I’ve listed the best date spots in Charleston, SC for you to enjoy with your significant other and connect while enjoying Charleston’s history.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a date night with your honey look no further than Charleston.
Charleston is chocked full of romantic date spots and I’m here to tell you about them.
This is one of my husband and my go to weekends aways and we discover new things every time.
There are things for everyone to enjoy in Charleston.
Charleston Waterfront Park
Take a stroll at the waterfront park, from the views of the Harbor to the pier with swings for two and rustic park benches, there are even fountains you can wade in on a warm day.
There are 10 acres to roam, most of them looking over the Charleston Harbor and the Cooper River.
The sidewalks are wide with plenty of room to enjoy a stroll. Take a look at the historic colonial homes on Rainbow Row.
Enjoy the canopy of Oak trees providing shade and a gorgeous view while you walk hand in hand with your love. Bonus the waterfront park is a free date, who doesn’t love free?
Historical Ghost Tours
There are plenty of ghost tours to choose from in Charleston because there’s so much rich history running through Charleston’s veins.
My husband and I enjoy these ghost tours so much I think we’ve gone to at least one from each agency.
Read up on the reviews, some are definitely better than others.
You’ll leave learning history no matter which one you choose no doubt, a few of them may even make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up before you’re finished.
I suggested booking in advance as some of the best tours fill up pretty fast.
Explore the Cemeteries
Charleston has some of the oldest graveyards and cemeteries dating back to the 1600s.
We’ve spent entire days walking through, admiring, reading about the graves, and all the history that goes with it.
There are many stories in these cemeteries if you take the time to read some of the graves and research you’re sure to have a good time.
The grounds are beautiful and have some of the prettiest places to sit and talk about what life must have been like.
One graveyard, in particular, is spooky and beautiful.
The Unitarian graveyard, because the Unitarians don’t believe in disturbing the dead, so they don’t do any grounds upkeep. Everything is overgrown and untouched.
Very awesome to see, this specific graveyard is also believed to be haunted by the “lady in white.”
Fun fact I learned on one of the historic ghost tours, the difference in a graveyard and a cemetery. A graveyard is attached to a church and a cemetery stands alone with no church attached.
Visit Sullivan’s Island
There are several beaches close to Charleston but my favorite beach by far is Sullivan’s Island Beach.
It’s a 20-minute drive from Charleston and because it’s more of a residential area with no hotels, the beach is hardly ever crowded
It’s a great place to relax and soak up the sun.
The water is great for swimming, the beach is clean, there’s also an awesome lighthouse at one end, the locals are usually out walking their furry friends.
The one con is there are no public restrooms so plan ahead!
When you get ready for a bite to eat there are several beach restaurants including, Poe’s Tavern with delicious burgers, Dunleavy’s Pub a great place for a snack and drink, and Mex 1 has delicious margarita’s and tacos.
Go See The Angel Oak Tree
Charleston has some of the oldest and prettiest trees you’ll ever see!
This tree, in particular, is over 500 years old, The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park.
It’s free to go see the Angel Oak Tree, it’s gorgeous and huge!
It stands 66.5 ft tall, measures 28 ft in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet. From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft.
Our entire family had fun visiting Angel Oak Park and it’s definitely a must see when visiting Charleston.
There are picnic tables so be sure to pack a picnic lunch if you want to spend some extra time in the shade of the Angel Oak Tree.
Explore the Cobblestone Streets ANd Alley Ways
Cobblestone streets are just one of Charleston’s many historical charms.
Walking the gorgeous cobblestone streets make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The streets are chalked full of history.
Another thing I learned on the historical ghost tours is the history of the cobblestone streets.
Cobblestones first found their way to Charleston in the 17th and 18th centuries as ballast (weight for stability) in sailing ships from England.
For a time they were throwing the stones into the harbor as unnecessary waste, they no longer needed them when the ships left the harbor well-ballasted with cargo.
Since Charleston didn’t have smooth stones of their own, The English starting leaving them for the Charlestonians, and they used them for many things including the streets.
Enjoy Charleston’s Cuisine
Charleston no doubt has some of the best places to indulge your palette. I could make an entire post entirely on my favorite Charleston grub spots.
The low country sea food is spectacular, Charleston is great for oysters, scallops, crabs and more!
I will name just a few of my favorite dinner date spots in Charleston.
This restaurant is talked about on ghost tours as having two ghosts that haunt the restaurant and the food is AMAZING!
A long story made short is; a schoolteacher who called the building home until her death in 1954, haunts Poogan’s Porch.
Witnesses have seen her terrifying, ghostly form floating across the restaurant’s porch and sneaking up behind guests in the ladies’ bathroom, revealing herself in the mirror!
There’s also a dog named Poogan who lived and died at the home and is buried in the front yard.
His spirit still seems to linger, some guests have even claimed to have felt the fury spirits brush against their legs, or see a white flash run by as Poogan searches for table scraps.
Besides the history and spooky stories of the restaurant, the food is like no other, you can read more about that here.
This place has the best hushpuppies I’ve ever tasted, I’ve never had a bad experience or meal from here and I’ve eaten here several times.
My favorite is the Carolina Delight, it’s a creamy shrimp and grits that are to die for! I also enjoy their red sangria and pan-seared scallops.
Check Hyman’s out for your next visit to Charleston.
Carmella’s Dessert Bar
This cute little bar has an array of delicious desserts and cocktails.
The dessert servings are enormous so I suggest sharing with your date if you can agree on just one sweet to curb your sweet tooth.
My favorite drink is the “Thin Mint”, it has the perfect mix of minty frothiness and Godiva chocolate ( think cold, liquid, Girl Scout cookies) YUM.
The menu consists of Gelato’s Desserts, Coffee’s, Cocktails, and Local Beers. So have a seat and enjoy the happy atmosphere of Carmella’s Dessert Bar.
Tour Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter is a sea fort in Charleston, SC, originally constructed in 1829, it’s notable for two battles, the first of which signified the start of the American Civil War.
Visiting Fort Sumter is one of the best places to engulf yourself in history, and explore the grounds of Fort Sumter, a fortress that has survived more bombardment, open fire, explosions, and war than imaginable.
A place like this is one of my favorite date spots because it encourages talking about things like history and how we imagine it was.
It’s always a good idea to do something together that you’ve never done before.
Learning things together builds your connection with each other.
That why I think Charleston is perfect for a date night or a couples getaway.
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