Atlanta Journals

Atlanta with the Family

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A June 2000 trip to Atlanta by barbara

Atlanta Botanical Gardens Photo, Atlanta, Georgia More Photos
Quote: After a morning in an amusement park, an evening hike through Georgia woods, Atlanta children move slow as sticky night air at bedtime---spent by the sun and tired.

Margaret Mitchell House & Museum

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Attraction | "Mitchell's Historic "Dump""

Margaret Mitchell House & Museum Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Sometimes when we live in an area, it takes us a while to get to those attractions in our backyard. This was the case for me and the Margaret Mitchell House. My negligence certainly wasn't due to lack of affection for Gone with the Wind. I loved both book and movie. I have also long admired Margaret Mitchell as a pioneer for women's rights and an advocate for equality between races. Yes. That's right. While Mitchell had a deep and abiding love for the South, she recognized the region's flaws, and she worked in her own lifetime to promote human dignity for all citizens of Atlanta, regardless of color. Though I've heard her work maligned in our current age of political correctness, I dism...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2010

Margaret Mitchell House & Museum
990 Peachtree St
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
+1 404 249 7015

National Museum of Patriotism

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Attraction | "Pride Across from the Park"

National Museum of Patriotism Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Having already seen other major attractions near Centennial Olympic Park such as the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola, we decided to visit a museum with a different sort of focus. Located beneath the Hilton Garden Inn, the National Museum of Patriotism poses the question, "How does patriotism play into American history?" Additionally, it invites visitors to question how they define patriotism as they view the various displays. In exploring this concept, love of country is lifted up as a virtue and the visitor learns a thing or two about the USA along the way. What was the museum like?Compact and easy to navigate, the museum offers educational entertainment for a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2010

National Museum of Patriotism
275 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 524-0755

City Segway Tours

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Attraction | "A Tour on Wheels"

City Segway Tours Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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City Segway Tours exist in multiple cities around the globe, but we were in Atlanta for Christmas. With a Nana and a teenager in tow, we were looking for an activity that would please a wide age range of people. A Segway is an interesting transportation advice that's been popping up in urban settings to provide a different kind of travel. You basically stand on one, balance and go. When we saw there was a "Holiday Lights" tour available on the Segway for December 26th, 2009, we hopped right on and signed up! What is getting on a Segway like? These are really easy to ride. They reminded us a little bit of skiing in that how you balance your body---how you lean forward on your t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 28, 2009

City Segway Tours
250 Park Ave West NW Unit 105
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(877) 734-8687

Atlanta with the Family

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Overview

Atlanta Highrises Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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I love teaching my son all about the history of Atlanta. Though it is a fairly young city, even by US standards, it is also the site of the turning point of the Civil War. There are several Confederate and Union monuments that help explain one of the most devasting chapters in our nation''s history, and the presentation is often made in such a way that even a child can find it interesting. As you see with the Carlos Museum, however, Atlanta is not just focused on the fall of the Confederacy. Wonderful opportunities abound for anyone who wants his/her kids to have a broad range of cultural (as well as fun) experiences during a visit to the South. Start a vacation at the Atlanta Histo...Read More

Waffle House

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Restaurant

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Waffle House is a chain of restaurants founded in Georgia. It is a cash-only joint held together by fifty year old women, often named things like Betty and Flo, who wear their polyester uniforms proudly. Here you will find a strange cross-section of society: the low class and the yuppie elite, all listening to the jukebox, enjoying greasy Southern food served at a good value. Grits should be eaten slathered in butter, salt, and pepper. They can be a little watery at Waffle House, but the price for Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, toast and bacon cannot be beaten. Scattered-smothered-covered hash browns are also a great bet. So stick a quarter in the juke box. Grab a booth. Don't worry a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2002

Waffle House
Throughout Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia

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Attraction

Six Flags Over Georgia Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Six Flags is just like any other amusement park in the world. There are a ton of rides, games, and junk food readily available for anyone with an open wallet. We got there when the park first opened, and this was helpful for us to get on more rides because the lines are shorter early in the day (And during the week. Weekends are ALWAYS crowded). I found my favorite ride to be the Fearless Freeps, a bungee-chord-type tower that is an absolute blast to fall from for the adventurous adult. My husband and son played carnival games while I secured a time slot to get hooked in a funny vest contraption and lifted, dangling from a metal string, to the top of a tower that seemed almost as long as a foot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Six Flags Over Georgia
7561 Six Flags Parkway
Austell, Georgia 30168
+1 770 948 9290

Atlanta Cyclorama

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Attraction | "The Cyclorama"

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The Cyclorama is a wonderful and unique museum centered around a huge cyclorama painting of the Battle of Atlanta. Our almost-six-year-old son has loved playing with soldiers since he could first grip plastic army men in his chubby, little fingers; thus he really liked looking at the Confederate soldiers’ and Union soldiers’ uniforms in the Cyclorama museum. He really enjoyed the short (and dramatic) historical movie about Sherman’s campaign for Atlanta before we were allowed onto the revolving platform from which we could view the presentation of the largest painting in the world. My son’s attention was riveted through the hour and a half presentation of the Cyclorama (time includes intro-movie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Atlanta Cyclorama
800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30304
+1 404 658 7625

Michael C. Carlos Museum

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The Carlos Museum is a wonderful place to explore ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. My son (6 years old) and I actually watched a special on television about DNA testing the museum has conducted on a mummy believed to be Ramsey I, which inspired us to take the trip to Emory on a summer afternoon to see the museum's current Egyptian display. As the museum is on the campus of Emory University, there is a charge for parking on the weekdays. This charge is from $1-$5 depending on the length of your visit. Weekend parking is free, and the museum is open on Saturday from 10-5. I would advise a Saturday visit, if possible, as traffic and parking in general are going to be the easiest to deal wi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2000

Michael C. Carlos Museum
571 Kilgo St
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
+1 404 727 4282

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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Attraction

Atlanta Botanical Gardens Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Children's Garden is a wonderful place for children to spend time. Whoever built it paid incredible attention to detail. Kids love splashing around in the flower showers at the entrance, but they also enjoy the rest of the place. A giant caterpillar holds open his mouth to let kids walk into the laugh garden where butterflies are frolicking in the butterfly pavillion. There is a Dinosaur Garden where kids can dig in the sand for fossils. Dinosaur footprints can be found in the cement sidewalk. There is a wonderful Grandma's House that is alive with fun flowers such as Black-eyed Susans planted in things like the kitchen sink! There is even a faucet that spits bubbles into the air there. A ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

Atlanta Botanical Gardens
1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 876 5859

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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Attraction

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a place devoted to Earth's environmental changes since the dawn of time. There is often a rotating exhibit on display for which you can pay an extra entry fee to see. There is an IMAX theater for which you can buy tickets, or you can choose to just purchase entrance into the main museum itself. If you stay in just the main museum, you will find a half day of fun waiting for you. There are many stuffed animals that are native to Georgia lining the walkways. The biggest attraction is a walk-through exhibit that shows the development of life in the Peach State starting before the reign of the dinosaurs. Of course, dinosaurs have an entire room devot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 9, 2000

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
+1 404.929.6300; +1

The Historic Village at Life University

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Attraction | "19th Century Village"

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Life University is located in Marietta, a suburb just north of Atlanta off I-75. On the campus there is a wonderfully maintained 19th century village complete with a log house and tobacco barn. This village is opened to the public every day from 8 AM to 5 PM, and weekdays will often find school children touring the facilities. This is an absolutely marvelous place to go for an afternoon picnic with the family. There are picnic tables scattered all around the grounds for your convenience, and children will greatly enjoy wandering through the village. There are several animals behind fences for them to see, too. My favorites are the roosters who strut around in their boxes and crow for anyone who ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2000

The Historic Village at Life University
1269 Barclay Circle
Atlanta, Georgia 30060
770-426-2600

Chattahoochee Nature Center

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The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a wonderful place to spend a gorgeous Georgia afternoon. There is a playground near the entrance to the Nature Center that is worth stopping by for a picnic if you just want a little bit of time outside with the kids. It is right on the river and the ducks are very friendly. If you continue to the Nature Center, however, you will not be disappointed. There is a small fee (under $5) for entrance and special events are priced separately. In the early part of October, 2000, we went to the Nature Center for a walk through their Night Trail. Unlike the traditional Halloween Haunt, each stop had an actor who played a wild animal in the woods and delivered a clever mo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Chattahoochee Nature Center
9135 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075
+1 770 992 2055

Chattahoochee River Park

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Attraction | "Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area"

Chattahoochee River Park Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is separate from the Chattahoochee Nature Center though they are very close to each other. You have to pay a $2 fee when parking, but there are often guided walks scheduled on many of the trails that are offered for free. Whether or not you take a guided tour on which you will learn about the area''s history and the plants and animals that are native to the region, you will enjoy walking on the well worn trails. The Chattahoochee River is also quite beautiful, and I love spending time hiking in the woods when so many of the trees are on fire with the vibrant colors of Autumn. Canadian Geese are abundant on the water in the fall.When hiking b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Chattahoochee River Park
Azalea Drive
Roswell, Georgia 30076
+1 770 640 3055

Yellow River Game Ranch

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Attraction | "Yellow River Wildlife Game Ranch"

Yellow River Game Ranch Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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If you like the zoo and you want to get up close and personal with a variety of animals, you will enjoy the Yellow River Game Ranch. Many of the animals are very tame, and they eat right from your hand. In fact, it is not uncommon to see certain animals such as deer walking free along the paths, much to the delight of children. The trees keep the paths shaded, too, so this is not a bad place to visit in the summer. Bring quarters to get food from the many machines along the way, and allow yourself an hour or two to see the many animals such as General Lee, the groundhog, and the many buffalo, owls, geese and chickens. While I did enjoy the time spent with my son at the Game Ranch, I would ha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

Yellow River Game Ranch
4525 Highway 78
Lilburn, Georgia 30047
+1 770 972 6643

Center for Puppetry Arts

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Attraction

Center for Puppetry Arts Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Center for Puppetry Arts is a WONDERFUL place to spend an afternoon with your family. I took my son and his friend to see Rumplestiltskin in April, and we were all enchanted. The play was only an hour long which was perfect for the younger child's attention span. The set was simply marvelous even though the show we attended was not on the main stage. Subtle adult humor had been added to the familiar fairy tale's script to keep parents interested (A bird whistled the theme to The Andy Griffith Show!), and the "actors" introduced themselves after the show to tell the audience how just two people controlled the bodies of and gave voice to an entire cast of stringed marionettes. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2001

Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 873 3391

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

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This museum is located next to the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts on Spring Street right off 18th. The day that we stopped in for a visit, the museum had an excellent exhibition of the works of Maurice Sendack, author of Where the Wild Things Are. This was not a permenant exhibition, but I understand the museum often celebrates successful people of the Jewish faith in all professions, so a call to see if there is an exhibit that might interest you when you plan to visit the museum might be in order (404-873-1661). In the permanent galleries you will also find an exhibition on the Holocaust. I am not Jewish, but I was very moved by the black and white photos that co...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 4, 2001

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
1440 Spring St Northwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 870 1871

High Museum of Art

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Attraction | "The High Museum of Art"

High Museum of Art Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The High Museum is located in the Woodruff Arts Center. Its current home was designed by famed architect Richard Meier and opened to the public in 1983. Renzo Piano is the architect who will be behind the museum''s latest expansion with new buildings opening in 2005. Owning one of the premier permanent art collections in the US---over 11,000 pieces!!---the High provides many wonderful, educational opportunities for adults and children alike. With a big budget, the High is able to host many special exhibits that will keep patrons coming back time and time again for more viewings. These special exhibits often come with an extra charge but are normally well worth their price....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2001

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 733 4400; +1

The Alliance Theater

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Attraction

The Alliance Theater Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Alliance Theater is located in the Woodruff Arts Center off Peachtree. It offers some wonderful children's theater throughout the year as well as well-known and original productions for adults on its mainstage and downstairs. I love the theater and have taken my son to see plays since it was first reasonable for him to go. The Alliance offers a wonderful family package that makes the theater VERY affordable for patrons as well. Call the theater and ask about this program. If you buy your tickets for the next season of children's theater up front, you are going to receive a LARGE savings. Of course things are then scheduled for months in advance, but if something comes up, the Allianc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2000

The Alliance Theater
1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
(404) 733-4650

Zoo Atlanta

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Attraction

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Zoo Atlanta is a well-kept though small attraction that any child would like to visit. I am not a huge zoo person, but my son loves animals, and the zoo is right next door to the Cyclorama in Grant Park, so we had to stop by. The biggest attraction at Zoo Atlanta at the moment is the two Giant Panda Bears who will make their residence in the South for the next ten years. There are only a few Giant Pandas living in captivity around the world, so people who want a little taste of the exotic should definitely get by this exhibit. Seeing the pandas does not have an extra charge attached, but you need to get a timed ticket to enter the Panda area. This is simply a way to control the flow of traffic b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
(404) 624-5600

Stone Mountain Park Antebellum Plantation

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Attraction | "Stone Mountain"

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Stone Mountain is the largest Confederate Memorial that exists in the United States. There is a huge carving of three key leaders from the Confederacy across the mountain’s granite face: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. The park is worth visiting just to see this modern marvel, but there are many attractions that will keep you busy all day long (see above). In addition to ticketed attractions, you may park for $7/car and enjoy a number of outdoor activities at Stone Mountain for free. For instance, when we last visited Stone Mountain, we enjoyed a great climb/hike up the mountainside with our son. Stone Mountain is a very popular Atlanta attraction (even for locals), so w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Stone Mountain Park Antebellum Plantation
Highway 78 East (Exit #8)
Atlanta, Georgia 30087
(770) 498-5690

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield

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Attraction | "Kennesaw Mountain"

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Kennesaw Mountain is a great place to go hiking with kids. It is very shady, and the trails are not difficult to walk on (though some are steep). There are several historical sites along the way such as the preserved embankments used by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and several Union and Confederate solider graves. We took a football to throw back and forth on some of the more open trails to keep the walk a kind of game for my son. We hiked to the top of the mountain to see a wonderful view of the Atlanta Skyline to compare to the view we had from Stone Mountain. The Visitors’ Center is nice with a small museum in which you can learn more about history, use the restrooms, and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
+1 770 427 4686

Lennox Mall--July 4th Celebration

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Attraction | "Lennox Mall--shops+July 4th Celebration "

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Lennox is a fabulous mall with great stores and a convenient location. If you forgot anything that you might need on your trip, this is a good place to find it! Our son loves the Disney and Warner Brother Stores in Lennox, and there is plenty of shopping available to keep me entertained. If you want to do more specialty shopping---art, antiques, etc...---Buckhead has a wide variety of interesting (though expensive) stores that can be fun to look through. Keep in mind, however, that kids will always prefer the FAO Schwartz in Lennox to a Buckhead shopping excursion. If you happen to be in Atlanta on the 4th of July, the Fireworks Show you see from the Lennox Parking Lot is billed as being the large...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Lennox Mall--July 4th Celebration
Lennox Square
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 261-3482

Running at Kennesaw Mountain

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Attraction

Running at Kennesaw Mountain Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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This is a perfect place to run if you like trail running. There is plenty of shade, and the paths are well defined. There is one long flat section if you run from the Vistors’ Center, but you will encounter lots of little hills along the way. If you want a shorter run, I also run the Cheatham Hill trail near which you can easily park. The 5 mile loop runs by some neat historical monuments, confederate entrenchments, and historical markers. There is also a water fountain about half-way through the loop. There are many, many local runners on these trails in the early morning hours. You are never crowded, however, and often feel as if you are the only one in the woods. I would highly suggest run...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Running at Kennesaw Mountain
Old 41 Hwy
Atlanta, Georgia 30060

Running

Attraction | "Atlanta Streets"

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I love running in new places, and I always run when we go on vacation. Running in the city of Atlanta can be fun---there is so much activity to observe---but there is a lot of traffic that needs to be given a lot of respect. Atlanta drivers are aggressive and fast, and I wouldn’t trust them to stop for some spandex bedecked tourist out for morning exercise. You have to remember, Southerners are polite, but most of them commute to their jobs through horrendous traffic jams from the suburbs; they’re cranky by the time they reach the city. If you can get over to West Paces Ferry to run, that is enjoyable because of the old neighborhoods with the HUGE houses. There are also several parks throughou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Running
Peachtree Street to Piedmont Street
Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta History Center

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Atlanta History Center Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Atlanta History Center is located near the Govenor's mansion on beautiful West Paces Ferry. I have visited several times with my family and never been disappointed. Plan for a minimum of three hours to properly explore the Tullie Smith Farm (a must with kids--there is a petting zoo--staff is in period dress--get a glimpse of life on a Southern farm in 1845) and Swan House (a Southern mansion from the early 1900's) as well as the main building. A large section of the museum is dedicated to the Civil War or the War Between the States. Of course this devastating chapter in our country's history made a huge impact upon the city of Atlanta. There are severa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2001

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
+1 404 814 4000

The Atlanta Marathon & Half-Marathon

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Attraction | "The Atlanta Half Marathon/Marathon"

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The Atlanta Half Marathon has turned into one of my Thanksgiving Day traditions. Held every Thanksgiving morning in Atlanta, it is a wonderful way to start the day--and to not feel guilty about the pecan pie you'll eat later. Sponsored by the Atlanta Track Club, this running event is always well coordinated. For the last three years, a wonderful expo has been held in the Sheraton/Colony Square across from the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown the day before the race (14th & Peachtree). Packets are picked up at the expo, and it is always fun to wander around the vendors' booths, sometimes bumping into local running celebrity Jeff Galloway. The morning of the race comes early. The hal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2001

The Atlanta Marathon & Half-Marathon
3097 E. Shadowlawn Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

Splatter & Chatter

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Attraction | "Splatter & Chatter"

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Splatter & Chatter is one of many 'paint your own pottery' places around the Atlanta area. We have also gone to Just Kiln' Time located near Marietta Square and had similar, fun painting experiences, so I believe all of these places have a common procedure. This is a great activity to do on a gray afternoon with a child though you would not want to do it a lot as it can be expensive. When you enter the store you pick out a piece of pottery (Christmas ornaments are wonderful to paint during the holiday season and make GREAT gifts for Grandma.) to paint. The pottery prices range widely ($5-$75) depending on the size of the pieces you choose. I like painting coffee mugs, and most mugs cost $...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2000

Splatter & Chatter
3003 Paces Mill Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
+1 770 444 0449

SciTrek Georgia's Science & Technology Museum

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Attraction | "Sci Trek"

SciTrek Georgia's Science & Technology Museum Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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THIS ATTRACTION HAS---SADLY----CLOSED. Sci Trek is a wonderful interactive museum located next to the Atlanta Civic Center. The purpose of the museum is to show children through hands-on exhibits how science works. For example, levers are explained as kids are challenged to lift punching bags that weigh more than they do. Optical illusions are demonstrated as people walk into a slanted room to see themselves on a television screen walking across a flat floor. Tactile exhibits where zebra fur and dinosaur bones may be touched are available. Demonstrations of how electricity and other such natural phenomon are harnassed are announced throughout the day. In the Kid Zone, children make noises w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2001

SciTrek Georgia's Science & Technology Museum
395 Piedmont Avenue North East
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 522-5500

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Buckhead is home to the rich and refined in Atlanta. It is only natural to find it offers incredible shopping opportunities for the interior designer. While I might suggest parking your car anywhere in the area--places to spend your money will be evident all around you--a good place to start for antiques and furnishings would be on Bennett Street. The Stalls Antique Mall (116 Bennett Street NW---404-352-4430; Open Monday-Saturday, 10-5) houses a large group of antique dealers hocking their wide range of wares. Here is the place to find that perfect accessory for your den or the right farmhouse table to fit your Southern Living designed kitchen. If you don't find what you want in the Stalls, there...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2002

Bennett Street Stores
Bennett Street/off Peachtree
Atlanta, Georgia

Actor's Express Theatre Co.

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Attraction | "Actor's Express"

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The Actor's Express is a small theater located in the unique King Plow Art Center which used to be a plow factory. This old industrial complex sets the mood for an artistic experience, and going to see a play there just feels like a natural thing to do.One evening I had the pleasure of seeing The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Actor's Express. The two-man, many-character comedy was very funny and extremely well performed. The theater in which Actor's Express is housed is a small, intimate, and reasonbly comfortable space. The theater has built a reputation for pumping out quality productions whether or not the titles are well known. Check their website at www.actorsexpress.com for the curren...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2002

Actor's Express Theatre Co.
887 West Marietta St
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
+1 404 875 1606

Fabulous Fox Theatre

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Attraction | "Fox Theater"

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Known as the fabulous Fox, the Fox Theater came into being in the 1920s as the headquarters for the Shriners Organization. It was originally the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque, and the Moorish decor makes present-day visitors feel as if they have stepped into a palace ripped from the pages of The Arabian Nights. While the entire theater seems gilded in gold, the feeling is one of opulence rather than gaudiness. At one time a palatial movie house, the Fox hosts a Summer Film Festival every year in which movies can still be enjoyed in style. Many plays are performed on the stage including blockbusters like Phantom of the Opera and Annie. Live concerts are heard at the Fox, too. A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2002

Fabulous Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
+1 404 881 2100

Vinings Jubilee

Attraction | "The Vinings Jubilee"

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The Vinings Jubilee shops are located in a quaint square off beautiful West Paces Ferry. Grouped together are familiar, upscale boutiques like Talbots and Banana Republic. With its red brick sidewalks and collection of stores, the Jubilee area reminds me of a miniature Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. Garrisons, SoHo and the Atlanta Bread Company offer a wide range of dining delights. La Paz is across the street and Canoe is nearby.Tip: Splatter and Chatter is a fun stop for painting your own pottery. Grab a bottle of wine from the wine store located on the first floor of the main building (you may bring food and beverages into Splatter and Chatter during your studio time) and let your cre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2002

Vinings Jubilee
2850 Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(770) 438-8080

The Children's Museum of Atlanta

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Just opened in March, 2003, The Children's Museum of Atlanta is located next to beautiful Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of the city. With three boys in tow, a friend and I decided to check the place out. The facility itself is easily accessed from I-75. Parking can always be a problem in Atlanta, but there is a parking garage across the street that will cost you $5. If you'd prefer not to drive, you can take the MARTA to the Peachtree Center Station and walk to the museum. The cross street is Baker.After we bought our tickets, it was time to explore. With three-story high ceilings and multi-colored walls, the interior of the museum felt a bit like a huge gymnasium. Diffe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

The Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 223-5763

Crisson Gold Mine/Dahlonega

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Crisson Gold Mine is located in Dahlonega, Georgia, the site of the first major gold rush in North America. Dahlonega is a 45 minute-1 hour drive north of Atlanta (up 400), and mining gold is a wonderful, unique weekend or summer activity in the Georgia mountains. Of course, for the serious treasure hunters among us, the mines are open all year round with indoor panning in the winter. Walking around and looking at all of the mining equipment used while searching for precious metals and gems is interesting. Learning facts about the Crisson Stamp Mill is fun, too. But the main attraction for the kids is shaking a pan of mucky water, searching for the glitter of gold. If no nuggets show up, no f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Crisson Gold Mine/Dahlonega
2736 Morrison Moore Pkwy East
Atlanta, Georgia 30533
(706) 864-6363

Gone With the Wind Museum

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Attraction | "Gone with the Wind Museum---Scarlett on the Square"

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My friend's little girl has a thing for Rhett Butler, but then, what Southern belle hasn't at some point in her life? So, to celebrate her 10th birthday, we all got dressed up and made our way to historic Marietta Square to seek out Scarlett O'Hara memorabilia. Of course, jeans are absolutely fine to wear when popping into the quaint Gone with the Wind museum, but our goal was to look like ladies. (Lawd!)The museum is actually pretty small. It has a warehouse feel to it, with partitions separating the different sections. The building in which it is located was built in the late 1800s, right beside the railroad tracks. Inside you'll find a lot of exhibits that deal with the actors fr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2005

Gone With the Wind Museum
10th Street & Peachtree
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
+1 404 249 7012

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

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People in the South love competition. While football will always be king, fast cars have become big business. But even better to me than watching a NASCAR event is taking a run as a driver on a track. You can do this with your kids at Andretti's. Yes, that's Andretti like Mario Andretti. This is his place. Similar in many respects to Dave and Busters in nearby Marietta, this facility can be a playground for adults---there's a skybox bar that only admits those 21 years and older, as well as an adult race track and a Fuddruckers restaurant---but you can also have a good time here with the whole family. Buy a game card for the arcade. Cli...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2005

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
11000 Alpharetta Hwy.
Atlanta, Georgia 30076
(770) 992-5688

Apple Orchards

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Outside of Atlanta Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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If you want a nice day in the country and don't mind driving north of Atlanta, take 575 up to Ellijay. (Will take about 45 minutes from Cobb County. From the Perimeter allow a little over an hour and a half! You'll drive past quaint sounding places like Ball Ground and Jasper.) There are tons of apple orchards in this small town that abound with activities for kids. North Georgia can also be a nice change of pace from the congested Atlanta roadways. See my Ellijay travel journal for more details!

Spa Sydell---A Trip for your Senses!

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Recently a friend of mine gave me a half day ($140) of relaxation at Spa Sydell. What a great friend, right? This morning of pampering allowed me to choose two of three Sydell services: a facial, body massage, or a manicure and pedicure combo. So what did I choose and how was the experience? Well, my first decision had nothing to do with the services I wanted. When I initially called to make my appointments, I had to decide which Spa Sydell in the Atlanta metroplex I wanted to visit. There are six locations: Alpharetta, Buckhead Plaza, the Cumberland Mall, Midtown Brookwood Place, Perimeter Square West and Pleasant Hill Square. The Midtown location on Peachtree St. is the newest. I ...Read More