Atlanta is bustling with many exciting opportunities to help the romantic spark burn bright while on a date. Check out the best romantic, adventuresome, inexpensive and entertaining activities that guarantee a memorable outing with that special someone—there’s something for every personality and budget.
Georgia is home to dozens of award-winning wineries, most of which offer tastings and tours. Just a short drive outside Atlanta, you’ll find stunning wineries, like Chateau Élan, which offers many romantic options, like cooking classes, wine tastings, and an indulgent overnight stay. Take a selfie with the postcard-worthy views of over 3,500 acres of vineyards as a backdrop. The handful of wineries in North Georgia, like Wolf Mountain (don’t miss their terrace brunch) and Three Sisters, would make for a fairy-tale date you won’t soon forget.
For those hoping to do something outside the box, Atlanta has plenty to offer for the adventurers and thrill seekers. For just $13.89 per person, you can ride in the Skyview Ferris Wheel, garnering a glimpse of the striking views of downtown Atlanta from 200 feet above the skyline. If you really want to impress your date, upgrade to a private gondola, access to a VIP tent, a red rose, a horse-drawn carriage ride, and a dessert voucher for $169.95 a couple, Mondays through Thursdays.
If grand gestures are more your style, consider an extravagant hot air balloon at sunrise or sunset with Magic Carpet Ride. A standard package ($395.00 a person) is an unforgettable three-hour adventure that includes transportation to the launch site, around one hour of flight time and a complimentary champagne celebration afterward.
You can fly on a small, private balloon for a more intimate experience or opt to include other people to lower the cost to $295.00 a person. Make this a tailored date by choosing the launch site based on different areas of the city or select the deluxe package that flies over Lake Lanier for $650.00 a person. Routes change daily depending on the weather.
A modern twist on an old favorite, Painted Pin is an upscale bowling alley. The venue features chef-driven dining options (such as wood-fired pizzas spiked with truffle oil and sliders reminiscent of the famous In-and-Out burger), craft cocktails and complimentary games like shuffleboard, skeeball and ping pong. The 21-and-up age requirement, a dress code—no athletic clothing such as workout clothes, sweats, or sleeveless shirts after 5 p.m.—and live music on the weekends, means an upscale date venue perfect for socializing. Shoe rentals cost $4.50, and a game of bowling runs $25.00 per lane per hour Monday-Thursday and $35.00 per lane per hour on the weekends.
Arrive early to beat the crowds as reservations are not accepted—although their signature Moscow Mule Slushy is a perfect way to pass the time if you have to wait.
Going on an amazing date doesn’t have to break the bank, especially for nature enthusiasts, and Atlanta has an abundance or parks and green spaces. Take your date into the great outdoors for little to no money at all. A bike ride through the city beginning at the Eastside Beltline Trail is an easy path to pop into the restaurants along the way. Spend a relaxing day spent on the Chattahoochee River, or take a hike and explore one of the state’s gorgeous mountains, like Black Rock Mountain. Boost the romance quotient and pack a picnic with wine and cheese to help enjoy the incredible sunset views you’ll find on the trails.
Going to the movies is rarely cheap with rising ticket costs and overpriced concessions. Fortunately, Atlanta has dozens of outdoor movies (many of which are free) offered in romantic settings, like beautiful parks and bustling cityscapes. Make sure to bring a blanket and a bottle of wine to up the romance factor.
Perhaps the best date night is the most traditional: A romantic dinner. Try Bacchanalia or Aria for a delicious, intimate meal in a fanciful atmosphere counted among Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants.
Atlanta Food Walks puts a fun twist on your average meal out with a guided walking food tour. Plan to walk about two miles over 3.5 hours, while the guide combines a history of the city with delicious bites. Expect to stop at seven downtown Atlanta restaurants, which is a great way to sample signature dishes (from BBQ to fried chicken) from some of Atlanta’s most storied restaurants.
Learning a skill together is a proven way to bond or break the ice. Taking a cooking class is the perfect way to brush up on your culinary skills and dish up an amazing meal. The Cook’s Warehouse won Creative Loafing’s “Best Cooking Classes in Atlanta” for unique classes led by some of Atlanta’s most accomplished chefs like Restaurant Eugene’s Linton Hopkins and Cakes & Ale’s Billy Allin. Cook’s Warehouse regularly offers a special “Date Night” series with classes on topics like An Evening in Provence.