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Best Budget-Friendly Romantic Getaways in the Bay Area

Sometimes you don’t need to spend a large amount of money to give your loved one the best romantic date. You don’t need to burn all your money because here is a list of the best hidden gem romantic date ideas that you can try.

Golden Gate Bridge Stroll

Probably San Francisco's most notable and iconic landmarks is the Golden Gate Bridge. You can take your loved one on a 1.7 mile trek and witness the incredible views that include the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco's skyline and Alcatraz Island. This would be the perfect time to talk, enjoy the fresh air and take selfies. The bridge is open during daylight hours to pedestrians, wheelchairs and bicyclists. The best thing about this is that it is free.

Cliff House

If you are looking for a budget-friendly brunch or dinner date for you and your special someone with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, then Cliff House is the place to be. You can watch the waves crash against the rocks and seals playing in the water as you enjoy a nice delicious meal with that special someone.

You can go for the Wednesday Night Prix Fixe at the Bistro with three courses for $35 from 4:30 – 9:30 pm. If you love some music while you eat, you can go for the Friday Night Jazzin at the Balcony Lounge from 7 pm to 11 pm. After the meal, you and your partner can hike the Lands End trails or take a stroll along Ocean Beach. You can also explore the famous Sutro Bath ruins or visit the historic Sutro Heights Park where Adolph Sutro once lived. Another place to visit is the Camera Obscura where ancient technology gives you a close-up view of Seal Rocks. Afterwards, you can visit their gift shop where you can buy a souvenir like historic memorabilia, unusual gifts, and travel books as a keepsake for the wonderful memories you have made.

Conservatory Of Flowers

Looking for a date that would make you and your loved one with nature? The Conservatory of Flowers is the best place to visit. The building itself is enough to pull you inside. The glass and wood Victorian structure was built in 1878 and it is home to exotic wildlife that were nurtured within a protective environment that allows the general public to enjoy, admire and appreciate this rare treat of nature.

The Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden showcases unique and incredible tropical plant collection through the eyes of craft brewers. Some of San Francisco’s finest craft brew masters will set up on third Friday of the month and tell amazing stories of botanical brewing and give you a taste of their delicious elixirs. Murder at the Conservatory is a unique event that lets you travel back in time into a chilling 19th-century murder mystery in the backdrop of nature.This experience is self guided where you are free to explore the Conservatory and work out the mystery at your own pace while enjoying a complimentary drink and pastries. Photosynthesis: Love For All Seasons is a lights show best viewed outside the building. The show projects artistic illuminations on the Conservatory’s iconic façade with fall, winter and spring scenes. The Conservatory Of Flowers is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm and will cost you $9.00 per adult and only $6.00 per adult if you are a San Francisco resident with an ID.

City Lights Books

If you and your partner are lovers of poetry and literature, then you can indulge yourselves on a romantic date at the City Lights Books. This was opened in 1956 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and it is home to several books from a vast variety of topics like art, history, travel, fiction, film, poetry, psychology, theater, politics and more. You can walk through the bookstore and be surrounded in the comfort of books as you find one that speaks to you. You and your partner can also enjoy live reading sessions by new and up-and-coming authors from all over the world. Your literary-minded companion will appreciate an evening immersed in the written and spoken word for free.

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