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    State Farmers Market

    by dustmon Written Sep 3, 2011

    Open all year, the State Farmers Market is in Forest Park, just south of the airport. Anything grown in Georgia is in one area, you just drive down the rows of sellers and stop to look at something good! There are also plants, and Thomas' Restaurant serves fresh cooked veggies with the meals.....

    view from the expressway
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    Princess Diana Monument/World Athhletes

    by dustmon Updated May 30, 2011

    Prince Charles was one who financed the making of this statue on Peachtree Road to honor the world's athletes, but it turned out that immediately after its completion, the Princess died, and the monument turned into a sort of a shrine for her devotees, getting covered in flowers and such for weeks. It is hard to actually get to, being on a small triangle of grass near an expressway on-ramp but you can see it driving past anyways...
    Sculptor---Anton Glikine

    Diana Monument
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    Rhodes Hall--weddings, events, tours

    by dustmon Written May 30, 2011

    The building was built in 1904 by the business partner of my great grandfather, J.J.Haverty---I heard that Amos Rhodes brought all the stonework from England and had this castle rebuilt right on Peachtree Road where it is today. Great place for events, corporate or social, you can take a tour and they usually have a pretty good Halloween House set up here to scare folks!
    The upper floors house the Georgia Trust Foundation offices.

    Rhodes Hall--The Castle on Peachtree
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    Atlanta Skyline

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The skyline of downtown, I always thought was impressive. They continue to expand it, but also renovate the old structures. One stand out is the Bank of America building right in the middle. Take the attached video view presented and you will see what I mean. I first came here 1974 and there was not much then to show off. Only the old Regency, with its circular tower hotel. Now it is very much different and new, progressive, and modern.
    From downtown you can see the whole panorama as well as all the way over to Stone Mountain, probably 10-12 miles away.

    Bank of America tower stands out in the middle Panoramic range Histoic church in midst of buildings Long range view of landscape Panorama hazy view on a foggy/rainy day
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    National Museum of Patriotism

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nicholas Snider, a common person, started the idea to have a museum for patriotism and stimulate the people. It opened in Atlanta in 2004. He believed that the people need a place to introduce their heirs to our country and be loyal. It has memorabilia of the Olympics held here in 1996. It also has a lot of other displays of USA symbols, founding and history.
    It is located right by Centennial Park area

    Brochure of the museum
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    Roller Skate!!!

    by Zarasher Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Roller skating... they have special nights... college night...all night night... day time... whatever you can imagine... It is situated in the SW cascade area, which is not too far from the Atlanta Univrsity Centre... this is where Beyonce had her 21'st Birthday.

    The rink
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    Atlanta Boy Choir concerts

    by dustmon Updated Sep 24, 2010

    This is a world class organization---my son and I have both participated in Fletcher Wolfe's choir for boys (before they lose their high voices)----Mr Wolfe just re-took over the choir after a lapse---if they are singing and you are a fan of good music, definitely this should be on your list to see------When My son was in the choir, they sang for the Pope, visited Medici, Italy, and also went to Moscow for a concert.
    Very much recommended....
    Their website says they are now auditioning ages 6-13 for the new season!

    The Atlanta Boy Choir
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    Piedmont Park, Atlanta's Central Park

    by dustmon Updated Sep 24, 2010

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    Piedmont Park is a great park with fields for sports, a lake for fishing, a public pool in the summer for swimming, public tennis courts, great playgrounds, arts festivals during the year for shopping and eating, and much more, like a local farmers market in summer and fall-----some parking in nearby neighborhoods and some pay lots as well. There is also a dog park included.

    Lake Clara Meer Piedmont Park Fields
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    Chattahoochee River visit

    by dustmon Updated Sep 8, 2010

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    There are 6-8 different areas adjacent to the Chattahoochee where you can enjoy the riverside with a picnic, or bring your kayak or canoe and go out on the water, or fishing, or lots of other fun things. It costs $3 to park a car in the huge lot at Palisades West near Smyrna and there are trails going off into the forest along the river for exploring and fields for more standard play--frisbees and the like. Lots of birds and sometimes a beaver or otter can be seen, as well as folks' dogs, preferably on the leash!

    entrance off Cobb Parkway
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    Atlanta Preservation Society Walking Tours

    by dustmon Written Aug 21, 2010

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    These guys host a walking tour of downtown Atlanta including alot of Historical buildings with cool architecture including The Fox Theater, Sweet Auburn District, Inman Park, Frederick Law Olmsted's Druid Hills, and other cool places around the city---usually lasts about 1 1/2 hours
    $5-10 per person

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    Atlanta Segway City Tour

    by dustmon Written Aug 21, 2010

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    I have never been on one, but they look like alot of fun, and you can sightsee at the same time! 3 Hour tours of the dowtown area daily at 10am and 2pm for $70 per person---sounds like fun and you get to see sights such as the Fox Theater, Centennial Park, CNN Center, The Varsity, Ga Tech campus, The Georgia State Capitol and more, all gliding along on a Segway.
    Reservations only---

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    Ghost Tours through Atlanta

    by dustmon Written Aug 21, 2010

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    These guys have a walking tour leaving from the Fox Theater area at 7:30 nightly with reservations. "Experience the dark side of this gracious southern city" with scary commentary from the storytellers leading the walks. $15 adults, $10 under 18 and seniors.

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    Bicycle Tours of Atlanta

    by dustmon Written Aug 21, 2010

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    For those active folk who like biking, these guys have a 10 mile 3 hour tour of the Heart of the City, including Oakland Cemetery, Sweet Auburn, King Historic District and Underground Atlanta, among other spots along the way. They also do Midtown tours and Battle of Atlanta Tours. Most tours start at either 9:30 am or 5:30 pm, and more info on the calendar on their website.....For high energy visitors this sounds like a good idea! $49.

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    Sylvester Cemetery

    by dustmon Written Jun 7, 2010

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    This is an old cemetery that almost was forgotten, but is now being cleaned up and cleared of all the vines and trees that covered it for years. In East Atlanta, this place is very peaceful and fun to walk around, looking at all the old graves, 2 of which I have pictured here. For cemetery lovers only!
    directions--
    I20 east exit Flat Shoals turn right
    3rd right onto Clifton
    2 blocks right on Braeburn Circle
    The cemetery is on both sides of the road between Clifton and Josephine Ave

    Bessie Crumble grave Sylvester Cemetery grave
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    Governor's Mansion tours

    by dustmon Updated May 20, 2010

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    Our fair Governor, Bubba Perdue, has allowed tours through his home, the Governor's Mansion, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM until 11:30 AM--- I have not ever done this, but those of you who may be interested should go to www.mansion.georgia.gov and check it out. I am sure there are fabulous furniture items inside and the tour is probably very fun. The Christmas displays are almost always very fun!

    Georgia Governor's Mansion
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