Charleston, South Carolina is America’s top “small city”, but there’s nothing miniature about the amazing date experiences you’ll have in this historic harbor town. Here are some incredible unique date ideas in Charleston, South Carolina that will have you falling in love.
Date ideas in Charleston
Romance on the Beach
Sullivan’s Island isn’t as busy and filled with tourists as the other two Charleston beaches, making it for a perfect place to take a stroll at sunset with your sweetie. You won’t find any hotel lodging for visitors (save a few rental properties) on Sullivan’s Island, so it feels more like a community than a tourist attraction.
Locals love to visit the restaurants and recommend the uniquely named The Obstinate Daughter, a tribute to the Revolutionary War. The restaurant has delicious food for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Check out the Eggs in Purgatory with tomato, olive, farm eggs, feta, and flatbread for brunch. Try a Lowcountry shrimp roll or Sicilian swordfish for lunch. For dinner, try the Catalan Seafood Stew with fish, shrimp, oyster, clam, chorizo, and almond. Pizza and pasta dishes are also available along with many other decadent entrees. Wash it all down with a local ale or signature cocktail.
When you’re at Sullivan’s Island, you’ll love to walk the soft beaches, get a delicious bite, and fall in love with Charleston and your significant other all over again.
Discover the Sea
The perfect date for animal lovers is at the South Carolina Aquarium. It may not scream romance, but visiting the Sea Turtle Care Center will give you all the feels. These amazing creatures are endangered or threatened and are rescued, rehabilitated, and released from South Carolina Aquarium. Tour the center, and call ahead to find out when a public release of the sea turtles take place to see extraordinary humans help save animal lives.
After swooning over the sea turtles, check out other breathtaking exhibits like the Mountain Forest with waterfalls, swimming otters, and soaring bald eagles. The Piedmont region will let you see other sea life swimming in their natural habitats. The Coastal Plain showcases rattlesnakes and alligators (if you haven’t seen an albino alligator, you’ll definitely want to check out this exhibit). Perhaps the jewel of the aquarium is the 385,000-gallon ocean tank with sharks, sea turtles, and more. There are more exhibits for you to see on this unique date spot in Charleston.
Cross the Bridge
Charleston is known for architectural wonders and the Ravenel Bridge is no exception. The eight-lane, cable-stay bridge (also known as Cooper River Bridge) connects the city of Charleston and town of Mt. Pleasant. You can take a stroll or a drive across this magnificent work of art and catch breathtaking views of Charleston. The bridge makes an incredible backdrop for photographs, particularly at sunset with your darling.
On the Mt. Pleasant side of the bridge, you can check out the view at the Mt. Pleasant Pier, do a little fishing, and enjoy a splendid view of Charleston beneath the bridge at Waterfront Park.
Take a walk or a drive and fall in love with the spectacular views of the city and the bridge itself.
Try Some Good Eats
Date night has to be accompanied by some dining, right? Why not fill your palate with a variety of Charleston’s favorites with Charleston Culinary Tours.
There are several different tours available including the most popular Upper King Street Culinary Tour. You’ll sample edgy culinary delights on this 2.5-hour tour of Charleston restaurants.
Other options include the Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour through Charleston’s historic French Quarter, the Farm-to-Table tour featuring brunch at a local restaurant with ingredients from the local Farmer’s market, and a Mixology tour focusing on fabulous drinks. There’s something for every foodie on a date in Charleston.
Stroll Through the Gardens
Middleton Place is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States. The symmetrical gardens make each photo a work of art, and you’ll find yourself smelling camellias that have graced the gardens for decades each winter. Perennial and annual flowers are planned so there is always something to see in the majestic gardens, which have been around for nearly 300 years. The House Museum should also be a stop on your tour of the grounds. See where the Middleton family lived while you put yourself in a classic, eighteenth-century mood. Visit the stableyards where you’ll see “heritage breed” animals such as buffalo, sheep, goats, and poultry. These are many of the same breeds that would have been housed on the land in the 1800s.
Charleston is for lovers, and you’ll definitely find a way to enjoy these unique date ideas in Charleston, South Carolina.
Have you visited Charleston? Do you have any fun date ideas to add to the list?