Atlanta is actually known as the city in the trees, meaning that our trees and lush green spaces make our city stand out among other comparable metropolises. So be sure to get out there and experience the outdoor activities that our city has to offer; if nothing else, it’ll help you work off the calories gained from Atlanta’s excellent restaurant options.
Explore the Atlanta Beltline. The popular Eastside Trail is the perfect place to stroll, run, bike, or skate your way across the city. Enjoy myriad examples of public art, fuel up in one of the many restaurants along the path, and browse in the unique shops that line the trail’s 2.25 miles. There are even shops where you can rent bikes, and the trails is dog-friendly.
Take a dip. Just because Atlanta is landlocked doesn’t mean we don’t have rivers and lakes! Rent (or bring your own) raft, inner tube, stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and float down the Chattahoochee River, or lake at Stone Mountain Park. If you feel like going a little further north, check out Lanier Islands.
Find a trail. Choose among dozens of trails around Atlanta, including the famous Silver Comet Trail, a 61.5-mile (wheelchair-accessible) trail that goes from Smyrna, GA, to the Georgia/Alabama state line. You can even hike Georgia’s section of the Appalachian Trail.
Enjoy intown parks. Greenspaces like Historic Fourth Ward Park, Piedmont Park, Chastain Park, Grant Park, Candler Park, Perkerson Park, and more provide plenty of family-friendly space to enjoy nature, connect with friends, and enjoy activities and events throughout the year.
Frolick among flowers. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is rife with imagination and creativity, and you definitely want to see what’s blooming there. At any time of the year, take a stroll among the plants, flowers, trees (including an elevated canopy walk!), and artwork on display, and also enjoy some of their events like Concerts in the Garden and outdoor cooking demonstrations.
Climb a mountain. We may not be talking about Mount Everest, but Stone Mountain and Arabia Mountain are definitely local contenders! These historical landmarks put you closer to different flora and geology (some of it are millions of years old!), while getting your heartrate up and offering spectacular views.
Visit a cemetery. OK, this isn’t as creepy as it sounds! Oakland Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Georgia and is the final resting place for some of the most legendary citizens of our city, including “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell, pro golfer Bobby Jones, and Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson. The cemetery also frequently hosts events, tours, and parties.
Explore multi-use plazas. Atlantic Station, Town Brookhaven, and West Midtown have an excellent (and very walkable) mix of shopping, eateries, and events that make them fun places to hang out for the afternoon. Atlantic Station in particular regularly hosts free outdoor movies, seasonal events like ice skating, shows like Cirque du Soleil, and even the BB&T Atlanta Open.
Fly through the trees. Ziplining is a fun and safe activities, and there are a few companies just north of Atlanta that will help you challenge your fear of heights. Pick the difficulty level that’s right for you, go at your own pace, and have a blast!
Go fast… real fast. The Porsche Experience Center gets you up close and personal with your fantasy sports car. If you sign up for a driving course, you’ll get 90 minutes behind the wheel of your choice of Porsche with a coach at your side learning to how to handle it on the track. Not ready to drive it yet? Try one of the simulators.
Visit a NASCAR track. If looking at stock racing cars is more your speed (pun intended), check out the Atlanta Motor Speedway. They’ve got lots of events for car lovers, including car shows, games and contests, and Friday Night drag racing.
Get up high. SkyView Atlanta offers gondola rides that let you view the city from 20 stories up. Not only will you see the surrounding area, which includes Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Center, the College Football Hall of Fame, and more, you’ll see well into the distance and truly admire Atlanta’s skyline.
Spend time with animals. Zoo Atlanta brings the animal kingdom right into downtown atlanta, featuring giraffes, pandas, lions, monkeys, flamingos, and more, all in the spirit of conservation.
Run like Forrest Gump. Want to tour the city and get in some exercise to boot? Check out one of the city’s running tours.
Chase a few waterfalls. Don’t listen to 90’s R&B group TLC. You can chase waterfalls if you want to! After all, you’ve got over 100 waterfalls in Georgia to choose from. Be sure not to miss Amicalola Falls, which are the tallest in the southeast.
Volunteer in nature. Roll up your sleeves and spend a few hours restoring some of the parks, trails, and waterways that keep Georgia beautiful. Check out organizations like the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and the Georgia Conservancy.
Walk for your food. Atlanta’s got plenty of food walks that will introduce you to new eateries and hidden gems in different neighborhoods.
Spend time at Ponce City Market. The building that once housed Sears & Roebuck has been restored into a public market full of shops, eateries, and plenty of people-watching. Don’t forget to check out the carnival games on the roof!