Weekend Activities in Atlanta
Here in Atlanta, you’ll never be short of things to do on any given weekend. Whether you’re looking for a live performance, an exciting new culinary experience, or maybe something to do with the family, we’ve made sure to give you a few ideas for weekend activities in Atlanta for all interests.
Work Up a Sweat
For the fitness enthusiasts out there, there’s plenty of spots in our beautiful city to burn off some steam. Depending on your sport of choice, you could venture into any one of Atlanta’s numerous parks to settle into some yoga, an exercise routine, or an invigorating morning run.
Of all the many Atlanta BeltLine activities to enjoy, we recommend renting a bike and pedaling along the 22-mile old railway corridor. With a bike, you can cover more ground and ensure you don’t miss out on all the different pieces of street art. If you’re looking for things to do in Atlanta with kids, be sure to set them on a scavenger hunt for the tiny doors that crop up along the BeltLine.
Alternatively, get out of the concrete jungle and head out onto the trails of the Chattahoochee River. Just a 19-minute drive from downtown lies the Indian Head trailhead the departure and return point for the East Palisades Hiking Trail. The moderate, 4-mile-round hike leads hikers to explore high-elevation overlooks, historic ruins, and a bamboo forest. All this accompanied by the sound of rushing water from the great Chattahoochee River. Remember, getting out of the city doesn’t need to be stressful, we can shuttle you wherever you need to go. Check out our range of vehicles to find the perfect vehicle for you and your group.
Pore Over Atlanta’s Rich & Fascinating History
Venture into the 33-acre Atlanta History Center which is home to the Atlanta History Museum, numerous historic houses, and author of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell’s House and Museum. Learn about topics such as Black citizenship in the age of Jim Crow and the significance of the American Civil War.
Walk between the monuments at the Historic Oakland Cemetery where many of Georgia’s famous figures are buried. This garden is an oasis of oak and magnolia trees and is steeped in local history.
Finally, learn about Atlanta’s Jewish history at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. This cultural center focuses on Jewish history, culture, and arts in Georgia. The center also explores how the Holocaust affected culture and art.
Immerse Yourself in Atlanta’s Art Scene
There’s no better place to familiarise yourself with Georgia’s art scene than the southeast’s leading art museum, the High Museum of Art. Here, contemporary pieces meet historical art with exhibitions from the photographer Dawoud Bey (whose photos seek to explore African American history and to capture underrepresented communities) and a collection of Persian masterpieces which highlight and celebrate the country’s culture through its art.
If all-things-design is more your thing, head over to the Museum of Design. Their contemporary subjects include climate change, design justice, and design’s role in creating a more inclusive world.
Delve into Atlanta’s World of Music
Listen up music fans! If you haven’t already, make your way to Criminal Records record store. It’s packed with vinyl and CDs of every genre you could imagine. Take a trip down memory lane in this iconic Atlanta store which seems to be stuck in a 1970s time warp.
Listen to one of America’s leading orchestras, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Known for being one of the most creative groups in the country, the ASO welcomes all ages. Leave your prejudices for classical music at the door and prepare to be entertained!
Taste the Best of Atlanta’s Restaurants
Whether you’re looking for an exceptional meal or some top-quality, fresh ingredients, Krog Street Market is your place! From dumplings to pho, bao, artisan pizza, and southern fried chicken – eat to your heart’s content.
The other essential stop for foodies in Atlanta is Buford Highway. Once named “The Global Bazaar of the South” the stretch of Buford Highway nearest to Atlanta is packed with restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. There is also the multicultural grocery store, Buford Highway Farmers Market, which sells everything you can think of from basic fruits and vegetables, to exotic and specialty ingredients from cuisines around the globe!
Like most large cities, new restaurants, galleries, and interesting events are always cropping up in Atlanta. We are always on the lookout for interesting sights and stories to add to our private tours. If you are interested in any of the activities we mention in this article and would like a guide to show your round, contact us for a customized tour. With so much to offer, you don’t want to miss out!