Like a warm embrace, this weekend is ready to show you some love. From perfect picnic spots to u-pick apple farms close to Atlanta, the great outdoors are calling. Keep reading for details on these, and more, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Go Apple Picking
The time is ripe for some good old-fashioned apple picking fun in North Georgia. There’s a bushel of excitement to be had when you head to the country, from fresh air and exercise to crisp deliciousness for the perfect virtual learning snack break. Check out where to find this season’s bumper crops, open generally through the end of October. Get details, here.

Have a Picnic at These Perfect Spots
Who needs a table and service to enjoy a meal, anyways? While we love our Atlanta restaurants, sometimes a little picnic is just what the doctor (or perhaps, mayor) ordered. Whether you’re avoiding dining rooms in restaurants or at home, we’ve got Atlanta’s best picnic spots picked-out for you. Here’s where to go.

Pedal on 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
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. Find details here.

Explore the Chattahoochee Riverbanks
Whether you’re looking for a playground with a water vista, a relatively easy hike, or a sandy river flat where you can kick off your shoes and splash with the littles, the Chattahoochee has it. Here’s what you need to know.

Cath a Movie at the Drive-In
If you’ve never been, you have to pay a visit to the iconic Starlight for a drive-in movie with double features, concessions to purchase (or BYO food), plus a flea market from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends. For more details, click here.

 

Virtual Adventures

Dancing Animals with Miss Laura
Get ready to embark on a grand adventure and imagine yourself as your favorite animal as you dance with Miss Laura of the Tacoma City Ballet. Here’s the scoop.

Check Out the Perot Museum
Amaze Your Brain at home with the Perot Museum and watch your favorite science concepts come to life. The museum staff will share fun ways to explore nature and science at home and in your backyard—all while using the most common household objects and supplies. Find out more here.

Aloha Hawaii Virtual Cultural Festival
Tune into Seattle Center Festál: Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, and take a glimpse at the rich history and spirit of island life through spoken word, music, food demonstrations and virtual workshops. The festival theme this year means to Love One Another. Check it out here.

Check Out Atlanta in 50 Objects
The Atlanta History Center asked the public to submit what objects they think best represent their town. The parameters were broad: an object could also be a person, a place, an institution, or an idea. After receiving hundreds of submissions, History Center staff assembled a collection of fifty pieces that represent the themes identified by the public. For more info, check this out.

Visit the Grand Canyon Virtually
Take a virtual rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, go on a virtual hike, and learn about this amazing national park. Find out more here.

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

—Shelley Massey

 

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