In late summer, Atlanta offers a ton of fun events for every member of the family. The city offers up delicious cuisine, historical landmarks, lively events, and perfect weather. It’s not too late to enjoy an affordable romantic getaway or family vacation in Atlanta.
Why Late Summer is the Best Time
Since many schools are starting classes earlier in August, late July and August are ideal times to book your summer vacation in Atlanta. Fewer people visiting the city means shorter lines at some of Atlanta’s top attractions. In fact, late summer is the best time to visit Atlanta so you can enjoy the many outdoor events occurring throughout the city without the crowds.
This time of year also brings excellent Atlanta Hotel specials and travel packages, providing an affordable vacation option. Our Bed & Breakfast Package includes an in-room American breakfast for two with an overnight stay, while our best deal gives guests 15% off when they stay three nights or more.
Upcoming Events in the City
If you’re looking for a completely free and open-to-the-public event, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games 20th Anniversary Celebration will be occurring in Centennial Olympic Park on all summer long. The historic event gained Atlanta much recognition and heightened it’s international status. The event will celebrate the 21-acre park located in downtown Atlanta while also celebrating the many participants that allowed the game to be a reality, including staff, stakeholders, and volunteers.
To learn more about the city you’re visiting, check out the Atlanta History Center’s Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta exhibit. Learn how Atlanta became the city it is today through stories told my people from many different backgrounds through ways such as interactive media, artifacts, and recording booths. Now through July 31st.
If you are wanting to explore something a little different, steer yourself to the Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit at the High Museum of Art. Gaze upon over 150 pairs of shoes from various different collections throughout the world, including those from the archives of Converse, Puma, Adidas, and Nike. Now through August 14th.
Great Summertime Attractions
The Swan House, designed by the famous Atlanta architect Philip Trammel Shultze, shows what the life was life for the Inman family, the family that lived there during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The classically styled mansion is considered one of the most photographed landmarks in Atlanta. The mansion is a must-see on any summer vacation in Atlanta.
Atlanta is historically called “The Gate City” so a visit to the Millennium Gate should definitely be included in your trip to Atlanta. The 12,000 square foot museum is a place to learn about Georgia art, culture, and history through film, exhibitions, and various interactive technologies. The triumphal classical Roman arch itself is a work of art and is based on the Arch of Titus, located in Rome.
The Oakland Cemetery is located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Atlanta and is one of the largest green spaces in the city. Founded in 1850, it is the oldest cemetery in Atlanta and shows off countless sculptures, historical architecture, and preserves magnificent oak and magnolia trees.
Enjoy World-Famous Southern Food
With a record number of new, trendy restaurants opening, Atlanta is quite the restaurant town and it may be hard to even decide where you want to go. The city continues to experiment with new ingredients and techniques while still embracing its southern roots. There also is a renewed focus on local and sustainable food practices. Below, you will find a few of the city’s most notable spots.
Staplehouse is one of Atlanta’s hottest new restaurants with an always-changing menu that uses local ingredients. Plus, the restaurant gives back to the Atlanta community by supporting local nonprofits.
Another great local spot is rising star’s, Jarrrett Stieber’s, Eat Me Speak Me in the Chandler Park neighborhood. It’s a temporary, “pop-up”, restaurant with a casual atmosphere and fresh, Georgia ingredients.
For some traditional Southern food with a spin, Gunshow offers an exciting take on the tradition. Much like Chinese dim sum, meals are rolled around on carts for diners to choose from.
The summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty of time to squeeze in one last vacation. End your summer on a high note by booking downtown Atlanta hotel accommodations at the Ellis Hotel. Our hotel packages and special offers combine close proximity to the best Atlanta’s attractions with our stunning accommodations for a hotel experience like no other. Don’t put off your summer vacation any longer. Book your accommodations at the Ellis Hotel today!