An abundance of theatres, museums, art centers, and festivals are offered in North Georgia to appease the art and cultural tastes of people of all ages. Surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, North Georgia is a hodgepodge of some of Georgia’s finest arts, music, theatre, golf, and cultural festivals.
Arts and Culture
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Blue Ridge Ghost Tour
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Holly Theatre, Dahlonega
The Ridges Resort and Marina
Wolf Mountain Vineyards
Young Harris College, Young Harris
Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
Fort Mountain State Park
Atlanta Sky Diving Center
Brasstown Valley Golf Club
Chateau Elon Golf Course
Fields Ferry Golf Club
Sky Valley Golf Course
The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farms
An abundance of theatres, museums, art centers, and festivals are offered in Atlanta to appease the art and cultural tastes of people of all ages. Quaint and unique galleries and culture-infused theatre companies as well as the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the exceptional High Museum of Art call Atlanta home. Below are some of the main art and cultural attractions in Atlanta along with websites where more information can be found.
7 Stages Theatre Company
Actor’s Express Theatre
The Apex Museum
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center
Booth Western Art Museum
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Carter Presidential Center & Library
Center for Puppetry Arts
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Dad’s Garage Theatre Co.
DE Fine Art Gallery
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
The Fox Theatre
Georgia Shakespeare Theatrical Group
High Museum of Art
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Horizon Theatre Company
Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Kennesaw Mt. National Battlefield
(770) 427-4686 ext. 0
Margaret Mitchell House & Museum
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory
National Museum of Patriotism
New American Shakespeare Tavern
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
Woodruff Arts Center
(404) 733 4200
1. Center of Human Rights; The Center for Civil 4 and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements.
2. High Museum; With its renowned collection of classic and contemporary art and award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High Museum of Art has grown from its origins in a stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading art museum in the southeastern United States.
3. Georgia Aquarium; Georgia Aquarium is the world’s most inspiring aquarium with over 8 million gallons of water the top Atlanta attraction, right in the heart of downtown.
4. The College Football Hall of Fame; The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience open in downtown Atlanta provides visitors with a highly-immersive, interactive, and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits.
5. Stone Mountain Park; Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do such as dozens of fun annual events. Stone Mountain activities are suitable for all ages.
6. World of Coke; The World of Coca-Cola is the only place where you can experience the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand in a dynamic, multimedia attraction.
7. Fernbank Museum of Natural History; Only at Fernbank Museum can you come face-to-face with the world’s largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth through the landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with cultures from around the globe, engage in a variety of hands on and special exhibitions including an incredible 5-story experience of an IMAX® film.
8. Atlanta Botanical Garden; The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acres botanical garden located Midtown, incorporated in 1976, the garden’s mission is to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment.”
9. Six Flags Over Georgia; The park boasts 12 heart-pounding roller coasters headlined by the hyper-coaster Goliath, ranked as one of the top coasters in the world and Dare Devil Dive, a beyond-vertical coaster that sends you soaring through three inversions. Cool off on Thunder River, a wild rafting adventure or splash around at Paradise Island, a towering water play structure with hundreds of water elements.
10. Atlanta Cyclorama; Visit the Cyclorama in Atlanta’s Grant Park to see artifacts of the war displayed in the Civil War Museum and a steam locomotive known as the Texas, a veteran of the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.
Get Out and Play!
North Fulton is home to a multitude of parks, playgrounds, gardens and other greenspaces. There are even dog parks for your four-legged friends to run around off-leash. This list is far from exhaustive, as it doesn’t take into account many of the neighborhood parks, pocket parks and passive spaces scattered throughout the county. Keep in mind that some of these parks are run by the county parks and recreation department, while others are run by the city in which they are located. For more information, visit www.fultoncountyga.gov.
Big Creek Greenway
Five access points in Alpharetta (Alpharetta YMCA; Haynes Bridge Road; North Point Mall; Kimball Bridge Road; Marconi Drive)
Info: 8-mile concrete trail
Cogburn Road Park
12825 Cogburn Road
Info: 2 picnic pavilions; playground; walking trails; arboretum
13450 Cogburn Road
Info: 7 lighted tennis courts; 2 multipurpose synthetic turf fields; 8 lighted softball fields; 2 picnic pavilions; 2 playgrounds; adult activity center; arts building; Rotary Reflection Garden; walking trail
13440 Providence Park Drive
Info: Park center building; pavilion; hiking trails; outdoor amphitheater; grills; picnic tables; overnight camp sites; lake; creeks/wetlands; rappelling and rock climbing areas; rock climbing cliff; climbing walls; high ropes challenge course
Rock Mill Park
3100 Kimball Bridge Road
Info: Pavilion; outdoor classroom
Union Hill Park
1590 Little Pine Trail
Info: 2 outdoor roller hockey rinks (1 covered); concession stand
Webb Bridge Park
4780 Webb Bridge Road
Info: 2 grass soccer fields; 1 multipurpose synthetic turf field; 4 baseball fields; 4 tennis courts; walking trail; arboretum; concession stands; 3 picnic pavilions; playground
Old Milton Parkway (west of Georgia 400 and west of Highway 9)
Info: 7 grass baseball fields; 1 synthetic turf baseball field; 2 T-ball fields; 5 picnic pavilions; 3 playgrounds; disc golf course; 6 lighted tennis courts; 1.8-mile walking trail; Alpharetta Community Garden; Alpharetta Arboretum at Wills Park
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center
9770 Autrey Mill Road
Info: 46 acres; visitor’s center; Heritage Village with historic buildings; replica Native American dwellings; farm museum; picnic pavilions; 2 miles of nature trails; wildlife and animal displays
3150 Old Alabama Road
Info: 46 acres; lake; 2 miles of walking/jogging trails; 3 multipurpose athletic fields; 2 basketball courts; 3 softball/baseball fields; 6 hard tennis courts; 13 picnic pavilions; 2 playgrounds; community clubhouse; community garden; dog park; active adult center
10900 Buice Road
Info: 37 acres; walking/jogging track; 2 basketball courts; batting cages; 8 lighted softball/baseball fields; T-ball field; 2 hard tennis courts; 2 sand volleyball courts; 4 picnic pavilions; 2 playgrounds
10945 Rogers Circle
Info: 66 acres; walking/jogging track; 3.8-acre lake; 3 multipurpose athletic fields; playground; 3 picnic pavilions; community room
Azalea Park – Chattahoochee National Recreation Area
203 Azalea Drive
Info: 10.2-mile walking trail
Big Creek Park
1600 Old Alabama Road
Info: 1-mile walking trail; 1.3-mile concrete multipurpose trail; mountain bike trails
Don White Memorial Park
925 Riverside Road
Info: 2 sand volleyball courts; picnic pavilion; outdoor exercise equipment; fishing dock; access to Roswell River Walk
East Roswell Park
9000 Fouts Road
Info: 1.4-mile walking trail; playground; disc golf; tennis courts
Garrard Landing Park
8000 Holcomb Bridge
Info: 0.6-mile walking trail; playground
Grimes Bridge Park
830 Grimes Bridge Road
Info: Soccer fields; football fields
850 Hembree Road
Info: 1-mile walking trail; tennis courts; batting cages; recreation center; baseball fields
Leita Thompson Memorial Park
1200 Woodstock Road
Info: 2.3-mile walking trail; off-leash dog park
575 Riverside Road
Info: 23 acres; picnic tables; grills; playground; open field; trail system; concession stand; sprayground
Roswell Area Park
10495 Woodstock Road
Info: 1.6-mile walking trail; 7.4-mile historic trail; playground; picnic tables
Sloan Street Park
75 Sloan St.
Sweet Apple Park
11850 Crabapple Road
Info: 1.1-mile walking trail; multipurpose fields
250 Oak Street
Info: Recreation center; playground; baseball field; outdoor soccer field; picnic area; Hog Waller Creek; access to Historic Roswell Trail System
254 Johnson Ferry Road Info: Tennis courts; playground; picnic tables; arts center
5900 Lake Forest Drive at Allen Road Info: Playground; multipurpose court; walking trail; basketball court
705 Hammond Drive at Glenridge Info: Multipurpose building; gym; game room; soccer field; lighted tennis courts; basketball courts; picnic pavilions; playground; restrooms
6075 Sandy Springs Circle Info: Williams-Payne House; bandstand; walking trail; boardwalk
John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve
7645 Roswell Road Info: Nature trails; tree; plant and wildlife sanctuary
Morgan Falls Overlook Park
200 Morgan Falls Road
Info: Picnic pavilions; children’s playground; boat dock/fishing pier; hiking trail (less than 1 mile); fire pit; porch swings
5200 South Trimble Road Info: Nature trails; picnic pavilion; playground
North Fulton County has a wealth of entertainment options for families. Explore everything from symphony performances and arts festivals to museums exhibitions and hiking trails. Below are just some of the family attractions North Fulton has to offer, along with websites for more information.
Abernathy Arts Center
AAC is the county’s oldest neighborhood arts center and offers day and evening classes for both children and adults.
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
Enjoy go-karts, food and games at this facility named after racing legend Mario Andretti.
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center
The preserve includes 46 acres of ravine forest as well as 2 miles of walking trails and a Heritage Village that recreates life in the 19th century.
Located just off Roswell Square, this 19th century home features the metro area’s only antebellum garden.
This antebellum home is best known as the location of the marriage of Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt, the parents of future U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
The metro area’s largest nature center features a butterfly garden, native plant garden and a green room garden in addition to children’s programming and hiking trails.
Chukkar Farm Polo Club
This family-run business boasts 173 acres of pastures and woods and hosts polo events throughout the year.
Georgia Ensemble Theater
Open since 1993, this ensemble is the resident professional theater at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
This sprawling complex includes gardens, a nature walk and an entertainment lawn, as well as the Williams-Payne House which houses the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum.
Johns Creek Arts Center
www.johnscreekarts.org (770) 623-8448
This non-profit arts center’s mission is to “inspire artistic development for youth and adults by embracing community and corporate relationships that stimulate creative growth and opportunity.”
Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra
Comprised of professional musicians from across the metro area, the symphony is under the direction of founder J. Wayne Baughman.
Roswell Cultural Art Center
Featuring a 600-seat theatre as well as meeting rooms, exhibits halls and a research library, and hosts events from puppet shows to corporate meetings.
Roswell Mills and Old Mill Park
Visitors to this historic site can see the remains of Roswell’s cotton mills and tours tell the story of the “Lost Workers of Roswell,” who were charged with treason and sent north during the Civil War.
The perfectly preserved home of one of Roswell’s founding fathers includes a two-story farm house, outbuildings, slave quarters, barn and carriage house.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Open since 2008, this 12,000-seat amphitheatre hosts a wide range of concerts and, during the summer months, is home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.