May in Georgia is a beautiful thing because the April showers have stopped and the summer heat hasn’t yet peaked. It’s four weeks of gorgeous weather before it gets too hot to enjoy being outside. Take advantage of these still-breezy days and spend some time outdoors by visiting these spots around Atlanta in May.
Silver Comet Trail and the Atlanta BeltLine
To get a little exercise in this May, visit the Silver Comet Trail. This awesome, 61.5-mile long trail extends from Smyrna all the way to the Georgia/Alabama line. Originally a rail line, this trail has been an Atlanta favorite since 1998. You can bike, run, and walk on this piece of local history.
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Alternatively, you can bike, walk, run, and even rollerblade down the popular BeltLine that circles around downtown Atlanta. Pooches are welcome, too! There are dozens of places to stop along the way to shop, eat, and drink, like Krog Street and Ponce City Markets. There’s always something happening down the BeltLine.
Piedmont Park and Centennial Olympic Park
Sticking close to downtown Atlanta, you can visit the ever-popular Piedmont Park. This recreational area is a whopping 189-acres, which is plenty of room for biking, picnicking, and tossing the frisbee around. There are also tennis courts, a dog park, playgrounds and facilities you can rent out for private parties.
Centennial Olympic Park is also downtown, closer to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Georgia World Congress Center. Events like the Shaky Knees Music Festival and bi-weekly Music @ Noon concerts are held here. Originally constructed during the 1996 Olympics Games, you’re sure to enjoy the sheer beauty of this park, nestled between the tall downtown buildings.
Chattahoochee River and Lake Lanier
Get out on the water this May by fishing and floating down the Chattahoochee River. There are several parks and locations where you can enjoy the river throughout the metro-Atlanta area. Nearest to Norcross, you’ll find Medlock Bridge, Jones Bridge and Holcomb Bridge as “entrances” to the river.
Travel north of Buford and you can enjoy everything Lake Lanier has to offer. Aside from simply enjoying the lake, you can golf, ride horses, zip line and visit LanierWorld. The family will love LanierWorld for the waterslides, wave pool, and the beach. There are dozens of campgrounds on the lake too, so your family can escape for the weekend.
Stone Mountain and Arabia Mountain
Stone Mountain is a family-favorite in the summertime. You climb the mountain and get an incredible view of the entire Atlanta area. There are spots that are perfect for camping, fishing and picnicking. You’ll also find there’s always something going on at the park, fun and educational attractions for the whole family.
If you’ve seen the Laser Show a million and one times, stop by Arabia Mountain instead! It’s a little bit further away, located in Lithonia, but it’s something new to explore. This 2,000-acre spot has two mountains, three lakes and several historic sites to venture through.
Atlanta in May at Lionheart
If you need a break from the sun, stop by Lionheart Theatre, located in Norcross. From May 5 to the 21, we are showing our latest production, The Children’s Hour. Buy your tickets now and enjoy the evening with friends, family, and neighbors!