of Flowers
You can skip the chocolates this Valentine's Day, but certainly not the flowers. Take a trip through the Conservatory galleries to indulge your senses on Valentine’s Day. On this special self-guided tour, you’ll be treated with botanical love stories, sweet aromatics and gorgeous backdrops for photo ops. Top it off with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine included in admission.
Sail the bay with your sweetheart
For a romantic evening out on the water, there are a variety of Valentine’s Day cruises.
Hornblower’s Valentine's Day Dinner Cruises
Love is on the water this Valentine’s Day. Set sail for a special Hornblower Valentine’s Amore dinner cruise and feast on a delicious buffet dinner while sipping your choice of wine or beer. You and your sweetheart can dance the night away or step outside to enjoy the best views of the breathtaking San Francisco city skyline. Delight in the entire experience of this romantic dinner excursion for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Get lost in each other’s eyes as you indulge in Aphordite's Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise, a gourmet four-course seated dinner at an intimate table for two and access to your favorite cocktails at the premium bar.
Giants Enterprises' Diamond Seas and Yacht Lady
Cruise the San Francisco Bay aboard the intimate Diamond Seas or Yacht Lady, private luxury yachts that can host a romantic dinner for two or a party of 12 for a memorable Valentine's Day experience. Both stunning and sophisticated, these yachts are fully equipped with dining and lounging salons, an Executive Chef, spacious exterior decks and exceptional VIP service.
Valentine’s Day Sunset Sail
Step aboard the schooner Freda B in downtown Sausalito for a Valentine's Day Sunset Sail. Enjoy a beautiful evening sail on the San Francisco Bay with your special someone! Cozy up under a blanket as you take in the Bay's iconic sights—the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the sparkling San Francisco skyline—all while sipping on a hot drink from the cash bar.
Take a Stroll on Lover’s Lane
Take your date off the beaten path and hike through San Francisco’s historic Presidio. Open spaces, trails and inspiring vistas provide plenty of opportunity to be alone with your loved one while enjoying the quiet beauty that can only be found at the Presidio. Steal a kiss on Lover’s Lane and experience the sunset from Baker Beach. Guided tours are available through Urban Hiker SF, or explore on your own.
Picnic in Golden Gate Park
For the budget-minded, bring a picnic lunch, rent a boat and go for a romantic ride around the beautiful, 12-acre Stow Lake. Also in Golden Gate Park, share the love by making a handmade, pressed flower card at the Conservatory of Flowers and watch as the penguins build their nests out of heart-shaped valentines at the California Academy of Sciences.
Off the Grid Food Trucks
If you're not a fan of fancy five star dinners, you're still in luck. Taste your way through a variety of food trucks that pride themselves on quality, sustainability and flavorful food. They offer bites from different parts of the world, from deicious vietnamese banh mi sandwiches to persian kababs.
Golden Gate Bridge
Take a romantic stroll on San Francisco's most famous bridge. Or for more adventurous couples, rent a bicycle built for two with Blazing Saddles or Bay City Bike. Ride over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco to Sausalito and enjoy a quaint, waterfront lunch. Too tired to bike back? Take the ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco.
For a daytime date
Write a Love Note to a Penguin
Each year, visitors like you can write on a heart-shaped Valentine's note to a member of the African Penguin colony at the California Academy of Sciences. Academy biologists will distribute these hand-made Valentine's tokens of affection to the penguins, who will then use it as nesting material and as a way to build bonds between the other penguins. Spread the love on Feb. 12, 13, and 14, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Ferry Building Marketplace
Sample artisan cheeses, sip Blue Bottle Coffee and feast on Tomales Bay oysters. The Ferry Building Marketplace is the perfect day-date destination.
Bring your sweetie on Gourmet Walks’ Valentine's Cupcake & Chocolate Tour. This special tour will run only on Valentine's Day weekend, featuring three gourmet cupcake stops and five chocolate tasting stops. Generous tastings will leave couples on a romantic chocolate high.