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Valentine’s Day in Atlanta: Ultimate Guide

By February 5, 2024No Comments
Valentine's Day in Atlanta: Ultimate Guide

What better way to celebrate the season of romance than with an array of love-filled activities and events? Join us as we explore the most captivating and romantic Valentine’s experiences Atlanta has to offer.

With intimate dinners and unique events, February in Atlanta is a canvas for love in all its forms. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening with your significant other, looking for family-friendly adventures, or opting for a solo escape, our guide is tailored to help you curate the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration.

Let Unexpected Atlanta be your guide to discovering unforgettable moments that make Valentine’s Day in Atlanta truly special. From the iconic city skyline to charming historic neighborhoods, world-class entertainment, and delicious foods, Atlanta sets the stage for experiences that you’ll be sure to love!


Valentine’s Day in Atlanta: Ultimate Guide

Read on for additional details on these top activities for Valentine’s Day in Atlanta, and more:

  • Join an immersive Atlanta Walking Tour hosted by Unexpected Atlanta – perfect for foodies!
  • Let your romance bloom at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Go Sky-High with Ponce City Market’s Rooftop Valentine’s Day Igloos
  • Enjoy Sips Under the Sea: Valentine’s Day at the Georgia Aquarium
  • Search for Love Stories across the grounds of Historic Oakland Cemetery
  • Celebrate love with the little hearts in your life at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

In this post, you’ll find:

  • Things to do in Atlanta on Valentine’s Day
  • The most romantic Valentine’s day restaurants: Atlanta and beyond
  • Enchanting events for guests 21+ to explore on February 14th
  • Ways to explore Atlanta’s winter food and event scenes
  • Atlanta Valentine’s Day activities perfect for families and hearts of all ages
  • A guide on top Atlanta spots hosting Valentine’s Day events

Valentine’s Day in Atlanta: Ultimate Guide

Atlanta Food Tour Grant Park Food Tour

Join an Immersive Atlanta Walking Tour: Perfect for Foodies!

Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk

If food is the way to their heart, Atlanta has you covered! In fact, Atlanta is a city built on food. During this fun food tour, you’ll learn about the innovators, movers, and shakers who shaped Atlanta into an international hub and a top-notch destination for foodies everywhere.

The experience includes a stroll through Historic Oakland Cemetery, where you can reflect on the eternal nature of true love. Along the way, you’ll taste 8 Southern dishes at 3 food stops, including the incredible shrimp and grits at Six Feet Under (pictured). You can’t go wrong with this Unexpected Atlanta activity! Join us to see why we have more 5-star reviews than any other Atlanta walking tour!

Historic Market Food Tour + Biscuit Class

Craving more Atlanta foodie fun? Try this Atlanta food experience that includes a hands-on biscuit-making class! In just two hours, you and your sweetheart will try 9 delicious tastings from 5 food vendors in Atlanta’s oldest market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

Then, become Southern cooks with a fun Atlanta cooking class! During this experience, you’ll be guided through the process of making from-scratch Southern biscuits. Not only is this a fun Valentine’s date idea, but you’ll also walk away with the knowledge and skills to make delicious biscuits any time! Additionally, you’ll explore some of Georgia’s most famous foods such as peaches, collards, and pecans. This indoor experience promises to be a fun February date, no matter the weather outside!


Let Your Romance Bloom at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

For all the plant lovers, escape the ordinary this Valentine’s Day! Take a visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for their enchanting “Valentine’s in the Garden” event. Nestled in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, this annual celebration transforms the already-magical botanical garden into a romantic haven.

As you enter, enjoy carefully-curated display gardens adorned with Valentine’s Day-themed décor. You’ll stroll through pathways illuminated by twinkling lights, surrounded by blooming flowers in shades of red, pink, and purple. Overall, this event will give couples a dreamlike setting that sets the stage for an unforgettable evening of love.

To add to the romantic vibe, jazzy Sinatra sounds will serenade you and your date through an evening of dancing along with sweet and savory light bites. Photo ops and special surprises await! As the night goes on, this romantic evening will turn into a vibrant dance party with glowing foam sticks, an LED dance floor, and rooftop stargazing.

Find all event details for this February 14th event on the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s website.


Ponce City Market Valentine's Day Dining

Go Sky-High with Ponce City Market’s Rooftop Valentine’s Day Igloos

That’s right – igloos! Elevate your Valentine’s Day celebration with the exclusive and intimate experience of a Valentine’s Igloo on Ponce City Market’s rooftop. Set against the stunning backdrop of Atlanta’s skyline, these cozy igloos offer an intimate private dining space adorned with twinkling lights and plush furnishings. All in all, this is the perfect romantic backdrop for your evening!

Inside the igloo, enjoy uninterrupted moments of connection and conversation while indulging in a curated menu. From delectable dishes to signature cocktails, the culinary delights from 9 Mile Station are sure to impress. Here, reservations can be made for tables options of two, four, or six guests. Plus, enjoy a dozen roses that you and your loved-one(s) can take home at the end of your meal!

View the February 14th menu and book your reservation here.


Enjoy Sips Under the Sea: Valentine’s Day at the Georgia Aquarium

For another fun Valentine’s Day idea in Atlanta, embark on an underwater experience at the Georgia Aquarium! Here, you can enjoy one of the aquarium’s popular enchanting events, “Sips Under the Sea.” As evening falls, this iconic Atlanta destination transforms into a magical realm for a night of Valentine’s fun. At this event, guests 21+ are invited to explore captivating exhibits and mesmerizing marine life after-hours.

Together, you’ll enjoy carefully-crafted cocktails and delectable bites while enjoying live music by an Atlanta DJ. Throughout the exhibits, underwater lights will cast a soft glow, creating a romantic ambiance as you explore.

For an extra touch, consider booking a VIP package to elevate your experience with private lounges, behind-the-scenes tours, and even the chance to interact with the marine life.

Purchase tickets ahead of time on the Georgia Aquarium website and secure your spot to this fun, love-filled evening.


Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt Oakland Cemetery

Search for Love Stories Across the Grounds of Oakland Cemetery

Looking for a family-friend Valentine’s Day option? Enjoy an adventure for all ages at the Historic Oakland Cemetery with the “Searching for Love” scavenger hunt. Offering a unique blend of history and fun, this love-themed activity is perfect for families and couples looking to create lasting Valentine’s memories together.

Starting February 1st, purchase a printable “Searching for Love” packet online. The packet includes a self-guided tour map that not only guides you through the scavenger hunt, but can also be used for return visits to explore the cemetery further. The excitement begins as you download and print the packet, unveiling cryptic clues that lead you to solve riddles scattered throughout the historic grounds.

No reservations are required, making this a spontaneous and delightful way to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved ones. As you follow the trail of clues, you’ll discover the hidden stories and secrets that Oakland Cemetery holds. This scavenger hunt is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family, or for couples who love puzzles and games.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to Atlanta, the “Searching for Love” scavenger hunt promises a day filled with laughter, learning, and love amidst the timeless beauty of Historic Oakland Cemetery.


Explore Atlanta’s Variety of Culinary Delights for Valentine’s Day

In the heart of the South, Atlanta emerges as a culinary destination for those seeking romantic restaurants in Atlanta for Valentine’s Day. The city’s diverse dining landscape offers a wide variety of options. As a result, Atlanta is an ideal destination for couples who are eager to indulge in a memorable dining experience.

Dinner on Valentine’s Day is a classic celebration of love, and Atlanta’s restaurants rise to the occasion with an array of choices that cater to every palate. From cozy bistros to upscale dining establishments, the city’s culinary scene reflects the same diversity that makes Atlanta itself so captivating.

Whether you prefer the twinkle of city lights or the charm of historic districts, Atlanta’s neighborhoods provide a variety of settings to suit every couple’s tastes. From farm-to-table eateries serving locally-sourced ingredients to international cuisines that transport you to distant lands, the options are as varied as the city’s rich history.

Explore Atlanta Eats’ 29 Most Romantic Restaurants in Atlanta to find the perfect spot for your Valentine’s Day dinner this year. Pro tip: be sure to make a reservation ahead of time!


Valentine's Day in Atlanta Children's Activities

Celebrate Love with your Little Hearts at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Also on February 14th, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to celebrate love in a joyous and heartwarming way. After all, who says Valentine’s Day is just for grown-ups?

Little ones will be enthralled with heartwarming readings of “Love, Z,” illustrated and written by Jessie Sima. In this charming narrative, little ones will learn about the meaning of love through the story of a small robot who finds a message in a bottle. The story unfolds in a way that captivates young minds and sparks conversations about the many forms of love that surround them.

The celebration doesn’t stop there – families are invited to a Valentine’s Dance Party! Dance along to whimsical beats on the CMA Stage. With infectious energy and smiles all around, this Valentine’s Day event promises to be a delightful experience for both parents and little ones alike. Additionally, there will be Valentine’s Day craft activities and other fun learning experiences.

See the day’s schedule and opt for a morning or afternoon session by purchasing your tickets ahead of time on the Children’s Museum of Atlanta website.


Keep it Low-Key with a Waffle House Valentine’s Date

Did you know you can book a special Valentine’s Day Waffle House experience? Select Waffle House locations are offering an affordable and memorable date at your favorite breakfast (or late-night) spot!

With one-night-only menu items, dimmed lighting, and special touches like white tablecloths, this a beloved Valentine’s tradition that couples have enjoyed for over a decade.

Read more about the experience and browse Waffle House locations offering the Valentine’s Day experience. Call ahead to make your reservations in advance. Spots are limited, and this popular experience tends to book quickly!


Ready to discover more things to do in Atlanta? Browse top-rated walking tours of the city with Unexpected Atlanta. Plus, explore our blog for posts on Atlanta date ideas, family outings, calendars of activities, team building activities, and more!