Where to Go on a Date in Atlanta This Spring
From live music to wine tasting to a drive-in movie experience, any of these activities make for the perfect date night.
With the arrival of spring, cuffing season as we know it has officially come to its end. Countless winter romances will soon be replaced with a desire to get out and meet new people, and while the strongest relationships will prevail into this warm new season, spring still gives all of us a chance to reflect, reassess, and rejuvenate our love lives. Just as the temperature continues to change, so should your approach to dating over the next couple of months. Thanks to the increasingly warmer weather and clearer skies, outdoor dates are finally back in style, and with so many cool annual events coming up, there is a lot for you to get into over the next few months. Or you can check out some of Atlanta's most romantic restaurants. But failing that, here are all the fun date ideas that you’ll need when searching for love in Atlanta this spring.
As we’ve mentioned before in our Buckhead dating guide, shopping—when done right—can make for a really fun date, and later this spring, one of the best shopping experiences returns to the city for a highly anticipated two-day stint. The Atlanta Streetwear Market is taking over Ambient+Studio on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 from 1 pm to 9 pm each day, giving you and your date plenty of time to explore the 100+ streetwear brands and vendors that will be in attendance. There will also be live music, pop-ups, and giveaways, so whether you two go on one day or both days, it will be a fun date that you’ll always remember.
The fair is back in town, and that means you get to take your crush on one of the most classic—and affordable—dates of all time. If you go after dark, there’s just something magical about the shimmering lights from all of the attractions, and even if you two aren’t fans of queasy fair rides, there is still plenty to do, from sharing sweet funnel cakes to trying your hand at the carnival games. The Atlanta Fair will be at the Gray Lot across from the old Turner Field until Sunday, April 10, giving you and your date more than enough time to enjoy a romantic evening at the fair.
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The Illuminarium is one of Atlanta’s most visually stunning new attractions, but there’s much more to it than its popular African safari-themed WILD exhibition. The same 4K projection technology that powers The Illuminarium’s daytime and After Dark experiences is also utilized in The Bar at The Illuminarium, making for one of the most breathtaking watering holes in the entire city. The Illuminarium Cafe—which boasts a small but impressive menu consisting of house-smoked brisket mac & cheese, salmon salad, melts, burgers, and more—is what brings it all together and makes The Illuminarium the perfect place for a romantic date night. You and your boo can grab dinner, see an incredible multi-sensory presentation, and enjoy cocktails in one location.
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Music brings people together, and after a day (or two or three) at Shaky Knees Music Festival this spring, you and your date will be closer than ever, especially if you two are both fans of artists like Green Day, My Morning Jacket, Nine Inch Nails, Faye Webster, and Japanese Breakfast. The festival takes place from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, and with plenty of food trucks, fun on-site activations, and commemorative photo booths all being a part of the experience, Shaky Knees easily qualifies as one of the coolest and most memorable dates to go on this spring.
Spring is a season of renewal and growth, and for a serene date that encapsulates that energy, head over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The current exhibition at the beloved Atlanta attraction is Orchid Daze, ABG’s annual display of thousands of beautiful, fragrant orchids. On the off-chance that both you and your date have already checked out Orchid Daze this year, there are also plenty of ABG events throughout the spring that would make for the perfect outing, from one-day celebrations like the Garden Party in March to the forthcoming Atlanta Blooms! and Origami in the Garden exhibitions.
If your date was born and raised in Atlanta, you can still show them a different side of the city by taking them on a scenic helicopter ride over the city skyline. Prestige Helicopters offers several aerial tours to choose from, including a 10-minute nighttime tour of the King & Queen buildings in Buckhead, a 30-minute tour throughout Downtown and Buckhead, and the 70-minute Ultimate Tour of the Chattahoochee River, Lake Lanier, Buckhead, Downtown, Decatur, and Stone Mountain. Whether you’re aiming to make an unforgettable impression for your first date or looking for a romantic anniversary celebration, a helicopter ride makes for a great statement date.
Although you probably drive by it all of the time, a solid year-round date idea is the enormous SkyView Ferris wheel Downtown. For just $14.75 (and $12.75 for seniors, military, and students), SkyView riders can enjoy a nice private ride on one of Atlanta’s tallest attractions, and since it stays open pretty late—till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays—the massive in-town Ferriss wheel can be the perfect way for you and your date to end the night.
If you and your date have been stressed out this winter, meet up and destress with a couple’s massage at Treat Your Feet Buckhead. The spa—which has welcomed celebrities like Shaq, Dwight Howard, and Keri Hilson over the years—offers a revered full-body couples massage, so you and your boo can spend an hour or two bonding over some much-needed massage therapy.
As far as first dates go, you can’t go wrong with grabbing a cup of coffee, and you’ll definitely get cool points if you take your date to Victory Coffee at 900 Dekalb Avenue NE. In addition to serving Instagram-worthy lattes in picturesque glass cups, Victory’s front patio offers patrons a serene view of Dekalb Avenue, right in front of a MARTA track. Get to know the beautiful person sitting beside you while sipping on great coffee and watching MARTA trains whiz past you.
One of the coolest additions to Atlanta over the last couple of years has been Puttshack, and in addition to being a fun family getaway during the day, it also makes for a great after-dark date night as well. Playing mini-golf has always been fun, and with Puttshack’s engaging new technology, the entire experience has been elevated. Without having to manually keep track of the score, you and your date will be able to focus a lot more on how great Puttshack’s signature cocktails are, from the Hennessy Islands to the Peach Tea on Peachtree.
Whether you’re looking for a change of speed for your next date or your date last night managed to continue on into the morning, brunch is always a solid move, so don’t hesitate to invite your date out for a morning-ish meal and a couple of mimosas. Deep down inside, you’re both probably fantasizing about going out to brunch this weekend, so you might as well do it together.
3 Parks Wine Shop has an amazing weekend special that allows guests to indulge in a cost-efficient three-part wine tasting. On Fridays from 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays from 1 pm to 6 pm, and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm, 3 Parks pours three half glass tastings of wine for just $15 per person, so find out if your crush is an oenophile with this low-key, yet intimate date.
As of March 5, Six Flags Over Georgia has officially reopened for its 2022 season, and although you may think that amusement parks are just for teenagers, here’s why you should definitely consider it for your next date. In addition to all of the thrills, fun attractions, and chances to win your date an oversized stuffed animal, you two will almost certainly be forced to spend a significant amount of time together in food and ride lines, so use that time to get more familiar with each other. If you and your date can get through a whole day at Six Flags without getting too bored or feeling too awkward, you might just have a keeper on your hands.
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Now that Atlanta’s starting to warm up, outdoor activities are finally sensible date options again, and there’s no outdoor date that’s more romantic than a sunset dinner overlooking the city at Nine Mile Station. The breathtaking open-air date offers a beautiful rooftop view of Buckhead, Downtown, and Midtown, and the food—we’re talking mouth-watering menu options like Scottish Salmon, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, Duck Confit Croquettes, Sesame Crusted Tuna, and more—is just as impressive as the view. Physically elevate your next dinner date by bringing your SO to an unforgettable meal on top of Ponce City Market, and afterward, go enjoy all of the fun rides and games that Skyline Park has to offer.
Show your crush how creative you can be by having a private at-home paint-n-sip, courtesy of The Paint Factory. The Black- and woman-owned paint-and-sip company brings painting parties to its patrons, complete with live step-by-step instructions, sketched canvases, easels, paint, brushes, and aprons. With it being held at you or your date’s home, you won’t even have to BYOB because it’ll already be there. Just pour a glass of that special bottle of wine that you’ve been saving and enjoy the romantic, intimate, and artsy occasion.
Love is not only in the air—it’s in the water too. Once a month, the Georgia Aquarium hosts Sips Under the Sea, a 21+ event that gives visitors a boozy perspective of one of Atlanta’s favorite tourist attractions. Tickets include after-hours admission to the aquarium as well as access to onsite cocktails and dining options, so if you and your date both enjoy drinking and gazing at aquatic animals, go ahead and secure your tickets before they sell out.
You can’t go wrong with a date at the High Museum of Art, and to make your trip to the High a little easier on the pockets, visit on the second Sunday of the month. That’s when tickets are on the house, which means you’ll be ever to show your date the High’s KAWS PRINTS, Disrupting Design: Modern Posters, 1900–1940, and—soon enough—What Is Left Unspoken, Love exhibitions all for free. Just remember that due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, you need to act fast and reserve your free, timed tickets online. Once you do that, you’re all set for one of the coolest free dates in the city.
Fernbank’s monthly event series “Fernbank After Dark” is an adult-only event that happens every second Friday of the month, featuring unique after-hours experiences. No, that doesn’t mean sexy time near the dinosaur bones, but visitors do have access to alcohol and live music while enjoying fascinating science demonstrations. With upcoming themes like “Night At The Science Museum,” “The Green Scene,” and “Booze and Botanicals,” Fernbank’s recurring after-hours event is a surefire way to impress the nature and science lover in your life this spring.
If Instagram is life for both you and your date, then head to Culture Experience ATL, an interactive photo exhibit that features more than 20 Atlanta-related photo ops. Learn your date’s angles and take them through Atlanta’s rich history and culture, from Freaknik to HBCU homecomings. It’s sure to make for a fun time, and while the typical date will only yield a selfie or two, one hour at Culture Experience ATL will fill up your camera roll with great flicks that show off your outfits and your pop-culture prowess.
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You can’t go wrong with treating your sweetheart to some sweets, and for an aesthetically pleasing dessert, you should take them to Amorino. Paris-level dessert luxury awaits you there, where gelato artists will shape delicious flavors of frosty sweet cream into edible flower petals. Seriously, how romantic is that? Also, get the French/Italian café’s macaroons, gelato cakes, pastries, and even their gelato-topped crêpes or waffles for breakfast, if things really work out.
With all of the incredible restaurants in Atlanta, the sheer number of places where you can take your date out to eat can be overwhelming. If you’re looking to have a truly special experience, however, skip that spot that y’all always go to and make a reservation at Lazy Betty, where you both can enjoy a six- or eight-course tasting menu in the dining room or on the patio. Also, each of the tasting menus can be enhanced with wine pairings.
Sometimes the best dates are the ones without frills, gimmicks, or—most importantly—bills. If your pockets are tight, but you still want to spend some one-on-one time with your boo, invite your date to take a stroll with you through Piedmont Park. And if you and your date do happen to get a little hot or peckish, you can get a popsicle from the King Of Pops cart or grab some food from an in-park restaurant like Willy’s Mexicana Grill or Park Tavern.
The dinner-and-a-movie formula is pretty hard to screw up, but if you’re still willing to take our advice, skip the chains and opt for a movie going experience that will transport you and your date back in time: the legendary Starlight Drive-In. For what’s arguably the best date-night deal in Atlanta, you can bring your own food and drink and watch a double feature from the sanctuary of your car—all for $10. Plus, you’ll be able to look up at a big giant screen like they used to do in old romantic movies.