Sometimes you just need to get outside. And for those who love biking, skateboarding, running and window shopping, Atlanta cannot be beat. From water parks to roller skating trails (yes, we’re serious) there is plenty to do in the winter and summer months for families, outdoor enthusiasts, and those simply looking for cheap, endorphin-triggering motion therapy.
Rollerblading and Flower Viewing at Piedmont Park
If you’re not keen on trekking too far out of the city, this 189-acre park is one of Atlanta’s finest, with rollerblading trails taking you all over the city. Developed over a century ago, it offers gorgeous scenery and playgrounds for young children. Rentals are available on-site, or you can bring your own gear. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is also located at Piedmont Park. Spanning 30 acres, this verdant space is a perfect place to relax in the spring and summer, offering private garden tours and outdoor concerts.
Go for a Jog Along the Atlanta Beltline
For dedicated runners and joggers, the Atlanta Beltline is the best place to see the sights. Although not yet fully complete, the former railway will include 22 miles of tracks that criss-cross the city’s many neighborhoods. For now, there are over 8 miles of multi-use open trails that connect the parks, shopping areas, and green spaces at various points to entice visitors, but the Beltline is also home to the area’s largest temporary, public art project. If running tires you out, there are many restaurants along the Beltline that you can visit for a bite to eat. Pet-friendly, the Beltline has been compared to New York City’s iconic highline. A must-see for running, walking, scooting– however it is you get around.
Bicycle Tours Around Atlanta
To get the full Atlanta experience, try out a bike tour. Grab a map and chart your own course, or if you don’t want to figure it out on your own, take a guided bike tour with the Bicycle Tours of Atlanta! You’ll be taken to historic sites in the area (including Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace), view top entertainment locations and go through phenomenal parks like the Piedmont. In just under three hours, you can cover many of the area’s hot spots, with your face blowing in the warm, Southern wind. Bikes, helmets, water and snacks provided on all tours!
Cool Off in the Fountain of Rings at the Centennial Olympic Park
The Centennial Olympic Park was originally created for the 1996 Olympic Games, and has remained a popular destination ever since. Cool off in the fountains at the Fountain of the Ring or enjoy live music events. With winter and summer events, there’s something to do here year-round. The Georgia Aquarium, the Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum and the World of Coca-Cola are also right next to the park, so you can easily transform your outdoor adventure into a historical sightseeing tour.
Skateboarding at the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park
Carve your way to Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park. Opened in 2011, it offers a world-class skateboarding park, with a playground and athletic fields for those who prefer to watch. Praised by legendary Tony Hawk for its beginner to advanced options, local skaters were highly involved in its design process. And if you’re new to the sport, Old Fourth is a great place to learn.
Enjoy a Wild Ride at Six Flags Over Georgia
Keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times this summer at Six Flags Over Georgia. The largest theme park in the region offers eleven butterfly-inducing roller coasters. (Don’t miss “The Joker” Gotham city’s newest coaster.) Cool off and splash around at the Skull Island water play area or enjoy the wave pools in the Hurricane Harbor. And if you’re here in October, Six Flags Over Georgia offers an annual Fright Fest.
Turn off your Wi-Fi for just a minute and go outside. Sometimes some fresh air (and thrills, bike rides and skateboarding) is all that you need to make this trip an unforgettable one.