Romantic things to do in Atlanta

The best of romantic Atlanta for couples

Atlanta’s a fun city to head to. The state capital of Georgia, this Southeastern city is a lively spot for nightlife, as well as serving outdoorsy types with numerous nature spots. There’s something for every type of couple here, from ferris wheels serving panoramic views to canoeing beneath the moonlight. It doesn’t have to be an expensive holiday, either, with plenty of budget-friendly date ideas to choose from: browse the market stalls at Piedmont Park, enjoy an ice cream or visit an art gallery. Our list of the top romantic things to do during your holiday in Atlanta will leave you feeling inspired – so pucker up and read on.

  1. Pack a picnic at Piedmont Park
  2. Go for ice cream!
  3. Go deep at Georgia Aquarium
  4. Go for a moonlit canoe ride at Chattahoochee Nature Centre
  5. Ride with a romantic SkyView
  6. Mix art with jazz at the High Museum of Art

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1. Pack a picnic at Piedmont Park

Paying a visit to Piedmont Park is one of the most romantic things to do in Atlanta, especially if you’re looking to make the most of the green space in the city. Spanning over 200 acres of parkland, this green oasis is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Here, you and your partner can take in the waterfall, bird park, honey bee exhibit and so much more. Even better, the Green Market is held on Saturdays, which gives you a perfect opportunity to stock up with fresh local produce, and enjoy a picnic in the park.

Best for: Greenspaces.

Don’t forget: Treat your SO to a pastry or an iced coffee from the food stalls.

2. Go for ice cream!

If you’re considering booking a cheap hotel in Atlanta, then one of the most romantic things to do in Atlanta on a budget has to be going for ice cream! The city is home to tons of ice cream shops; choose the classics at Butter & Cream, or go all out with doughnut chunk toppings at Morelli’s. It’s probably the tastiest thing you can do on a budget here. And if you’re feeling extra generous, you could even try sharing each other’s ice creams – but no fights, now...

Best for: Those with a sweet tooth.

Don’t forget: Build your own ice cream at Honeysuckle Gelato.

3. Go deep at Georgia Aquarium

Taking in the majestic water creatures of the sea can make for a pretty romantic date night in Atlanta, but the Georgia Aquarium goes above and beyond with its Sips Under the Sea events, where you can enjoy drinks and tapas at their couples-perfect romantic evenings.

Best for: Animal lovers.

Don’t forget: The after-dark fun means there’ll be no kids around.

4. Go for a moonlit canoe ride at Chattahoochee Nature Centre

Adventurous types will love heading over to Chattahoochee Nature Centre, around 23 miles from Atlanta. Covering 127 acres of forest, there are plenty of ways to connect with nature – and your other half – through a variety of activities. While hiking guided trails, cycling dedicated routes and heart-pounding bouldering is on offer, one of the most romantic things to do here is canoeing. Especially if you make it an evening affair beneath the moonlight. Alternatively, take to the water by paddleboard or kayak; just go with the flow and appreciate your surroundings, from nature to the company you’re in.

Best for: Adventure types.

Don’t forget: You can extend the outdoors life by camping at Chattahoochee Bend.

5. Ride with a romantic SkyView

Get up, up and away from the crowds with a ride on the SkyView ferris wheel. In the privacy of your own gondola carriage, you’ll enjoy panoramic views over downtown Atlanta from a height. But if you want to inject a little extra romance into this activity, you can upgrade to a VIP gondola, where you and your lover’s tushes will enjoy plush leather seats and see-through floors for even better views. Date night just got extra.

Best for: Those looking for panoramic views.

Don’t forget: Bring a box of truffle chocolates to share at the top.

6. Mix art with jazz at the High Museum of Art

Displaying over 17,000 works of art over several galleries, the High Museum of Art is one of the most valued art galleries in Southeastern USA, let alone Georgia. If your partner is into their art, treat them to a visit at this highly-rated institution; its main collection features work by Monet, Tiepolo and Ernst, and other themes explore folk art, African art and contemporary works. Make your experience extra special by visiting on a Friday night, when the gallery holds evening jazz nights. Surrounded by great art, great jazz and better company, what could be more romantic than an evening spent here?

Best for: Art fans.

Don’t forget: Go for food first at one of the nearby restaurants, or dine at the on-site cafe.

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