24. Go on a public art scavenger hunt

Encountering vibrant murals throughout intown neighborhoods has been a happy surprise in recent years. But to really understand the magnitude of the Living Walls project that pairs local and international artists with brick and concrete canvases, set out on a quest to find as many 
as you can.

23. Catch Atlanta’s other pro football team

Here’s a suggestion for city boosters: If you want to tout Atlanta as a global city, showcase Atlanta Silverbacks Park, where the world’s most popular sport is played by a men’s pro team (the season starts April 13) and a women’s developmental squad, as well as soccer amateurs and club teams of all levels.

20. Go trainspotting

I grew up in Palmetto, a quarter mile from the old Atlanta and West Point Railroad tracks. The soundtrack of my life is the shrill call of the whistle and the low, distant thunder of wheels riding rail.

18. Enjoy the Eastside Trail

If you’ve ever doubted that demand for the Atlanta BeltLine exists, it’ll be dispelled the moment you step onto its Eastside Trail—which opened in fall 2012, and runs 2.25 miles from the Old Fourth Ward to Piedmont Park—and jostle for space with joggers, dog-walkers, and kids wobbling on two-wheelers.

10. Drive fast at the Atlanta Motor Speedway

Frustrated with your stop-and-go commute? Get to Atlanta Motor Speedway and ride shotgun in a Richard Petty Driving Experience stock car. Feel the g-forces press you into your seat as you hit the bump on Turn One at speeds up to 165 miles per hour.

9. Binge on books

The annual book fest makes me so proud to be an Atlantan. A quarter of a million folks come together over Labor Day weekend for the AJC Decatur Book Festival to hear from renowned authors—and enjoy local musicians, craft beers, cooking demos, a children’s parade, poetry slams.

4. Bard-y hearty in 
Piedmont Park

Spring fever is never lost on the wily comedians of Georgia Shakespeare when the company breaks out of its Oglethorpe campus confines to play at Piedmont Park.

3. Stay for the fireworks at the Ted

In the predawn hours of July 5, 1985, in the eighteenth inning of a twice-rain-delayed game against the Mets, an unassuming Braves relief pitcher named Rick Camp smacked a two-out solo home run to send the game into the nineteenth.

1. Play (or play hooky) in Woodruff Park

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.

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