Break Out of Buckhead this Spring

Hop in the car and take a ride on the wild side with these suggestions. Pictured is Krog Street Tunnel in Inman Park. Photo: Flickr

Feeling curbed by the Buckhead bubble? Pop outside of your comfort zone and explore all of what Atlanta’s diverse districts have to offer. From Decatur to Roswell, this is your guide to breaking out of Buckhead this spring:

For Events:

Starlight Drive-In Theater: Located in the Southside of Atlanta, Starlight Drive-In is open seven days a week and screens a variety of current movies. As the only running drive-in theater in Georgia, Starlight Drive-In is well worth the 30-minute ride. It offers an authentic, old school experience, with events such as double features.

Inman Park Festival: From April 29-30, Inman Park springs to life with a festival celebrating art, music and Atlanta culture. Proclaimed as Atlanta’s “most spirited and eclectic” festival, the event perfectly balances neighborhood intimacy with city life.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Plaza Theater: Every Friday night the Plaza Theater screens the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” right as the clock strikes midnight. Brought to life by volunteer actors, the production attracts a dedicated crowd each and every weekend. Be prepared for wild costumes, racy scenes and fascinating people.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: “Everybody is Irish” according to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Dating back to 1858, the Parade was originally started by the Hibernian Benevolent Society but since then has become a communal effort. Atlanta is celebrating its 134th St. Patrick’s Day parade this year. Bring the family to Midtown on March 11 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for a shamrockin’ good time.

For Activities:

Hike Sawnee Trail to Indian Seats: Shoot up I-85 to Sawnee Trail for a relaxing hike with friends. (WHAT EXIT? HOW FAR AWAY?)

Fernbank Observatory: Shoot for the stars at the Fernbank Observatory in Decatur. Open two nights a week, the science center opens its doors for free admission sightings on most Thursdays and Fridays.

Southern Trilogy: Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation are three of Georgia’s Civil War era gems. Full of history and exquisite architecture, these Roswell museums give a glimpse into Georgia life in the 1800s.

For Photography:

Krog Street Tunnel: Plastered in graffiti, the Krog Street Tunnel is a landmark in the urban Atlanta community of Inman Park. Take a bike ride through this historic neighborhood to a photo session with friends. You’ll find Krog Street Tunnel is a cultural hub.

Garrard Park: Home to classic, Antebellum structures, Garrard Park is bursting with locations for picture perfect shoots. Rustic bridges and narrow rivers lead to open fields and blossoming trees, making this Roswell spot a must-go for photographers.

Sweetwater Creek State Park: Providing a marvelous peek at Atlanta’s Midtown skyline, the miles of hiking trails at Sweetwater Creek Park are  a perfect spot to break out and get some exercise. Lose yourself in breathtaking forests and ruins on this escape to Lithia Springs.