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Recreation

Not that we want to encourage you to NOT study, but when you have those limited free moments, here is a list of activities compiled by recent students and graduates.

Getting Away from it All (In Atlanta)

Atlanta offers abundant resources for keeping amused and stimulated and for taking good care of oneself and one's family. 

Atlanta Botanical Garden: Piedmont Park, 345 Piedmont Ave., at The Prado, 404-876-5859.  Conservatory and gardens featuring workshops and exhibits throughout the year.  Admission charged. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Atlanta Cyclorama: 80 Cherokee Ave., 404-624-1071.  50 feet high and 400 feet in circumference, this painting of the Battle of Atlanta is the world’s largest painting. Located in Grant Park, also home of the Atlanta zoo.  Admission charged.

Atlanta History Center: 140 W. Paces Ferry Rd, 404-814-4000.  Located on 33 acres of gardens and wooded trails.  Includes Swan Coach House, an elaborate Southern mansion; The Tulle Smith Farm, a 19th century working farm, and McElreath Hall which houses archives and exhibits.  Admission charged. www.atlantahistorycenter.com

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center: 980 Briarcliff Rd NE 404-872-5338.  Top-notch classes in crafts, art, writing, dance and photography; art exhibits and performances.  Former home of Charles Howard Chandler, an early president of Coca-Cola. www.callanwolde.org

Callaway Gardens: Pine Mountain, (near Columbus, GA ) 1-800-CALLAWAY, 2,500 acres of native flowers and woodlands, butterfly gardens, golf courses, horseback riding and fishing.  Located 75 miles south of Atlanta.  Admission charged. www.callawaygardens.com.

Chastain Memorial Park: 140 W. Wieuca Rd.  A huge amphitheater with big-name concerts in the summer, tennis center, 18-hole golf course.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center: 770-399-8070. Take A 48-mile stretch of the river from Roswell to Vinings. On warm weekends “shoot the ‘Hooch” (float down the river on a raft). Great hikes, jogging, and mountain biking trails. Call for information.

CNN Studio Tour: 404-827-2400  A 45-minute guided walking tour through the news giant’s studios.  Witness live on-the-air broadcasting.  Reservations advised.  Admission.

Fernbank Science Center: 156 Heaton Park Drive, 404-378-4311. Affiliated with Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Planetarium, botanical gardens, forestry and natural science exhibits.  Admission charged to planetarium shows.

Fox Theater: 660 Peachtree St., 404-881-2100.  Built in 1929 in the style of an Arabian courtyard, and with minarets and a ceiling “sky,” with twinkling stars and moving clouds.  Fascinating tour and a great summer film festival. http://www.foxtheatre.org/

High Museum of Art:  1280 Peachtree St., 404-733-4444. World-class art, films and exhibitions. Great student membership deal. 404-892-3600 Admission charged. www.high.org

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park:  Old Highway 41 and Stilesboro Rd., Marietta, 404-427-4686.  A 2,882-acre national park on the site of an important engagement in the Battle of Atlanta. Good day hike with great view.

Lake Lanier Islands: Buford, 770-932-7255.  Four state-owned islands on Atlanta’s closest lake, with swimming, tennis, sailing and horseback riding.  Admission charged.

Lullwater Park:  is a good place to walk and get away. (Do not walk alone in the woods, particularly at night). Entrance located across from Dental Building.

Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.  449 Auburn Ave., 404-331-5190. Located on historic Auburn Avenue, next door to Ebenezer Baptist Church.  Features a civil rights museum, Dr. King's tomb, and many scheduled events.  www.thekingcenter.com

Piedmont Park:  Piedmont Ave. at 14th St. Tennis courts, softball fields, playgrounds. Dog-friendly. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs free summer concerts.

Six Flags Over Georgia:  7561 Six Flags Road, off I-20 West, Austell, 770-948-9290.  More than 100 rides, including roller coasters and a parachute jump.  Admission; discount tickets available at Emory's Student Information desk.  www.sixflags.com/georgia/

Stone Mountain Park:  Highway 78, Stone Mountain, GA  404-469-9381.  A 3,200 acre park surrounding the world's largest granite outcropping, upon which are carved the figures of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.  Laser show during summer evenings.  Skylift and hiking trails to the top of the mountain, steam locomotive, antebellum plantation, museums, and facilities for camping, swimming, fishing, tennis and golf.  Admission charged.

Your DeKalb Farmer's Market: 3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-377-6400 Wonderful and cheap seafood, produce, flowers, cheeses, meats, baked goods, CHEAP SPICES, exotic edibles.  Don't miss it! www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com

Zoo Atlanta: 300 Cherokee Ave., S.E.  (404) 624-5600.  About a 20 min. drive from campus, and a fun way to spend a day.  Come see the Giant Pandas of Chengdu. www.zooatlanta.org

Additional suggestions for Atlanta activities are available here.

Day Trips

The Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga, TN -  This place is definitely worth the drive.  The aquarium is located in Chattanooga (approximately a 2 ½ hour drive from campus). There are wonderful exhibits including “The Rivers of the World” and occasionally there are special exhibits. Admission charged.

Monastery of the Holy Ghost (in Conyers, GA).  Built and is inhabited by the Trappist Monks.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped, they have a greenhouse, a gift shop with pottery and bread for sale which the monks have made.  There is a Gothic Abbey and a slide show of the interior cloister.  Definitely worth the trip.  2625 Hwy 212 SE  404-483-8705.  Forty-five minutes from Atlanta.

Juliette, GA - See where Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed and have lunch at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Gold Fever!  Take a trip to Dahlonega, GA  where it looks much as it did in 1833.  You can even pan for gold if you wish.  GA 19, 404-864-2257.  One and half hours from Atlanta.

Head for Helen and the Swiss Alps (Georgia style).  This Alpine Village features small chalets, crafts, and curio shops.  404-878-2521.  One and a half hours from Atlanta.

There are many, many more fascinating places to go in this area.  Much info available from tour books, info centers.  Within a weekend or long weekend trip you'll find, Florida (5-9 hours depending upon area), the Georgia coast (4-6 hours), Savannah (4 hours),  and a number of good State Parks in North Georgia.

Rental tents and equipment are available through the Woodruff Center and Smoky Mountain Sports.

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