Are you a nature lover…an athlete longing for a longer trail? Are you just seeking a simple summer experience for your family that doesn’t cost a fortune but gives you priceless memories? Then look no further than South Fulton County where there’s something for everyone.
Fulton County’s southernmost region boasts rolling, rural landscapes that rival the best in the nation. Parts of South Fulton have received national recognition for their “smart growth” concepts and environmentally-friendly innovation.
In addition to the countryside, more than half a dozen cities from Hapeville to Chattahoochee Hills offer sprawling neighborhoods and quaint historic districts, dotted with local events and seasonal fairs. Great cultural amenities and attractions in neighboring Metro Atlanta — like the High Museum, Georgia Aquarium and Six Flags — are only a few miles away. But, once you’re in South Fulton, you will want to stay. Family, Friends and Festivals.
Rain or shine, there is always something to do in South Fulton. From the first signs of spring until the last carved pumpkin, South Fulton is abuzz with festivity.
Enjoy a diverse collection of music and events at the picturesque 435-acre Wolf Creek Amphitheater. The world-class event venue is operated by Fulton County and is slated to add-on a cultural arts and conference center. To see the schedule of music concerts, plays, performances and festivals visit www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com.
The Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater offers quality performance arts. The 375-seat Theater showcases art exhibits, including a mural by acclaimed artist Louis Delsarte, and stage performances, while also providing art education classes and workshops and creating theatrical partnerships with professional companies. The Arts Center sits on a 42,000-square-foot campus
boasting 10,000-square-feet of green space with an outdoor plaza.
Among the most renowned festivals is the Georgia Renaissance Festival. It is the biggest celebration this side of Camelot! Kicking off the spring season each year this unique multi-week festival sweeps its visitors back into time with knights in shining armor, fair maidens, a Royal Petting Zoo, a Jousting Tournament of Kings, a medieval amusement park and a 32-acre World Bazaar of unique treasures. You will feast like royalty on oversized delights including giant roasted
The Renaissance Festival only runs between mid-April and the first weekend in June. So join King Henry VIII and his Court for a day you will never forget. For more information, visit www.garenfest.com.
For a new twist on an old favorite, try Cascade Family Skating. Open six days a week, the rink has special nights for families, teens and adults.
Scheduled to open in 2013, the Odyssey Bowling and Entertainment Restaurant Plaza will consist of a 32-lane bowling center, an outdoor Go Kart track, a rock climb wall, a poolroom, video arcade, laser tag arena, miniature golf course, restaurant, sports bar and so much more.
The area’s Starbucks Coffeehouses are great places for reading, business and club meetings, or just chatting with a friend.
Not quite in the mood for a midnight espresso? Then grab some popcorn, sit back for a while and watch a movie at Movies ATL. With stadium rocking chairs, it’s like watching your favorite flick in your own living room.
Remember, from early spring to late fall, South Fulton weekends are full of festive activities in each of the area’s cities, including Union City’s Sizzling Summer Concert Series and Movies by Moonlight. For more on all that Union City has to offer, visit www.unioncityga.org.
Field, game and sports enthusiasts enjoy the close proximity to unique, world-class venues and natural enclaves in South Fulton.
The Wolf Creek Golf Course (www.wolfcreekgc.com) has one of “the most difficult, best-conditioned and enjoyable” golf courses in the Metro region. All rounds are “all you can play.”
Perhaps one of the most prestigious private clubs in the South, the Piedmont Driving Club (www.drivingclub.com) promotes recreation and enjoyment for its members and their families. Its premiere Golf Course and Club House is located on one of South Fulton’s major thoroughfares, Camp Creek Parkway.
The College Park Golf Course is an extraordinary public treasure. The course consists of nine-holes located just fifteen minutes south of Atlanta and approximately one mile from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Visit www.collegeparkgolfcourse.com for more information.
Though it’s a world-class facility built for the 1996 Olympics, Tom Lowe Trap and Skeet Range is very much beginner-friendly and open to the public. It caters to clay target shooting enthusiasts and has plenty of room for novices to shoot rental guns. Visit www.atlantaskeetshooting.com.
Constructed in 1974, the one-of-a-kind, Dick Lane Velodrome (www.dicklanevelodrome.com) was inspired by a group of residents and officials that visited the 1972 Munich Olympics. Located south of downtown Atlanta, the Velodrome is 1/5 of a mile and has a 36° banked concrete track for bike racing. Nestled in Sumner Park, a residential part of beautiful historic East Point, Dick Lane is the only velodrome in the world with a green space.
South Fulton has miles of bike and walking trails. Organized in 1979, a chapter of Run Georgia meets regularly in South Fulton to hit the trails. The South Fulton Running Partners hold a Sickle Cell Road Race each year.
Take a stroll through Cochran Mill Nature Center, home to a large collection of non-releasable reptiles and birds of prey. Located on 50 privately-owned, heavily-wooded acres, the Center is a magical oasis for adults and kids alike. Visit www.cochranmillnaturecenter.org.
If you need a few more flowers in your life, try the home of the hydrangea, Wilkinson Mills Garden. The Gardens feature a myriad of exotic flowers and rare breeds of plants. Visit www.hydrangea.com.
Situated among rolling hills, forested ridges and serene pastures, the South Fulton Scenic Byway (www.n-georgia.com/south-fulton-scenic-tour.htm) features historic communities and farmhouses, Cochran Mill Park, Cochran Mill Nature Center, and the Chattahoochee River.
From family-friendly festivals to cozy nature trails to golfers’ dream greens, South Fulton epitomizes the ease and charm of country living in the South. It is the perfect place for people of all ages to wind down and have a great time.