Van Crogh was one of about 100 scarecrows on display at Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Atlanta. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM
Photo: Curtis Compton
Photo: Curtis Compton

How to enjoy the perfect fall weekend in Atlanta

How can you make your autumn weekend in Atlanta the best ever? 

The capital of the New South offers a little something for everyone.

For the football fan

Nothing says weekends in the South like football. For the ultimate football weekend in Atlanta, plan on attending a Falcons, Georgia Tech or Georgia State game. Before or after the game, add a trip to the College Football Hall of Fame to your itinerary. To keep up with game day scores and grab some grub, take a trip downtown to Dantanna's, Taco Mac or STATS.

For the family

Atlanta shines in autumn and spring with a calendar full of festivals. Many suburbs host community festivals, each with its own unique flair. Such festivals include Chastain Arts Festival and the Atlanta Hot & Spicy Festival in Brookhaven.

For more fun, mosey around Midtown and enjoy a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see Scarecrows in the Garden. The annual visual display is highlighted by other events, including Goblins in the Garden and the Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest.

For the romantics

Atlanta is full of trees, and autumn is the perfect time to see the splendor of fall foliage from different vantage points in the city. For just the two of you, take a trip on SkyView Atlanta, which offers views of the changing leaves. To complement the romantic theme, try a cozy dinner at Polaris, The Sun Dial or Nikolai's Roof. And to satisfy a sweet tooth, visit Cacao, Atlanta's own gourmet chocolatier with locations in Buckhead and Virginia-Highland.

For the thrill-seekers

Head to the top of Stone Mountain when cooler weather makes the hike more enjoyable, or take the Skyride for a faster, less aerobic way to enjoy the view. 

For different scenes, hike up to Indian Seats at Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming or visit the battlefield at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Metro Atlanta offers treetop experiences for children and adults, including the SkyHike at Stone Mountain Park, Treetop Quest in Buford and Dunwoody, the world's longest zip line at Banning Mills and Treetop Adventure at Callaway Gardens.

For water activities close to home, take a canoe or kayak out on the Chattahoochee River or head up to Lake Lanier, where you can rent a boat for a day.

For when you're with friends

When you're spending your weekend close to home, use the city as your backyard and bring your friends along for the fun. Take a walk on the Atlanta BeltLine to see all the Art on the BeltLine works. Expand your shopping and restaurant horizons by exploring Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market. Top off your day with drinks -- and a great view of the city —at one of Atlanta's patios.

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