10 Fresh Dating Ideas in Columbia SC

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zEnjoy a beautiful Capital City day aboard a scooter! Stop by any of the 30 Zapp RideShare pick up and drop off locations for a fun adventure around downtown Columbia. You and your love can ride alongside each other through Main Street, Five Points, and the University of South Carolina campus. Just download the Zapp app onto your smartphone, stop by any of the bright green flags to pick up your electric cycle, and start the fun! More here.

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Beltline Lanes and Gaming

bbbbbWith 16 separate bowling lanes, Beltline Lanes and Gaming is a clean and modern place to spend a date night out. Along with bowling, you and your sweetie can enjoy their game room filled with virtual reality simulators, arcade games, and an open bar. Beltline Lanes is only $4.50 per game after 5:00pm and on weekends, so this date night won’t break the bank. More here.

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SC Pedal Parlor

scpppppWant to get creative for your next couples night out? Grab a group of friends and your significant other and pedal your way through a Columbia bar crawl. The South Carolina Pedal Parlor is a fully man-powered bike with room for up to 16 of your closest friends to stop and enjoy drinks at 5 of Columbia’s top rated bars. Get fun exercise while enjoying friends and refreshing drinks. More here.

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The Final Door Escape Room

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Are you and your love interested in something more than romance on your next date night? Maybe a suspenseful game to test your survival skills? The Final Door Escape Room, just across the Blossom Street bridge in Cayce, offers three unique rooms to satisfy your thriller crave to escape from vampires, kidnappers, and killers— all made up and for fun, of course! Snatch up an adventurous couple of friends and make it a double date, most rooms can hold a maximum of 4 players. More here.

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Scuba Diving

nik-macmillan-397515On a warm spring or summer day, hop in the water and learn how to scuba dive with someone you love. Choose to start out in a pool or a larger body of water to experience swimming like a marine animal. Discover Columbia Scuba provides its swimmers with the knowledge of how to breathe underwater with their top of the line scuba gear. This is definitely a fun and one-of-a-kind date with your sweetheart. More here.

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Sunset Sailing

patrick-konig-459367Are you and your sweetie celebrating something significant this spring or summer? Maybe it’s time to splurge a little on a date? Grab a bottle of wine, some snacks, and head out on a 2-hour sunset cruise. Leaving out of the Southshore Marina, expect to enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Murray starting 2 hours before sunset and arriving back 30 minutes afterwards. Your captain will take care of all the driving so you and your loved one can relish in the beautiful sights and sounds of Lake Murray. More here.

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Riverbanks Zoo Zipline

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Hang out in the trees over hundreds of animals. Zip the Zoo and ZOOm the River provide its adventurous gliders with 7 treetop zips, a wobbly bridge, climb your way through 2 cargo nets, and finish your ride with a 1,000-foot glide over the Saluda River. You and your loved one can enjoy the fun sounds of the zoo animals and the beautiful views along the river. After your zip lining tour walk around the zoo attractions, admission is included in your ticket! More here.

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Bird Watching

SparrowThe sounds of nature have a miraculous way of relaxing us, so this time relax in nature with the person you love. Every 2nd Sunday of January, February, and March a naturalist from the Audubon Society will take you on a free stroll through the Congaree National Park to seek out the sights and sounds of local birds. Each hike is around an hour and a half but the views you will see last much longer than that! Grab your sweetheart’s hand and open your eyes to the lovely birds and nature along the Congaree National Park. More here.

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Go Fish at Lake Wateree

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Get out and enjoy the great outdoors with your S.O.! A memorable day of freshwater fishing at beautiful Lake Wateree is a great way to have fun in the sun, whether you’re an experienced angler or a rookie. A valid SC fishing license is required, but that’s all – through the SC Dept. of Natural Resources’ Tackle Loaner Program, you’ll have access to you everything you need to catch yourselves a romantic dinner for two! More here.

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Artillery Tavern Weekend: History in Camden

Ladies – having a tough time getting your beloved out of the house? Take him to Artillery Red Coats.jpgTavern Weekend in the scenic city of Camden, happening Friday, Feb. 23 – Saturday, Feb. 24! This explosive celebration of American history will feature two days of fun activities and hands-on experiences, including 18th century firearm drills, and the unveiling and firing of a Revolutionary War-era Grasshopper cannon! An adult “Artillery Tavern Night” will be held at McCaa’s Tavern on Friday, where you’ll enjoy food, drinks and music amongst the beautiful rooms and grounds of this centuries-old home. More here.

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Couples Massage

Ahhhh. Relax together in the seclusion of a couples’ massage.  Listen to soothing spa music, drink in the aroma-therapeutic fragrances and give each other a loving look once in a while! There are a number of spas around Greater Columbia offering couples massages.  Urban Nirvana on Forest Drive and in Lexington offer them, “Performed in a private room with a therapist for each client, couples can share an integrative massage while enjoying each other’s company.”   Hand and Stone also gives couples’ massages, “Kick back and escape with a friend or loved one with our Couple’s Massage. Two people can enjoy their massage experience together, side by side in our couple’s room. A perfect way to enjoy some quality time together. This room is ideally suited for special occasions, such as Anniversaries, Birthdays, and Valentine’s Day.” They have locations in Harbison (near Academy Sports) and in mid-town (near Whole Foods).

 

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Deceased Farms: My Deceased Valentine

“Love can make you weak in the knees and love can make the world seem brighter. But love can also make you do unspeakable things. Love can even bring back the dead. But some things that are dead need to stay dead…” Visit Deceased Farms, located at 382 Olde Farm Road in Lexington February 9 – February 17, 2018 with your valentine if you want to add a little spook to your weekend. $20 per person. Website here. Visit their FB page here!

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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.

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chocolate-raspberry-mini-crepe-cakes-4Lovers, it’s time to experience the world via a Columbia international food tour. This is a delicious date that could easily last the entire weekend! Kick off your Friday night at Gervais & Vine, a Spanish-style tapas bar (located in the beautiful Congaree Vista), with culinary influences from all across the Mediterranean. On Saturday morning visit Crepes and Croissants, the most perfect brunch spot (open from 8am – 2pm on Saturdays). Crepes and Croissants offers a wide variety of sweet and savory French crêpes as well as other French specialties for breakfast and lunch. This place will have your taste buds doing back flips.

Finish out your date day at one of the most romantic restaurants in town – Rosso Trattoria Italia (open 5pm – 9:30pm on Saturday’s). Savor dishes like Shrimp & Polenta (made with sauteed shrimp, house bacon, charred tomatoes, garlic, white-wine herb butter, Congaree Milling Co. Parmesan polenta) or Chicken Parmigiana (made with Coleman farms breaded chicken breast, marinara, fresh mozzarella, Grana Padano, garlic buttered fettuccine).rioz-meat-and-wine-pic

M Kitchen, an Asian fusion restaurant located in Harbison, opens its doors on Sundays at 11:30am which makes it the perfect lunch spot! View their menu here.Their Crab Cakes, Rock Tempura Shrimp or Rose Tuna Tataki are divine, and M Kitchen offers a full bar too.

Lastly, round out your weekend at Rioz Brazilian Steak House and enjoy a delicious authentic Brazilian Churrascaria experience. (hint: save room for this meal…it is very filling!) Click here to see a list of Rioz’s sizzling meats. Can you say AMAZING? Also, be sure to enjoy their After Dinner Martinis like their Milky Way Martini (made with Absolut Vodka, amarula liqueur, Godiva chocolate liqueur, cream) or their Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini (made with stoli strawberry vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, milk).

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Hangin’ in the Trees

Have you ever stayed in a tree house here in South Carolina? Here are a few that we stumbled upon on Airbnb:

Tree house in the Woods: Located in Bethune, SC (near Camden) this tree house was built from wood milled on site in 1982. It is a 3-story circular house with a center tree to which supporting beams are attached. The original artisan builder filled the house with stained glass windows, stained glass cabinets, and lovely wooden cabinetry. The house is completely private and secluded, but includes wonderful amenities for a peaceful vacation. With two bedrooms; one full bath; one half bath; and a fully stocked kitchen, you can enjoy the woods while having everything you need around you. There are eighteen windows in the upstairs bedroom from which you can see the stars at night. Enjoy the view from the king size bed. There is also a small upper story deck – a great place for reading, having a glass of wine, or listening to tunes which you can play on our old-time record player. They have lots of ‘vinyl’ to choose from! Book here.

Treetop Beech Dreams: Stay in a beautifully designed tree house near Lake Hartwell that graces the branches of an old Beech tree. This tree house is not currently air conditioned, or screened in, so you have the option to upgrade to a room in the house if you prefer. Book here.

Bolt Farm Tree House: an extraordinary tree house hidden in 40 acres of paradise inbolt-farm-tree-house Walhalla, SC! This tree house has an antique hand painted king bed (must see!), fireplace and AC, indoor plumbing, outdoor rope bed, 2-person hammock, outdoor shower, chandeliers, vintage board games, record player, antique furnishings, organic food, Southern hospitality, treetop dining room with ice box, propane grill…and space to breathe! Book here. (This tree house is very popular, so you’ll have to book way in advance)

Happy Couples Garden Together ~ Wingard’s Nursery

Wander through five rooms of garden lifestyle gifts in the Gift Shoppe, enjoy the taste of local farm fresh produce in the Produce Market and take care of your backyard wildlife in their new Wings & Things department ~ all while you enjoy the quiet ambiance of a garden center steeped in history. Be inspired by the lush colors of nature, and find a peaceful spot to enjoy the birds, blossoms, and butterflies. Also, don’t miss their Spring Fling on Saturday, March 17th from 8:30am – 6pm. If you are there at dawn you can watch the sunrise with them and the first 100 customers to walk through the gates will receive 50% off any ONE regular-priced item on this day only. Click here for more info.

 

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Shop & Stroll at the Soda City Market

Soda City is Columbia’s Main Street market focused on your brain, body and belly! …..and a healthy relationship should definitely focus on improving these three categories right?;) They’re open every Saturday morning 9am – 1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Whether you’re shopping for a one-of-kind gift or picking-up this week’s groceries (to make dinner together!),  you’ll find a refreshing mix of local and regional food and craft vendors.

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