Places that make Atlanta home
Located between two granite outcrops, there are miles of trails and lots of rare plants to discover. Plus, you get a chance to explore some of the rich history of the south, from Native American traders to freed slaves to a group of Trappist monks.
Plants, flowers, animals, oh my! The acres of outdoor gardens here include a children's garden, an edible garden, and rotating sculptural exhibits. Stop by the Fuqua Conservatory to see the largest collection of orchid species in the US. And every Saturday, there's a frog feeding.
It gets hot in Atlanta. Real hot. When the temperature starts climbing and A/C doesn't cut it, stop by this public pool. Free on weekday afternoons (with paid swimming evenings and weekends), it's the perfect excuse to chill out.
Spend time exploring the area with your trusty dog companion, let the kids conquer the playground, or say hello to Big Lou the Emu. There's also a drum circle and a monthly potluck.
Gaia Gardens is a fun place to get your hands dirty. Stop by throughout the year to attend one of their educational workshops, or enjoy a field day out in the fresh air. Their CSA offers the best of seasonal fruits and veggies, eggs, and goat cheese.
Located at Emory's Clairmont campus, this preserve has scenic walking paths and a pond. It's "bring your own picnic," so come prepared.
This historic space features a public park, sculpture and botanical gardens, and a wildlife habitat. Take a guided tour and learn about the history of Atlanta, dress up for a Victorian costume contest, or plan a picnic at Potter's Field.
If you have a dog and you love coffee, this is the place. Bring your best canine pal. Dogless humans also welcome.
This 3.14-mile (Get it?) trail stretches through the well-lit areas of the Georgia Tech campus, so you can feel comfortable getting your sprint on after the sun goes down (or before it comes up).
Located in the heart of Midtown, Piedmont Park has it all. The 3-acre dog park is not to be missed, for starters. Visit the Green Market for locally grown produce, start a pick-up game, attend one of the many seasonal festivals and events, or do some fishing.
Looking to relax and rejuvenate? Plan a trip to the Serenbe Inn and get some quiet time out of the city. The community is home to art galleries, three restaurants, local shops, a farmer's market, and Serenbe Organic Farms. Trust us, you won't want to leave.
Put on your walking shoes, because there are over 60 miles of trails here, built on abandoned railroad lines. Walk to the end of the line, and you'll be in Alabama.
More than just a mountain, it's a monadnock (AKA: massive mound of granite). Visit this state park to take a hike, see one of the largest relief sculptures in the world, check out some of the surrounding lakes, or enjoy one of the many festivals happening year-round.
Climb the rocky bluffs to see some pretty impressive rapids, rent a kayak to explore waterways across 6 other parks, or bring your fishing pole and tackle box. This extensive state park is only a short drive from the heart of Atlanta.
You can spend a long time exploring the 582 acres of historic grounds, gardens, and structures of this cemetery. Don't miss the Westview Mausoleum, which is one of the largest structures of its kind, and also one of the most intricately designed.
This zoo brings together animals from all over the world, including giraffes, turtles, zebras, gorillas, pandas—and even carnivorous plants. Last year brought a host of new, baby additions, so stop by to watch the little ones grow.