Spend a Day Exploring Atlanta by Bike

Take a ride through Atlanta on two wheels and see the city through new eyes. Biking through this day trip will not only get you from destination to destination, but this bike tour will take you through some of the best cultural, natural and culinary attractions Atlanta has to offer!

Prep your wheels

Make sure that your tires are properly inflated and your bike is in good working order before you roll out. Atlanta Trek and Fresh Bike Service are certified beginner-friendly bike shops and offer tune ups as well as bike rentals to make sure you’re ready to ride. If you’re checking up on your own bike, check the maintenance section of the free Atlanta Bikes app for free tutorials on DIY bike maintenance. But first, coffee…and breakfast!

Highland Bakery

Photo courtesy Highland Bakery, Facebook

Photo courtesy Highland Bakery, Facebook

The Zagat-rated Highland Bakery is the perfect place to start your day. They brew local beans and specialty drinks for your morning eye-opener. A muffin is non-negotiable, even if you have to take it for later. Cilantro corn pancakes and ricotta pancakes are just two winners on a menu from which everything could be your favorite. Considering that cycling is part of this restauranteur’s backstory, there’s no better place to start your bike tour day!

Choose Your Adventure: Museum or Garden

High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art, Atlanta

High Museum of Art, Atlanta

The High Museum’s award-winning architecture and collections of fine art from classical to contemporary make this stop a must for any art lover. The High has a first-class collection of art from around the world, including pieces by artists from the Southern United States.

Getting there (0.360 miles): Turn left out of Highland Bakery to head west on 14th Street NE. At the intersection with Peachtree Street NE, make a left. You will pass the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on your left just before arriving at the High Museum of Art.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Photo courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden, Facebook

Photo courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden, Facebook

Atlanta Botanical Garden is a peaceful paradise filled with blooming flowers, flowing water features, and winding walkways. “Stop and smell the roses” in the rose garden that peaks in May and June. Transport yourself to desert, the tropics, the mountains and the surreal orchid house as you meander through almost 20 unique gardens and plant houses.

Getting there (0.716 miles): Turn left out of Highland Bakery to head west on 14th Street NE. Continue on 14th Street NE until you cross over Piedmont Avenue NE into Piedmont Park. Continue riding on the paved path, going left you’ll ride around the ball and soccer fields, and then pass the tennis center (all on your right). Continue on the path to arrive at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Take a Lunch Break

Kwan’s Deli and Korean Kitchen

Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta

Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta

Work up an appetite on the ride over to this local favorite at Centennial Olympic Park. If your taste buds aren’t so adventurous, there’s plenty of reliable “deli” basics on tap as well as a kids menu, but the Korean Kitchen menu is not to be missed. The Galbi (short ribs in Korean BBQ sauce) and the crispy tofu are so good that they attract visitors from out of town!

Getting there (3.51 miles): If coming from the Botanical Garden, return the way you came, but when you reach Peachtree Street NE make a right and head north. If coming from the High Museum of Art, make a left onto Peachtree Street NE to head north. At the intersection with 17th Street NE make a left. Follow 17th Street to State Street NW and make a left. Follow State Street NW into the beautiful Georgia Tech campus. When you reach Ferst Drive make a right and follow Ferst Drive around the loop. Bear right just before the aerospace engineering department building (if you reach Cherry Street you’ve gone a little too far) and use the paved path to cross onto Tech Pkwy. NW. Cross over North Avenue NW and continue south on Luckie Street NW. Ride down Luckie Street all the watt to Centennial Olympic Park where you can park your bike and walk to lunch and your next adventures.

Choose Your Adventure: Aquarium or CNN

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is located at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium is located at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Aquarium.

Enter another realm where playful and peculiar creatures will captivate you. The Georgia Aquarium is an underwater wonderland where the smallest jellyfish to the mammoth whale shark dwell. Learn about each fascinating species and how humans can help conserve aquatic environments around the world. The Georgia Aquarium is located at the north end of Centennial Park.

Inside CNN Studio Tour

Inside CNN Studio Tour

Inside CNN Studio Tour

Atlanta is the global headquarters of news juggernaut CNN and the largest of its 48 news bureaus around the world. The Inside CNN Studio Tour will take you behind the scenes with interactive exhibits and a backstage glimpse at the network’s studios and newsrooms. Keep your eyes open – you may run into one of your favorite news anchors! The Inside CNN Studio Tour is just south of Centennial Park.

Next Stops

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Hop off your bike and walk with the dinosaurs at the Fernbank Museum. Plenty of hands-on activities will teach you about science, culture and natural history. The IMAX theater will immerse you in “the biggest screen in town,” and the permanent “Giants of the Mesozoic” exhibit will introduce you to a life-size skeletal cast of the Argentinosaurus, the largest dinosaur ever classified!

Getting there: From Centennial Park, head west on Baker Street NW. Cross over Piedmont Avenue NE and on the other side you’ll find the paved Freedom Park Trail. Hop on the Freedom Park Trail for a nearly car-free cruise to the Fernbank. Follow the Freedom Park Trail alongside Freedom Parkway. You’ll eventually ride into Freedom Park, where you’ll pass the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Continue on the path’s twists and turns. The path will turn into the Stone Mountain Trail after crossing over Candler Park Drive NE and continue to Dellwood Park. At Clifton Road, you’ll follow the path left to arrive at the Fernbank Museum on your right.

Cacao Cafe

Photo courtesy Cacao Cafe, Facebook

Photo courtesy Cacao Cafe, Facebook

End your day on a sweet note at Cacao Cafe (1046 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306) on your way back. This signature Atlanta chocolaterie will have you melting in hand-crafted artisan chocolates. Taste your way through “health chocolates,” caramels and confections — and make sure to try the sipping chocolate!

Getting there (4.63 miles): As the sun begins to set on your bike touring adventure, be sure that you have flashing front and rear lights on your bicycle! Follow the Stone Mountain Trail/Freedom Park Trail the same way you came from Centennial Park earlier today. Just past the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum where the Freedom Park Trail meets back up with Freedom Parkway NE, there is an intersection with the Eastside Beltline Trail. Cross Freedom Parkway NE to ride north on the Eastside Beltline Trail all the way to Virginia Avenue NE. Make a right to head east on Virginia Avenue NE, then make a left onto North Highland Avenue NE. Cacao Cafe will be on your left.

Call it a Day

To return to the starting point of your adventure, make a right out of Cacao onto North Highland Avenue NE, and another right onto Virginia Avenue NE. Turn right onto the Eastside Beltline Trail and follow it into Piedmont Park. Find your way to the north side of the park, where you’ll see the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Make a left to ride the paths west from here. You’ll ride around the tennis center and soccer fields. Exit the park at 14th Street NE and ride 3/10 of a mile to return to Highland Bakery.

T-bike-webThis is a guest blog from Tina Schmidt, spokesperson for My City Bikes public health alliance. My City Bikes‘ mission is to help people discover better health and quality of life through biking.

Go Ahead, Make Dad’s Day with these Georgia Trip Ideas

Georgia is full of bucket list adventures and classic relaxation that will make this Father’s Day weekend the best ever.

Tank Town USA

At Tank Town in Blue Ridge, drive tanks over cars for thrilling fun. Photo courtesy Tank Town, Facebook.

At Tank Town in Blue Ridge, drive tanks over cars for thrilling fun. Photo courtesy Tank Town, Facebook.

Let Dad feel the power of driving real tanks in Blue Ridge! This truly unique adventure begins with personal instructions that familiarize Dad with operating 17 tons of military steel. If he can drive a car, he can drive a tank at Tank Town. He’ll thunder around a course specially designed with dips and bumps for a thrilling ride. This is one adventure that’s even better when rain turns it into a muddy mess. Ramp up the thrills with a car crushing. Feel the car crumple and hear the glass shatter as Dad flattens a car with a tank! Adventure packages at Tank Town USA can include tank driving, car crushing and operating an excavator.

Camping at Georgia State Parks

Paddle to a campsite at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan.

Paddle to a campsite at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan.

Treat Dad to a getaway weekend sleeping under the stars at one of Georgia’s State Parks. More than 40 campgrounds across the state offer a range of campsites from full-service RV hookups and car-camping tent sites, to primitive backcountry seclusion. Camp Red Top Mountain and join Dad for the live Mountain Music Concert Series (every Saturday night until July 30). Explore the hidden gems of Tallulah Gorge or Cloudland Canyon, or paddle-in to a private escape at Chattahoochee Bend.

Jekyll Island

Explore Jekyll Island by bike along miles of paths.

Explore Jekyll Island by bike along miles of paths.

Escape with Dad to Georgia’s Golden Isles for a fun-filled holiday on the beach. Jekyll Island features campground and hotel accommodations, 10 miles of white sand beaches, and a beautiful coastal golf course. The island enjoys limited development, preserving its much of its gorgeous barrier island landscape while still offering an exciting water park, fishing pier and historic landmarks. A budget-friendly destination, Jekyll features family fun attractions like the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Driftwood Beach, and natural surface bike paths to traverse the island.

candycookCandy Cook is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more Outdoor content from Candy.

5 Must-Try Atlanta-based Concessions at Turner Field

Turner Field Sunset

Photo Credit: Atlanta Braves

Take me out to a ball game! This is the last season the Atlanta Braves will be playing ball at Turner Field before moving to Cobb County. So, don’t miss out on these delicious hometown favorites.

 

Photo credit: Buzzfeed

Photo credit: Buzzfeed

Waffle House, Section 128

A mainstay of Southern breakfast (and late night) cuisine, The Waffle House offers its famous hash browns and waffles with melted butter, hot syrup and even chocolate chips.

H&F Burger, Sections 104, 150, 151

Photo Credit: Creative Loafing Atlanta

You can now enjoy the famous double-decker cheeseburger from Holman & Finch (also available at the restaurant’s original location in Buckhead and now at Ponce City Market) while watching your favorite player slide into home base. But, it’s still just as tasty.

SweetWater Brewing Co., Fan Plaza

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Photo credit: SweetWater Brewery

Grab a beer on your way to your seat and wet your whistle with this microbrewery’s seasonal brews. You can also tour SweetWater Brewery on non-game days. $10 gets you a shiny souvenir pint glass and lots of beer tastings.

Kevin Rathbun Steak, Section 205

Photo credit: Atlanta Food Critic

Buy me some peanuts, Cracker Jacks . .and steak sandwiches? Yes! You can enjoy a juicy, sliced sirloin sandwich while watching the baseball game. It comes on a toasted roll with creamy horseradish sauce. Can you say home run?!

Chick-fil-A, Section 202, 228

Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich

Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich

Chick-fil-A and Georgia go together like a hand and baseball glove. This largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States offers some its most popular menu options, like the ever-popular Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, at the stadium. Learn more about the Atlanta-based company on the Chick-fil-A Home Office Backstage Tour.

jennifer-hill-booker-1436890751-thumb-230-230-438-151-820-444-90Jennifer is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and the author of “Your Resident Gourmet,” full of innovative recipes, cooking trends and fun kitchen gadgets. Click here for more content from Jennifer.

4 Tasty Classes to Take Home Some Georgia Sunshine

Georgia has one of the longest growing seasons of any state. That means we get to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables longer than anyone else! Being Southerners, we also boast a long history of preserving what’s in season to enjoy when it’s not, and these four Atlanta-based companies offer classes that will teach you to do just that.

Photo courtesy Preserving Place, Atlanta.

Photo courtesy Preserving Place, Atlanta.

Take one (or all four) of these tasty DIY canning and preserving classes and take home a little Georgia sunshine!

Cook’s Warehouse, Decatur

From sweet jams and jellies to savory sauces and condiments, capture the flavors of spring and enjoy them all year once you learn how easy it is to can and preserve. The Cook’s Warehouse is Atlanta’s hometown favorite premier gourmet store and cooking school with three convenient locations: Midtown, Decatur and East Cobb.

Fun details – All classes include menu recipes, samples of the food prepared and complimentary beverages. All students receive a 10% discount off in-store purchases (excluding alcohol) before and after class on the day of the class.

Sur la Table, Alpharetta

A place where serious cooks find a surprising selection of culinary tools from around the world, with helpful, knowledgeable employees who love to cook, too. With instructional kitchens in more than 50 locations (and several right here in Georgia), Sur la Table is the largest avocational cooking school in the United States.

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Photo Credit: Preserving Place

Preserving Place, Atlanta

Preserving Place’s mission is to support Georgia’s local foodshed by educating their customers and sourcing the ingredients for classes from local farmers and providing customers ingredients for the best tasting foods. Class attendees enjoy light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and come together at the end of the class to sample one another’s creations.

Photo by Duane Marcus courtesy Piedmont Park Conservancy.

Photo by Duane Marcus courtesy Piedmont Park Conservancy.

Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta

At Piedmont Park, you can participate in a workshop that will teach you how to preserve foods that respect your preferences for healthy, local and sustainable products, supporting local farmers and green markets – with no preservatives or artificial colors. In class, you will receive a notebook of recipes and full instruction in canning along with tips and guidelines. A fruit, a pickle, and a tomato-based product, which will be chosen according to the season, will be canned, leaving you with the knowledge to do home-based canning on your own.

jennifer-hill-booker-1436890751-thumb-230-230-438-151-820-444-90Jennifer is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and the author of “Your Resident Gourmet,” full of innovative recipes, cooking trends and fun kitchen gadgets. Click here for more content from Jennifer.

Camping Within an Hour of Atlanta

You don’t have to go very far outside of Atlanta for terrific camping opportunities. Pack up your gear and head to these four campgrounds for a few nights under the stars.

Camping at Stone Mountain Park. Photo by Candy Cook.

Camping at Stone Mountain Park. Photo by Candy Cook.

Stone Mountain Park

Playing the day away at Stone Mountain Park is an Atlanta tradition. The park is an endless playground with nature hikes, exciting attractions and classic family fun. The Stone Mountain Park Campground offers nearly 500 campsites that range from full-service RV hookups to primitive tent sites along beautiful Stone Mountain Lake. “Ready, Set, Camp” is a program aimed at providing first-time campers with a brand new tent and sleeping pads set up and waiting for campers to arrive! Grab an Adventure Pass to experience all the attractions, including the Scenic Railroad, Skyhike, Summit Skyride, and more.

Leaf Watching at Red Top Mountain State Park

Red Top Mountain State Park

Red Top Mountain State Park

This popular park is ideal for weekend camping escapes. Located on Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain State Park features more than 15 miles of hiking trails, a sandy swimming beach and great fishing. Rent a kayak for a lake paddle or bring your mountain bike to tackle the Muddy Spokes Club’s Iron Hill Trail. The campground includes 36 sites with full hookups and 52 primitive tent sites.

Paddling at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Photo by Candy Cook.

Paddling at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Photo by Candy Cook.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Perfect for quick and easy nature getaways, Sweetwater Creek State Park accommodates overnight guests with rustic yurts. Glamping in the yurt village offers cozy beds, shared restrooms, picnic areas and a playground on George Sparks Reservoir. A bait shop supplies fishing needs, as well as rentals for kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding. The park’s hiking trails explore miles of natural wonders and historic ruins along the banks of Sweetwater Creek.

High Falls State Park

High Falls State Park. Photo by Candy Cook

High Falls State Park

With two campgrounds and a primitive paddle-in site, High Falls State Park offers a choice between lake or riverside camping. The 650-acre High Falls Lake is known as one of Georgia’s top spots for fishing hybrid and white bass, while hikers enjoy views of the tumbling Towaliga River on 4.5 miles of trail. Visitors can rent boats or kayaks to explore on the water and enjoy outdoor fun like swimming and geocaching.

candycookCandy Cook is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more Outdoor content from Candy.