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7 of the Best Date Night Ideas in Atlanta

When I lived in Atlanta, I spent many nights hanging out with my hubby at home, grilling a steak on my rear patio, sipping wine with my Grant Park neighbors, or simply kicking back on my screened porch. But staying in with your special someone is absolutely a choice, because you'll discover countless fun, educational, entertaining, and delicious things to do in Atlanta for couples.

On your next date night, venture to one of these spots to hear live music, have dinner and see a show, or experience an evening filled with art and culture. Here are some of the best date night ideas in Atlanta so you can have a great night out with your significant other.

1. Ponce City Market/Skyline Park

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

This hip marketplace, which was once a Sears & Roebuck headquarters before the City of Atlanta used it, has helped transform the Ponce De Leon corridor. Here you can browse trendy shops like Citizen Supply and Cobbler Union before eating Middle Eastern-inspired dishes at Marrakesh or Mexican specialties at Minero. After your meal, head up to the roof. Atop Ponce City Market, Skyline Park is an outdoor entertainment space featuring games, miniature golf, cocktails and bar snacks, and an ideal venue to impress a first date.

2. The Fabulous Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree St NE

Is there anything more romantic than a night at the theatre? See a musical, band, or comedy show at this former movie theater overflowing with gorgeous Moorish detailing. (Don't be surprised if your date is all starry-eyed after stepping inside.) Upcoming performances include the Tony Award-winning Come From Away, funny girl Tiffany Haddish, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, and Brit Floyd paying tribute to rock superstars, Pink Floyd.

3. Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker St NW

people at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Grab your plus-one and venture to the world's largest aquarium, holding ten million gallons of water and more than a hundred thousand animals of several thousand species. No doubt, it's one of Atlanta's jewels, as the organization is dedicated to preserving ocean waters and marine life while educating the public through numerous programs and exhibits. Open 365 days a year, the Georgia Aquarium's hours usually extend until 9 p.m. daily, but times may vary. Check the website for the most up-to-date information.

4. Dinner at Bacchanalia

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Suite 1

One of Atlanta's top picks for fine dining since 1993, Bacchanalia is an excellent option for a special occasion, be it a birthday, engagement or anniversary. It's also one of best Atlanta restaurants to wow a date. You'll need to splurge here because the four-course tasting menu costs $95 per person and wine pairings are additional. Though it may make a dent in your checking account, an evening of sublime food and drink at Bacchanalia would surely go down as one of your most memorable date nights in Atlanta.

5. High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree St NE

Schedule a romantic daytime date at Atlanta's fine art museum in Midtown, the most prominent in the Southeast. Permanent exhibitions highlight 15,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary art, and the museum features several temporary exhibits simultaneously. If you can't swing a daytime date in Atlanta, you'll have Friday evenings to take your significant other to the museum, so be sure to plan. Welcoming guests until 9 p.m. on Friday nights, The High Museum provides wine and live jazz, so go here first and then opt for a late-night bite to eat at Rose & Rye or South City Kitchen, two raved-about restaurants nearby.

6. Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Ave NE

Pick up your date and spend a few hours perusing this delightful 30-acre green space alongside Piedmont Park. Beyond the beautiful flora and fauna on display (the garden promises one of the largest collections of plants in the Southeast), it also features special events and exhibits such as cocktails, concerts, and Yayoi Kusama's Narcissus Garden in the Stroza Woods. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is open until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, so it's a perfect choice for an early evening date in Atlanta before having dinner in Midtown.

7. Midtown Bowl

1936 Piedmont Circle

bowling pins being knocked down by a red bowling ball

Are you a night owl? This 32-lane retro-style bowling alley that dates back to 1960 may be one of the most creative late-night date ideas for couples. Whether you bowl strikes, spares or your balls roll in the gutter, you can toss back a few local brews and a couple of corn dogs while having a good laugh with your sweetheart. Midtown Bowl stays open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and to midnight Sunday through Wednesday. Looking for a morning bowl session? You're in luck: the bowling alley starts setting up pins at 9 a.m. every day.

About the author

Tracy Kaler

Tracy Kaler is a ballet dancer turned interior designer turned lifestyle and travel writer who blogs at tracysnewyorklife.com. A former Atlantan, you can now find her byline in The Telegraph, IN New York Magazine, TravelMag, National Geographic, Mabuhay Magazine, am New York and others. When she's not glued to her laptop, you'll find her wandering the streets of New York City or off discovering another part of the planet.

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