The summer of 2013 was one of the rainiest seasons most Atlanta residents can remember. This year, you’ll be prepared with a few ideas for what to do if your plans for Stone Mountain get rained out. There are plenty of museums, malls and coffee shops to keep you busy on the dreariest day. Check out our choices and see if your favorites made the list.
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
If you’ve lived in Atlanta for a while and never taken advantage of the Center for Puppetry Arts, then a rainy day is the perfect chance to enjoy this fantastic little spot. You can tour the museum every day except for Monday for $8.25, or for free if you become a member of the museum. Adults will love the Jim Henson memorabilia, including puppets and sets from classics like “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth.” Kids will be awed by the collection of whimsical creatures and the chance to interact with moving exhibits.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Don’t expect a natural history museum on the scale of those in New York or Washington, D.C., but Fernbank is a fun place to take the kids to get out of the rain. Adults will enjoy the Martinis and IMAX evenings where you can watch gorgeous natural films on the big screen. For kids, it’s hard to beat a big ol’ exhibit on dinosaurs, right? Check out the website for specifics on featured exhibitions.
5900 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Atlanta is definitely a mall town, and you can wander around any of them for a few hours on a rainy day. Sugarloaf Mills is a particularly good choice as it has a Dave & Busters to indulge your gamer side, as well as the requisite food court and movie theater. There is also a merry-go-round on site for the little ones. Bargain hunters will be impressed by the amount of discount stores in the mall, offering everything from shoes to prom dresses. For dinner and entertainment, you can always hit up Medieval Times, too.
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1009-B Marietta St.
Atlanta, GA 30318
It’s hard to beat a warm cup of coffee on a rainy day, and Octane is one of Atlanta’s premiere java joints. The midtown location is also great for people watching, so you can set up camp and enjoy the scene. There are occasional tasting nights and even latte art competitions that you can watch or join. It’s also quite close to the King Plow Arts Center, where you can catch a performance by local theater group Actor’s Express, rain or shine.
4166 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30345
Plaza Fiesta is one of Atlanta’s unusual experiences – a giant indoor international mall. Buford Highway is known for fantastic undiscovered restaurants, and Plaza Fiesta has plenty of those. There is also a full schedule of entertainment, from circuses to soccer parties. It’s a great place to take the kids to let them run around and get out some rainy day energy while you can do some shopping.
Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com. “