Are you looking for the perfect date idea but need to keep it free or really inexpensive? Don’t worry. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to enjoy time with your loved one. Here is a list of inexpensive dates in Greenville.
For even more ideas, be sure to check out our article the Most Romantic Dates in Greenville.
Spending time together and planning fun dates don’t need to just happen around the biggest love Hallmark holiday. Dates nights can get pricey fast with dinner, a babysitter, and entertainment. But date nights don’t always have to be expensive or fancy. We can still keep the grown-up date night high on the priority list with creative and inexpensive date ideas.
Date ideas that won’t break the bank
There are tons of things that couples can do around the area that won’t wipe out the entire entertainment budget for the month, yet are great opportunities to spend quality time with your loved one and even try something new together.
Falls Park is the gem of downtown Greenville. A walk around this beautiful park, over the Liberty Bridge and along the river is romantic and the perfect opportunity to talk and hold hands and enjoy each other. Grab an ice cream or coffee from Spill the Beans near the bridge or pack a picnic, bundle up and enjoy the treasured park.
Bike Ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail
Either rent bikes or bring your own for a ride along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Stop at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe for incredible baked goods, coffee or hot chocolate, or a tasty pizza made with all local ingredients.
Take a Hike
No, not that kind of hike – this is supposed to be a day to have fun with your partner. The Greenville and Spartanburg areas have numerous national parks with dozens of hiking trails ranging from easy to intermediate to difficult. Pack a lunch and make your escape.
For even more hikes, see our complete guide to hikes near Greenville, SC,.
Or, check out Hatcher Gardens in Spartanburg. It’s totally free to visit and a fabulous place for a couple to walk and chat.
See a Planetarium Show
Tickets to Friday’s Starry Nights at the Roper Mountain Science Center are just $6/adult (or free if you’re a member!). This is a lot of fun to do together. Be sure to see the night sky at the Observatory afterwards.
Take a Stroll Downtown
If hiking isn’t your thing, consider a walk with more urban scenery. Downtown Greer is a fabulous place to take a walk, do a little window shopping, visit the park or grab a coffee.
Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
Helping others together is not only a beautiful example to children but also a wonderful bonding experience and a way to remember your own blessings. Try Greer Soup Kitchen or any of the places on this list of places to volunteer in Greenville.
Have a Lunch Date
GVLtoday put together this great list of places to have lunch under $10 in Greenville. Plus, lunch is usually cheaper than dinner at most places.
See the Swamp Rabbits or Greenville Drive in Action
Taking in a live sporting event is always entertaining and a fun way to spend quality time together. Tickets to see the Greenville Swamp Rabbits play hockey or the Greenville Drive play baseball are pretty cheap and a great way to do date night.
Coffee/Hot Chocolate Date
Instead of going out for a pricey dinner, consider taking a couple of hours in the morning to relax with a great cup of coffee. Here is a list of some great coffee shops in the area (or go with hot chocolate if that’s your thing). A breakfast date is also a cheaper alternative to a dinner night out. Try Tandem Creperie in Travelers Rest for the best crepes ever.
See a sunrise
The sunrises at Pretty Place at YMCA Camp Greenville are incredible. Get up early and go see for yourself. Bring hot coffee and muffins to make it extra special. Be sure to check the chapel’s calendar before you go to make sure there aren’t any private events.
Go Get a Drink
Grabbing your favorite drink with your significant other in a cozy setting can be reminiscent of those first months of dating. Southern Growl in Greer has an extensive craft beer list and incredible food.
The art scene for First Friday events is slowly building back up in downtown Greenville, the Village of West Greenville and Taylors Mill, where patrons can roam from gallery to gallery for free and enjoy the art.
Check out Some Art
The Greenville County Museum of Art is always free. They are open Wednesday-Sunday. They also have special events that are often free so check their website before heading out.
Try Discount Ticket Sites
Groupon and Living Social are great sites for finding inexpensive tickets to area attractions. There are tons of restaurants, events, and activities that are offered for discounted prices on these types of sites that could make for inexpensive date nights.
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