Editor’s note: Chloe, the Agenda’s summer high school intern, is our go-to for keeping up with what the kids are doing these days. Here are her takes on the high school dating scene.
Being a teenager in Charlotte, it’s sometimes difficult to think of exciting activities to do with our significant others that don’t break our budget, call for our parents’ watchful eyes or are hindered by our own indecisiveness.
Here are some fresh, new ideas to get you started on date ideas for the summer that aren’t just your average everyday date spots.
Whether you’re trying to get a turkey or impress your date or just trying to score above a 70, 10 Park Lane’s authentically retro bowling alley vibe, combined with a modern array of shareable menu options, makes this hotspot perfect for a successful date. On Friday and Saturday nights, they even have a DJ, making your bowling experience even more enjoyable.
The Charlotte Douglas International Airport Overlook is one of the more special spots for a romantic date. Around sunset, it’s one of the most beautiful places to be as airplanes take off and land. There are even little benches and picnic tables to share, making this a hidden treasure for date-seekers.
Open from 8 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily and located at 7300 Airport Overlook Drive.
Even if you aren’t the biggest baseball fan (guilty), Knights games are always a great option for a summer date. If you purchase a lawn ticket, you can share a spot on the hill, which overlooks the game and offers a perfect view of the summer sunset. Head out on Thursday for $1 sodas and keep an eye on the promotional schedule, which includes fireworks and $1 hot dog night. See the game schedule here and buy tickets online here.
Classic dessert spots
Share a few sweet moments with your date while going out for a dessert. Whether you choose Golden Cow Creamery, Amelie’s French Bakery, PopBar or Mr. K’s Soft Serve, there are plenty of places in Charlotte to satisfy your (and your date’s) sweet tooth, and cool off of course. See the Agenda’s list of must-try frozen treats to stay cool in the process.
Ready to get a little sweaty with your date? Make a day out of hiking Crowders Mountain. If you start around 10 a.m., it will be time for lunch by the time you reach the top, the perfect spot share a picnic while looking out at the panoramic views.
522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain. Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. during the summer.
The park is perfect for a daytime date; whether that entails a long walk, blanket picnic or sitting together in an Eno hammock between two trees is up to you. Don’t forget, you’ve got access to a concession stand located at the front of the park, trails to go on a bike ride or run and plenty of park benches to relax on.
Escape the blistering heat with a trip to the Kate’s Skating Rink during the Summer Skate hours (pricing and hours here).
If hunger strikes while on your date, head on over to the Midnight Diner, open 24/7, where you can share a burger and fries in a booth or rootbeer float at the counter in a funky vintage atmosphere.
4030 East Carson Boulevard. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Get competitive with your date when you play a round of the technologically advanced golf game. Not only is this a great excuse to show off your golfing skills (or lack thereof), it is also a fully equipped restaurant with delicious food options. You will undoubtedly score on this date.
Head to the Center every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through September for River Jam, where you can get down to some live music, eat food on the lawn or just enjoy being outside in a beautiful space with your date.