Perfectly positioned between the North Georgia Mountains and vibrant city of Atlanta

22 miles north of Atlanta, on the way to the gorgeous North Georgia Mountains, in a town filled with 300+ things to do and over 200 mouth-watering restaurants. From the family-friendly fun on American Girl and TopGolf, to the music of Verizon Amphitheater and Chukkar Farms, to the date night selections of The Velvet Note and Jekyll Brewing...Alpharetta's got it all.

Enjoy elegant comfort food at South Main Kitchen in the historic downtown area, feast on house-made pasta at Colletta in the Avalon shopping district, or delight in upscale pup food at Citizen Soul in the new Alpharetta City Center. 

Ideal weekend events you shouldn't miss include IronKids Triathlon in September, Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival in October, and the Arts StreetFest in May.

Plan to make a weekend of exploring the shops, tasting the cuisine, and unearthing the history of this gateway city. For your overnight stay, we recommend the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta for families and the new Hotel at Avalon for your romantic getaway destination. 

Wills Park
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Everybody knows that the Greater Atlanta area offers a plethora of pleasant green spaces and great public parks. That said, some of the best-kept secrets are in suburban areas, as evidenced by Alpharetta's Wills Park. With 120-acres conveniently located in downtown Alpharetta, this active park's amenities include 7 grass baseball fields, 1 synthetic turf baseball field, 2 tee ball fields, 5 picnic pavilions, Wills Park Pool - newly renovated for the 2018 season, Wacky World Playground (pictured above), 2 smaller playgrounds, disc golf course, corn hole boards, 6 lighted tennis courts, 1.8 mile walking trail, Alpharetta Community Garden, and Alpharetta Arboretum.

Chukkar Farm
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Enjoy an incredible night of live music with performing songwriters at one of the most scenic venues amongst the rolling foothills of Georgia. Set on 173 acres with breathtaking views, Chukkar Farm's outdoor concerts are the perfect evening with music, friends and memories. Reserve a table under the pavilion – or bring folding chairs and sit under the stars. Pack a picnic and beverages to enjoy throughout the show during the April – October season. Chukkar Farm and Polo Club also hosts polo matches every Sunday at 2:00 pm, May through October, for the general public. Bring your blanket and picnic, and let the kids play on the playground.

Topgolf Alpharetta
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Topgolf is the premier golf entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout spot. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot's accuracy and distance while also awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. It's an upscale, laid-back experience featuring climate-controlled hitting bays and an impressive food and beverage menu. No reservations are required at Topgolf. They are not even accepted, for that matter. No worries, games last about an hour, and there are over 100 bays. Any wait you have will go fast, plus there is plenty to do while in the meantime. Have a drink from one of the bars- including the awesome rooftop bar –or play pool. You can order dinner ahead of time, and eat in the dining area, too.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation
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Discover the expansive Motorcycle Safety Foundation campus in Alpharetta. Release your inner daredevil during one of the internationally recognized rider training classes, dedicated to expanding rider education and motorcycle safety while you enjoy the ride. Find street bikes taking basic training, youngsters learning how to maneuver ATVs, groups team building or a family learning the elements of dirt bike riding. Courses include dirt bike school for kids as young as 6 years old, adults, and corporate outings. No bike? No worries! All riding gear and Honda dirt bikes provided. Street bike classes are also available for those with a driver's license.

Jekyll Brewing
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The first brewery in the Deep South was founded on Jekyll Island in 1738; today Jekyll Brewing is proud to be the first brewery located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Whether its hoppy, malty or delicately balanced, Jekyll has a lineup of craft beers that cover the global spectrum of brew styles. While the IPA is the most popular here, be bold and try the Cooter Brown Pale Ale, with delightful chocolate and caramel notes. See where the magic happens with a brew house tour and tasting samples. Ask to go behind the scenes to hear expert beer makers share the secrets of the brewing magic.

Georgia Farm & Garden Tour
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Partake in a Georgia Farm & Garden Tour to experience Awesome Alpharetta and North Georgia's natural beauty! See breathtaking vistas, enjoy local food and taste the best wines the region offers. Experience life on a farm. See and smell the garden flowers. There will even be time for shopping and a relaxing spa treatment! Maybe a cooking class, yoga stretch or a hike in the meadow. Choose the basic tour package or speak with the certified tour director to create something custom for a group. Enjoy one price for everything, with no extra costs or fees. it even includes a dedicated tour guide, vehicle and driver.

Big Creek Greenway
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Located in the heart of Alpharetta on North Point Parkway, this natural belt offers outdoor lovers a natural break from the bustle of the city. The greenway boasts a 12-foot paved and wooded trail extending over 8-miles, and it is a centerpiece for outdoor sightseeing. Popular activities along the Greenway include walking, jogging, roller blading and biking. Locals rave about the abundance of natural scenery along Big Creek, including an assortment of plants and birds. Dirt mountain bike trails are located on the east side of the creek. A soft mulch trail encircles a large wetland between Haynes Bridge Road and Mansell Road. Wildlife such as blue heron, deer, ducks and Canada geese can be observed in this preserved water setting.

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Located at the intersection of GA 400 and Old Milton Parkway, Avalon is an experience in the timeless art of living well. A luxury community infusing resort-level hospitality throughout a walkable, community of shopping, dining, living, entertaining & working. Take in a movie, with reclining seats and a full-service kitchen and bar. Nosh on an array of good eats including Branch and Barrel, Colletta, and Rumi's Kitchen. Finally, don't miss the regularly scheduled events like Santa and ice skating in Winter, or Avalon Nights Live in the summer. Families will appreciate the indoor play area and their Little Acorns programming.

American Girl Boutique and Bistro
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American Girl® is more than just a store- it's a place for a girl's imagination to soar! Shop the doll collections and then enjoy a wonderful meal in the Bistro. Your special girl will love treating her doll to a new look at the Doll Hair Salon and attending in-store events. Make it special by visiting for tea in the afternoon, with tasty finger sandwiches, mini hotdogs, fruit kabobs, yogurt cups and so much more. While you wait, make a tiny American Girl craft to take home – and don't forget your hair's around your napkin! Birthday parties here are also grand!

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
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Enjoy performances by today's leading artists at the state-of-the art venue on 45 beautifully-landscaped, wooded acres during its April to October season. It's the exceptional alfresco setting, paired with big talent like the Eagles, Keith Urban and Gwen Stefani, that makes Verizon a music-lover's perfect venue just north of Atlanta. Whether you sit in one of the 7,000 covered seats, on the lawn or in a box seat, you will enjoy world-class entertainment surrounded by large heritage trees, plants and flowers native to the area. Come early to enjoy burgers, chicken fingers and more with your friends before the show starts!


Meet Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any...  More About Lesli