Looking for something different from the “dinner-and-a-movie” date? Break out of the norm with your special someone and enjoy the beautiful natural backdrop of one of Riverside County’s three watersheds. Here are five romantic excursions for your next date:
- Kayaking: Rent a double kayak from the Lake Perris Marina and take to the water with the one you love. Not only is it great exercise, the solitude on the open water adds a touch of romance. Visit http://www.californiasgreatestlakes.com/perris/perris_boating.html for prices and more information.
- Horseback Riding: Whether you have your own horse or opt for riding lessons, there are great locations for a romantic ride. Many of the County’s wildlife preserves have horseback riding trails and lessons available. Two to choose from: Western Trails (RideNorco.com) next to the Santa Rosa River or SunShine and DayDreams (https://www.sunshineanddaydream.com/) in the Hidden Valley Wildlife Preserve. Both will provide you with a fun and exciting outdoor excursion.
- Bike Riding: Bicycling is a great way to have fun while also keeping healthy and fit. Cycling is easy on the joints and gives you more time to explore Riverside County’s beautiful watersheds. Ride side-by-side with your date while you enjoy the lush natural environment. Both the Sycamore Wilderness Park in the Santa Ana River Watershed/in Riverside and the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail in Upland offer abundant bike-friendly trail systems.
- Hot Air Balloon: Surprise your significant other with a once-in-a-lifetime experience by taking them up in the sky in a hot air balloon. There is no better way to get a panoramic view of Temecula Valley’s stunning vineyards and scenic hillsides, and of course Vail lake.