Tips for a Fabulous Summer in Atlanta

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Don’t let the summer pass you by without checking out some of these tips for a fabulous summer this year!

 

Spend Time with Your Family

With school out for the summer, it’s the perfect time to spend valuable time with the little ones in town. Head to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for hands-on learning, games, education and more. Don’t worry, the adults will have some fun, too. Want to do something a little more adventurous? Knuckleheads Kayak Adventures is one of the best organizations for setting up an afternoon of kayaking with the family.

 

Find Free Things to Do

Don’t let your budget affect your 2017 summer plans! Here in Atlanta, there are plenty of events, festivals, and concerts that are absolutely free. Are you a film lover? Then, you might want to check out The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival happening July 16 through September 3 at the beautiful Fox Theatre. If live music is your thing, then don’t miss the Vinings Jubilee Summer Concert Series happening July 22 and August 12. Now you can have a blast and save some of your hard-earned cash.

Affordable 4th of July Destinations Near Atlanta

July 4th is approaching this Tuesday, and it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway with the family. There are a few locations that are within driving distance and are completely affordable. If you’re itching to get out of town, then why not make a trip out to one of Georgia’s many State Parks? They’re beautiful, inexpensive, and hosting some exciting Independence Day events this year.

 

Vogel State Park | 2-hour drive

405 Vogel State Park Road

Blairsville, GA 30512

Don’t miss the flag-raising ceremony at 8:30 am followed by a day of games for the entire family. Parking is only $5 but the entire event is free!

 

 

Lawrence S. Walker State Park4.5-hour drive

5653 Laura Walker Road

Waycross, GA 31503

For an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, make a trip out to Lawrence S. Walker State Park. From 9 am to 12 pm, there will be old-fashioned games, free watermelon, and free cookies. Have fun in the great outdoors! Parking is $5, but this event is also free.

Atlanta Summer Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

When you live in the South, you know what that summer heat feels like. And yes, it’s coming. One way to beat the heat? Make sure you have a good time doing it. Summer festivals are a great way to do just that. Make sure to put these Atlanta festivals on your summer calendar!

 

SUNSET SESSIONS AT PIEDMONT PARK| Now – 10/1/17 

Make sure you head to the Sunset Sessions at Piedmont Park. Experience an amazing night of FREE music while the sun sets behind the Atlanta Skyline! There will be plenty of live music, vendors, and games.

 

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival | Saturday, July 22 | 11 am – 6 pm

We think ice cream is one of the best ways to cool off this summer. If you agree, then chill out at Piedmont Park for a bunch of ice cream and a “double-scoop” of fun at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. All puns aside, there will be plenty of ice cream vendors, local artisans, and national ice cream favorites. It’s perfectly fine to grab seconds (and thirds)!

Spend Father’s Day at the Atlanta Zoo

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Don’t know what to get your Dad this Father’s Day? We know how tough it is to shop for the special man in your life, which is why finding a fun event he’ll love is one of the best ways to make Father’s Day exciting. Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 18 and one event he might like is the “Art Gone Wild” show at the Atlanta Zoo!

 

“Art Gone Wild” is a recurring event that will be taking place June 17-18 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Atlanta Zoo. More than 35 artists come out to use the animals, botanicals, and zoo scenes as their artistic inspiration. Every single art piece that has been created will be available for purchase. We don’t know about you, but this could be an amazing gift idea for the guy who has everything.

 

You can purchase your tickets online here. When you’re finished with the art display, stroll around the zoo and be sure to check out the Panda Cam! If he has a great time, which he just might, why not surprise him with a year-long pass?

 

What to Do this Memorial Day in Atlanta

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We hope you’re gearing up for Memorial Day because Atlanta has a few local attractions that are sure to take your holiday to the next level. Don’t worry if you don’t have plans just yet. The perfect way to spend May 29 with your friends and family is to head to one of these exciting places in Atlanta.

 

Get Outdoors

Memorial Day seems like the nice reminder that summer is quickly approaching, which means that one way to make the most of the holiday is to get outdoors. Climb the trails at Stone Mountain Park or head to Lake Lanier for an afternoon picnic.

 

Go to the Zoo
Zoo Atlanta usually has a ton of events on Memorial Day. This year, you can sip on refreshing beers and enjoy live music at Brew at the Zoo. Don’t forget to spend the day seeing some of the world’s most exotic animals at Atlanta’s favorite animal destination.

Things to Do in Atlanta This Mother’s Day Weekend

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It’s not that hard to see why so many people love to celebrate Mother’s Day in Atlanta. With great restaurants, stunning parks, and tourist hotspots, Mother’s Day offers a little bit of fun for everyone! This Sunday, May 14th, bring a smile to her face with any of these ideas.

 

Take Her Out For Brunch

We can all get behind a delicious meal, right? Atlanta has some of the best cuisine, so no matter what her preference, we’re pretty sure she’s not going to be disappointed. Head for comfort-style eats at South City Kitchen or an upscale dining experience at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. Both feature a special Mother’s Day Brunch the family will love.

 

Take a Walk in the Park

You certainly don’t need to spend a ton of money to spend quality time together. Atlanta’s Piedmont ParkGrant Park, and even Zoo Atlanta offer a chance to explore the beautiful outdoors with the most important people in your life.

 

Explore the Atlanta Botanical Garden

For those of you who haven’t been dazzled by the vast array of plants, florals, and more at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, it’s the perfect weekend to check it off of your list.

 

 

Where to Find the Best BBQ Near Your Atlanta Apartment

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From brisket to oh-so-tender ribs, there’s nothing like a little BBQ to satisfy those taste buds. Atlanta is the place to be when it comes to good old-fashioned barbecue, so you’re in luck. Whatever vibes your feeling, there’s a BBQ restaurant for you that’s right around the corner.

 

For a Casual Atmosphere

In a classic, diner setting, you’ll find Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt, located at 264 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. This casual Southern destination offers a huge variety of barbecue and sides. If your tummy is rumbling, you won’t be disappointed. The portions are huge!

 

For those Swanky Vibes

Twin Smokers BBQ is a modern barbecue joint in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Located at 300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, a wood-style interior will have you feeling fancy, even while you chow down on this comfort food. The best part? House-smoked Southern pulled pork, chicken, ribs, and Texas-style brisket will be there to greet you.

The Best Consignment Boutiques in Atlanta

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If you’ve been meaning to spruce up your wardrobe, but don’t feel like spending a ton of money, consignment boutiques are the way to go. Plus, with prices so low, you won’t have to experience buyer’s remorse at purchasing that second outfit. Or third! Here are a few in Atlanta that are worth your time.

Alexis Suitcase Consignment Shop

The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, 2221 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

If you want designer apparel at a discounted price, then Alexis Suitcase is about to make you one very happy shopper. Featuring upscale apparel and accessories for women, you’re sure to find some great pieces in this cozy little store. While most of their items are secondhand, they do carry new stuff, too!

B Chic

3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

This popular consignment shop has plenty of designer apparel, jewelry, shoes and more. The next time you’re on a tight budget but still want to look amazing, this is your one-stop shop destination. Trust us, your next upscale outfit is waiting at B Chic.

4 Kid-Friendly Parks in Atlanta

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We’re always looking for fun ways you can spend time with your little ones, especially since the long-awaited spring season is finally just around the corner. Make the most of those warm weekends and crisp afternoons by spending time at any number of these kid-friendly Atlanta playgrounds.

Piedmont Park

400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309

This park is a must visit, especially given how close it is to your beautiful apartment! That aside, it’s the perfect place to bring the family for a nice spring day out. With two playgrounds to choose from and plenty of green space, you’re sure to have a wonderful time!

Ardmore Park

Ardmore Road, Atlanta, GA 30312

This large park is perfect for long walks through well-kept gardens and greenery. It’s also located just a few blocks from Atlanta shopping and coffee shops.

Rawson-Washington Playground

198 Georgia Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

A large playground will ensure hours of playtime and fun at this kid-friendly park. There are multiple blocks of park areas so have fun exploring!

Centennial Olympic Park

265 Park Avenue W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

This is seriously the park of all parks. With fountains and some of the safest and most innovative playground equipment, you’ll want to spend some time here. The only downside? It’s a fairly popular hotspot and tends to get crowded on nice days. Regardless, it is definitely worth checking out!

Local Atlanta Attractions to Visit This Weekend

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Living in Atlanta, it’s hard not to find a ton of local attractions to check out. From aquariums to national news headquarters, Atlanta is home to some of the best places to visit. If it’s time to switch up your routine or if you’re simply looking for something new and exciting, we put together a few of the top attractions near your apartment.

 

For the Animal Lovers

You are definitely going to want to visit the Georgia Aquarium. Hailed as one of the largest aquariums in the Western Hemisphere, there are literally thousands of animals and species to gaze at.

225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

 

For the Political Fanatic

Atlanta is home to the CNN Center, which is the world headquarters for CNN. There are plenty of tour options, so if you or your pals want to go behind-the-scenes, go here!

190 Marietta Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303