Although Atlanta is a bustling city, there is also lots of green space within the city and surrounding suburbs. Atlantans enjoy getting out and walking, running or even taking their dogs out to the park for a fun afternoon. Besides that, there's also many opportunities for beautiful picture taking at the many Atlanta parks.
Atlanta's answer to New York's Central Park is Piedmont Park. It is breathtaking spot of green smack dab in the heart of the city. Not only is it ideal for relaxing and picnics, there is also swimming, tennis courts, basketball and even a dog park. Other serene parks in the heart of the city are Grant Park and Lullwater Park.
A different kind of park is Stone Mountain. Located outside the city, the park is home to the largest piece of granite. This granite mountain is a sight to behold, with confederate soldiers carved into it. A nightly laser show during the warm months as well as kid friendly attractions, make this a great place for the family.
For historic sites that offer moderate trails, visit Sweetwater Creek State Park or Davidson-Arabia Preserve. Both have amazing vistas plus offer a more quiet space for hiking than some of the other congested spots. Further outside the city, there is Kennesaw Mountain and the Chattahoochee Nature Center. These are popular with families for all the educational information available.