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Atlanta Metro’s

TOP 100

“Must-Sees”

For even more things to see and do check out www.ExploreGeorgia.org/AtlantaMetro


Hot Picks Acworth

Alpharetta Roswell

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Kennesaw

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Marietta 120

Cobb

Powder Springs

Sandy 9 Springs

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Smyrna Austell

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Brookhave

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Douglasville 20

Douglas

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285 154

ATL Airport District

Fulton 85

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Peachtree Corners Duluth Norcross

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Gwinnett Lawrenceville 124

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Snellville Stone Mountain 78

Decatur

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Morrow

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Henry

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Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please check ExploreGeorgia.org/AtlantaMetro or the event website before you travel. The Atlanta Metro region is ripe for discovery. We are a destination that has risen from the devastation of the American Civil War to becoming the economic center of the Southeast. Now is the time to explore this glorious region, taking in its remarkable history to enjoying the many seasonal festivals in every community. Front cover: Lantern Parade, Sandy Springs Back cover: Flowers Divine Mural, Atlanta Airport District 3


The Atlanta Metro Travel Association is excited to bring you our Hot Picks. This is a starting point for your Atlanta Metro visit, but by NO means is it a comprehensive listing to all the fun and exciting things to do in Atlanta Metro - just a sampling!

Please note that the map is color-coded. The color of each listing reflects its geographic location. Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau awesomealpharetta.com ATL Airport District Convention & Visitors Bureau atldistrict.com Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau atlanta.net Explore Brookhaven explorebrookhaven.com Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau ccfilmtourism.com Cobb Travel & Tourism travelcobb.org Discover Dunwoody discoverdunwoody.com Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau discoverdekalb.com Douglas County Tourism exploredouglascountyga.com Douglasville Convention & Visitors Bureau visitdouglasville.com Explore Gwinnett exploregwinnett.org Henry County Convention & Visitors Bureau visithenrycountygeorgia.com Johns Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau johnscreekcvb.com Marietta Visitors Bureau visitmariettaga.com Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau visitpeachtreecity.com Visit Roswell visitroswellga.com Visit Sandy Springs visitsandysprings.org 4


Glossary of Icons Throughout the events section each selection is highlighted not only by the color-coded map, but also by the list of icons below. Use them as a quick reference to help you find just the activity you’re looking for! Attractions

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Spin the District – ATL Airport District

Events ALPHARETTA Alpharetta Arts Streetfest - May Dive into a world of whimsical art! 90+ talented artists from all over the country gather for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy original artwork, quirky crafts, local cuisine and kids activities. A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for 2019! 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com Taste of Alpharetta - May Taste specialties from 60+ local restaurants and eateries in one night at one location. Expect culinary demonstrations, chef competitions, live music and kids’ activities. A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for 2017-2020! 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com Home by Dark Summer Concert Series at Brooke Street Park - May-September Free family-friendly entertainment abounds in Brooke Street Park each summer on the second and fourth Saturday nights. Bring a blanket, picnic, and enjoy live entertainment on the lawn behind City Hall. 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com Food Truck Alley - May-October Feast in the street on the second Thursday of each month where six to eight rotating food trucks and live music come together. Stroll the shops and kick off the weekend a little early! 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com 6


Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival - October Music will flow through Alpharetta as 20+ talented artists perform their own songs on multiple stages. Learn the stories behind each song and recognize tunes played by popular musicians. 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com

Alpharetta, GA

ATL AIRPORT DISTRICT ATL Airport District – Restaurant Week - March Discover some of the best dining destinations in the city during the ATL Airport District’s annual Restaurant Week in March. atldistrict.com ATL Airport District – Spin the District - May and September The District’s annual, multi-faceted cycling experience that transforms the city streets of College Park, East Point, Hapeville and Union City into a premier cycling destination. spinthedistrict.com East Point – Wednesday Wind Down in the Point - Fourth Wednesday, May-August The City of East Point hosts their summer concert series with live performances, food trucks and more. eastpointcity.org Hapeville – LocalMotion Arts Festival - October The LocalMotion Arts Festival is a premier artist destination. The festival will feature hand-crafted works from unique artists, performing art performances and seminars, local craft beers on tap, wine, live music, kids games, local community vendors and plenty of great food. localmotionfest.com

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ATLANTA Annual Atlanta Festivals Don’t miss planning a trip to visit Atlanta’s most iconic and longest-running festivals. The Atlanta Film Festival (April), Atlanta Dogwood Festival (April), Atlanta Jazz Festival (May), Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (May), Bronze Lens Film Festival (August), Atlanta Pride Festival (October), and Taste of Atlanta (October) are among the best of in-andoutdoor cultural and culinary experiences in the southeast. 404.521.6600; atlanta.net/festivals Movie, Neighborhood Tours and More - Year Round Atlanta Movie Tours offer fans the chance to trace the footsteps of their favorite TV and movie characters via 3-hour tours, all guided by extras and actors. 855.255.3456; atlantamovietours.com. Get a first look at Atlanta from the comfort of an open-air smart car (or even a Segway) as your ATL-Cruzers tour guide shows you the ins and outs of Atlanta and its neighborhoods. 404.492.7009; atlcruzers.com

BROOKHAVEN

Brookhaven, GA

Cherry Blossom Festival - Spring Join us every spring as we celebrate the blooms of Brookhaven’s beloved cherry blossom trees. This free two-day festival offers a lineup of star musical talent, plenty of local artists, a kidz zone, car show and pet world. Kick off the fun the weekend prior as a participant in the Cherry Blossom 5K! explorebrookhaven.com

Taste Brookhaven - August Sample delicious, chef-curated bites from Brookhaven’s favorite restaurants at our annual Taste Brookhaven event! Every August, enjoy live music and an amazing auction while supporting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. explorebrookhaven.com 8


Brookhaven Arts Festival Third week in October View one-of-a-kind pieces from more than 100 artists from across the country annually the third weekend of October as the leaves start to fall. Complete with a children’s art section, classic car show and live music, this free event is a fall favorite! explorebrookhaven.com Light Up Brookhaven - December Get in the holiday spirit with this free family event! Warm up with hot chocolate and food trucks while you enjoy crafts, special music performances, a Hanukkah display and Christmas tree lighting, as well as special appearances by Santa Claus. explorebrookhaven.com

CLAYTON COUNTY Victorian Mourning Tours - August Observe an annual rite as Historical Jonesboro explores the customs and mourning rituals of the 1800s, including the origins of black mourning clothes and etiquette of sending flowers to a deceased’s family. 770.473.0197; historicaljonesboro.org Seafood & BBQ Festival - September Live Music, Seafood and BBQ…need we say more? Admission is Free! Join in the fun at Riverdale’s Seafood and BBQ Festival featuring live music from some of the country’s best funk, Motown, R&B and hip-hop artists. Guests can also enjoy the “Street Promenade” showcasing dozens of food, beer and merchandise vendors, a kids’ zone and more! 770.997.8989; riverdaleculture.com Dia de los Muertos Festival - November Join in a celebration of Mexican heritage and traditions honoring loved ones who have passed. This family-friendly event boasts a variety of entertainment, ceremonial altars, food and drink, kids’ activities and face painting. 678.489.5161; facebook.com/diadelosmuertosmorrowga/

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COBB COUNTY Big Shanty Festival - Third weekend in April Downtown Kennesaw with more than 250 arts and craft booths, 30 food booths, two entertainment stages, Civil War Encampment and much more. One of the largest festivals in North Georgia. 770.424.8274; kennesaw-ga.gov North GA State Fair at Jim R. Miller Park - Mid September-Early October Features a carnival midway, concerts, competition and food vendors. The largest fair in Metro Atlanta. northgeorgiastatefair.com Fall Jonquil Festival - October Held on The Village Green in downtown Smyrna, the Fall Jonquil Festival has a history of more than 20 years and features handmade art and crafts booths, local non-profit booths, puppet shows, live music, festival cuisine and all types of children’s activities. 678.631.5401; smyrnavinings.com Taste of Acworth - October More than 20,000 visitors taste their way through the Historic District in downtown Acworth during the Annual Taste of Acworth. Booths from local restaurants and businesses whip up their signature dishes while live music from local talent entertains. 770.974.8813; acworthtourism.org

DEKALB COUNTY Tucker Chili Cook Off - March Featuring some of the best chili in the Southeast, the Tucker Chili Cook Off is a must-attend event. Main Street Tucker is the home of this event with live entertainment, and tons of chili. 866.633.5252; tuckerchilicookoff.com Yellow Daisy Festival - September More than 400 artists and crafters from nearly 38 states display their works for festival goers. Located at Stone Mountain Park, the annual “YDF” features live entertainment, a Children’s Corner with activities, and crafter demos. 770.498.5690; stonemountainpark.com

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Taste of Chamblee - October Annual festival held in late fall in Downtown Chamblee. The festival celebrates the diverse restaurant community in the surrounding areas. In addition to amazing food, the event features live music and a family-friendly kid zone. 866.633.5252; tasteofchamblee.net

DOUGLAS COUNTY Hydrangea Festival - June Spend the first weekend in June at a two-day festival featuring a standard flower show, tours of private gardens, wheelbarrow miniature gardens, butterfly gardens and more! hydrangeafest.org

DOUGLASVILLE Taste of Douglasville - May The Arts Council’s largest event in Downtown Douglasville – sample area restaurants’ offerings, enjoy local performers on two stages, delight in the unique wares of local artists and crafters, get information from civic and service businesses to improve your life and dive into a lively kids activity area. artsdouglas.org Wednesday Wind Down - June-August Bring your lawn chair and relax to smooth jazz, R&B and blues music performed live Wednesdays in June, July, and August. douglasvillega.gov Chili Cook-off and the DC Rogue Runners Moonlight Run 5k - October The Chili Cook-off is held in conjunction with the Rogue Runners Moonlight Run – the largest after-dark 5k & one-mile fun run in the Southeast and brings over 2,000 runners to downtown! douglasvillecalendar.com

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Gravity Games - November The Georgia Gravity Games is a gravity-only car race competition. The Georgia Gravity Games are an educational, hands-on activity designed to get young people excited about STEM subjects. gagravitygames.com Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting - December Get in the spirit with an evening of holiday magic! The annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting event includes a Santa led parade, concert and tree lighting. As a special treat children can visit and take a photo with Santa at the Douglasville Conference Center. This event is free to attend and open to the public. douglasvillega.gov

DUNWOODY Lemonade Days Festival - April One of Dunwoody’s most cherished community festivals includes a carnival atmosphere, arts, activities, and live, local entertainment. What began as a fundraiser after a devastating tornado ripped through the community has turned into a five-day, can’t miss spring festival! dunwoodylemonadedays.org Dunwoody Art Festival - May A mother’s day tradition with America’s top artists showcasing artistic masterpieces of all shapes and sizes. Attendees also enjoy a Kidz Zone, live entertainment and delicious food. dunwoodyartfestival.com 4th of July Parade - July Independence Day in Dunwoody illustrates true patriotic pride as thousands attend Georgia’s largest annual 4th of July parade! Enjoy food, entertainment, festivities (and liberty!) for all. dunwoodyga.org/Dunwoody-4th-of-july-parade Butterfly Festival - August Celebrate the magic of summer at the Dunwoody Nature Center’s annual Butterfly Festival. For one day only, park attendees can get up close and personal with butterflies, while also experiencing a Birds of Prey show, wildlife encounters, games, crafts, food and three enormous tents filled with hundreds of butterflies. dunwoodynature.org 12


Dunwoody, GA

Caffeine and Octane Car Show - First Sunday, Monthly Car enthusiasts from everywhere assemble at Perimeter Mall every first Sunday of the month for this family-friendly automotive exhibit which draws over 2,500 vintage, muscle, high performance, and exotic cars while also attracting over 10,000 spectators. Heralded as the largest monthly car show in North America, this event is so big that it garnered its own TV show on NBC Sports! caffeineandoctane.com

GWINNETT COUNTY Suwanee Beer Fest - March Enjoy an afternoon of over 120 craft beers, live music and great food at beautiful Town Center Park in the heart of Suwanee. Ages 21+ to drink and attend. suwaneebeerfest.com Burgers + Brews Week - March Chefs at locally owned restaurants pair a $7 custom, specialty burger with a craft beer for one amazing week of deliciousness. Burgers are available for one week only. 770.623.3600; burgersandbrewsweek.com Snellville Days - May Snellville’s premier festival at Briscoe Park with over 200 vendors selling arts, crafts and food. Take part in the kids field day while you enjoy music, live wood carving, a car show and a touch a truck exhibit. snellvilledays.com

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Car-B-Ques and Brews Car Show - September Chow down on some of the best BBQ in Georgia while you listen to music and shop with local craft vendors! This highly-attended annual foodie event takes place on the historic square in Lawrenceville. 678.226.2639; downtownlawrencevillega.com Norcross Art and Wine Splash - October Whimsical and wildly colorful artisans from across the country exhibit their imaginative artwork amidst the enchanting shops, eateries and boutiques in the historic City of Norcross. norcrossartfest.splashfestivals.com

HENRY COUNTY Atlanta Motorama - April The Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama, the massive celebration of anything with an engine, has grown into one of the largest festivals of its kind in the South. From hot rods to rat rods to motorcycles, to monster trucks, there is something for everybody - and then some - at the annual two-day event. 770.946.4211; atlantamotorspeedway.com Taste of Henry - 3rd Friday of April Taste of Henry showcases over 30 Henry County restaurants with dishes that are sure to satisfy every palate. The taste-size portions let you sample a variety of different flavors and restaurants. 678.432.1630; tasteofhenry.org Bridgefest - September Regarded as one of the premiere arts and entertainment festivals south of Atlanta, the City of Stockbridge’s two-day event is fun for the whole family. Bridgefest includes live performances, a gospel concert, food, a health fair, car show, kids zone, a variety of vendors and more. 770.389.5982; cityofstockbridge.com

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Fear the Woods - Weekends in October Fear the Woods at Yule Forest, is a haunted attraction featuring a Haunted House, Terror Transport, Haunted Trail, and the newest feature, Pandemic, a zombie frontline combative laser-tag feature. 770.954.9356; fearthewoods.com PorchFest - 2nd Saturday in October PorchFest is a grassroots community music spectacle where front porches become stages, yards become venues, and neighborhoods come together to celebrate and create a sense of community. Hampton PorchFest has music of many, many genres from bluegrass and rock to Christian. There are even porches where you can sing-a-long! 770.946.4306; hamptonga.gov

JOHNS CREEK

Johns Creek, GA

Johns Creek International Festival - April One of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation, the Johns Creek International Festival is a is a celebration of the best traditional food, music and art from their own backyard. Enjoy food trucks, local vendors, international beer and wine garden, live music and dance performances, and arts and crafts activities for the kids. johnscreekga.gov

Johns Creek Arts Festival - October Immerse yourself in colorful displays of pottery, jewelry, yard-art and award-winning surprises from more than 100 vendors. Live music performances fill the air throughout the this two-day event, which also includes a variety of local food vendors to sip and sample from. johnscreekcvb.com

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Spooky Mill - October Every Halloween weekend, Autrey Mill Nature Preserve transforms into Spooky Mill - a family-friendly evening of spook-tacular fun, including trick-or-treating in the Heritage Village, a haunted house, ghostly games and more! autreymill.org Summer Concert Series - May-September The Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater in Newtown Park provides the perfect backdrop for a concert under the stars. Live like the locals as you pop-out your lawn chair and roll-out the picnic blanket, relax and experience the delight of live entertainment. johnscreekga.gov

MARIETTA Taste of Marietta - Last Sunday in April Marietta’s fabulous food festival, which features tastes from over 70 restaurants and entertainment throughout the day. 770.429.1115; tasteofmarietta.com Marietta Square Art Walk - First Friday of the month, year round This free, fun, self-guided walking tour through galleries, shops & restaurants, all featuring art and artists, is the perfect way to spend an evening exploring Marietta’s eclectic art scene. 770.429.1115; artwalkmarietta.com

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Chalktoberfest - Mid October Sample craft beers, listen to live music from local artists, and watch professional chalk artists chalk the streets of the Marietta Square. 770.528.1444; chalktoberfest.com


Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour - First weekend in December This charming historic home tour features private historic houses and public buildings and has been named a Top 100 Event in North America and a Top Twenty Event in the South. 770.429.1115; mariettapilgrimage.com

PEACHTREE CITY WWII Heritage Days - May Experience the sights and sounds of World War II when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts the annual WWII Heritage Days. They bring together re-enactors, WWII vehicles, vintage aircraft, authors, WWII Veterans and exhibits as a living history experience for the entire family. “WWII Heritage Days” is a community celebration that entertains and educates the entire family. wwiidays.org Wing King Cook-Off - August Restaurants from throughout the area have wings for sale with dozens of flavors available. In addition to the judging panel, attendees can vote for their favorite wing in the People’s Choice Award. There’s live music, cornhole, and other activities on hand! facebook.com/events/494237521381104 Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival - September The Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival features a wide variety of handcrafted goods such as home décor, jewelry, accessories, garden items and much more. Approximately 135 arts, crafts and food vendors come from all over Georgia and nearby states to be a part of this annual show. 770.631.2525; peachtree-city.org/calendar Dragon Boat Races - September The competition will feature teams from different communities and countries, and the excitement is sure to thrill. There will be competitive and exhibition races, entertainment all day, international food and drink vendors, and local artisans selling international-themed crafts. ptcdragonboats.org

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ROSWELL Alive in Roswell - Every 3rd Thursday, April-October A free, family-friendly, street festival that takes place along Canton Street, City Hall Lawn, the East Alley and the Historic Town Square. Live music, food trucks, children’s activities, and more! 770.640.3253; visitroswellga.com Flying Colors Butterfly Festival - June The Chattahoochee Nature Center celebrates pollinators in this annual event. Attend Butterfly School, enjoy food trucks, tour the grounds and be the first to experience the Butterfly Encounter Exhibit. 770.992.2055; chattnaturecenter.org Roswell Lavender Festival - June Inspired by Barrington Hall’s own “lavender queen”, this festival was created to celebrate all things lavender. Activities include aroma-therapy, yoga, live music, shopping, eating and lavender plant demonstrations. 770.640.3253; visitroswellga.com Roswell Wine Festival - October Stroll along Canton Street while enjoying over 30 premium wines and bites from some of Roswell’s restaurants. Put together by friends with a passion for wine, you can try exceptional wine and an incredible atmosphere! roswellwinefestival.com 1853 Living History Wedding of Mittie and Thee - December Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt Sr. married in the parlor at Bulloch Hall in December 1853. See the live re-enactment of this romantic night in December on a special tour throughout the home. 770.992.1731; bullochhall.org

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SANDY SPRINGS Food That Rocks - May For one night only, more than 20 of the best local restaurants rock the big tents in the heart of Sandy Springs. This all-inclusive event features food, wine, beer and cocktails, live music and benefits Sandy Springs-based charities. foodthatrocks.org Sandy Springs Lantern Parade - June Participants “Take It To the River” for an illuminated night of fun at this parade of colorful lanterns that ends at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. visitsandysprings.org/lanternparade Stars and Stripes Celebration - July Fireworks illuminate the skies above the King and Queen buildings in Sandy Springs at this annual event in celebration of our nation’s independence. visitsandysprings.org Spooky Springs - October Join our costumed characters at Abernathy Greenway for a not-so-frightful event that’s perfect for young trick-or-treaters. The free event features trick-or-treat stations, face painting, and food for purchase. visitsandysprings.org/spooky-springs

Sandy Springs, GA

Sparkle Sandy Springs - December Kick off the holiday season at this festive, free event that features a parade, an illuminated wonderland complete with decorated six-foot-tall houses, a tree and menorah lighting, and so much more! visitsandysprings.org/ sparklesandysprings

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Alpharetta Arts Center – Alpharetta, GA

Arts ALPHARETTA Alpharetta Arts Center Opened in October 2018, this 10,000 square-foot contemporary center includes a black box theatre, rotating gallery exhibits and art-focused events. Gallery exhibits are free to the public during normal business hours. 678.297.6135; alpharetta.ga.us/arts Ameris Bank Amphitheatre See and hear today’s leading artists at this 12,000seat venue during its April to October season. The exceptional setting paired with big name talent keeps the concert goers coming back for more each season. 404.733.5010; livenation.com

ATL AIRPORT DISTRICT ATL Airport District CVB The influence that the arts have had on the ATL Airport District is something we like to bring attention to and celebrate. Arts is one of our pillars that we have zeroed in on as being impactful to the area. College Park - Yoyo Ferro Mural East Point – ArtsXchange Mural Hapeville – Flowers Divine Mural Union City – Coca-Cola Mural atldistrict.com

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ATLANTA The Fabulous Fox Theatre Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1929 Moorish/Egyptian/Art Deco magnificent theater hosts a wide range of live performances, a summer movie series and year-round tours. 404.881.2100; foxtheatre.org Woodruff Arts Center One of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast. Over 800,000 patrons travel to The Woodruff for outstanding theatre, music and exhibitions each year. 404.733.5000; woodruffcenter.org

BROOKHAVEN Oglethorpe University Art Museum Take a stroll through nationally and internationally recognized art exhibitions, presented throughout the year. Located on campus, the museum is open Tuesdays - Sundays from noon - 5 p.m. $5 for adults and free for children under 12. 404.364.8555; museum.oglethorpe.edu

Brookhaven, GA

Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University Spend an evening at the theatre in this four-story state-of-the-art theatrical and performance facility located on the Oglethorpe University campus. 404.504.1473; oglethorpe. edu/academics/programs/ theatre/

CLAYTON COUNTY Arts Clayton Gallery Admire works of art by Georgia artists or take in a national traveling exhibit at this beautiful gallery. Rotating exhibitions, workshops and special events are featured throughout the year. 770.473.5410; artsclayton.org 21


Clayton County, GA

Spivey Hall The intimate and acoustically superior Spivey Hall presents internationally acclaimed artists year-round. It is also home to the breathtaking Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ. 678.466.4200; spiveyhall.org

COBB COUNTY Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Consistently ranked in the top 50 theatres worldwide by Pollstar, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is a premier venue for Broadway shows, ballet, concerts, educational shows, family performances, opera, corporate meetings and events. 770.916.2800; cobbenergycentre.com Georgia Ballet The Georgia Ballet promotes ballet performance and training, fosters an increased public awareness and appreciation for dance, and provides dedicated and talented dancers with the opportunity for advanced level training and professional performance venues. 770.528.0881; georgiaballet.org

DEKALB COUNTY Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, the former Coca-Cola family estate, is a campus of historic buildings that now serve as host to community events, fine arts trainings, and exhibits. The annual Jazz on the Lawn event is a mustattend during Summer months.404.872.5338; callanwolde.org

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DeKalb County, GA


heART of DeKalb Local Art Installations Commuter Gallery - North Druid Hills Art Lot - Avondale Estates Doll’s Head Trail - Constitution Lakes Park

DOUGLASVILLE Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County The Cultural Arts Council is housed in a lovely nineteenth century Greek Revival home. It houses performing arts, festivals, visual arts exhibits, arts education classes, workshops and more. 770.949.2787; artsdouglas.org

DUNWOODY Spruill Gallery and Gift Shop Home to the iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural and landmark, Spruill Gallery houses the artwork from students and teachers of the Art Center as well as Metro-Atlanta artists. Special keepsakes are also available for purchase. 770.394.4019; spruillarts.org/gallery Spruill Center for the Arts The South’s largest community arts education center offering classes for all ages and experience levels. Classes range from pottery, photography, jewelry, glass blowing, painting, and more. 770.394.3447; spruillarts.org

GWINNETT COUNTY Aurora Theatre The Aurora Theatre performs everything from Broadway’s top plays and musicals to exciting new works of contemporary theatre. The theatre also runs metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction, the Lawrenceville Ghost Tours (May-October). 678.226.6222; auroratheatre.com scarystroll.com Suwanee SculpTour Suwanee SculpTour is a walkable art encounter at Town Center Park in Suwanee. The outdoor tour is free and features sculptures created by artists from all over the country from an array of materials. 770.945.8996; suwanee.com

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HENRY COUNTY BarnBeautiful In addition to selling handcrafted barn wood furniture and home décor, BarnBeautiful is a gallery for local artisans. Soap, jewelry and stain glass items can be found alongside stunning barn wood tables, lamps and wall art. In The Gallery, art ranging from photography to three dimensional papier-mâché sculptures is on display. 678.782.5858; barnbeautiful.com

JOHNS CREEK Johns Creek Tunnel Walk THROUGH a piece of art in the Johns Creek Tunnel! This mural wraps the entire length of the pedestrian underpass beneath Medlock Bridge Rd. Designed by internationally known mural artist, Hanif Kureshi, from New Delhi, India, the mural is his first work completed in the US. The design tells the story of this diverse city, featuring overlapping geometric shapes to symbolize the geography of Johns Creek’s community areas and Kureshi’s signature letterforms to represent the many languages spoken by Johns Creek residents. johnscreekcvb.com Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra The Johns Creek Symphony is comprised of all professional musicals from the greater Atlanta Metro Area. Maestro and founder, J. Wayne Baughman, has been a fixture of the Atlanta Music Scene for over 35 years. johnscreeksymphony.org

MARIETTA

Marietta, GA

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Earl Smith Strand Theatre This lovely Art Deco theatre, once a movie house, has been restored and now presents musical productions, classic movies, concerts and more. 770.293.0080; earlsmithstrand.org


PEACHTREE CITY Board & Brush A place for creating fun and unique wood decor projects from scratch while enjoying a fun, instructorled atmosphere. With locations across the country, Board & Brush in Peachtree City brings a unique vision to the experience. They are UGA licensed, and hold regular local events including Muffins and Mimosas, Bingo nights, and Taco Tuesdays! 678.857.8237; boardandbrush.com/peachtreecity Gobi Photography With locations in Peachtree City and Tyrone, this Fayette County portrait studio specializes in headshot photography, high school seniors, family portraits, weddings, and fine art. They also offer beginner and advanced photography workshops on digital photography, lightroom/photoshop, lighting, and also rent studio time and equipment. 678.667.4624; gobiphotography.com

ROSWELL Georgia Ensemble Theatre Award-winning, professional, regional theatre company, located in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Georgia Ensemble Theatre produces five plays annually. Individual and group seating available. 770.641.1260; get.org Roswell Cultural Arts Center Entertainment ranging from theatre, music, puppet shows, pageants, celebrations, special events, and exhibits. 770.594.6232; roswellgov.com

SANDY SPRINGS Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center features three stages - the 1070 seat Byers Theater, the Studio Theater and the outdoor stage at City Green. Home to the City Springs Theater Company’s musical theater productions, the City Green Live free outdoor concert series and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the center is alive with events, performances and festivals year round. citysprings.com

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Arts in the Open This public outdoor sculpture garden on the green at City Springs is the result of an annual competition in partnership with Art Sandy Springs. Nine new pieces are chosen for display each year, with some being purchased by the City to add to its growing collection of public art. citysprings.com

Sandy Springs, GA

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre - Cobb County, GA

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra - Johns Creek, GA

Oglethorpe University - Brookhaven, GA

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Autrey Mill – Johns Creek, GA

History & Museums ALPHARETTA Alpharetta & Old Milton County History Museum The museum covers the history of Alpharetta, from its earliest days as Cherokee Indian territory, through its remarkable emergence as one of the nation’s most vibrant high-tech cities. Free admission. 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com Alpharetta History Walk Step back in time and uncover Alpharetta’s history while exploring the 20+ historic sites and the stories behind them on this self-guided walking tour. 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com

ATL AIRPORT DISTRICT Hapeville – Delta Flight Museum The Delta Flight Museum collects, preserves, and shares aviation history and technology. Highlighting aircraft, collections, and artifacts of Delta and more than 40 family airlines. The museum is comprised of renovated airplane hangars originally constructed in the 1940s and includes a retired Boeing 747 that can be used as event space. deltamuseum.org College Park – College Park Historic Home District College Park has the fourth-largest urban historic home district in the state of Georgia, with 867 structures on the historic register. College Park’s historic collection consists of homes, monuments, businesses, schools, churches, parks, a cemetery, government building and railway station. collegeparkga.com 27


ATLANTA Atlanta History Center This Atlanta Buckhead attraction features 33 acres of gardens, the 1830s Tullie Smith Farm, 1928 Swan House mansion and Swan Coach House Restaurant. The Center’s Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama Building houses the restored Battle of Atlanta painting (1886) as it was originally intended to be viewed. 404.814.4000; atlantahistorycenter.com National Center for Civil and Human Rights The Center is the first institution to present the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in the context of today’s global human rights issues. 678.999.8990; civilandhumanrights.org Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum One of ten presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and the only one in the Southeast, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum includes photographs and historical memorabilia from his presidency (1976-1981). 404.865.7131; jimmycarterlibrary.org Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park and Sweet Auburn District This area served as the thriving center of black enterprise in Atlanta from the 1890s through the 1940s and honors the life of the famous civil rights leader. 404.331.5190; nps.gov/malu

BROOKHAVEN Oglethorpe University Art Museum Take a stroll through nationally and internationally recognized art exhibitions, presented throughout the year. Located on campus, the museum is open Tuesdays - Sundays from noon - 5 p.m. $5 for adults and free for children under 12. 404.364.8555; museum.oglethorpe.edu

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CLAYTON COUNTY Road to Tara Museum Step into the world of Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel, Gone With the Wind, with exhibits featuring reproductions of Scarlett’s most famous dresses, international book and movie poster gallery and one-of-a-kind murals from the 1939 Atlanta Premiere. 770.478.4800; ccfilmtourism.com Historic Bus Tours Take a tour of Jonesboro with stories of the town’s truths and tales throughout history including its biggest claim to fame – being the “Official Home of Gone With the Wind.” 770.478.4800; ccfilmtourism.com Stately Oaks Plantation Walk among the tall oak trees while getting a glimpse of life in the mid-1800s. This antebellum plantation includes an 1839 Greek Revival-style home, original log kitchen, tenant house, one-room schoolhouse and country store. 770.473.0197; historicaljonesboro.org

COBB COUNTY Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park The most visited Civil War site in the United States, ahead of Gettysburg and others. More than 18 miles of interpretive trails to hike, an orientation film visitor center, a museum and four self-guided driving tour stops. 770.427.4686; nps.gov/kemo

Cobb County, GA

Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History Visit the home of the famous Civil War locomotive, “The General,” stolen by Union spies in 1862 in an attempt to destroy the Western and Atlantic Railroad. A Smithsonian affiliate housing weapons, locomotive factory and much more! 770.427.2117; southernmuseum.org 29


DEKALB COUNTY Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University The Southeast’s largest collection of ancient artifacts. More than 16,000 objects showcase the great cultural diversity of the world. 404.727.4282; carlos.emory.edu Fernbank Museum of Natural History Delight all ages with the museum’s giant dinosaur exhibits and larger than life films in its IMAX Theatre. 404.929.6300; fernbankmuseum.org

DOUGLAS COUNTY Champ’s Clock Shop & Museum A unique experience you would be hard pressed to duplicate anywhere else on the planet! Recognized most often for their enormous Clock Showroom, Champ’s Clock Shop houses the World’s Largest Real Cuckoo Clock, and many enormous and vintage Grandfather Clocks. champsclock.com Pine Mountain Gold Museum Georgia’s only gold museum that is located on an actual gold mine with gold and gem panning on-site! The beautiful 4,800 square-foot museum houses many exhibits of artifacts used to mine gold on Pine Mountain or in the hills surrounding Villa Rica, GA. pinemountaingoldmuseum.com

Douglasville, GA

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Douglas County Museum of History and Art The Old Douglas County Courthouse was constructed in 1956 and was used until 1998 as the County government headquarters. Its unique architectural style qualified it to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has changing exhibits of mid-20th century Americana. 770.449.3939; douglascountymuseum.com


GWINNETT COUNTY Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center houses rotating exhibits and hosts a wide-range of events throughout the year, such as the annual Honeybee Festival and Night at the Museum. Guests can also enjoy over eight miles of walking trails. 770.904.3500; gwinnettehc.org

HENRY COUNTY Heritage Park Veterans Museum Military history comes to life through the stories shared by the Veteran volunteers about the lives of the soldiers who wore each uniform, the history of the military vehicles and aircraft and other memorabilia on display. 770.288.7300; heritageparkveteransmuseum.com

Henry County, GA

Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the legacy of Army Aviation through aerial helicopter demonstrations, static displays, educational tours and ride programs. Free hangar tours. 770.897.0444; armyav.org

JOHNS CREEK Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Heritage Village Tours Travel back in time with one of Autrey Mill’s docents to experience the history of the local area. Enter the restored homes, general store and country church while listening to the stories of Georgia life in the 1800s and early 1900s. autreymill.org Farm Museum at Autrey Mill History buffs and curious explorers can visit the newly opened Farm Museum, which tells the story of the local area before it become Atlanta Metro. The museum features one of the region’s largest collections of historic farming equipment, giving visitors an up-close look at what early 20th center farming life was like. autreymill.org 31


MARIETTA Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum Relive memories from the most famous movie of all time in this unique museum. Mon - Sat., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 770.794.5576; gwtwmarietta.com Marietta Museum of History Houses an eclectic collection of artifacts which tell the Marietta story. Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 770.794.5710; mariettahistory.org

PEACHTREE CITY CAF Dixie Wing Museum The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing is the Georgia chapter of the largest collection of WWII aircraft flying in the world today. The CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility includes a restoration shop, displays of WWII artifacts, and a room for meetings and special events. Public programs include a WWII history program and tours for schools and youth groups, flyovers for civic events, and WWII living history interpretations. 678.364.1110; dixiewing.org Southern Hollywood Film Tour One of Georgia’s first film tours, the Southern Hollywood Film Tour is a star! This 2-hour tour begins in Peachtree City and travels the backroads to Senoia and Haralson, visiting location sites for movies and television shows—including The Walking Dead, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Fried Green Tomatoes, Joyful Noise, Sweet Home Alabama, Drop Dead Diva and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Bring your camera—there are photo ops galore and stops for movie souvenirs. 404.310.9613; southernhollywoodfilmtour.com

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A Southern Trilogy Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation tell the story of the American South. Tour all three, or each home individually. 770.640.3253; visitroswellga.com


Historic District Walking Tour The Historic District Walking Tour in Roswell is a selfguided tour that has 43 stops and covers a 640+ acre area of Roswell. If you are interested in learning the Civil War history in Roswell, download a map online or at the Roswell Visitor Center, 617 Atlanta Street. visitroswellga.com

SANDY SPRINGS The Anne Frank in the World Exhibit The gem of Sandy Springs, the Anne Frank in the World Exhibit showcases rare footage and photographs detailing the life and death of young Anne Frank from her days of freedom in the 1930s to her hiding with her family in Amsterdam and finally to her 1945 death in a concentration camp. 5920 Roswell Road, Suite 209. holocaust.georgia.gov Heritage Sandy Springs Museum & Park Located in a re-purposed 1860s farmhouse, the museum features five galleries dedicated to sharing the history, art, and culture of our community. heritagesandysprings.org

CAF Dixie Wing Museum - Peachtree City, GA

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City Green – Sandy Springs, GA

Outdoor & Family Fun ALPHARETTA American Girl® Boutique and Bistro Shop the doll collections and then enjoy a wonderful meal in the Bistro. Your special girl will love treating her doll to a new look at the Doll Hair Salon and attending in-store events. 877.247.5223; americangirl.com/alpharetta Big Creek Greenway Ideal for walking, jogging, inline skating, and biking, this 12-foot-wide paved path meanders eight miles through the woods and connects to mountain biking trails. 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com

ATL AIRPORT DISTRICT East Point – Dick Lane Velodrome Built in 1974 after seeing the track at the Munich Olympics, the Dick Lane Velodrome is one of 22 active velodromes in the U.S. The Dick Lane Velodrome hosts rides for both beginners and professionals, with a 1/5mile track at maximum banking of 36 degrees in the turns. dicklanevelodrome.com East Point – MTB Atlanta’s Ride and Fly Experience A series of hiking and biking natural surface trails is a part of the MTB Atlanta’s Ride and Fly initiative. The paved bicycle paths create an extensive network of trails that will be seamlessly integrated into the heart of three populated downtown centers including East Point and College Park and 19 different schools throughout the Metro Atlanta area. mtbatlanta.com/ride-and-fly 34


ATLANTA

Atlanta, GA

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Atlanta Beltline The Atlanta Beltline is one of the most comprehensive urban renewal efforts in the United States. The Beltline is a sustainable redevelopment project that will ultimately connect 45 intown neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails, modern streetcar and parks—all based on railroad corridors formerly encircling Atlanta. Biking, shopping, dining, strolling past art and even a walk with a Trees Atlanta expert offer fun, exciting experiences along the Atlanta Beltline! 404.477.3003; beltline.org

Children’s Museum of Atlanta Children’s Museum of Atlanta is the only educational venue of its kind in Atlanta, designed for young children ages 0-8. The Museum features bright, hands-on exhibits designed to promote inventive problem solving and artistic expression. 404.223.3675; childrensmuseumatlanta.org Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame Located in Downtown Atlanta, this state-of-the-art attraction provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience combining historic artifacts and cutting-edge multimedia exhibits. 404.880.4800; cfbhall.com Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium may be docked on dry land in downtown Atlanta, but dive inside and you’ll discover more than 10 million gallons of water and home to tens of thousands of animals including 500 species from around the world and more than 60 habitats. 404.581.4000; georgiaaquarium.org 35


Zoo Atlanta Located minutes from Downtown Atlanta in historic Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta offers memorable close encounters with more than 1000 animals from around the world. Highlights also include Giant Pandas and North America’s largest zoological population of great apes. NOW OPEN: the all-new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs and meerkats. 404.624.5600; zooatlanta.org.

BROOKHAVEN Brookhaven Parks Take advantage of Brookhaven’s 8 parks and vast green space. Each park has a distinct personality and offering, from Murphey Candler’s athletic paradise and Brookhaven’s dog park to Blackburn’s playgrounds and Ashford’s collection of “misfit toys.” 404.637.0542; explorebrookhaven.com Peachtree Creek Greenway - Model Mile Now Open! The Peachtree Creek Greenway will offer Brookhaven guests and residents a nearly 3-mile linear park featuring nature trails, paved trails and promenade trails with residences and businesses. peachtreecreek.org

CLAYTON COUNTY Newman Wetlands Center Catch sight of over 130 bird species, explore tree-lined paths and enjoy the sounds and songs of nature at the Newman Wetlands Center. 770.603.5603; ccwa.us/newman-wetlands-center Reynolds Nature Preserve Walk under towering pines and oaks, pass by spring-fed ponds and take in the natural landscape of this 146-acre preserve. Explore three miles of hiking trails and rolling hills without ever leaving Metro Atlanta. 770.603.4188; claytonparks.com/reynolds-nature-preserve/

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COBB COUNTY Truist Park Home to the Atlanta Braves, Truist Park has a classic ballpark feel, modern amenities and souther hospitality. 41,000 seats are designed to maximize sight lines, making every seat feel like the “best in the house.” braves.com/truistpark Six Flags Over Georgia An icon of family entertainment throughout the Southeast. Test your bravery with a ride on the Dare Devil Dive roller coaster that has a 10-story vertical lift followed by a terrifying beyond-vertical first drop! 770.948.9290; sixflags.com/overgeorgia

DEKALB COUNTY Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area Encompassing over 40,000 acres, the area offers visitors natural wonders and compelling history that includes Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and Panola Mountain State Park. 770.492.5231; arabiaalliance.org

Dekalb County, GA

Stone Mountain Park Georgia’s most popular attraction features a wide variety of family activities. Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, adventure awaits as you discover interactive family friendly attractions and many natural and historical sights. 770.498.5690; stonemountainpark.com

DOUGLAS COUNTY Foxhall Resort Foxhall Resort is a celebrated estate on 1,100 acres of sprawling Georgia countryside. A playground of luxe lodging and year-round outdoor activities. Their on-site Paddock Restaurant serves seasonal cuisine with ingredients from North Georgia farms. 770.489.4380; foxhallresort.com 37


Lithia Springs, GA

Sweetwater Creek State Park Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. An awardwinning Visitor Center – one of the most environmentally responsible buildings in the country – features exhibits on the areas history, wildlife displays, trail maps, snacks and a renovated gift shop. 770.732.5871; gastateparks. org/SweetwaterCreek

DOUGLASVILLE West Pines Golf Club Their grounds feature an excellent 18-hole golf course, practice facilities, a pro shop and the West Pines Grille. 678.391.1600; westpinesgc.com Arbor Place Mall Arbor Place Mall features food, entertainment and shopping for the whole family. Enjoy a movie at Regal Cinema or shop at any of their stores. 770.947.4244; arborplace.com

DUNWOODY Dunwoody Nature Center Exploration and education meet at this tucked away woodland retreat. Explore 22 acres at your own leisure or attend a variety of events hosted throughout the year. The grounds include streamside trails for hiking, a shaded playground, picnic areas, and a one-of-a-kind hammock garden for relaxation. 770.394.3322; dunwoodynature.org

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Brook Run Park At 110-acres, Brook Run Park is the largest park in not only Dunwoody, but the region. This signature park features a large playground, 2-mile loop multi-use trail, skate park, dog park, community garden, and event pavilions. It is also the site of numerous events throughout the year including Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays, Pic in the Park, the Dunwoody Wine Stroll, and more. 4770 North Peachtree Road. dunwoodyga.gov

GWINNETT COUNTY Suwanee Bike Share Get outside and discover Suwanee using the Bike Share Program. Cruise through Suwanee Creek Park and Town Center Park. The first three hours are free! bike.zagster.com/suwanee

Gwinnett County, GA

Treetop Quest Soar, zip, climb, crawl and swing through the most unique ecoadventure course of its kind in Georgia. Treetop Quest features zip lines, monkey bridges, Tarzan swings and flying foxes at heights of up to 55 feet off the forest floor. Ages 4 through adult. Seasonal. 770.904.3547; treetopquest.com

HENRY COUNTY Atlanta Motor Speedway In addition to hosting the second NASCAR race of the season each year, the facility also hosts many family-friendly racing events, car shows, racing schools, concerts. Tours are available and include three laps around the track. 770.946.4211; atlantamotorspeedway.com Southern Belle Farm This 330-acre working farm offers four seasons of family-fun with U-Pick berries, peaches, muscadines and scuppernongs in the Spring & Summer, Fall fun with a cornfield maze, pig races and an Old-Fashioned Christmas with pre-cut Frasier Fir trees. 770.288.2582; southernbellefarm.com 39


Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary Noah’s Ark is a non-profit animal rescue that provides a forever home for more than 1,500 animals including exotics, domestic animals and wildlife. There are paved walking trails and a picnic and playground area. Admission is free. 770.957.0888; noahs-ark.org

JOHNS CREEK Animal Exhibits at Autrey Mill Goats have arrived at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve! Meet the Dwarf Nigerian Goats on your next visit to Johns Creek, where you can find a variety of other outdoor animal exhibits and even a Native Ectotherm Exhibit home to a variety of local reptiles, amphibians, and fish. autreymill.org Chattahoochee National Recreation Area Jones Bridge Trail Part of the National Park Service, the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area stretches 13 miles within Johns Creek. Check-out the trailhead at Jones Bridge for an easy and scenic hike along the river bank. Heading north on the trail, it won’t take long to stumble upon a river overlook (awesome photo op!). johnscreekcvb.com

MARIETTA Ghosts of Marietta Meet the “ghosts” of Marietta on a lantern-led walk through the historic streets of Marietta and discover the “other side” of this charming town. 770425.5755; ghostsofmarietta.com Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Gather the whole family for a day of bowling, laser tag, karting, and arcade games. 678.496.9530; andrettikarting.com

PEACHTREE CITY Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater Built in 1976, this 2,500-seat outdoor music venue hosts dozens of top-tier acts from every genre and for every generation. “The Fred” has established itself as one of the leading outdoor entertainment venues in the metro Atlanta area 770.631.0630; amphitheater.org

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Peachtree City, GA

MOBA Soccer Academy Based in a world-class facility located south of Atlanta in Peachtree City, with high-quality, FIFA-sized artificial turf fields allow year-round training and games. Their Elite Soccer Youth Academy with a focus on longterm player development, and their professional model is built for players to have a path for success at the collegiate and professional levels within our curriculum and club culture. 678.817.1374; mobasoccer.com

ROSWELL Chattahoochee Nature Center Oldest and largest private, non-profit natural science learning center in the Southeast. Experience forest trails, river boardwalk, native plant gardens, a Discovery Center, and the Screaming Eagle Zipline Course. 770.992.2055; chattnaturecenter.org Vickery Creek Waterfall One of the most Instagrammable spots in Roswell is the waterfall next to the Roswell Mill Ruins. Just barely over a mile from Canton Street, experience peace and tranquility at the Vickery Creek Waterfall. 770.640.3253; visitroswellga.com

SANDY SPRINGS Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area The three Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area units located in Sandy Springs (Island Ford, Powers Island, and East Palisades) provide endless opportunities to hike, fish, paddle and float. Nantahala Outdoor Center offers seasonal rentals and guided river tours at its Powers Island unit outpost. nps.gov/chat City Green Located at the heart of City Springs, this four-acre park boasts water features, bench swings, a covered stage, public art, and an interactive fountain for the kids. It’s the perfect place to enjoy gatherings, festivals and outdoor concerts. citysprings.com 41


Suwanee Bike Share - Gwinnett County, GA

Six Flags Over Georgia - Cobb County, GA

Vickery Creek Waterfall - Roswell, GA

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary - Henry County, GA

American Girl® Boutique and Bistro - Alpharetta, GA

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Gwinnett Stripers – Gwinnett County, GA

Special Places ALPHARETTA Alpharetta’s Culinary Scene Alpharetta is a food haven with every cuisine imaginable to the palate. Home to over 200 chef driven and locally owned eateries, visitors’ taste buds can travel the world without ever leaving the city limits. 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com/dine Alpharetta is a Shopper’s Paradise! From eclectic shops to upscale brands, Alpharetta has over 250 stores in three distinct districts (North Point, Avalon and Downtown) all within a mile of one another. With Alpharetta’s “walkable” container policy in Downtown and Avalon, sip and stroll as you browse all the boutiques with a cocktail in hand. 678.297.2811; awesomealpharetta.com/shop

ATL AIRPORT DISTRICT Hapeville – Porsche Experience Center Atlanta The Porsche Experience Center offers an amazing experience for sports car enthusiasts. The center includes a test drive track, museum, and two restaurants, as well as meeting rooms. 888.204.7474; porschedriving.com/atlanta College Park – Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour The two-hour tour includes the Chick-fil-A museum, photo opportunities, classic car display, and memorabilia. tours.chick-fil-a.com

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ATLANTA CNN Studio Tours Get an up-close look at global news in the making. Visitors to CNN/Worldwide will experience a 55-minute guided walking tour with exclusive, behind-thescenes views of Atlanta’s CNN studios of news and broadcasting. 404.827.2300; cnn.com/tour

Atlanta, GA

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Centennial Olympic Park The centerpiece and crown jewel of Atlanta’s 1996 Centennial Olympic Games legacy, this 22-acre greenspace anchors a dynamic entertainment district in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. Popular attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tours, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium—home to Atlanta Falcons football and Atlanta United soccer— hotels, restaurants and lots of special events, create a “must-stop” during your trip to Atlanta. gwcca.org/centennial-olympic-park

World of Coca-Cola This Atlanta attraction has welcomed guests from six continents, more than 75 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, all of whom have experienced the history of the world’s most famous soft drink. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the 130-year secret recipe, view more than 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts and get an inside look at the bottling process. 800.676.COKE; worldofcoca-cola.com

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BROOKHAVEN Murphey Candler The largest park in the metro area, there’s something for everyone at Murphey Candler! Catch some rays at the swimming pool, walk along nature trails with a lakeside-view, have a picnic surrounded by beautiful lush trees, host a game in the expansive baseball complex, enjoy the playgrounds, play a round of tennis or sit back and relax by the lake. 404.637.0542; explorebrookhaven.com Blackburn Bring the kids for an afternoon at Blackburn Park’s large and exciting playgrounds. Home of Brookhaven’s Cherry Blossom Festival, the lush landscape is complemented with walking, hiking and biking trails, a vast tennis facility and picnic areas, as well as baseball and soccer fields. 404.637.0542; explorebrookhaven.com

CLAYTON COUNTY

Clayton County, GA

Atlanta/Clayton County Produce Terminal & Market Pick up the produce of the season at this 150-acre, openair farmers market. Outdoor stands are filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. It’s considered the largest market of its kind in the United States. 404.675.1782; agr.georgia.gov/ atlanta-farmers-market.aspx

Georgia Archives Keeper of the State’s history and records, the Georgia Archives holds everything from land records to old State constitutions. Start your genealogical journey here to follow your ancestors’ path. 678.364.3710; georgiaarchives.org

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COBB COUNTY Lake Acworth Beautiful Lake Acworth is a 260 acre man-made lake located just southwest of the City of Acworth and adjacent to Allatoona Lake. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing on the Acworth Beach, fishing, hiking, camping and picnicking with family and friends. 770.974.7626; acworthtourism.org

Cobb County, GA

Smith-Gilbert Gardens One of North Georgia’s hidden gems; Smith-Gilbert Gardens is an established collectors garden, with more than 3,000 species of plants. The Gardens stand out as an exceptional blend of art, history and horticultural. 770.919.0248; smithgilbertgardens.com

DEKALB COUNTY Buford Highway International Corridor The seven-mile stretch of the Buford Highway Corridor offers an incredible array of international retail shops and restaurants. Shoppers will discover fascinating items from across the world and diners will enjoy a global food paradise of delicious eats from more than 20 international countries and cultures. Download the BuHi App for free and start plotting your culinary course. discoverdekalb.com Original Waffle House & Museum The Waffle HouseÂŽ Museum in Avondale Estates is the site of the original location (which has proliferated into more than 1,700 locations around the U.S.), restored to look just as it would have at its opening in 1955. Museum tours are free and available by appointment on Wednesdays. After your tour, be sure to visit an operational outpost just two blocks away to satisfy your waffle craving. 770.326.7086; wafflehouse.com/waffle-house-museum/

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DOUGLAS COUNTY Douglas County Film Trail To date, over 800 Movie and Television Productions have been filmed throughout Douglas County, The safe, free and self-guided Douglas County Film Trail maps many popular TV & movie filming locations around the County. Check out the official website for a map of the tour! douglascountyfilmtrail.com Douglas County Butterfly Trail Butterflies in the sky? How about butterflies all around you?! The Douglas County Butterfly Trail is a self-guided tour of many public butterfly gardens. The Trail is officially registered with the National Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. celebratedouglascounty.com

DUNWOODY Perimeter Mall The second-largest mall in the Southeast boasts over 200 vendors offering signature retailers, boutiques, designer-exclusive shops and more. Indulge in a spa day at Woodhouse Day Spa or dine at a number of restaurants located onsite. perimetermall.com

“Everything Will Be Ok� Mural After an inspiring work by artist Jason Kofke was temporarily erected on the side of the Spruill Gallery seed house in 2009, the Dunwoody community begged for it to stay. Years later, the mural still serves as a sign of encouragement, a comforting reminder, and the perfect selfie spot for all who encounter it. spruillarts.org/gallery

Dunwoody, GA

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GWINNETT COUNTY Gwinnett Stripers Take me out to the ballgame! The Gwinnett Stripers are the Triple-A International League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and all home games are played at a 10,000-seat stadium, Coolray Field, in Lawrenceville. Tickets begin at just $9! 678.277.0340; gwinnettstripers.com Jones Bridge Park Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners offers beautiful scenic views and access to the Chattahoochee River for fishing. The park has several amenities, including pavilions for events, picnic areas and a playground. 678.277.0920; gwinnettparks.com

HENRY COUNTY Speakeasy Bookstore Speakeasy Bookstore in Hampton offers a perfect trifecta for book loving, caffeine craving, zombie obsessed fans. In addition to a huge selection of “pre-read” books, the shop also serves an array of locally roasted coffee. On Saturdays, take the “Walkin’ DEAD Hampton” tour to see locations from Season 6. 678.641.7794

JOHNS CREEK Veterans Memorial Walk and The Wall that Heals at Newtown Park Experience an atmosphere of honor and remembrance while taking a stroll through the tranquil Veterans Memorial Walk, comprised of ten black granite monuments, each representing an individual conflict or specific classification of those who served. Opening in spring of 2020, The Wall that Heals will feature a halfscale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial found in Washington, D.C. and honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War. johnscreekga.gov

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Newtown Dream Dog Park Recognized as one of the top dog parks in the country, Newtown Dream Dog Park is a full acre of fenced-in, four-legged fun. Offering separate areas for small and large dogs to socialize, this hot spot in Newtown Park features artificial turf, sprinklers, obstacles for dogs to play around, and benches for humans to sit on. johnscreekga.gov

MARIETTA Historic Marietta Square It’s hip to be square! Eclectic shopping, restaurants, and museums all set around a beautiful turn-of-theCentury town square. 770.429.1115; visitmariettaga.com Marietta Square Market Marietta’s destination for authentic eats, Marietta Square Market is an inspired food hall featuring twenty restaurants and retail merchants. mariettasquaremarket.com

PEACHTREE CITY Drake Field Drake Field and its brand new pavilion provide Peachtree City with the perfect setting for largescale events. A regular host to Night Market, locals know and love Drake Field for its lush greenery and scenic views of Lake Peachtree. peachtree-city.org

Line Creek Brewery This wonderful new local brewery is the only one in Peachtree City! Enjoy a craft brew on their dogfriendly patio with your friends and enjoy a bite from any of the local food trucks that stop by for guests. You’re sure to enjoy all this brewery has to offer! 678.545.6024; linecreekbrewing.com

Peachtree City, GA

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ROSWELL Computer Museum of America Come experience computing from the very beginning. See the vintage computer timeline, the largest Cray Supercomputer collection and an exhibit on the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. 770.695.0651; computermuseumofamerica.org

Canton Street When people think of Roswell, they think of Canton Street. Designated a Georgia “Great Street”, this vibrant area is full of unique shops, art galleries, awardwinning restaurants and breweries each housed in a historic building to Roswell. 770.640.3253; visitroswellga.com

Roswell, GA

SANDY SPRINGS City Springs Envisioned as a town square for the 21st century, the 14-acre campus features a performing arts center, green space, retail and dining, public art, and hosts family-friendly events throughout the year. citysprings.com Battle & Brew This geek restaurant and bar is a gamer’s heaven, offering upgraded classic food, premium craft drinks, and countless PC, TV, and tabletop game options. battleandbrew.com

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