When football season is over, SEC fans can feel starved for something to do. Without football games to schedule life around, the offseason can pass by slowly.
Not to worry though.
In Atlanta, there are plenty of places for fans to get outside and have some fun and fresh air while they wait for the season to return. If you aren’t into the outdoors, there’s enough great food and culture to make any city jealous.
Regardless of your taste, you’ll have no trouble filling your weekends in the capital of SEC country.
Beautiful Parks and Trails
Atlanta is home to more than 343 parks, providing plenty of places where fans can enjoy the outdoors. It starts with Piedmont Park, a great park in located in the heart of Atlanta. Whether you want to play basketball, take your dog to a dog park, go to a farmer’s market or just spend a lazy afternoon enjoying the fresh air, Piedmont is the place for you.
If you’re into hiking, Sweetwater Creek State Park is full of long trails that wind through forest and offer stunning views.
For a shorter trail that still has a great view, head to Stone Mountain Park. You can hike to the top of the mountain and see the Atlanta skyline, then head down to the lawn for the laser show.
The city has more than 125 miles of multi-use trails. Almost every neighborhood has some beautiful green space to enjoy. If you want to take a walk and see some great sights, Atlanta has you covered.
For cyclists, there’s the Atlanta Beltline, which offers miles of bike trails around the center of the city. Explore different neighborhoods and ride easily along the city’s old railroad lines to get from destination to destination. From the Beltline, you can access the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Freedom Park, the Old Fourth Ward and more.
Enjoy long-distance cycling? Take the Silver Comet Trail, which runs from just west of Atlanta to Alabama. You can also stop at some of the many historic sites along the trail.
Amazing Food and Music
Even fans who don’t love hiking or cycling love food. And Atlanta has everything you could want in that department.
Whether it’s food trucks or fine dining, Atlanta has southern food down to a science. The famous Mary Mac’s near midtown offers some of the city’s best southern cooking. There are tons of other flavors as well, from Umi in Buckhead for Japanese to Raging Burrito in Decatur for Tex-Mex. No matter your taste or your budget, you can find great places to eat in Atlanta.
And don’t forget the city’s music scene. Head to the Tabernacle for big-time concerts, or Eddie’s Attic to discover some of the area’s rising stars. SEC fans who love country should make it out to the Shaky Boots Festival in May. Then there’s the big one: Music Midtown, a festival in the fall that has featured everyone from John Mayer to Drake to Iggy Azalea to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
College football season takes over our lives every fall, as it should. But when the season is over or your team is on a bye week, there’s nowhere with more great ways to spend your time than the city of Atlanta.
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