Stop Taking Your Date to In-N-Out

July 11, 2016

There, I said it. Matter of fact, tag Starbucks, Chipotle, and Olive Garden onto that forbidden-fruit list of restaurants, too! BOO YA.

Because if you and your partner have a “usual” at any of these places, the future isn’t looking so bright. So what should you do instead?

Read on, grasshopper. You will soon learn of 5 dinner date ideas that will keep your relationship fresh without breaking the bank.

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    Earn Your Wings (LA)

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    Have you always wanted to feel the thrill of free falling without having to... well, jump out of an airplane?! What if you could feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving MINUS your totally understandable fear of heights? Well, here's your chance! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates true free fall conditions. You'll float inside iFLY's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel -- with absolutely NOTHING attaching you to planet earth. And with the Earn Your Wings package, you'll get the ultimate beginner-level package for a great introduction to indoor skydiving: 2 unforgettable one-minute flights, plus hands-on assistance and a comprehensive training session from your personal flight instructor. You'll even get to take home a personalized flight certificate to show off to your friends. This is one indoor aerial experience you don't want to miss! Note: The total duration of the activity is 2 hours, which includes 1 hour of training. Includes use of all the flight gear. If you have had a prior shoulder dislocation, back, or neck problems or if you are pregnant, you should not fly. Those less than 6 feet tall must weigh less than 230 pounds, and those over 6 feet must weigh less than 250 pounds. Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Participants under 18 years must have parent or legal guardian present to sign Release of Liability.
    Earn Your Wings (LA)

    1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Universal City

    • Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane
    • Benefit from the ultimate beginner's package, with everything you need to have a great first flight
    • Feel safe and prepared with hands-on assistance from your personal flight instructor
    • Channel your inner super hero as you float in iFLY Los Angeles's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel
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    10 positive reviews
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    Group Stand Up Paddling Lesson

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    Learn to sail smoothly over the water on a stand up paddleboard! Under the guidance of your expert instructor, you'll learn techniques that will engage your core muscles, keep you balanced, and let you take your paddleboard anywhere. Not only is paddleboarding an exciting adventure, it's also an amazing workout. As you glide through the water, you'll be burning tons of calories and toning your muscles. From the calm, flat-water training ground of the marina to the riding waves in the bay, to venturing out into the open ocean, your stand up paddleboard adventures start with this lesson.
    Group Stand Up Paddling Lesson

    4175 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey

    • Experience the thrill of gliding through the water on a stand up paddleboard
    • Learn techniques that will engage your core muscles and keep you balanced and upright
    • Master skills that will let you paddle through waves on the bay or ocean
    • No experience necessary
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    10 positive reviews
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    Central Bank Room Escape

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    Here's the deal: you and your partner are a pair of expert thieves, known for having pulled numerous high-profile heists. Your next target? A stash of diamonds hidden in the general manager's office at Central Bank. In the dark cloak of the night, you managed to deactivate the alarm, sneak into the bank, and reach the office of the manager's assistant. The only problem is that time is of the essence! The alarm will sound off in exactly one hour. If you find the diamonds and escape in time, you'll be rich beyond your wildest dreams! If you fail, you'll end your career behind metal bars. The stakes are high -- what will you do?
    Central Bank Room Escape

    8255 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Steal a stash of diamonds from Central Bank and escape before the hour is up
    • Put your brains and wits to the test during this intense escape-the-room event
    • Work with your team to devise a foolproof plan
    • Feel the adrenaline rush through your veins as you and your friends work under the pressure of the clock
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    23 positive reviews
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    Double Jump Package

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    If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too? Well, maybe you should! Not too many people can say they've jumped off a bridge while connected to a giant rubber band. Cross that puppy off your bucket list, with this awesome Bungee Jump package from Bungee America. Then do it one more time. You may want to spend a few days warming up your lungs for this one, cause you're gonna wanna let wail your best scream during your free fall. 5....4....3....2....1.... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
    Double Jump Package

    San Gabriel Mountains, Azusa

    • Release your inner thrill seeker with this awesome bungee jump package
    • Leap off of a bridge of dizzying heights, and live to tell the tale
    • Feel the security that comes from working with experienced professionals who will teach you everything you need to know to be safe
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    24 positive reviews
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    Sunset Safari Kayak

    So you want to kayak, but you're a little wet behind the ears? LA River Kayak Safari has just the solution! On this evening run down the LA river, you'll learn how to champion small, Class II rapids, as well as lazy river sections. Your enthusiastic guides are swift-water trained and will teach you everything you need to know about paddling techniques in order to navigate the waterway. This route is a little longer and more challenging than the morning and midday runs, but it's nothing you can't handle! You'll pass through Elysian Valley (Frogtown) and see where an underground spring joins the LA River. Your trip will include a short bike ride, a whole bunch of river lore, and a downstream paddle that is thrilling, challenging, and full of resplendent wildlife. Make sure to keep an eye out for all the rare birds of Southern California. Go with the flow and reserve today!
    Sunset Safari Kayak

    2825 Benedict St, Los Angeles

    • Escape the city and enjoy an evening of kayaking down the LA river
    • Learn paddling skills and techniques from enthusiastic swift-water trained guides
    • Pass Elysian Valley and see where an underground spring joins the river
    • Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially rare birds of Southern California
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    Beginner Salsa

    Enjoy an insanely fun dancing experience that doubles as a heart-pumping cardio and muscle toning workout! During this class, you'll learn Salsa, a sensual fusion of Cuban body movements, LA style salsa, Mambo, and social transitions, as you practice basic steps and turns in a fun and no pressure environment. Even if you have two left feet, your friendly professional instructor will ensure you're up and moving by the end of the night. Most importantly, you'll have a blast as you build up your self-confidence and improve your ballroom repertoire. Arriba!
    Beginner Salsa

    11870 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Enjoy a fun and high energy workout as you discover the basics of salsa
    • Practice sensual dance moves under the guidance of a professional dancer
    • Get a killer cardio workout while having a blast and toning every muscle in your body
    • No experience necessary
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    Magicopolis: Magic Show

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    If the thought of a magic show has you cringing with memories of middle school birthday parties involving not quite disappearing rabbits and far too much colored cloth billowing from pockets, you've obviously never seen Magicopolis. This well-loved LA live theater event takes magic to the next level. You'll get almost 2 hours of humor, music and illusion combined with jaw dropping magic. You will also get a chance to be a part of the action with audience participation. Whether you're looking for a break from the bar scene or a new outing for the family, this is an experience not to be missed.
    Magicopolis: Magic Show

    1418 4th St, Santa Monica

    • Experience the excitement of live theater that blends magic, music, comedy, and illusion
    • Become a part of the action with audience participation
    • Awe in amazement as the impossible is performed before your eyes
    • Challenge your mind and lift your spirits with an evening of wonder
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    13 positive reviews
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    Assault Rifle - Handling, Tactical & Self Defense

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    Handling a gun is a huge responsibility. Are you up for learning how to be safe and mature with your firearms? The Colt Assault Rifle is the infantry rifle that all American military and Special Forces use. When you know how to shoot the AR fast and accurately, it is truly an awesome weapon. Whether you currently own an AR or are intent on buying one, this course will teach you how to set up and operate your weapon in a hostile environment. Your training will include basic operation of the M4 Weapon System, various weapon and sling configurations, advanced optics options, combat rifle fighting stances, after-action drills, high-speed engagements against single and multiple targets, and engaging multiple adversaries in move-and-shoot scenarios. Come to ADE to start your training today.
    Assault Rifle - Handling, Tactical & Self Defense

    12021 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Learn the fundamentals of shooting an Assault Rifle, the weapon of the American military and Special Forces
    • Pick up skills such as basic operation, fighting stances, and high-speed engagements
    • Practice shooting the AR fast and accurately
    • Understand how to set up and operate the weapon in a hostile environment
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    18 positive reviews
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    Catalina Happy Hour Tour

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    Wrap up your beach day with a bit of a buzz. You will weave your way through downtown Avalon, where you'll sample six specialty cocktails and shots on this fun-filled tour! Your tour includes some light appetizers, which will help to keep you steady on your feet. You'll discover the best watering holes to return to, sample creative concoctions that Catalina is known for, and receive the lowdown on nightlife in Avalon. Stops include Coyote Joe's, Luau Larry's, Maggie's Blue Rose, Bluewater Avalon, and the Marlin Club. With your enthusiastic guide and new drinking buddies, you'll feel like you're drinking with friends in your hometown bar.
    Catalina Happy Hour Tour

    Catalina Ave, Avalon

    • Enjoy a fascinating tour of the best bars and restaurants in Catalina
    • Sample 6 different creative cocktails and shots
    • Snack on light appetizers to help keep you going through the tour
    • Get the inside scoop on Catalina's nightlife scene
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    6 positive reviews
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    Virtual Reality Experience (Huntington Beach)

    Tired of everyday life? Even more tired of using HD movies and Pokemon Go as your means of escape? Mark Zuckerburg would be proud that you're looking elsewhere, especially if you're looking towards virtual reality. After all, it was he who once said, "Virtual reality is going to need 10 years to become a very mainstream big thing." So why not beat out the rest of the trendsetters and take part in a virtual reality game? At Virtual Reality Games, you'll have access to a wide variety of games, videos, existential experiences, and even social activities! You decide where you will go, what you will do, and what you will see. So, what'll it be?
    Virtual Reality Experience (Huntington Beach)

    6135 Pacific Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Experience an hour inside the game hailed as a revolution in the entertainment industry
    • Escape the real world and venture into your own reality
    • Choose your adventure from over 200 games, including action, shooting, escape room, adventure, and sports games!
    • Create unique, Instagram-worthy memories you will cherish for a lifetime
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