It’s hot a blue blazes and so is this weekend’s activity outlook. From checking out a (very) local swimming hole to loading up for a drive-in—you’ve got both movies and music to choose from—you’re going to run out of things to do at approximately never o’clock. Keep reading for fresh ideas to make the most of the weekend in Atlanta, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Swim at Red Top Mountain State Park
Enjoy a sandy beach and a roped off swimming area in the southeastern part of the park, just 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Look for the parking area and a building that has bathrooms and a place to change. Not far from the beach, you’ll find a putt-putt golf course and a large playground area, plus a picnic area. Find details here.

Treat Your Kids (& Yourself) to a Day Camp at Oodazu
Summer Camp is now open at Oodazu. They are following all 32 state given guidelines for day camps, and welcome children ages 3 (potty trained) to preteen! With daily lunch & snack included, your child will spend their time at Oodazu Camp, climbing, jumping, playing, crafting & zenning out in a yoga class. Find everything you need to know here.

Shoot the ‘Hooch
Float, spin or just kick back in bliss as you shoot the ‘Hooch in the Georgia sunshine. While many outfitters offer custom trips down the Chattahoochee, with put-ins as far as Helen, Georgia, the Nantahala Outpost in Roswell offers two distinct in-town river float trips that make your river float easy. For more details, click here.

Hike Stone Mountain
The 1-mile Walk-Up Trail is open daily from dawn to dusk, and on a haze-free day, you can see 60 miles from the mountain. Here’s how.

Pay a Visit to Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta has re-opened, but you must purchase tickets in advance on a timed ticketing system to limit the number of guests inside the Zoo at any given time. Tickets may only be purchased online, and all transactions within the Zoo will be paperless (no cash). Expect to see all the favorite animals, but rides are closed until further notice. For more info, click here.

Drive-In to a Live Concert at Avalon
Head to Avalon for Drive-In Live, where you can safely kick back and enjoy an evening of live music from their own viewing space (think tailgate) set-up and enjoy the show. Select restaurants will be offering pre-ordered meals for pick-up so that you can get a taste of Avalon from the comfort of your car. Click here for the details.

Catch a Drive-In Movie in Roswell
Experience Movie Magic at a pop-up Drive-In in Roswell. Enjoy a classic film from the comfort of your car on a giant 40-foot screen, while listening on your FM car radio. Aurora Cineplex is serving up concession snacks—Grab-n-Go Popcorn, fountain drinks, ICEE, movie candy & more—delivered right to your car. Come early to park, and play mini golf for $5 before the show. Get all the details here.

Visit Butterflies at CNC
The year’s most popular exhibit at the CNC is back for its 7th summer. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Visitors must purchase admission tickets in advance, which include a date and time to visit the center. Members will also be required to make a reservation for their visit, and guests inside the butterfly tent will be limited. Here’s the scoop.


Virtual Adventures

Enjoy Kids Hour Improv at Dad’s Garage (Virtually)
Check out family friendly improv and stories from Atlanta’s favorite Improv Theatre, Dad’s Garage. Programming is available every hour of every day, but for the kids, you won’t want to miss a special hour of fun from 12-1 p.m. Find out more here.

Take an iMovie-Making Class
Calling all future actors, writers, directors, and producers! Now is your chance to create your own movie, starring YOU in a live, online class that’s taught in California. Kids from around the world can join the fun. Check it out here.

Street Art & Sweet Tea Virtual Tour of Atlanta
Dive into the history behind Atlanta’s street art scene, including a look at some of the most interesting street artists in the city today and what their art means in this LIVE virtual tour. You’ll also learn how to make Southern sweet tea from a local tea shop and color ATL-themed artwork. For more info, check this out.

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

—Shelley Massey


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