1. Play (or play hooky) in Woodruff Park

Relax in the heart of the city

Photograph by Josh Meister

In the shadow of beaux arts skyscrapers, Woodruff Park is the city’s historic heart. If you haven’t strolled through it for years, you’ll be surprised by its vitality. GSU students rest on the lawn, Downtowners walk their dogs, and visitors stroll by—all under the watchful eyes of those pith-helmeted Ambassadors at the adjacent outdoor reading room. Parents: Let your kids explore the creatively designed “ATL” playscape. Downtown office workers: When Atlanta’s glorious spring arrives, head to the reading room, borrow a book, and spend a long lunch hour on a park bench.

This article originally appeared in our April 2013 issue.