3540 Cameron Parkway
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Phone: (770) 507-0444
Fax: (678) 565-6628
Clayton County International Park, located 20 minutes to the south of Atlanta, was constructed for the beach volleyball competition of the 1996 Olympic Games, and now serves as one of Atlanta's most complete water parks. In addition to a 6200 capacity volleyball stadium and 13 courts, the park offers a beach on its six-acre (2.5 hectare) lake, several water slides, and a pool for small children. Miniature golf, basketball, softball, hiking and fishing are also offered. Check the website for varying schedule of operations.
Milton Daniel Park is tucked away near the Morrow City Hall and is known for its Christmas In the Park and Safe Halloween annual events. This green space has got picnic tables, restrooms, and playgrounds for children. It has also got walking trails and its not uncommon to see walkers early in the morning doing their rounds.
This farm is not far from downtown Atlanta, and offers a sweet retreat from city life. Trail rides, picnics, and many other activities are offered on this 100-acre (40-hectare) estate, which features both farmland and woodlands. Perhaps the most popular events are the moonlight hayrides, offered nightly throughout the year in fair weather. Business retreats, office picnics, and private events can all be organised, and 15 acres (six hectares) can be for camping.
This beautifully restored antebellum plantation has a history as expansive and magnificent as its rooms. Built in 1839 in the Greek Revival style, the home was moved to its present location from outside of Jonesboro and named for the large trees surrounding it. Previously, it had housed both Northern and Southern troops during the Civil War in 1864.
Just 17 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta, this 617-acre (250-hectare) park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Explore the natural splendor on any of the park's trails, or stop by on the weekend for a guided hike to the top of the Panola Mountain. Hikers will enjoy the many species of flora and fauna that abound here, as well as the rock formations along the face of the 940-foot (286-meter) mountain itself. An interpretive center is located at the head of the trails, where regular nature hikes are organized by park rangers. See their website for maps, calendar of park events, and reservation details.
Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, the Hindu Temple of Atlanta stands out on the Georgia highway, towering over the other buildings in the vicinity. Constructed in true South-Indian style, it has a distinct architecture made of sandstone and marble; and resembles the Venkateswara temple of Tirupati. One part of the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, while the other part is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are other deities as well. Hindu devotees from the neighboring areas gather here for the daily prayer and services.
Located 30 minutes southwest of the city, this amusement park is open on weekends. Although there's plenty of fun for adults, the park is geared toward kids, with bumper boats, batting cages, laser tag, and three go-cart tracks. A miniature golf course, video arcade, and play maze are also available. Bulk tickets can be purchased 200 at a time since they are the cheapest. There are also occasional "armband specials" that offer unlimited access to certain rides for a certain price.
This urban recreation center brings outdoor fun to the southeast side neighborhood of Little Five Points. In addition to a swimming pool (open during summer months only), the park features tennis courts, basketball courts, softball and soccer fields, a children's playground and a large picnic pavilion. The 48-acre (20-hectare) expanse has extensive paved pathways for biking and in-line skating, plus public restrooms and a specially designated pet area. Take the Flat Shoals Road exit off Interstate 20 and head north. Turn right on 2nd Avenue, then right again on Tilson Road to reach here.
Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve encompasses 2550 acres (1031.94 hectares) of pristine forest, and features many dramatic rock outcroppings amid the rolling hills. The park's mountaintop terrain bears a fragile ecosystem, including several protected species of flora. Brochures are available to help visitors identify these rare, endangered plants. Charted hikes include treks past the park's lakes, through the forests, and to the top of the mountain. Take Interstate 20 east to Evans Mill Road (exit 38) and turn right. Turn right again at Klondike Road and drive two miles to the park.
This is the only working monastery in the state, and was founded in 1944 by a group of 20 Cistercian monks from Kentucky. A daily mass is held and is open to the public. On the 13th of every month, Nancy Fowler comes to speak on what she claims to be her visions from the Virgin Mary. The monks operate a gift shop on site offering fresh baked breads, and there is also a greenhouse and plant shop featuring authentic Japanese bonsai. Marvel at the Abbey Church's iconic glass-stained walls.
Constructed in 1944, this landmark has been a home and place of devotion to Trappist monks for over half a century. Stressing penance and prayer over conversation, these reflective monks work and live at the monastery to this day, and don't leave the confines unless absolutely necessary. The living quarters are not open to the public, but tours are available of the grounds, the greenhouse, and the Gothic abbey. A gift shop is also located on the grounds. Public Mass is conducted on Sundays.
Dating to 1868, this two-story farmhouse was the home of Jeremiah Gilbert, the son of the first doctor to settle in Fulton County. The fieldstone and mortar construction is a rare surviving example of the type of farmhouse that flourished in the region during the Reconstruction era, and many of the home's original outbuildings still stand on the property. The house has been restored to its original condition, and stands as one of the oldest surviving buildings in Atlanta.