Photo: Courtesy of Lesli Peterson
Photo: Courtesy of Lesli Peterson

Where to take sports fans in Atlanta

Expecting summer guests who love golf? Looking for a Father's Day experience for your baseball-lover? Maybe you appreciate a great road race, and it's time to see one in person. Whether you are the sports-lover or you are seeking to entertain, Atlanta offers multiple experiences for every fan out there. Here are nine sports-minded adventures for every type of athlete.

Topgolf Alpharetta. Take a swing at Topgolf's microchip-enhanced balls for the chance to win at their signature game, where distance and accuracy are king. And that's only one of seven different types of golf adventures for beginners and experts alike. You don't have to be a golf-lover to have a great time at Topgolf, though. There is an extensive food and beverage menu, over 200 HDTVs and a plethora of games beyond golf.

College Football Hall of Fame. The Hall moved to Georgia, and it has never been better. World-class technology accompanies visitors throughout their visit. An RFID ticket creates a personalized on-site experience and sets up replays of interactions for you to watch from home. Don't miss The Playing Field and the Skill Zone, where you can try your hand at a field goal or obstacle course. Didn't know this museum was in Atlanta? Don'tmiss these additional Atlanta museums.

Gwinnett Braves. Bring your baseball-fever to Lawrenceville, and catch a game with Atlanta's own professional minor league team. Sit in stadium seats close to the action, or spread your blanket on the lawn just beyond the outfield.

Georgia Dome Tour. Go behind the scenes of the Atlanta Falcons' Georgia Dome. This affordable tour stops at the observatory deck, where coaches watch the game-day action. You'll see the press box, the posh luxury suites and the locker room, and see firsthand the field and playing turf. Tours are not open during events, so check the website.

Braves Museum and Hall of Fame. Walk back in time with videos, photos and memorabilia commemorating the Boston Braves (1971-1952,) the Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) and the Atlanta Braves (1966 – present.) You'll see artifacts from the 25 members of the Braves Hall of Fame, the Braves Leaderboard and a video about the transformation of Turner Field.

Andretti Indoor Karting. On your mark, get set, GO! Grab a group of friends, and head to Andretti's for a friendly competition of high-speedkarting, extreme ropes courses, simulated racing and more. You'll spin 10-15 times around the quarter-mile indoor track at speeds up to 35 mph. Andretti is currently in Roswell, but you will have a chance to compete in Marietta when the new location opens this summer.

The Painted Pin. One could argue that The Painted Pin is more of an upscale boutique bar than a bowling alley. Sure, you can bowl; 20 lanes are available for your enjoyment. Just don't forget to try the hickory smoked pork ribs or the grilled fish tacos. The real questions is this: Who will throw a strike after a few of their signature cocktails?

Dick Lane Velodrome. More than 40 years ago a group of residents were inspired by a visit to the Munich Olympics and sought to build the cycle site just south of Downtown. Take a four-day certification class to learn the fundamentals of track racing, and then you can spin your wheels at the 'drome. Not yet ready to hit the track? There are plenty of spectator opportunities to enjoy.

Road Atlanta. Whether you are visiting for The Mitty, Petite Le Mans or any other Road Atlanta event, it's all-day racing excitement on and off the track. On track, this location is recognized as one of the best road courses in the sport with multiple vantages to watch cars curve, dip and dive. Want to make an entire weekend of fun? Visitors can camp on any greenspace at the track for day and nighttime fun with the fans.

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