By Chelsie Buckley
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, Atlanta is one of the top 10 cities in the country to wine, dine and woo. But if you think our award-winning restaurants or chocolates to die for earned us this accolade, you thought wrong.
What makes the A the best place for V-Day? Teddy bears and champagne are great and all, but here at ChooseATL, we like to celebrate what makes us different. We’re talking about the evil clowns, fun runs and “dirty sheets.” Grab your sweetheart and get off the beaten path with our list of seven unusual ways to spend Valentine’s Day.
Ride a Segway to the Heart
This Valentine’s Day, cruise your way into your beloved’s heart with a Segway tour of Atlanta. Take a tour of historic downtown and East Atlanta with ATL-Cruzers, or explore the scenic routes of Stone Mountain with Atlanta Adventure Tours.
Escape from Boris
No, Boris isn’t a blind date gone wrong — he’s the evil clown lurking inside Atlanta’s Big Escape Rooms. Bond with your significant other as you race against the clock to solve riddles and escape the room before Boris loses his cool.
Does the thought of destroying your significant other in Counter Strike make your heart flutter? Then you’ll love Battle and Brew’s Valentine’s Day dinner. Enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu before hitting the venue’s wide range of games on every console, from PC to PS4 and more.
Streak for a cause at this year’s Cupid’s Undie Run — a one-mile fun run followed by an after party. Support the Children’s Tumor Foundation by stripping down to your skivvies (or not, it’s up to you!) for this short run, followed by a live show and an open bar.
Attend The Bitter Ball
Do cute couples make you sick? Have you grown weary of the Valentine’s Day industrial complex? Then get thee to The Bitter Ball, the premier event for single V-Day haters. Join like-minded cynics as you sip on rosé mixers and dance the night away at Parma Tavern in Buford.
Take a Night Ride
Think your love life is a rocky road? This Valentine’s Day, check out the Dirty Sheets Gravel Night Ride. Serenbe is known for the “Silk Sheets” smooth bike routes that roll through Chattahoochee Hills, but the “Dirty Sheets” gravel trails are not for the faint of heart. Grab your mountain bike, a headlight and enjoy a sunset over scenic Chattahoochee Hills before the heart-pounding adventure begins.
Take a V-Day Tour to Die For
Prove your undying love to your sweetheart by treating them to a Valentine’s tour of historic Oakland Cemetery. This romance-themed tour through the cemetery’s Victorian gardens explores the love legends of Atlanta, as well as the unique symbols and craftwork on the monuments, headstones and mausoleums.