2016 ‘7 WONDERS OF ATLANTA’ SPRING GUIDE TO AWESOMENESS
Atlanta’s Spring breezy and sunny days give you no reason for staying indoors. Whether you attend an event in your neighborhood or plan a road trip to one of the numerous (“within a few hours yall”) destinations in Georgia, there are countless springtime events and activities in metro Atlanta or within a couple hours’ drive to check out this Spring especially if you’re a foodie, festival fanatic, nature lover or adult sport enthusiast. Be sure to put these activities and annual events on your spring bucket list, and enjoy the warm weather, outdoors and experiences with friends our beautiful state of Georgia.
- Check out Callaway Gardens… it’s about time:
Callaway Gardens is about 80 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta. It’s a pretty special place to visit in the spring, with attractions ranging from the peaceful and soothing to the exciting and adventurous. The 2,300 acre-property, tucked in the southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, has been a favorite destination for over six decades. Be sure to take a stroll through the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl [a 40-acre garden made up of thousands of hybrid and native azalea varieties. Once you’ve recharged the batteries check out the treetop adventure & zip lines course then cool off at the beach & water sports park.
- It’s healthy to stay hydrated …..checkout one of Georgia’s brewery’s and quench your Springtime thirst:
The Georgia Brewery scene has seemed to continue to grow with each season. If you are looking to hydrate in style be sure to check out one of the many brewery’s for some good ole fashioned day drinking and Hops tasting. Sweetwater Brewery, Monday Night Brewery, Orpheus Brewing, Red Brick Brewing and Terrapin Brewery should get you through at least the first week of Spring. There’s also an array of newcomers, such as Abbey of the Holy Goats and Gate City Brewing Co., both in Roswell, Kennesaw’s Southern Sky Brewing Co., and Atlanta’s Torched Hop and Urban Tree Cidery. The list goes on and on…. ‘Stay thirsty my friends’
- Don’t forget about Mother Nature’s gift to Georgia… The Chattahoochee River [it’s free!].
Whether you are shooting the hooch, fly-fishing with the ole’ man or just doing a little sunbathing on the rocks the Chattahoochee river has captivating sights all over the state of Georgia. If you’ve never visited the Chattahoochee River Natural Recreation Area, now is the time to do it. Stroll or hike the trails, or kayak, canoe, raft or motor boat along the 48-mile portion of the river that runs through Atlanta’s northern suburbs. Take a trip with an authorized outfitter or explore on your own, for Instagram- and Snapchat-worthy photos of the river, wildlife and wildflowers. You might even find an unofficial rope swing to swing from (Riverside Road), an old bridge to climb (Old Jones Bridge) or a nice rock cliff to jump off of (Huntcliff Cliffs)… but of course those are not authorized only old river ‘myth’ locations..
- Check out all the ‘happening’ In-Town Markets.. all the cool kids are doing it!
Find out why there’s so much buzz about Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market in Inman Park. You can have a meal or snack at the food halls and shop for clothes, home decor items, jewelry, crafts and more from local and national retailers. Ponce City Market also has a free concert series and other events. Also, combine your visit with a trip to Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn Curb Market, which is almost 100 years old. If you look hard enough most of Atlanta’s hip neighborhoods have some incredible markets to check out.
- Play Kickball in your favorite neighborhood park
Atlanta’s most popular and longest running company of its kind, ‘GO Kickball’ combines the relaxed sport of kickball with social networking to create a fun and active way for adults to network, meet new people, enjoy friends, and play kickball in a comfortable, non-intimidating, social atmosphere. Whether you have not played since 4th grade or are a seasoned veteran, this experience is for you. Beginners, experts and everyone in-between are more than welcome to join. Be warned this nostalgic experience is not only a great way to stretch your dollar for the entire season at a reasonable cost but it’s also HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
- Jam out with your buddies at an outdoor music festival:
You’ll find events featuring live outdoor music whatever your preference is. Some of the biggest are the Shaky Knees Festival and the Shaky Beats Festival in downtown Atlanta. The Atlanta Jazz Festival [ which is free] is always fun at Piedmont Park. Regardless of your music preference there is a music festival that will meet your needs… In a town that has Chris Stapleton, Duran Duran, Justin Bieber and Ludacris all in the same season… you can make it work.
- See what all the Beltline hype is all about
The BeltLine is one of Atlanta’s most-talked-about amenities, and even if you don’t live in a neighborhood on the BeltLine, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. You can stroll or push a stroller (just watch out for fitness buffs rushing by), as well as bike, walk and run along the former railway. Even the old school rollerblades have made their return! You’ll see natural beauty, new places to live, eat and shop, and creative displays, such as artwork and sculptures, along the popular pathway. Some say the best part of the Beltline (other than the natural scenery) is the people watching.