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It’s Time for Date Night at The Beach!

  By  Ashley Daniels

Yes, Myrtle Beach is known worldwide as a family-friendly destination, but we also have a flair for romance, if the grownups are looking for options for date night – from casual fun to more frou-frou fancy.

To help you out when you want to get out on the town, I’ve gathered a list of date night ideas that couples will fall in love with.

If You Favor Fancy…

Glam it up a bit in something other than T-shirts and flip-flops, and visit any of these upscale restaurants (out of the many others) on the Grand Strand we recommend for dinner reservations at an intimate table:

The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro in Little River, a historic Victorian home dating back to the early 1900s, now transformed into an award-winning restaurant serving French fare. Or The Parson’s Table, a heavenly destination serving fine foods in a converted church parsonage. And in Pawleys Island, Frank’s & Frank’s Outback, offers magical indoor and outdoor dining options, and Gios Italian Kitchen, serving upscale Italian creations.

You and your lovebird could take a sunset ride around the sleek, towering SkyWheel, offering the best bird’s eye view of the Myrtle Beach coastline.

Or, if you prefer a view of the sunset by water or a dolphin cruise, ECrazy Sister Dolphin Tours & Cruises in Murrells Inlet offers sunset cruises, as well as kayak rentals and fishing charters, for you and your loved one.

Tiptoe together through the beautiful, internationally known Brookgreen Gardens for some peaceful one-on-one time with nature. Brookgreen is glorious any time of year, including the winter season, when they plant thousands of light strings and candles along every square foot and in the sky above.

After dinner, you two can sit down and enjoy a live show at one of our theatres that offer up some of the best musical performances and entertainment this side of Broadway, including Alabama Theatre, Carolina Opry, and more. Want to put some pep in your dance steps as a pair? Show off your moves to your partner and sign up for ballroom or Latin dance lessons at one of our area studios, like By the Sea Ballroom & Latin Studio in Myrtle Beach.

Cuddle up with a glass (or bottle) of wine at any of our local vineyards that host live acoustic entertainment, and pour and cork muscadine vinos. Try La Belle Amie Vineyard or Duplin Winery in North Myrtle Beach.

If You’re More for Carefree Fun …

If you’re feeling high on love, take it to the sky with a tandem parasailing ride at one of the many parasail companies that offer services at many beach accesses on the Strand.

Get any aggressions out that you may have with a fun date at either Jack Axe Throwing locations in Myrtle Beach or North Myrtle Beach. You both probably need a laugh, so take a seat at the Comedy Cabana in Myrtle Beach, which hosts some of the best comedy acts in the country on stage.

For an evening adventure where you'd put your teamwork skills to the test, check out The Escape Game, new to Broadway at the Beach this year. You can choose from a variety of game options and receive as many hints as you'd like, making it low-stakes for a date night! 

The Grand Strand has tapped into the brewery culture, so pour a pint and pull up a chair at these breweries that offer live music, games, grub, and more: Grand Strand Brewing Company, Crooked Hammock Brewery, Tidal Creek Brewhouse, and New South Brewery.

Explore any of our marshes, rivers, and inlets together by way of paddleboard, a great way to seek adventure, and witness marine life, and is an exercise of balance. There are oodles of SUP rentals available. A driving range on steroids, Top Golf is a cool place to let your hair down and take a swing at golf at any skill level. The golf high-rise also offers food, drinks, and good vibes.

Take your date out to the ball game at Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a Chicago Cubs minor league team.

And, lastly, stroll hand in hand through any of these mega entertainment complexes: Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, The Market Common, or the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. You’ll be able to bar hop, shop, dine, and dance the night away.

Ashley Daniels

Ashley Daniels of Myrtle Beach is a full-time freelance writer, editor, wife, and mother of three sons (not necessarily in that order), and two fur babies. A native of Eastern PA, Ashley received her bachelor’s in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and her MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University. Today, her folio boasts nearly 25 years of regional and nationally published printed magazine features, blogs, and web copy for a lineup of clients on the East Coast, and ADDY award-winning copywriting. For more info, visit