The temperature may be a bit colder, but things are heating up this winter in downtown Atlanta. The winter season brings a unique blend of Southern hospitality that is certain to keep travelers and tourists warm no matter what the winter weather brings. Follow along as we explore some of the most exciting wintertime activities that make downtown Atlanta the place to be this season!
Brave the Winter Weather with These Outdoor Activities
While Atlanta’s winters may be a bit cooler, the city’s activities certainly heat up to provide plenty of pleasant family-friendly activities that will keep you entertained all season long.
- Hit the Slopes at Snow Mountain
The whole city may not be covered with snow, but you can be sure to find your fill of flaky white powder at Stone Mountain’s Snow Mountain! Located merely minutes from your downtown Atlanta accommodations, Snow Mountain provides acres of snow fit for tubing, sledding, snowmen building and so much more!
- Lace Up Your Skates
No matter where you book your Atlanta accommodations, an ice skating rink is never too far. Atlanta is home to many indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks that allow you to glide through the winter season with ease. Whether you choose the city surroundings of the rink at Centennial Olympic Park or prefer the expansive open-air rink at Atlantic Station, grab your skates and get going at one of Atlanta’s many ice rinks this winter!
- Check Out the Animals at Zoo Atlanta
Atlanta’s perfect combination of sunny skies and cooler weather make winter the perfect season to get up close and personal with all the species at Zoo Atlanta. Housing over 1,400 animals, you and your family are sure to find your favorite somewhere on the Zoo grounds. Be sure to check out the Zoo’s famous twin pandas, Mei Lun and Mei Hun, who are especially active during the cooler winter months.
Hibernate Indoors with These Exciting Atlanta Attractions
The cold weather isn’t for everyone. If you’d rather find a way to stay warm on your wintertime visit to Atlanta, there are still plenty of activities and attractions that can help you keep warm in even the harshest winter weather.
- Explore Under the Sea at the Georgia Aquarium
No matter what the weather is outside, you can always count of some warm family fun at the Georgia Aquarium. Inside, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get face-to-face with your favorite under-the-sea creatures – whether they are manta rays, penguins or sharks! Be sure to plan your visit ahead of time to make sure you have enough time for all the exhibits, live shows and interactive attractions on site.
- Warm Up at the Winter Beer Fest
With live music, entertainment and over 150 beers all under one roof, there is simply no better way to stay warm and fight off the wintertime blues than the Atlanta Winter Beer Fest. With two sessions, this year’s wintertime celebration of the nation’s best brews promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
- Explore Some of the City’s ‘Hottest’ Restaurants
When the weather outside is frightful, there is nothing more delightful than a delicious plate from some of the city’s best eateries. Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall is a foodie’s paradise and the perfect place to pass a blustery winter afternoon. The Terrace Bistro offers up the freshest flavors in their Southern bistro-styled entrees to warm you up on even the coldest of days. For classic Southern-style cooking that is certain to warm you up right, take a trip to Paschal’s Restaurant and discover what true southern hospitality tastes like.
If you’re looking to save a few bucks on your next vacation, a wintertime trip to Atlanta may just be the perfect solution to your travel itch. Best of all, you can stay in the center of all the city’s action and excitement by booking your boutique hotel accommodations at the Ellis Hotel. Located on historic Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, the Ellis Hotel combines classic Southern charm with contemporary offerings and amenities for a hotel stay unlike any other. Discover the difference our intimate boutique hotel settings can make for you and book your accommodations today.