Plan the Perfect Summer Date Night

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Planning a date night? Summer in Greenville makes date nights easy. If you are tired of going on the same old dates, use this list to spice things up this summer. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor date ideas, we’ve got you covered!

Summer is the perfect time to get back into date night with your significant other. There are so many more options for having fun together over the summer than other times of year because you can get outside. Although you totally don’t have to be outside – sometimes the air conditioning feels divine.

So get planning on that date night, or date day as we have those ideas as well. Can you try for three dates this summer – one for June, July and August? We have plenty of options for you, just pick a few!

Summer Date Night Ideas

Saturday Farmers Markets

An hour or two browsing the farmers markets on a Saturday morning is an easy way to squeeze in some alone time. Grab a coffee and pastry and check out all the local produce, fruit, and freshly made bread and pasta that Greenville has to offer. This list has the farmers markets in and around Greenville.

Go Hiking

If you and your significant other love nature, take a hike together. There are plenty of hiking trails in and around Greenville, from an easy hike at Lake Conestee to the summit at Table Rock.

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Go Tubing

This is one of those activities perfect for a lazy, hot day. If the grandparents can watch the kids, go on a date with your bathing suit, some snacks, and expectations of doing absolutely nothing with your love other than chilling in a giant tube on a lake. Our giant list of river tubing spots has several places to choose from.

Take in a Ballgame

This would be a longer date night but a chill one for sure.  Take in a Greenville Drive baseball game at Fluor Field any time this summer. Tickets start at $10 and you can see the schedule here.

Grab Ice Cream

A cone piled high with your favorite ice cream flavors and toppings is hard to beat in summer heat. This is a cheap date too – you can grab ice cream and pay the sitter for about $20 total. Here is where we love to grab ice cream in Greenville.

Star Gazing

While you can most certainly stargaze outside on a clear night, you can also take advantage of the state-of-the-art planetarium (air conditioned as well) at the Roper Mountain Science Center. They have new shows at the planetarium every few months and take place every Friday night. Go to the 7:30 pm show and be sure to get tickets online, which are $6 for adults.

Culinary Tour

We recommend the At the Chef’s Table culinary tour in pretty much every date night article we write because it’s just that good. Led by local historian and foodie John Nolan, the culinary tour is a treat for the senses. You get VIP treatment at four restaurants in Greenville within walking distance with specially-made dishes just for the tour group. Drinks are included at each stop as well. This is by far one of the best date night ideas in all of Greenville. Tickets are $69/person and you can reserve them online here. You can also try John’s breakfast culinary tour, which is also delightful.

Get on the Water: Go Kayaking

There are several amazing lakes in the Greenville area that offer kayak rentals. My personal favorite is Lake Jocassee, a pristine lake about an hour and twenty minutes from Greenville where you can paddle all day, sneaking into little coves, seeing waterfalls, and picnicking on islands. This is a great date to get away from everything for a bit. You can rent a tandem kayak (a two-seater) all day for around $60. Bring a lunch and snacks, and you’re good to go.

See a Concert

Many towns in and around Greenville offer free concerts, which is ideal for date nights because who doesn’t like free? Here’s the list of them around town.

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Get a Brew

Greenville has exploded with breweries in the past couple years. There is no shortage of places to grab a cold one on a hot night. Birds Fly South, 13 Stripes, and Southern Growl are all great places to check out for a relaxed date night. Check out our full list of breweries in the area.

Visit a Winery

Relax with your loved one at City Scape Winery over a glass of wine and locally-sourced cheese plate.

Do you have a summer date idea to add to our list? Share it in the comments!

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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