Sports and Recreation

The Stadiums
America may be the home of the brave, but Atlanta is the home of The Braves. With countless sports teams and over a half-dozen stadiums and fields, it's a great city for athletes and eager fans alike. See your favorite teams hit a homerun at Turner Field, shoot hoops at the Philips Arena or score a touchdown at the Georgia Dome.

If your interests are a little less traditional? Don't worry. Atlanta is a proud supporter of everything from golf to wrestling to ice hockey.

The Races
A fast-moving metropolis, it should come as no surprise that Atlanta is also known for its racetracks, particularly the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Home to everything from drag races to car shows, it's a must-see for anyone with a need for speed. If you'd rather run than drive then consider visiting Atlanta during July, when the Peachtree Road Race transform the city into a marathon with over 60,000 participants.

The Parks
Collecting grass stains is a right of passage for any nature lover, and nowhere is that better achieved than at one of Atlanta's many parks, playgrounds and local gardens. Centennial Olympic Park, one of the largest parks in the South, has over 21 acres for exploration and discovery. Piedmont Park offers a one-of-a-kind view of the city skyline. Grant Park connects right to the city zoo. Perhaps most impressive is The Atlanta Botanical Garden. Not only does it have hundreds of flower and fauna, but it's also home to the famous Kendeda Canopy Walk, a 600ft journey through the treetops of Atlanta's last urban forest.

The Lakes
Cool down this summer with a trip to Lake Lanier, less than an hour away from northeast Atlanta. A popular hangout for swimmers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts, its cool blue waters have played host to everything from the Canoe Sprint World Championships to the 1996 Summer Olympics. It also boasts its own shops, resorts, and a number of sightseeing piers. It's even home to the Lake Lanier Islands Waterpark if you really want to make a splash!

The Sights
Between the urban sprawl of the city and breathtaking natural beauty of its landscapes, Atlanta is one of the best places in Georgia for sightseeing. Take a ride on the BeltLine trams or a hike around the river at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Follow the PATH network for preexisting trails catered to joggers, skaters and cyclists.

However you choose to explore this fair city, it's definitely an experience you won't be forgetting anytime soon.