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Outside-The-Box Valentine’s Day Ideas in Atlanta

Yes, we love a candlelit dinner, roses and chocolates, but not necessarily the cost. You can’t put a price on love, but even on Valentine’s Day, it’s nice to have romance without the big bill. Here are a few ideas for romantic Valentine’s Day activities that are a little different than the big name Valentine’s Day events in Atlanta.

It’s Dark. It’s Private. It’s the Drive-In.

Sit back, relax and star gaze at the Starlight Drive-In.
Sit back, relax and star gaze at the Starlight Drive-In. (📷: @aubreeashtynn)

Here’s a flashback to classic dating — the drive-in. Yes, go on over to the Starlight Drive-In on Memorial Drivesnuggle under a blanket and watch a movie. It’s $10 for an adult ticket that allows you admission for two movies playing on the same screen.

Love ya’ to Death

Visit Oakland Cemetery on Valentine's Day
Where love never dies. (📷: Oakland Cemetery)

Back by popular demand, Oakland Cemetery is hosting the Searching For Love Scavenger Hunt” from Feb. 1 through March 3. Enjoy a family-friendly and love-themed hunt amongst history.

Just Hang

Take a stroll hand in hand around Little Five Points.
Take a stroll hand in hand around Little Five Points. (📷: Gene Phillips)

How about simple together time? Atlanta has a number of fun neighborhoods where you can get a cup of coffee or ice cream and just walk around, people-watch, window shop and enjoy each other’s company. Some of our favorite places are Virginia-Highland, Little Five Points, East Atlanta and Castleberry Hill. You might even want to go to Atlantic Station or the great malls, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.

Make like Movie Stars

Who can forget Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze together with her pottery wheel? It doesn’t get any better than that. MudFire is offering more spots for Valentine’s Day week. Recreate the magical scene with a special pottery-making date-night class.

Is he your Significant Otter?

Find out at the Georgia Aquarium’s “Sips Under the Sea: Be My Valentine” affair. The plus 21-event features romantic tunes, cocktails, small plates and the opportunity to explore the aquarium after hours. You’ll roam the aquarium, complete with a live DJ and no kids.

Where Love Blooms

Orchid display at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Orchid Daze at Atlanta Botanical Garden. (📷: Joleen Pete)

“Valentines in the Garden: Decades of Love” will put you in the mood for romance as Atlanta Botanical Garden celebrates the day with bites and desserts from the city’s top chefs, live music and a cash bar. You can even renew your vows. Listen to love songs performed Joe Gransden and his band as well as singer/guitarist Angel Gabriel. Don’t forget to stop Longleaf Restaurant as it transforms into a vibrant dance party. General admission: $80 – $85.

Laugh it Up

Laugh a little at Dad's Garage
Laugh a little at Dad’s Garage. (📷: Dad’s Garage)

Laughter is a great aphrodisiac so spend the evening at Dad’s Garage where the improv group has a special show titled, “Vavianna Vardot’s Valentine’s Day at the Romansion!” happening on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.

Dance til Dark

Dance like no one’s watching while learning an intro to Waltz and Cha Cha. No experience? No problem. Academy Ballroom Atlanta makes sure you leave each lesson stage ready. Check out the Feb. 14 Intro to Waltz/Cha Cha at 7 p.m. or go Beyond the Basics for the class at 8 p.m. You and your Valentine will be ready to hit the town and continue the celebration through the night.

Take a Spin

Love is in air with a special SkyView experience
Love is in air with a special SkyView experience. (📷: Joleen Pete)

What’s more romantic than snuggling in a gondola and soaring above the city. Take a ride on SkyView Atlanta and watch the world go by. It’s $14.75 per person, but you can spice it up with the “Love is in The Air” package which includes two adult tickets and a box of chocolates for $38.50.

See You in the Sky

Enjoy a next-level date night in the sky. (Photo Courtesy of Prestige Helicopters)

Who’s going to top this? Take it to the skies with a Prestige Helicopter tour. The jaw-dropping views are something you won’t want to miss during this one-of-a-kind experience. Tours go through Buckhead, Downtown, Stone Mountain and more.

Nead a love-themed cocktail or two? Check out Where to Get the Best Valentine’s Cocktails in Atlanta.

Aubree is a content creator with a passion for all things food and travel. You can find her around Atlanta tasting some of the most iconic bites or burning it all off on the dance floor.

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