Looking for places to take that special someone? Whether it's your first date or your hundredth, you’ll find plenty of date ideas in Greater Palm Springs, where happily-ever-afters are as endless as our blue skies and romance fills the sun-kissed air.

From breathtaking views to heart-thumping bike rides to adventures high above the clouds to cozy nights in the comfort of your home, this couples’ oasis will have you and your beau feeling more connected than ever. 

Prior to traveling, you'll want to call ahead to ensure the businesses you are planning to visit are open with regular hours, as well as view our blog on traveling safely, which includes wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. We are committed to doing our part to keep you safe. You can read more about our Safer Together Greater Together destination pledge at gpsPLEDGE.com

1. Dine Al Fresco

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Dine under swaying palms with your significant other for the ultimate date night. From classic American dining to tasty cuisine from around the world, our culinary oasis has something for every appetite. Dig into delicious food while admiring the breathtaking mountain views of Greater Palm Springs. Take a look at this list of restaurants offering premium patio dining, perfect for your next date.

You can also bring delicious dining to your home with these extraordinary take out and delivery options. 

2. Split a Date Shake

Enjoy a taste of nostalgia with a date shake at the famous Shields Date Garden in Indio—the perfect outing for anyone looking to satisfy their sweet tooth. Not only is it a staple for locally grown dates but it’s also a romantic spot for strolling thanks to acres of towering palm trees and lush, garden landscape. You'll both feel like you found your own mini oasis while indulging in one of their iconic treats.  

3. Catch a Flick at the Drive-In


Pick up dinner or grab some snacks and plan the ultimate movie date night at any of these old school drive-in theaters across Greater Palm Springs. From classic films to nostalgic comedies and new releases, these drive-ins have something for every moviegoer. Be sure to reserve your spot online before attending a movie. Enjoy the show!

4. Let Love Take Flight in a Hot Air Balloon

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Soar to new heights with your special person by taking a ride on a hot air balloon, one of the most unique ways to enjoy the awe-inspiring views of this Southern California oasis. A few companies in Greater Palm Springs that will take you up, up and away include Magical Adventure Balloon RidesFantasy Balloon Flights and Balloons Above.

5. Get Wild at The Living Desert

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Love animals and spending time outdoors with your boo? The Living Desert is a perfect day date for couples who like to get up close and personal with wildlife! Wander hand in hand as you explore this 1,200-acre zoo, where you’ll encounter animals from deserts all over the world. Make it an even more unforgettable experience by feeding giraffes or walking among wallabies. 

6. Blaze a New Trail

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Hike through canyons, up sun-drenched mountains and across wide-open terrain on some of these top hiking experiences in Greater Palm Springs. If you and your sweetheart are looking for more simple strolls, these nine scenic and simple hikes have you covered. In search of challenging treks? Don't miss these 10 trails in Greater Palm Springs that will get you into shape.

7. Share a Smooch at These Romantic Spots

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Want to set the tone for a great first kiss? Drive up to Vista Point in Palm Desert, which overlooks the valley floor, and watch the sun set behind the mountains. Take your date to The Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage for a panoramic clifftop view that will surely impress. Or enjoy a romantic picnic by the pond at Palm Desert's Civic Center Park, where you can feed ducks and stroll through beautifully landscaped grounds. For more vistas, check out these five picks.

8. Explore Public Art

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Greater Palm Springs has no shortage of wonderful locations for casual visitors and art-connoisseurs alike to enjoy. Get your art action on with everything from incredible street murals in Coachella to astounding sculptures throughout our nine cities. Grab your date, snap and Instagram picture and learn more about local culture with this public art guide.

9. Toast to True Love with a Virtual Wine Tasting


Unleash your inner sommelier with this unique Virtual Wine Tasting hosted by La Quinta Cliffhouse Grill & Bar. Learn about the wines and their respective wineries, engage in a Q&A session with a wine expert, enjoy suggested pairings from the restaurant’s menu and more—all from the comfort of your home. Reservations are required, and wine can be picked up from La Quinta Cliffhouse on the day of the event.

10. Take a Thrilling Ride

Add some excitement to date night by joining Big Wheel Tours on one of their many bike excursions in Greater Palm Springs. guaranteed to create long-lasting memories. Whether you explore natural palm oases on a ride through the Indian Canyons or get your heart pumping with an adrenaline-inducing cycle through the mountains, you’re guaranteed to create long-lasting memories. 

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If adventure is something you have in common with your sweetheart then a Red Jeep Tour is a must! This fun, comfortable and safe ride will take you both on a journey to discover hidden gems in Greater Palm Springs. Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours offers tours to Joshua Tree National Park, Indian Canyons, Mecca Hills and the San Andreas fault, too. Make it a romantic date and ride off into the sunset together.

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