Felicity is a Nature-loving Festival Follower. She doesn’t miss a moment outdoors and especially enjoys outdoor festivals that are held in Atlanta mostly all year. To plan her weekends, Felicity searches the Atlanta.net events calendar for a complete list of festivals.
In her spare time, Felicity likes to walk her two dogs in Atlanta’s many green parks and trails, plus take them hiking in the nearby north Georgia mountains. Felicity likes to get up close and personal with the animals at Zoo Atlanta, while Stone Mountain Park is on the list for any big family gatherings that she has to plan. At the end of the day, Felicity likes to unwind in the warmer months at several free outdoor concerts and movies at places like Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park and Woodruff Park.
The Silver Comet Trail, just 11 miles northwest of Atlanta, is abandoned railways converted into multi-use recreational trails. The trails span 37 miles for cyclists, skaters, runners and walkers through old rail tunnels.
Chattahoochee Nature Center encompasses several acres with
outdoor activities on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The center
offers guided activities including canoe trips, wildlife and horticulture
walks, and includes marshes, river wetlands, aviaries, greenhouses and
The PATH Trails connect 18 miles from Georgia Tech through Piedmont Park and Atlanta suburbs to Stone Mountain Park. Stop at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, experience the quirky Little Five Points area, enjoy lunch in Decatur or end at Georgia’s most visited attraction, Stone Mountain Park.
Atlanta’s Central Park, Piedmont Park, with more than 180 acres, is situated between 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue and is joined with the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Experience lush woods, Lake Clara Meer, picnic spots, skating paths and many annual events.
The world’s largest aquarium is home to the largest collection of aquatic animals in eight million gallons of fresh and marine water, with five galleries depicting different habitats. Saying hello to the beluga whales, penguins and whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet, will plunge you into a one-of-a-kind aquatic experience.
Zoo Atlanta features more than 200 species of animals from the African plains and Asian forests. See Bornean Sumatran orangutans, Asian small clawed otters and Sumatran tigers, plus a pair of Giant Pandas and a new panda cub. The Ford African Rain Forest houses one of the largest captive gorilla populations in North America with a total of 24 gorillas.
Chattahoochee River Fun
Sixteen recreation areas along a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River have been designed to conserve the river and provide outdoor entertainment for the whole family. Contact the Chattahoochee National Park Service to plan your outdoor fun, or Chattahoochee Outfitters, a premier raft, canoe, kayak and pedal boat outfitter. The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell offers educational environmental programs, an animal preserve, canoe trips and other activities.
Stone Mountain Park
Home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite rock and longest running lasershow, Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most visited attraction. The Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision™ is choreographed with your favorite tunes and breathtaking pyrotechnics. With more than 3,200 acres of natural beauty, you’ll find family-oriented attractions, recreational activities, special events, lodging and camping. Experience attractions such as the all-new Geyser Towers where you can play in the spray or stay high and dry; take a trek through the treetops on Sky Hike; soar to the top of the mountain on Summit Skyride plus much more.
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