Atlanta

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.

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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