Posted by bendtraveler7 on September 13, 2009
My husband and I will be in Atlanta the end of May 2010 for a conference. We would like to spend 3 extra days with another couple. We are both in our 60s and active. Any suggestions of things to do in or near Atlanta--don't just want to sight see as we will do plenty of that during the conference breaks.
Thanks for any ideas
Reply by Wildcat Dianne on September 14, 2009
A must see for a visit to Atlanta is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. Prepare to spend half a day there touring the museum and its exterior and then take a walk down Auburn to the Old Ebenezer Baptist Church, MLK's and his wife Coretta's tomb, and his birthplace. There are restaurants to eat near the site, and it's a good trip. The Jimmy Carter Library is another good stop along with the World of Coca Cola.
I have a couple of journals on Atlanta that you can read and enjoy on this site and any questions, feel free to contact me.
Reply by barbara on September 15, 2009
If you're active and want something that isn't necessarily a "tourist attraction", you can rent kayaks in Roswell, a close-by suburb to the north of Atlanta, and paddle down the Chattahoochee River. You can find information about that at http://www.shootthehooch.com/.
On the same day after kayaking, you can tour an historic house in Roswell like Bulloch Hall where Teddy Roosevelt's mother got married.
You can go hiking at either Stone Mountain or Kennesaw Mountain. Stone Mountain has a kind of amusement park feel in sections because it's a major area attraction. That said, the hike to the top is a fun thing to do. It's the largest exposed granite rock in the world, and it's something to see because of the Confederate leaders carved onto its face. (This is Georgia, you see.) If you're just hiking, it won't cost much either... just parking. I've camped out here as well, which is fun. They've got amazing camping facilities. Conversely, Kennesaw Mountain is the site of a major battle of the Civil War so a national park. You can take the steep hike to the top here and enjoy a great view of the city, or you can hike about the many other trails and see some Civil War monuments to both Confederate and Union troops. This is a great place to go running.
Hmmm.... What else?
Since you're going to be in town with another couple, you might want to check out the Atlanta comedy clubs for evening entertainment. Some pretty big names breeze through, so if a headliner appeals, that's an idea.
Per the suggestion already made, there are several actual highlights for tourists to see in Atlanta. One of the things I'd advise is going to the Atlanta History Center. You get the museum that will fill you in on Atlanta history in the permanent exhibits, but you'll also get to see Tulley Smith Farm and the Swan House, two historic structures on the same property that you can tour. The Sawn House is a circa 1920s mansion. The farm pushes you back in time to the 1800s...
Also, check out a play! The Fox has big Broadway hits. The Alliance has a main stage but also hosts some smaller shows throughout its season. There are a ton of smaller theaters in town as well, but these are the two big kids on the block....
Have a good time!
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