Atlanta is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, whether you’re on a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a Southern sojourn with a group of friends. And the great thing is that there’s plenty to do, even if you’re on a budget. Here’s how to spend your time in the “City in the Forest.”
Atlanta has no shortage of activities that the little ones will enjoy. Catch a performance at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Midtown and its accompanying museum, which has marionettes and puppets from ancient China, as well as several made by Jim Henson. Or head to historic Grant Park to visit one of the city’s oldest attractions, the conservation-focused Zoo Atlanta, which is known for its giant pandas and gorillas. For something a little more adventurous, Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water, both in suburban Cobb County, are local favorites for roller coasters and water slides for all ages. And if it happens to be a rainy day, head to Buckhead’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center where the kids can experience many LEGO build areas, play spaces, rides, and a 4D theater.
If you’re traveling as a couple, book yourself a night at one of the city’s best hotels, like the Hilton Atlanta. In the afternoon, enjoy a picnic in Piedmont Park, the city’s largest green space, which was designed by the Olmsted Brothers. Later, you can catch a show at the Fox Theatre, live music at Eddie’s Attic, or a movie at Starlight Six Drive-In. Then take the opportunity to enjoy the cuisine at one of the city’s top restaurants, like Kimball House, Staplehouse, or Rathbun’s. End the night with a ride on SkyView Atlanta, a Ferris wheel overlooking Centennial Olympic Park and the lights of downtown.
Activities for Friends
Did you know that Atlanta is home to countless film and television productions? Atlanta Movie Tours visits some of the best, whether you and your crew are fans of The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games, or the Marvel series. Bicycle Tours of Atlanta visits the city’s Civil Rights landmarks, favorite local neighborhoods, and Atlanta’s public art through the BeltLine, a rails-to-trail path. But with or without a tour, don’t miss the chance to explore the trails that loop around areas like Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, and the West End. You can also gather your group to attend one of Atlanta’s sporting events – the Atlanta Braves season is during the summer and into the fall, now at SunTrust Park, located a short drive from the city. There’s a bar in the outfield and an outpost of Terrapin Brewing, a Georgia-based craft brewery, at the park, and the surrounding neighborhood is full of great restaurants, from pizza to steak to Mexican food, meaning there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
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