Did you know that, according to the census, 45.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older are single? Good news for those single Atlantans looking to date is that Atlanta consistently ranks as one of the best U.S. cities for singles, based on economics, fun and recreation, and dating opportunities. 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 adventurous.
- Impress your date with a reservation at one of Atlanta’s romantic restaurants. Enjoy beautiful ambiance, tasty cuisines from a top chef and amazing skyline views at one of these 7 romantic Atlanta restaurants. For a larger selection, search Atlanta Dining with more 150 restaurants listed, searchable by neighborhood, cuisine and deals. You'll also be able to easily access each restaurant's website and TripAdvisor Traveler Rating.
- Think of yourself as an inspiring sommelier? Many restaurants throughout Atlanta offer tastings or discounts on wine on Wednesdays. Mark your calendars for one of these food and wine events or take a day trip to one of these North Georgia wineries.
- Couples Massage at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
When a little relaxation is in order, think of the calming oasis that is The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental. The couples suite offers a marble bath and twin massage tables, and after the massage you can treat yourself to some downtime in the steam, sauna or whirlpool, and take a swim in the saline lap pool. Ahh!
- Sips Under the Sea at Georgia Aquarium
For a unique and romantic date night, think 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. General admission is $28.95 for non-members; $19.95 members. VIP admission is $48.95 non-members; $24.95 members. 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.
- 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.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden
Nature lovers will be thrilled with the Atlantic Botanical Garden as a setting for a romantic date, day or night. The scenery is stunning, and it's the perfect spot for a romantic stroll and picnic. Pack your own picnic 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.
- Chattahoochee Nature Center
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 just the thing for a first date or your 50th. Grab your hiking boots, your best gal (or guy) and head out for a romantic adventure.
- For more fun on the ‘hooch, here are 7 must-do Chattahoochee River adventures near Atlanta.
- Enjoy the Atlanta BeltLine.
Get in a morning workout together, take a fun bicycle ride to see the street art or enjoy a walk to get some fresh air. Both Krog Street and Ponce City markets are conveniently located right off the BeltLine and offer fun, delicious eateries and bars that are a great finale to your time outside.
- Atlanta Rocks!
No matter the weather, you and a date can enjoy a fun rock-climbing adventure date indoors at Atlanta Rocks!. Atlanta Rocks! features 12,000 square feet of climbing surface and instruction/climb time for all levels. The daily rate, with no staff assistance, is $15 per person. Participation in the Introduction to Gym Climbing workshop is $35. Reserve your time and rock on.
- Climb Stone Mountain.
Stone Mountain offers incredible views and an amazing backdrop for a romantic picnic lunch. Hike to the top if you’re up for a more physical adventure or enjoy the scenic gondola ride (additional cost) and a more leisurely walk. Parking is $15 for the day or $40 for an annual pass.
- Porsche Experience Center
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.
- Xtreme Xperience
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. Prices start at $279.
Fun & Games
- Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
If you and your date have a bit of a competitive streak, how about a fun night out at Andretti Karting and Games? You can race head to head on the Go Karts, bowl a couple of games 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.
- The Painted Pin/The Painted Duck
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’re sure to have a delicious and fun time out on the town.
- ATL Candy Bar
If your date is into sweet treats, this is the place to go. Not only does the ATL Candy Bar have more than 50 varieties of candy by the pound, cotton candy and a plethora of baked goods, but there is an actual candy BAR. You can choose from a variety of Jello shots, chocolate chip cookie shots or over-the-top milkshakes with infusions of your favorite liquors. In addition, the ATL Candy Bar offers hookahs and vaping in varying flavors.
- Skyline Park (The Roof at Ponce City Market)
Skyline Park 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's also a great place for a group date night.
- Agatha’s A Taste of Mystery
How can a date go badly when you’re laughing the entire time? Head to Agatha’s for one of the hilarious comedy murder mysteries and secure your title as “epic date planner.” Don’t let the $73 price tag scare you away; it includes the show, a five-course gourmet meal, a glass of wine, coffee and tea. Cash bar available, $5 parking. There are matinees on Sundays for $57.50.
Atlanta is rich in history and culture. The city played a key role in the civil rights movement and offers many memorial sites and education venues.
In recent years, Atlanta has also become known as the “Hollywood of the South,” with blockbuster and small screen hits being filmed here. To name a few: "The Hunger Games" [Catching Fire and Mockingjay], "Stranger Things," "The Walking Dead," "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Captain America: Civil War" and "Baby Driver."
- Center for Civil and Human Rights
Located conveniently in Downtown Atlanta, the 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.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Set on nearly 35 acres, the 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
A cemetery might not seem like the best place for a date, but this one is pretty special. Oakland Cemetery also 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.
- Atlanta History Center
The 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." The history center offers special events, educational days and festivals throughout the year.
- CNN Center
Learn how the news works with a CNN Studio Tour. See behind the scenes, learn about weather maps, teleprompters and more.
- World of Coca-Cola
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.
- Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
Getting out on a bicycle on a beautiful day is a fun way to spend time with someone you love. Pack a picnic lunch or plan a yummy meal after taking a tour around the city.
- Atlanta Movie Tours
Film buffs will love checking out this bus tour of “Hollywood in Atlanta” locations. Check out shooting locations for your fave series and flicks. The actor guides share many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.
- Self-Guided Tours
- Biking on your own? Atlanta has lots of great trails riding. We love the BeltLine but there are tons of other great spots. Check out our top tips for biking your way around Atlanta.
- Atlanta BeltLine
In addition to biking, the BeltLine is also great for jogging or walking. The various sections have different vibes and plenty to see from art installations to green space and more. There are plenty of cafes, markets and restaurants along the way.
- Self-Guided Atlanta Street Art Walking Tours
One of our favorite things about Atlanta is public art including murals, installations, graffiti and more. Take a look at our guide.
- Visit the Living Walls
Check out the city’s largest gallery with the living walls project. 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.
Enjoy the Arts
- High Museum of Art
The High Museum is one of the most renowned in the Southeast. It houses more than 11,000 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.
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony offers something for everyone. The ASO performs in a variety of venues (indoors and out) making for some fun date options. For something truly fun and unique, consider one of the movie-inspired concerts. Hear the film score from popular hits like "Jurassic Park" and "Star Wars" come to life as the movie is screened in HD at Symphony Hall.
- Atlanta Ballet
Dance lovers will enjoy the offerings of Atlanta Ballet, from classics such as the "Nutcracker" to more spirited productions like “Bach to Broadway.”
- The Fabulous Fox Theatre
Live performances of any kind make for memorable date nights, and the Fox Theatre is an excellent venue for a special night out. Offering entertainment ranging from Broadway plays to concert performances by top acts and dance performances by world-class acts, the Fox never fails to impress.
Date Night Movie
A step up from “Netflix and Chill,” casual date nights at the movies are just the ticket. Favorite Atlanta spots for movies include:
- Starlight Drive-In Theatre
Eight dollars for two movies is a steal, and the nostalgia is palpable. Grab the blankets, pack some treats and head out to the Starlight Drive-In for a different type of movie night.
- If you're wanting to go shopping first, check out the theaters at Atlantic Station or Phipps Plaza. With 30 screens between them, you are sure to find something to watch.
- Studio Movie Grill
Enjoy premium movie theaters and dinner all in one. 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.
Sports lovers won’t have to travel far as Atlanta is home to lots of top-level sports. Catch college or pro games live and in person or at a fun destination.
Free and Cheap Date Night Ideas
- 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.
- Get ice cream. Here are 10 Atlanta ice cream shops you'll scream for. I mean, who doesn’t like ice cream?
- Sweetwater Brewery Tour and Tasting
For just $8 you can take a fun brewery tour and get three tastings at Georgia’s Sweetwater Brewery. Check out the Facebook page for special food truck events, bands and fun.
- Play disk golf
The Atlanta area is loaded with disk golf courses. See this list for one near you.
- Castleberry Hill Art Stroll
Get out and support the arts every second Friday in the Castleberry Hill Historic Arts District, one of the top 10 art districts in the country. The tour is free, but stop off for a cup of coffee and glass of wine or a meal at one of the local spots when you’re done.
- Go to one of Atlanta's many festivals.
Festivals are a fun way to catch some entertainment, eat fun food and shop while sharing quality time together. Atlanta is home to tons of festivals for every taste and interest, from books and art to music, fitness, pets and more. Check out our festival guide to pick a few to visit.
- Marietta 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.
- Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
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.
- Go hiking.
There are thousands of miles of beautiful hiking trails in Georgia and many of them are an easy drive from the Atlanta area. A quick or long hike can make a great, free and simple date.
Group Date Night Ideas
- Escape Rooms have become really popular in recent years. Here are our Atlanta favorites.
- Escape the Room Atlanta
Located in Downtown Atlanta, Escape the Room Atlanta has multiple scenarios such as The Newsroom and The '80s Rec Room. From $28 per person.
- Mission Escape Atlanta
It is a top-rated escape experience in Atlanta, located in West Midtown. There are two scenarios -- the Hotel or the Study. Cost is $33 per person. Free parking. Reserve tickets in advance. Open seven days a week; hours vary.
- Ultimate Escape Game Atlanta
There are five different themed rooms, starting at $28 plus tax. Pre-book online. It's located in Galleria 75.
- Trivia night.
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.
- Paint Nite or Plant Nite
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.
- Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Centennial Olympic Park and its surrounding area turn into a giant game board for this epic two-hour adventure. At only $26 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 restaurants.
- Food truck night.
With the popularity of Top Chef, Good Eats and other TV shows, gourmet food is in high demand. Food trucks have become wildly popular. We’ve compiled a list of where to find them.
If you're still stumped for that perfect date night idea after this, check out this complete list of things to do in Atlanta and browse our event calendar for upcoming Atlanta events.
Joleen Pete lives in an Atlanta 'burb with her husband and their 5-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen.