First Dates

Laser Tag at Frankie's Fun Park

  • About: How long have you been trying to talk to that girl or guy? Now that you've had your chance and it's time for the first date, make sure it's a date they'll remember! Forget the cliche dinner and a movie and take them to Frankie's Fun Park for a competitive game of laser tag! Now their paying attention! And the fun doesn't have to stop there, cap off the night with a romantic moonlit game of mini-golf or an exhilarating go-cart race. Now that's a date they'll remember! 803-791-2342,

Rent a Kayak or Canoe!

  • About: Ready to enjoy that beautiful Carolina sunshine with your sunshine? Rent a kayak or canoe and take your date on a fun outdoors adventure like no other! Whether it's a peaceful tour down a winding river or an adrenaline pumping ride, Get Your Gear On and Saluda Shoals Park offers amazing rental deals for both kayaks and canoes. For a more romantic time, Saluda Shoals Park offers peaceful 3-hour guided tours, giving you and your date a perfect time to enjoy each other and the peaceful beauty of the Saluda River! Contact Get Your Gear On at 803-799-0999 or and Saluda Shoals Park at 803-731-5208 or

Visit a Driving Range

  • About: Want to make the night a hit? You can, at one Columbia's many scenic driving ranges! Show off your golfing skills and allow your honey to join in the fun! The Caddy Shak (803-356-2239), Riverside Golf Course (803-750-1015) and the Golf Center (803-255-8920) offer premier driving ranges where a couple can go and hit a bucket of balls together. Relieve some stress and have some good 'ole fashion fun! These driving ranges will allow all golfers of any skill level the freedom to practice and improve.

Bake Cookies Together

  • About: Have a sweet tooth and an evening to spend together? Bake some cookies! Here's a simple, delicious and great way to get to know your date! Baking together makes for an inexpensive date and allows you to interact and work together, as well as eat something yummy! To simplify the process you could buy refrigerated cookie dough, bake, and decorate with icing and sprinkles. Or be more creative and make your own!

Go to Free Music Concert

  • About: Want to really impress that special someone on your first date without breaking the bank? The University of South Carolina School of Music offers countless free music concerts that make for a romantic and inexpensive evening and your date will be impressed! Just one of the premier concert series is the Southern Exposure New Music Series, which explores the rich variety of contemporary classical and world music as well as 20th century masterworks! Visit Southern Exposure for a full list of dates and times and check out the School of Music's calender events to plan a second date night!

Go to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden!

  • About: The first date is when you really begin to get to know him or her. What better way to do so then walking around one of the most beautiful and noted zoos on the East Coast? Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a fantastic place to get acquainted as you visit the African Plains, feed the friendly lories in the interactive lorikeet aviary, or mingle with marsupials at the Kangaroo Walkabout. Time for a second date? The Gardens at Riverbanks Zoo is an ideal place for a romantic walk. She'll love the Old Rose Garden and the sweet scents of romance that'll linger in the air. 803-779-8717

Great Dates


  • About: Now Introducing Sushi Classes for Couples! SakiTumi has been offering their sushi classes to large groups for over two years now, and they have been so popular that they've had a huge demand for smaller classes geared towards couples. SakiTumi has two different pricing options. All you have to do is choose a time!
    • Couples (two people):
    • Option 1: $65 each (includes food & class)
    • Option 2: $75 each (includes food, class and hot sake or wine with refills)
      Every Class Includes:
    • Edamame, miso soup and ginger salad
    • Information on rice cooking techniques
    • How to prepare your ingredients
    • Direct training with our executive chef
    • Make, cut and plate at least 2 of your own rolls
    • Information booklet that you may take with you
    • *Please note: class usually takes 1 to 1.5 hours

Shopping for the Whole Family

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be an exercise in frustration. Why not bundle up, grab your sweetie, and get to know each other a little better while strolling through Five Points, the Village at Sandhill, or any of Columbia's great malls. Whether you're just starting out or you can't remember being apart, choosing that just-perfect gift for his mother and your best friend will teach you something new about the one you love!

Dating ABC's

This date is simple, yet interesting, and can be done anywhere! It consists of 26 activities in one date. Why 26? One for each letter of the alphabet! Take turns choosing an activity for each letter. They don't have to be extravagant, just fun! Go see some 'A'rt at the Columbia Museum of Art, try a new 'B'eer at Liberty Tap Room & Grill, go 'C'anoeing on one of the rivers, 'D'ance under the stars in the park, 'E'at some chicken wings at WG's and so on! This is a great way to get to know one another and the area!

Date In the Sky

You might not think it, but the colder months are a great time for hot air balloon rides. It isn't too cold--the burner helps keep the basket and occupants warm, and the temperature only differs a degree or two from the ground! What a romantic way to spend an afternoon! Captain Telegram has been offering hot air balloon rides for 30 years! His motto is safety first, so if the conditions aren't right, there will be no flight. Call 803-256-3737 to schedule a ride today!

Wrestling on Wheels

Have you ever seen a roller derby bout? Then you should! Instead of standing in the same old bleachers, watching the same of plays, yelling about the same old calls, experience the bone-crushing, bodacious babes of Columbia's roller derby teams! The Columbia QuadSquad and the Richland County Regulators will provide an exciting date with the most fast-paced and hard-hitting sport ever to take place on eight wheels! Visit or for a schedule of bouts.

Let the Current Guide You

Tubing down the Saluda River is a very popular summer activity in Columbia. The Saluda River is located on a fall line and is a natural whitewater gem, right here in our backyard! Put on your bathing suit, head to Palmetto Outdoors, and rent tubes for the day! A typical tubing trip can take up to 4 hours, and there's nothing to do but enjoy the scenery and each other's company. $15 gets you a tube and shuttled back to Palmetto Outdoors. 803-360-4697

Drive-In Movie

If you've ever been to a drive-in movie, you surely know how much fun it is to go park and enjoy a movie in your own little private space. There aren't many drive-ins around these days, so you're lucky to be less than an hour from one! Just up the road from Columbia is ʺThe Big Moʺ, that will give you the authentic drive-in movie experience! Take I-20 West to exit 33 (SC Route 39), continue on SC Route 39 to Monetta, take a right on US 1. The drive-in is about a mile down US 1, on the right. Call 803-685-7949 for shows and times.

Blueberry Pickin'

Summertime brings great weather, great moods, and great blueberries! Blueberries are typically in season and ripe from July to early August. Grab your significant other, your favorite blueberry pie recipe, and head to Berry Hill Farm in Lexington (Bluefield Road). Call them at 803-957-4203 to make sure the blueberries are perfectly ripe before heading out there and for more information on their picking schedule.

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Yes, I mean that literally. Columbia is full of parks and green spaces for your kite-flying pleasure. Pick up a $10 kite from Target (or a less expensive one from the Dollar Store) and head out to Finlay Park. With the large field, busy playground, calming pond, and beautiful fountain, you'll fit right in! Use this experience to find out more about your date. Does he have a sense of humor? Does she have a short temper? Is he outrageous and competitive? Or does she just love having fun, no matter what you're doing? Finlay Park is located at 930 Laurel Street in downtown Columbia.

Get Off the Land and On the Water

The great thing about Columbia is the 41-mile long, 14-mile wide playground we call Lake Murray! Grab your bathing suit, towel, and snacks, and rent a jet ski for the day. Wet & Wild Rentals offers hourly, half day (4 hours), full day, and extended rentals of Yamahas and Kawasakis. They even offer waterproof lake maps so you won't get lost, unless that's part of your plan! 803-354-1581

I Got Your Back

Paintball probably wasn't your first idea for Date Night, but there are few better ways to learn about your significant other. Is she the girlfriend that snipes you no matter what team she's on? Is he supper-competitive and a poor loser? At one of Triggertyme's five woodsball fields, you'll find out. After all, what says romance like fresh air, teamwork, flanking maneuvers, and sneaking through rolling midland hills? For more information, call 803-786-4539.

A Cinderella Story

Whether you consider yourself a romantic or not, this date will certainly make you seem like one! Carriage rides are a great way to cuddle together on a chilly night, listen to the cloppity-clop of horse's hooves, and see downtown Columbia from an entirely new perspective. Columbia Carriage Works can arrange a number of different horse-drawn carriage tours throughout the downtown area! Call 803-227-3833 to schedule a carriage ride today!

Outdoor Fun

Saluda Shoals Park

  • About: Sometimes, that trendy cafe is just too loud, and holding hands through the mall is great, but the onlookers take the intimate out of your big date. Saluda Shoals Park is a beautiful environmentally friendly park that boasts a number of picnic shelters perfect for quiet outdoor lunch. There are paved and unpaved paths perfect for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding! If a day on the water is what you and your sweetheart want, Saluda Shoals offers a boat ramp and canoe/kayak launch. This is the perfect place to be with your special someone and enjoy some peaceful, uninterrupted conversation. For directions and seasonal hours of operation, check out or call 803-731-5208

Harbison State Forest

  • About: Harbison State Forest is one of the area's best ways to get away from the craziness of life, with several picnic shelters, 18 miles of trails designed for walking, jogging, hiking and bicycling , and a canoe landing with public access to the Broad River for canoes and kayaks. For only a $5/day or $25/year parking permit, Harbison State Forest is just waiting to help you reconnect and relax together--so get out and take a run, dust off your bike, or paddle through the Broad River with your sweetheart! 803-896-8890

Dreher Island State Park

  • About: There's so much you can do at this wonderful State Park located on the scenic shores of Lake Murray. Enjoy fishing for bass, take a leisurely boat ride or pack a picnic and enjoy the fresh air under one of the 13 shelters! 803-364-4152

Sesquicentennial State Park

  • About: Situated in the middle of the Sandhills region, Sesqui features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas, making it yet another beautiful place to walk hand-in-hand with your significant other. Sesqui also offers a dog park so you and your sweetie can take your four-legged friends with you on your romantic outing! 803-788-2706

Congaree National Park

  • About: Activities at Congaree National Park include hiking, bird watching, picnicking, canoeing & kayaking, as well as ranger-guided walks and canoe tours. Take a jog around the 2.5 mile boardwalk loop with your significant other or walk leisurely to enjoy the gorgeous scenery even more. Limited primitive and back-country camping is also available for super outdoorsy couples! 803-776-4396,

Columbia Riverfront Park & Historic Canal

  • About: This 167-acre park features a jogging and walking trail, as well as picnic tables and benches. You can learn about the history of the Columbia canal while walking through one of the old pump houses at the park or enjoy running, bicycling, and fishing activities together! 803-545-3100, SCGreatOutdoors

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

  • About: You guys might consider taking part in the numerous classes and recreational activities available at City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation Community Centers. There’s something for all ages and abilities available at a neighborhood center near you. And if your interests range more toward unstructured recreation, your local parks will be filled with people enjoying the weather and time spent together. This is one of the best times of the year to be outside, whether you are throwing the football, training for a marathon, bird watching or simply enjoying a park bench.

Romantic Walks

Saluda Shoals Park

  • About: Saluda Shoals Park is a premier, environmentally sensitive riverfront park that invites couples to experience the treasures of the Saluda River through a romantic walk on one of their many paved or unpaved trails! Perfect for a quiet evening stroll after dinner! 803-731-5208,

Congaree National Park

  • About: Restaurants are nice and gifts have always been a crowd-pleaser. But, when you just want to keep it simple and honest, nothing matches a sunset enjoyed together after an active day. Congaree National Park is a great way to enjoy some fresh air and experience a leisurely walk around the boardwalk loop hand-in-hand. Best thing about Congaree National Park? Everything is free! CongareeNationalPark

Gardens at the Riverbanks Zoo

  • About: The Gardens at the Riverbanks Zoo provides 70 acres of unparalleled beauty! Enjoy formal gardens where something blooms each day of the year, or enjoy a riverside woodlands walk, hand-in-hand. Natural river views and valley overlooks along the Garden's Woodlands Walk and River Trail add to a scenic path to historic ruins from the 1800s, the site of South Carolina's first water-powered textile mill. A river overlook is at the bottom of the paved hillside path, where rapids and very wild river scenery can be appreciated! 803-779-8717

USC's Horseshoe

  • About: USC's Horseshoe is the ideal place for an afternoon picnic with the one you love! Enjoy the tranquil scenery as you walk hand-in-hand, discovering the unique architecture of historic buildings and museums. Serene surroundings capture you and your sweetheart's breath as you take in lovely gardens and paved walkways.

Harbison Lake

  • About: Harbison Lake takes you through well shaded trails, passing by backyards of homes, encircling two small lakes, and passing through a wilderness wildlife habitat. A variety of birds and animals live in this area, especially near the lakes where you will see large numbers of ducks and geese. 803-781-2281, Harbison Neighborhood

Columbia Riverfront Park & Historic Canal

  • About: The Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal is wonderful place to get in a quiet walk, enjoy a picnic together, and just spend some time appreciating one another! 803-545-3100, SC Great Outdoors

Cayce Riverwalk

  • About: The Cayce Riverwalk follows the Congaree River and is ideal for walking, bicycling, or just gazing at the natural beauty. Its bridges, boardwalks, overlooks, and lighted central path will accommodate all levels of physical access. You and your sweetheart can stop at the historical markers that have been placed throughout the park to gain knowledge of the beautiful place you are sharing with one another. Rekindle your love with a romantic walk through Cayce Riverwalk! Hold each other and gaze out at the beauty of the river. Cayce Riverwalk

West Columbia Riverwalk

  • About: In addition to its lighted paths which follow the river and make for a beautiful scenic walk, this section of the Three Rivers Greenway also features several picnic tables ideal for a romantic lunch. For a low-key evening, enjoy a picnic under the stars and a bottle of wine together. Finish the evening with a stroll down the West Columbia Riverwalk as the sun sets. West Columbia Riverwalk also features an amphitheater for concerts and events, making your evening out that much more exciting. Check out their website at River Alliance for a full list of events.

Granby Park

  • About: Granby Park boasts 24 scenic acres conveniently located at the end of Catawba Street off Huger Street and provides you and your date wonderful views of the river. Bridges, boardwalks, overlooks, and a half mile of lighted central paths set the stage for the perfect romantic evening together. SC Great Outdoors

Finlay Park

  • About: Grab your honey and enjoy Finlay Park's manmade waterfall and stream, cascading down the landscaped terraces, and ending in the park lake. Visitors can view the entire park from porch-type swings located at the top of the park. Finlay Park also features walking paths and a large expanses of lawn for spreading blankets and enjoying a picnic. Concerts, festivals and other events are often held here, call 803- 545-3100 for more information or visit Discover South Carolina

The Three Rivers Greenway

  • About: The Three Rivers Greenway in Columbia provides couples with a network of trails and parks centered around the rivers that flow through our capital city, all of which make great places to go on a date! From forested trails to scenic river overlooks, the Greenway is a wonderful place to relax after work or enjoy on the weekends. You can even catch a play or listen to live music at the outdoor amphitheater just off the Gervais Street bridge on the West Columbia side of the Congaree River.

Memorial Park

  • About: Memorial Park is a great place to take some time to relax and take a stroll. The serenity and respect of the visitors creates a very peaceful place to reflect. Memorial Park is dedicated to the memory of those who have fought and died in service of their country. Winding paths, benches, and flowering bushes are featured at this beautiful 7-acre park. You and your date are sure to enjoy this romantic walk together! Columbia South Carolina Parks City

Romantic Things to Do

South Carolina State Farmer's Market

  • About: Shop for local produce, baked goods and gardening supplies. Or try Judy's at the Market, where you'll experience Southern cuisine at its finest. Come in and select some of your favorite southern dishes or try one of their daily specials from something truly unique. 803-737-4664. SC State Farmer's Market

Frankie's Fun Park

  • About: Frankie's Fun Park is a great way to hang out with your sweetie, eat some pizza, and play some games. With 3 go-cart tracks, 3 different mini-golf courses, laser tag, batting cages, a rock climbing wall, and more than 100 games in their state-of-the-art arcade, everyone can hang out. After all, nothing spells romance like fun, games, and laughter! 803-791-2342,

Southern Pottery Workcenter and Gallery

  • About: Southern Pottery Work Center and Gallery offers classes in handbuilding and wheelthrowing throughout the year. These are a wonderful opportunity to shake things up and get creative. For an updated schedule, check out the website or call 803-251-3001!

The Visual Arts Center

  • About: The Visual Art Center has everything from classes and shows to specials events! Make it a creative evening out! Visit the Columbia Parks and Recreation's website for a full list of events. 803-545-3100

Vista Ballroom

  • About: The Vista Ballroom offers an open floor night every Friday night (unless otherwise noted) for two hours. Instructors are available to answer any questions and help perfect your dancing. Also offered are Ballroom, Shag, Salsa, Swing, Argentine Tango, Adult Ballet, HipHop and Jazz Classes. 803-546-3705

Three Fountains Recreation

  • About: Let the good times roll! Three Fountains Recreation offers late night skating, video games, miniature golf and other fun things to do. 803-359-1123

Workshop Theatre

  • About: Make a night of it! Enjoy dinner at a fabulous nearby restaurant and after enjoy a show at the ever-talented Workshop Theatre. If one night out isn't enough, plan a stay at one of Columbia's wonderful hotels, nestled in the heart of downtown. Call 803-799-6551, or visit to see a full list of showtimes!

Enjoy Music Together!

  • About: In the South, nothin' says love quite like the thrum of bluegrass. Twang out your feelings during Friday night Jam Sessions at Bill's Music Shop and Pickin' Parlor. 803-796-6477

Lend a Helping Hand

  • About: Nothing communicates devotion like shared passions. Channel your love into service for others and volunteer together! Get involved with Sustainable Carolina, United Way of the Midlands, or join the Light Brigade. You’ll spend time with each other, but you’ll also make a difference and help others! Light the Way Columbia

South Carolina State House

  • About: Who says life's not like the movies? Recreate Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard's iconic kiss in the rain on the grounds of the beautiful State house! And while you're there take a tour of the scenic grounds or even go inside the State House and learn something together! SC State House

Columbia City Ballet

  • About: Begin the month of love with the classic fairy tale, ʺSnow Whiteʺ, presented February 1-2 by the Columbia City Ballet. Columbia City Ballet is Columbia's premiere professional dance company and with countless exciting ballets performed almost year round, you and your significant other can experience fun performing arts! Call 803-799-7605 for more information.

Go Camping!

  • About: Not up for elaborate, ritualized love? Stop by the Backpacker and pick up all the supplies you’ll need for dinner and dancing--under the stars! Roughing it doesn't have to be all that rough with sleeping bags, tents, and the right cookware! 803-799-7571, Backpacker Quality Gear

Columbia Museum of Art

  • About: Enjoy Columbia’s rich cultural scene together and view Masterpieces of the Hudson River School Painters at Columbia Museum of Art. Call 803-799-2810 for more information or visit their website at Columbia Museum

Dinner for Two

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

  • About: If you and your sweetie love seared-to-perfection beef, Ruth's Chris offers a memorable dining experience that says, ʺspecialʺ in a big way. Call early to make your reservations for a very special Valentine's Day or even just an all-out date night at 803-216-6666, or visit their website at Ruth's Chris

Liberty Tap Room & Grill

  • About: With cozy booths in their dining room on Gervais Street, Liberty offers couples an intimate dining experience with fabulous food. From lowcountry dishes like She-Crab Soup and Shrimp & Grits, to fresh fish prepared to your liking, and sizzling steaks, Liberty will make you and your honey happy, indeed! Especially if you order the Bananas Foster Cheesecake-Unbelievable! 803-461-4677,

Pearlz Oyster Bar

  • About: Pearlz Oyster Bar is a recent addition to the Vista, but is already a local favorite. With great dishes like Baked Oysters Rockefeller, a daily selection of fresh catch, and Mussels Fettuccine, a better way to relax and enjoy a night out with your sweetheart is hard to find. Live music, great drinks, and an amazing staff are sure to please your valentine! 803-661-7741, Pearlz Oyster Bar


  • About: Greater Columbia's most authentic Japanese sushi bar and restaurant allows sushi lovers to indulge their culinary desires. Start with a bowl of Edamame, a Rainbow Roll, and toast your love with Sake or Plum Wine. Inakaya boasts an intimate atmosphere with soft-spoken waitstaff. With 2 locations in the Greater Columbia area, one on St. Andrew's Road (803-731-2538) and the other off Oneil Court near Two Notch (803- 699-2626), it's a great place to take your special someone!

Mr. Friendly's, Solstice Kitchen, and Cellar on Greene

  • About: Ricky Mollohan always makes sure Valentine's Day at his establishments is an unparalleled pleasure. Whether you choose Solstice Kitchen in Northeast Columbia (803-788-6966), Mr. Friendly's downtown (803-254-7828), or Cellar on Greene downtown (803-343-3303), their Valentine's Special and excellent wine pairings will delight and woo your sweetheart and guarantee one of the most romantic evenings of your lives together.

Spirit of Lake Murray

  • About: Call 803-730-3044 or visit Lake Murray Cruises! Admission varies
    Climb aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray and celebrate—well, anything! Each season, the spectacular Spirit crew put on a number of public cruises for all to attend! Look out for these seasonal cruises and details on their website! The Fall Fever cruise celebrates the beautiful colors of the changing season. Celebrate this season’s special holidays and events on the Labor Day, Halloween, Veteran’s Day, and Christmas Light cruises! The Spirit is also a wonderful venue for unforgettable private functions. Contact Ken and crew for a truly one of a kind event!

Sato Japanese Steakhouse

  • About: Sato Japanese Steakhouse offers the Japanese version of a dinner show with the best hibachi chefs in town! You and your date are sure to be both entertained and pleased as you watch your dinner being prepared on a sizzling Teppanyaki table and taste true authentic Japanese food! Sato also offers fresh and delicious sushi that can accompany your meal and is sure to please any palate! With a laid-back atmosphere, Sato is perfect for a casual dinner date! 803-782-1064, Sata Steakhouse


  • About: 807 Gervais Street · 803-931-0700
    SakiTumi is one of the only restaurants in the area that receives fresh fish almost every single day of the week. Go in and try their fresh, #1 bluefin tuna, delivered daily. Visit them today and ask your server for a small sample of their fresh tuna.

Tasty Treats


  • About: The best place for after dinner drinks and dessert with your love! A modern setting and cozy seating provide the perfect atmosphere to try delicious cakes, pies and "adult" spiked milkshakes with your sweetheart. Faves include: the Toll House pie, with warm, gooey chocolate-chip cookie goodness in a flaky pie shell, red velvet cake, bourbon pecan pie and bananas foster. Kaminsky's is also one of the only area spots to serve wine on tap. 803-550-9979,

Cold Weather Date Ideas

  • Winter can be stressful and depressing for a lot of people, if you feel you and your partner are in a slump, make an appointment at OCCO Skin Spa, PYNK Butterfly Salon and Spa, or Wisteria Aveda Salon Spa. Get warm and cozy while letting the stress ooze from your body one hot rock at a time.
    Final Door

    Looking for something different to do with friends, dates, family, or co-workers, or would you like a bonding experience with the kids that requires thought and gets them off of their phones? Why not get captured by a cult, locked in a dark cellar, avoid a flesh-eating zombie or outrun a bunch of pirates? Columbia's ultimate escape room game, The Final Door, is the most challenging fun you'll ever have in 60 minutes! You will have to work with your group of kids, adults or both to solve puzzles, find clues, and ultimately escape one of the rooms. There are rooms for all ages - some scary and some family-friendly. Because of the subject matter of some rooms and the challenging nature of the game, all of them have age restrictions and may require parental consent. One TripAdvisor commenter noted, “The kids became engaged in the story line almost immediately. They were completely focused on finding and solving the clues and worked both as a team and also as individuals when the game required it. I took more of a overseer role at first but the fun was infectious and pretty soon I too was completely focused on finding and solving each clue with my team”! For adults, this unique alternative to bars is the only escape room in the area that offers beer and wine! Enjoy drinks at the cozy lounge before and after your game, and find them throughout your adventure! At The Final Door, safety is the number one priority, and every room is equipped with an emergency exit, emergency lights and more. A staff member monitors what is happening in the rooms at all times and will always be there to let you out should you wish to leave. Most rooms are designed for 2-8 people, with one four-person room - perfect for a double date - and group discounts for groups of 20+ people.
    Address: 930 Knox Abbott Drive, Columbia, SC 29033
    Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am - 8:30pm | Fri-Sat: Later bookings available | Reserve time in advance
    Phone: (803) 602-2433

  • Restaurant-hop around-the-world  with a Columbia international food tour! Start with sushi apps at Inakaya

  •  Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse for entrees and fab salad bar; Villa Tronco for Carmella’s Italian cheesecake!

  • If it’s too cold to be outdoors, create a simulated park indoors and enjoy a romantic picnic! Push the furniture in the living room to the wall and lay down a blanket, place indoor plants nearby, bring out the packed picnic basket of summertime treats and don’t forget the bubbly or lemonade...

  • Tap into your creative side by taking a ceramics class together. Redbird on Rosewood offers classes on the weekends!

  • Create an indulgent DIY spa night at home! Pamper each other with scented lotions and treatments for hands and feet, light candles, turn down the lights, turn on ethereal music and enjoy  a romantic night!

  • Looking for a unique and memorable date?  Head to a karaoke bar--we recommend Tsubaki--and sing your heart out on some cheesy ballad you’ve dedicated to your beau.

  • Another great way to have some fun with your sweetheart is to take a beer crafting class from a local brewery. Head over to Keg Cowboy in Lexington and get started on making your own homebrew--classes ongoing.

  • If you want to see a movie, why not kick it up a notch and head out to the IMAX theatre in the Village at Sandhill? Bonus points for seeing a scary movie in IMAX so you and your sweetie can squeeze together when the horror happens.

  • For couples who have been together forever and want something different from the usual dinner routine, invite over another couple. Have them bring the appetizer and you and your special someone make a great dinner to share.

  • If the weather doesn’t permit for outdoor trips, head to a local bookstore--The Book Dispensary, Barnes & Noble in Richland Mall, and S.C. Bookstore are good starts--and start flipping through the travel section. Grab some books to help you plan now for your ideal vacation in the summer months!