Midtown Atlanta skyline from Clara Meer in Piedmont Park.JPG

If you’re seeking Atlanta’s Best Valentine’s Day ideas then you’ve come to the right place. You’re definitely not short on potential activities because Atlanta has a wealth of possibilities with all of its lively attractions. Remember, Atlanta is a destination city on its own any day of the year; thus, finding something to do on February 14th should not pose too big a challenge whether you’re with the gals, taking the kids or making reservations for you and your significant other. From dining and museums to spa and hotel packages, here are some southern-style Valentines Day dates and romantic ideas that will make your sweetie swoon! Whichever you choose, be sure to remember the Valentine’s Day flowers this year! Send them their favorite, whether it’s peach roses, purple orchids, pink carnations or something else.

1. Hot-Air Balloon Ride

This is a great activity for couples, the family or for a group of friends. It’s quite fun (and quintessentially romantic) to drift off into the sunset while cuddling with your honey or trying to find your house from great heights with the family or the girls. If you can manage to bring a bottle of bubbly and a small picnic basket, it’ll be an especially romantic evening! Riding in a hot air can be pricey, but it’s not like you’ll be doing it every weekend. It really is worth every penny. Attention, gentlemen: this is an AMAZING opportunity to propose if you are planning to do so in the near future. Prices for balloon rides can range from $200-$350 per person depending on the deal you choose.

2. Couples Massage

Regardless of your relationship status, it’s important to treat yourself well; what better way is there to pamper yourself than to get a massage? It’s known as one of the most luxurious and one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day date ideas around. Many chain spas offer great couples massage packages that even out each massage to being $39 for one hour. Many places also offer couples massages as well as a variety of different massages such as hot stone massages and deep tissue massages. Atlanta spas that offer specific Valentines Day packages are Massage Envy, Massage Heights, The Art of Touch, The Spa on Paces, Buckhead Massage Company, Entebello-A Modern Apothecary and Spa, and more. Just call ahead for specific details, prices and instructions. In terms of pricing, this is a low-cost or semi-pricey event as you’ll end up spending a bit over $100 with massage prices and tips.

3. Magic Monday Be My Valentine

This family event is specifically designed for the family. Toddlers ages 18 months to five-years-old love the program designed just for them! The Atlanta History Museum exhibitions, Tullie Smith Farm, and 33 acres of woodland trails and gardens provide the perfect backdrop for fun-filled educational activities. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Atlanta History Center as toddlers design their own valentine for their loved ones. The family will love this affordable Valentines Day activity.

4. Valentines Day at the High

In celebration of the “Toulouse-Lautrec & Friends” exhibition, the famous High Museum hosts a special French Cabaret themed Valentine’s Day event. Perfect for couples or for the group of gaggling girlies, treat everyone to a romantic and fun evening of art, live music, salsa dance lessons, and other special treats. Champagne and desserts are available for purchase. Plus, commemorate your evening with Friday Jazz martini glasses, two for $22 with complimentary chocolate kisses! Hear romantic classical music in the Wieland Pavilion Lobby with guitarist Myles Brow from 6–7:30 p.m. and 8–9:30 p.m. Dance the night away while you take a class on Latin rhythms and sultry tango and salsa! The Orchestra Lyrica performs from 7–10 p.m and the Mezcolanza Dance Company struts their stuff at 6:30, 7:45, and 9 p.m. There’s also a drawing in the Gallery from 6–9 p.m. Afterwards, eat and greet with a surprise guest. This Valentines Day dance and date idea will have you movin’ and groovin’ the night away, whether you take the gals or your lover! This pricey V-Day activity will cost you near $100 for drinks and lessons.

Atlanta Skyline from Buckhead

5. Romantic Hotel Getaway

Many hotels in Atlanta have beautiful honeymoon suites and Valentines Day packages. How about instead of spending the money for plane tickets and rented cars and the hassle of going far away, you have a mini “stay-cation” where you and some friends or you and your sweetheart treat yourself to a night at a four-star hotel? You can split the costs of the room and what’s great is that you’ll feel like you’re on vacation at a chic Manhattan spot. You can have drinks at the bar downstairs and an intimate, beautiful restaurant for dinner. This list of romantic Atlanta hotel packages will help you get started. In terms of pricing, this is an expensive choice as it will round out near a few hundred dollars for the weekend, including romantic restaurant choices and hotel costs.

6. Wine Tasting

For the group of gentlemen or ladies, or for you and your lover, a wine-tasting event is completely appropriate for Valentines Day. Particularly appropriate for couples, don’t forget that red wine is an aphrodisiac! Host it at home and invite others over; ask every one or every couple to bring their favorite bottle. This is a fun, low-cost event; you’ll spend only on the wine you choose and perhaps some hors d’oeuvres.

7. Chocolate Tour

This is great for couples or the girls. You can take a mini-tour of Atlanta hotels and hot-spots, taking in the scenery… and taking in a ton of chocolates! It would be even more romantic if you had Valentines Day flowers delivered to one of the locations on the tour! This is a medium-priced activity for Valentine’s Day.