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THINGS TO DO
ON A DATE
IN COLUMBIA


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The Final Door Escape Game


  • Blackout
  • About: Make great memories, work together, & solve challenging puzzles! In the Blackout Room, specifically designed for 2-4 people, you've been drugged and kidnapped by an elusive Columbia Killer. Will you be able to overcome your fear of the dark and escape before your kidnapper returns?
  • Address: 930 Knox Abbott Drive
  • Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am - 8:30pm | Fri-Sat: Later bookings available | Reserve time in advance
  • Phone: (803) 602-2433


Columbia Brew Bus


  • About: Choose from the Columbia Brew Tour, where you will taste great local brews and get a behind-the-scenes look on a 3-stop brewery tour, or the Wine and Spirits Tour, the best way to visit and sample offerings from the area's great distilleries and wine bars.
  • Address: 701 Gervais Street, Suite 150-165
  • Phone: (757) 871-8150
  • Hours: Fridays 5:30-10pm; Saturdays 3-7:30pm; Sundays 2-6:30pm
    Part of Town: Bus Tour of Breweries and Distilleries in Columbia (Downtown Columbia)


Laser Tag at Frankie's Fun Park

  • About: Have some fun with your sweetheart as you pick a team, vest up, and get your tag on. Feel the excitement as you chase your love through the dark room as lasers fly by your head! 803-791-2342, www.frankiesfunpark.com

 

  • bill's music shop & pickin' parlor

    • About: Looking for someplace special to take a music lover or dance enthusiast? Bring them to Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor! Listen to live music, dance the night away, play instruments, & even learn some new dances!


Saluda Shoals Park

  • About: Saluda Shoals Park is a beautiful environmentally friendly park that boasts a number of picnic shelters perfect for quiet outdoor lunch. With access to the Saluda River and tons of paved and unpathed paths, the park offers all kinds of fun outdoor activities for you and your better half. For directions and seasonal hours of operation, check out icrc.net or call 803-731-5208


 

South Carolina State Farmer's Market

  • About: Look through a variety of fresh local produce, baked goods and gardening supplies! Get some lunch at Judy's at the Market, where you can select some of your favorite southern dishes or try one of their daily specials for something truly unique! 803-737-4664. SC State Farmer's Market

 


First Dates





Laser Tag at Frankie's Fun Park

  • About: Forget the cliche dinner and a movie and take them to Frankie's Fun Park for a competitive game of laser tag! Cap off the night with a romantic moonlit game of mini-golf or an exhilarating go-cart race. Now that's a date they'll remember! 803-791-2342, www.frankiesfunpark.com


Rent a Kayak or Canoe!

  • About: Ready to enjoy that beautiful Carolina sunshine with your sunshine? Rent a kayak or canoe from Saluda Shoals Park or Get Your Gear On and take your date on a fun outdoors adventure like no other! Saluda Shoals Park offers peaceful 3-hour guided tours. Contact Get Your Gear On at 803-799-0999 or www.getyourgearon.com and Saluda Shoals Park at 803-731-5208 or www.icrc.net.


Visit a Driving Range

  • About: Want to make the night a hit? You can, at one of Columbia's scenic driving ranges, such as The Caddy Shak (803-356-2239), Riverside Golf Course (803-750-1015) and the Golf Center (803-255-8920).

Bake Cookies Together

  • About: Have a sweet tooth and an evening to spend together? Baking together allows you to work together, as well as eat something yummy!

Go to a Free Music Concert

  • About: Want to really impress your date without breaking the bank? The USC School of Music offers countless free music concerts. Visit Southern Exposure for a full list of dates and times and check out the School of Music's calender events to plan a second date night!

Go to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden!

  • About: Get to know your date while walking around one of the most beautiful and noted zoos on the East Coast! 803-779-8717


Great Dates


bill's music shop & pickin' parlor

  • About: Fall in love on the dance floor at Bill's Music Hall! Have a guaranteed good time as you enjoy the best of live local bands & on some nights, you can join in!



SakiTumi

  • About: A sushi class at Sakitumi is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your date while you roll up some deliciousness!
    • Couples (two people):
    • Option 1: $65 each (includes food & class)
    • Option 2: $75 each (includes food, class and hot sake or wine with refills)
      Every Class Includes:
    • Edamame, miso soup and ginger salad
    • Information on rice cooking techniques
    • How to prepare your ingredients
    • Direct training with our executive chef
    • Make, cut and plate at least 2 of your own rolls
    • Information booklet that you may take with you
    • *Please note: class usually takes 1 to 1.5 hours

Shopping for the Whole Family

Bundle up, grab your sweetie, and get to know each other a little better while strolling through Five Points, the Village at Sandhill, or any of Columbia's great malls to do some holiday shopping.


Dating ABC's

TThis date is simple, yet interesting, consisting of 26 activities in one date. Take turns choosing an activity for each letter!


Date In the Sky

Spend a romantic afternoon together on a hot air balloon ride! Captain Telegram has been offering hot air balloon rides for 30 years. Call 803-256-3737 to schedule a ride today!


Wrestling on Wheels

Have you ever seen a roller derby bout? The Columbia QuadSquad and the Richland County Regulators will provide an exciting date with the most fast-paced and hard-hitting sport ever to take place on eight wheels! Visit richlandcountyregulators.com or columbiaquadsquad.com for a schedule of bouts.


Let the Current Guide You

Put on your bathing suit, head to Palmetto Outdoors, and rent tubes for the day on the Saluda River! $15 gets you a tube and shuttled back to Palmetto Outdoors. 803-360-4697


Drive-In Movie

Just up the road from Columbia is ʺThe Big Moʺ, offering you the authentic drive-in movie experience! Call 803-685-7949 for shows and times.


Blueberry Pickin'

Grab your significant other, your favorite blueberry pie recipe, and head to Berry Hill Farm in Lexington (Bluefield Road). Call them at 803-957-4203 for more info.


Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Columbia is full of parks and green spaces for your kite-flying pleasure. Pick up a $10 kite from Target (or a less expensive one from the Dollar Store) and head out to Finlay Park!


Get Off the Land and On the Water

Grab your bathing suit, towel, and snacks, and rent a jet ski for the day. Wet & Wild Rentals offers hourly, half day (4 hours), full day, and extended rentals. 803-354-1581


I Got Your Back

Paintball probably wasn't your first idea for Date Night, but there are few better ways to learn about your significant other than at one of Triggertyme's five woodsball fields. For more information, call 803-786-4539.


A Cinderella Story

Carriage rides are a great way to cuddle together on a chilly night & see downtown Columbia from an entirely new perspective. Call Columbia Carriage Works at 803-227-3833 to schedule a carriage ride today!



Outdoor Fun





Saluda Shoals Park

  • About: Features paved and unpaved paths perfect for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding! If a day on the water is what you and your sweetheart want, Saluda Shoals offers a boat ramp and canoe/kayak launch. For directions and seasonal hours of operation, check out icrc.net or call 803-731-5208



Harbison State Forest

  • About: Features several picnic shelters, trails for walking, jogging, hiking and bicycling, and public access to the Broad River for canoes and kayaks. 803-896-8890

Dreher Island State Park

  • About: Enjoy fishing for bass, take a leisurely boat ride or pack a picnic and enjoy the fresh air under one of the 13 shelters on the scenic shores of Lake Murray! 803-364-4152

Sesquicentennial State Park

  • About: Features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas, making it yet another beautiful place to walk hand-in-hand with your significant other.

Congaree National Park

  • About: Activities include hiking, bird watching, picnicking, canoeing & kayaking, primitive camping, looping around the boardwalk, as well as ranger-guided walks and canoe tours. 803-776-4396, www.nps.gov/cong

Columbia Riverfront Park & Historic Canal

  • About: This 167-acre park features a jogging and walking trail, picnic tables, benches, a walkthrough of an old pump house, and running, bicycling, and fishing activities. 803-545-3100, SCGreatOutdoors

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

  • About: There are numerous classes and recreational activities for all ages and abilities available at a neighborhood center near you! www.columbiasc.net




Romantic Walks




Saluda Shoals Park

  • About:Saluda Shoals Park is the perfect place to be with your special someone and enjoy some peaceful, uninterrupted conversation as you stroll on one of their many paved or unpaved paths. 803-731-5208, www.icrc.net.


Congaree National Park

  • About: Congaree National Park is a great way to enjoy some fresh air and experience a leisurely walk around the boardwalk loop hand-in-hand. Best thing about Congaree National Park? Everything is free! Congaree National Park


Gardens at the Riverbanks Zoo

  • About: Provides 70 acres of unparalleled beauty! Enjoy formal gardens or a riverside woodlands walk, hand-in-hand. 803-779-8717


USC's Horseshoe

  • About: The ideal place for an afternoon picnic with the one you love! Enjoy the tranquil scenery as you walk hand-in-hand.USC www.sc.edu

Harbison Lake

  • About: Harbison Lake takes you through well shaded trails, passing by backyards of homes, encircling two small lakes, and passing through a wilderness wildlife habitat. 803-781-2281, Harbison Neighborhood


Columbia Riverfront Park & Historic Canal

  • About: A wonderful place to get in a quiet walk, enjoy a picnic together, and just spend some time appreciating one another! 803-545-3100, SC Great Outdoors


Cayce Riverwalk

  • About: Bridges, boardwalks, and overlooks make the Cayce Riverwalk ideal for walking and gazing at the natural beauty as you follow the Congaree River. Cayce Riverwalk


West Columbia Riverwalk

  • About: Stop at a picnic table for a romantic lunch and enjoy a scenic walk along the river as the sun sets. Check out their website at River Alliance for a full list of events.

Granby Park

  • About:Enjoy the perfect romantic evening together as you and your date take in wonderful views of the river from bridges, overlooks, and a half mile of paths. SC Great Outdoors

Finlay Park

  • About:Grab your honey and enjoy Finlay Park's cascading waterfall and stream, take the walking paths surrounding the lake, and view the entire park from porch-type swings. Call 803- 545-3100 for more information or visit Discover South Carolina


The Three Rivers Greenway

  • About:Provides couples with a network of trails and parks centered around the rivers that flow through Columbia, from forested trails to river overlooks!


Memorial Park

  • About: This peaceful 7-acre park features winding paths, benches, and flowering bushes--the perfect place to relax and take a stroll with your sweetheart.


  • About:Enjoy a lovely walk around Harbison Pond, surrounded by benches and filled with ducks and often adorable baby ducklings. Longer trails available around the pond.




Romantic Things to Do




South Carolina State Farmer's Market

  • About: Spend a beautiful morning at the SC State Farmer's Market with your sweetheart! Shop year round for fresh produce, specialty products, and artisan items. Use the tasty produce you find to make a wonderful lunch together! 803-737-4664. SC State Farmer's Market


Frankie's Fun Park

  • About:Nothing spells romance like fun, games, & laughter! Hang out with your sweetie, eat some pizza, and battle it out in mini golf, arcade games, laser tag, go-carts, & much more! 803-791-2342, www.frankiesfunpark.com


Southern Pottery Workcenter and Gallery

  • About: Shake things up and get creative by taking classes in handbuilding or wheelthrowing, offered throughout the year. For an updated schedule, check out the website or call 803-251-3001!

The Visual Arts Center

  • About: Make it a creative evening out at The Visual Arts Center, which features everything from classes and shows to specials events! 803-545-3100


Vista Ballroom

  • About: Dance the night away at Friday open floor night, with instructors available to help perfect your dancing. 803-546-3705


Three Fountains Recreation

  • About: Let the good times roll! Three Fountains Recreation offers late night skating, video games, miniature golf and other fun things to do. 803-359-1123


Workshop Theatre

  • About: Make a night of it! Enjoy dinner at a fabulous nearby restaurant and after enjoy a show at the ever-talented Workshop Theatre. If one night out isn't enough, plan a stay at one of Columbia's wonderful hotels, nestled in the heart of downtown. Call 803-799-6551, or visit www.workshoptheatre.com to see a full list of showtimes!


Enjoy Music Together!

  • About: In the South, nothin' says love quite like the thrum of bluegrass. Twang out your feelings during Friday night Jam Sessions at Bill's Music Shop and Pickin' Parlor. 803-796-6477


Lend a Helping Hand

  • About: Channel your love into service for others and volunteer together! Get involved with Sustainable Carolina, United Way of the Midlands, or join the Light Brigade.


South Carolina State House

  • About: Enjoy a romantic outing at the grounds of the beautiful State house. Inside the State house, learn about one another as you learn together!SC State House


Columbia City Ballet

  • About: Choose between countless exciting ballets performed almost year round as you and your significant other experience the wonder of performing arts. Call 803-799-7605 for more information.


Go Camping!

  • About: Roughing it doesn't have to be all that rough with sleeping bags, tents, and the right cookware from the Backpacker! 803-799-7571, Backpacker Quality Gear


Columbia Museum of Art

  • About: Enjoy Columbia’s rich cultural scene together and view Masterpieces of the Hudson River School Painters at Columbia Museum of Art. Call 803-799-2810 for more information or visit their website at Columbia Museum





Dinner for Two




Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

  • About: If you and your sweetie love seared-to-perfection beef, Ruth's Chris offers a memorable dining experience that says, ʺspecialʺ in a big way. Call early to make your reservations for a very special Valentine's Day or even just an all-out date night at 803-216-6666, or visit their website at Ruth's Chris


Liberty Tap Room & Grill

  • About: With cozy booths in their dining room on Gervais Street, Liberty offers couples an intimate dining experience with fabulous food. From lowcountry dishes to fresh fish prepared to your liking, and sizzling steaks, Liberty will make you and your honey happy! 803-461-4677,


Pearlz Oyster Bar

  • About: A local favorite in the Vista, Pearlz features live music, great drinks, & savory dishes like Baked Oysters Rockefeller and Mussels Fettuccine. A better way to relax and enjoy a night out with your sweetheart is hard to find! 803-661-7741, Pearlz Oyster Bar


Inakaya

  • About: Greater Columbia's most authentic Japanese sushi bar and restaurant allows sushi lovers to indulge their culinary desires in an intimate atmosphere.


Mr. Friendly's, Solstice Kitchen, and Cellar on Greene

  • About: Ricky Mollohan always makes sure visits to his establishments are an unparalleled pleasure. Whether you choose Solstice Kitchen in Northeast Columbia (803-788-6966), Mr. Friendly's downtown (803-254-7828), or Cellar on Greene downtown (803-343-3303), their incredible food and excellent wine pairings will delight your sweetheart.


Spirit of Lake Murray

  • About: Climb aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray and celebrate—well, anything! Each season, the spectacular Spirit crew put on a number of public cruises for all to attend.


Sato Japanese Steakhouse

  • About: Offers the Japanese version of a dinner show with the best hibachi chefs in town! You and your date are sure to be pleased as you watch your dinner being prepared on a sizzling Teppanyaki table and taste true authentic Japanese food! 803-782-1064, Sato Steakhouse


    SakiTumi

    • About: As one of the only restaurants in the area that receives fresh fish almost every single day of the week, Sakitumi is the perfect place for seafood lovers & lovers in general to enjoy a meal together! (803) 931-0700



Tasty Treats


Grill Marks

  • About: Enjoy Marks Famous Milkshakes, Shake Tails, and Beer Shakes with your sweetie. If you're feeling adventurous, get a FreakShake such as Cookies & Cream Dirt, a delicious mix of a cookies & cream milkshake, chocolate icing, oreos, a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, gummy worms, and oreo crumbles!


Kaminsky's

  • About: The best place for after dinner drinks and dessert with your love! A modern setting and cozy seating provide the perfect atmosphere to try delicious cakes, pies and "adult" spiked milkshakes with your sweetheart. 803-550-9979, www.kaminskys.com





Cold Weather Date Ideas




  • Winter can be stressful and depressing for a lot of people, if you feel you and your partner are in a slump, make an appointment at OCCO Skin Spa, PYNK Butterfly Salon and Spa, or Wisteria Aveda Salon Spa. Get warm and cozy while letting the stress ooze from your body one hot rock at a time.
    The Final Door


    About:
    The perfect cold weather activity for you and your sweetie! See how well you can work together in the Sacrifice room, where you've been captured by an evil cult. Use your wit to excape the room before your honey is sacrificed!
    Address: 930 Knox Abbott Drive, Columbia, SC 29033
    Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am - 8:30pm | Fri-Sat: Later bookings available | Reserve time in advance
    Phone: (803) 602-2433

  • Restaurant-hop around-the-world  with a Columbia international food tour! Start with sushi apps at Inakaya

  •  Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse for entrees and fab salad bar; Villa Tronco for Carmella’s Italian cheesecake!

  • Have a fun evening out of the cold at one of Columbia's 20+ bowling centers including Anchor Lanes (803-732-7880), Royal Z Lanes (803-788-9208), and AMF Columbia Lanes (803-798-1310).

  • Roller skate with your honey and dance to 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music as you fly hand-in-hand around the Sandhills Plex Roller Skating Rink.

  • If it’s too cold to be outdoors, create a simulated park indoors and enjoy a romantic picnic! Push the furniture in the living room to the wall and lay down a blanket, place indoor plants nearby, bring out the packed picnic basket of summertime treats and don’t forget the bubbly or lemonade...

  • Tap into your creative side by taking a ceramics class together. Redbird on Rosewood offers classes on the weekends!

  • Create an indulgent DIY spa night at home! Pamper each other with scented lotions and treatments for hands and feet, light candles, turn down the lights, turn on ethereal music and enjoy  a romantic night!

  • Looking for a unique and memorable date?  Head to a karaoke bar--we recommend Tsubaki--and sing your heart out on some cheesy ballad you’ve dedicated to your beau.

  • Another great way to have some fun with your sweetheart is to take a beer crafting class from a local brewery. Head over to Keg Cowboy in Lexington and get started on making your own homebrew--classes ongoing.

  • If you want to see a movie, why not kick it up a notch and head out to the IMAX theatre in the Village at Sandhill? Bonus points for seeing a scary movie in IMAX so you and your sweetie can squeeze together when the horror happens.

  • For couples who have been together forever and want something different from the usual dinner routine, invite over another couple. Have them bring the appetizer and you and your special someone make a great dinner to share.

  • If the weather doesn’t permit for outdoor trips, head to a local bookstore--The Book Dispensary, Barnes & Noble in Richland Mall, and S.C. Bookstore are good starts--and start flipping through the travel section. Grab some books to help you plan now for your ideal vacation in the summer months!