Great Dates Columbia: 21 Ideas!

Liked our last 18 dates – here are 21 more date ideas!

Amore Under the Stars

Take your date to the SC State Museum on Thursday, Feb. 9th, for a creative and fun evening – a planetarium show just for you, a special tour through the museum’s galleries, a look through the telescope, live music, food, beer and wine!  Get tickets here.

Attend a beer & chocolate pairing!

Craft and Draft
located at 2706 Devine St. is being joined by Tina Miles, owner of Bruges Chocolaterie, on Monday, February 13th for a very special beer and chocolate pairing featuring Brewery 85 and Bruges Chocolaterie chocolates. Tina takes pride in hand-painting chocolates and filling them with fresh ganache and caramels (can you say delicious?), using the freshest, locally produced quality ingredients! They are perfect with great craft beers…  First come – first served!  Beers come on tap about 4pm and the chocolates arrive at 6pm – until they’re gone!

  • 864 Hefeweizen – Salted Caramel- It’s clean like the beer yet rich and loud like the description. Typically wheat beers carry a caramel tone and this will pair well with it.
  • Yeoman’s Brown Ale – Dark Chocolate/ Coffee- This will enhance the coffee tones of your beer
  • Howdy Dunkel German-style Dark Wheat Ale –  Almond Amoretto.  (Almonds and Bananas go great together, lovers!)
  • Runner Chocolate Stout & Rum Runner (Barrel-aged in rum barrels)  – White Chocolate Raspberry as suggested by you

Do you are your sweetie both enjoy attending foodie events together? Click here for more!



Have some fun at Frankie’s Fun Park!

Do you both crave action? The Dark Ride😄 is now at Frankie’s and awaits you and your date! The best interactive shoot-em-up ride you’ve experienced! Rich multi-sensory adventures with cutting edge graphics and visual FX! Spend your next date at Frankie’s Fun Park in Harbison and whether you’re 17 or 71… you’ll have a ball. Challenge each other on the nicest mini-golf course in the Midlands, chase each other around playing laser tag, or satisfy your need for speed on their go-kart tracks. Frankie’s has the latest and greatest Arcade Games too. Come play the new Lost Land Adventure! Have fun and remember what it was like to be a kid again, together! More info here.

And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, “Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking all over for you.”


Skate Date

When is the last time you have been roller skating with your bae? Head over to Three Fountains Recreation located at 2724 Emanuel Church Rd. Friday – Sunday and let the good times roll. Nothing like a little spooning on skates, plus it is definitely okay if you fall – it offers a chance for your skating-rink-couple-e1348085877304-300x241partner to grab your hand and help you back up! Re-discover the reason you fell in love with each other, on wheels! Their next late night skating session is Friday, Feb. 10th, 2017 from 7:30pm – 1am and admission is just $10, plus there will be fun games and prizes. More information here.

“You are my today and all of my tomorrows.” – Leo Christopher


Amazin’ Antiquing

Located in the historic Robert Mills District of Columbia, The Red Lion Antique Mall houses 10,000 square feet of furniture, home decor, unique gifts, collectibles, and so much more! Their beautiful space is home to an ever-revolving supply of new arrivals from antique dealers, so you are sure to find something from another time, that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

“Go for someone who is not only proud to have you, but will take every risk just to keep you.”

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“You are the source of my joy, the center of my world and the whole of my heart.”

Instead of just sending ʺherʺ or ʺhimʺ to the spa alone, why not go hand in hand…Beautiful couple enjoying in the back massage.

and find your inner nirvana at a spa like, Urban Nirvana, together!? Performed in a private room with a therapist for each client, couples can share an integrative massage while enjoying each other’s company. Want a quiet, peaceful place to talk and feel relaxed? Go on your first spa date together and walk away refreshed and rejuvenated in your relationship!

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you are the world.” 
-Bill Wilson


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Take a journey to a totally different world as you float gently across the open sky as if you were a majestic bird! Romance fills the air as the sunrise puts on its spectacular show just for you! Or soak up the sun before it slowly sets into the horizon. Embrace the calming silence of the skies above, occasionally broken by a blast from the burner or a spoken word to spectators below as you gently float by.  Just a 2 hour drive from Columbia, SkyScapes in Anderson will take you on a fabulous date you’ll never forget!  Visit their website here.

“You are the last thought in my mind before I drift off to sleep and the first thought when I wake up each morning.”

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Are Reptiles Sexy?

If you think so, head on over to the Jamil Temple at 206 Jamil Rd. from Feb 4th- Feb 5th and enjoy this festival, together! Reptile vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and more. Educational live-animal seminars & frequent free raffles, too! How often do you spend some time learning about reptiles together and have either of you ever owned one? Learn more about each other at this festival and if she says she doesn’t want to hold a snake…she does NOT want to hold a snake! 😉 Who knows you may leave with your first mutual pet…you never know! Open on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM & Sunday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM—check it out!

“Love is not about how many days, weeks or months you’ve been together, it’s all about how much you love each other every day.”

Palmetto Armory Shooting Range

Guys, help your ladies with their aim (or vice versa) by spending an hour or two at Shooting Range KissersPalmetto Armory’s shooting range located at 3760 Fernandina Road in Columbia. Open Monday through Saturday, 10am-8pm, and Sunday 1pm-6pm. The range is 25 yards long with 18 lanes. Range fees are $10 per half hour for the first person, and $8 per half hour for the second person sharing a lane. Once you go over 40 minutes, you’re into unlimited time ($20 for the first person and $15 for the second person).  Bring your own firearm (see their website for regulations) or rent handguns and fully automatics on site along with targets, ammo and other supplies. It’ll be a BLAST! More info here.

 “When I look into your eyes I see the mirror of my soul.”


Let’s make beautiful pottery together!


Try The Mad Platter located at  3101 Millwood Avenue because they require no reservations – just show up. There is a $6 studio fee for adults ($4 for kids) and then you can choose your piece – they have over 500 pieces of pottery in stock everyday to choose from. Pieces range in price from $3 to $85, plus they have over 80 colors in stock, bursting glazes, writer bottles, specialty glazes, and so much more! You’ll leave your projects with The Mad Platter for glazing and firing and then your items will be ready for pick up in 4-5 days. 

“You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.” – Barbara De Angelis


Dance – Enhance the Romance!couple_dancing1

So you find yourselves slightly out of sync or stepping on one another’s feet when the music begins…Capital Ballroom Dance Studio can help! Dancing sparks romance and y’all get to choose the dance you want to learn, so why wait until your wedding or your friends’ wedding to learn how to dance together? The dance floor is waiting for you. Capital Ballroom Dance Studio offers dance lessons for couples and appears to be very flexible and fun! Call 803.799.2080 for details and prices! Learn the art of dancing and enhance your love…who knows it may become one of your favorite things to do together in the evening hours, plus learn a new, fun dance!

Don’t know how to shag? Want to learn how to ballroom dance? Seven Oaks Park is your answer. From January – March enjoy Shag lessons every Wednesday from 7-8pm. And guess what the best part is? Only $52 per couple! Call Seven Oaks Park at 803.772.3336 for more information and to register you and your honey. Seven Oaks Park also offers drop-in ball room dancing lessons for only $5 per person from 3-4 pm on Saturdays, so give them a call at 803.772.3336 for more information.  Or contact So You Want to Dance in West Columbia for lessons!

“God is keeping me alive but you are keeping me in love.”

High on love? Go Sky-Diving!come-fly-with-us-at-skydive-taft-550x366

Are you and your sweetheart adrenaline junkies? Fall for each other all over again at Skydive Columbia! With professional instructors to walk you both through this exhilarating adventure, they will be with you the entire skydive and parachute drop back down. The jump would include approximately 60 seconds of free fall from 10,000 to 14,000 feet above South Carolina, followed by a canopy ride that lasts anywhere from 7 to 9 minutes. You can also request to steer the parachute! Love is brave + daring, so what about that skydiving date?

“Walk with me through life…and I’ll have everything I’ll need for the journey.”


Gorgeous Sunset Views!sheraton

There are places all over Columbia that boast gorgeous views, but you can’t beat the one from the Roof Top Lounge! The Roof Top Lounge, above the Sheraton on 1400 Main Street offers breathtaking views of the center of the financial, entertainment and historic district of Columbia, SC. Enjoy sunset views as you sip Roof Top martinis in the lounge.

“I may not be your first date, kiss or love…but I want to be your last everything.”


Run for Love

Race for the Place 5k :: Saturday, February 18, 2017 behind St. Joseph Catholic Churchrunning

The race begins at 8AM and the course is flat and fast through Shandon. Costs $30. Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9AM and costs $12. 5k participants receive a race T-shirt and finish line refreshments. Register here.

Lexington’s Race Against Hunger :: Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church

5k Fitness Run/Walk  costs $15. The 10k run costs $30. Lastly, the 1 Mile Fun Run  costs $15. Register here.

 “The best feeling is when you look at him…and he is already staring.”

Fresh Air at the Sesqui Trails


Feeling like you need to get back to the basics with your honey and re-connect? Fresh air, open spaces, hiking or biking at Sesquicentennial State Park could be such a fun date for the couple that loves adventuring together! Pick a nice day, pack a picnic lunch (suggestion: grab one from Little Pigs Barbecue on Alpine Road nearby – open Weds – Sun) and enjoy a morning or afternoon in the great outdoors. Pets are even allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept on a leash not longer than six feet, so bring your four legged friend with you too!

Sesquicentennial State Park is located 3 miles northeast of downtown Columbia and offers 1419 acres of fun. With all of the trails open, enjoy a leisurely hand-holding stroll on one of their hiking trails, like Sandhills Hiking Trail that is 2 miles in length and circles 30-acre Centennial Lake. Boardwalks keep your tootsies dry when trails cross over wet areas. Jackson Creek Nature Trail is a short loop trail (just under a half mile) that offers interpretive signage so you can have an educational walk if you get tired of talking about how much you love each other. And you two aren’t the only lovebirds in the forest! They also have a 6.1 mile long mountain bike trail that is sure to have you both breaking a sweat. Bring a pair of binoculars to do some bird watching if you plan on hiking. Listen for the whirring and drilling of pileated woodpeckers and the sweet little calls and chips of songbirds. After your walk, head back to the picnic area near the lake for a relaxing lunch under the pines. Picnic tables and shelters available. Admission is $2 per adult. Visit the Sesquicentennial State Park website for more information and enjoy this date!

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.” -Alfred Lord Tennyson


Fish and a Kiss

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Dating is all about spending time together and staying focused on each other. Working as a team – baiting hooks, casting your lines and sharing the excitement of reeling them in – can make for a great date. No matter how many fish you catch, you’ll be catching kisses for sure! We know lots of places you can go to fish, but here’s a favorite: Dreher Island State Park, located on Lake Murray outside Chapin, is home to largemouth bass, stripers, catfish, bream, crappie and yellow perch. You can fish from the shoreline or use one of their 3 boat ramps to launch your vessel.  You’ll need SC Fishing Licenses {SC residents can buy 14-day freshwater licenses for just $5: Info here}. Don’t have your own tackle? No problem.The park offers a Tackle Loan Program with their tackle shop onsite at their little campground store. Pack a picnic lunch to share at a table overlooking the sparkling lake. For information on the park, visit Dreher Island State Park online. Admission is $2 per adult.


“It is because of you, my angel, that I now understand all of those quotes about love.”

Pitch a Love Tent

It’s time you two connect with your wild side! Reserve a camping spot for the weekend Camping Coupleand set up camp together, as a team. Enjoy campfires, s’mores, lots of stars, warm snuggles and wonderful fireside conversations! Our favorite places within an hour of Columbia:
Aiken State Park  The Edisto River, the longest free-flowing blackwater stream in North America, flows through the park. Cool, refreshing, unprocessed water can be yours from the three artesian wells inside the park. Campsites are on packed sand with water and electrical hookups. Details here.

Lake Wateree State Park The park provides access to 13,800-acre Lake Wateree. The lake is popular for fishing, boating and other water-related activities.  Each site is paved and has individual water and electrical hookups, and picnic table. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers. 15 sites are waterfront. Details here.

Dreher Island State Park The park provides access to Lake Murray. The lake is popular for swimming, fishing, boating and other water-related activities. They have 97 paved sites which may be used by both RVs and tents, while 15 sites are for tent campers only. Each site has water and electrical hook-ups and a picnic table. All sites are convenient to hot showers and restrooms. Details here.

Congaree National Park For more experienced campers. Longleaf Campground is a 14-site, primitive campground with porta-johns, fire rings with grills, and picnic tables. Bluff Campground is a 6-site primitive campground, accessible by hiking in. Sites have fire rings and picnic tables. Additionally, you may camp in the wilderness by hiking or paddling in. Wilderness camping is primitive with no facilities. No fires but backpacking stoves or contained cooking units are permitted. Keep your eyes and ears open to see and hear wild pigs and pileated woodpeckers. More info here.

“In this crazy world, full of change and chaos, there is one thing of which I am certain, one thing which does not change: my love for you.”


Monster Jam

Monster Jam ~ Colonial Life Arena

Do you and your partner get revved up when you hear engines roaring and dirt flying high? Does metal grinding against metal, squeals from shrieking monster cars and trucks and general mayhem float your boat?  Head to the Colonial Life Arena on Friday or Saturday, February 10th and 11th, for Monster Jam! You’ll be entertained by the likes of the Carolina Crusher, War Wizard, Stinger, Fullboar and Master of Disaster! Go here for ticket information!

“I meant it when I said I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you. After that, you can’t take it back, no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try.” – Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

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Theatre Time!

Theatre is alive and well in Greater Columbia.  Local theatre companies deliver outstanding performances and it’s nice to sit side by side and be thoroughly entertained, plus you can hold hands the whole time too. Whether your preference is a musical, comedy or drama, there’s a good chance you’ll find it being performed somewhere in town. Some favorites:

Town Theatre is offering  You Can’t Take It With You from Jan. 20 – Feb. 5, Million Dollar Quartet from March 3 – March 19, 2017.

Chapin Theatre Company is performing Messiah on the Frigidaire  from Jan. 27 – 29 and Feb 2-5, 2017. The small town of Elroy, South Carolina is thrust into the evangelical spotlight when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park . More info here.

Giddy on Up!

YMCA – Lexington, located at 401 YMCA Road, offers weekend trail rides. Enjoy a one-hour guided trail at a walking pace throughout their 160 acre property. No experience is needed; our trained staff will match each horse to individual riders. This is a great activity for groups of children and adults to enjoy.

Ages: 8 and up
Weight Limit: 180lbs
Registration: Reservations can be made Monday – Friday at 803.359.3376 ext. 17.

Members: $15
Non-members: $25

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Haven Hill Farms, located on 54 acres of rolling hills, offers horseback rides on Saturdays (occasionally on Sundays!) – perfect for a couple looking for a new way to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you are an experienced rider looking for a challenge, or just want to go for a casual stroll, they have a horse that can provide you with a ride to remember. Haven Hill Farms is located in Batesburg-Leesville, SC {I-20, Exit 39}. Click here for details or call Marlene at 803.920.9575 for more information.

Restoration Ranch in Ridgeway, SC offers a trail ride for $70 a person. Click here for more info and pictures.  Take your cowboy/cowgirl horseback riding and truly celebrate the day upon these gorgeous animals! Be sure to call Lugene at 803.600.4143 for more information and to put it on the calendar.

Dance the Night Awaysalsa

Love to swing your partner, round and round? Want to dance the night away? Here are some of Columbia’s most popular dance floors:

The Woody in the Vista! Come join us the first Thursday of every month for Shag Lessons with John Roberts and Hanna Turk. Doors open at 6pm and lessons start at 7pm for beginner and/or intermediate. Fridays & Saturdays they simply have some of the best dance parties in town! Surprise your sweetie with shag lessons from The Woody!


The Art Bar

The Skyline Club is a country music club in West Columbia by the airport that has the largest dance floor in the state and features live music every Saturday night! Don’t judge a book by its cover…humble on the outside but inside it’s nice!

The Art Bar, located at 1211 Park Street, is a club with live music & an artsy vibe with a fun dance floor, lounge, full bar, and karaoke. View their list of February events here (and check out their live music schedule)! Open 5pm – 2am Monday – Friday, 8pm – 2am Saturday – Sunday.

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
-Ray Croft

When it gets dark, feed your need for adventure!camp0

The Congaree National Park is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, so why not find yourself in the woods…in the dark, with your lover! Romantic, eh? The park’s trails are always open, so take a night hike/walk with your sweetie under the gorgeous Carolina sky and listen to the sounds of the forest together, as you try to identify all of the different critters you hear. Congaree National Park has over 25 miles of hiking trails and 2.4 miles of boardwalk, so take your time and enjoy one another’s company in the dark on a boardwalk (or trail)! If your lover isn’t a fan of the woods…or the dark, simply hold their hand a little tighter. Want to enjoy back country camping for free? Click here!

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