The Ultimate List of Date Night Ideas in Atlanta
Looking for the perfect date night in Atlanta? Whether it’s your first date, a much-needed date night (or day) for mom and dad or a group date to celebrate a birthday, engagement or promotion, we’ve got you covered. This ultimate list of date night ideas in Atlanta has a little bit of everything — from the truly special and romantic to traditional and even adventurous.
We have also thrown in a few options for some fun, romantic and unique at-home date night ideas, all possible while social distancing.
Originally published April 2019
Date Night Ideas Filled With Romance
For a truly special and romantic date night with your special someone, check out these romantic date night ideas and make it a night to remember.
Have a Romantic Dinner for Two
Impress your date with a reservation at one of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants. Enjoy beautiful ambiance, tasty cuisine from a top chef and amazing skyline views at one of the best date night restaurants in Atlanta. For a larger selection, search more 150 restaurants in Atlanta by neighborhood or cuisine.
At-home date night idea: Curbside dining and backyard picnic
You can still enjoy a gourmet meal right in your own home. Set out a romantic picnic or break out the fine china and order from local chef-driven menus from restaurants like The Southern Gentlemen or 101 Steak. Or, make a one-stop trip for food from around the globe at The Battery, which offers gourmet cuisine from several vendors, many of which are offering takeout and delivery options. Please check restaurant websites or social media for the most up-to-date details as the situation is fluid.
In addition, using delivery services like Uber Eats or GrubHub opens up a wide variety of options depending on your locale. Many restaurants are offering contact-less delivery or curbside pickup. Here is a list of Atlanta restaurants with altered business hours, delivery, curbside delivery and more.
Sample Wines at a First-Class Tuscan Winery
Sample estate wines while standing in the vineyards that produced them on a Deluxe Private Tasting tour at Montaluce Winery and Restaurant. Located just outside of Atlanta in Dahlonega, Georgia is the Montaluce Winery, a first-class Tuscan winery. The tour of the winery is guided by a Montaluce Sommelier and typically lasts two to three hours, followed by a six-pour wine tasting that is paired with cheese and charcuterie.
Relax with a Couple’s Massage
Enjoy several hours of together time, relaxing in the luxurious Magnolia Suite at The Waldorf Astoria Spa in Buckhead. Treat yourselves to a custom treatment, including an aromatic bath in a marble soaking tub, skin-softening body exfoliation and relaxing aromatherapy massage. Light refreshments provided. Treatment concludes with customized facials to leave you feeling and looking rejuvenated. Ahh!
Enjoy Sips Under the Sea
For a unique and romantic date night, Sips Under the Sea at Georgia Aquarium. The aquarium provides a stunning backdrop to a romantic evening of music, tapas and cocktails during Sips Under the Sea events. Be sure to pre-book as these events often sell out and tickets are not available at the door. VIP guests receive early entry, two drink tickets and two tickets for small plates/tapas. Menus differ at each event. Additional food and beverages are available for purchase with cash or drink tickets only. 21 and over.
Go Ice Skating
From Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day, you can find several pop-up ice skating rinks throughout Atlanta, just right for gliding, hand in hand. Here’s where to go ice skating in Atlanta.
Stroll Through the Garden
One of the city’s most beloved natural attractions, Atlanta Botanical Garden, offers the perfect setting for a romantic date, day or night. Carnivorous plants, an edible garden, a massive display of orchids and the treetop-lined, 600-foot-long Kendeda Canopy Walk are just a few of the highlights. The stunning scenery makes it the perfect spot for a romantic stroll and picnic. Pack your own food or pick up something delicious at the Longleaf Restaurant on site. ABG also offers plenty of special events and classes making it a great spot for learning something new with someone you love.
Adventurous Date Night Ideas
For those looking for a little more action, we’ve got a few ideas for putting a little adventure into your date night. Grab your most sensible shoes, your best gal (or guy) and head out for a romantic adventure.
Go on a Romantic River Adventure
If you’re the outdoorsy type, the Chattahoochee Nature Center is a good choice for a date. The center offers many outdoor adventures including canoeing (even by moonlight), outdoor movie nights, hiking and other fun events that are perfect for a first date or your 50th. For more ways to have fun on the ‘hooch, here are 7 must-do Chattahoochee River adventures near Atlanta.
Bike or Stroll Along the Atlanta BeltLine
Spend some quality time together on a fun bicycle ride or leisurely stroll along the Atlanta BeltLine to see the street art. It’s a great way to get outside, get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air. Both Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market are conveniently located right off the BeltLine and offer fun, delicious eateries and bars that are a great finale to your time spent outdoors.
Climb Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain offers incredible views and an amazing backdrop for a romantic picnic lunch. Hike to the top if you are up for a more physical adventure. Or enjoy the scenic gondola ride (additional cost) and a more leisurely walk.
Experience the Thrills of Driving a Porsche
Sign up for driving school at the Porsche Experience Center and get a program personalized for you. Learn the ins and outs of a Porsche and experience the thrill of taking it around the track. Finish up your adrenaline-filled date with coffee at the Carrera Cafe or enjoy a farm-to-table meal at Restaurant 365.
Learn How to Drive Like a Pro
For another adrenaline rush, check the schedule at Xtreme Xperience. Learn how to drive like a pro at one of the events or race the track in the exotic car of your dreams. The next scheduled events are in April 2021.
A Date Night Full of Fun & Games
If you and your date have a bit of a competitive streak, then you are sure to enjoy an evening filled with fun games, gourmet food and craft cocktails.
Race Head-to-Head on Go Karts
Head out for a night of fun and games at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. You can race head to head on the go karts, bowl and enjoy numerous other games. Andretti also features a full-service bar and restaurant. Another plus? You get to wear comfy and casual date night outfits.
Go Duckpin Bowling on Atlanta’s Westside
The Painted Pin and its brand-new sister restaurant, The Painted Duck, are noted Atlanta favorites and ideal choices for a fun date night. With gourmet cuisine and craft cocktails served alongside upscale games such as pin bowling, tabletop shuffleboard, bocce ball and more, you are sure to have a delicious and fun time out on the town.
Drink, Eat and Play on THE ROOF
Skyline Park, located on the roof at Ponce City Market, is a super fun spot for dates. Enjoy everything in the park, from its beer garden with breathtaking views, drinks and gourmet eats to the games, carnival eats and fun. Try your hand at a game of skill, enjoy a libation, slide down the Skyline Slide and, seasonally, “Skate the Sky” with rooftop ice skating. Dates at Skyline Park are sure to be memorable. It is also a great place for a group date night.
Day Date Ideas
A great date night in Atlanta doesn’t always have to happen at night. Here are some fun ways to enjoy some quality time and have a great time out on the town any time of day.
Tour Atlanta’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions
Located conveniently in Downtown Atlanta, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights pays homage to the American civil rights movement and brings current global human rights issues to the forefront. Each of the three main exhibits features hands-on interactive displays.
Set on nearly 35 acres, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park site is made up of landmarks, modern-day monuments and facilities memorializing the history of the South during the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s legacy. See his birth home and pay your respects at the final resting place for Dr. King and Mrs. King.
Historic Oakland Cemetery offers a variety of special tours. You might be especially interested in the Love Stories tour, which takes place in February and recounts the loves, lives and losses of Atlantans of days past. Tickets are $16 for adults; $10 for seniors 65+ and include a sweet treat. Tickets for special tours must be purchased in advance.
A tour of the Atlanta History Center and its 32-acre compound of historical buildings, museums and trails makes for a full day. The Swan House was one of the locations used in the filming of the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Tour World of Coca-Cola to see artifacts and learn all about the history of one of the world’s favorite beverages. The World of Coca-Cola gives you a glimpse of the bottling process, features a 4D movie experience and gives you the chance to sample Coke products from around the world.
Explore the City on a Bike Tour
Whether you’re interested in Atlanta’s incredible history or its new artistic future, there’s a perfectly plotted bike tour that’s ideal for anyone who wants to know more about the city. Bicycle Tours of Atlanta offers an 8-mile trip, which usually lasts about 3 hours, covering Inman Park, the Old Fourth Ward, the King Historic District, Cabbagetown, the Carter Center and Little Five Points. You will hop off and on the Atlanta BeltLine throughout as you learn more about these diverse neighborhoods. It’s a great way to discover new finds as you pedal past historic civil rights landmarks, striking murals and modern architectural gems.
Want another option? ATL-Cruzers offer offers electric bikes for rent, and you can take guided tours of the city from ATL-Cruzers via bikes, electric cars and Segways.
Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour of Atlanta’s Best Street Art
One of our favorite things about Atlanta is public art including murals, installations, graffiti and more. Take a walk and look around. Check out the city’s largest gallery with the Living Walls Tour amazing works of art adorning walls all over the city.
For even more tours, visit this list of the best tours for seeing Atlanta up close.
An Artsy Twist to Date Night
Want to impress your sweetheart for date night. From art exhibits to live music performances, here are a few ways to put an artsy twist on date that is sure to impress.
Impress Your Date with Stunning Works of Art
The High Museum of Art is one of the most renowned in the Southeast. It houses more than 17,000 works of art in several galleries and hosts visiting exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers workshops, classes and special events including Friday evening jazz, the annual Highball charity mixologist event, dinners, auctions, luncheons and more.
At-home date night idea: Tour Atlanta museums virtually
Add a virtual trip to one of Atlanta’s top museums to your date night itinerary. Museums like The High Museum of Art, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and The Breman are offering online videos, exhibits and more. Field Trip Fridays is a great day date option. Grab a cup of coffee and tour 11 of Atlanta’s top attractions, virtually, on Fridays at 10 a.m.
Enjoy Amazing Live Performances
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra offers something for everyone. The ASO performs in a variety of venues (indoors and out) making for some fun date options. From a movie-inspired concert such as “Star Wars” or “Prince” to a symphony under the stars, feel the triumphant emotion of classical music at awe-inspiring performances throughout the year. Here are a few great ways to experience the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Note: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is temporarily closed
At-home date night idea: Attend a virtual concert
Many of Atlanta’s top attractions are now offering virtual concerts and events. Find specially curated content, performances and videos on Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Stage, and set the tone to your romantic dinner at home.
Find Tiny Doors Hidden in Atlanta’s Big Attractions
For a more unique way of taking in some of the city’s art, see if you can find ATL’s Tiny Doors that are hidden around town at some of Atlanta’s biggest attractions. From the Fox Theatre to the Century for Puppetry Arts and more, these small passageways, built by Karen Anderson, have opened an even bigger door for Atlanta’s art community.
Date Night Dinner and a Movie
Casual date nights at the movies are just the ticket. Here are some of our favorite Atlanta spots for catching dinner and a movie.
Watch a Movie Under the Stars
Eight dollars for two movies is a steal, and the nostalgia is palpable. Grab the blankets, pack food or some treats and head out to the Starlight Drive-In Theatre for a different type of movie night.
Dinner and a Movie All in One
Enjoy premium movie theaters and dinner all in one at Studio Movie Grill. Sit back in luxury, order your meal and watch your favorite blockbuster at one of Studio Movie Grill’s state-of-the art theaters. There are three Atlanta-area locations.
At-home date night idea: Stream Atl-Based or Filmed Tv Shows and Movies
Netflix and chill. Literally. Kick back with a glass of wine and turn on a movie or your favorite show. Need suggestions? Check out one of the many Atlanta-set shows like, well, “Atlanta.” Or stream movies that were filmed in Atlanta like “Ozark”, “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things.” Many top-rated movies from the Marvel franchise were filmed here such as “The Hunger Games” and “Baby Driver.” You can even stream a recent flick from the movie theater, like “Bad Boys for Life,” which was partially filmed right here in Atlanta.
Date Nights Ideas for Sports Lovers
Cheer on your favorite Atlanta sports team during a fun date night at home or at the stadium.
Sports lovers will not have to travel far as Atlanta is home to non-stop sports action all year long. Catch college or pro games live or in person at a fun destination.
Catch a Game at the Stadium
Catch an Atlanta Braves game in person or at one of the trendy bars or restaurants popping up in this burgeoning area. If NASCAR is more your speed, you might want to watch a race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Are you ready for some football? See the Atlanta Falcons play at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. And for our soccer fans, Mercedes-Benz is also home to Major League Soccer team, Atlanta United. A game is a great idea for a first date because there isn’t constant pressure to always be coming up with new talking points. Plus, the people watching is terrific fun.
At-home date night idea: Cheer on your favorite Atlanta teams from home
While hearing the roaring thunder of fans stomping and cheering on their favorite teams and filling up on stadium dogs and beer are an experience that cannot easily be replicated, you can still cheer, stomp and load up on your favorite game days foods while binge watching sports game at home on your TV.
Watch the Game on the Big Screen
Watch sports on the big screen and party with friends at one of the 8 best sports bars in Buckhead. If you can’t make one of the Atlanta United games in person, consider a fun pub for watching soccer in Atlanta. For sports fans looking for a place in Downtown Atlanta to celebrate before or after the big game, here are some of the top bars and restaurants near Mercedes-Benz Stadium perfect for a celebration.
Free and Cheap Date Night Ideas
Planning a special date night in Atlanta with your sweetheart does not have to leave your wallet empty. Here are a few free and cheap date night ideas that are sure to please.
Have a Picnic at Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park is a beautiful (and free) spot to spend an afternoon date. Take your dog, and your kid, and enjoy a picnic. Take a walk and so much more. Piedmont Park is full of amenities — explore to find your faves.
Sample Fresh Brews Straight Off the Tap
Over the last several years, several breweries have popped up around the ATL serving delicious craft beer. Is there any other kind worth consuming? And brews taste much better fresh from the tap at their facilities. Most breweries offer free tours with the purchase of taste tickets. Try Sweetwater Brewing Companyor Monday Night Garage. For just $8 you can take a fun brewery tour and get three tastings at Georgia’s SweetWater Brewery.
Play a Round of Disc Golf
The Atlanta area is loaded with disc golf courses. Perkerson Park, located along the Atlanta BeltLine, offers an incredible 18-hole disc golf course. The course is one of Atlanta’s lengthiest, with plenty of challenges, and nice scenery that guides players by a lake and through a wooded area. The 50-acre park also offers tennis and basketball courts, a playground with splash pad, ball fields, and even some artwork.
Support the Arts with a Stroll Through Castleberry Hill
Get out and support the arts every second Friday during the Castleberry Hill Arts Stroll, The Castleberry Hill Historic Arts District is one of the top 10 art districts in the country. The tour is free. Afterwards, stop off for a cup of coffee and glass of wine or a meal at one of the local spots.
Note: The Castleberry Hill Arts Stroll is ON HOLD until further notice
At-home date night idea: Attend a virtual event
As many of Atlanta’s most popular annual events have been postponed or cancelled for the year, many have decided to offer virtual events to share specially curated content, performances and videos with fans and festival-goers. Snuggle up with your special someone and enjoy your favorite events from the comforts of home.
Tour the Fire Museum
The Marietta Fire Museum offers a fun (and free) tour of fire memorabilia including vehicles, uniforms and more. The gift shop includes shirts, hats and other souvenir items. Take a self-guided tour or call ahead to schedule a guided tour for the most memorable experience.
See the Animals at Noah’s Ark
Animal lovers will love the free one-mile walking tour of Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, where you can view a wide variety of animals. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the picnic area and stop by the gift shop for a souvenir.
Hit the Trails on a Hiking Adventure
There are thousands of miles of beautiful hiking trails in Georgia and many of them are an easy drive from the Atlanta area. An afternoon spent exploring the great outdoors is a great way to combine fitness, nature and quality time. Looking for where to go? Check out this list of hiking trails in the Atlanta metro area.
Take a Scenic Drive Through Atlanta
Atlanta is a city surrounded by trees and that means that, even in the heart of Atlanta, there are beautiful neighborhoods, roads, parks and houses to explore. Here are a few of our favorite scenic drives through Atlanta neighborhoods, perfect for a Sunday drive.
Group Date Night Ideas
Compete to See Who Can Escape First
Escape rooms have become popular in recent years. Escape the Room Atlanta, located in Downtown Atlanta, has multiple themed scenarios such as The Newsroom and The ’80s Rec Room. Mission Escape Atlanta is a top-rated escape experience located in Atlanta’s West Midtown. There are two scenarios — the Hotel or the Study. The Escape Game, Atlanta, located in The Battery, boasts an immersive, 60-minute adventures play out with Hollywood-style twists and turns. Themed rooms include Prison Break, Gold Rush, Special Ops and The Heist.
At-home date night idea: Play an escape room board game at home
The Escape Game, Atlanta has physical and virtual games available on its website. Escape from Iron Gate is a fun at-home adventure full of fun puzzles. Players act, draw and solve their way to freedom by collecting items and striking deals around this prison break-themed board game. The Escape Game Field Trips such as Lost at the Smithsonian, is a free, online game designed to take students on engaging and educational journeys through famous museums and historic landmarks. Players progress through the virtual field trips by uncovering clues and solving puzzles.
Take Home the Trivia Night Prize
Team up with your date and your besties at one of these Atlanta trivia night locations. Put your eclectic knowledge of random facts to good use and take home the prize.
At-home date night idea: Host a virtual trivia night
Here’s another fun way to include your friends in date night at home. Arrange a virtual trivia night and invite others to participate online through QuizWitz. And here are a few trivia questions about Atlanta’s history to get you started.
Look for Clues on a Scavenger Hunt
Centennial Olympic Park and its surrounding area turn into a giant game board for this epic two-hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure. Designed for a team of two to five people, you can tour the area, look for clues and solve puzzles in this fun scavenger hunt game. Follow it up with a meal at your favorite Downtown restaurant.
Sip and Paint Your Own Masterpiece
Creative nights are all the rage lately and Atlanta has no shortage of options. Check out Paint Nite and Plant Nite for fun options of painting canvases, glassware or succulent gardening. Get crafty and have fun with your date or a group of friends while enjoying cocktails and snacks.
At-home date night idea: Sip and paint party at home
Wine and paint parties are a popular date night activity. With the help of YouTube, you can turn your own home into a virtual paint party by following an online tutorial using your own art supplies. Add Zoom or FaceTime into the mix with your favorite couple friends and you have got yourself an at-home double or group date.
Dinner and a Murder Mystery
Agatha’s A Taste of Mystery presents dinner and a mystery with audience members participating in solving the murder. It’s fun, and audience members are given parts in the show, complete with costuming. Your best friend just may turn out to be a “killer” or a detective who helps solve the mystery. The food is delicious and solving the mystery will keep you laughing throughout the evening.
From romantic dinners and strolls along the Beltline to carnival games, scavenger hunts and more, you will find plenty of fun and memorable things to do on your date night in Atlanta. If you’re still stumped for that perfect idea to make your date night in Atlanta one to remember, check out this complete list of things to do in Atlanta or browse our events calendar.
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