Seal it With a Kiss: 17 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 art lovers
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Take a special, docent-led Love Tour at SFMOMA to see works by Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Joaquin Torres-Garcia. SFMOMA is offering an early spring special of half-priced general admission from Feb. 4 through March 5, 2018 a deal that’s perfect for couples.
Still at Risk
Open your mind to a new kind of love story this Valentine's Day. Kevin is a surviving activist from the AIDS crisis who is fighting against the currents of gay rights and modern day politics. See how Kevin renews his passion to find a greater purpose at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, through Feb. 25, 2018
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."
For the adventure-seekers
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.
Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics at The Conservatory of 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.
Love Games Valentine’s Arcade Party at Emporium SF
Whether you’re single or taken this Valentine’s Day, join Anchor Brewing Co. and Emporium SF for a fun night of pinball, pool, and old-school arcade games. Dance the night away with beers and beats!
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 Amore Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise
Love is on the water this Valentine’s Day. Set sail for a special Hornblower Valentine’s 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.
Hornblower’s Aphrodite's Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise
Go overboard this Valentine’s Day and embark on an opulent evening cruise of romantic bliss. Get lost in each other’s eyes as you indulge in a gourmet four-course seated dinner at an intimate table for two. Enjoy your favorite cocktails at the premium bar and hit the dance floor. Share a kiss under the twinkling stars and watch the city lights disappear behind you.
Valentine’s Bay Lights Sail
Board the schooner Freda B for The Bay Lights Sail. This is a perfect way to extend date night. After you take your special someone to an early dinner in one of the great restaurants in Sausalito, take a special twilight sail around the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy the epic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, San Francisco's skyline and Angel Island as they sparkle at night. Cruise departs from Sausalito.
For a daytime date
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.
SF Beer Week
Are you and your other half beer fanatics? Well, you’re in luck this Valentine’s Day. Join the hundreds of brewers during San Francisco’s 10th Annual Beer Week (through Feb. 18). From Dim Sum Beer Brunch to Yoga and Beer, there’s something for everyone!
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.
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.