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Sunday, July 31, 2011

City Sunday: Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA

Ah yes, Atlanta. One of the biggest cities in the United States, along with one of the biggest music hubs in the entire country. With a LOT of suburbs surrounding the metropolitan area (Kennesaw, Newnan, etc.) Atlanta is another city that seems to never sleep.

Obviously, while in Atlanta, there is plenty to do in the way of tourism, shopping, and, of course, eating. Today, I will tell you just a couple of the things that you can do, and a couple places you can eat at, while in this huge city.

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-Visit the Mall of Georgia
Located in Buford, Georgia (about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta), the Mall of Georgia has been open since 1999, and houses over 200 stores. With its anchor stores being JcPenney, Belk, Dillards, and Macys, the mall is HUGE, and you can easily spend a good 3 or 4 hours just walking around looking at the different stores. They also have many dining options (fast food and sit down dining), and an outdoor ampitheatre. A fun time to be had by all!

-Go to Six Flags Over Georgia
Obviously, most of us (if not all) have been to some kind of Six Flags theme park. Definitely fun, and rides for each family member of any age range. It was the second Six Flags to open (in 1967) after the original one opening in Texas in 1961.

With 15 adult rides, 9 kiddie rides, and 11 roller coasters, there is plenty to do here.

**You can purchase a pass at Kroger grocery stores around the Atlanta area at a cheaper price than when you arrive at the park. Definitely worth it**

-Go to a Braves game
Home to the Atlanta Braves, Turner Field is located in actual Atlanta, and has been home to the team since 1997.

Originally built as the center piece for the 1996 Olympics, the piece was converted into the baseball park that is seen today.

Located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive (baseball fanatics will know the reasoning behind this number), Turner Field is also known as "The Fortress." Fun to be had by the whole family!

Now, since Atlanta is so big, obviously there is a lot of places to eat. From fast food to 5 star restaurants, you can find just about anything for the pickiest of eaters in your family.

A restaurant with European influences, Ecco is located on 7th Street in Atlanta, and offers Italian and American Italian dishes. From pizza to pasta, the menu is delicious.

The prices are middle of the road ($15 a person for a plate of pasta or a wood-fired pizza and a bottle of beer or glass of wine), with Exec. Chef Micah Willix from Ft. Lauderdale in charge of the kitchen. 

Definitely more for the higher aged crowd (I would say teens and higher).

The Varsity
"What'll ya have. What'll ya have." That's all you get before they start going for the next person in line. Be sure you know how to order at this energetic restaurant.

It has been serving the happy customers of Atlanta since 1928, and is the worlds largest drive-in restaurant. Located on North Avenue in Atlanta, The Varsity also has 5 other locations scattered around the Atlanta and Northern Georgia area.

SO, "What'll ya have. What'll ya have."

Definitely fitting for everyone in the family, fairly cheap, and a casual setting.

Get out there and explore some! You never know what interesting attractions you will find.

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