I live in Atlanta. I’ve also vacationed to Atlanta when I lived in Central Georgia. MadMan spent many weekends in Atlanta before he moved here for college. Needless to say we have a little knowledge on where to go, what to eat, and where to stay.
Places to See
If you’re visiting Atlanta to eat and vacation there are so many options you might just need to go ahead and move for a few years. If you like the outdoors, you’re in luck because we have a trail that winds around the entire city. We also have a few mountains (kinda more like big hills) for you to enjoy.
The Great Outdoors
Atlanta is nature city. Stone Mountain being the prime example. If big rocks aren’t your style, check out The BeltLine. You can walk, eat, and shop all along this wonderful paved route through the city. There are parks to explore right along side some of the best historical shopping in town. (See Ponce City Market.) If you’re really looking, you might even spot some of our local art. (Look up Tiny Doors Atlanta)
If your willing to travel OTP, Kennesaw Mountain is a wonderful hike for the entire family. Parking is free, but it can be hard to find on a pretty day. You also have Sweetwater Creek. It’s super fun and great during the summer.
I have Children!
Well, I don’t have any, but if you have children, I have a few places that you can all enjoy together. All previously mentioned places are great for kids. Along side the World of Coke, Atlanta Zoo, and the Georgia Aquarium there is no shortage of places to entertain your children. If your willing to have a bit of thrill OTP, Six Flags is where it’s at. There is a height limit, so very small children may not find much of interest at the park. Owned by Six Flags is WhiteWater. It’s a water-park North of Atlanta.
Atlanta has your shopping. Amazingly, it’s almost always packaged in a historical place so that you can shop, while your significant other can check out the local history. Remember Ponce City Market? It’s an old Sears factory converted to shops and lofts along The BeltLine with a small boardwalk park on the roof. Quite wonderful for the whole family. Another historical shopping destination is Atlantic Station. It used to be an old train depot, now houses shops, food, movies, expos, and housing. As of this writing, Bodies has been there for years.
After fun, there’s food.
Maybe before, that’s ok too.
- The Varsity: It’s great to visit, and the food is good. I don’t eat here as it is really greasy and quite unhealthy, but if it’s your first time in town, it’s a must visit.
Pro Tip: know what you want BEFORE stepping up.
- The Vortex: It’s 21+ only, but it’s award winning. Also not healthy, but a must go.
- Marlow’s Tavern: AMAZING Sunday Brunch. A bit more on the pricey side, but if you like a good Southern brunch (the answer is yes) then you have to go.
- Tin Lizzy’s: A fun atmosphere with lots of tacos and drinks.
- Waffle House: I know you may have them, but do you have one on every corner? We do. And it’s a place some of us would rather eat than a fancy sit down restaurant.
- Chick-fil-a: You’ve heard of it. It’s a little famous and has even begun to spread to other parts of the country. We are the home. Come try it.
- Coke: When speaking of Soda, Pop, Pepsi, or any other carbonated beverage, we call it coke. As the home of Coke, you won’t find Pepsi.
- Ain’t: It’s a word. That’s a fact and it ain’t up for discussion.
- Y’all: If you want to get looks say “you guys.”
- Fixin’ ta: The way we say “about to.”
- OTP & ITP: Out the perimeter & In the perimeter. This represents who lives inside the I-285 circle and who lives outside of it. It’s a hot debate in these parts.
Eating our Food:
- Boiled Peanuts: We have a lot of peanuts and tend to boil some of them.
- Fried Green Tomatoes: A southern classic.
- Sweet Tea: It’s half sugar, half tea. Enjoy.
- Grits: Very tasty, made for southern breakfasts.
- Fried Oreos: Fair food.
- Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream: We love anything peaches, but this is a favorite.