Atlanta is a HUGE city with so much to do! It can be overwhelming to plan a weekend when friends and family come into town with so many options! If you google “things to do in Atlanta”, the Coca-Cola Museum, Georgia Aquarium, and Centennial Park will pop up – don’t get me wrong, these are all great places, but they are a tourist trap!
Atlanta can be an intimidating place, but that is why I love showing my friends and family the city’s hidden gems! Below are some great options to check out, whether you have guests in town or are an Atlanta resident seeking new city experiences!
Things to do:
Visit a Winery!
Chateau Elan is Atlanta’s very own utopia. Imagine the most peaceful and beautiful place, the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city! Chateau Elan offers wine tastings, which include a variety of their best wine plus an included winery tour, all for $30-35 per person.
To get the best bang for your buck, I recommend forgoing the wine tasting, and purchasing a few bottles of wine! The staff will uncork the wine for you and provide glasses, and then you are free to wander the property or find a place to sit and sip on the great wine Chateau Elan has to offer! My favorite wine is the Velvet Red ($27/bottle) or, if you are in the mood for something fruity, the Spring Blossom ($13/bottle) is another option.
There are multiple restaurants on the property, but my two favorites are Paddy’s Irish Pub (casual) or Versailles if you are looking for something fancy! Atlanta has many other wineries, such as Wolf Mountain and Three Sisters.
Go to a brewery!
Atlanta has an endless number of breweries, but a few of my favorites are Monday Night Brewing and Sweetwater Brewing. Sweetwater has a great IPA and Barrel-aged beer menu as well as a full lunch menu.
Orpheus Brewing is located by Piedmont Park and has a popular sour beer menu, best known for the “Atalanta”, an Atlanta classic. Orpheus also has a ton of board games and a relaxed atmosphere! All three of these breweries are dog friendly, so whether you have a furry friend or just enjoy dog watching, these are go-to spots to hangout!
Hit the Beltline.
I could write a whole blog post on things to do on the Beltline but I will save that for another day. The Beltline has a variety of places to visit and will keep you entertained for hours! Here are a few highlights:
New Realm Brewing has amazing food and a wide beer selection, as well as a rooftop with a full spectrum view of the city! Recommendation: Mac & Cheese – the cheesiest mac you’ll ever have!
Pour Taproom is a serve yourself bar on the Beltline with beer, wine, cocktails on tap, and a Nina & Rafi menu from the pizza joint directly next door! Open a tab and pay by the ounce, not the glass!
Check out a food hall! Famous to Atlanta, the historic Ponce City Market offers a rooftop bar with carnival games, restaurant and biergarten, frosè (that’s right, frozen rosè!) and views of Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown’s city skylines. Downstairs, a few of my favorite places to hit are the King of Pops bar (highly recommend the Pop-tails – Popsicle cocktail), Batter Cookie Dough, and Ton-Ton Ramen!
About a mile down the beltline, the bustling Krog Street Market offers a scrumptious sushi bar named Makimono (Recommendation: Order the “Lion King”), the award winning Gu’s Dumplings and even a Jeni’s Ice Cream!
Go Swanky Bowling!
Both upscale bowling venues, Painted Pin and Painted Duck offer full bars, delicious food, and a variety of games (horseshoes, basketball, shuffleboard, etc)! Painted Duck features duckpin bowling – think bowling with smaller balls making the game much more challenging, whereas Painted Pin is traditional bowling. Both are super fun! Recommendation: Get the Moscow Mule slushie at Painted Pin, and play “soccer pool” at Painted Duck!
Tube down the Chattahoochee River! Pack a cooler of snacks, water, and alcoholic beverages and enjoy the day taking a relaxing float down the river. Note: the water is about 50 degrees, so I recommend going on a hot summer day.
Take a Hike!
Roswell Mill and Sweetwater Creek are both beautiful places to hike outside of Atlanta. Roswell Mill has a waterfall at the end of the trail, and Sweetwater Creek is a wooded trail following alongside a creek to historic textile mill ruins that burned down in the Civil War. Be sure to wear a bathing suit on either of these hikes if you want to take a dip in the water!
Cheer on Atlanta’s sports teams!
We are so lucky to have 4 major sports teams in ATL – the Falcons (Football), the Braves (Baseball), the Hawks (Basketball), and Atlanta United (Soccer)! Two of our stadiums, Suntrust Park and Mercedes Benz, are brand new and will impress your guests! Recommendations: Go to the Braves game early and grab a drink at The Battery!
Park Tavern (P-Tav) is one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants. Located on Piedmont Park, it is a beautiful place to grab a few drinks and a meal! The menu consists of sushi, burgers, tacos and more, so there is something for everyone. Take a stroll around Piedmont Park after your meal, and hit up the King of Pops stand!
Canoe restaurant: Tucked away from the chaos that is Atlanta, Canoe is a delightful restaurant located right on the Chattahoochee river! The seafood is so fresh and is approved by this Florida gal! This beautiful dinner spot will impress your guests, and is a wonderful spot for a date night!
Gypsy Kitchen: Gypsy Kitchen is located at The Shops at Buckhead and has a fun rooftop vibe! Pro tip: If you are with a group – order the carafe of sangria (choose between the red or rose). It is only $35 and serves four full glasses – such a great deal for a rooftop bar in the middle of Buckhead!
So next time friends or family are in town, make sure to check out a few of these options – they won’t disappoint! Enjoy!