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SUMMERFUN SPECIAL SUMMER GUIDE
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Seasonal dishes and drinks
Neighborhoods to visit
Top spots to golf
Family friendly fun
Fountains, waterslides and more
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Appetite For Summer
Atlanta’s hottest season engages the senses like no other. Warm patios, flavorful dishes and zesty drinks quench all hunger to sit, sip and splurge under the sun.
Atlantans love a good patio—and how can we blame them? The city, with its lush trees, buzzing sidewalks and scenic landscapes, is perfect for people watching and lounging outside. The city’s moderate climate makes patio dining a great option for nearly eight months out of the year, and the summer is no exception. We suggest some of our favorite bars and eateries that serve up plentiful sunshine, fresh air and delicious food. Bartaco At three gorgeous Atlanta locations, Bartaco’s Palm Beach-meets-Costa Rica décor creates an urban paradise. The menu bursts with flavor in tacos, rice bowls and Latin-inspired dishes. Best yet, each location features a large patio that becomes a neighborhood hotspot on sunny summer days. www.bartaco.com 6 W H E R E AT L A N TA I 2017 S U M M E R F U N G U I D E
The Midway Pub The patio at this East Atlanta pub features dozens of tables in an expansive space that also accommodates four-legged patrons (the staff welcomes dogs by doling out water bowls and behindthe-ear scratches). Humans find happiness in an extensive beer selection and delicious menu of elevated pub fare. www.themidwaypub.com Park Tavern This watering hole’s menu features handcrafted beers brewed on-site, and classic, casual favorites such as burgers, salads and sandwiches, as well as a full sushi bar. This eatery’s patio overlooks Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline, and it is one of the biggest patios in the city. Its prime location makes this stop hard to beat. www.parktavern.com
Six Feet Under Drawing its morbid name from the historic cemetery it overlooks, this Grant Park favorite offers exceptional food in a laid-back atmosphere. Cozy up to the rooftop bar, or snag a place at the counter wrapping around the roof’s edge, or pick from a dozen umbrella-clad tables. The seafood-centric menu serves up killer crab legs and boils and is complemented by an impressive beer list. www.sixfeetunderatlanta.com STATS This sports bar is consistently ranked as one of the best in the U.S. Inside, a whopping 70 high-definition TVs show the latest game. STATS’ most buzzed-about feature takes shape as seven tables with built-in beer taps, while the rooftop boasts stellar views of Centennial Olympic Park and the glimmering downtown skyline while patrons dig into American food favorites. www.statsatl.com
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SIPS OF SUMMER
A South African stall at Ponce City Market, Biltong Bar mixes up a refreshing selection of cocktails that changes weekly. The amber-hued Destination Unknown is a zesty respite for a hot day: Papa’s Pilar 24 rum, Art in the Age rhubarb tea, house-made lime cordial, lemon juice, Bittermens Hellfire habanero shrub, and Bittercube Jamaican #2 bitters. www.biltong-bar.com Grain is a quintessential locals stop in Midtown. Sit in the shade of the outdoor patio while cooling down with a boozy tipple. Specific selections change all the time, but there’s always a couple drinks on tap. For summer, the slushies and spiked sodas refresh better than a snowstorm in Hades. www.grain-bar.com The Iberian Pig is a staple for Spanish cuisine but puts a decidedly Latin spin on its cocktails, using reposado, mezcal and añejo tequila, cachaça and pisco frequently as base liquors. Recipes get as creative as drink names—think something to the tune of Lullabies to Paralyze. www.iberianpigatl.com Kimball House creates some of the city’s best cocktails, but purists should note the establishment also features an amazing signature absinthe service, complete with sugar cube. Cocktail—and all, for that matter—menu changes frequently (noticing a trend, here?), but there’s usually a seasonal daiquiri. We like the garden herb variety. www.kimball-house.com 8 W H E R E AT L A N TA I 2017 S U M M E R F U N G U I D E
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Indulge in the season’s bounty as fresh cuisine features summery flavors in every bite. Alma Cocina serves up modern, Mexicaninfluenced fare inspired by the rich flavors of the country’s cooking traditions. cuisine. Pork chops, tacos and fried plantains we love, of course, but nothing cools down a palate in Hotlanta more than a specialty ceviche paired with ingredients like green grapes, jicama or cucumber. www.alma-atlanta.com Miller Union chef/owner and James Beard Award-winner Steven Satterfield has achieved national acclaim for his ability to draw immense flavor from vegetables using simple, classically Southern recipes. Nettles, herbs, ramps, radishes, chard—we don’t
know what to do with these under-used gifts from Mother Nature, but Satterfield sure does. www.millerunion.com There’s something about a dozen oysters served on a tray of ice that makes us want to sip a cold drink on a breezy patio. Luckily, Saltyard offers super-fresh East Coast oysters year-round. Visit during oyster happy hour every weekday from 5-7 pm to indulge in $1.50 oysters on the half shell, $3 local brews and $6 glasses of wine. www.saltyardatlanta.com Known far and wide as the best sushi restaurant in Atlanta, Umi’s avocado salad is one of its simplest, most delicious plates. We do mean simple: half an avocado is pitted and served—peel and all—with a pool of wasabi vinaigrette. This is one summer dish you don’t want to skip. www.umiatlanta.com
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Our favorite summer cocktail bars capture the essence of the season in a glass. Sip here to cool down while Atlanta heats up.
Cool Cones, Sweet Scoops When the summer sun gets to be stifling in Hotlanta, natives line up to cool down their cores with a dairy-decorated cone— dribbling over knuckles encouraged! Atlanta brims with ice cream shops that feature vanilla, chocolate and flavors that go way beyond. One of the city’s more popular stops, Morelli’s Ice Cream churns out homemade scoops using exotic, gourmet ingredients. Ginger lavender combines delicate lavender with the zing of
ginger in this floral dream of an ice cream. Coconut jalapeño fires across the tongue in this tropical escape that features both sweet and spicy notes in a spoonful of goodness. 749 Moreland Ave. Ever-bustling Ponce City Market hosts food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar Honeysuckle Gelato. The rich stuff here epitomizes decadence, but every pint is made using local ingredients. Flavors are simple and Southerninspired, like brown butter, fresh mint and pecan praline. Try a scoop of handmade sea-salted caramel or make a gelato “sandwich” stuffed between brownies, pie crust or chocolate chip cookies. 675 Ponce de Leon Ave.
For a royal treat, Queen of Cream is the place to go. Regarded as the only company in the city making 100 percent from-scratch ice cream, Atlantans flock to this connoisseur. Specialty flavors like pickled pineapple jam and fennel-glazed pound cake have been known to grace the menu, so, yeah, it’s worth a stop for foodies and the innately palate-curious. 701 Highland Ave. Homemade with modern twists is how its done at Butter & Cream. Flavors rotate with the season, but signature scoops include innovative tastes like cashew creme brulee, cardamom vanilla and butterscotch brownie. 416 Church St., Decatur.
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FAVORITES The local gems where Atlantans go to find their treasures.
DAKORO ART GALLERY
The Dakoro Art Gallery is home to Award Winning artist Dakoro Edwards, and is the first Art Gallery of its kind located in the prestigious Sandy Springs City Walk. Visit today for all of your art desires including Original, Abstract, Landscape and Portrait art. The gallery also offers commission works for home, business, and set design. 227 Sandy Springs Pl NE, Suite 522, Atlanta Ga 30328 www.dakoroedwards.com
Undeniably one of the most beautiful and amazing structures in the world, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is the largest Hindu temple outside of India. The Mandir is comprised of 34,000 individual stone pieces that were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA, and assembled by volunteers in Lilburn like a giant 3-D puzzle. Take a free tour to learn about Indian culture and architecture, and sample Indian cuisine at the restaurant next door. atlanta.baps.org
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J.E.B. Enterprises is dedicated to providing local and visiting sports fans with officially licensed products including professional and college level – some at special discounted pricing. Conveniently located in downtown Atlanta at the corner of Peachtree Street and Andrew Young International Boulevard near the Peachtree Center MARTA Station. 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 404-790-1677
CIGAR CITY CLUB
Sparkling chandeliers, rich mahogany walls, and leather furniture set the stage for an unforgettable evening at Atlanta’s premier destination for cigar aficionados seeking live entertainment, the finest premium cigars, full dining menu, and a top-shelf bar for the ultimate smoking experience. CigarCityClub.com 404-843-8826
WORLD OF COCA-COLA
Make a new friend here this summer! Meet and get your photo taken with the friendly Coca-Cola Polar Bear, one of many interactive highlights. Visit now and treat your taste buds to 100+ beverages made by The Coca-Cola Company around the world. Located in downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Park District. worldofcoca-cola.com, 404 676 5151
CITY OF LILBURN
MARIETTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY
Located just off the Marietta Square, the Museum is housed in the historic Kennesaw House. The galleries explore Native Americans to industries, from home-life to military, while using ordinary objects to tell the extraordinary stories and rich cultural heritage. Just two miles away, the second campus, the Aviation Wing, displays numerous aircraft that illustrate the impact the aviation industry has had on the community and catapulted this typical Southern agricultural area into the industrial age. One Depot Street and 555 Perrin Road, Marietta, GA www.MariettaHistory.org, 770-794-5710
Grab a bite and a brew at the 1910 Public House in Old Town, then take your to-go cup and check out the shops on Main Street in Lilburn. There’s an award-winning antique market, a craft distillery, a music store that hosts summer concerts, a tennis shop, and more. Don’t leave Old Town without a photo in front of the surprisingly life-like Tunnel Bridge Mural on Railroad Avenue! www.cityoflilburn.com
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CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS
The Center’s Worlds of Puppetry Museum contains the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and props in the world! Visit Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Big Bird and more. Tour the Museum, see a live performance and make a puppet of your very own to take home. Puppet.org | 404.873.3391
Time to plan that staycation! Customize your summer lovin’ package, available for stays May 29 - August 30. Spend two nights in luxurious accommodations at Chateau Elan with a $50 resort credit to be used towards any resort activity during your stay. See our website for more details. 100 Rue Charlemagne Braselton, GA 30517 www.chateauelan.com, 678.425.0900
The community of Serenbe is nestled in the beautiful countryside of Chattahoochee Hills just outside of Atlanta. Experience outdoor plays, trailriding, drive-in movies and organic farm tours, boutiques, a bookstore, multiple restaurants, The Inn, summer camps and wellness retreats. Explore Serenbe for a day, a week, or enjoy an extended vacation in a furnished rental. Plan your visit at Serenbe.com
Atlanta is made up of many neighborhoods. The popular areas we’ve included here are packed with attractions, shops and restaurants worth a visit this summer.
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Luxury, couture and gourmet reign supreme in Buckhead, long considered the “Beverly Hills of the East.” Luxury-focused Phipps Plaza and mid-priced Lenox Square Mall sit across from each other and just down the street from the area’s newest shopping destination.
HAUTE COUTURE The six-block Shops Buckhead Atlanta combines the walkable streets of Paris with the haute couture stores of Rodeo Drive. Adding to the neighborhood’s already vast selection of top-notch restaurants and high-end shops, tenants include Hermès, Dior, Etro,
Theory, Tom Ford, La Perla and more. theshopsbuckhead atlanta.com
BLAST FROM THE PAST Buckhead is home to the 33-acre Atlanta History Center, located down the street from the Governor’s Mansion. This esteemed museum highlights the history of Atlanta and the South. Permanent and temporary exhibits cover everything from the American Civil War and the 1996 Olympic Games, to inspiring shows about folk art and native Atlantan golf legend Bobby Jones. Also onsite, two historical homes offer a peek into the past. The Smith Farm House
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transports visitors to an authentic 1840s yeoman farm from antebellum Georgia. The grandiose Swan House was built in 1928 for the Edward H. Inman family, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune, and provides a glimpse into the life of the Atlanta elite in the 1930s. atlantahistorycenter. com
DOWNTOWN & OLD FOURTH WARD
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The city began in what is now known as Downtown Atlanta and the Old Fourth Ward. As railroads merged, a roughand-tumble town emerged, transforming eventually into the Capital of the South.
ATTRACTION CENTRAL Downtown offers an impressive mix of attractions, restaurants and massive venues, like the Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Arena—within walking distance of each other. Get your day started downtown with a visit to
any of the must-see stops surrounding Centennial Olympic Park, including Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Center for Civil and Human Rights; or grab a bite at one of
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the many restaurants on Broad, Peachtree or Marietta streets.
LOCAL FLAIR Just a mile from downtown sits one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, Old Fourth Ward. This historic neighborhood
has quickly gained status as one of the city’s most popular areas. With its rich Civil War, civil rights and political history, Old Fourth Ward is a natural home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and APEX Museum.
Innovative entrepreneurs open cuttingedge restaurants and bars that have made the area a nightlife hotspot, especially along eclectic Edgewood Avenue, which buzzes with energy on weekend nights. Stop in for good
music and even better food at Noni’s or The Sound Table. Visit uber-popular Sister Louisa’s Church and Edgewood Corner Tavern. Or spend a sun-drenched day at Historic Fourth Ward Park picnicking on the expansive lawns.
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Midtown and the Westside (sometimes known as West Midtown) make quite the artistic pairing. Together, these chic ‘hoods are a culture vulture’s dream with a slew of performing and visual arts venues flanked by some of the city’s best restaurants. Chattahoochee River
SANDY SPRINGS & DUNWOODY Sitting just north of Atlanta, Sandy Springs is one of the largest cities in Georgia. The affluent city is home to the fantastic Anne Frank in the World exhibit, several Fortune 500 companies, major medical and business centers, and a plethora of international consulates.
GREAT OUTDOORS This place also happens to be a nature lover’s dream. The Chattahoochee River
THE GLITZ runs through Sandy Springs, making it a perfect home for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Here, visitors can take a scenic trip down the Chattahoochee in a raft, kayak or canoe for a sun-filled day surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. The nearby Nantahala Outdoor Center was named one of the “best outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and offers river tube, kayak, river raft and paddleboard rentals. Stop by the 30-acre John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest
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Preserve to encounter a stunning 30-acre urban forest with rolling hills, bubbling creeks and 100-year-old white oak trees. Nearby Morgan Falls Park offers a scenic overlook, hiking trails, a playground and access to the Chattahoochee River. Rent a paddleboard from on-site High Country Outfitters to make your trip down the “Hooch” truly epic. visitsandysprings.org
TREASURE HUNT While Sandy Springs has all of the riverrafting, fishing, hiking and tree-scaling outdoor enthusiasts could desire, neighboring Dunwoody offers shopping options galore. This picturesque suburb is home to the sprawling Perimeter Mall and an impressive variety of strip malls that feature big-name stores, quaint nail and beauty salons, specialty shops and everything in between. cvbdunwoody.com
Midtown is considered by many to be Atlanta’s heartbeat. Located at city center, this metropolitan neighborhood gleams with skyscrapers, museums and nightlife. Visit a world-class exhibition at the High Museum of Art—part of the Woodruff Arts Center campus, which includes the Tony Awardwinning Alliance Theatre (undergoing renovations). Enjoy a Broadway show at the stun-
ning Fox Theatre or visit the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With the Wind” at the Margaret Mitchell House. Walk through Atlanta’s most popular park, Piedmont Park, and visit the on-site Atlanta Botanical Garden. In this lively area, you’ll find a nearly unparalleled variety of dining options, including local favorites South City Kitchen, Empire State South, and Ecco. Crescent Avenue and 12th Street offer dozens of restaurants and bars where locals flock after work and on the weekends to lounge on patios, catch a game and celebrate special events. midtownatl.com
THE GLAM Atlanta’s Westside was once a booming industrial district, which has luckily retained its brickand-mortar charm. Occupying a former meatpacking plant, the stylish Westside Provisions District (WSPD) draws some of Atlanta’s best eateries, boutiques and creative institutions. Stray from WSPD and you’ll encounter even more charm at Westside Ironworks, which is home to some of the neighborhood’s top restaurants, including O-Ku and Barcelona Wine Bar, alongside gorgeous boutiques—like Villa Savannah and Dixon Rye—that offer highend goods for the discerning shopper. westsideprovisions.com High Museum of Art
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Stone Mountain Golf Club from across the lake
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Georgia is known for its exemplary golf courses, many of which are found in and around Atlanta. These fantastic public courses offer golf enthusiasts plenty of options to fill the summer months with tee time. • Bear’s Best Atlanta This high-end course provides the experience of a luxurious private club at a public facility. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus selected the best 18 holes from more than 200 courses around the world and put them into one extraordinary round of golf at Bear’s Best. 5342 Aldeburgh Drive, Suwanee, 678.714.2582. www.clubcorp.com/ Clubs/Bear-s-Best-Atlanta • Charlie Yates Golf Course This Rees Jones course design sits just 4 miles away from Downtown Atlanta, making it the most centrally located course on our list. This 9-hole, par 30, mid-length course features Bermuda fairways and Bent grass greens. 10 Lakeside Village Drive SE, 404.373.4655. www.charlieyatesgolfcourse.com
• Stone Mountain Golf Club Two championship courses, Stonemont and Lakemont, offer breathtaking views of Stone Mountain, Atlanta’s most visited attraction. Stonemont was built in 1969 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and features a classic layout while Lakemont, designed by John LaFoy, boasts mounding and dramatic bunkering. 1145 Stonewall Jackson Drive, Stone Mountain, 770.465.3278. www.stonemountaingolf.com 18 W H E R E AT L A N TA I 2017 S U M M E R F U N G U I D E
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• Chastain Park Golf Course This 18-hole course has a mix of gentle hills, large trees and a creek that make for a fun yet challenging round. In the heart of Chastain Park, this scenic course is the perfect setting for a summer session on the green. 216 W. Wieuca Road NW, 404.255.0723. www.atlantaga.gov
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Atlanta is a fantastic city for people of all ages. Our list of go-to stops for families includes some climate-controlled attractions that offer an escape from the ATL’s intense heat. • Center for Puppetry Arts Explore the fun, vibrant and ancient art of puppetry at this recently renovated center, which is home to the world’s largest collection of original Muppets from the Henson Foundation. Escape the summer sizzle by attending one of the many spectacular indoor shows offered here. 1404 Spring St. NW, 404.873.3391. www.puppet.org
• The Children’s Museum of Atlanta This popular museum is all about learning through hands-on play. Exhibits are interactive and high-tech, allowing kids to build and launch a rocket, paint a masterpiece, construct a house, explore robotics, and even climb through the Earth’s core. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, 404.659.5437. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum At this commemorative attraction dedicated to the 39th POTUS, families learn about the Georgia native and former president’s life. A replica of the Oval Office makes for a unique photo opp, and the on-site Japanese garden lends tranquility to even the busiest summer day. 441 Freedom Pkwy., 404.865.7131. www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov • Zoo Atlanta What better place for parents and their curious kiddos to have fun in the sun than at Zoo Atlanta? This historic zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals, most notably gorillas and giant pandas. Kids especially love the petting zoo, train rides and the carousel. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, 404.624.9453. www.zooatlanta.org w w w.wh e re t rave le r. com 19
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Metro Atlanta is an outdoor aficionado’s dream, offering everything from mountain trails to urban paths and a botanical garden. • Arabia Mountain Hiking Arabia Mountain will make you feel like you’re trekking on another planet. That’s because this “mountain” is actually a granite monadnock, or an isolated rock hill (much like Stone Mountain). The 2,550-acre area includes two lakes and plenty of trails that vary in distance, difficulty and topographic scenery. Arabia Mountain Path, Lithonia. www.arabiaalliance.org • Atlanta BeltLine Stroll, run, bike or blade the BeltLine’s popular Eastside Trail. Plenty of public art, restaurants and shops line the trail’s 2 miles, which wind through Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Freedom Park trail. Take a free guided bike tour Saturdays. Download the app or check the website for access points. www.beltline.org
• Chastain Park This 260-acre park offers a golf course, arts center, horse park, ball fields, tennis courts, and walking and running paths. Carved into a hillside, the Chastain Park Amphitheater is arguably the best outdoor performance venue in Atlanta. 135 W. Wieuca Road NW, 404.233.2227. www.chastainpark.org 20 W H E R E AT L A N TA I 2017 S U M M E R F U N G U I D E
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With High Country Paddle Shack offering rentals and demos at Morgan Falls Overlook Park, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a day on the water in Sandy Springs.
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• Atlanta Botanical Garden Take in the lush beauty of the summer season at this gorgeous, 30-acre urban Eden. Located in Piedmont Park, the garden offers formal Japanese and rose gardens, woodland areas, a children’s garden, the largest collection of species orchids on permanent display in the U.S. and much more. Don’t miss Concerts in the Garden every Sunday through September 8. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, 404.876.5859. www.atlantabg.org
ACTIVITIES Aquatic Adventures
Atlanta may be a landlocked city, but plenty of water activities and attractions keep us cool when the mercury rises. • The Beach at International Park Four water slides and a water trampoline, a kiddie pool, and beach volleyball courts all make this family friendly destination a close second to the real thing. There are grills and picnic areas, too. 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro, 770.477.3766. www.claytonparks.com/ international-park-beach • Fountain of Rings This fountain at Centennial Olympic Park pays homage to the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Summer Olympics by spurting water into the air in the shape of the iconic Olympic rings. During summer months, kids frolic through the jets, which are synchronized with music. 265 Park Ave. NW, 404.223.4412. www.centennialpark.com • Hurricane Harbor This seven-acre water park adds a splash of aquatic fun
to the roller coaster rendezvous that is Six Flags Over Georgia. A stop here gets your temperature rising with gravitydefying rides and then cools you down at the tropical-themed waterpark, both of which are included in the cost of admission. 275 Riverside Pkwy. SW, Austell, 770.739.3400. www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia • Shoot the Hooch Take part in an Atlantan summer tradition and “shoot the hooch,” which is local-speak for floating down the Chattahoochee River. At Shoot the Hooch, you can rent raft, canoe, kayak or tube and spend a few relaxing hours coasting down the scenic river. Trips last two to six hours. 203 Azalea Drive, Roswell, 770.650.1008. www.shootthehooch.com • Six Flags White Water Prepare to get soaked at this 75-acre waterlogged playground on more than 23 slides, rides and attractions—including the Wahoo Racer, which is the world’s largest slide of its kind—that range from thrilling to relaxing. 250 Cobb Pkwy. N, Marietta, 770.948.9290. www.sixflags.com/whitewater
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• SUP Yoga High Country Paddle Shack offers direct access to the Chattahoochee River, and on Sunday mornings it hosts SUP Yoga—a combination of yoga and stand-up paddle boarding—sessions for the experienced and beginners alike. Don’t shy away from trying this style of sun salutation. High Country Paddle Shack, 200 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs, 404.977.2523. www.highcountryoutfitters.com
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ACTIVITIES Food Tours of Atlanta
Endeavor To Explore
With so much to see and do in Atlanta, it can hard to know where to start. Luckily, there are plenty of tour options that take the guesswork out of sightseeing. • Atlanta Movie Tours Cinephiles can get up-close and personal at some ATL-based Hollywood movie sets. Guided, themed tours
include “Atlanta Heritage Tour” (for equal parts film and history knowledge), “Best of Atlanta Tour” (showing film clips from each set) or “Hero Tour” (delving into the Marvel Universe). Films and shows that have called Atlanta home include “The Hunger Games,” “The Walking Dead,” and “The Blind Side.” 327 Nelson St., 855.255.3456. www.atlantamovietours. com
hill, Tenn., for explorative layovers. Climatecontrolled and open-air car options available. 105 Mountain St., Blue Ridge, 877.413.8724. www.brscenic.com
• Bicycle Tours of Atlanta For a dose of culture, history and exercise, Bicycle Tours of Atlanta has you covered. The “Fall in Love with Atlanta” journey covers 8 miles of historic sites and neighborhoods, tales of Civil Rights, the Southern cotton industry and Coca-Cola families. The three-hour “Street Art” tour rolls past beautiful murals and intriguing sculptures. The “Twilight” tour poses all the charm of the city’s neighborhoods and the Atlanta BeltLine awash in the photo-ready glow of evening light. 404.273.2558. www.biketoursatl.com • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Tour Set in the Chatahoochee National Forest, the Blue Ridge Railway winds along the Toccoa River, dropping travelers in McCaysville, Ga., or Copper-
• First Thursdays Art Walk The debut Thursday of each calendar month provides the opportunity to stroll Downtown, self-guiding to participating art galleries, including The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Gallery, APEX Museum and Luckie Street Studios. Nearby restaurants offer discounts. 5-8 pm. 404.658.1877. www.downtownfirstthursdays.com • Food Tours Atlanta Explore the flavors offered at Inman Park (a well-known foodie destination) or Ponce City Market (a food hall of vendors serving up global flavors). 404.937.3740. www.foodtoursatlanta.com • Gone With The Wind Tour Be swept up in the romance of Margaret Mitchell’s timeless tale on this jaunt through historic Jonesboro (the setting of “Gone With the Wind”). See the Warren House, walk through Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery and more. 104 North Main St., Jonesboro, 770.478.4800.
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Atlanta's guide to alfresco dining, neighborhoods to visit, top spots to golf, family friendly fun with fountains, waterslides and more
Published on Jul 17, 2017
Atlanta's guide to alfresco dining, neighborhoods to visit, top spots to golf, family friendly fun with fountains, waterslides and more