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Charlotte NC Date Ideas

An UPDATED list of fun Charlotte NC Date Ideas!

There is always so much happening around the Queen City! Whether you’re looking for a fun, romantic, couples/groups, casual, or competitive date night, I’ve got you covered with a wide variety of ideas!

Rally Pickleball

Grab another couple and head to Rally for a pickleball double date! The vibe here is SO cool. Pickleball is easy to learn, super fun to play, and you don’t need to bring any equipment (Rally provides the paddles and ball). Make sure to reserve a court ahead of time as this place fills up fast!

The food and craft cocktails are delicious and you can enjoy them courtside while you play (each court has a waitress). Highly recommend the ahi tuna nachos, rally fries, and chicken kabobs — all are great for sharing. Also, your 90-minute court reservation will fly by faster than you think, so my recommendation is to grab a cocktail to enjoy on the court, and then wait to eat until you’re done playing so you don’t waste any of your play time!

Whitewater Center

If you want an epic day date, you have got to head to the Whitewater Center. There is SO much to do and you can spend hours out there rafting, climbing, hiking, ziplining, etc. The food and drinks are also great so it’s the perfect one-stop date spot.

Shooting Range & BBQ

If you’ve never done it, Blackstone Shooting Range is a really fun and unique date. We shot a couple rounds then grabbed a few beers and BBQ right across the street at Noble Smoke.

Dinner & A Show

I always check Axios Weekender to see what’s playing and grab tickets ahead of time. Our favorite shows have been magic shows (Hayden the Magician comes from time to time and is SO good), broadway shows, and comedy shows!

Blumenthal Performing Arts Theaters

Check out ballet, opera, symphony performances, broadway shows and so much more!

Comedy Show Venues

Music + Performance + Speaker Venues

Our favorite Uptown Date Night Restaurants

All of these are walkable to Blumenthal!


Sporting Events

Grab tickets to see a game — soccer, football, basketball or hockey!

Sporting Event Venues


A day or night date at Carowinds riding roller coasters? Count me IN! This is always, always, always a good time.

Fun Double or Group Dates

You can really do any of these date ideas with friends, but a few of our favorite double or group dates have been:

  • Escape Room: Grab a cocktail somewhere fun, head to an Escape Room for an exciting challenge. We’ve done Exit Strategy and Escape Tactic — both were fun and really well done, but the location of Escape Tactic is a bit better because there are a handful of breweries really close by.
  • Group Dinner Experience: If you’re looking for a fun and interactive group dinner, I highly recommend grabbing some friends and heading to Let’s Meat Korean BBQ! Watch your server cook your food at your table, which features built-in burners. It’s all-you-can-eat experience, so you will be stuffed and happy afterward.
  • Topgolf: We love going to Topgolf together or with friends — it’s always a blast and the food and drinks are really good too.
  • 9 & Dine: Golf nine holes and then grab dinner!
  • Bad Axe Throwing: Go axe throwing!
  • Extreme Ice Center: Go ice skating.

iFly Indoor Skydiving

Indoor sky diving, yes please! This is seriously SO fun. If you haven’t done it, I highly recommend!

Rent Scooters & Ride Around SouthEnd

This date is especially fun when the weather is gorgeous. Rent scooters and hit up a few restaurants for a progressive lunch or dinner! Finish with ice cream at Jeni’s!


I often get asked about how we find good babysitters for date nights.

We have a few longtime sitters (former preschool teachers) that we use for overnights, but for evening date nights we use Bambino (referral link gives you $10 off first booking)! In fact, I’ve been using this service since 2019 and have always had a great experience with the app!

Every sitter goes through an extensive vetting process (background checks, recommendations, etc.) before joining the platform and we usually select sitters that have already been recommended by neighbors or friends within the app. I’ve booked sitters last minute and far in advance. Some sitters we’ve had back again and again, but we also like trying new ones all the time too. The app is super easy to use and I love how you pay for the sitter right through the app so you don’t have to worry about tracking down the right amount of cash or trying to do math at the end of date night.

Anyway, if finding a reliable sitter is preventing you from getting out on a date night, I cannot recommend Bambino high enough!

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Willie Gordon

Thursday 28th of December 2023

I would love to find a nice place to go out on a date with my lady could you recommend something?


Friday 17th of November 2023

Hey There,

My wife and I just moved here. This is really helpful. I assume you posted all this cause you wanted to show the city off and help people have a good time. I wanted to let you know that you did just that!