ATLANTA, GA — There’s nothing wrong with dinner and a movie. But, with Valentine’s Day only a few days away, you may be racking your brain for ideas for a special date to observe the day.
Fortunately, there are plenty of great options in Atlanta. If you’re willing to think outside the box just a little bit, you can make it a date at a lot of really cool spots around town. Whether it’s flowers, awesome architecture or just a few hours of relaxation you’re after, Atlanta has got you covered.
Here are seven of our favorite spots in Atlanta to enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary date. Do you know of other spots in and around Atlanta that would make for great Valentine’s Day dates? Let us know in the comments or on social media.
(And, hey … you’ve got to eat some time, right? We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the 10 Most Romantic Restaurants In Atlanta, too.)
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave.
We’ve all had enough of winter’s bleak and barren gray. Visit the Atlanta spot that stays lush and colorful all year long with your special someone. A go-to Atlanta spot since 1976, the 30-acre garden next to Piedmont Park currently is showcasing orchids in its annual “Orchid Daze”display — the largest orchid exhibit in the United States which, also, is conveniently in a tropically warm climate. Photo courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden
There’s a reason The Swan House has been used in movies such as “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Built in 1928 at the tail end of the Jazz Age, it was designed for entertaining by Edward and Emily Inman — he the heir to the richest man in Georgia, she a suffragist and society player who ran the household after Edward’s death at age 49. Take a tour, meet re-enactors portraying the Inmans and other household staff and imagine what life was like in a different time. Photo courtesy Atlanta History Center
Ponce City Market
675 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Housed in the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, Ponce City Market has become a popular fixture in the Old Fourth Ward since opening in 2014. Few places in town let you have a meal, grab a drink, get some shopping in and enjoy the scene, all in one spot, so well. Head up to Skyline Park on the roof and you’ve got all the fun you can handle. Photo courtesy Ponce City Market
Seriously … it doesn’t matter what show you go to see — whether it’s a rock concert, a musical or a film. Just getting inside and enjoying the Fox is entertainment in and of itself. Originally conceived as a Shriner’s hall, the Fox was built in 1929 with soaring domes, minarets, sweeping archways, rich textiles and trompe l’oeil art — a technique designed to create optical illusions. It instead became a “movie palace” and its history in the decades since is a one-of-a-kind Atlanta story. You can’t go wrong with an evening at the Fox. Photo courtesy The Fox Theatre
A nonprofit comedy theater, Dad’s Garage is another great Old Fourth Ward sport where you can go enjoy an evening of laughs with your beloved. But why not step things up a notch? Sign up for one of the theater’s improv classes and the two of you can create the laughs yourselves. Photo courtesy Dad’s Garage Theatre
2000 Moreland Ave. SE
Seriously … in 2018, how many chances are you going to have to go to an old-fashioned drive-in movie? We’re lucky enough in Atlanta to be one of the few places you can still do it. Since it opened in 1949, the Starlight has been letting Atlantans catch a double-feature (for the price of one ticket) in the great outdoors. Whether you spend the whole movie in the front seat is up to the two of you — we’re not here to judge. Photo courtesy Starlight Drive-In Theatre
Atlanta Movie Tours
327 Nelson St. SW
By now, we all know that Georgia is a hotbed for movie and TV production. So why don’t the two of you take a tour to see where some of your favorites were filmed? Whether it’s the “Big Zombie Tour” visiting locations from “The Walking Dead,” a “Gone With The Wind” tour or an overview of everything from the Avengers to The Hunger Games to “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” you and your baby will find something to enjoy.