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Old 05-01-2008, 01:30 AM
 
Location: The O.C.--Soon, ATL
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I'm visiting a friend in Alanta in the next couple months and need to come up with a plan on something to do that's fun, preferably fun for him too. I'm from a different area so have no idea what to suggest except maybe Six Flags but worried it will be too hot to stand in lines. Are there areas that are just fun to hang out and walk around even if you're a native and have been there a million times? What is Stone Mountain and is it scenic/good place to hike? Are there towns nearby that are fun to drive to and walk around? Any suggestions welcome. (Just not The Aquarium, please; been there, done that.)

Sorry if this question seems broad; just wondering what locals still enjoy doing in the area (even if they've done it a million times, lol). What's a good way to spend a weekend when you go out and about?
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Old 05-01-2008, 05:12 AM
 
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It's Festival season so if you tell us which month you're coming we can tell you which ones are going on.
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:41 AM
 
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Piedmont Park/Midtown
Botanical Gardens>>
Atlanta Botanical Garden: Plan Your Visit - Visitor Info

Callaway Gardens/Pine Mt, GA>>
Callaway Gardens | Georgia Vacation Resort, Family Vacations, Golf & Weekend Getaways
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:57 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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These are good suggestions. The Botanical Gardens are good and since they're actually intown, you can make a day of them without having to go too far. Callaway is about 1.5 to 2 hours South of the city, so plan a whole day or even two days for that.

Other ideas:

Stone Mountain (park): The park is decent. It has a few tourisy attractions like an old South plantation recreation, 1800s Western town, sky lift to the top of the mountain, and old steam train ride, etc. There are varied events that also go on through the year. Their site is HERE.

If you don't mind a day trip, in the North Georgia mountains is a town called "Dahlonega" (Duh-lawn-eh-gah). It's an old gold rush town from the 1800s whos town square now has artists and craftsperson galleries and shops, a gold museum and some other stuff. Small but a good day trip, and lots of hiking areas and stuff around there.

I know it's odd to suggest another city, but, Chattanooga Tennessee is only a 2 hour drive North of Atlanta. They have a very interesting downtown area that's been built up a lot in recent years. They have their own Aquarium which some people (myself included) actually like MORE than ours, because it has more natural type exhibits. There is also a riverfront area with boat cruises, and an active restaurant/bar/arts district downtown too. Best of all - NO BUMS (something we can't say here!).

Others mentioned festivals. There are some decent ones throughout the Spring/Summer/Fall. HERE is one site that lists many of them.
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:12 AM
 
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It's a nice drive up to Chattanooga especially when the heat/traffic of the city gets too intense. North Georgia has some picturesque mountains, lakes and parks.

If you enjoy Southern food then you might like the Blue Willow Inn, Social Circle, GA. East of Atlanta, maybe an hour?
Blue Willow Inn - Southern Buffet Restaurant - Social Circle Georgia Louis and Billie Van Dyke
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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On the way to Dahlonega you can stop at Appalachian Outfitters and take a 2 hour canoe ride down the Chestatee River. It's relaxing.
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:28 AM
 
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'See Rock City' and Lookout Mtn, TN.

Visit beautiful Lookout Mountain
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:30 AM
 
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Take a train right through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:38 AM
 
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Chattanooga Choo Choo>>>
Chattanooga Choo Choo (broken link)

I want to do this.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: LA/ventura
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Shoot the hooch...as the locals say. There are some outfitters south of the buford dam where you can rent tubes and the like and they shuttle you to the river and depedning on what point you get out....they shuttle you back. You are allowed to bring beverages on the river...and it 's fun and local...the water is alot colder closer to the dam. So cold it HURTS and makes you say all kinds of expletives if you fall in and cant get yourself back on to the tube fast enough.

I think there is also a tubing outfitter in Dahlonega...but you cannot bring your own beverages.

The Oconee has rafting day trips too...alittle more adventure and white water, and it is fun.
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