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5 Best Things to Do in Atlanta in the Spring

5 Best Things to Do in Atlanta in the Spring

Spring in the south brings pleasant weather, beautiful views, and golden hues. Known as “the City in a Forest”, Atlanta takes pride in being one of the best destinations to visit this time of year. With tree-lined skylines, picturesque green-spaces and thoughtful outdoor spaces, the city boasts vibrant culture and infrastructures dedicated to outdoor exploration.

Whether you’re exploring the hottest neighborhoods or tasting your way through the best patios, these are the best things to do in Atlanta this spring.

A Little Girl Standing In A Garden

photo by @thelittlehouseonmainstreet

CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

How better to enjoy the splendor of spring than surrounding yourself with it?

Discover beauty in bloom at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Stroll the picturesque canopy walk before exploring 30-acres of lush gardens filled with tulips, daffodils, crocus and more. Now through April 12th enjoy a fragrant exhibit of spring at Orchid Daze.

A Man With A Bicycle In Front Of A Building

photo by @mystylevia

EXPLORE ATLANTA’S HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOODS

Step into spring and embark on an Atlanta adventure along the Atlanta BeltLine, located on the opposite side of Piedmont Park. This popular redevelopment connects 45 neighborhoods with 33 miles of walking trails and biking paths - a convenient way to explore some of the city’s top neighborhoods without a vehicle.

The Eastside Trail joins the tip of Piedmont Park, connecting the Midtown, Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park Neighborhoods. You will find countless restaurants, bars, parks and art displays along the way. (Tip: Your 2-mile mark is hit when you’ve reached Jake’s Ice Cream and Krog Street Market).  If you’re interested in street art and murals, be sure to carry on slightly further to Krog Street and Cabbagetown. You won’t want to miss it!

A Bunch Of Different Vegetables On Display

photo by @zagundo

SHOP LOCAL

Sprinkle some local flair into your trip and shop local. Where better than at a farmers market? Join locals at Piedmont Park’s Green Market on Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. In addition to freshly prepared food items, you will find products from local farmers and bakers, jam makers and artisans. Enjoy live music, chef demonstrations and more. The market even provides kid-friendly activities for those traveling with children.

Are all the blooms starting to get to you? Give your sinuses a break at Ponce City Market. Previously the historic Sears & Roebucks building, this 2 million-square-foot urban market is Atlanta’s equivalent to NYC's Chelsea Market. In addition to some of the city’s best shopping, you’ll find the rooftop Skyline Amusement Park, dining and more.

A Man And A Woman Sitting On A Sidewalk

photo by @curlsandacamera_nik

ENJOY PATIO DINING

Spend your days touched by sunshine with al fresco dining. Offering dozens of uniquely local dining options steps from your hotel room, there are restaurants to satisfy every taste. Our suggestion? Walk along the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail along the path described above. There are countless restaurants and bars along the way. Find an atmosphere that speaks to you.

Tip: don’t pass by Ponce City Market without considering their dining options. In addition to rooftops and outdoor patio options, you’ll find several outstanding dining options indoors on the ground floor.

A Group Of People Standing On Top Of A Ramp

photo by @photorushin

ATTEND A FESTIVAL

There is no denying, Atlantans love festivals. We are fortunate to have a multicultural blend of dreamers and developers, cultural enthusiasts and adventurers. Whether it be music, art, food or drink that puts a spring in your step, you’re sure to find an event perfect for your interests. A few spring festivals in Atlanta include:

  • Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park, April 17-19. Featuring over 250 artist booths, this annual event is one of the largest and diverse arts festivals in the country.
  • Sweetwater 420 in Centennial Olympic Park, April 24-26. This popular music festival will headline a variety of acts in 2020 including Oysterhead, Snoop Dog, Cage the Elephant, The Allman Betts Band, The Revivalists and more.
  • Inman Park Festival in Inman Park, April 24-26. Taking place in one of the oldest and most striking neighborhoods, it is considered the area's most colorful celebration. The festival features art, music, and tours of homes.
  • Shaky Knees in Central Park, May 1-3. Featuring major national acts, this popular music festival is a must for music-lovers. The 2020 headliners include acts such as The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and many more.
  • Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park, May 23-24. Regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, the Atlanta Jazz festival celebrates legends alongside up-and-coming greats. With performances across the city throughout all of May, the festival culminates Memorial Day weekend.

It’s time to spring into action and start planning your trip to Atlanta today. You’ll have a blooming good time!