Whether you are visiting from out of town or just trying to get out of your regular rut, there are plenty of options for an afternoon adventure in Atlanta. If you’ve hit up the standard tourist fare already, or you’re just looking for something new, we have selected a few of our favorite options that are off the beaten path. Whether you want a kooky tea party or a spooky hike, there are lots of choices here in town. Best of all, these options are free or very easy on the wallet, so you don’t have to break the bank to have a new experience.
Museum Of Design Atlanta
1315 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 979-6455

As an alternative to the impressive but somewhat overwhelming High Museum, head across Peachtree Street to the Museum of Design Atlanta. MODA houses one exhibit at a time educating visitors on different elements of design. Recent exhibits have included information on everything from sustainable architecture to high fashion from Ebony Magazine. The museum also has a fun gift shop and hosts special events including a popular night where guests can create sculptures out of Legos and try out local beers. There are also classes for all ages to learn to create items using the 3D printers on site.

Doll’s Head Trail

This is definitely a must-do for fans of the Southern Gothic atmosphere. Anyone can go hiking at Stone Mountain, but if you want a real Atlanta adventure, head to this trail that includes a collection of found art objects along the path. The art project was the brainchild of Joel Slaton, and visitors have brought their own contributions. The main theme is one of discarded doll heads, giving it a bit of a creepy vibe, but there are other items to discover as well. Hey, if the heebie jeebies get your heart rate up, you’ll probably get a great workout!

Krog Street Tunnel

Atlanta seems to have an impressive collection of street art throughout the city, but the Krog Street Tunnel always has something new to see. It has been featured in several music videos and even was host to a masquerade ball in recent years. The tunnel is constantly being painted over, and it functions as an advertising board for events around town as well as an artistic canvas. It’s an interesting and offbeat part of the art scene in Atlanta.

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Tiny Doors ATL

Tiny Doors is one of the most fun and innovative local art projects of late. Around Atlanta, you will occasionally find an intricate small door, adding a whimsical touch to the city. They are six inches high and have popped up all over town. If you check out their website, you can create your own tour of the Tiny Doors by hitting up local hotspots like Paris on Ponce, Charis Books, King of Pops, and the above-mentioned Krog Street Tunnel.

Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party
1645 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 474-1402

Again, everyone knows about Cafe Intermezzo and Octane Coffee, but if you want a different spot for your afternoon coffee or tea, head to Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party. This Candler Park cafe offers a high tea service that makes a fun alternative to the standard brunch options around town. Enjoy different flavors of tea and treats on cute, mismatched china. You can even kick back with a book, whether you bring your own or buy one from their eclectic collection.

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