Dating Ideas Columbia

Go Bicycling at Saluda Shoals

Men’s and women’s Cruiser bicycles are available for rent at Saluda Shoals Park from 9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. everyday.  Take a nice day and head to this gorgeous park along the eastern side of the Saluda River.  Paved trails lead alongside the river as well as into other scenic areas of the park. Benches to rest and enjoy the peacefulness of this really lovely park.  Bicycle rentals include all necessary equipment.

1-hour rental: $5
Half Day (4 hours): $15
Full Day (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.): $25
Daily parking fees apply.

Trendy young couple stop to riding on their bike with basket of flowers while focused on hug.

Weekend at Kilburnie: The Inn at Craig Farm

Looking for a romantic getaway that’s nearby? Kilburnie is a most welcoming and relaxing Bed and Breakfast Inn with the aura of a small boutique hotel and is located just 70 miles from Columbia. Come and experience true hospitality in the quiet and graceful comfort of this beautifully restored antebellum country home near Lancaster, SC.  Kilburnie has all modern amenities one may expect in first class accommodations:  Inviting large elegant bedrooms, all with fire side seating, spacious and bright private bathrooms, latest hydro-therapy whirlpools, Bose Wave Radios in all rooms, high speed wireless internet throughout, fully vented gas log fireplaces.
Currently featuring Romantic Getaway Package including 2 nights in the Walkup Suite, roses, chocolates, non alcoholic beverages, candle-lit dinner for two, and gourmet breakfast each morning. $499!

Saturday Morning at the State Farmers Market

Start your weekend off enjoying a Breakfast Date at The Market Restaurant, located in a building near the entrance to the Market off US Hwy. 321. You’ll love their traditional Southern breakfast fare. After your meal, drive back to the open sheds of the SC Farmers Market and admire the truckloads of fresh produce and pick out fruits and veggies that you can use for tonight’s meal! You’ll love talking to the local farmers, learning about different types of produce and how to select the best.

Making a Difference…Together

Volunteering together and making a difference in our community can be a memorable experience that you’ll both feel great about! Here are some ways to help: Serve hungry people at Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Emergency Food Pantry; help people feel valued and loved at end-of-life at Homestead Hospice; give your time at a local animal shelter, like PETSinc in West Columbia, and help with everything from walking dogs, to keeping the grounds beautiful, to socializing the cats and dogs in the shelter.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Strolling arm in arm with your beloved on a beautiful day…the Midlands are full of scenic trails and beautiful parks in which to do just that. The Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park is a favorite path for casual walks, with its easy, paved trail and views of the river’s natural beauty, and benches to stop and take it all in. Saluda Shoals Park, on the Saluda River, provides a relaxing set of paved and unpaved walkways through wooded areas, along the Saluda River. In downtown Lexington, Virginia Hylton Park provides a shady walking path with charming covered gazebos, picnic tables, koi pond, and flower gardens.

Go on a picnic!

Pack a blanket and commune with nature at one of these great picnic spots: Sesquicentennial State Park, known to locals as “Sesqui,” is a natural getaway amongst pine trees and nature trails. The park features several hiking trails and a lake that’s the perfect backdrop for outdoor dining, as well as picnic shelters. Dreher Island State Park is home to a variety of wildlife and wildflowers living along the shores of Lake Murray. The park is made up of three islands linked to the mainland. Picnic tables and shelters are available. Community Park of Irmo: Home of the famous Okra Strut Festival, this park features an amphitheater, picnic shelters with BBQ grills, walking trails and more. The park’s tall trees provide lots of shade, and make for a comfortable picnicking area. Saluda Shoals Park is the perfect place to have a picnic! Tables, shelters, benches along the river.


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 four unique rooms to satisfy your thriller crave to escape from vampires, kidnappers, and killers— all made up and for fun, of course! Or fall Down the Rabbit Hole for an adventure into Fantasyland! Invite a couple of friends and make it a double date (book here, use the discount code DISCOVER to save 10%).

Bird Watching

Join Zach Steinhauser, Wingard Nursery’s naturalist, as he conducts birdwalks at various locales about the Midlands. This gives couples something fun and interesting to learn, as well as getting to spend some quality time outdoors. Once you know your birds, you can take off together for birding expeditions, which is just lovely! Purchase your tickets for the Bird Walks now!

Cheers to a Dinner Date at Ruth’s Chris Steak House

What better way to treat your special someone than with a delicious dinner you both can indulge in! Located at the Hilton Columbia Center on Senate Street, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is offering a Porterhouse Dinner for Two starting at $129 or their signature Celebration Surf & Turf from Feb 7- 16. Dive into a divine porterhouse steak along side creamy garlic mashed potatoes or take a bite of Ruth’s classic lobster tail and tenderloin dish. Make sure to toast to your love this Valentine’s Day at Ruth’s!

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