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 in the Garden

Get the romance started early on Saturday night with an elegant evening cocktail part at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. As well as enjoying music, dancing, desserts and the Orchid Daze experience, you can stroll through the Botanical Garden’s tropical conservatories while sampling wonderful treats from some of Atlanta’s top caterers and enjoying specialty cocktails from a variety of cash bars. Perfect for working couples or those who need to be able to find a good babysitter on the weekends before going out.

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. Find a Restaurant

Don’t wait until last minute! Looking for a great place to eat? Somewhere new to try? Find a place and make your reservation using Opentable.com.