Valentine's Day need not cost much at all. (📷 Joleen Pete Photography)

Budget-Friendly Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in Atlanta

You’re on a budget, but you still want to show your Valentine that you care. We have ideas. Here are some things to do for Valentine’s Day in Atlanta that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

1. Visit a Free Museum

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park is one of several free museums in Atlanta. (📷 James Duckworth,
Atlanta is packed with free museums. Pick one or make a day of museum hopping. Here are your options: David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Tech, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Atlanta Monetary Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, The Patch Works Art & History Center in Cabbagetown. 

2. Chow Down at the Varsity


Take your Valentine to The V.
What’ll ya have? That’s how you’re greeted when you walk into Atlanta’s perennially favorite hot dog emporium. Eat in your car (Yes, there are car hops) or go inside, perhaps for a Naked Dog (plain hot dog), F.O. (frosted orange) and a bag of rags (potato chips). Leave room for fried pie (peach or apple). 

3. Explore a Neighborhood 

Virginia-Highland is one of several walkable Atlanta neighborhoods. (📷 James Duckworth,
Take a stroll through some of Atlanta’s walkable neighborhoods. A few choices include Virginia-Highland, Ansley Park, Buckhead and Cabbagetown. 

4. Browse a bookstore

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Find Posman Books at Ponce City Market. (📷 Sarah Dorio)
Here are some of our favorites: A Cappella Books, Oxford Comics, Posman Books, Tall Tales. 

5. Satisfy your Sweet Tooth

Atlanta King of Pops Stand
Buy a sweet for your sweetie.
Our three top choices are Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and King of Pops. 

6. Scavenge in a Secondhand Store

Allow plenty of time to browse Junkman’s Daughter.
You must start with Junkman’s Daughter then try one these: Cathedral of St. Philip Thrift House or Paris on Ponce.

7.  Enjoy the outdoors

Piedmont Park
Atlanta loves Piedmont Park. It’s right in Midtown. (📷 James Duckworth,
A few choices: Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park, Atlanta BeltLine, PATH 400.

8. Have a cuppa

Nothing like a cuppa Joe.
There’s no shortage of coffee shops in the ATL. Try BRASH, Hodgepodge, Spiller Park or Dancing Goats. 

9.  Take an Art Walk

The February Art Stroll falls on Valentine’s Day this year. 
Castleberry Hill’s Second Friday Art Stroll this year falls on Feb. 14. Perfect.   

10. See a Movie from Your Car

Go back in time… to a drive-in. 
Snuggle in your own car as you take in a flick at Starlight Drive-In.

For more things to do in Atlanta, check our calendar of events

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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