Coolest Date Ever: a Gondola Ride in San Diego

If you live in, or are visiting San Diego, and “ride in a gondola” is not on your bucket list, then consider this a nudge to go and put it on your to-do list now.

Like, right now.

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Special thanks to The Gondola Company for offering a date-night gondola ride for this post.

Fun fact: we lived about an hour from Venice for two years, and despite traveling to the iconic city multiple times, we somehow never ventured on an infamous gondola ride.

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Crazy, right?

That’d be like visiting Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower, not eating a gyro in Greece, or hopping over to Hawaii and not experiencing a luau.

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There are certain things you just have to do…or you may regret it later.

And regret it I did.

But then I heard through the grapevine that there’s a hidden gem in San Diego: gondolas that take you through Coronado Cays—the canals around Coronado Island—and I was instantly excited to experience a gondola ride.

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Coolest Hidden Gem in San Diego

So instead of doing a typical “dinner and a movie” routine, we threw caution to the wind and jumped in our Gondola. (More like “stepped into the gondola gracefully). The Gondola Company completely delivered with one of the coolest dates ever.

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Taking a gondola ride with The Gondola Company’ was seriously a highlight of our date nights so far.

It was like a mini vacation within a bustling city. We had time to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

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Plus, the gondolas are authentic, Venetian, and straight out of Italy; so it was basically perfect.

The Coolest Way to See Coronado

Our gondolier, “Giovanni,” totally eased any fears I had about getting in the gondola. The water looked choppy since it was breezy out that night, so I was a little nervous when we got in.

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Giovanni explained how the gondola worked, and expressed that it would be smooth sailing. Turns out he was totally right. Once we were in their super comfy seats I didn’t have a care in the world.

Seriously, it was fantastic.

There was some light Italian music playing in the background, and that, combined with the wine, snacks, views, weather, and lack of kids around, made it heavenly.

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Don’t Forget the Snacks!

We poured ourselves some chilled wine (they had some tasty varieties starting at $15, and they put it over chilled ice for us), and you can have snacks, too!

I brought some grown up lunchables (aka smocked bacon cheddar cheese, and summer sausage), and it was the PERFECT finger food snack for our outing.

If you’re looking for something a little more romantic, they also have the option of chocolate covered strawberries waiting there for your gondola ride.

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Amazing Special Happening Now

From now until the end of May (2019), The Gondola Company is running a jaw dropping special: if you’re a teacher, first responder, or active duty military or a vet (you must present proof), you can reserve a gondola ride for up to 4 people for only $59!

That’s a $135 value, and you better believe it’s cheaper than dinner and a movie these days!

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If you’ve been looking for something fun or unique to do…or if you just want to get out of your normal routine, find a date that works for you and book a gondola ride.

You won’t regret it!

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Is a Gondola Rid in your future?

Have you ever experienced a gondola ride? Where were you, and what was it like? Or, is this on your bucket list now?

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One Comment

  1. Hey, Jess! What a great blog post! I’ve taken a gondola ride with my husband once did his birthday. It’s been a while. I’m so glad this place is still around. It truly is a hidden gem. I’m happy you were able to cross this off your bucket list!

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