With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might feel pressed to shell out a ton of money on the holiday but fret not. There are plenty of fun and cheap options near Emory and around Atlanta for you and your boo. 

For Those Who Want a Close Getaway

If staying close to Emory is a priority, try taking a stroll around the lovely Decatur Square. Filled with cute restaurants (The Iberian Pig), eateries (Butter & Cream) and bookstores (Little Shop of Stories), there’s plenty to enjoy. Or, if you’re looking for places even closer to Emory, try Valentine’s Day dinner at Emory Village sushi restaurant Wagaya before heading over to the Burlington Road Building at 7:30 p.m. to see Heathers: The Musical on Feb. 14 performed by Ad Hoc Productions for $5 per person. For a fancy dinner out, consider eating nearby at Emory Point’s The General Muir before a walk at the Lullwater Preserve for free. 

For Those Who Enjoy the Finer Things

For a delightful daytime date, visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum at 12 p.m. on Feb. 14 to listen to violinist Sissi Zhang, cellist Roy Harran and pianist William Ransom play Beethoven’s Variations for Cello, Violin Sonata No. 3 and Romance in G for free. Another option is to take a free audio tour of the Carlos Museum and stop at Ebrik Coffee Room on the museum’s third floor, where you and your date can discuss your favorite works of art over a cup of coffee. Just be sure to get there before the museum and Ebrik close at 4 p.m.

For Those Who Are 21 and Up

There are special events planned for those who are legal in the area. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History hosts a Fernbank After Dark series on every second Friday of the month, which just so happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day this February. Clocking in at $19.95 per person (for non-members of the museum), the event includes after-hours museum access, live music, fun science activities and a 3D movie. Craft beer, cocktails and small plates are also available separately for purchase. For an even cheaper date, Sweetwater Brewery offers tours for $8. Enjoy 15 ounces worth of samples along the tour. Just remember to bring your ID and wear closed-toe shoes!


Whether you’re a horrible cook, want to impress that special someone or haven’t left your dorm room all semester, Atlanta and Emory have plenty to offer when it comes to romantic Valentine’s Day dates, from dinners to art outings to alcoholic adventures. 

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