Things To Do near Atlanta Motor Speedway

Come for the NASCAR. Stay for plenty more sports.
  • Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame is a fun time. And it's close to many other top attractions.
    Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame is a fun time. And it's close to many other top attractions.
  • Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks aims to put some points on the scoreboard. (photo Atlanta Hawks)
    Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks aims to put some points on the scoreboard. (photo Atlanta Hawks)
  • Sitting in the Braves dugout is one of the many thrills of touring Turner Field, open year-round.
    Sitting in the Braves dugout is one of the many thrills of touring Turner Field, open year-round.

Each year, racing enthusiasts flock to Atlanta Motor Speedway to see the the NASCAR Xfinity Series: Georgia 250 & NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Spring Cup Series: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, as well as other racing events. And sport lovers should know there are other sports-related things to do before and after the checkered flag goes down. Take a look at our top picks.

  • Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, with locations in Marietta and Roswell, is home to Georgia’s fastest indoor karting, with Sodi Karts that can go as fast as 35 mph. And there’s more. You can enjoy Georgia’s only 7D motion theater experience, play video games, ride a zip line, rock climb and maneuver the ropes course. Don’t forget to test your skills with the CXC Motion Pro II simulators that give you the realistic feel of driving full speed ahead on the straightaway and the pull of driving into tight turns.

  • Basketball fans can catch a Atlanta Hawks game or two while in town for Atlanta Motor Speedway events or anytime during the season.

  • The Atlanta Braves are back for their last season at Turner Field, so take advantage of the final year you can tour Turner Field. Guided tours are offered year-round and begin in the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame. Among the tour stops are the Coca-Cola Sky Field, Scouts Alley, the broadcast booth, press box, clubhouse, dugout and the museum store. 

  • The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is complete immersion into all things college football from the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone on a 45-yard replica field to calling a legendary play in the AT&T Call the Play Booth and viewing the helmets of more than 700 college football teams.

  • Atlanta is the North American headquarters of Porsche and the home of the Porsche Experience Center near the airport. Come see the 27.4-acre complex that allows you to experience off track fun including access to the human performance training facility, the driving simulator center, classic restoration center and a fine restaurant. If you want to put the pedal to the metal, you can book a Porsche and have a heart-stopping racing experience.

  • Want to release some energy? Then try bowling. Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center has several locations throughout metro Atlanta. Over at the Brunswick Zone XL, you can bowl, play laser tag and check out the arcade room.

  • If you visit the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and the Center for Civil and Human Rights (and we hope and recommend that you do), then a block away is Game-X, which has more than 60 of today’s favorite games with a few blasts from the past. Play Pong 180, air hockey and smartphone favorites such as Fruit Ninja and Temple Run on a 60-inch screen. Game X has a great food for both kids and parents. If you’re over in the Buckhead area, check out The Painted Pin, a boutique bar, bowling and entertainment venue that, in addition to bowling, offers shuffleboard tables, indoor bocce courts and two vintage skee-ball machines.

Journalist Mary Welch writes lifestyle and business stories for national and local magazines and newspapers. 

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