Alex Stowell here. Whether you want to celebrate your long term relationship, stoke your newly found love bird, or are just looking to, umm, “close the deal” shall we say, we want to help you get all you can out of V-day! So, we have put together a list of suggestions to consider. Free activities are always cool, working out with a date usually ends well, and everyone is down for food and drinks! There is a bit of each and more here for you to check out, and then make a great decision. . Spend the day at the beach with your loved one! Admission is free! This is the thing that makes Venice the most special place on earth. This three-mile beach is manicured daily and the lifeguards are on duty, so grab a towel and head down to the sand. Surf, swim, body board and splash around in the Pacific Ocean. Go for a deep sand run or power walk in ankle deep water. Sunbathe & relax. Keep an eye out for dolphins. Volleyball courts also available. You can rent surf, body and skim boards at Maui and Sons and Jay’s Rentals. Or, grab a Frisbee or a ball for some catch. Marvel at the planet’s largest ocean or meditate into your own universe, either way the beach has the perfect spot for everyone. Beach details here. . . Cruise the coast with your loved one! Ride the path all the way from Venice to Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Playa del Rey, Pacific Palisades or Palos Verdes! The bike path that runs along the sand in Venice is 22 miles long and extends from Palos Verdes through Pacific Palisades, with a brief in-land detour. Its smooth concrete surface is great for bicycles, roller skates and skateboards alike. However, pedestrians are not allowed, so, if you want to walk then you should do it on sand. There is no better way to take in the scenery of the area beaches than a casual ride up and down the coast. Check out Jay’s Rentals. Ask Jay’s about their all day $15 bike rental. Grab a coffee, a cookie, a sandwich, or smoothie, and walk the 1,300 foot Venice Pier! The Cow’s End Cafe has all of the above and is steps from the pier! The view from the pier is majestic! Surfers, swells, sea life, sunset, and ships! It is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy the fresh salt air while the cool ocean mist envelopes you and your date. Purrrrfect! / Get tickets to Pacific Resident Theatre! We suggest checking out Alright Then with Alley Mills and Orson Bean! ALRIGHT THEN is the story of how two people, who by all odds should not have wound up together, have “made it”. The play is told through humor, pathos and the occasional song … and is an unforgettable night of theatre. Please join us for the true story and magical journey of these incredible artists. Click here for more info! Check out Electric Lodge and Beyond Baroque for additional date night suggestions. visitveniceca.com/2015/06/15/theater/ .. . Cocktails and a 360 degree view of Los Angeles at High Rooftop Lounge! There is a full bar atop Hotel Erwin overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Venice! High is the premiere Venice Beach open-air rooftop lounge, where the nightly sunset is the main event. High Lounge is the best place to eat, drink, and be merry. Their menu offers locally-inspired fare and unpretentious, delicious mixed drinks to quench your thirst. highvenice.com. Photo from High . . . Read poetry with your loved one at Beyond Baroque’s Poetry Walls on the Venice Beach Boadwalk! The words of Jim Morrison of the Doors, Manazar Gamboa, Philomene Long, Exene Cervenka of the Punk Rock band X, actor Viggo Mortensen, and others are engraved in the concrete walls of the LAPD substation and three public restrooms exterior shower walls. , , Musically inclined? Hit up Venice Open Mic at Surfside! Show off your chops on center stage in front of your date! Why not?! You have been practicing, haven’t you? As well, you can buy a lobster roll! mmmmmmmm tasty! Details here! . . . Watch a Venice, California sunset! Perfect for dates! Admission is free. Some of our favorite viewing spots include: High Rooftop Lounge, The Beach, Venice Pier, Venice Bike Path, and The Sidewalk Cafe. View additional viewing locations here! / , Here is Venice Valentine gift suggestion. Get tickets to the March 4th Doors tribute by Peace Frog‘s Jim Morrison Venice Beach Rooftop Experience. Event to be held on the rooftop of the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel. Details here. .. , Like the Greenery? Want to enjoy nature’s gift with your loved one? Hit up Green Goddess Collective! Pick up some of nature’s wonder at the finest collective in Venice. They have a full line of indica, sativa and hybrids. As well, the edible section is outstanding! So, grab some chocolates from the GGC and chillax with your date in a state of bliss! Green Goddess Collective. Hours: 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. daily. 1716 Main St. Venice, CA 90291. . . Do you lift, brah? Does she squat? Well, hot damn! Hit up the weight pit at Muscle Beach, get a $10 day pass, and push some iron on V day. And, you are double lucky because Muscle Beach Juice Bar is right across the boardwalk with all you need for your pre and post training fuels! . Dude! Give her your sausage!!! Pick up a pack of gourmet sausage from Jody Maroni’s and have a BBQ! And since they now have Poke Poke on site as well, you can add some raw tuna to your sausage party! Woohoo! In this photo is King Jody, Ruler of the Sausage Kingdom since 1979. ,, HAVE A ROMANTIC DINNER AT ONE OF THESE AMAZING RESTAURANTS. Dine in Venice or Marina del Rey! James’ Beach! Enjoy a 21 Year Venice Tradition, Valentines Dinner at James’ Beach. Venice’s most romantic spot and you. Valentine’s specials and menu favorites, reserve now! Limited seating RSVP NOW! James’ Beach also offers gift cards! www.JamesBeach.com .. . Bring your love to the Canals. Canal Club valentines dinner. Reserve now. Sushi, wood grill and pacific rim cuisine. 2025 Pacific Ave. | canalclubvenice.com | 310.823.3878 .. . Barlo Kitchen and Cocktails: (Located in Hotel Erwin). Barlo serves up menus of ever-rotating “barn to belly” dishes and drinks with a focus on simplicity and fresh farmer’s market ingredients in a comfortable setting. And all of Barlo’s beer is from Ca. breweries! That means low food miles! Way to be green, Barlo! Open 7am daily. Dinner menu ‘til 11pm. 1697 Pacific Ave. | BarloVenice.com | 310.452.1111 l.. ___ , Hama Sushi: Venice’s original sushi since 1979. Have some sushi and sake with your honey. Dates that start with sushi and sake usually end well! 213 Windward Ave. (on the Windward Circle) | hamasushi.com | 310 396.8783 . . . Have a romantic stroll along Abbot Kinney Blvd, and have your Valentines’ Dinner at Salt Air! Salt Air is a seafood-centric beach bistro located on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California. saltairvenice.com . Click here for all fun things to do on Abbot Kinney Blvd. . . All signs lead to Sunny Spot: (Washington and Abbot Kinney Blvd) Inventive, colorful twists on some of your favorites, and an ever evolving menu, make this a foodie destination. It is always sunny at Sunny Spot! 822 Washington Blvd. Marina del Rey, CA 90292 sunnyspotvenice.com _____\__ . Gonna be in the Marina on V-day? Check out Tony P’s Dockside Grill! Voted by local newspapers and T.V. Stations! Tony P’s Dockside and Grill has the best steak, seafood, outside dining, beer selection, bar food, blood Mary! Westside #1 Sports Tavern and Happy Hour. One of top three fish and chips, American BBQ and martinis! Weekend Breakfast with Bottomless Mimosas at Tony P’s! Great patio with Marina view! HOURS: Every Sat. & Sun. 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Monday – Thursday – 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday – 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m.Happy Hour Mon-Thurs. 3-6 p.m. Fri.’til 7p.m. 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA – 90292. www.TonyPs.com . . . Does your Valentine like beer? Well, how lucky you are! People who like beer are rumored to be more likable, intelligent, kind, attractive, and richer! Or maybe not, but it sounds cool! How about taking that special someone to Simmzy’s?! Simmzy’s kicks ass! They have 26 local, always fresh taps, a super rad staff, and fantastic food. And as V-day is Wednesday, they have their legendary fish and chip on the menu! Rock! . Got Tequila?!! How about a 64 oz. margarita to share with your date? Cabo Cantina on Washington has you covered on this. There are only a few things that could go wrong here, and way more that could go right! LOOKING FOR LOVE? Adopt a pet! And when you do, but ’em lots of treats at Bruno’s! Check out NKLA, Found Animals Foundation,Adopt-a-Pet.com, Much Love Animal Rescue. In this photo: Venice’s Frankie . .. Grab a selfie under the Venice Valentine Sign, or gift the gift of Venice and a Adopt-a-Bulb! When Abbot Kinney officially introduced the world to Venice-of-America in 1905 he did it in style. Across Windward Avenue at Pacific (then Trolley Way), 3-foot high letters glowed to electric life and spelled out the place to be on that 4th of July – in VENICE. Historic Windward Avenue with its Italianate architecture and colonnade began life as the entrance to the wonderful amusement pier. Today it remains our gateway to the remarkable scene known throughout the world as Venice Beach. Click here for more info! This photo by Chamber President George Francisco. . – . . The Bootleg Bombshells FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY show on VALENTINES DAY. Join the Bootleg Bombshells on Valentine’s Day to celebrate our FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of weekly burlesque shows in Venice, CA! Details here. . Get your date tickets for the Feb. 17th Venice Art Crawl Fundraiser: Fall in Love With Art Again. A special Fundraiser Dinner. It will be a romantic night of love and art at a super secret special location with guest artists. Limited seating and attendance. Details here. . Take a ride on the Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel! Details here! . . Get a room, and end V day with a bang! Muahahahahhaahha! Enjoy a weekend or night at Venice Breeze Suites, Venice Beach Suites and Hotel, Hotel Erwin, or The Cadillac Hotel. Check out this list of awesome hotels! www.visitveniceca.com/local-business/accommodation .,– . . For all Venice Beach Fun, check out our sister site VisitVeniceCA.com .