Spring into Spring With An Atlanta Vacation

Here are our ideas for a cool spring vacation in Atlanta.
  • Start at the BeltLine if you're feeling outdoors-y. (James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Start at the BeltLine if you're feeling outdoors-y. (James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • Six Flags Over Georgia is always a scream! (Six Flags Over Georgia)
    Six Flags Over Georgia is always a scream! (Six Flags Over Georgia)
  • Get hands on with the history of an icon at World of Coca-Cola. (World of Coca-Cola)
    Get hands on with the history of an icon at World of Coca-Cola. (World of Coca-Cola)
  • Immerse yourself in nature's beauty at Atlanta Botanical Garden. (Kevin Rose, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Immerse yourself in nature's beauty at Atlanta Botanical Garden. (Kevin Rose, AtlantaPhotos.com)

Visiting Atlanta in the spring? You are in for a real treat. This town comes to life as the chill in the air gives way to blue skies, chirping birds, toasty sun and happy dogs everywhere. Here are a few activities that’ll get you out and about.

  1. The Atlanta Botanical Garden always puts on a seasonal show, and strolling among these manicured gardens is perfect way to stretch your legs after a long, layered winter. Midtown.

  2. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is a perennial favorite, delighting attendees with fine art, live music and food options in Piedmont Park. (No pets.) Free. Midtown. 

  3. The Atlanta BeltLine bustles year-round with people, pups, frozen pops and more, and spring is when things come into full bloom. Hop on the trail in Midtown, Inman Park or the Westside and enjoy the surrounding nature, the thriving shops and restaurants, and the ability to connect with other people on foot (a rarity in car-locked Atlanta).

  4. Ponce City Market is one of the notable attractions off the BeltLine, with a Food Hall that features quick bites and sit down meals, as well as places to shop and loads of superb people-watching. Poncey-Highland.

  5. The Georgia Renaissance Festival is the perfect place to spy (or become) a knight and maiden, nosh on turkey legs and ale, shop from hundreds of artisans and see a jousting match live. Fairburn. April 15 - June 4 

  6. The Center for Puppetry Arts entertains and delights adults and children with performances, workshops and a hands-on museum. Midtown.

  7. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is the perfect place to spring into spring with wildlife programs, hiking, environmental education, horticulture and a lot more. Roswell.

  8. Feeling hungry? Eat at a few of Atlanta's legendary restaurants, like Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Busy Bee Cafe and Paschal’s, to name a few.

  9. Even though Six Flags Over Georgia had to change the name of its SkyScreamer ride to the Patriots SkyScreamer after losing a Super Bowl bet, the bright side is that Six Flags Over Georgia is celebrating its 50th anniversary season. Plenty of reason to kick off spring with the thrill of a roller coaster. Austell.

  10. Top Golf combines tasty food with an outdoor, active experience. Spending a relaxing afternoon at the driving range is the perfect way to usher in spring. West Midtown.

  11. The World of Coca Cola is the cherry on top to any visit to Atlanta, since Atlanta is the world headquarters of arguably the world’s best beverage. Downtown.

  12. The Atlanta Jazz Festival will pique the interest of any jazz lovers in the house since this festival fills the entire month of May with funky, smooth tunes throughout the city.

  13. Learning can be fun as you explore attractions like the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

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