How to Have an Action-Packed Adventure Day in Atlanta

Enjoy parks and trails for hiking, biking and running, and then be sure to hit these renowned dining spots and coveted craft breweries around the city.
  • Dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this is just one of the art installations in Freedom Park. (Lisa Panero)
    Dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this is just one of the art installations in Freedom Park. (Lisa Panero)

A full day of adventuring in Atlanta will put your stamina -- and your scheduling skills -- to the test. With so many options, you can fit in multiple workouts, check out renowned dining spots, and try coveted craft brews all around the city. Plus we’ve found two unique bed-and-breakfast options where you can rest your head after celebrating your triumph. Enjoy a full day in the city exploring the possibilities.

Fuel up at Condesa Coffee.

Start your journey with a jolt at Condesa Coffee’s flagship location in the Old Fourth Ward beneath the Tribute Lofts, at the corner of Freedom Parkway and Boulevard, where you'll be smack-dab in a stupendous city view of the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site and Jackson Street Bridge. If you've got a sweet tooth, don't miss the made-from-scratch syrups.

Hit the trails.

Enjoy the artwork along the Eastside Beltline Trail. Enjoy the artwork along the Eastside Beltline Trail. (Lisa Panero, flickr)

Enter Freedom Park near the iconic Homage to King steel sculpture and continue along the paved PATH trail, passing by stunning, towering sculptures -- it's Atlanta's designated Art Park -- until you hit North Highland Avenue, where you can connect to the Eastside BeltLine trail. The combined stretch serves up the epitome of an urban outdoor experience, running through several in-town neighborhoods dotted with innovative street art, tree-lined bridges, industrial architecture, the Old Fourth Ward skate park and more.

Get your grub along the BeltLine.

Retrace your path back to mile marker 9.25 at John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, where you can hop off to fill up at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall. Brunch kicks off right at your arrival time at this campsite-themed spot, which boasts a tasty selection of twists on the classics. There's the fried oyster Benedict plus the Nashville hot chicken biscuit and fish-n-grits, all of them top-notch choices to fill up on while taking a beat on Ladybird's expansive patio.

Conquer the Silver Comet Trail.

Only about a half-hour drive northwest of your brunch bonanza is an ideal entry to the Silver Comet Trail, built on historic abandoned rail lines spanning a total of 61.5 miles from Smyrna to the Georgia-Alabama state line. While it's generally a leisurely 2-percent grade throughout, pedaling the whole stretch is a bit ambitious -- but adventure-seeking cyclists will certainly love to test their stamina trying. Begin at the Floyd Road Trailhead, where Silver Comet Cycles is at your service for rentals, repairs and sales, and see just how far you can get.

Relax at Piedmont Park.

Scenic Piedmont Park features more than 200 acres to explore. Scenic Piedmont Park features more than 200 acres to explore. (Lisa Panero, flickr)

With its more than 200 acres, Piedmont Park, Atlanta's legendary green space, is fully primed for a post-workout chill-out. Just south of the center is Lake Clara Meer, offering a picturesque view of the skyline from a calming, seemingly faraway vantage point. Find shade in the nearby gazebo or make your way to the rolling meadow, where you can stretch out for a relaxing bit of sunbathing. Either spot -- and tons of others -- make great locales for pop-up picnics while catching the setting sun. You can even go for an all-out barbecue using one of the numerous on-site grills located throughout the park.

Before you head out, try squeezing in a little more action. Walk or run the 2.5-mile Piedmont Park Loop circling the lake, take a self-guided woods and groves tree tour or head to the bocce ball court for competitive group fun.

Unwind at one of Atlanta's best brewpubs.

The Wrecking Bar Brewpub stands out not only for its home-brewed selections and craft beer connoisseur favorites, but also for its architecture. The late-Victorian design of its restored historic building, with its grandiose circular entryway and tall white columns, makes for an extravagant jaw-dropper of a watering hole.

Dinner fare at the Inman Park staple is impressive, too. Count on the juiciest of strip steaks, plus creative sausages fused with kale or made with shrimp. Wrecking Bar is also a boon to vegetarians, offering up daily specials made with produce grown at the 63-acre Wrecking Bar Farm in Loganville. Wash it all down with one of the daily on-deck selections, from wood-aged brews to IPAs, stouts and everything in between.

Ready for bed.

Beautiful, opulent boutique hotels aren't hard to come by in Atlanta, but if you're looking for an outside-the-box overnight option, a few undeniable gems have popped up in recent years. The modern but colorfully kitschy Urban Oasis is one of those -- aptly named, considering its outdoor hot tub and lap pool. With its super-close proximity to the BeltLine factored in, the four bedrooms at this Inman Park loft book up fast.

If you can't snag a stay there, no worries: Just look to historic Grant Park, where you'll find a cozy farm-style experience at The Social Goat Bed and Breakfast. In the main house -- a Queen Anne Victorian homestead built in 1900 -- choose from several second-floor rooms, or opt for the spacious converted attic. For extra privacy, you can shack up in the adjacent one-bedroom, one-bath carriage house, or just across the street at the larger Hog Heaven House. Whichever snug-and-homey setting you choose, you won't be alone: The Social Goat is also home to actual goats, as well as fish and turkeys. Naturally, there are chickens also; they provide the fresh eggs you'll enjoy for breakfast.

Get a good night’s sleep -- there’s plenty more to do tomorrow.

Originally written by RootsRated for Atlanta CVB.

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