Great Summer Date Nights in Myrtle Beach

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If women are from Venus and men are from Mars, what should the two do when they meet in the middle for a romantic retreat in Myrtle Beach? Not to get all Dr. Phil on you, but there are some great date night ideas on the Grand Strand that are sure to bring couples closer together.

But first, a few words of advice. Guys, it's not always as important what you plan for your big date as much as the fact that you took the time to plan something special. Now ladies, it's 2015. If your man won't or can't plan a decent date, drop him some hints or plan it yourself.

Now for the fun part – deciding what to do. Longtime couples may already have a set routine of doing the same ol' same ol', but a vacation in Myrtle Beach is the perfect opportunity to step outside your comfort zones and try something different. For newer couples, what better way to make some great memories than by trying some of the Myrtle Beach's more interesting activities?

Of course, the perfect date is all a matter of taste. For more adventurous couples, a day of parasailing or jet-skiing will do the trick. For those who prefer the great indoors, the traditional dinner-and-show may be the way to go. But there is a lot of middle ground, things that don't involve too much money or adrenaline. Here are a few ideas for all tastes and budgets:

Cheap: If you are on a tight budget, you are in luck. The Grand Strand offers a wealth of free activities that, if you play your cards right, will make your date as happy as if you had spent a lot of cash. The Hot Summer Nights series features free live music four nights a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and a huge fireworks show on Wednesday nights. Spring for drinks and appetizers at Second Avenue Pier's rooftop bar for a spectacular view, or go for a private gondola ride in the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel for a romantic vista of the ocean and downtown district.

Average: The best way to cram a lot of fun into one date is a one-stop destination like Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach or Market Common. You can spend the day exploring the many attractions and shops, enjoy a nice dinner at one of the fine-dining establishments, and experience great nightlife at the adjoining bars and night clubs. At Barefoot, check out Alligator Adventure, dine at Umberto's, and catch a concert at the House of Blues. At Broadway, visit Ripley's Aquarium, have dinner at Key West Grill and party the night away at Celebrity Square's dozen or so clubs. At Market Common, spend some time in the park, shop until you drop and grab a bite to eat at Tupelo Honey Cafe.

Expensive: Some dates need to be extra special, and the Grand Strand has a wide selection of upscale activities ideal for a formal affair. Start the day with a trip to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet for a scenic stroll through awe-inspiring sculptures, colorful flora and breathe-taking beauty in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Dine at one of the many award-winning seafood restaurants at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk or the nearby town of Pawleys Island. You can also reserve seats for excellent off-Broadway production at the Alabama Theatre or Carolina Opry. If you want a nice quiet evening close to the resort, Collector’s Café & Gallery is only a few blocks from Ocean Reef and serves as an art gallery as well as one of the highest-rated eateries in town.


(Posted: 5/18/15)