Sayonara, Summer! Embrace the fall (really, it is, we promise) this weekend in Atlanta with a dose of fun. From apple picking to day-tripping to a nearby lake, we have loads of ways to send the Summer of 2020 out in style. Keep reading for our favorite ideas on bookending the season, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Explore a Local Lake
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.

Go on a Wild Animal Safari
From the comfort of your own vehicle, you can travel through a 3.5-mile drive experiencing hundreds of animals. Many animals will come right up to your vehicle for a greeting. Come face-to-face with a camel, a watusi, a zebra or hand feed an American bison. You’ll see elk, water buffalo, giraffes and more running free. With 75 species of animals and over 550 of them on 500 acres, families are in for an eyeful. Click here for the details.

Explore the Kirkwood Urban Forest
The Kirkwood Urban Forest Community Garden is a unique space, in that it is both a public conservation park and a community garden managed by members of the Kirkwood neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia. This 7.5 acre site features walking trails through hardwood trees, a spring-fed creek, a frog pond, and a surprisingly lush ecosystem only a few miles from Downtown Atlanta. Find details 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. 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

Tune In to the Gatorland School of Crocs
Join Gatorland Orlando, the Alligator Capital of the World, as they go live for School of Croc.  Learn about all the animals that call Gatorland home. Here’s the scoop.

Hip Hop for Teens
Need a little pick me up? Need to get up and move? Join our live zoom classes or our videos for Hip Hop. The instructor starts each class with a stretch and teaching a step by stepHip Hop routine following the teacher. New routine taught each week. 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.

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.

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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