Day Trips Ideas for Couples: Plan the Perfect Day for You and Your Numero Uno this Summer

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Thinking about a couples day trip somewhere near Greenville, SC? If you want to plan a dreamy day trip with your significant other this summer, we have a great list of day trip ideas for couples. We have put together a whole list of romantic day trip ideas! Whether you want to do something romantic, visit a new town, or have some adventure our list will help you plan the perfect day trip.

Day trip ideas for couples near Greenville, SC.

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Day Trip Ideas for Couples Who Love the Outdoors

In Greenville, SC

Being romantic while doing outdoor activities is naturally easy, and super budget friendly. It’s pretty surreal for us when are walking around downtown without our kids in tow, we are actually able to stop and smell the flowers at Falls Park.

Have you been to Cancer Survivors Park? This park would be the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic with your sweetie! They are lots of open spaces, gorgeous gardens in bloom, and interesting statues to look at while feeding your relationship needs. You can also find dozens of gorgeous gardens throughout the Greenville area that make for a relaxing date.

Or how about a picnic at Paris Mountain, a bike ride thru the Lake Conestee Nature Park or a stroll along my personal favorite, the Swamp Rabbit Trail. You can even hit the hiking trails together or head to one of the nearby SC state parks for the day.

Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville, SC.
Cancer Survivors Park, Greenville, SC

Drive a little further: Day Trips Ideas for Outdoorsy Couples A Few Hours From Greenville

KAG has some dedicated outdoorsy folks on staff, providing us with some great reviews of kayaking and waterfall viewing. Have you been to Sapphire Valley? Kristina swears this is the land of waterfalls!

And for even more adventure, we have our favorite swimming holes, places to go tubing, and places to go fishing. So pack a picnic, load up the car, and head out to take in some natural beauty with your significant other!

Maybe you’re wanting to spend the day kayaking and adventuring through Congaree National Park near Columbia, SC? What could be more magical?

Waterfall at Station Cove Falls in Walhalla, South Carolina.

Nature is naturally romantic!

Check out our guide to waterfalls near Greenville, SC where you can enjoy the view with your significant other.

Foodie and Art Day Dates

In Greenville, SC

We love our city and have a hard time keeping up with all the new restaurants in town! Now’s your chance to try that place you’ve been wanting to go to. How about that popular BBQ place in town?

Or, you can eat at one of the cool restaurants in West Village of Greenville and combine it with artist studio visits at Greenville Center for Creative Arts or art gallery visit at Art & Light Gallery?

Why not grab some delicious bar food while you catch some live music together and dance the night away?

Have someone else plan your date, try a guided tour while enjoying delicious food by Chef’s Table Culinary Tour and yes you need a day for the food tour!

Table set for Greenville's Culinary Tour
Food Tour with Chef’s Table Culinary Tour

Drive a little further: Foodie Day Trip Dates Within a Couple Hours of Greenville, SC

Nothing beats a day trip for couples that involves delicious food. More food tours to check out on our list are Columbia’s COLA and Asheville Food Tours.

For some amazing vistas while dining, check out Restaurant 17 at Traveler’s Rest, lunch at the world class Grove Park Inn in Asheville (be sure to check out their couples massage packages as well), or wine tasting at Victoria Valley Vineyards. Try their wine flight tasting for $18. We did this after a short hike at Table Rock and it was a nice cap to our active day. Don’t forget to make reservations and request for a table with a view.

Be a Tourist on Your Day Out

In Greenville

There’s nothing like being a tourist in your own town and looking at it with fresh eyes. How about a staycation? Or a day spent exploring Travelers Rest? Lots of creative dining and unique spots to see.

Not that we need to highlight it some more, but Greenville is pretty romantic! See our list of romantic dates and get to planning.

Romantic dates in Greenville, SC

Drive a little further

If you’re looking for day trip ideas for couples that have a tourist vibe, there are plenty of options! Have you checked out the KAG travel page? It’s full of great ideas! Near the Upstate are towns waiting to be visited, antique shops to browse, bookstores to see, and historic sites to discover. 

You’ll find all that and more in towns such as Fountain InnFlat Rock, Hendersonville, and Asheville. After all, the Biltmore Estate makes the ultimate day trip when a little romance is needed! You can even head over to the historic district of Downtown Asheville for lunch afterward.

Maybe you want to experience romance in a German-style village? Grab your Bierkrug and head to Helen, GA! Who knows, maybe your day trip will turn into an overnight trip at a romantic bed and breakfast.

The front of Biltmore in Asheville, NC
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Outings for the young at heart

Finally, sometimes we want to take a break from adulting and just want to relax and see a movie or play games and be the ones to claim and get the prizes!

In Greenville

Summer is a great time for a matinee movie. You could even take in an outdoor movie and bring along a picnic! Have you checked out the amusement center Spare Time? It would make the perfect post-movie spot!

It may be pretty hot for a day on the golf course, but you can also stay cool while engaging in friendly competition at Top Golf Greenville.

Free outdoor movies near Greenville, SC

Cozy up to your significant other for an outdoor movie this summer near Greenville, SC!

Drive a little further

Looking for something unique, how about trying out the Appalachian Pinball Museum in Hendersonville? Or if you’re really adventurous spend a day at Carowinds in Charlotte. Maybe you’re looking for whimsy? Then the Flowering Bridge at Lake Lure will have you and your partner giggling about fairies and fairy tales all afternoon.

What is your favorite day trip to take with your significant other?

Looking for more day trip ideas?

KA Ultimate Guide to Day Trips Near Greenville, SC

Day Trips near Greenville, SC

About the Author
A Greenville transplant, Anna, is a former fundraiser for art museums and charities in NY and NJ. Before heading south, her husband's job brought them to Pune, Shanghai and her hometown, Manila. She and her family are happy to settle in Greenville and enjoy hiking the beautiful parks of the Upstate, visiting museums and historic places, and last but not least, hunting for the best BBQ in town.

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9 years ago

we LOVE Helen!