Atlanta has long been a top travel destination for its abundance of historic landmarks, parks, and a thriving art scene. Whether you're an outdoors enthusiast, art buff, or foodie, the city has romantic activities for every taste and budget. From picnics in the park to dinners with panoramic views and drive-in movies, here are the 11 most romantic things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.
Located at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, this upscale American restaurant offers panoramic views of the city as well as a cocktail lounge and observatory. Book a table in time to watch the sun set—and don't miss live jazz Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., when the Mose Davis Trio will serenade you while you dine.
You can stroll through over 30 acres of outdoor gardens at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Check out the Southeast's largest permanent display of works by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, as well as indoor exhibitions dedicated to the conservation and display of tropical and desert plant life. Don't miss the seasonal events, like the popular summer concert program with artists such as Old Crow Medicine Show and Emmylou Harris, or the display of one million energy-efficient LED lights each holiday season—it's perfect for a romantic date night.
Have a Picnic in Piedmont Park
Atlanta is full of beautiful parks, but none is more stunning than Piedmont Park. Grab a blanket; picnic basket loaded with cheese, grapes, and a bottle of wine; and head to this 200-acre oasis in the heart of Midtown. As you watch the sun set and enjoy skyline views surrounded by lush trees and a ton of greenery, you'll forget you're in the middle of the city.
One of the city's top attractions, the Georgia Aquarium turns from crowded family destination to an adults-only cocktail party several times a year at Sips Under the Sea. Enjoy an evening of live music, small bites, cocktails, and access to all of the aquarium's galleries for a special admission price of $39.95 for non-members and $29.95 for members (VIP and overnight options are available at an additional cost). Be sure to book your ticket well in advance, as these events sell out quickly.
Book a staycation at this historic 94-room boutique hotel, just down the road from Ponce City Market. Enjoy cocktails in the swanky lobby bar before heading downstairs to dine on duck consommé, steak tartare, and other decadent French-inspired fare in the hotel's basement brasserie. Round out your evening with a nightcap or two on the rooftop, which offers sweeping skyline views.
Keep it old school with a movie night at the iconic Starlight Drive-In Theatre on Moreland Avenue. It's been around since 1949 and is considered one of the city's best outdoor movie theaters. Starlight is open year-round, with admission costing just $9 for a double feature of modern blockbusters and classic flicks. While there are concessions available for purchase, you can bring your own snacks—just leave the booze at home.
Spend a night at one of the city's best live music venues, the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Once a popular movie hall, this theatre is now a historic Midtown landmark. The Islamic and Egyptian-inspired interiors—complete with lush textiles and fantastical ceilings with twinkling crystal stars—provide an intimate setting for concerts, local film festivals, and smash Broadway shows like "Hamilton" and "Waitress."
Over 400 miles long, the Chattahoochee River is the city's largest body of water, providing endless opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, trail running, and tubing. Want to do something truly romantic? Book an adults-only "date night" canoe trip, a moonlit ride held on Fridays during the spring and summer months. The $35 fee includes equipment rental and a guided, 2.5 hour paddle for ages 21 and up.
On the third Friday of every month, you can enjoy live jazz at the High Museum of Art from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free with museum admission, you get access to all 15,000 works in the museum's permanent collection, which features European paintings, African American art, and 19th and 20th century decorative art. Drinks and small bites are available at an additional price.
Stroll through Oakland Cemetery
Yes, it's a cemetery—but this 48-acre green space in Grant Park is also Atlanta's oldest public park. Sign up for one of the tours, visit the arboretum, pay your respects to those buried here—including former mayor Maynard Jackson, author Margaret Mitchell ,and golfer Bobby Jones—or stroll the grounds while enjoying views of downtown. During the month of February, the cemetery offers a Love Stories tour, and the $16 admission ($10 for seniors) includes a sweet treat.
Nestled on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, this Vinings restaurant provides a picturesque setting for a meal. Explore the stunning waterfront and manicured lawns before you dine, or book a patio table (weather permitting) to enjoy one of the city's best brunches every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Not into brunch? You can pop in for cocktails and dine on Southern staples with a twist, like the slow braised rabbit with goat cheese-red wine ravioli.