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ECHO PARK — Good luck reserving a restaurant table for a Valentine’s Day dinner. But who says Valentine’s Day has to be celebrated at an expensive and crowded restaurant? Curbed L.A. has mapped 14 Great Places for Making Out (or just holding hands for the shy) that are either free or probably won’t be that crowded. Two of the spots happen to be in or near Echo Park:
Any of the benches that face the lake are ideal for making out. Something about the combination of water shooting into the air, ducks, and paddleboats is deeply romantic. Sure, there might be a lot of other people around at any given time of day or evening, but they’re all going to be too busy jogging to notice a little face-sucking.
The big wacky sculpture means you’re in the right place. Past it, there’s a big grassy area with picnic tables. The view from Angels Point is expansive and, aside from birthday parties, there’s not a ton of traffic here.
Any other suggestions? Walking across a footbridge over the L.A. River? A picnic in Ascot Hills Park?