City Heydays

Ride to Alabama

Silver comet

Location: Silver Comet Trail

Not quite ready to tackle the hills of Atlanta on a bike? Looking for a long, traffic-less ride? Just want to say you’ve been to Alabama? The Silver Comet Trail, a paved path for walkers, joggers and cyclists, starts on the city’s Northwest side in Smyrna and continues 61.5 miles to the Alabama line, where it connects with the 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail. That’s almost 95 miles of paved trail! Built over an abandon rail line, the trail runs through suburban backyards, forests, sports complexes and a few restored depots (aka: bathrooms). Hit the trail on a beautiful Atlanta weekend, and you’ll find plenty of people joining you.


Scare a scarecrow

Halloween

Location: Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Date taken: October 3, 2014

Fall is the season for pumpkins, apples, golden leaves and amazing weather. At the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, it’s also the season for Scarecrows in the Garden. Local businesses and organizations show their creativity in transforming this farm figure into an urban dweller. Stroll the gardens in the fall and you’ll get an extra dose of art along the paths — some scary, some playful and a few wonderfully classic.


Bowl a strike

Bowling

Location: Midtown Bowl

Date taken: December 1, 2013


Find your sacred space

Religious mural

Location: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation

Date taken: October 5, 2013

Atlanta has long been known for its place along the South’s Bible Belt. While many churches have left Atlanta’s downtown in favor of the suburbs, many still hold a prominent place in the urban landscape, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.  But other faith traditions also have a presence in the metro area — from the tiny First Existentialist Congregation in Candler Park to the Buddhist Drepung Loseling Monastery in Brookhaven to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta in Lilburn, the world’s largest Hindu temple outside of India. No matter your faith, there’s likely a sacred space for you here.


Get lost in a corn field

Corn maze2

Location: Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze

Date taken: October 12, 2013

Once you enter the giant (yes, more than 4 miles of paths) corn maze at Uncle Shuck’s, you mind be tempted to pull out your smartphone compass. But really, where’s the fun in that? Wander around, hit the checkpoints, check out the views from the raised platforms, get lost and have fun next to corn stalks growing 12 feet tall. Uncle Shuck’s is just one of many corn mazes dotting the North Georgia landscape in the fall. You can find haunted corn mazes, trivia corn mazes, kids corn mazes (made from berry bushes) and all sorts of fall activities (hay rides, funnel cakes, pony rides, etc.).


Show your pride in a parade

Pride 2

Location:  Atlanta Pride Parade

Date taken: October 13, 2013

It is easily the longest (about 2.5 hours) and most elaborate parade in Atlanta each year. Thousands of people line the streets for the  Atlanta Pride Parade — one of the highlights of the annual Pride festival. Local businesses, politicians, corporations, places of worship, community groups, nonprofits and more create elaborate floats, don costumes and wave rainbow flags in support of equality for the LGBTQ community. It is, all at the same time, celebratory and emotional.


Eat an apple a day

Apple house2

Location:  Mack Aaron’s Apple House

Date taken: October 12, 2013

Cooking apples. Eating apples. Dried apples. Apple pies. Apple cider. Apple donuts. Apple slushies. Apple butter. Do you prefer a Jonagold? Mutsu? Honeycrisp? September Wonder? Rome Beauty? Pink Lady? Take a short day trip north to Ellijay, Ga., and you’ll find as many apples and apple goodies as you can carry home. October is the prime time for traveling to apple country, primarily because the Georgia Apple Festival is held that month.  So, if you go, get an early start and know that the apple houses with kids’ activities (hay rides, apple picking, petting zoos, pig races, etc.) are the most jam-packed. Looking for a quieter, more relaxed and personal apple shopping experience — try one of the smaller houses.


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