This pages is full of links to great things to do while you are in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Great info for visitors and locals alike!

Photo of the entrance to the Atlanta Botanical GardensAtlanta Botanical Gardens This is a beautiful resource on the west side of Piedmont Park near Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. There are great permanent exhibitions of horticultural interest and there are shows and events that come to the facility as well. There are acres of outdoor exhibits as well as several different conservatories and a large collection of orchids.

Callaway Gardens  This is a beautiful resort and garden located about 60 miles southwest of Atlanta that has a large exhibition of flora and fauna, with the Day Butterfly Center, The John A. Sibley Horticultural Center which has greenhouses and native gardens, The Birds of Prey Exhibits, Mrs Cason's Vegetable Garden a 7.5 acre display of gadening techniques...Plus 3 Golf Courses, a lake with a beach and everything else that a resort normally offers.

Centennial Olympic Park  This park was created for the Olympics in 1996 and is in the heart of downtown Atlanta within a short stroll of CNN, the World Congress Center, the Aquarium, and many other interesting attractions. There is a water garden with fountains and a waterfall that kids play in during the warm months. Concerts and festivals are held in the park during the summer and a great fireworks display on the 4th of July.

Chastain Park is a city operated park on the north side of the city that has an extensive sports facility, with swimming, tennis and exercise rooms. There is a horse park with a riding ring and a lovely stone amphitheater that hosts a concert series during the summer. The amphitheater has an interesting layout with an area with tables for 6  enough room between the rows that people bring picnics complete with candles and small tables to enjoy music under the stars.

Chattachoochee Nature Center  Another north side park, this one is outside the Perimeter along the Chattachoochee River. There are hiking trails and nature exhibits including: snakes, beavers, and birds of prey. It is a great resource for kids with a lot of events like story telling, guided walks and canoe trips.

Georgia Aquarium  The Georgia Aquarium is the latest feather in the cap of Atlanta; it is the worlds largest indoor aquarium with 8 million gallons of fresh and salt water exhibits. It was donated to the city of Atlanta by Bernie Marcus. He is the founder of Home Depot, which is an Atlanta based company. It has a number of different displays and exhibits and is an exciting adventure in downtown Atlanta.

Georgia International Horse Park  This venue was built for the 1996 Olympics and is a beautiful facility. It is 1400 acres and was used for the first ever mountain bike competition in the Olympics. The mountain bike course is still there and is open to the Public at a nominal fee ($5). It also has a nature preserve, a golf course a hotel and a RV park. They  host many equestrian events and local horse owners come for day rides. People use the facilities for events such as weddings etc.

Georgia Parks  This link takes you the the Georgia State Parks Home Page and is full of information on all of Georgia's great parks and attractions. There are hundreds of links to Parks, Historic Sites, State Park Golf Courses, Lodges, and more. You can make reservations for camping, cottages.

Grant Park  This is a great historic park which contains the Zoo Atlanta and the Cyclorama. It is just south of I-20 on the Boulevard exit. just a little east of downtown. There is also a pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, and  ball fields. There are several pavilions for picnics (for about 30 people) which need no reservations. There are  2 playgrounds, a recreation center, and quite a bit of park land with great mature trees and walking paths.

 

Lake Lanier is Atlanta's water source. It is north of Atlanta and is an Army Corps of Engineers Project to help manage the watershed and control flooding. There are a great number of parks and beaches and recreational areas on the lake and this link will allow you to explore them all.

Piedmont Park  The official website of Piedmont Park with numbers for reserving softball fields, soccer fields and picnic pavilions. There are basketball courts, tennis course, a swimming pool,  and two play grounds. The nonprofit organization 

Piedmont Park Conservancy  raised over 20 million dollars to rebuild and improve the park. Their website has great pictures and information.

Six Flags Over Georgia  The Official website of Six Flags. Lots of pictures and videos of the rides. Buy season tickets online and view concert/event schedules, park info etc. Six flags is about 10 minutes outside the perimeter on the West side of Atlanta.

Georgia's Historic Sites  This link takes you to the page in the Georgia State Parks website for Historic Sites and shows you all the historic sites in the state system.

Georgia Tourism  This site has many links to Georgia Resources. There are some links here I haven't ever seen before. This is quite a reasource for things to do in Georgia.

Stone Mountain Park  Stone Mountain is a large solid chunk of granite which forms a mountain just east of Atlanta. There is a trail to the top and sunrise is a Sunday event every week. There is a campground, a train, a amusement park and a skyride to the top of the mountain for those who don't want to hike to the top.

Zoo Atlanta Pandas, Tigers, and Gorillas Oh MY! Zoo Atlanta has great habitat exhibits with the animals enjoying some decent amounts of space and variety in their environments.