That lady you've been crushing on is pretty special. Now you need to show her that you are, too.
From ziplines to kinky photography, here are our top 5 first dates in LA, all designed to showcase your particular brand of awesomeness.
5. Mr. Artistic: Helmut Newton at Annenberg Space for Photography
This show of large-scale photos by the late “King of Kink” is a sexy way to bond with your fashion-obsessed girlfriend-in-training. She gets to check out iconic fashion photos; you get to see fetish-y images of nearly nude supermodels. Everybody wins.
Free. Thru Sep 8. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (213-403-3000)
4. Mr. Adventurous: Ziplining in Wrightwood
The best zipline in Southern California, the Navitat Canopy Adventures Zipline Tour features eight ziplines up to 1,100 feet long and as high as 300 feet above the forest floor, four suspended sky bridges to bring out your inner Indiana Jones, and two rappels down pine trees. We'll leave the next move after that shared adrenaline high up to you.
$99-129. 6047 Park Drive, Wrightwood (760-249-9990)
3. Mr. Outdoorsy: Picnic and Hike at Franklin Canyon Park
Sometimes the best way to enjoy LA is to forget you’re in it. One of LA’s best-kept secrets, Franklin Canyon Park is hidden away near Mulholland and Laurel Canyon. You’ll be surrounded by the scent of pine trees, five miles of hiking trails with great natural views, a lake and a duck pond, and a distinctive sense of I can’t believe we’re in Beverly Hills.
2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills
2. Mr. Offbeat: Museum of Jurassic Technology
This museum of curiosities encourages you to question reality (did someone really carve a sculpture of Donald Duck from a human hair?) with the resulting confusion making for some surefire one-of-a-kind conversation fodder.
$8. 9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City (310-836-6131)
1. Mr. Fun: Blipsy Barcade
Date at a regular arcade: decidedly G-rated (except in Long Island). Date at this K-town arcade-meets-bar: at least PG-13. Bring rolls of quarters and challenge her to an array of old-school videogames from Galaga to Donkey Kong. It's science: relationships that start by bonding over the '80s stay together.
369 N. Western Ave., Koreatown (323-461-7067)