Lorenzo & I used to live just 1.5 hrs south of Atlanta & were therefore able to visit semi-often. This trip, however, was our first trip back in the ATL since moving away almost 6 years ago. We were only there for 48 hrs, but we made sure to squeeze in as much enjoyment as we could. Today I’m sharing some of my suggestions on where to go & what to do in Atlanta, GA.
PIEDMONT PARK, ATLANTA, GA:
Everywhere we go, we have to visit at least one local park. If you ask any Atlanta native which park to visit, they’ll answer Piedmont Park, & it’s no surprise why, it’s incredible! This urban park offers so much to do; many paved trails to walk or bike-ride, playgrounds, an exercise park, tennis courts, basketball courts, swimming pools, picnic tables, & more. The entire park is dog-friendly & there’s a dog park within the park as well. Not only does Piedmont Park offer many fun activities, it also offers many amazing views. Multiple water views, views of downtown Atlanta skyline, & at this time of year, lots of gorgeous flowers everywhere. We were at this park for hours & we still didn’t quite see all of it. Visiting this park is a definite must if you’re planning to be in the Atlanta area!
SKYLINE PARK, ATLANTA, GA:
Year-round carnival fun is easy at Skyline Park. This rooftop spot offers tons of fun for kids of all ages (like 5 to 100). Some of the activities offered include; putt-putt, carnival games, small rides, & slides. “Amusement park food” is available as well as a corner known as “beer garden”. There are lovely views from all angles of Skyline Park. Most of the time, the park is open to all ages, but the wkend evenings are 21 & up. I will mention one thing that probably won’t affect most people, but will affect some… The only way up/down from Skyline park is a shaky elevator that holds up to 40 people. If you get claustrophobic, &/or have vertigo/dizziness/motion sickness/etc, then you will NOT enjoy the ride up/down. The elevator ride was so miserable for me, but the day date of putt-putt w my boo was very fun & I guess worth it, haha 🙂
PONCE CITY MARKET, ATLANTA, GA:
Ponce City Market is essentially a mall, but a great mall at that. There’s a food court area serving a variety of cuisines in casual fast-food style as well as more formal sit-down dining. There are a plethora of shops & boutiques that offer a little bit of everything, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it (on top of many things you weren’t looking for, didn’t even know existed, but now that you see them, you suddenly need). I shall share some info on some of my favorite shops at Ponce City Market… 01. Archer Paper Goods – beautiful stationary, wrapping paper, novelty gifts & knick-knacks. I love love loved so many of the items in this store. 02. Candlefish – candles, candles, & more candles. They have a candle smelling station where each scent has a number as opposed to a name. We (everyone) tends to be bias when it comes to scents. If someone typically goes for say vanilla, they are likely to go towards any scent with the word vanilla in it. Same goes for if they typically avoid earthy smells, or whatever, they may not even give something a chance just because of the name. I found this to be so true! I smelled several dozen candles, the one I ended up purchasing, which is like THE best scent I’ve ever smelled in my entire life happened to have lemon as it’s main description. I typically hate the smell of lemon, I guess because most are chemical-ridden & idk just gross, but this candle is lemon, orange, & sugar & smells like a lemonhead candy wrapped in an orange slice candy wrapped in some little extra goodness of joy haha. It’s seriously amazing! Note – a small amount of their candles contain beeswax & other non-vegan ingredients, however ALL of their “numbered” scents are made of soy NOT beeswax & most are vegan-friendly. 03. Sugarboo & Co – whimsical décor & gifts. As soon as I walked into this store, I was like OMG I wish I had a lot more room in my suitcase & a lot more money in my bank account because I wanted to buy just about everything. Most of the store is filled with handmade décor, specifically art. Lots of rustic, & earthy pieces, including a gorgeous selection of succulents & “live wall” art. There were many other stores that I loved, but those were my three favs.
STREET ART, BASICALLY ALL OVER ATLANTA, GA:
Like most major cities these days, street art is plentiful in Atlanta. More & more buildings are being covered with art pieces by local & world renown artists. Because this trip was so short, we weren’t able to actually go drive around looking for specific pieces (something I would like to do in the future), but we were able to admire a lot of art from our car while in route places, & we were able to come across some really great works while walking around. I love seeing art everywhere, it really adds so much interest in what could otherwise be quite mundane views.
As I mentioned earlier, our trip was only 48 hrs long & traffic in Atlanta is a nightmare, so we weren’t able to do as much as we would’ve liked. But we had a blast seeing / doing everything mentioned above & look forward to doing them again as well as checking out some of the trails, museums, & other fun we missed on our next trip. We are already thinking of heading back in early November. I hope this post has you interested in visiting Atlanta. I’m sure my next post on where to eat & what to order in Atlanta will only make ATL even more appealing. Take care ya’ll.