Great Dates: How to Enjoy the Queen City With a Significant Other

Explore these one-of-a-kind date options around Charlotte and let the sparks fly.

Get those Valentine’s Day ideas spinning—and just possibly some sparks flying—with these sorts of unique date opportunities that abound in the Queen City:

Cultural Connection

Levine Museum of the New South

Take a step back in time and practice some old-fashioned courtship rituals at Levine Museum of the New South. As part of the award-winning exhibit “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers,” you can challenge your date to a game of checkers on the front porch of a mill house and stroll down a replica of Main Street from the early 1900s while discovering how Charlotte has changed since the Civil War. After dinner, walk to Mert’s Heart and Soul to sample Southern fare like fried chicken, mac and cheese and cornbread. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St., 704.333.1887; Mert’s Heart and Soul, 214 N. College St., 704.342.4222

Sip & Cycle

Charlotte NC Tours

Spend the afternoon pedaling around NoDa and South End, sampling the offerings at some of the best craft breweries in town. Charlotte NC Tours offers a “Bikes and Brews” tour that’s perfect for adventurous couples. The guided ride includes stops at two or three of the following places: NoDa Brewery, Birdsong Brewery, Growlers Pour House, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Triple C Brewery Company, or World of Beer. Learning about the brewing process and loosening up over local libations is sure to spark conversation. At the end, go back to your favorite brewery to compare tasting notes over dinner. Charlotte NC Tours, 101 S. Tryon St., 704.962.4548

Move to the Music

Spend the evening cozying up to your date on the dance floor to the sultry sounds of the blues. If you work up an appetite on the dance floor, grab a booth at the Midnight Diner. It’s hard to beat a buttermilk biscuit sandwich after midnight. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave., 704.376.1446; Midnight Diner, 115 E. Carson Blvd., 980.207.3641

Reach the Peak

Inner Peaks

If you think a little healthy competition is a big turn-on, take your date to Inner Peaks Climbing Center. The indoor rock wall has holds designed for beginners as well as expert climbers. All you need is a sense of adventure and a willingness to climb to the top. It’s not just the climb that will have you working up a sweat: Trusting your partner to hold your climbing ropes to save you from a fall is pretty hot. Inner Peaks Climbing Center, 9535 Monroe Road, Ste. 170, 704.844.6677