Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
639 Franklin Road SE
Marietta, GA 30067
Phone: (678) 355-5050
Fax: (770) 794-3335
Georgians know how to golf, and this is where many of them learn to perfect the art. Located just north of the city in ritzy Marietta, this facility offers lessons for everyone from the devotee to the true greenhorn. A driving range featuring 50 grass and 20 covered tees, all of which are lighted to provide golf well into the night. Two chipping greens, two putting greens, and two sand bunkers are also available. Whether you're looking to improve your all-around skills or perfect that one aspect that's holding you back, the Marietta Golf Center has the cure you seek.
The South's largest water park is located about 20 minutes from downtown in suburban Cobb County, and is open weekends during May, then daily from June through August. In addition to water slides, wading pools, and all types of aquatic rides, the park offers Friday night "Dive-In Movies," where guests watch first-run movies from inner tubes in the wave pool. Admission is calculated by height. This charge includes free admission to Six Flags' American Adventures park next door.
Sports Illustrated named Fox Creek the #1 practice facility in the Southeast. Just a short drive (with a car, not a club) up Interstate 75 from the city, Fox Creek also boasts an executive golf course. Mostly par-3s with a few par-4s, this course is a great place to play if time is a factor or you're a beginner. The practice area offers a large driving range, as well as an immaculately maintained putting green. Fox Creek is the perfect place to hone one's golf skills.
For a test of your skills without a strain on your wallet, try the executive course at Legacy. The course features nicely varying topography, from numerous sloping doglegs to rolling fairways that hide surprising bunkers and traps. A driving range, putting course, clubhouse and pro shop are also located on site. Reserved tee times are strongly encouraged. Check website for updated information and seasonal timings.
Located in the heart of the city, this beautifully landscaped expanse is one of the city's favorite recreational spots. Spanning 25 acres (10.11 hectares), Laurel Park offers something for everyone. Kids will love their own little play area replete with a duck pond. For those into sports, the park offers 13 well-maintained tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, a basketball court as well as shuffleboard facilities. If you simply wish to relax and take in the outdoors, there's a picnic area as well. Check website for more.
This national park is located on the site of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, the last significant victory for the South during their defense of Atlanta in 1864. Centered around the namesake mountain, which rises to 1808 feet (551 meters), the park features over 16 miles (26 kilometers) of mapped trails as well as a museum commemorating the historic battle. Picnic sites, battlefield markers and monuments are peppered throughout the forested mountainside, which features great views of Atlanta in clear weather. Maps detailing the trails and battle history are available from the visitors center.
Explore four miles of hiking trails at East Palisades. It's located in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, so there's plenty to see and do by the river. Admire bamboo forest and water views while bird watching, fishing, or running. While in Atlanta, this escape to the great outdoors is a must-visit attraction.
Ice skating may not be the South's most widespread diversion, but this comfortable facility in nearby Marietta draws pretty good crowds nonetheless. The indoor rink has been in business locally for over 20 years and offers daily open skates and free lessons every day of the week. Several youth hockey teams also practice here regularly, so call ahead to make sure the ice is open. Check website for weekly schedule and hockey info.
Years ago, the Silver Comet Rail Line took passengers back and forth between Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. Now, however, the abandoned line has carried passengers only on foot or on bicycle. This paved trail runs for 13 miles (21 kilometers) through Cobb County and continues into Paulding and Polk Counties. When completed, the trail will extend the entire length of the Atlanta-Birmingham line. Pets are allowed if leashed. You can access this scenic trail at multiple locations; just call for directions.
Atlanta is a genteel town steeped in tradition, and few local traditions can rival that of the Polo Club of Atlanta. While membership is expensive and somewhat exclusive, most Atlantans (and visitors) are satisfied to simply enjoy the refined spectacle of competitive matches, hosted every Sunday from June through October. Dress is casual and picnics are welcomed. Because of extreme summer heat, no matches are scheduled during the month of August.
Located in the heart of Sandy Springs, Heritage Green is a public park that is operated by the Heritage Sandy Springs organization, which is a not-for-profit entity that strives to preserve the heritage and culture of the city. Admission is free to the park, which comprises attractions like the Sandy Springs Historic Site, the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, and the Williams Payne House Museum. Also, the park is home to the original natural springs that have been preserved. See the website to know more.
Chastain Park is one of the largest of its kind in the city. Situated to the east of its namesake neighborhood, it is a popular recreational respite among locals and tourists alike. It features playgrounds, a golf course, tennis court, swimming pool and running paths. In addition, it is a great outdoor venue for concerts. The amphitheater is one of the most famous in the country for setting the standard in live entertainment. Past performances have been by some of the biggest artists in music such as Counting Crows, Lyle Lovett and Jewel.