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Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-876-5859

This urban arcadia has augmented its plant collections with the gorgeous Kendeda Canopy Walk, an edible garden, and outdoor kitchen.

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BeltLine Lantern Parade

86 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA, 30303

404-477-3003

Hosted by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, the parade features hundreds of giant puppets, light sculptures, lanterns and glow sticks, and thousands of cheering spectators along its route.

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Centennial Olympic Park

265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta, GA, 30313

404-223-4412

If there is a lasting and tangible remnant of the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, it is Centennial Olympic Park. As grass and trees have filled in over the years, the park has evolved from a pile of commemorative bricks into a restful oasis.

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Freedom Park Trail

Boulevard and Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA, 30312

This paved, mostly shaded route offers a glimpse of the city without the crowds of the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.

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Historic Fourth Ward Park

680 Dallas Street, Atlanta, GA, 30308

404-590-7275

This BeltLine-adjacent park is more than a greenspace with pathways and an outdoor theater; it’s a linchpin in the Old Fourth Ward’s revitalization.

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Historic Fourth Ward Park

665 North Ave, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-590-7275

The latest in equipment offers kids hours of entertainment, and the compact layout makes it easy for parents to keep a watchful eye.

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Newtown Dream Dog Park

3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA, 30022

Fortunately for Johns Creek’s four-legged residents, there’s the Newtown Dream Dog Park, opened in 2011 after a local won the first Beneful Dream Dog Park contest.

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Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-688-2107

Oakland was a nineteenth-century hot spot; couples cruised the grounds in spiffy carriages and families picnicked near their forebears’ final resting places.

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Stone Mountain Park

1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain, GA, 30083

770-498-5690

The verdant vista from atop Stone Mountain (just a 1.3-mile climb) enables hikers to forget the crazy traffic bustling under the treetops.

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