As the last of winter gives way to spring, warmer weather is coming to Atlanta. Warm weather means more opportunities are available for you to get outside and enjoy the outdoor activities going on through the area. Visitors to Atlanta staying at any of the fine downtown Atlanta hotels can take advantage of these activities in order to get the most of their stay in the city named the Athens of the South.
Here is just a small sample of all the outdoor activities to consider when staying at one of the hotels in downtown Atlanta, Ga. After considering all of the things going on in the city, you’ll definitely want to start booking your Atlanta hotel accommodations and dive into all the latest happenings.
Catch One of Final Games at Turner Field!
One of the best things about coming to Atlanta is spending some time at the old ballpark. The Atlanta Braves, of the National League’s Eastern Division, are entering their 50th season of playing baseball in Atlanta. The team will play this semi-centennial season in historic Turner Field before moving into their new home, SunTrust Park, in 2017.
The team will begin the season facing their division foes, the Washington Nationals, and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper April 4-6 for its home opener, followed by the NL powerhouse St. Louis Cardinals for a weekend series April 8-10. Other opponents scheduled for April include the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox during an eight-game home stretch to end the month.
Spend Some Time at Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park is a 21-acre public park set in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The park was built as the host site for the 1996 Summer Olympics, and provides visitors with different outdoor attractions and events designed to give you the full experience of this centerpiece venue. The park is the largest downtown park developed in the country in the past 25 years, rivaling New York’s Central Park and Grant Park in downtown Chicago. One of the park’s signature attractions is the Fountain of Rings, formed in the symbol of the Olympic Rings and features an interactive water fountain, live music, and other events.
There are various events and concerts scheduled in the park throughout the year. These events include the Atlanta Mission 5K race held in February, and the Publix Georgia Marathon that starts and finishes inside the park. You can also explore this expansive outdoor space and feel the Olympic spirit, or simply stroll through the greenery in this large urban park.
Discover Hollywood in Atlanta
Atlanta has been the home for many movie and television shoots over the years. Fans of the popular show “The Walking Dead” may recognize that many of the scenes that appear in the program are from in and around the Atlanta area. Other movies that have been shot in and around the city include Academy Award nominated movie Selma, big budget cult favorite The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Remember the Titans starring Denzel Washington; and 1994 Academy Award winner Forrest Gump.
An exciting outdoor activity to engage in when visiting Atlanta is to take a walking tour of the locations selected for these and other movies that have been shot in the city. You will have a chance to see up close those locations that were a part of the television shows and movies you love, giving you the chance to relive that entertainment magic.
Discover the Heart of the Civil Rights Movement
Ebenezer Baptist Church, the home church of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is located in the Auburn historic district. The church is part of the MLK Historic District, which includes his childhood home, the MLK Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Dr. King’s gravesite and eternal flame (where his wife Coretta Scott King is also buried), and the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame that honors the participants of the movement. Additionally, the Center for Human and Civil Rights in Centennial Olympic Park is an engaging cultural attraction that allows everyone to explore the fight to protect our fundamental human rights.
Visiting these attractions is a life-changing experience for thousands of travelers each year, putting you in touch with the epicenter of an important piece of American history and into the childhood home and church pews where planning, meetings and discussions were held that launch the fight for freedom and equality.
Enjoy the Atlanta Beltline
One of the hottest activities in Atlanta to consider is a hike or bike ride along the Beltline. The Beltline is a railway corridor that connects downtown to 45 of Atlanta’s communities over a 22-mile stretch. Although portions of the Beltline are under development, much of the stretch is open and provides you with unique views of the city. The Beltline has a network of public parks, great restaurants & bars, transit and multi-use trails that will give you an outdoor experience that you can only get when visiting Atlanta.
If you really want to experience Atlanta like never before, book your downtown accommodations at the Ellis Hotel. As downtown’s only independent boutique hotel, the Ellis Hotel provides travelers with an alternative to cookie-cutter chain hotels. Our historic location in the heart of downtown Atlanta combined with our modern and luxurious amenities truly set us miles apart from other hotels in the area. Book your Atlanta accommodations with us today, and discover for yourself all the ways that we can surprise you.