Whether you are meeting a close relative, a college buddy or a longtime BFF, there are many great spots in the metro area to have a best-friend date. the Atlanta area has everything from relaxing patios, tourist attractions and even spas where you can heal your body, mind and soul. There is something to be said for getting together with a good friend. The times you share are special and whether you are taking in an event or spending an evening “catching up,” here are some great ideas when you and your best friend can go and have a great time.
2200 Avalon Blvd.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(770) 765-1000

For those in North Fulton, there is no hotter place right now than Avalon. This mixed-use development contains restaurants, shops, a children’s play area and a comfortable movie theater. Avalon offers 86 acres of possibilities to meet up with a friends and enjoy a meal or take in a movie. The retail possibilities include American Threads, Banana Republic, and Tumi. Each restaurant has a patio for outside dining and relaxing.

El Rey Del Taco
5288 Buford Hwy. N.E.
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 986-0032

There may be no better for for friends to share than a good old fashioned taco. They are inexpensive, tasty and are eaten with one’s hands. You can choose from a number of varieties of tacos at one of the best Mexican joints in Atlanta, El Ray Del Taco. At “El Ray” one will discover the magic of handmade tortillas and cooked to order meals that are fresh and a tad bit spicy if that is your preference. Choose from 10 different meat options or opt for a veggie taco and enjoy.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859

One of the most beautiful spots in the beautiful city of Atlanta is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Explore the grounds including the amazing collection of orchids. Visit the High Elevation House to see what might be growing in the Andes Mountains of South America. You and your friend can spend all day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and still not see it all. Have lunch at the Cafe at Linton’s and then stay for an evening concert. There is ample parking onsite and adult tickets are $18.95, while children are $12.95. That’s a small price to pay to spend a day getting this close to nature.

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Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-2107

Put aside all thoughts that this recommendation is a bit morbid and come to realize that this is actually a walk through history. Oakland Cemetery is the oldest in Atlanta and serves as the final resting place for famous Atlantans like Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Mayor Maynard Jackson. When you and your friend aren’t admiring the tombstones, take a look up and appreciate the old oak trees and magnolias. Oakland Cemetery is located less than a mile from Downtown Atlanta and by checking the website, you can see when guided tours are offered.

Reynolds Lake Oconee
100 Linger Longer Rd.
Greensboro, GA 30642
(800) 800-5250

Reynolds Lake Oconee has everything for two friends that want to spend a day or a weekend together. From lake cottages to the luxurious Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Bring your fishing equipment, golf clubs, and a desire to relax and rejuvenate in one of the best spas in the country. There is so much going on at Reynolds, it’s hard to pick one or two activities. Great restaurants and a number of hospitable neighboring towns make for a great day trip or getaway.

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