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Charleston is a beautiful Southern city packed with charming places for a couple’s vacation. As a matter of fact, many publications have ranked it as one of the most romantic cities in the country. Get lost in a world of historic architecture, majestic, tree-lined parks, intimate restaurants, oceanfront views, and much more when you and your sweetheart come to town. The following seven places should be on your list of things to do during your next romantic getaways in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Take a Beach Stroll

While Charleston doesn’t have a beach within its city limits, it is surrounded by beautiful barrier islands like Kiawah Island boasting white sandy beaches and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Folly Beach has a laid-back, chill-hipster vibe, and it’s a favorite for surfers. Sullivan’s Island is a bit more upscale and quiet, especially during the tourist off-season. Visiting later in the fall or earlier in the winter would keep the crowds and noise down, allowing for an even more romantic beach walk for you and your loved one. Temperatures may be a bit lower than ideal, but it’s the perfect excuse to snuggle up to your loved one on the excursion.

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Have a Picnic at White Point Garden

Originally named for the thick covering of oyster shells, bleached by the soft Carolina sun, White Point Gardens is a beautiful park that sits at the southern tip of the Charleston peninsula, just between the harbor and the city’s most spectacular, Victorian homes. Without a doubt, a local favorite, be sure to check out this breathtaking park. On any given day, you’ll catch couples enjoying picnics on the grass, people-watching from the many benches, and simply soaking in the magnificently romantic city.

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Go On a Sunset Sail

Because the city is surrounded by the ocean, rivers, creeks, a harbor, and the Intracoastal Waterway, there are plenty of opportunities for those who enjoy being on the water. The Schooner Pride is an old-fashioned sailboat that takes couples on beautiful sunset cruises, including adults-only sunset cruises with wine tastings. Starting at $325 for the first two hours, you and your partner can enjoy a private sailing experience. With so much unbelievable scenery, it’s a good idea to check out more of the tours that are available here.

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Tour a Plantation

Charleston is home to several historic plantations, such as Magnolia Plantations and Gardens, which date back to the 1600s and is one of the oldest plantations in the South. Take the nature train and other guided tours, or walk hand-in-hand through beautifully landscaped gardens

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Enjoy a Romantic Meal

If you’re in search of a quiet, candlelit dinner, check out some of the best restaurants in Charleston, SC. If upscale, contemporary is what you’re looking for, you’ve found your home in Circa 1886. This beautiful restaurant is nestled in the heart of Harleston Village neighborhood, and located in the original carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion. Circa is a sure bet to enjoy a lovely meal and a wonderful evening with your partner. Looking for a more traditionally elegant vibe? Look no further than 82 Queen, a true staple in the Charleston community that claims ‘Iconic low-country cuisine since 1982’. After dinner, be sure to head over to the Drawing Room at The Vendue for a tasty nightcap

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Pamper Yourself with a Spa Day

Couples who don’t feel like going out can pamper themselves at a place like the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place. Enjoy deep tissue couples’ massages and facial treatments at one of the most popular spas on the entire continent. The Spa is fully equipped with a fitness center, a salon (closed on Mondays), and over nine different treatment rooms, two of which are for couples. Aside from internationally-renowned spas, the Belmond also features a long list of romantic activities for you and your significant other. Be sure and get a reservation at the Charleston Grill, where you’ll experience a fresh take on Classic ‘Lowcountry’ cuisine. 

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Go to a Ball Game

If a high-end dinner or spa day sounds a little too fancy, head over to play at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park (or simply “the Joe” to locals and fans). Once there, you can catch a minor league baseball game and cheer on The Charleston Riverdogs, an affiliate of the New York Yankees. Of course, you’ll want to check the season schedule before you come to make sure the Riverdogs are in town. Sometimes, you can even catch a romantic fireworks display on Fridays after the game. Grab baseball cap and head to the stadium for some good old-fashioned, hotdog-eating fun.

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Where To Stay

With so many great things to do in the beautiful city of Charleston, it’s important to pick out a great neighborhood for your trip. We’ve got you covered. Keep reading on below to see our top picks for the best neighborhoods in the city. 

Mount Pleasant

Beautiful parks and amazing views of the water make this neighborhood a top pick for you and your significant other. Check out the Waterfront District in particular. This area of Mount Pleasant offers you some amazing harbor adventure which includes a massive boardwalk, spanning over 3000 feet. You don’t have to walk the whole thing, but we suggest making sure you spend a little time on it. It’s a gorgeous and peaceful place to unwind after a day in the city. If you enjoy golfing with your partner, go ahead and play a round of golf while surrounded by incredible homes and lush, green palms. There’s also the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum for you to consider. 

South of Broad

Also making its way into our list is the famous South of Broad neighborhood. This neighborhood is home to the most famous street in all of Charleston, Rainbow Row. Here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by gorgeous pastel-colored homes dating back to the mid 18th century. This is hands down the most photographed area of all of Charleston

Sullivan’s Island

And the final important consideration is no other than Sullivan’s Island. This neighborhood is chock-full of tours, both on land and on the water. Why not consider taking a lovely sailing cruise and enjoying all the beauty that is in the city from the water. The area also is home to the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse. While most lighthouses are round, this one is unique in that it’s triangularly shaped and gives you and your partner an amazing view of the city and the Charleston harbor. 

There are a ton of other great options for you to consider in the city, but these are our picks. We’re sure that no matter where you decide to stay, you’ll have an amazing time and enjoy all there is to enjoy in Chas, as the locals call it. We encourage you to be adventurous and explore the many neighborhoods in the city, but sure you put these top spots on your list of places to check out.

Charleston awaits!

South Carolina has it all. So, when considering the perfect place to take your sweetheart, be sure to put Charleston at the very top of your list. Whether you’re looking for something traditional and relaxing, upscale and fresh, or even a hotdog and good-old-fashioned ball game, this charming city truly has it all for the couple in love.