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Charleston, South Carolina has got to be one of the most romantic cities in America. It is such a beautiful city rich in history. The beautiful trees and ocean also make the perfect backdrop. Charleston is great for an anniversary trip, romantic weekend, honeymoon, Valentine’s Day trip, etc. It is also the perfect place for a proposal! If you want to book a romantic getaway in Charleston for a low price, click here.
If you are in Charleston for a romantic getaway, then I am sure you are going to want to do some romantic activities during your stay. Here is our list of romantic things to do in Charleston.
1. Horse and Carriage Ride
A horse and carriage ride is not only a great way to see Charleston, but it’s really romantic, too. As the weather gets cooler, too, you can cuddle up with your honey in the cool air. Click here to book a private horse and carriage ride. Please note that this is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
2. Dinner Cruise
I know you are going to want to have a romantic dinner during your stay in Charleston. So how about having that dinner on a cruise?
A great dinner cruise you and your partner will enjoy while in Charleston is this luxury dinner cruise on the Spirit of Carolina. You can relax while enjoying a delicious, multi-course Southern dinner on this cruise. There is also a full-service bar.
There are air-conditioned dining decks (perfect for the summer in the south) or the open-air observation deck. You can take in the beautiful sunset views. You’ll see a lot of great sites as you cruise through Charleston Harbor. The cruise takes you past Fort Sumter, along the Battery, and beneath the Ravenel Bridge.
And the music onboard helps create a great mood. So this would definitely be a great choice for a romantic evening.
3. Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise
If you would like a sunset cruise through the Charleston Harbor without dinner, then try this Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise. Watching the sunset from a great view on a catamaran is such a romantic way to see the sunset. And you can see the forts, the islands, the Battery, the lighthouses, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, birds, and maybe even a dolphin!
4. Private Sailboat Charter
Sunsets aren’t the only great time to on the water in Charleston. You can also consider booking a private sailboat charter. It’s a 2 and a half hour cruise with wonderful views of Castle Pinckney, Charleston Battery, Sullivan’s Island, Ravenel Bridge, Yorktown Aircraft Carrier & Fort Sumter.
5. 3 Hour Charleston Sailing Charter
It’s a bit more expensive, but you can make the private sailing charter even more unique to and private with this 3 Hour Charleston Sailing Charter. But what makes it special is how you can customize it. You can pick your own departure time. You can bring aboard a picnic and drinks. Or you can even opt for an upgrade for gourmet catering. You can also request a photographer. By the way, this would make a great way to propose!
6. Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tour
Another private way to see Charleston without a horse or boat involved would be this Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tour. You get driven around the peninsula from the comfort of your private vehicle. This is really great if you are a first-time visitor to Charleston or you haven’t visited very often. You get to see top Charleston landmarks, like the Battery and Waterfront Park. You also get to hear stories about the history and culture of Charleston.
7. Private Tour of Historic Charleston by Foot
Another way to get around Historic Charleston in a private, guided tour is with this walking tour. A local expert guides this tour and tells great stories from four centuries of history of the Holy City. Since the city is flat, it’s easy to walk around Charleston. And since it is a private tour, it is more intimate, and therefore more romantic. After you walk through the city, you can get a snack or drink at a place recommended by the guide.
8. Photo Shoot & Tour
You are in love and you (or your partner) want to show it off, right? So how about booking a photo session while you are in Charleston? And not just any photo session. This is by an award-winning professional wedding photographer. Her work has been featured regularly in “The Knot” and “Charleston” magazines. She’s also a 10th-generation Charlestonian so she can show you around Charleston, too. So basically you get portrait photography at various locations while getting a tour around Charlesotn.
Click here to book this photo session.
9. Poplar Grove Plantation Horseback Ride in Ravenel
Charleston is a romantic city but if you want to get away from the busy city during your romantic trip and go to the country, then this tour is for you. It is a small-group horseback riding tour, so you won’t be in a busy crowd.
This tour explores some of the 6,000-plus acres of Poplar Grove Plantations. This is in Ravenel, which is just outside Charleston. This gives you get views of South Carolina’s picturesque countryside.
You and your partner (and your horses) travel along well-kept trails with a guide. If you don’t have a lot or any experience riding horses, don’t worry. You get a short lesson before you leave the farm.
And can you imagine anything more romantic than horseback riding side-by-side with your partner?
10. Private Half-Day Tour of Middleton Place & Drayton Hall Tour
Another private tour is this half-day tour of Middle Place & Drayton Hall. You get picked up at the location of your choice. You are taken on the scenic River Road to the historic landmarks of West Ashley. This tour takes you to Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and Middleton Place. Since it is a private tour, you get to do this at your leisure. So there is plenty of time to just walk through these picturesque locations and enjoy each other’s company. A boxed lunch is also included in the price of this tour.
11. Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour
If you are a more adventurous couple, then you might enjoy a private Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour. Like the other boat tours, you get to see top Charleston destinations like the Battery and the USS Yorktown. But unlike other tours, you get to get behind the wheel of an F13 speedboat and learn the basics of operating the speedboat from your guide!
12. Ballroom Dancing
If you are in Charleston for any extended time, then taking ballroom lessons would be a great, romantic way to spend time with your boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner. Click here to book a four-class ballroom lesson for two.