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“What to Expect
When You’re Expecting” – one of the latest box office hits to be filmed in
Atlanta, GA – has me wondering: what should travelers expect on a family trip
to Atlanta? From quick fixes for boredom to the cure for the common hot dog, use
the nifty guide below to explore all of Atlanta’s family fun.
Photo courtesy of Atlanta.net © 2012
Restless legs after a roadtrip.
When the sun is shining, no one wants to sit in the car. Unleash some pent up
energy at Centennial
Olympic Park and splash around the Fountain of Rings or enjoy the lush lawns
Park. Buy a day-pass for Stone
Mountain Park then hike up one Georgia’s tallest cliffs or enjoy one of the
many family-friendly attractions.
connoisseurs of cheezy poofs hesitant to try any food that's fun for grown-ups, too.
the South, Atlanta is known as the birthplace of boutique comfort food. Googie Burger serves made-to-order burgers
and fries (in funky flavors such the Beefy Pig burger and Flyin’ South Chicken
Sandwich) as well as milkshakes including peach and PB&J flavors (which
can also be spiked). HD1 is a
Richard Blais creation which serves haute hot dogs in unique flavors such as The
Dublin (an Irish banger sausage topped with cheddar-beer mustard and bacon braised
cabbage) and “not dogs” including Pigs in the Sheets (curried pulled pork in a
puff pastry with mango sauce) with vintage sodas and craft beers.
This week’s post is brought to you by my associate Santos Musonera.
Here's another installment from Santos, the budget-conscious nightlife lover. Check out his top picks for what to do after-hours in Midtown Atlanta.
I know the initial reaction is “REALLY?!!”, but Atlantic Station can’t simply be described as a place to “DINE and SHOP”. Atlantic Grill and Fox Grill, both close to the movie theater, have long beer menus, delicious entrees, and great drink specials. These spots are enriched by their outside patios that face either Midtown or Buckhead (with no cars and traffic in sight), no negative energy to ruin the mood, just beer and a great night! For a long time, I had to compromise about where I should go with my girlfriend so we can both enjoy our afternoon. Atlantic Station is the prime location. If you are accompanied by that special someone, you may partake in this drinking fiesta while she shops at the H&M (or one of those other stores) right next door - a bonus for me.
For the more sophisticated drinkers, The Grape and Strip Steaks and Sushi are great destinations for amazing food (good sushi) and to-die-for mixed drinks. These locations turn into medium to upscale dance clubs late at night and offer an impressive selection of Atlanta’s single ladies and gentlemen.
Side note: I have actually sighted quite a few celebrities at Atlantic Station. So if you want to get your forehead signed or your photo taken, this is a potential gold mine for you.
This week’s post is brought to you by my associate Santos Musonera.
Santos is a nightlife lover, outdoor enthusiast
and the go-to-guy
for good times on a dime. Check out his top picks for what to do in Atlanta for Cinco de Mayo.
Since this will be my first time celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Atlanta, you’d better believe I have done my homework in selecting the top destinations at which to spend my day. My search criteria centered around fun, festive atmospheres, great beer selections at even better prices, and of course FOOD! After scouting and auditioning several venues for this important day, I narrowed my decision to three destinations.
El Azteca on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs is by far on the top of my list. This venue offers a great outdoor bar, friendly service and most importantly amazing beer deals. Their Combo Fajitas are breathtaking. Take my word for it - you will not need a to-go box. On this festive day, El Azteca will have tents set up in the large parking lots with live music and a festive crowd. Right down the street, Cocktail Cove Grill & Bar will serve as a back-up. When the time comes to switch venues, Cocktail Cove offers a two-story drinking man cave where women are welcome as well.
If you are looking for something closer to downtown, Little Five Points has the prime characteristics of a GREAT evening. Right in the middle of it is Vortex, known for their burgers, outdoor seating, and bar etiquette. Before you order, you will notice rules and regulations that govern this “Idiot-Free” zone. These include no whining, cheap dates, moochers or other buzz kills. Basically if you are planning on ruining everyone else’s experience, you may not enter. It’s just one of several excellent ways to spend Cinco de Mayo in Atlanta.
Check out the Calendar of Events for even more things to do in Atlanta for Cinco de Mayo.
See? There really is something for everyone in the heart of the South! Just named "Most Fun City in America" by the Trident Fun Index, Atlanta topped its jet-set competitors with year-round festivals, award-winning arts and culture, A-list entertainment and delicious dishes around every corner. Wondering what to do for fun in Atlanta? Check out these suggestions:
- Piedmont Park - Pack a picnic, ride a bike or play a quick game of bocce, basketball or tennis in Atlanta's largest greenspace.
- Walking & Bicycle Tours - Provided by The Atlanta Preservation Center, walking tours include historic neighborhoods and prominent buildings such as The Fox Theatre. Bicycle Tours of Atlanta caters to many ability levels and features numerous options across the city, such as the Heart of the City Tour and the Progressive Dinner Bicycle Tour.
- Stone Mountain Park - Home to Sky Hike - a four-stories high aerial obstacle course - the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision, and Geyser Towers at Stone Mountain Park, this outdoor adventure is sure to thrill the entire family.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden - This luscious garden offers miles of walking paths, exotic plants and even an endangered frog habitat. Be sure to enjoy a bird's eye view of Atlanta's urban oasis from the Canopy Walk - a forty-foot-high breezeway which winds leisurely through the treetops.
See more and spend less with an Atlanta CityPASS! Some of Atlanta's most fun attractions offer you nine days to play your way. Customize your fun with the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the Inside CNN Studio Tour; as well as your choice of the High Museum of Art or Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center. With CityPASS, choose five and recieve a 45% discount on admission for adults and children.
For even more ideas check out 50 Fun Things to Do in Atlanta or use the Calendar of Events for a customizable search of the many things to do when planning your next experience in Atlanta!
Food Truck Park & Market - Grand Opening
Thursday, April 26
1850 Howell Mill Road
Break out of your lunch rut and head to West Midtown
for the latest culinary crave! Opening this Thursday, the Atlanta Food Truck Park
& Market – just off Howell Mill Road – is the city’s only permanent
food truck site (and only the second in the country.) Open seven days a week and
serving three square meals plus a midnight snack, this new dining destination
is a one-stop-shop for the town’s trendiest bites.
Photo courtesy of Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market © 2012
Each day will feature a rotating roster of up to 15 of Atlanta’s favorite food
trucks including appearances from the King of Pops, Fry Guy, Honeysuckle
Gelato, Rolling Reuben’s and Sweet Auburn BBQ. The perfect place for a picnic,
the area also includes outdoor games (horseshoes and bocce ball,) a shaded
greenspace and playground. Other highlights of the Park include free admission,
complimentary on-site parking and al fresco seating.
Ringed around a three-acre lot in the newly revitalized
industrial community, the Atlanta
Food Truck Park & Market not only spotlights the hottest street fare flavors,
but promises to be a showcase of local artists, entertainers and one-of-a-kind
finds. In addition to the daily rotation of delicious dishes, the Park hosts the
new Howell Mill Farmers
Market every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-1pm. Kick off your weekend by
shopping for fresh produce, uniquely-you jewelry, vintage clothes and more. Shake
up date night and enjoy live music and performances by local entertainers every
Thursday evening and be sure to save space on that day planner for “Art Farm” –
the monthly nighttime exhibition of local artists. Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market - one of the best additions to
Atlanta’s creative community in ages!
Spring in Atlanta means longer days and shorter hemlines. Atlanta’s hotspots are perfect whether you’re looking for fun locals, hot singles or to just see and be seen. Coming up, a list of Atlanta’s lounges, clubs and bars whose party lights are heating up the Southern nights!
For a casual evening out, visit:
Loca Luna - a tapas bar by day that flips into a nightclub and features live music and a late menu with Latin flair.
Flip Flops - serving pizza by day and signature daiquiris every night, enjoy a beach-chic atmosphere with no dress code.
the barhopping district in Buckhead - Moondogs, Hole in the Wall and Buckhead Saloon are within walking distance of one another and offer expansive taps, billiards, pub grub,Top 40 hits - and no cover charge.
For the VIP experience, don those bombshell threads and head to:
Opera - Atlanta’s renowned nightclub spotlights international DJs and treats club-goers to frequent celebrity sightings every night of the week.
Vanquish - this upscale lounge is another celebrity hotspot and features hip dance music and delicious signature cocktails.
Reign - an “ultra upscale” hotspot that looks to be plucked straight from the Vegas strip. Enjoy indulgent décor, a laser-lit dance floor and pumping house music all weekend long.
For top tunes and tons of dance partners, try:
Havana Club - a seductive dance venue boasting live music and a cedar-wood humidor which stocks rare and exotic cigars.
Compound - only open on Saturday nights, Top 40 hits are pumped across the three-room complex while surprise performances by hot headliners are a frequent treat.
Relax and refuel after hours of dancing at these trendy hangouts:
Sutra - unwind with hookah right at the bar in lip-licking flavors such as Sex on the Beach and Strawberry Daiquiri.
Buckhead Bottle Bar - open nightly, this late-night restaurant fuses global and Southern fare, serves hand-crafted cocktails and boasts the city’s hottest DJs.
Shout in Midtown and Twist in Buckhead - both are upscale restaurants offering late-night menus of “creative cuisine with an attitude,” outdoor verandas, hot music and on-site parking.
Be sure to check out RSVP ATL for themed nights, free entry guestlists, drink specials and more!
Just how well do you know the city of Atlanta? Well
enough to compete in an all-out battle of brains and brawn for $10,000? This
Saturday, hundreds of locals take to the streets for the 5th annual
Great Urban Race – a “unique and exhilarating adventure” of puzzle-solving and feats
Great Urban Race
2012 - Atlanta Adventure
Saturday, April 14
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Starting Line: Sidebar in Fairlie-Poplar
Just like you wished in high school, smarts and
strength are the winning combination in this innovative competition. On Saturday,
April 14, teams of more than 500 locals are led off the beaten path to explore
Atlanta’s neighborhoods by conquering 12 unique puzzles or physical challenges.
The race starts in the heart of Downtown at Sidebar – the neighborhood hangout
lauded for its hot pressed, Cuban-styled sandwiches.
about the course:
commercial – now register online
for a $10 discount through 5 p.m. Friday, April 13! (Race Day Registration is open through noon on Saturday
and is $70 per teammate.) As part of GUR’s partnership for happy, healthy kids, a portion
of all St. Jude Heroes registration
proceeds are donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Each team receives an envelop of 12 clues which vary in difficulty and skill
across the multi-mile course. If you find yourself getting exhausted, your team
has the option to skip one – but only one – clue. Keep an eye out for Detours!
Just like those “choose your own ending” novels favored on silent reading day
in 3rd grade, a few clues have two checkpoints which teams can
choose to pursue. Sage advice from the
FAQ page: “choose the one you think will be easier or faster (or more fun!)”
Now, I can’t give away any hints but … my source tells me the 2012 race
includes a high-stakes “feature clue” and challenge, which, frankly, she doesn’t
think your team has what it takes to complete. Do you?
This year, why not spend Spring Break in our
backyard? There are tons of fun things to do outdoors in Atlanta. If you’re
ready for some sun, check out these outdoor adventures!
- Dirtbike School
Honda Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Reservations required: 770-442-2459
Headquartered just north of the city in Alpharetta, GA,
the Honda Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers an all-inclusive Dirtbike School
for ages 6 and up. During the eight-hour session, each class teaches basic
safety techniques, familiarization with the dirt bikes and even a couple of
gravity-defying tricks! Every class provides two professional instructors,
head-to-toe safety equipment and lunch.
Register for classes April 2-6 and receive the “Spring Break Special” – 50% off your second rider
Photo courtesy of Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau ©2011
- Shoot the Hooch
Located just outside the Perimeter in historic Roswell,
GA, Chattahoochee Outfitters gears you up to catch the current. Enjoy a
leisurely cruise onboard The Spirit of Roswell – an authentic stern wheel
paddle boat – for a scenic tour of Atlanta’s oft-overlooked greenery and
wildlife. For those who want to make a splash this Spring, opt for a canoe or kayak rental and float along the gentle
rapids. (Fair warning – the river is quite chilly this time of year.)
- Piedmont Park
Open Daily from Dawn to Dusk
Named “Atlanta’s common ground” for over 100 years,
this expansive green space offers a multitude of activities every day. Easily
accessible by MARTA or car, you can enjoy tons of fun
for cheap. Pack a picnic and spend the day lounging in The Meadow,
let your favorite furry friend run leash-free in the Dog Parks, skip rocks on
Lake Clara Meer or walk the winding trails. Need some entertainment? Rent
bicycles and skates from Skate Escape or visit one of the athletic fields for
an impromptu game of bocce, basketball or tennis.
Photo courtesy of Piedmont Park ©2012
- Oakland Cemetery
Guided Walking Tours Available Saturdays and Sundays
Standing at the Cemetery center, you're briefly
surrounded by monuments blocking out the city skyline. Should a train clatter by,
you're instantly swept into a swirl of stories and scintillating scandals. With
70,000 histories and mysteries interred in this multi-acre refuge, guided
tours offer insights to particular facets of the cemetery, including
the history, customs and art in Sights, Symbols & Stories of Oakland.
Open Daily from 6 a.m. to Midnight
Packed with festivals and family fun all year round,
Stone Mountain Park is easily the best deal in town. Home to Sky Hike - a four-stories high aerial obstacle
course - and Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision, Stone
Mountain is Georgia's top attraction. Ready to make a splash this Spring?
Climb, crawl and splash through Geyser Towers at Stone Mountain Park - the
coolest adventure of the season! Featuring campsites as well as indoor lodging at great
rates, why not make a weekend out of it?
For those only wanting to stay the day and play, the One Day Adventure Pass is a great buy. In
addition to Sky Hike admission, you'll also receive entry for mini golf, the
Scenic Railroad, Summit Skyride and more!
Photo courtesy of Stone Mountain ©2012
- Botanical Garden
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Trek through the treetops on the Canopy Walk then check out the Garden’s latest
exhibit. Blooming through April 14, Orchid Daze showcases baskets of blossoms
where vibrant orchids and exotic vines lend a spicy-sweet fragrance to the
Spring breeze. Be sure to visit the Orchid Market Weekends which features local
growers, experts with care tips, and brilliantly crafted jewelry and artwork!
Still wondering what to do? Purchase an Atlanta CityPASS and enjoy discounted admission and
no waiting in line at Atlanta’s top attractions! Perfect for visitors and
locals alike, the voucher is valid for nine days, providing something new for
each day of Spring Break.
you’re long-time lovers or new to the sweetheart scene, Valentine’s Day isn’t
just another weekday date. For anyone (coupled or not) looking for a fun,
interactive alternative to the traditional dinner-and-flowers schtick, check
out these quirky, hands-on activities:
Love Stories of Oakland Tour
Feb. 11-12, 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, explore the softer side of Oakland. While romance and
eternal love may not be the first thing one thinks of when in a cemetery, the
162-year-old greenspace is brimming with tales of love, loss and betrayal. For
just $10 per person, enjoy Love Stories at Oakland - an hour-long, guided tour which
explores the epitaphs and Victorian symbols of love scattered across the
grounds, all while sharing some of the city’s sweetest (and most scandalous)
makes the heart grow fonder and hand-made trinkets are always treasured, so why
not heat things up with a glassblowing date? Janke Studio in Downtown Atlanta
is offering one-hour glassblowing sessions for $95 per couple, including all
equipment and instruction necessary to create ever-lasting flowers and desk
ornaments. Reservations required.
Chocolate Making Date
Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
sweeter than your favorite treat? Making and gifting it to a lover. Cacao -
Atlanta’s sustainable “bean to bar” chocolate factory - is offering 30-minute
classes, just $25 per person, which include a tour of the unique laboratory,
plus all the organic ingredients and instructions needed to make and mold your
favorite flavor of the holiday’s signature sweet.
with Martinis & IMAX®
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
maybe you opted for a decadent dinner, followed by dessert and possibly a drink
or two; fear not! The season’s sinful sweets don’t have to destroy your
resolutions. Friday, Feb. 17, put on a fiery outfit and go dancing with the
dinosaurs! Salsa Night features energetic live music, tasty drinks and fun
films on the big screen. Enjoy the music for $7 per person, or catch an IMAX®
movie for just an additional $5.
With the new year’s resolutions finally starting to settle in and a severe lack of sunshine for fun activities, it’s oh so easy to fall into The Weekend Rut. If that glassy eyed heap on the sofa just happens to wear you sweetheart’s sweatpants and you’d rather hear a dentist’s drill than the theme to yet another “reality” show, this one’s for you. Below, I have the top picks for a wow-worthy weekend in Atlanta!
Ladies' 80s Night
Fadó Irish Pub
Saturday, Jan. 28
$15 per person
So. You’re, like, totally bored with latest house mix and looking for the perfect excuse to rewear that glittery New Year’s Eve dress, right? For sure! Wether you’ve got moves like Jagger or just one killer Thriller, head to Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant for totally awesome drink specials, a rad DJ and over-the-top fabulous frocks. $15 gets you in the door, plus a pint of your favorite brew and all-you-eat appetizers.
Battle of the Bands
Saturday, Jan. 28
Purchase tickets online
Initially created to “showcase the pageantry, showmanship and musicianship of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Marching Bands”, the 10th annual Honda Battle of the Bands features eight bands for a single day of fierce fandom. Filled with rock & roll soul, the competitors take the field for a percussive, musical extravaganza sure to have you on the edge of your seat!
Weekends, though Feb. 20
Whether you want to duke it out in an epic snow ball fight or race one another in Snow Tubing, Snow Mountain is tons of fun for couples. Be sure to visit SnoFire Point afterwards to snuggle close by the bonfire and enjoy hot cocoa.
Bonus: now you can have all the thrills and squeals of winter for just $19.99 with the Sunday Special!
The White Big Top (Midtown on the corner of Spring and 8th streets)
Through Sunday, Jan. 29
Now on in the home stretch of their US premier, Cavalia: Odysseo has announced a last-call for tickets. Boasting record-breaking sales and unprecedented adoration from locals, this homage to horse and man has easily become the season’s can’t-miss show. Part equestrian event and part multimedia interpretive dance, Cavalia: Odysseo is filled with gorgeous costumes, intricate sets and stunning showmanship - the perfect compromise for couch-ridden couples.
‘Tis the season for food, fun and ... snow? Though Atlanta has seen its fair share of weather anomalies, the snowmen tend to stay on Snow Mountain. Well, not this year! This holiday season, follow Izo the Snowman - a jolly fellow from up North - as he searches for warm weather and hearts. This Friday, chill with him and your new neighbors as East Point celebrates the holidays!
East Point Celebrates the Holidays with Izo the Snowman
Friday, Dec. 2
East Point City Hall
2777 East Point Street East Point, GA 30344
Just a few minutes south of Atlanta, Downtown East Point is filled with new neighbors! This small community offers Southern hospitality and hometown holiday traditions in the glow of Atlanta’s skyline. This Friday, join Izo and enjoy the annual tree lighting, a visit with Santa, hot beverages and candy canes, arts and crafts and holiday music. Plus, be sure to pose for pictures and upload them to Izo’s Facebook photo album.
Place your bets, guys and girls: it’s time for some “clean,
old-fashioned hate!” Will the Red and Black crush those Enginerds or will
the Dawgs tuck tail and run home? The annual gridiron battle between the
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the UGA Bulldogs is back, but it just wouldn’t
be a football game without some taunting and tailgating. This weekend, enjoy
beers, cheers and gameday grub at these top tailgating events:
Marlow’s Tavern Midtown
Saturday, Nov. 26
12 - ?
Tavern – home to fine food
and spirits – is partying
from noon ‘til night. Head over for an outside mobile bar and four big screen
HDTVs. Grab some hot-off-the-grill food and enjoy the rivalry brewing between beer
trucks from Atlanta’s own Sweetwater Brewery and Terrapin Beer Company of
Athens! After the game, hang around drink specials, giveaways and hot tunes.
TechTown: Friday Night Fan Fest
Friday, Nov. 25
Enjoy a free concert, delicious food and drinks, and special appearances
from the GT cheerleaders and – of course – the Ramblin’ Wreck and Buzz! This
free pep rally also includes discounts
from Atlantic Station’s top shops with your home game ticket stub.
Insider Info: Free TechTown Trolleys are offered 2 ½
hours prior to kickoff and 1 ½ hours post-game. Parking for the free shuttle is
available for $10 at the corner of State and Fowler streets.
you’re visiting Atlanta for the very first time or a local looking to
rediscover your favorite neighborhoods, ATL
Cruzers is a must-try! Filled with city trivia and hidden neighborhood
hotspots, this intimate and eco-friendly tour covers a 14-mile loop of Downtown
and Midtown. Groups are limited to 5 people per car, ensuring an interactive
experience that offers a unique perspective of Atlanta’s gorgeous architecture.
intended as an eco-friendly, Downtown Atlanta taxi service, owner Stephen
Chester purchased the GEM e6®
shuttles a few years ago. After getting rave reviews about his eclectic
knowledge of the city and charming personality, Chester created ATL
Cruzers - Atlanta’s first eco-friendly shuttle tours. The cars which
operate on an all-electric, 72-volt battery, feature cushy seats, safety belts
plastic curtains to keep rainy, chilly weather at bay.
hour and 15 minute ATL Cruzers tour packs a punch,
highlighting more than 15 of Atlanta’s top attractions. Beginning at Underground
Atlanta with the quick story of how Atlanta got its name, the tour then
cruises through the historic neighborhoods of Sweet Auburn and
Inman Park. Next you’ll head to Midtown for a curb-side view of
the Fabulous Fox Theatre, the Margaret
Mitchell House and Woodruff Arts Center. After cruising through Piedmont
Park, you’ll by the Georgia Tech Football Stadium before visiting Centennial
Olympic Park and the Ring of Attractions – the Georgia
Aquarium, the World of
Coca-Cola and the CNN Center. All along the tour loop, the guides will share trivia and fun factoids, as well as point out great hotspots for evening entertainment.
tour is just $25 per person and $10 for kids 8-12 years old. During the cooler
months, tours are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations
are suggested to ensure your group can cruise together.
Insider info: While it’s not a “hop on/hop off”
excursion, you can opt to end your tour at the Ring of Attractions. For an
additional fee, your tour guide will pick you up and drop you off from your
Whether you’re looking for a great adventure date or just a fun way to entertain the family during that post-pie sugar high, North Georgia Canopy Tours are just the thing! Thrilling for all ages, this eco-friendly outdoor exploration features 12 ziplines, three nature walks, two sky bridges and a rappel. Touted as “Georgia ultimate zipline and treetop adventure,” this sky-high attraction offers adrenaline-fueled fun, as well as gorgeous scenery and greenery.
There are two guided tour options - the Sky Bridge Tour and Adventure Tour - both of which include two hilarious eco-guides who will fill your trek with tall tales, intriguing facts about native plants and wildlife, and - of course - plenty of safety tips. (Ask for Bonnie and Frank - this dynamic duo will have you laughing in no time!) The Sky Bridge Tour (approx. 2 hours) features nine ziplines - including the grand finale dual racing lines across the Hilltop Pond - and nature walks, plus both rope-and-wood sky bridges. The Adventure Tour (3+ hours) features over a mile of ziplines - including two which cross the North Ocone River and the 659-foot long racing lines - as well as both sky bridges, three moderately challenging nature walks and a two-story high rappel. Both tours can accommodate up to eight people, so bring your friends and family, too! (Reservations are suggested to ensure larger groups can zip together.) Cameras are allowed on the treks, but you’ll also have the option to purchase professional pics afterward.
Just an hour’s drive from Downtown Atlanta, the North Georgia Canopy Tours are located on 136 acres in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, there’s an 18-hole disc golf course for professional and recreational players; a GroundSpeak-approved Four Stage Geocache trek and backyard games - cornhole, tetherball and foosball. The grounds also offer camping and “glamping” (glamourized camping) amenities (including bathhouses and fire rings,) as well as an observation deck and gas grill. For the “glampers”, you can choose from three fully-enclosed teepees (couple-sized, room for four, or bunks for 10) which include rustic-inspired bedroom furniture, hypoallergenic mattresses and linens, a space heater and air conditioner, and moderate storage space.
With so much to do and see, I think it’s safe to say the North Georgia Canopy Tours have the best thrills and squeals in metro-Atlanta!
Insider info: Kids 10-15 years old can zip along the Adventure Tour for half-price every Tuesday-Thursday, excluding holidays. (Note: 1/2-price Adventure Tour discount applies to only 1 child per full-priced adult.)
Though Atlanta is the place to stay and play - it’s packed with a wide array of all things exciting and enticing - these metro-Atlanta towns are perfect for a day trip. Whether you’re in search of a few family-friendly (and owned) restaurants, a relaxed stroll around the square, or just some hometown hospitality, in Atlanta you’re never more than an hour away!
Alpharetta - 25 miles north, via GA-400
Tucked into the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, you’ll find gently twisting, tree-lined streets as well as numerous attractions and more than 200 restaurants.
For year-round thrills, catch hot headliners and award-winning performers at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre or get down and dirty with hands-on dirt bike lessons at the Honda Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Indulge in a bit of girlish glee at the American Girl Boutique and Bistro in North Point Mall or head a few miles north for tons of savings on name-brand and luxury items at the North Georgia Premium Outlets.
Be sure to “fall into fun” in Alpharetta with haunted houses, festivals and food galore! Explore all of the seasonal sensations with the customizable events calendar.
Follow @AlpharettaCVB or “Like” Alpharetta, GA on Facebook for even more day-tripping fun.
Jonesboro - 20 miles south, via I-75
In the “Official Home of Gone With The Wind” you’ll find the Road To Tara Museum, decades of Civil War history, geo-caching and more!
Here, indoor excitement includes art galleries, historic tours and a trip through the National Archives. For outdoor adventures, head to the Newnan Wetlands or Reynolds Nature Preservation for plenty of fun in the sun. You can also catch an adrenaline rush at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and Dixieland Fun Park.
For fun Fall activities, check out the customizable events calendar, but be sure not to miss the Trail of Terror haunted walk Oct. 21-22 and 28-19!
Follow @VisitScarlett and “Like” Visit Clayton County, GA on Facebook for steals and deals on family fun.
Lawrenceville - 30 miles northeast, via I-85
Filled with history and heritage, stroll through shops in the town square or enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the family-owned restaurants.
Year-round thrills include standing ovation-worthy shows at the Aurora Theatre and Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, as well as steals and deals in the Discover Mills Mall.
In addition to fabulous festivals, the Lawrenceville Ghost Tours are a favorite Fall activity. Guided by professional actors from the Aurora Theatre and packed with terrifying tales, these chilling tours travel through the Historic Downtown Lawrenceville every evening in October!
For even more excitement and offers just minutes away from Atlanta, follow @Metro_Atlanta or “Like” Metro Atlanta Must-Sees on Facebook!