Dating while sober doesn’t have to be boring.
For your convenience, the team at Waypoint Recovery Center‘s South Carolina drug and alcohol addiction treatment program has put together this list of fun and unique date ideas in Charleston County. Whether you’re planning a first date or are currently in a long-term relationship, these sober date ideas are sure to please.
Visit North America’s Only Tea Plantation
If your date is a tea lover, a trip to the Charleston Tea Plantation is guaranteed to impress. Every year, over 65,000 people from around the world come to visit the only tea plantation in North America. A visit to the Charleston Tea Plantation includes viewing hundreds of thousands of tea bushes during a trolley tour, seeing how tea is made in the factory, sampling an assortment of teas, and picking out tea-related souvenirs in the gift shop.
Located on historic Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the Charleston Tea Plantation is open year-round, so you can view the different stages of tea harvesting and production up close and personal. When weather permits, you are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy under one of the plantation’s century-old oak trees.
Learn About the History of Charleston
Even if you were born and raised in South Carolina, there’s something magical about seeing your surroundings in a new way. Speedboat Adventures offers two-hour speedboat tours of Charleston Harbor with unrivaled views of the Battery, USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the downtown Charleston skyline, Waterfront Park, South Carolina Aquarium, the cruise ship terminal, and the wildlife and marine creatures who call the area home. Fully narrated boat tours are available five times per day.
Reservations are required, and weekend tours book fast. Plan ahead to make this an experience your date won’t soon forget.
Spending time in nature and staying active has been shown to help promote lasting sobriety. Charleston offers a number of beautiful parks with fun activities your date is sure to enjoy.
The climbing wall at James Island County Park is one of the tallest outdoor climbing facilities in the Lowcountry area. This 50-foot wall features more than 4,500 square feet of climbing space with 14 top ropes and two lead climbing walls. If you’re an inexperienced climber, trained staff are available to offer tips and explain technical safety procedures for all ages and abilities.
When you’re done climbing, some of the other great amenities at this park include an 18-hole disc golf course, a seasonal waterpark, and pedal boat or kayak rentals. If you’re thinking of planning a weekend getaway, The Campground has 124 sites and 10 vacation cottages along the Stono River marsh.
Getting in touch with your creative side is a great stress-reliever, as well as a fun way to bond with your date. Anders Ruff Workshop offers a number of DIY classes covering various mediums. You can create personalized canvas tote bags, make a cute bed for your dog, learn to knit a chunky blanket or pillow, paint a monogrammed sign, and more.
See the schedule of classes in Mount Pleasant for details. Most classes range from $39 to $75 per person with all materials and tools provided. Events labeled as “DIY Date Night” are perfect for couples, but any class you are both interested in would be a memorable date.
For the ultimate indulgence, you can’t beat the couple’s spa package at Simply Your Spa. Enjoy a one-hour Swedish couple’s massage before a couple’s sea spa pedicure with an invigorating sugar scrub and rejuvenating sea spa mask. Or, if you’d prefer to customize your experience, services can be purchased individually.
Note that a professional massage reveals its full benefits a few hours after your appointment, so follow up your spa treatment with quiet and relaxing activities like a movie night at home or a picnic under the stars.
A sense of humor is widely listed by both men and women as one of the main qualities they are looking for in a partner. If you love to laugh, taking your date to a comedy show is the quickest way to see if you share the same sense of humor.
Theatre 99 is Charleston’s home for improv comedy. There are original performances every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night. Each show is based entirely on audience suggestions—making for a one-of-a-kind theatre experience. If desired, couples can take a love of comedy one step further by signing up as box office volunteers or taking a class with one of Theatre 99’s experienced performers.
Put Your Minds Together
Escape rooms test your problem solving, creative thinking, and ability to work together as a team. Escape in 60 offers several themed escape room experiences, including the popular Davy Jones’ Locker where Blackbeard has taken over your ship and you have 60 minutes to escape the sinking vessel. Players must find clues, solve puzzles, and complete challenges to unlock the room and win the game.
Escape in 60’s escape rooms are suitable for 2-8 people, which means this would work well as a group date with other couples. Time for souvenir photos is scheduled at the end of the game.