17 best things to do in Atlanta this winter

Atlanta can be deceiving in the wintertime with seemingly fewer things to do.

This couldn't be farther from the truth. With a little creativity and curiosity, you will find that many adventures are waiting to be discovered.

After you read this list, you will go exploring Atlanta's winter wonderland.

Here are the top 17 things to do in Atlanta this winter:

Volunteer on MLK weekend. Serving your neighbors is one of the best ways you can give back on this holiday.

Does a chilly run tickle your fancy? Hit up these cold-weather Atlanta 5ks to get your fix.

Treat yourself to a piping hot bowl of Atlanta’s best chili. It’s really not winter until you enjoy a bowl of chili. These Atlanta restaurants do it best.

Try out the restaurants and attractions voted the best in Atlanta in 2016. Speaking of the best, AJC’s readers have voted which restaurants and attractions were their go-tos last year.

Take your honey on a date that will be frozen in time. Make cuffing season count with these creative dates that are sure to impress your significant other.

Get your wing fix. While most restaurants offer wings on their menu, this guide will help you find the very best in Atlanta.

Broaden your buddy network by joining these Atlanta sports leagues and outdoor clubs. Birds of a feather stick together.

Try a new cocktail slated to be one of the trendiest of 2017. There are few things better than a strong cocktail after a long cold week. The AJC’s dining staff names these cocktails as the bee’s knees this year.

January might impress you with all of the fun it has in store. Can you handle it?

Get out of the cold and into a warm movie theater. Oscar season brings some of the best flicks of the year to a theater near you.

Go on a staycation right here in Atlanta. Some of the most luxurious vacation rentals in the ATL can make you feel like you’re a world away.

Take on the night at one of the late-night hot spots in Atlanta. No, bowling is not the only late-night activity Atlanta has to offer after midnight.

Ponce City Market’s Skyline Park is just one of the Atlanta bucket list attractions to cross off your winter to-do list. Winter is the perfect time to explore this rapidly growing epicenter for fun. There’s a number of ITP and OTP attractions to explore.

Lace up and hit the ice, because the rinks are calling your name. The holidays might be over, but good cheer is still to be found as you glide through the air at some of the remaining opened ice rinks.

Some big music acts are heading our way this winter. Which shows are you going to?

Atlanta will begin a number of exciting productions, art exhibitions in the 2017-18 season. If you love theater, dance and art, then your year has been made.

2017 brings new restaurant openings. Bon Ton and the Anh’s Kitchen are just a few new restaurants that’ll be worth bracing the cold.

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2018 KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge - Atlanta

The KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge is the nations largest mobile fitness event traveling from coast-to-coast dedicated to keeping kids active and healthy. At the KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge, kids of all ages get the opportunity to flex their physical fitness by participating in a completion-based obstacle course designed to challenge speed, strength, agility and overall physical fitness. The event is FREE to the public and features a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy including active gaming fun for all ages and on-site programming designed to inspire kids and families to live a more active and healthy lifestyle!

 

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FAQ's

What is the KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge?

The KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge is the nations largest mobile fitness event traveling from coast-to-coast dedicated to keeping kids active and healthy.

How do kids participate?

Kids of all ages get the opportunity to demonstrate their physical fitness by participating in a completion-based obstacle course designed to test speed, strength, agility, and overall physical fitness.

How is the course laid out?

The KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge is a 10 station completion-based obstacle course that includes sprinting, push ups, wall crawls, hurdles, jumping jacks, sit ups, tunnel crawls and to finish off the course - a grueling 20 foot confidence climb and 60 meter dash to the finish!

What is the minimum age requirement to compete?

The minimum age requirement for our toddler course is 3 years of age. The course difficulty is adjusted to compliment each age group to include the adults.

Is the KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge a kids event only?

Not at all, adults can participate on all activities at the event to test their physical fitness.

How long will I have to run?

Each course no matter if adult or toddler takes approximately 5 - 10 minutes to complete depending on your physical fitness.

What if I can't make it that far?

No worries. You can terminate your race at anytime but we encourage all participants to attempt to finish. We have lots of great volunteers to help you on the way!

Is there a cost to run the course?

The KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge course is free of charge for all ages. Runners are handled on a first come first serve basis.

Is there a charge to participate on the Xtreme rides at the event?

Yes, there is a charge associated with participating on the BumperBalls and BodyZorbs at the event. The KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge Obstacle Course and Awareness areas are FREE of charge for unlimited participation all day.

What other activities are there to do at the event?

The event features lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy to include Xtreme gaming for all ages, rides, food and on-site programming designed to inspire kids and families to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

What is the weather policy for the event?

The KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge is a LOW WIND SHINE ONLY event due to extremely high inflatables. Please make sure to check the website on event day for weather updates and event status.

Do I have to register to participate?

Yes, ALL participants both children and adults must register for FREE at Eventbrite to accept the medical waiver in order to participate at the event.

Do participants have to arrive at 10am and stay all day?

No, participants can arrive anytime during our 10am - 6pm event hours. New races are run continually throughout the day with new runners being handled on a first come first served basis.

How can I become a Volunteer at the event?

We can always use your help volunteering at our KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge event. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where one of our team members can get you all setup.

How can I become a Sponsor or a Vendor at one of your upcoming events?

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How can I bring the KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge special event to my school?

We offer a limited number of special events per school year. To request a special event at your school, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where one of our friendly specialists will be glad to forward you special event information.

What if I have any further questions?

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The Most Beautiful Places in Georgia You Need to See

1 Tallulah Falls
A 1,000-feet-deep gorge that’s nearly 2 miles long, TG is the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi, and is more aptly called Tallulah Gorgeous, especially when you consider the nearly 2,700-acre Georgia state park adjacent to it. With six waterfalls, which cause the river to drop 500 feet over 1 mile, an 80-foot-high suspension bridge, and ample hiking and biking space, it’s literally breathtaking. Pro tip: If you want to hike the gorge floor, get there early for a permit -- and keep in mind they’re not available during water releases.

2 Savannah

This 822-acre historic site near Savannah boasts the ruins of a fortified home constructed by one of Georgia's colonial founders, Noble Jones; a museum; an interpretive center focusing on daily life in the 1700s; and, most importantly, a picturesque oak-lined 1.5-mile avenue that’s as romantic... um, that’s as romantic as any place where slavery was once practiced, anyway.

3 Lithonia
Arabia Mountain is one of only 49 National Heritage Areas in the country, i.e., places recognized by Congress for their peerless contribution to the nation’s history. What you’ll appreciate most, though, is its starkly beautiful granite landscapes, incredible, awe-inducing views, and dozens of brilliantly colored rare plant species. If a more serene place exists, we haven’t found it yet.

4 Atlanta
Despite being smack dab in the middle of the city, Lullwater Park is a total retreat. You can't hear the cars zipping by over the quiet sounds of leaves rustling in the trees, but you can zone out and enjoy exploring the old water mills. When it comes to parks, Lullwater really has it all: shade and sun, hills and open fields, multiple trails, peaceful running water and fishing ponds, and beautiful serenity. It’s basically nature’s answer to a stiff after-work drink.

5 Pine Mountain
A public garden and resort on 14,000 acres of beautiful Appalachian foothills near Pine Mountain, Callaway Gardens is teeming with gorgeous views of multiple multi-acre kaleidoscopic flowers gardens, and much more, including some legit golf course action, too.

6 Clarkesville
Despite being landlocked, Atlanta has some really gorgeous bodies of water nearby, including the stunning Panther Creek Falls, a cluster of multi-tiered waterfalls that drop into a pool of clear, beautiful water below. Oh, and if you want to do more than simply bask in the falls’ cool serenity, you can enjoy the nearly 6-mile Panther Creek Trail that runs alongside.

7 Morningside
A true hidden gem tucked away by the CDC, Morningside Nature Preserve is a secret even to many who live in the neighborhood. It’s a great place for hiking, trail running, walking, letting dogs frolic, or simply forgetting that a huge metropolis is hidden behind the lovely trees, trails, brush, creeks, suspension bridge, and sandy beaches. Seriously, you’ll feel like you actually got away without ever really leaving the city.

8 Cartersville
This 54-acre site is the most intact Mississippian culture (a mound-building Native American civilization) site in the Southeast, and it features six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits, and a defensive ditch. Artifacts at this archaeological site include huge, hand-carved stone effigies that still have some original pigments. No doubt: this is one of the coolest history lessons you’ve ever had.

9 Dahlonega
Nestled away in Dahlonega is a Montaluce, a stunning winery (and upscale restaurant!) that offers not only fresh, artisanal wines, but also breathtaking views of both the North Georgia Mountains and the sprawling vineyards responsible for all that sweet vino. It also offers events such as deluxe wine tastings, nature hikes, tours, holiday festivities, and more. Pro tip: Splurge on a meal and at least a case of wine. You won’t regret it.

10 Florida-Georgia border
The largest intact freshwater and black water wilderness swamp in North America, Okefenokee Swamp has to be seen to be believed. It’s full of vegetation and animals you’ve probably never seen before, like alligators and cranes. Check it out via paddleboat/motorboat water trails that are the sweetest way to explore the indigenous creeks called “The Land of Trembling Earth.”

World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) Conference & Expo 2017 / Atlanta

September 28, 2017, 8:00 pm - 1:00 am at Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

Price: AEE Members: USD 895, Non AEE Members: USD 995

WEEC brings together the top experts in all areas of the field to help you set a clear, optimum path to energy efficiency, facility optimization and sustainability. Attendees gather and network from all 50 states and more than 60 countries around the world. WEEC is the one truly comprehensive event where you can fully assess the "big picture" and see exactly how the economic and market forces, new technologies, regulatory developments and energy industry trends all merge to shape your critical decisions, as well as define what specific steps are needed to achieve optimum energy efficiency and performance within your organization.

Expand your knowledge of fast-moving developments in the energy field

Explore promising new technologies

Compare energy supply options

Learn about innovative and cost-conscious project implementation strategies

Sponsored by: Trane, Southern Company, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing, US DOE Better Plants, WSP, US EPA ENERGY STAR and many other prominent industry leaders. Complete list: www.energycongress.com/about

On Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 8:00 am (ends Friday September 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm)

Speakers: Featured Guest President George W. Bush, Astronaut Scott Parazynski

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10 Most Unusual Places in Georgia You HAVE To Visit

1. Broxton Rocks

Broxton Rocks are the largest exposure of sandstone found in the Altamaha Grit and expands about 4 miles. Broxton Rocks sandstone layers were formed due to erosion. What’s really unique about Braxton rocks is that it is home to many endangered plants and animals. Some of the endangered plants that are located here are the Greenfly Orchid, Georgia Plume, and the Fameflower which brings color and beauty to the area. Some of the endangered animals that are located in Broxton Rocks are the Bachmans Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, Gopher Tortoise, and the Indigo Snake.

2. Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest and southernmost island. The island consists of undeveloped beaches, forests, and marshes. The island also has over 9,800 acres of wilderness where deer, squirrels, raccoons, armadillos, boars, alligators, and even feral horses roam. The island was home to many famous people including Andrew Carnegie, brother of Thomas Carnegie, who was an industrialist in the steel industry. The heir to the Carnegie family gave current ownership of the island to the National Parks Foundation’s control.

3. The Tate House

The Tate house is located in Tate, Georgia and is made of beautiful pink and white marble. The house was built for Samuel Tate in 1923 by Walker and Weeks, who were architects in the neo-classical era. The Tate house was made with the marble supplied by the Tate’s Georgia Marble Company and is often referred to as the “pink palace”. Inside the house is marble floors and mural wallpaper. The Tate house is a popular place for weddings and special events.

4. Providence Canyon State Park

One of Georgia’s natural seven wonders is located in the city of Lumpkin and it resembles the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This natural wonder was formed due to poor farming techniques and years of erosion. Visitors can stay at the top of the canyon and look down from the edge or they can go down into the canyon via stairs. This natural wonder also is home to a rare plant called the plumleaf azalea.

5. The Lunch Box Museum

In Columbus, Georgia, there is a museum filled with nothing but metal lunch boxes. The museum is owned by Allen Woodall Jr. and features over 2,000 lunch boxes. These lunch boxes include everything from Superman to King Kong lunch boxes. Some of the lunch boxes are so rare that Woodall has replicas of them and the real ones are locked away at home.  It is a very exciting place to go if you want go back in time and feel like a kid again.

6. Habitat For Humanity’s Slum Theme Park

The Habitat for Humanity’s headquarters is in Americus, Georgia and it shows what the nonprofit organization does for people in poverty. The headquarter explains what they do, but, they also let you experience what they want to get rid of. The organization built a theme park showing what poverty is like all around the world and what they hope to eliminate. The theme park is self guided and walks you through different parts of the world. There are even signs in some places saying “deadly insects” to show that some places like Africa, have insects that cause horrible diseases. At the end of the tour there is an open field with trees, flowers, and plants around little houses. This “mini-utopia” shows what the organization wants to achieve.

7. Tank Town USA

Usually you have to be trained to drive a tank, however, for a price you can drive tanks and crush cars in Morgantown, Georgia. The tanks are actually not tanks, instead they are FV432’s which are armored carrier cars used in the British army because the United States army does not sell operational armor to the public. Learning how to drive one takes about 3o seconds and once inside the view is panoramic. The fee for driving the vehicle is 5o dollars, which includes the driver and a passenger, but if you want to crush a car it costs 500 dollars.

8. Little White House

In Atlanta, Georgia there is a house that is exactly identical to the White House in Washington D.C. Fred Milani fled from Iran to the United States in 1979 and built a successful real estate company. After becoming wealthy, Milani built himself and his family a replica scale model of the White House. Milani built this replica as a tribute to the democracy of the United States of America. Inside the house has a few replica rooms such as the oval office which has a desk similar to the one in the presidential office. There is also a replica of the Lincoln bedroom with the copy of the emancipation proclamation hanging up on the wall. After the housing market bust in 2009, Milani had to put his house up for sale for 10 million dollars. Unfortunately, in 2011, the house foreclosed.

9. Georgia Guidestones

In Elbert County, Georgia there are giant slabs of stones with different languages of writing on them. Nobody knows who put them there, but a mysterious person under the name of R.C. Christian hired Elberton Granite Finishing Company to build the structure. The structure has 10 guidelines or rules in 8 different languages, including English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. To the left of the stone there is a tablet that states the astronomical features of the tablet and an apparent time capsule buried 6 feet below the monument. Also, on the tablet it says “Let these be guidelines to the age of reason” and around it has 4 different ancient writing languages including Babylonian, Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian.

10. Dawson Forest

Dawsonville has many things to do such as the outlet malls or Amicalola falls, but deep in the forest there is something many people don’t know about. Inside Dawson Forest there used to be a nuclear aircraft laboratory used during the Cold War. It was a United States Air Force facility named air force plant #67 in which they were trying to design nuclear aircrafts. The entrance to the actual plant is underground, however the entrances have been buried. The only thing that remains left is the nuclear cooling building, which has an entrance that is completely sealed shut and large amounts of radiation around the area.

 

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