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| June-July 2016

Atlanta’s 30 Best Things to Do

A Guide to the City’s Unique Offerings and Experiences

By Jackson Reeves

As summer comes into full swing, it’s time to get out and enjoy

the warm weather, have fun with the kids, and explore your new city. We’ve put together our list of suggestions for 30 of Atlanta’s most unique places that every Atlantan should discover and experience. Whether you enjoy browsing for antiques, tasting some international cuisine or catching up on the local history, you’re sure to find plenty to do over the summer months.

Taste Atlanta’s Flavor

Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market

Looking for a little bit of everything? This spot hosts various food trucks from throughout the city on different days offering a range of items, including tacos at Yumbii, popsicles at the King of Pops, and the eponymous fries at the Fry Guy.

1850 Howell Mill Road • 678-883-8471 • atlantafoodtruckpark.com

Dining at Inman Park

After a serious construction project, central Inman Park has become a hotspot for restaurants. Check out Beetlecat for oysters, Barcelona Wine Bar for tapas, Sotto Sotto for Italian, and Bartaco for Mexican. inmanpark.org International Cuisine on Buford Highway Explore this northeast corridor for all things outside the typical burgersand- pizza cuisine. Try Vietnamese at Pho Dai Loi, Bangladeshi at Panahar, Japanese at Sushi House Hayakawa, or Chinese at Canton House—all just a short drive from one another. eatbufordhighway.com Krog Street Market An ideal spot for a solid dinner, hit up this destination just off the BeltLine for Mex-Tex cuisine at Superica, French-inspired dishes at the Luminary, or saki and sushi at Craft Izakaya.

99 Krog Street • 770-434-2400 • krogstreetmarket.com

Ponce City Market

This open market has everything an adventurous foodie could desire. Let your taste buds run wild with gourmet Italian market Belina, South African beef jerky at Biltong Bar, deep-fried chicken sliders at Hop’s Chicken, and Korean steamed buns at Simply Seoul Kitchen.

675 Ponce De Leon Avenue • 404-900-7900 • poncecitymarket.com

Westside Provisions District

Top foodie draws at this walkable destination just west of Midtown include Bacchanalia, widely regarded as Atlanta’s best restaurant; Ormsby’s, a hit with the bar crowd; and JCT Kitchen and Bar, perfect for a family dinner.

1100-1210 Howell Mill Road • 404-872-7538 • westsideprovisions.com

Shop 'till You Drop

Chamblee’s Antique Row District

This entire stroll can set you back a pretty penny. One place not to miss: the 12,000-square-foot Broad Street Antique Mall, where you can find vintage jewelry, Civil War artifacts, Art Deco pieces, and thousands of old post cards.

770-458-6316 • antiquerow.com

Kudzu Antiques

Need to decorate your new home? Recent trips to this Decatur destination unearthed railroad lanterns, an English oak China hutch, a walnut credenza from the ’60s, a midcentury modern desk, and an orb chandelier.

2928 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue • 404-373-6498 • kudzuantiques.com

Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza

Located just across from one another, these two malls offer everything a shopper could desire. For more upscale stores, try Phipps for Gucci, Prada, and Saks Fifth Avenue. For a wider variety, hit up Lenox for Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, and your local Apple store.

Lenox Square: 3393 Peachtree Road • 404-233-6767

Phipps Plaza: 3500 Peachtree Road • 404-261-7910


Little Five Points

Known as Atlanta’s hipper, grungier neighborhood, Little Five probably has more thrift stores than any other neighborhood in the city. Swing by Rag-O-Rama, Psycho Sisters, and The Clothing Warehouse.


The Midtown Mile

Stroll up and down the famed Midtown Mile, which stretches along Peachtree Street from the Fox Theatre up to the High Museum. Its 750,000 square feet of street level retail space showcase great shops for those in need of some new high-quality furniture, including CB2 and Ligne Roset.


The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

After years of planning, Atlanta finally got its own high-end retail center that can rival those found in other cities. Some of the chicest international brands have opened up shop in Buckhead, including Dior, Hermes, and Jimmy Choo.

3035 Peachtree Road • 404-939-9290 • atlanta-buckhead.com

Music, Movies, and More

Atlanta History Center

As a new resident to Atlanta, you owe it to yourself to brush up on your new home’s history. Thankfully, this Buckhead museum has you covered. View Southern folk art, learn about the city’s role in the Civil War, and relive Atlanta’s own 1996 Olympic Games through tons of historic memorabilia.

130 West Paces Ferry Road • 404-814-4000 • atlantahistorycenter.com

Alliance Theatre

In the past, this organization has held the world premieres of such popular plays as Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” and Elton John’s “Aida.” This summer, it will produce a special interactive outer-space playscape for your children titled “Babies in Space.”

1280 Peachtree Street NE • 404-733-4650 • alliancetheatre.org

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Part of the elaborate Woodruff Arts Center, which also houses the High and the Alliance, our city’s orchestra highlights music from both the classic and current repertoire. This summer, you can come here to hear the works of Brahms and Copland along with David Bowie and the Eagles.

1280 Peachtree Street NE • 404-733-4900 • atlantasymphony.org

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Launched in the 1920s, this historic landmark is famous for its soaring domes, gold-leaf details, and trompe l’oeil art, which rightly earned its stature as “movie palace” back in the day. It’s now the best place in Atlanta to see Broadway shows on tour, including “The Wizard of Oz” this summer.

660 Peachtree Street NE • 404-881-2100 • foxtheatre.org

High Museum of Art

Atlanta’s premier art museum, the High’s ongoing permanent collection includes such French impressionists as Monet and Pissarro, and it is currently presenting an exhibit on work from children’s books illustrator Eric Carle.

1280 Peachtree Street NE • 404-733-4400 • high.org

The Plaza Theatre

The city’s oldest operating and only independent cinema has been around since 1939. Planning to see the new “Independence Day” sequel this June? Go local, and see it here in an atmosphere of vintage Hollywood style.

1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue • 404-873-1939 • plazaatlanta.com

Fun in the Sun

The Atlanta BeltLine

Once completed, the BeltLine will connect public parks and neighborhoods along a 22-mile rail corridor around the city proper. While uncompleted, various trails have already opened, including the Eastside Trail, which goes from Piedmont Park to Old Fourth Ward and is lined with public art.


Atlanta Botanical Garden

Enjoy the serene effects of immersing yourself in orchids from around the world or walking through a tropical rainforest, a desert or a Japanese garden. Check out the destination’s ongoing exhibit: Chihuly in the Garden, featuring works by Chastain internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly.

1345 Piedmont Avenue • 404-876-5859 • atlantabg.org

Park Amphitheatre

Atlanta’s premier outdoor concert venue, Chastain Park is surrounded by plush greenery and twilight. This summer you can catch acts such as Steely Dan, Pat Benatar, and Kenny Rogers this June and July.

4469 Stella Drive • 404-733-5012 • chastainseries.com

Centennial Olympic Park

A vestige of the city’s 1996 hosting of the Olympics, this Downtown park is central to both the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Relax, and don’t be afraid to get a little wet.

265 Park Avenue West NW • 404-223-4412 • centennialpark.com

Dine Alfresco at Piedmont Park

Nothing beats a hot summer afternoon on the green with the family, a blanket, and a hearty lunch amidst a park designed by the same man who created New York’s famed Central Park.

404-875-7275 • piedmontpark.org

Shooting the ’Hooch

Rafting on Atlanta’s very own Chattahoochee River is affectionately called shooting the ’Hooch. Pack a cooler, load the family in a tube (no children under 5, though), and ride down the city’s major waterway.

770-650-1008 • shootthehooch.com

For the Kid Inside

Center for Puppetry Arts

Sign up your child for a Create-a-Puppet Workshop, and watch as their imaginations take flight. Afterwards, browse the museum to see original pieces from Jim Henson, “The Lion King” and “The Dark Crystal,” then see a performance, such as this summer’s “The Little Pirate Mermaid” or “Sleeping Beauty.”

1404 Spring Street NW • 404-873-3391 • puppet.org

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

The newly reopened museum features everything necessary to start your child down a path toward deeper learning, including activities about robotics, language, and agriculture.

275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive • 404-659-5437 • childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

No child can resist the allure of dinosaurs, and the museum’s central plaza features a family of bronze dinosaurs ready to greet visitors upon arrival. Other exhibits include a look at life on the Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp and one dedicated entirely to shells.

767 Clifton Road NE • 404-929-6300 • fernbankmuseum.org

Georgia Aquarium

Deemed the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere, this destination offers glimpses of dolphins, penguins, and sea otters—all in their natural habitats. You can even pet the stingrays.

225 Baker Street NW • 404-581-4000 • georgiaaquarium.org

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta

Located on the top floor of Phipps, this spot boasts plenty for Lego enthusiasts to enjoy, including the Master Builder Academy, Pirate Adventure Island, and a chance to engage in a sequel of sorts to the hit Lego movie.

3500 Peachtree Road • 404-848-9252 • legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Zoo Atlanta

Of all the myriad species on display at our zoo in Grant Park—including leopards, ostriches and orangutans—the giant pandas never fail to delight. Zoo Atlanta is currently one of only four facilities to house these unique animals. Observe Lun Lun, Yang Yang and newborn twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan as they go about their daily lives in both indoor and outdoor habitats.

800 Cherokee Avenue SE • 404-624-5600 • zooatlanta.org

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