Let’s face it — Atlanta’s summer heat and humidity are just not terribly romantic. It’s much easier to plan a great outdoorsy date in the fall, which is considered by many to be the prettiest time of year in the Southern capital. Even as late as early December, you can walk outside hand in hand and enjoy the natural beauty of the city without struggling to not to let your date see you sweat. We’ve assembled a few of our favorite outdoor date choices here. Let us know if there are any we missed.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
At any time of year, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of the city’s best date spots, but the fall is an especially peaceful and beautiful time here. This year, the fantastic Imaginary Worlds topiary exhibit will be on display through October, so you can wait until the air has cooled a bit to enjoy the magical creatures. A couple’s annual membership, at $80, pays for itself in two visits to the garden, so it is a great gift to your sweetheart. It’s also nice to get a little exercise together by strolling through the grounds.
Decatur Book Festival
101 E. Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
One of the greatest date night spots in Atlanta is Decatur Square, and on August 31 and September 1, the Square will host its annual book festival. Free to the public and easily accessible by Atlanta’s cleanest MARTA station, the weekend hosts literary stars from around the country as well as bands and other entertainment. It’s an extremely popular event and a great way to impress a new romantic interest with your book smarts, or to find out if you have common interests. The Square has plenty of dining options, such as the yummy Iberian Pig, and one of Atlanta’s best coffeehouses, Java Monkey, is located nearby.
Castleberry Hill Art Stroll
Atlanta, GA 30303
Hosted on the second Friday of each month, the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll is the perfect Atlanta date for those with a more cosmopolitan idea of romance. Meet up for a drink first at No Mas Cantina, then grab a map from the helpful art stroll desk outside and begin your tour of local galleries. The stroll lasts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the Elliott Street Pub often has a late-night party after the stroll, complete with an iron pour where you can design your own plate and watch it created from molten metal right before your eyes. Check out the stroll’s website the week you intend to go for a listing of galleries participating that week.
Atlanta Arts Festival
400 Park Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Art festivals in Atlanta make for fantastic outdoor dates, and the Atlanta Arts Festival on September 14 and 15 is a great excuse to get out and enjoy fall in Piedmont Park. You can stroll through the city’s most spacious and beautiful public grounds while viewing the works of local artists, and it’s all free. Of course, you will probably be moved to buy your date an unusual pair of earrings, but the prices at these events are generally fairly inexpensive, and she will think of you whenever she wears them. It’s basically a free museum, with a range of crafts and creations by talented artists from near and far.
The pleasant fall weather makes Atlanta an ideal city for outdoor concerts, and there are several venues around town like Chastain Park and Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood that host concerts well into October. This year, some of the hot tickets for date night include Depeche Mode, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert, all performing at Lakewood in September. You can bring a blanket and kick back on the lawn to have a great night with your loved one under the stars. Getting there and back is never fun, but it is worth the hassle for a beautiful evening.
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