Your Guide to Summertime Fun in Atlanta, Georgia

Summer has arrived, so you know it’s time to break out the 2-piece bikinis, the sun dresses, and the Ray Bans. It’s the best time to catch some sun, catch up with friends and take advantage of all that summer has to offer.

Atlanta, with its rich culture and history, has to be on your summer travel list. With the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, and Georgia Dome, Atlanta may be the summer’s hot ticket.

The ATL, as some residents know it, offers days and nights worth of fun, family and freedom.

Festivals & Fanfare Galore

The Atlanta summer calendar is jam packed with an itinerary of fun-for-all activities, putting you front and center as a vibrant culture explodes around you.

In early June, chow down on wings and dance the night away at the Wing and Rock Festival, the country’s third largest chicken wing festival that highlights some of the best southern barbecue. If that’s not enough to get your fill, catch a beer and some burgers at the Bud-N-Burgers Festival taking place at Brookhaven Park on June 25.

If baseball is more your game, don’t miss out on your chance to catch the Atlanta Braves in their final season at legendary Turner Field as they go head-to-head against some of baseball’s best teams and players from now until early October.

Make a father feel special with lots of Father’s Day special offers. The Georgia Aquarium hosts their annual Father’s Day Special, with Dads receiving half price admission with the purchase of one full price ticket. Over at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, Family Food Fest Atlanta will bring  over 100 types of food to sample along with the finest Jazz, and RnB make for the perfect father’s day gift. Vintage cars never go out of style. Indulge your taste for the classics at Stone Mountain Park’s Father’s Day Car Show.

The summer was made for ice cream. On July 23, Atlanta’s 6th Annual Ice Cream Festival will bring a kaleidoscope of great ice cream flavors to Piedmont Park.  And what is summertime fun without our favorite four-legged friends by our side? Thanks to some pet-friendly hotels in Atlanta, like the Ellis Hotel in the heart of downtown, taking your pet on your summertime getaway in Atlanta is easy. If you and your furry friends are in town in late August, be sure to check out the 5th Annual Walk, Wag n’ Run 5K Run & 1K Fun Run. Taking place Saturday, August 27, the yearly race and fun run encourages runners to race alongside their favorite pets as they raise money to benefit the animal and human victims of domestic abuse.

All the City’s Hottest Eats

In a town as culturally rich and diverse as Atlanta, you can bet your taste buds will love what’s on offer during the summer.

Alma Cocina is the ideal spot for a social gathering. Pop in and enjoy arguably the best Mexican cuisines on the menu, tequila and Latin-inspired cocktails. Fogo de Chao, home to Atlanta’s best Gaucho chefs, serves you the tastiest fire roasted meats, gourmet salads, wine, and cocktails.

Sister Louisa’s on Old Fourth Ward is one bar stop you should definitely check out if you want to ante up the competition with late night Ping-Pong. Fun exhausts you, and after a long morning of sightseeing, pop into Elliot Street Deli and pub for a taste of the delectable sandwiches as you listen to live music and Sunday Atlanta Falcons games.

Great cities come with even an even better nightlife. Don’t let MJQ Concourse’s appearance fool you. Music lovers will love the late-night crowd of this discotheque-inspired nightclub. If you enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere, Apres Diem is the perfect day’s end if you appreciate a laid back, intimate place to grab a drink and unwind.

To dance all the day’s bustle away, check out The Sound Table. With a line of mixologists, great eats and even better atmosphere, play the night away in one of Atlanta’s worst kept secrets.

Where to Stay

With so much to do, see and eat, it’s no surprise that thousands of tourists flock to Atlanta for their summertime getaway. Get the biggest bargain out of your stay by booking downtown Atlanta accommodations at the Ellis Hotel.

As downtown Atlanta’s only independent boutique hotel, the Ellis Hotel is a cut above the rest in terms of cost, convenience and comfort. Our Atlanta hotel specials are second to none, and our exuberant hotel staff is always on hand to cater to your every need. Discover luxury unlike any other. Book your summertime vacation to Atlanta and reserve a stay at the Ellis Hotel.

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