10 Underrated Places In Georgia To Take An Out-Of-Towner

1. This hidden-gem in the heart of Atlanta where you can spend the night:

This hidden gem in Georgia has recently been named one of the top AirBnB destinations in the world. It's a beautifully serene, almost whimsical, tree house where you can stay nightly and fulfill a childhood dream of living among the treetops.

2. Swan House: Traditionally known as one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Atlanta.

This sophisticated, classically-styled mansion was built in 1928 for the Inman family, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune. Now, you can travel just outside of Atlanta, to explore this beautifully restored historic house along with the gardens, fountains, and mesmerizing views.

3. Watching the wild horses of Cumberland Island:

Cumberland Island is known as Georgia's largest barrier island. It's here that you can swim, bird watch, observe the twisted tree trunks, and of course, watch the wild horses run about.

4. The beautiful archway of Spanish moss in Wormsloe Plantation:

Located in Savannah, the Wormsloe Plantation may be one of the most underrated spots in the state. Although famous visually, many tourists don't realize that it's located just outside the city, and you can personally drive down the magical road.

5. Little Grand Canyon:

This 1,003-acre state park, located in Stewart County in southwest Georgia, is as underrated as it gets. But those who know about Providence Canyon State Park hike the trails, enjoy the views and camp overnight whenever they can.

6. Climb one of the highest peaks in all of Georgia.

 
7. Hike, bike, climb and enjoy.
 
The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area in Lithonia is a wonderful place to bring out-of-towners of any age. There's so much to learn and see in the culture and rich natural wonders of the land, (besides getting in a bout of exercise.)
 
8. A mined quarry featuring rich, blue water and a slice of history:
 
About a mile outside of Midtown Atlanta sits Bellwood Quarry. The area was mined for centuries, before filling with blue water and becoming an out-of-towner's paradise.
 
9. One of the most unique botanical gardens in the country:
 
When most people hear "botanical garden" they don't think of it as an exciting attraction---not compared to, say, Six Flags, anyway. But Atlanta's Botanical Garden is a 30-acre flora and fauna paradise, perfect for a day-trip for the entire family.
 
10. Probably the coolest history lesson around:
Located in Cartersville, the Etowah Indian Mounds are truly a sight to see. Sitting on 54 acres of land, you can explore a mound-building Native American civilization, the largest site in the Southeast.

So there you have it; a few of the most underrated spots in Georgia that it’s high time you visit. Bring the family, bring your friends and add these to the list for your out-of-town guests to peruse when they come to Georgia.

 

 
 

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King of Pops – Check the calendar, see where they will be, and prepare to get your popsicle on! These are the best popsicles in the universe! Save me a mango jalapeno, and my boys say, “Pass the Peach!”

LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands – Enjoy fun slides, relaxing beaches, wakeboarding, and lake adventures. There is a Fun Park, Big Beach, and Sunset Cove. Enjoy Beach Flicks and live music during the summer.

Liberty Bell Swimming Pool, at FDR State Park – FDR provides 42 miles of trails, geocaching, star gazing, canoeing, and more. The kids will love taking a dip in the Liberty Bell swimming pool!

Library Summer Reading Programs – Your local library has a summer reading program for the kids. Most libraries also have regular programs associated with these, like jugglers, magicians and such.

Marietta Fire Museum – Tour the two stories of fire truck paraphernalia and fire trucks. Be sure to ask for a tour, and whatever you do, get your parking validated to save $20. Just a short walk away is a fun train playground and an ice cream shop!

Matilda’s Under the Pines – This incredible outdoor music venue in Alpharetta is free for kiddos and family-friendly!

Movies in the park – There are free outdoor movie locations all over the city. Bring a blanket and some snacks, and enjoy the evening!

Museum of Aviation. Do you have a want-to-be pilot in your life? The Museum of Aviation at Warner Robbins will elicit a full day’s worth of grins and giggles. It is one of the largest aviation museums in the US. See over 90 different aircraft, spread over four hangers and 51 acres. The best part? It’s FREE. National Trail Days – (June 4) Take a Ranger-led hike, volunteer your time for clean up, or one of several other events on Trail Day.

Piedmont Park Pool – Spend time splashing in the fountains or riding the lazy river. There is a greystone bathhouse, lap lanes, and much more. It is clean and super family friendly. If you need a break from the sun, you can also try one of these FREE ways to explore Piedmont Park.

Renaissance Festival – Jousting, games, fire jugglers, and so much more. This is a summer festival you can’t miss.

Ride the Atlanta Streetcar –There are 12 stops along a 2.7-mile loop. It would be fun to ride just for the novelty, but consider stops at Centennial Park, Sweet Auburn Market, MLK National Historic Site, or Woodruff Park.

5 Great Neighborhoods in Orlando

1- Winter Park
An independent city created for northern snow birds, Winter Park is Orlando’s quintessential "old money" neighborhood. Posh boutiques and museums dot this charming enclave where the women are just a little bit blonder and a little bit thinner than anywhere else. Cobblestone streets are the norm here, as are wonderfully old oak trees covered in Spanish moss. Rollins College is the town’s cultural center, with its chapel serving as the backdrop of a popular classical musical series. Neighborhood residents -- largely well-to-do families -- have more than a few cultural gems in their own backyard, such as the intimate but stunning Charles Hosmer Museum of American Art, which holds a respectable collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Fine dining options and specialty shops are abundant here, particularly along well frequented Park Avenue, but residents may also enjoy less expensive fare: a Saturday farmers market at 200 W. New England Ave. offers fresh produce, exotic spices, baked pies and homemade jellies, among other treats. Wonderful ethnic options are also available, such as Sazon436 on Semoran Boulevard (State Road 436), which was voted Orlando’s Best Puerto Rican restaurant in a recent Orlando Sentinel survey.

2-College Park
Deriving its name from streets named after colleges (Princeton, Harvard, Yale, et al), this neighborhood packs a punch because of its proximity to downtown Orlando and low-key beauty. Longtime elderly residents live alongside newer Orlando denizens, many of them professionals, in charming, though not inexpensive, homes. The area’s hip specialty stores and restaurants as well as its close proximity to Loch Haven Park, the city’s cultural corridor, also add value to this area.

College Park is highly walkable, a factor prospective homeowners are increasingly taking into consideration before committing to a purchase. If you go for a day visit, do check out the Harmoni Market, a Mediterranean deli serving delicious gourmet goodies. You may also take a stroll by Jack Kerouac’s former home, where the beatnik best known for writing On the Road lived for a time. Today, the house provides aspiring writers with free housing for three months as they work on their next masterpiece.

3- East Orlando (UCF Area)
Home to thousands of students attending the University of Central Florida, Orlando’s largest state school, this neighborhood is dynamic, young and ethnically diverse. Traffic can get a little hectic at times, but living next to one of the largest universities in the country has lots of cultural pluses. Locals, for instance, may attend a football game at the brand-new Bright House Stadium (UCF is trying to beef up its sport creds), catch a play at UCF’s Conservatory Theater and crash a host of lectures and film viewings on campus at a low cost or entirely for free. Most residents live in owner-occupied, single-family homes, but rentals abound thanks to student demand. The neighborhood also hosts a vibrant and large immigrant population that contributes great ethnic food options, such as Rice and Beans Cocina Latina, on Alafaya Trail.

4- Lake Nona
Lake Nona is an up-and-coming neighborhood attracting families from different socioeconomic backgrounds, with housing units ranging from luxury homes to townhouses available to suit many budgets. Originally conceived as a 7,000-acre golfing mecca, the area is perhaps best known for the Tavistock Cup, a competition held each year among the best professional players from the Isleworth and Lake Nona country clubs. Recently, Lake Nona has been trading its exclusive "golf" image for a more scientifically cutting-edge one. A Medical City, which includes the biotech research group Burnham Institute, the University of Central Florida’s medical school, a veterans hospital, and a 500-acre science and technology office park are slated for construction on the site. These projects promise to add real estate value to this still-evolving neighborhood in South Orlando, which developers say has another 10 to 15 years of growth and expansion ahead. Its close proximity to Orlando International Airport is also a plus for those with regular business commutes.

5- Celebration
Though technically in Kissimmee, Celebration likes to think itself as an independent city catering to middle and upper middle class families (quite a few of them employed at neighboring Walt Disney World). Modeled after small American towns from the early 1900s, the place has a feel reminiscent of a Hollywood movie set. Though it’s been derided in popular culture for being artificially squeaky clean and predictable, Celebration’s design has its pluses: besides having its own Town Center with several restaurants and shops to choose from, Celebration allows for pedestrian traffic, a rarity in today’s suburban America. Locals often walk, bike or ride in electric vehicles to get around. Celebration also works hard to create a sense of place and neighborliness through a host of annual events, such as an exotic car show, the Great American Pie festival and an Oktoberfest party. Fall and Christmas events feature fake falling leaves and artificial snow, respectively, blown to the public’s delight in the neighborhood’s Town Center each year.

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