Are you stuck wondering where you’re going to take your date this weekend? Don’t worry! There are plenty of affordable places that are sure to make for memorable dates. From concerts to great hiking locations, keep reading for 15 cheap and fun date ideas near Georgia Institute of Technology!
1. Picnic at Piedmont Park!
Pack some food, maybe a speaker, and leave just in time so you and your boo can eat and watch the sun set right next to Atlanta’s skyline. You’ll only have to pay for the food you brought and parking!
2. Hike Stone Mountain.
Are you itching to get outside? Are you trying to get in a little work out while bonding with your significant other? Well then you should definitely check out Stone Mountain! Annual parking is $40/year, with unlimited access to the hiking areas.
3. Walk the BeltLine.
Here’s another option for the active couples! Follow miles of trails through dozens of Atlanta neighborhoods. Whether you want to bring your pup along, rent a bike, or take a free fitness class together, you get to see a large part of Atlanta at your own pace. Fun Fact: a former Tech student actually thought up the Beltline!
4. Visit Centennial Olympic Park.
While you can find all sorts of things going on at Centennial Olympic park based on the time of year, in the next couple weeks a portion of the park will be dedicated to an ice skating rink! Take up the opportunity to skate in the middle of Atlanta for just $12 per person.
5. People watch at Atlantic Station.
I admit, this is not one I’ve tried myself, but I heard it’s tons of fun and a great way to pass the time. Simple enough, you simply grab a seat, wait for a patron to attract your attention, and then makes jokes about it. You can also create imaginary conversations between these people. There are even shuttles between Georgia Tech and Atlantic Station, an added bonus!
6. Get nosebleed seats to a Hawks Game.
Yes, you can be a sports fanatic and frugal at the same time. I found tickets as little as $12! Of course, this depends on which game and a couple of other factors, but your man will appreciate you for it!
7. Visit the High Museum.
An afternoon admiring art is only $15 at the High! While the museum has its own permanent collection, there are also seasonal exhibits so be sure to check their website to find out what’s in town.
8. Enjoy happy hour at the Braves All Star Grill.
I know, I know, sadly, Atlanta is no longer the home of the Braves. However, the All Star Grill isn’t going anywhere, and if you stop by weekdays from 3-7PM you can get cheap drinks and appetizers.
9. Window shop during a Ponce City Market Walking Tour.
So, you can’t afford to buy all your friends those Alex and Ani bracelets from all over your Pinterest board. Don’t worry, they’ll understand that you’re a starving college student. In the meantime, you can adventure around the Market and window shop! Walking tours are just ten bucks a piece and held every Saturday morning, offering an hour of exploration for a small price. Be sure to check for local events, too, because they offer new stuff all the time!
10. Go to a karaoke bar!
As shown in every cheesy chick flick ever created, you singing your heart out to “Don’t Stop Believin’” might just be the moment when your guy falls for you for good. Whether or not it’s the start of Happily Ever After, it’s definitely a fun time! After all, Karaoke Melody is just 20 minutes from campus.
11. Go to a free concert at Terminal West!
Having to watch your friends’ Snapchat stories of concert after concert can be heartbreaking when you’re broke (pun intended). Don’t be quick to consider your wallet a lost cause though; Terminal West offers free or cheap concerts all the time! They make for some of the best date ideas near Georgia Institute of Technology. Someday, when you’ve got enough cash to make it to Coachella, you’ll have a true story of how you heard a band “before they got big”. Or maybe you’ll just have a cool place to spend your weekends and listen to local artists.
12. Watch a classic at StarLight Drive In Movie Theater.
Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like! Pack some pillows, blankets, and snacks if you like, find a good view, tune your radio to the provided station, and enjoy the movie from the comfort of your own car! This is one of the best date ideas near Georgia Institute of Technology for those who want to get a little old fashioned! Admission is just $9 per person, just make sure you get there early to get a good spot!
Giving back can be totally rewarding, and the more the merrier! Feel free to make this a group date and get others involved. While Atlanta is a beautiful and thriving city, there is still a ton of need!
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14. See the city from up high on Skyview.
One of Atlanta’s newer attractions, Skyview is a ferris wheel that overlooks the city. Get the “date night” package, and you’ll pay less than $15 per person to ride on a Wednesday night.
15. Take pictures at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Admire a wide variety of flowers and possibly even a few birds from the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Around the winter holidays, they offer Garden Lights, a light show definitely worth checking out! The Atlanta Botanical Garden is easily one of the most Instagram worthy date ideas near Georgia Institute of Technology. You can get either regular admission or Garden Lights tickets for under $25 each.