Summertime means more opportunities to spend time outside and to travel. While fancy vacations abroad can cost a pretty penny, there are many spots throughout Georgia that'll make you feel like you've traveled thousands of miles away, without the cost. These affordable date destinations in Georgia could be hiding in your own backyard and they're just waiting to be explored.

If you chose one of these spots for every weekend, you'd have eight weeks of romantic adventures together instead of hanging out to Netflix and chill at home. The best part? A lot of these ideas are completely free or super cheap.

Pro tip: packing a picnic and exploring the area around each of these locations could add to your romantic, alone time experience.

Enjoy the Surf and Sands of Blackbeard Island

Price: Free

Address: Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge, GA

Why You Need To Go: From sandy secluded beaches to mesmerizing wooden hikes, this island only accessible by boat could be the perfect romantic getaway trip. It's a great spot to fish and watch wildlife too.

Pick Sunflowers at Long Farms 

Price: $0.50 per stem; other flowers and fresh produce also available at different price points.

Address: 2822 Old Whigham Rd., Bainbridge, GA

Why You Need To Go: These stalks of sunshine are sold on the cheap and you can also pick up farm-fresh produce while you're here. End your day on the farm by going home and cooking a meal using your fresh-picked veggies with your bouquet as the table centerpiece.


Mine for Gold at Outpost Gold & Gem Panning

Price: $12+

Address: 7901 S Main St., Helen, GA 

Why You Need To Go: You can mine for your own unique gems and crystals, as well as pan for actual gold here. You can also crack open beautiful geodes.


Kayak the Cypress Forests at Banks Lake Wildlife Refuge

Price: Free if you have your own kayak. If not, you can rent one on-site from Banks Lake Outdoors.

Address: 1099 W Main St., Lakeland, GA

Why You Need To Go: This wildlife refuge has swampy backwaters and huge cypress trees that hang over it to make a picturesque scene. A great spot for hikers and kayakers alike.


Roam Around Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary

Price: Free, though donations help keep this sanctuary going

Address: 712 L G Griffin Rd., Locust Grove, GA

Why You Need To Go: There's a self-guided walking trail tour and you can see all different kinds of animals here from big cats to reptiles.


Experience Castleberry Hill Art Stroll

Price: Free

Address: 180 Walker St SW Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: On the 2nd Friday of each month, you can stroll through Castleberry Hill and see art galleries on a free self-guided tour; you can visit restaurants and drink at wine bars if you have a little extra cash to spend. The map will help you see all the best sights.


Grab a Pizza & Head To Tybee Island 

Price: $5+

Address: Tybee Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: You can grab a cheap pizza from Hucapoos on the island and then head to the beach to have a sunset date while listening to the waves crash.


Eat Dessert at Matcha Cafe Maiko

Price: 💸

Address: 5306 Buford Hwy NE Ste B, Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: You can get matcha delights here, and you can even order a 24k gold soft serve matcha ice cream cone.

Choose one to do every weekend and you'll have a whole summer full of fun date days with bae — and all without breaking the bank.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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