Another August in Atlanta in the books means reasons to celebrate. Cooler temps are around the corner, so now’s the time to find your new favorite campsite, hike, or bike path near you. Or maybe not. Stay cool indoors at one of Atlanta’s most iconic destinations—the Georgia Aquarium, Fernbank, and the High Museum—which are once again open. Keep reading for ideas on how to send this month out in style.

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Hands-On Fun

Explore a Kid-Friendly Bike Path
Looking for a shaded, active family adventure that’s as bearable in Atlanta’s sweltering summer months as it is beautiful on a colorful fall day? We’ve got your day planned. Here’s the scoop.

Visit Big Trees Preserve in Sandy Springs
Take a walk in the woods at Sandy Spring’s Big Trees Forest Preserve, a 30-acre Fulton County Tree, Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary that’s open sunrise to sunset, seven days each week. There is ample free parking, and dogs on leashes are welcomed in the Forest. This previously threatened urban forest, one of the last in the highly developed area of Sandy Springs, is now a sanctuary in the city. Click here for the details.

Catch a Concert in Glover Park
Head to Marietta’s Glover Park for the sounds of Super Deluxe (variety party band). Be sure to bring a picnic and blankets or set up your lawn chairs after 4 p.m. The free outdoor concerts take place at 8 p.m. In 2020, so far the first four concerts have been postponed due to Covid-19. The August concert, if it occurs as planned, will be the first of the season. Check the website for current updates. Find details here.

Set Up a Backyard Water Park
Avoid the crowds and beat the heat by transforming your back yard into your own private water park oasis. Whether you’re looking for something simple—rainbow inflatable sprinkler, perhaps?—or a DIY project, you don’t need to leave the house to have your kids slipping and sliding the day away. Here’s what you need to know.

Go Fish at a Local Hole
With these local fishing spots, your kids will fall hook, line, and sinker for this easy going past time that doesn’t break the bank or require tons of planning—but can still allow for responsible social distancing while getting out of the house. For more details, click here.

 

Virtual Adventures

Bring the Dallas Zoo to You
From virtual visits and chats with staff, to showing what the animals are up to and posting activity ideas from education and conservation teams, the Dallas Zoo wants to use this time to continue to engage, educate, inspire and ultimately bring a smile to your face. Here’s the scoop.

Take a Virtual Tour of MLK’s Birthplace
Go on a virtual tour of where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and lived as a young man, then wow the kids with the scoop that it’s just down the street and around the corner, right here in Atlanta. Find out more here.

Visit the Neon Museum from Home
Head over to the Neon Museum’s YouTube page for behind-the-scenes tours, gallery talks about more. Learn a little bit about Las Vegas history. Check it out here.

Visit the Virtual Science Center
Check out the virtual science center from the Arizona Science Center. Want to watch videos? Or make a volcano or even a rocket? We’ve got you covered. Explore DIY activities, virtual demonstrations, hands-on tutorials and more. For more info, check this out.

Do Zooga Yoga
Zooga Yoga is offering daily virtual yoga, dance, and music classes for all ages. The classes are high energy engaging and full of EDUtainment. Find out more here.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

—Shelley Massey

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