Enjoy some of Mother Nature's most beautiful creations as you take in the sights of plant life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The 30-acre botanical garden is home to a variety of indoor and outdoor garden collections like the rose garden, the edible garden, dwarf and rare conifer garden, and a Japanese garden. There are also two woodland areas to explore, along with features like the Kendeda Canopy Walk, and the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory.
Pack up your golf clubs and tennis rackets and get active in nature as you play a game of golf or tennis at Atlanta Memorial Park. The park stretches along Peachtree Creek, where the pivotal Battle of Peachtree Creek took place during the Civil War in 1864. While exploring the area, you'll see various historical markers telling the story of this beautiful park where history meets the great outdoors.
Spend a day enjoying outdoor and indoor recreation at the Bessie Branham Park. This park has a recreation center that houses indoor basketball courts, men's and women's locker rooms, a fitness room, library, arts and crafts center, a community room, and more. If you prefer to get some fresh air, hang out at the playground or Urban Tree House outside. There is also a large green area at Branham Park where you can stage a football or baseball game.
For fresh air, wide-open green space, and some of the most gorgeous trees in the city, head to Candler Park. Along with a large area of open, green space, the park boasts an outdoor playground, pavilion areas, a pool, walking paths, and lots more. Candler Park also hosts community events like CP Movie Nights every month, and a Fall Festival. Fans of running may want to look into joining the Candler Park Running Club to meet with other enthusiasts of the sport.
Explore the inhabitants of the great outdoors at the Cochran Mill Nature Center. The nature center is home to unreleasable animals that are native to the area, meaning that Cochran Mill has played a large role in local nature conservation and animal rehabilitation. While you're walking through the center, you'll see turtles, snakes, owls, vultures, fruit bats, and more.
Get a closer look at nature underwater at the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest aquarium. Whale sharks, beluga whales, manta rays, bottlenose dolphins, and sea turtles are just a few of the 120,000 sea creatures that inhabit the Georgia Aquarium. If you want to get an even closer look at the sea life living at the aquarium, check into its "Swim with the Gentle Giants" program.
Check out one of nature's odd attractions at Panola Mountain State Park. The park was created in an effort to preserve a 100-acre granite monadnock, or mountain. In all, this state park occupies 1,635 acres and is home to a visitor center, a playground, two fishing lakes, an archery range, and plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking in the great outdoors.
The opportunities for outdoor fun at Piedmont Park Conservancy are seemingly endless. Basketball courts, bocce ball courts, a tennis center, a playground, two dog parks, an aquatic center, fishing in Clara Meer Lake, and miles of walking and biking paths are just some of the amenities and activities at this thriving urban park. It's Atlanta's one-stop destination for recreation in nature.
Hiking, fishing, and fun in the great outdoors await you at Georgia's Sweetwater Creek State Park. The 2,549-acre park has walking paths that showcase beautiful views of nature and travel through the wooded areas to rocky bluffs overlooking the rapids. Key features of the park include the 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir, and the New Manchester Manufacturing Company mill ruins that date back to the Civil War.
Monkey around at Zoo Atlanta, where lions and tigers and bears are just the half of it. The zoo is home to over 1,300 animals that are housed in exhibits like the African Plains, the Asian Forest, and The World of Reptiles. Upon exploring all the animal environments at the zoo, you'll see the nation's largest collection of gorillas and orangutans; Zoo Atlanta is also only one of four American museums to house giant pandas.