Instagram Travel Thursday: Atlanta

I’ve spent the last two months in a holding pattern between leaving our home in Colorado and starting our expat adventure in The Netherlands. While I’ve emotionally floated somewhere between excited and over whelmed, I filled our time with lots of “hometown adventures.”

We have been playing tourist in Atlanta! I lived here till I went off to college in South Bend. I returned briefly on several occasions, including a 3 year stint for law school. In recent years it has mostly just been a week or two with the kids, where I try to pack in the highlight tour.

With two months to explore we have been able to take in a few new things, a few small things, a few large-scale attractions and just generally enjoy the city. #igTravel Thursday seemed to be the perfect excuse to revisit our time in Atlanta using just the Instagram photos from our trip.

#Atlanta #ATL #summerfun #seetheworld #ATL

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Atlanta’s Tourist Center. Centennial Olympic Park continues to be the cities crown jewel. Atlanta has moved many of its large-scale tourist attractions to surround the park. Here you will find the World of Coke, The Georgia Aquarium, The College Football Hall of Fame, The Center for Civil & Human Rights and the CNN Center. The park also features two great playgrounds. Skyview Atlanta, the enclosed ferris wheel, does a surprising job of showcasing this park and its hallmark Olympic Rings Fountain from 20 stories high.  

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Local Eats. The new Atlanta Streetcar connects Centennial Olympic Park to the MLK National Historic Cite. It also provides access to the Municipal Market. An indoor market full of fruit, meats, seafood and half-a-dozen great lunch options, all better than the chain restaurants that surround the park.


#ATL #Atlanta #outofedwards #summerfun #georgia #ponce

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Old is New. The Ponce City Market hasn’t quite opened but the city is buzzing with excitement over this new mixed use facility right off the Beltline. This building, formerly Sears and then City Hall East, has always been one of my favorites even in its many dilapidated years. It is now alive with a new purpose.  

Trends. Ponce Market has already become home to the trendy new coffee place, Dancing Goats, where you can sit on giant chairs in a gravel pit or large swings on their porch. It is walking distance from the Old Fourth Ward Park, which has a splash pad, playground and lake.

Art in the City. Los Trompos have taken over the city. These spinning tops are are that are meant to be enjoyed. The largest collection is at the High Museum of Art, but we found a few scattered around the city.  

Learning. While at The High we stopped in to look over the collection. The kiddos loved the Mo Williams exhibit, which was hung at exactly the right height for toddler exploration.


CREATE #familyfun #toddlerlife #ATL #summerfun #woodruffartscenter

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Family Fun. The High also hosted weekly summer CREATE festivals featuring acting classes, concerts for kids and some silly relay races.

Play. We had time to discover some playgrounds we had only ever heard about, such as the Toy Park, where old plastic toys go to retire. The kids loved trying out every plastic toy ever invented.

My happy place. #ATL #summerfun #atlantahistorycenter #swanhouse #fountains

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History. The Atlanta History Center‘s outdoor area’s were a toddlers dream. We played on the expansive lawn of the Swan House, served pretend tea in a victorian playhouse, hiked through the forest to a log cabin and met animals on the Tully Smith Farm.

Tradition. Despite torrential rain, we cheered on runners for the 4th of July Peachtree Road Race, the largest road race in the world.


Sweet Treats. We indulged in some of Atlanta’s best known sweet treats – King of Pops! We also indulged in Honeysuckle Gelatto and as much sweet tea as we could stomach.

Southern Goodbyes. A handwritten note is always best.  We found these sparkly postcards to mail back to our littles Colorado friends.

We have many “homes” but when I think of HOME, I will always think of Atlanta!

If your headed to Atlanta and are looking for things to do, check out my full list of things to do in Atlanta with Toddlers on Out of Edwards.


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