The Ideal Date, According to Georgians

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The Ideal Date, According to Georgians

Title graphic for “The Ideal Date, According to Georgians”

Known for its Southern charm, hospitality, and rich history, the state of Georgia is a unique and exciting place for romance. From the charming cobblestone streets of Savannah to the bustling nightlife of Atlanta, there are countless options for couples looking to spend some quality time together. 

Shane Co. has three locations in the Metro Atlanta area, and we recently surveyed Georgians to learn what makes for an ideal date night, according to residents of the Peach State. So, whether you’re a local looking for love or a visitor hoping to make a connection, here’s what you need to know about dating in Georgia. 

The Best Date Night Spots

Georgia map illustrating top date night spots according to Georgians.

Georgia’s residents know a thing or two about romance, and when date night comes around, there’s something for couples of every age and interest. As you can see above, from unforgettable nights out at the best restaurants to breathtaking state park adventures, Georgians definitely know where to go for a perfect date!

Looking for a scenic and serene setting for your romantic outing? Located just outside Atlanta, Sweetwater Creek State Park is the perfect place to connect with nature, and your special someone. Stroll hand-in-hand along the rushing creek, check out the historic ruins, and get your hike on with 15-plus miles of wooded trails covering 2,549 acres.

Perhaps you prefer a night on the town enjoying world-class music in a unique and historic setting? If so, the Georgia Theatre in Athens is the perfect backdrop for your romantic night out. Beautifully restored since a tragic fire in 2009, the spacious indoor concert hall books popular bands and solo acts, and the incredible rooftop bar and restaurant offer breathtaking views and delicious food. 

Fascinated by all things oceanic? The Georgia Aquarium is a fantastic spot for a unique and exciting outing with your date. With over 10 million gallons of water and home to over 100,000 sea creatures, the aquarium is the largest on the planet and a great place to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most fascinating aquatic animals. 

If you and your date want spine-tingling thrills, Six Flags Over Georgia is sure to get your hearts racing. From the Sky Coaster and the Batman Roller Coaster to endless water attractions, Six Flags is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping and enjoy a fantastic day out with your date.

With four locations in the Metro Atlanta area, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is a Georgian date night favorite! The restaurant’s extensive menu features a variety of fresh seafood options, plus traditional American and Cajun dishes sure to impress your date and ensure a memorable dining experience. 

Speaking of memorable, the Atlanta Botanical Garden provides ample opportunities for couples to explore and discover new things together. Bask in the lush greenery and colorful flowers surrounding you while learning about fauna, ecology, and natural heritage. The perfect backdrop for photos or even an engagement!  

Tips for Dating in Georgia

Donut charts showing a variety of dating keys according to Georgians.

If you’re from out of state and looking to date in Georgia, not to worry! Nearly seven in 10 people are willing to date anyone they find interesting, regardless of where they hail from. But what’s genuinely noteworthy about Georgians? Unlike many of us, 66% don’t even bother with dating apps, preferring to rely on the old-fashioned method of actually meeting people in person. If things don’t work out? It seems that ghosting is common, with 51% of women and 42% of men admitting they would do it.

Dealbreakers, According to Georgians

Check out our interactive carousel above, and you’ll see that according to our survey respondents, dating dealbreakers can vary greatly and depend on many factors. One thing is for sure: no one appreciates a date who spends too much time on their phone, and not matching up with your pictures online is another big no-no. For women, bossy and controlling people are a definite red flag, while men don’t appreciate dates they think lack morals or values and have annoying personality traits. 

Closing Thoughts

No matter your interests, if you’re lucky enough to be in the great state of Georgia, you’re sure to find a perfect spot for an ideal date. Just watch out for dealbreakers, or you might get ghosted! But in all seriousness, if you believe in yourself and are respectful and honest with your date, you might just make a connection that could last a lifetime.

If all goes well, you might find yourself engaged before you know it! If that’s the case, make sure to stop by one of our Georgia locations to see our stunning collection of engagement rings. Whether you’re looking for a traditional ring or something more unique, we have the perfect piece to express your love. Happy dating! 


To find out what an ideal date looks like in the state, we surveyed 300+ Georgia residents over a period of one week in November. We asked about their dating habits, dealbreakers, and go-to dating spots.

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