Most Romantic Things to Do in Greenville

Enjoy one of Greenville's many romantic attractions for the perfect date night

The classic date night was always “dinner and a movie” but let’s face it, dining out can get expensive and Hollywood has long struggled to come up with fresh ideas to get people into theaters. Why not spice up your next romantic outing with something new and different that will make the date a memorable one? From daytime adventures to nights out on the town, Greenville has a ton of options to choose from for the perfect date with your long-time partner or someone you are just getting to know.

Pandemic era precautions tend to make outdoor destinations preferable to indoor activities and, thankfully, the Upstate has a ton to offer. From historic landmarks like Campbell’s Covered Bridge and Poinsett Bridge or hiking trails at Paris Mountain State Park or Table Rock State Park, there are plenty of romantic adventures to choose from. For indoor fun, a visit to M. Judson Booksellers is always a great date, as is a spa day at Drift Float & Spa.


Drift Float & Spa
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A couple's massage at your favorite spa is always a great way to enjoy a romantic experience together. Greenville's Drift Float & Spa, however, puts its twist on this kind of fun with a variety of services that go well beyond a traditional massage. A couple can go their separate ways and enjoy a private, sensory depriving float and then meet back and compare notes on the experience in a state of total relaxation. Drift also offers an infrared sauna for two, an oxygen bar, and a Lucia Light treatment, all of which help you get in touch with yourself, before getting in touch with your partner.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Nothing relaxes the body and mind than a spa day ahead of a romantic evening.

Brett's expert tip: Drift recommends three float visits to fully adjust to the experience for maximum benefits.

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Bald Rock Heritage Preserve
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Looking out over the foothills and Table Rock, Bald Rock Heritage Preserve offers an unbeatable panoramic vista just steps away from Highway 276. Located on a "blink and you will miss it" stretch of road on the way to Caesar's Head State Park, Bald Rock is a football field slab of granite gazing out over Pickens and Greenville counties and the iconic Table Rock Mountain. Look for a group of parked cars (there are always a few people there) five miles south of Caesar's Head State Park and find a place to safely pull off with them. From there you will notice a wooden footbridge that will lead you to the rock itself. The view is unmarred by guard rails and is an unbelievable spot for photos, a picnic, or quiet reflection as you take it all in.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Bald Rock Heritage Preserve is completely free to enjoy and is a bit of a hidden gem since it's unmarked.

10Best's expert tip: You will see lots of graffiti on the rock, but this isn't an invitation to leave your own mark.

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Ice On Main
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Gliding across the ice, hand in hand, on a frozen pond or at Rockefeller Center is an iconic romantic image often seen on film. In real life, however, one participant falling down and bringing their partner down to the ice with them is also a totally realistic, hilarious, and bonding experience. Whatever your skill level, Ice On Main puts all scenarios on the table for a perfect romantic evening or afternoon right in the heart of Downtown Greenville. Purchase the 10-skate season pass and hone your skills all winter long as you enjoy skate date magic over and over again.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Skating around an outdoor ice rink hand in hand is the perfect date night adventure.

Brett's expert tip: Obviously, a seasonal activity, go on a weeknight so there are fewer families and children to navigate around on the ice.

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Victoria Valley Vineyards is situated on 47-acres, styled after a French chateau, and would seem fully at home in Southern France. Fortunately for us, it is just up the road off of Highway 11 in northern Greenville County. Enjoy lunch on the terrace from Thursday through Sunday for the perfect setting for a romantic outing. Tours and wine tastings are available or you can keep to yourselves as you enjoy each other's company while overlooking the picturesque vineyards. There are few things more romantic than sharing a bottle of wine with a great view and Victoria Valley has you covered on both fronts.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: There are few more perfect settings for a date than one that includes wine and a view of the vineyard.

Brett's expert tip: Check their website for hours and changes in schedule as they adjust to staffing availability.

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North Pleasantburg
Paris Mountain State Park

Paris Mountain State Park is one of the true gems of the Upstate. Just minutes from Downtown Greenville, it is never far on the horizon reminding us of its presence. Once there, you will find miles of hiking trails suitable for all ages and abilities. The mile loop around Lake Placid at the base of the park is perfect for those looking for an easy stroll in the woods while sections of the Sulphur Springs Loop are as challenging as you will find anywhere in the Upstate. Mountain biking, boating, swimming, and camping options are all available making Paris Mountain one-stop shopping for all of its visitors.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Just minutes from Downtown Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park is the most accessible destination for hikers of all skill levels.

Brett's expert tip: It is so close to town you are going to want to visit a lot, which makes the SC State Park Pass a wise investment.

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Liberty Bridge & Falls Park on the Reedy
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The crown jewel of Downtown Greenville, it is hard to argue that there is any more notable attraction than Falls Park and the Liberty Bridge. How many cities in the United States have a river running through the heart of town, complete with a 28' waterfall right in the middle of it? Just to add to the scene, the 345' suspension bridge over the top of the falls gives pedestrians some truly stunning views of the Reedy River, waterfall, and the Downtown Greenville skyline. Greenville has a lot of unique qualities but this one really stands out above all others when compared to other city's attractions.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Liberty Bridge and Falls Park serve as the centerpiece of downtown Greenville, offering inspiration for other downtown areas across the United States.

Brett's expert tip: While the water may look inviting, heed the signs surrounding the river and stay out.

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Poinsett Bridge

On the list of things that make the Poinsett Bridge significant, one has to wonder where to even begin. It is the oldest bridge in South Carolina and, quite possibly, the Southeast as a whole. Built in 1820 as part of a road connecting Charleston to Tennessee, it was named after Joel Poinsett, a prominent Greenville resident and eventual US ambassador to Mexico. Perhaps most notable is the fact that its architect was Robert Mills who went on to be the architect for a little thing known as the Washington Monument. There is so much history here that it should be a legal requirement for Upstate residents to walk across this bridge at least once in their lives, preferably in the company of a loved one.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The walk across Poinsett Bridge is a trip back through time, something best performed while holding the hand of a loved one.

Brett's expert tip: As long as you are in the neighborhood, nearby Restaurant 17 at Hotel Domestique is worth a visit. Watching the sunset with a seasonal cocktail at the restaurant's bar is the perfect end to your adventure.

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M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers
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Located right in the heart of Downtown Greenville in the historic family courthouse, this is a beautiful landmark that makes for a perfect romantic outing. Whether you are sharing a conversation over a coffee or tea, getting to know each other through shared literary tastes, or attending an evening event like Book & A Beer featuring a local, regional, or touring author, M. Judson offers a host of scenarios for the perfect romantic outing. The love of literature can be a deeply intimate thing, especially when shared with a loved one, and M. Judson provides plenty of avenues to do just that.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The fantastic selection of authors, regional and national, makes this a must-visit.

Brett's expert tip: Special events like M. Judson's "In Conversation With" offer intimate introductions to authors for the perfect date night experience.

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Table Rock State Park
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The bald rock face of Table Rock Mountain is unmistakable and, even if it is only South Carolina's third tallest peak, it is the most recognizable. The hike to the summits of Table Rock and nearby Pinnacle Mountain both offer some quality time that makes for a great date. The bond you share with someone you care about after a successful trip to either summit is unparalleled making this a perfect romantic destination. After the hike, do not miss the chance for a glass of wine and a sandwich at Victoria Valley Vineyards just a couple of miles from the park's entrance.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Enjoying a hike in each other's company brings about a bond few other activities can offer.

Brett's expert tip: The view from the top of Table Rock is the popular one, so a hike to the top of nearby Pinnacle offers much more in the way of privacy.

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Campbell's Covered Bridge

The covered bridge was a practical invention as the siding and roof would allow a wooden bridge to last a century, versus less than 20 years in the days before steel was readily available. While covered bridges were once a common sight across the globe, Campbell's Covered Bridge is the only one of its kind still standing in South Carolina. Built in 1909, the bridge has been restored twice and is now the centerpiece of a park managed by Greenville Rec. The park invites visitors to stay for a picnic making this historic bridge the perfect backdrop for a great date day excursion.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: This is the perfect place for a picnic next to a mountain stream and the only standing-covered bridge in South Carolina.

Brett's expert tip: Visit during the week when the park is not busy and you can potentially have the bridge all to yourself.

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Meet Brett Barest

Brett Barest is a freelance writer in Greenville, South Carolina that has watched the city grow from cow pastures and boarded up buildings to the tourist destination it has become today. He...  More About Brett