Top Ten Atlanta Getaways

By Lincoln Bates
Ah, the lazy, hazy days of summer—take life at a more leisurely pace, and remember the A/C only works inside. An August outdoors adventure in Atlanta could involve stretching out in the hammock with a cold beverage at hand.
  1. Get to Know the Neighborhood
    The Sandy Springs Historic Site and Park comprises a mid-19th-century farmhouse displaying period artifacts, a milk house, a privy, gardens, and the natural springs for which the community was named. The site is free and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. Guided tours are available every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a nominal charge. Call 404-851-9111 for more information.
  2. Variation on the Theme
    The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve in Alpharetta, just north of the city, covers 48 forested acres dotted with trails, picnic areas, and historic farm buildings, and offers a quick escape from the cityscape. Call 770-360-8844 for more information.
  3. History Made in the Shade
    Tanyard Creek Park off Collier Road near Peachtree Street is a 14-acre oasis fine for picnics, playing catch, and walking the dog. A mill wheel and nearby historic markers testify to the site's Civil War-era pedigree.
  4. Walking the Walk
    Strolling stretches of Peachtree Street between Lenox Square and midtown takes you past churches, pubs, high-rises, museums, and cafes, and puts you in the footsteps of Olympic marathoners and Peachtree Road Race runners.
  5. Farther Afield, but #1 Nonetheless
    Located east of Atlanta and recently named Best Small Town in America by a national travel mag, Madison is known for its antebellum homes and historic district. It's often called the town that Sherman spared. See why.
  6. Make a Splash
    The old swimming hole may have disappeared, but you can cool off at community pools such as those in Garden Hills or at Chastain Park, complete with changing roooms and lifeguards; modest admission fees apply. Call Atlanta parks at 404-817-6752 for more information.
  7. Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Mate
    The largest kangaroo collection outside of Australia is reportedly in Dawsonville, north of Atlanta. The Kangaroo Conservation Center is home to red and gray roos, eastern and western roos, dik-dik, dama wallabies, and more. Call 706-265-6100 for more information.
  8. Outta Town II
    Moccasin Creek State Park, on the shores of Lake Burton northeast of Atlanta, offers hiking, fishing, and canoeing, and its location in the Blue Ridge Mountains makes it a great jumping-off point for further exploration. Call 706-947-3194 for more information.
  9. Saddle Up!
    The Swan Center Monastery in the north Georgia foothills offers diverse opportunities for horseback riding, including lessons, custom rides, and summer camps. Call 770-893-3525 or visit:
  10. Down on the Farm
    Located near Macon about 90 minutes south of Atlanta, the Jarrell Plantation displays 100 years of family farming. A self-guided tour acquaints you with farm gear, curing shed, privy, outdoor furnace, mill complex, smithy, wheat house, farm house, and more. Call 912-986-5172 for more information.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 30 Mar 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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