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Guide To A Long Weekend In Atlanta

June 21, 2014 8:00 AM

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(Credit: Sonia Murray/CBS Local)

(Credit: Sonia Murray/CBS Local)

Long weekends are to be savored and enjoy. Do not waste your next long weekend with the humdrum of a regular weekend. Try one or two of these fun activities in our guide to a long weekend in Atlanta. Whether you want to go a bit farther this weekend, explore your own backyard or take a walk on the wild side, you will be able to find something for everyone to enjoy. Long weekends are awesome, so get out and explore your city!

Where to Stay

Four Seasons Hotel Fifth Floor Terrace
75 14th St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 881-9898
www.fourseasons.com/atlanta

A long weekend means that you need to get out and experience little-known wonders of your city. One is the lovely terrace-level view from the fifth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. While there, you can see the Robert Gerstenecker herb garden along with his honey bee colonies. Delights from this terrace utopia can be purchased at the Park 75 restaurants. If you are short on time, at least run by the Park 75 Lounge for a quick drink and bite before departing for the rest of your long weekend. If relaxation is on your mind, retreat to the Four Seasons Atlanta Spa for the best pedicure in town.

What to See

Piedmont Park
1320 Monroe Drive N.E. 
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-7275
www.piedmontpark.org

One of the hottest spots in Atlanta is Piedmont Park, where one goes to see and be seen (even those with four legs). The famous dog park brings out pet owners and dog lovers from all over the region to explore this green space right in the heart of the city. If you want to rent bikes, grab a bite or bring a picnic, this is the perfect place to do it all. It is probably the most convenient place in the city to be able to do it all and still have time in your day to take in a show or play at The Fox Theatre or elsewhere in the city. 

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary
712 L.G. Griffin Road
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 957-0888
www.noahs-ark.org 

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary has taken over the world with its famous trio named the #BLT, who have appeared on the BBC, ABC National Nightly News, The OWN Network, National Geographic, Georgia Traveler and more. People from all over the world have been finding their way to Georgia just to get a glance at the large and friendly triplets, comprised of a lion, a tiger and a bear. The price to see them is zero, so what is stopping you?

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Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(770) 498-5690
www.stonemountainpark.com

Want to see something that has been called a wonder of the world? Then head to Stone Mountain Park for some good fun. You can be as extreme or laid back as you desire on your long weekend day at Stone Mountain Park. Every season here bring new exhibits and activities to enhance that time of year. Be sure to check out the website for ticket prices and packages which may include meals and shows.

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4151
www.georgiaaquarium.org 

Frogs, otters and sharks for all to see are available at this monster of a place built for just this type of weekend in mind. Take your pick and any animal there will amaze you. You will not believe what there is to discover at the Georgia Aquarium whether it is about marine life from far away or something that can be found in your local Georgia pond. Check prices online and make sure to make your reservations for any special tours or activities as far in advance as possible.

Related: Best Day Trips For Under $100 In Atlanta

Ava Roxanne Stritt is a Freelance Travel Writer and the editor of SpaTravelGal.com in Atlanta. She has more than 25,000 Twitter followers and additional others on her numerous platforms. Her areas of expertise include spa travel, luxury resorts, North American travel, Caribbean travel and travel in Britain. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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