The most expansive and popular of Atlanta's city parks were originally laid out for the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895, and it now attracts more than 2 million visitors annually. Dog owners, sun-seekers and sports enthusiasts flock to the Piedmont Park to enjoy the fair weather, largely unaware that this was the spot of the Battle of Peachtree Creek during the Civil War. Its picturesque locales also offer a romantic ambience. The 189-acre (76.48-hectare) facility is home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and scenic Lake Clara Meer, and plays host to many of Atlanta's favorite concerts and festivals.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of the largest spectacles of plant life in the Southeast. Sprawling over 15 acres (six hectares), this natural oasis was established in 1976 and is located within stumbling distance of the famous Piedmont Park. It is home to the Fuqua Conservatory and Japanese gardens, both rich in globe-spanning flora. Follow a walking trail, great for couples, and admire exotic rose plantations and carnivorous specimens. In addition, guided tours and seasonal shows guarantee an entertaining botany lesson.
This National Historic Landmark was built in 1929 as a Shrine temple, but through most of its storied history, it has served as Atlanta's premier theatrical venue. The Fox Theater is a marvel of Middle Eastern Revival architecture that spans a full city block, it is one of the largest theatres built in America during the golden age of the movies. Today, the theatre maintains a steady schedule of Broadway shows, operas, symphonic performances and rock concerts. Tours are available, but the best way to experience the Fox Theatre is through the night in the town.
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the country. Surrounded by 140 acres (56 hectares) of forests, it is located a short distance from downtown and is a must on itineraries to Atlanta. Natural history buffs can marvel at intriguing exhibitions in the Great Hall. A landmark in itself, this splendid building features a vertigo-inducing skylight that towers at 86 feet (26 meters). Interactive programs at the planetarium promise an entertaining astronomy lesson, while the 315-seater IMAX theater showcases movies on its five-story screen. Note that film screenings on Fridays are accompanied by delicious martinis.
Years ago, the Silver Comet Rail Line took passengers back and forth between Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. Now, however, the abandoned line has carried passengers only on foot or on bicycle. This paved trail runs for 13 miles (21 kilometers) through Cobb County and continues into Paulding and Polk Counties. When completed, the trail will extend the entire length of the Atlanta-Birmingham line. Pets are allowed if leashed. You can access this scenic trail at multiple locations; just call for directions.
Though the UA is an abbreviation for United Artists, this theater is now owned by the Regal Entertainment Group. Treat yourself to a movie night at UA Tara Cinemas 4 in North Druid Hills. The theater offers the latest in film titles and top-of-the-line screens and sound to enhance your overall experience. Check website for movie times and tickets. Don't forget the jumbo popcorn!
Located within the Fox Theatre, the expansive Egyptian Ballroom offers a grand setting for hosting a slew of events from wedding receptions to gala dinners. As the name suggest, the decor has an Egyptian theme, and the space replicates the setting of of an opulent palace. The space can accommodate up to 1100 guests and is extremely flexible. Check website for more.
Enjoy a romantic ride in true Victorian style with Nottingham Shire & Carriage for Hire. This carriage service provides a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city starting from a 15 minute walk up tour to a one hour ride through the famous attractions of the city. A few places on the route include the World of Coke, CNN Center and Fox Theatre. There are various carriage stands and pick-up points that would suit your needs. Whether you are a tourist looking for a fun way to travel, or a local wanting a novel experience, Nottingham Shire & Carriage for Hire is certainly a must try. The romantic at heart can also enjoy a buggy-style ride with their beloved.
The Laughing Skull Lounge enjoys its midtown location amid tourists, locals, students and families who step into this intimate little space that has only 3 rows of stadium style seating. The comedians are among the best which also explains the sellout shows which see patrons returning back for more to lap up! The lounge can be hired for private, business and cultural events when there are no acts lined up for that particular day. Please note that food and drinks are not served, and smoking is not permitted. Check website for upcoming events.
Weekends are a whole bunch of fun at Dad's. The usual show features two apprentice teams verbally sparring at one another on topics requested by the lively audience. Other shows are more strictly formatted, offering sketch comedy routines by the more experienced players similar to an uncensored version of Saturday Night Live. A new twist is the midnight comedy routine, wherein current events are taken on by the comedy troupe, with predictably hilarious results. Ticket prices and show times vary. Reservations are recommended.