13 Inexpensive Date Ideas for Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for inexpensive date nights or cheap dates near Greenville, SC? 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.

Free and Cheap Date Ideas in Greenville, SC

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

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.

Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy River in Greenville, SC

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.

Hatcher Gardens in Spartanburg
Hatcher Gardens in Spartanburg

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 natural 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.

Greer at Christmas
Downtown Greer, SC at night

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.

Scandi Tiny Coffee

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.

First Fridays

The art scene for First Friday events is vibrant 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.

Guide to Date Night in Greenville, SC

Looking for more fun date night ideas? Here’s your ultimate guide to date night in Greenville, SC!

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About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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