A to Z Guide to Summer Fun in Atlanta

From Arabia Mountain to Zoo Atlanta, we've put together a list of summertime adventures and activities for those looking to stay close to home

One of the upsides to living in a city the size of Atlanta is that there’s no shortage of things to do. One of the downsides is that there’s so much to do that it’s hard to know where to start. If you’re looking for a local adventure, activity, or evening out here are some options that you may or may not have considered. Many are kid friendly, and some might be things you’ve been meaning to do but haven’t gotten around to yet.

Around Town

Get to know Atlanta by venturing into a neighborhood where you haven't spent much time. You might be surprised at what you find.

Explore the Atlanta Beltline
Take a ride on the Atlanta Streetcar
Dekalb Farmers Market
Downtown Art Walk
Oakland Cemetery
Ponce City Market
Segway Tours

Attractions

You've probably heard of all of these, but have you been to all of them?

Atlanta History Center
Carter Center
College Football Hall of Fame
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Georgia Aquarium
High Museum
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
World of Coke
Zoo Atlanta

Festivals

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Click here for more festivals in August and September.

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival (June 4-5)
Virginia Highlands Summerfest (June 4-5)
Atlanta Street Food and Music Festival (June 11-12)
Atlanta Summer Beer Festival (June 18)
Tunes from the Tombs at Oakland Cemetery (June 18)
National Black Arts Festival (July- Sept)
Atlanta Ice Cream Festival (July 23)

The Great Outdoors

Atlanta is known for its trees and green spaces, but some of these might be new to you no matter how long you've lived here. 

Arabia Mountain Trails
Big Trees Forest Preserve in Sandy Springs
Chattahoochee National Recreation Area
Dolls Head Trail (unusual, a little bit creepy, and definitely different)
Piedmont Park
Silver Comet Trail
Stone Mountain

Weekend Getaways

Maybe you need a weekend away but don't want to venture too far. There are plenty of options nearby.

Barnsley Resort (Adairsville)
Blue Ridge Mountains (North Georgia)
Callaway Gardens (Pine Mountain)
Evergreen Resort (Stone Mountain)
Lanier Islands (Buford)