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!
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!
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!
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 richlandcountyregulators.com or columbiaquadsquad.com for a schedule of bouts.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!