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You have always wanted to spend some time in Atlanta, Georgia for a vacation. Now you’re making plans to live that dream but are not sure where to start. You’re in luck because we have put together the ultimate Atlanta summer and fall guide for attractions, food and drink, and places to stay while you’re here. In fact, you can simply use this article to plan your Atlanta vacation step by step!

Attractions and Activities

The first thing many families plan is what to see and do. The reason is that when it’s time to choose your vacation rental it will be easier to find a place that’s within a short distance to the majority of your events. If you want to add in some tours, you can space them all out between your more physically demanding events for more restful days. Here are some of Atlanta’s most popular attractions.

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Family-Friendly Attractions in Atlanta

There are so many family-friendly attractions in Atlanta that it will be hard to get them all in one vacation. A good Internet search will reveal lots of great choices. To save you the trouble, here are some of our visitor favorites.

One of the favorite Atlanta fall activities for families is visiting one of the beautiful State Parks. Kids from fourth to 104 love our beautiful scenery, camping, hiking and biking trails, and fishing opportunities.

If you like critters, be sure to visit the Fernbank Museum. The whole family will love the exhibits. Explore habitats and specimens from land and water. When you’re done check out the games in the gallery! Play hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, or a giant chess game, all in an outdoor wooded area.

Does your family like fruit pies? Blueberries are right up for the picking in and around Georgia in the Atlanta summer! Pick a bunch and take them back to your vacation rental and bake a delicious pie!

Do the kids like puppet shows? If so, don’t miss the Center for Puppetry Arts. Check out the museum, the store, attend special events, or just take in a puppet show.

July is one of the best times in the Atlanta area. That’s because the Atlanta ice cream festival happens! This festival has everything from ice cream to wellness activities and even live music from local artists.

Want to know what a cool million looks like? Tour the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Explore a museum with historical artifacts and learn about U.S. policies and regulations.

A must-see for all visitors to Atlanta is the Martin Luther King Junior National Historic Site and In Center for Civil and Human Rights. See Martin Luther King’s childhood home and visit the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. There are about the struggles for human rights both local weight and worldwide in this emotional but valuable tour.

No visit to Atlanta is complete without a visit to Skyline Park at Ponce City Market. Go to the Roof at Ponce City Market and have fun all day long! This low-priced carnival-style park has everything from miniature golf to sideshows and delicious eateries. One of the best things about PCM is that you can stay right there on-site! Atlanta Luxury Rentals has several properties right there.

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Couples’ Favorites

Couples looking for a getaway find Atlanta romantic and beautiful. Lake Lanier is a favorite Atlanta summer area, where you can go boating or fishing, take a boat ride on the lake, go fishing or kayaking, or just go for a swim. And when you’re done, hang out for a while and watch one of the beautiful Georgia sunsets.

If you are a classical music fan, don’t miss the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Catch a concert at the Woodruff Arts Center and hear everything from Bach to Rach!

One of the favorite activities for visiting couples is a wine country tour. Go to tastings and see beautiful scenery at the same time! You can take a tour with a group or reserve a private or just for the two of you.

No romantic visit to Atlanta is complete without a visit to a couple’s spa. The Four Seasons Hotel provides a luxury spa with an aromatherapy massage in a private room. The Buckhead Grant European Day Spa offers European treatments and a small couples’ suite. The Sweetgrass Salon and Wellness Spa also offers chiropractic care for those who need an alignment.

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Good Choices for Business Travelers

Business travelers to Atlanta often do not have time for long tours or big events. If you are a business traveler and pudding and daytime hours considered one of the area’s fabulous nightclubs. Check out the East Andrews Neighborhood Bar for fun improv comedy, dance upstairs, or hit the craft burgers at this entertainment complex.

If you’re in Midtown and want a bit of upscale fun, hit the Halo Lounge. One of the favorite things about this nightclub is its giant drink menu and large variety of dance music. Want more energy? Come after 11:00 p.m., bring your friends, and dress to the nines!

Are you looking for an evening of the country dance? Try the Stagecoach, a favorite of locals and visitors alike. This may club is also well-liked for delicious food and cocktails.

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Relaxing Tours

Whether your share with your family, friends, or visiting for business, you might just want a nice relaxing day out. Some of the most popular tours in Atlanta are film two wars, like the Walking Dead and Stranger Things film locations.

Many of the favorite relaxing tours in Atlanta are by car or bus. They include stops at historic and other popular sites. One of the most highly rated is the Atlanta Black History & Civil Rights Tour and the King Center.

Atlanta is an up-and-coming city for foodies! Eat your way through Atlanta with the Flavors of Atlanta Food Tour. This walking tour will help you check out the eclectic cuisines as you check out corners of the city you may have missed on other tours.

If you have a hard time making up your mind which tours to take, just get an Atlanta CityPASS. You can visit the Georgia Aquarium. Zoo Atlanta, and World of Coca-Cola, then choose between other visits (including the National Center for Civil and Human Rights).

More great Atlanta fall activities are one of our many art and cultural museums. The High Museum of Art offers a mix of the old and new masters. Hammonds House Museum houses and displays striking art of African Americans. If you’re a sports lover, the College Football Hall of Fame is a must. And who could resist the Waffle House Museum? This fun tour is housed in the very first Waffle House and led by employees!

Adventures

Need some adrenaline? Check out Historic Banning Mills, where you can enjoy it as a blind, climbing wall, horseback riding, kayaking, and even take a spider tour! This company holds the Guinness World Record for the longest zip line canopy tour.

If you love the water, don’t miss water skiing and other water sports in Atlanta. The area is full of rivers and lakes and water sports abound! A good Internet search will give you a plethora of choices for water fun.

One of the favorite activities for visitors and locals alike is the Atlanta Indoor Skydiving Experience. You can feel the freefall without having to jump out of a perfectly good plane. You will get a private lesson and then your instructor will take you into a wind tunnel and assist you in your own personal skydiving adventure.

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Restaurants

What better way to enjoy living like the locals than eating where they eat? Atlanta has become a center for food culture, and for good reason. Our restaurants are destinations in themselves! Use this guide to plan some of your food adventures and save time.

Miller Union is both a traditional and modern pipeline for the best of good ol’ Southern cooking. From braised rabbit to vegetable plates, the delicious miss never ends. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! Herb ice creams, orange-cardamom upside-down cake, and other unique specialties grace their menu often.

If you’re in the mood for Asian food, don’t miss the Masterpiece. Its unique menu features items like Pork with Mashed garlic, Jelly Fish with Black Vinegar Sauce and Tofu & Preserved Egg. If you’re not that adventurous there is still traditional Chow Fun and Fish Fillet to fall back on, all from chef Rui Lui.

The Capital Grille is also a favorite, with Caramelized French Onion Soup and Lobster Bisque topping the soup menu, and favorites like Filet Mignon and Glazed Salmon for main courses.

If you want something a little more casual, try Sweet Auburn or Wood’s Chapel for barbecue and Carroll Street Café or Flying Biscuit Café for brunch or lighter fare.

And one thing is for certain—you can’t leave Atlanta until you try chicken & waffles! It’s an unwritten law here, and Atlanta Breakfast Club and Home Grown are well known for this popular Southern staple.

Where to Stay in Atlanta

Whether you’re here for adventure or relaxation, where you stay matters. You’re not just popping into town for a few hours of fun. You’re creating memories, and those memories should not include cramming a family into a hotel room, trying to meet up with friends who are staying in various parts of the city, being kept up all night by noisy next-door neighbors, or dealing with other inconveniences of hotels and motels. Here are the best reasons to choose a vacation home with Atlanta Luxury Rentals.

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Vacation Homes Rock!

Regardless of why you are in Atlanta, a vacation home is your best bet for accommodations. Families on vacation homes because there’s room enough for everyone and everything that you brought with you. Business travelers but vacation homes because they can rest undisturbed at night and have their privacy. That privacy is also a big thing for couples who are traveling for romantic getaways. Nobody likes noisy neighbors combined with paper-thin walls and sardine-can rooms.

If you are traveling with a large group of people vacation homes are a perfect solution. It can be difficult for large parties to make plans to meet, have meals together, and participate in activities. A vacation home solves those problems.

One little-known use of vacation homes is the business retreat. Some savvy businesses use them to hold team-building sessions, team presentations, and other events for groups of five or more. It helps them keep the team together and saves a lot of company money on event centers, hotel meeting rooms, and accommodations. Other businesses have even used them for office space for individuals and teams during the pandemic!

We Know Atlanta

We know this city very well, and most of all we love it! Our hometown has some of the best attractions and activities in the south. We know where they are, and we can help you find accommodations to save you travel time. We chose our properties with the needs of all kinds of travelers in mind.

We Pay Attention to Details

It’s said that the devil is in the details, but we believe that he’s in the ones that get left out. You will not have to call us for a hairdryer, nor will you have to give us your driver’s license to get it. You will have everything you need in your bathrooms. You’ll have spacious bedrooms with comfortable beds and linens.

One of the favorite things about the vacation home is the kitchen. Our kitchens have top-shelf appliances, countertops, cabinets, and lots of space to cook your favorite meals if you don’t feel like going out. This can save lots of money and time. And who doesn’t like saving those?

When you’re booking your vacation plans, don’t reserve your vacation home until you visit our website and see the beautiful properties we can offer. Your family, friends, business, and coworkers will thank you. Contact us today to see how we can help you turn your great plans into perfect ones.

Atlanta, Georgia has a way of enchanting visitors no matter what time of year you arrive, but if you’re lucky enough to be here over Independence Day, the city will not disappoint. This dynamic destination is known for its many festivals, fairs, and a general sense of fun, so it comes as no surprise that the area comes to life when it’s time to celebrate an Atlanta fourth of July. Whether your mid-summer heart lies with barbeques, picnics, fireworks or hitting the road with laces tied up tight, there’s something for everyone.

Peachtree Road Race

For some athletes, the heat is never an excuse not to get out and make the most of time available for racing and running. If your passion lies with pounding the pavement, you’ll want to be in Atlanta over the 4th of July for a chance to participate in the annual Peachtree Road Race. Participants enjoy a challenging 10K route that winds you through the best of scenic and urban Atlanta as you make your way from beautiful Buckhead to Piedmont Park. Runners can participate for an entry fee of $200, and if your travels bring you to town a bit early, don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend the pre-race Health & Fitness Expo hosted July 2nd and 3rd.

Red White and Brew

The Georgia Aquarium takes 4th of July festivities to a new level of fun by transforming into a social hot spot for this special occasion! The aquarium is proud to host Red White and Brew, where guests 21 and up are invited to come and enjoy limitless cider and beer samples as well as live music and a BBQ dinner on July 4th. The party begins at 7:00 pm and goes until 10:00 pm with plenty of roof viewing space to take in the fireworks that begin at dusk.

Fireworks in the Fourth Ward

The 4th of July just wouldn’t be the same without an impressive display of fireworks to light up the night sky in glittering wonder. When you’re in Atlanta for Independence Day, make sure to find a spot at Fireworks in the Fourth Ward which is hosted annually by Ponce City Market and the O4W Business Association. The event is free to the public and is marketed as a family-friendly gathering where food trucks, entertainment, and music abound before fireworks kick off around 9:15 pm.

Book an Atlanta Fourth of July Stay

When you’re in Atlanta for the 4th of July, make the most of your festive time by booking a beautiful vacation rental with Atlanta Luxury Rentals. Our team is here to make sure you enjoy a stay that’s comfortable, luxurious and unforgettable. Contact us for more information on our many properties.