Who says you need to board a plane to enjoy a taste of the world outside of Atlanta? This weekend, you can learn about biodiversity and cultures at Zoo Atlanta, immerse yourself in an African safari on the Beltline, tour an alpaca farm in Snellville, and more—all without leaving the Atlanta metro area. Keep reading for the scoop on how to explore, below.

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Check Out The Illuminarium on the Beltline
Come face-to-face with the world’s most exotic animals while standing in their natural habitats. Visit the watering holes, wander the sweeping plains, take in the majestic landscapes. You’ll believe you’re there at Illuminarium, which uses high-resolution laser projection to brings these experiences to life. Find out more here.

Experience Outside the Lines at The High Museum’s Sifly Plaza
Outside the Lines, an immersive maze of accessible, brightly-colored sensory environments by award-winning design and research practice Bryony Roberts Studio, as its seventh site-specific installation on The Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. The installation continues the High’s multiyear series of inclusive and inviting commissions to activate the Museum’s outdoor space and encourage community engagement. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Visit the Cyclorama at The Atlanta History Museum
In 2019, Atlanta History Center opened Cyclorama: The Big Picture, featuring the fully restored cyclorama painting, The Battle of Atlanta. At the centerpiece of this new multi-media experience is a 132-year-old hand-painted work of art that stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field, and weighs 10,000 pounds. This painting is one of only two cycloramas in the United States—the other being the Battle of Gettysburg cyclorama —making Atlanta home to one of America’s largest historic treasures. The painting is a full-color, three-dimensional illusion designed to transport the viewer onto the battlefield. Here‘s the intel you need.

See a Canine Thrill Show, Laser Show, & More at Stone Mountain Park
From fun-filled attractions to special summer entertainment and the nightly Lasershow Spectacular presented by the Georgia Office of Highway Safety, it’s the perfect destination for you and your family to unplug and reconnect this summer. Don’t miss the Canine Thrill Show, magician Aaron Radatz, and the permanent attractions of the Scenic Railroad, SkyHike, Lasershow Spectacular and more. Here’s the scoop.

Flutter Around with Butterflies at CNC
The year’s most popular exhibit is back for its 7th summer. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera. Nectar sticks will be provided, but please feel free to BYOS (Bring your own Stick). You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase nectar and host plants to start your own butterfly garden or supplement your existing garden. Here‘s the scoop.

Enjoy the Green Market at Piedmont Park
Voted one of the top five farmer’s markets in Atlanta by Access Atlanta, Green Market encourages sustainable communities in the most basic way – by providing shoppers with direct access to local farmers and small businesses. Come walk the market and meet bakers, farmers, and artisans. Check out the details here.

Visit Candytopia (It’s Back!)
The immersive installation features more than 12 environments filled with larger-than-life interactive art and sensory experiences. Guests are treated to a variety of packaged candy samples, including nostalgic favorites, and sweet surprises in each area. Check out the details here.

Tour an Alpaca Farm in Snellville
Visit a unique farm that’s been the home of over 50 alpacas since 1993. Offering a safe, close-up, hands-on experience unlike any other, you can bring the family and enjoy petting the alpacas in their pen, plus bunnies, goats, sheep, and pigs too! Guinea fowl and Toulouse Geese also call Creekwater home, and you can enjoy it all with public, private, or virtual tours—there are even guided alpaca walks. Check out the details here.

See How I Became a Pirate at Horizon Theatre
Join the swashbuckling crew of musical pirates in Horizon Theater’s outdoor space in “How I Became a Pirate,” based on the hit children’s book written by Melinda Long. Follow young Jessica Jacob and a swashbuckling band of goofy pirates on their hunt for the perfect place to bury treasure. Bring your own chair or blanket (with tarp or plastic to put it on) and a picnic or snacks for a family outing. Outside food and drink are welcome. Find out all that you should know before you go, here.

See Glass Art in Nature at Atlanta Botanical Garden
SUPERnatural: Glass Art in Bloom brings dozens of large-scale contemporary glass sculptures by Jason Gamrath, reflecting the beauty of nature to the Garden. The 13 installations of about 150 pieces of brilliantly colorful sculptures all represent blooming plants. Find more info here.

Explore Wild World Weekend at Zoo Atlanta
Explore the world with Zoo Atlanta! Experience the dynamic cultures and rich biodiversity that surround us. Travel from Africa to the Americas, and from Europe to Asia and the Pacific, via special entertainment and activities for the entire family. Here are the details.

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

Featured photo via Frank McKenna via Unsplash

—Shelley Massey



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