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Spread over 6 acres of lush greenery, the Woodruff Park enjoys a splendid location in the heart of the student, financial and nightlife districts. Atlanta's green lung in every way, this park is equipped with fountains, water-coolers, shaded areas, sculptures, bandstands and pruned lawns so that students, office-goers and tourists can seek respite for a while. Cultural and community events are a regular occurrence too.
This park, created for the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, boasts expansive greenery, rock gardens and artwork. The nearly 500,000 commemorative bricks that make up its main walkway were part of fund raising efforts for the Games. During scorching Atlanta summers, children frolic in the ground-level Olympic Rings, which periodically shoot streams of water through the seven rings. This park occasionally plays host to music concerts throughout the year. Flags honoring the nations that have played host to the Olympics in the past surround the fountain.
Looking for a way to turn Atlanta into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Atlanta. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of Olympic Centennial Park and takes you on a well designed course among Olympic monuments, through brand name attractions and within an antebellum cemetery. The tour requires approximately 2.5 hours of walking and uses the local transit system at one point in the game.
If you're looking for an exciting way to explore the thousands of square miles of North Georgia wilderness, these able guides are the folks to call. Moondance Adventures offers a splendid schedule of guided outdoor trips for teenagers. Trips hit all the major highlights of the Georgia countryside and include a variety of activities, such as hiking, canoeing and camping. Sure to be an adventure for everyone, Moondance is an affordable way to enjoy the outdoors if you like to get off the beaten path.
The Georgia Tech Aquatic Center located in the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, is a very famous swimming facility in Atlanta. This facility hosts the best of aquatic events all year round. Built in 1996 for the Olympic games, the competition pool is a great place to indulge in competitive laps. The aquatic center has comfortable stadium seating, a diving pool, spa and water slides. The swimming facility is mostly used by the university's swimming teams. The arena also has facilities for swimming camps and water polo practice.
Named after the neighborhood in which it sits, the Historic Fourth Ward Park is a perennial hub of activity, and one of the city's most popular parks. The park occupies the site of a former amusement park and spans 17 acres (6.9 hectares). Highlight of the park is its beautiful artificial pond. There's also an amphitheater that hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year. Amateur and professional skaters alike can be seen honing and showing off their gravity-defying skills at the well-maintained skate park. Check website for more.
Created mostly with land granted by Colonel Lemuel Grant, the "Father of Atlanta," Grant Park is the oldest surviving park in the city. Its landscape was part of the defensive line against Union forces in the Civil War, and the breastworks of Fort Walker remain as evidence of the Confederacy's defeat. The Cyclorama, a circular building filled with the world's largest painting, tells the story of the battle. The park's other main attraction is Zoo Atlanta, one of the only places in the country that you can see a set of giant pandas.
The most expansive and popular of Atlanta's city parks was originally laid out for the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895, and it now attracts more than 2 million visitors annually. Dog owners, sun seekers and sports enthusiasts flock to the Piedmont Park to enjoy the fair weather, largely unaware that this was the spot of the Battle of Peachtree Creek during the Civil War. Its picturesque locales also offer a romantic ambience. The 189-acre (76.48-hectare) facility is home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and scenic Lake Clara Meer, and plays host to many of Atlanta's favorite concerts and festivals.
Just minutes from downtown Atlanta in historic Grant Park, the exciting Zoo Atlanta features the Southeast's most impressive collection of wildlife from around the globe. Legend says that the zoo got its start when the owners of a traveling animal show went bankrupt and suddenly fled town. Today, popular exhibits include daily elephant demonstrations, giraffe feedings, and the acquired Chinese pandas. Various spots within the zoo make for wonderful locations to host private celebrations.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of the largest spectacles of plant life in the Southeast. Sprawling over 15 acres (six hectares), this natural oasis was established in 1976 and is located within stumbling distance of the famous Piedmont Park. It is home to the Fuqua Conservatory and Japanese gardens, both rich in globe-spanning flora. Follow a walking trail, great for couples, and admire exotic rose plantations and carnivorous specimens. In addition, guided tours and seasonal shows guarantee an entertaining botany lesson.
Although not the most glamorous of Atlanta parks, Freedom Park offers an escape for joggers, runners and cyclists. The wide recreation trail is part of the PATH program that leads from the Carter Center to Stone Mountain, and a recent expansion of the trail has added considerable lawn space and smooth concrete for roller bladers and bikers alike. For history lovers, the Carter Center and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site both are nearby.
Nestled amidst the residential locale of East Atlanta, the Brownwood Park is a well-maintained city park. The park is spread across 12 acres (4.9 hectares) and easily accessible through Pendleton and Emerson Avenue. It comprises of tennis courts along the Pendleton Street, which serves as a playing field for kids, whereas, the other part of the park is ideal for family picnic and outings. Besides this, the park is host to concerts and festivals like the East Atlanta Beer Festival and Brownwood Park Bike Rally where people from across the city participate in these events. Call ahead to know more.