Dinner and movie? Sure, that can be fun. But how about dinner and the world's largest continuous zip line? OK, maybe dinner can wait until after the ride, but the point is that there are plenty of outdoor dates that you can plan around Atlanta that will certainly give you and your partner something to talk about. Try something different this fall with one of these 7 outdoor dates that are bound to impress.
1. Stand-Up Paddleboarding on the Chattahoochee River
Stand-up paddleboarding on the Chattahoochee River is more fun than just floating in a tube, and you can get farther, faster. It’s a good way to test your date’s balance and playful splashing is encouraged. Head to Morgan Falls Overlook Park, where the river is dammed and flat as a lake. Paddle north on the river to find a secluded cove and while away the afternoon. High Country Outfitter’s Paddle Shack at the park is open Saturdays and Sundays and rents out boards—and the staff will even bring your board to the water for you.
2. Paddle Under the Moon
The twilight hours seem to hold a sense of wonder and paddling alongside your date in the looming darkness is mysterious and sexy at the same time. Many of Georgia’s State Parks host night paddles, where park rangers lead groups across the serene lakes and rivers in the dwindling fall light. Don’t miss the full moon paddles to see the moon shining bright across the water. You can rent kayaks from the park ($25) or bring your own ($15). The closest paddles to Atlanta are at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, Don Carter State Park in Gainesville, Red Top Mountain State Park in Allatoona, and Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge.
3. Zipline at Historic Banning Mills
Just 40 minutes away from Atlanta in Carrollton, you’ll find the world’s longest continuous zip-line course, the “Screaming Eagle.” Strap your honey into a harness and watch him or her fly “superman style” over the tree tops. There’s nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of flying. For the best high on your date, climb the world’s tallest free-standing climbing wall, which stands at 140-feet. If you’re ready for the next level, stay at the eco-lodge’s treetop village, which features tree houses that are 70 feet above the ground.
4. Get Lost in the Corn Mazes
As corny as it is, getting lost in a maze, surrounded by corn stalks, brings out the kid in you. Not to mention, you’re often surrounded by kids. At Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze in Dawsonville, you’ll find fall festivities and a pumpkin patch. On weekends in October, take to the corn maze by night for a haunted excursion. Plus in evenings, snuggle with your date by the bonfire.
5. Watch the Sunset from the Mountaintops
Everyone often raves about hiking the summit trail of Stone Mountain to watch the sunset. Just 20 minutes east of the city, the proximity can’t be beat, and on clear evenings you can see a panorama of the Atlanta Skyline and the surrounding city. Pack a picnic and seek out the hidden spots on the edges of the mountaintop for your own private picnic.
6. Hike to a Winery
Okay, so you’re not literally hiking to the winery, but Woody Gap is less than 10 miles north of Wolf Mountain Vineyards , one of Georgia’s most award-winning wineries. Hike an out-and-back from Woody Gap northbound to Lance Creek for a 6 mile round trip. You’ll still summit Big Cedar Mountain, where you can catch your breath and admire the view from Preacher’s Rock. After, drive back on Highway 60 to Wolf Mountain Vineyards for their weekend Sunday brunch buffets, where you can pile your plate high with hand-carved meats, bread pudding, fresh salads, hushpuppies, and more. Be sure to plan your trip for either the 12:30 or 2:30 p.m. seating. If you miss brunch, the winery’s downstairs tasting room offers tastings and tours of their estate wines for only $15.
7. Hike to Waterfalls
What is it that makes waterfalls so romantic? Perhaps the beauty that can’t be beat, or the sound of rushing water cascading down rock faces. If you want to see the largest waterfalls in Georgia, head to Amicalola Falls. You can see the 720-foot falls on your way to hiking the 8.5-mile approach trail that ends at the peak of Springer Mountain , which happens to be the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Or if you want a secluded waterfall escape, hike the 5-mile round trip to Raven Cliff Falls . Stop for a picnic at the top of the cliffs. You can see the full round-up of waterfall hikes in North Georgia here.