Hotspots in Atlanta, GA
Park of the allure of Atlanta Skate Park is that the location is ever changing. One day you might meet on a street in Buckhead, the next it might be an overpass in Cabage Town, you have to check the website to find out where you'll be. And that's only half the fun. Free skate lessons with Atlanta's oldest and best club for inline skating ("rollerblading") and outdoor road skating since 1979, Atlanta Peachtree RoadRollers Skate Club. Sunday afternoon and Monday nights are beginner paced, (under 10mph) Tuesday evenings a bit faster (more than 12mph). It's recommended that you bring pads and a helmet but you can certainly skate at your own risk.
JeJu Sauna, Home of Well Being, might be 20 miles outside of Atlanta in Duluth, but it’s worth it for an authentic Korean spa. Especially when the entry price is only $25 and the spa is open 24-hours a day. JeJu Sauna is modeled after traditional Korean bath houses and there are wet and dry sauna rooms, cold-pool baths and heated mineral pools. For extra, you can enjoy a variety of massages and scrubs and an authentic Korean meal. There are also ladies sleeping areas if you want to get your money’s worth and spend the night. Take your time and your body will thank you for it.
Doughnut shops are back in style, and Sublime Doughnuts in Midtown, Atlanta knows how to serve them up hot and fresh. Whether your favorite is cream-filled or glazed, you can find them at Sublime. Favorites from locals include the Nutella, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and the Smores varieties. Others enjoy the more classic A-town Mocha or a frosted croissant. For birthdays, Sublime can put together a 13-doughnut assortment that spells out “Happy Birthday;” just give them 24 hours advance notice for your order. Follow Sublime on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to hear about limited edition daily specials like the maple bacon cheddar doughnut or “Elvis Style” chocolate banana fritters with peanut butter cream.
The best children's bookstore in Atlanta, Little Shop of Stories isn't just fun for kids, it's a blast for adults as well. They cater to those who love the written word and treat every customer like their very best friend. Children's authors often come in for story time to read their books to the kids, and cupcakes are generally a part of these readings. Located in the historic Decatur Square, Little Shop of Stories is right next door to a Starbucks, and patrons are welcome to bring in their drink and enjoy it while the kids enjoy finding just the right book. Not clear what you're looking for, the staff is ready and willing to help you fall in love with reading. And no matter your age, you'll fall in love with this little bookstore.
Every year Centennial Olympic Park transforms from a summer playground to a winter wonderland. At the beginning of November -- which is when Fall really starts in Atlanta -- the lights go up and the park is decked with thousands of tiny lights that stay up through Christmas. And just before Thanksgiving the ice rink opens up as well, staying open through the end of January. Atlanta's only outdoor ice skating rink, thousands flock to the park to get a real winter experience in a town where the holidays can often be warm and the Christmas' are rarely white.
The park is open daily from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. -- including Christmas Day -- and there is no charge for admission. Typically hot chocolate can be found from local venders, so even if skating isn't you thing, grab a cup of cocoa and take a stroll through the 21 twinkling acres at Centennial Olympic Park.
Learn how the journey for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began in Atlanta. While you’re there, tour some of the monumental landmarks of this Civil Rights Pioneer. King’s birth home and the historic Ebenezer Church are all part of the National Historic Site. Don’t miss the King Center, which houses Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize.
While you probably don’t encourage your kids to draw on the walls at home, they can do just that at Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The Let Your Creativity Flow exhibit, along with several others, gives kids the space to explore and learn through interactive displays. The Imaginators crew puts on mini-musicals throughout the day; be on the lookout when they start asking for volunteers to join their show, and your child could be the next big star. Check out their website before your visit to see what's new in the ever-changing Morph Gallery. Imagine It! is the largest museum of its kind in the state.
If your dogs are barking after a day of shopping on Peachtree Street, take a load off at Hotel Indigo, located in the heart of Atlanta’s Fox Theater district. Part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, the hotel’s Ruff Life package includes dog treats, a dog bowl, a dog bed for your canine and a dog-themed magazine for you. But what will really make you sleep easy is the fact that are no weight limits, pet fees, or deposits necessary, whether your pal is a Mastiff or a Chihuahua. Summer brings a Canine Cocktail Hour on the patio every Tuesday night. But other seasons have their perks: on the first Tuesday of every month, the Atlanta Humane Society brings adoptable dogs to the patio.
Featured in Simply Buckhead magazine as one of the top family locations in the city, Atlanta Rocks! has plenty to offer families as well as a gal just trying to get her climb on. Ladies climb for 25% off on Monday Nights at Atlanta's largest and most popular rock spot. Atlanta Rocks! also has 1/2 price on their Intro to Gym Climbing classes, letting you get the most out of your climb while still staying frugel. Located downtown with 12,000 feet of available climbing surface, 50 top rope stations and hundreds of climbs, you will satisfy that inner rock jock. Atlanta Rocks! offers group rates, instructional classes, camps and parties. Give them a call to schedule the best indoor climb you've ever had.
There are many stadiums throughout the world, but only the Georgia Dome is the largest cable-supported domed stadium. Tour the facility that has hosted Super bowls, the Olympics and countless other sporting events. Hourly tours are available beginning at 10 a.m. each weekday. Step foot on the playing field, view the newly-renovated club lounges, or take it all in from the observatory deck. But be forewarned, the observatory deck is not for the faint of heart, it’s a towering 200 feet above the highest seats and field.