There are so many wonderful things to do in Alpharetta, Ga …it’s one of our favorite Metro Atlanta neighborhoods! There are exciting options for date night or for family time….
Whether you are looking for a way to play with the kids, explore as a family or rekindle the romance with the one you love, here is a fantastic awesome Alpharetta Bucket List for your family!
Act1 Theatre — With 20+ years of experience, this community theater always offers something fun. From Shakespeare to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to It’s a Wonderful Life.
All Fired Up – Paint pottery, try glass fusing, hand-bake a clay creation and more! Have fun with an art class for the who family.
Alpharetta Art in Brooke Street Park – This outdoor artist market runs rain or shine May – September one Saturday each month. Check for more information via the link. FREE to shop.
Alpharetta Farmers Market – Shop for fruits, veggies, meats and flowers in Downtown Alpharetta. Head there Saturday mornings until 1pm from April through all of October. It is FREE to shop at the Farmer’s Market.
Alpharetta History Walk – Stop at the Visitor’s Center for a brochure that will take you on a walk to 25 historical markers (and 7 more you can drive to) with intriguing stories. Did you know that in the 1800s, the city was a stop for those making their way from Atlanta to Dahlonega?
Alpharetta and Old Milton County History Museum – A great new addition to Alpharetta’s History is this permanent collection of artifacts and interpretative displays that bring Alpharetta’s heritage to life. Listen to the rich stories of the decadents of Alpharetta families, view artifacts and memorabilia contributed by many local residents. The museum is open Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 5 pm, and Fridays 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Best of all, admission is FREE.
Alpharetta Outfitters – I’m in love with fly-fishing…and Sue recently went as well and fell in love. If you’re looking for guides to help with wading or float trips (gear, instruction, etc) or great clinics and shopping, this is your place.
Alpharetta Veteran’s Memorial – Be sure to grab a photo at the 7-ft bronze statue that pays tribute to all those who have served to protect America. Once you’ve been here, head over to the American Legion Post 201 for the Walk of Memories. The only one of its kind in Georgia, this memorial pays tribute to U.S. veterans, family and friends through a walkway of nearly 8,000 bricks inscribed with the names of Georgians who have served our country. You’ll also find a tank, Huey, and Mark.
Ameris Bank Amphitheatre – Also where we took our Family Date Night, you can enjoy concerts here either on the lawn or at a table. Look for fun community and family-centered events here throughout the year.
Avalon – Sure, you can do some shopping (this is my go-to place) but there is so much more to this fun shopping and entertainment district. TONS of delicious restaurants (our favorites made this list on their own right), a tot spot…and we love the Living Room with comfy seats and swings, bocce ball court, fro-yo location and even fire pits in the warmer months. Don’t miss Little Acorns on Tuesdays, ice skating in the winter, Punchline for a date night without the kiddos, and so many other great events! FREE to park and shop.
Avalon Nights Live– This is now a drive-in format with shows every two weeks. Let the fun continue!
Big Creek Greenway – Explore this 8-mile-long paved path for biking, walking, roller blading, inline skating along creek. While you’re out, you’ll see wildlife and flora and fauna too. Restrooms are available. Here are the entrances. Locations:
- Big Creek Greenway at North Point, 6698 North Point Parkway
- Rock Mill Park, 3100 Kimball Bridge Road
- Alpharetta YMCA, 3655 Preston Ridge Road
- Avalon, Central Parking Deck
- Downtown Alpharetta, 2 Park Plaza
Bocado Burger – Who doesn’t love a KILLER burger. Bocado is the place to get it! We also love their partnerships with other great local eateries like High Road Ice Cream, Sweetgrass Dairy, H&F Bread and more.
Branch and Barrel– Chef Todd Hogan leads this gastropub and modern steakhouse. Come for the hand-crafted cocktails, locally sourced foods, and the love shown for all things barreled. Open for lunch and dinner.
Comeback Vinyl – Please tell me I’m not the only one here that’s digging the new attention to vinyl! We’re updating our collection regularly, and Comeback is a great place for that.
Cooking Classes – Cooking classes are such a fun thing to do as a family! Alpharetta is brimming with opportunities at Publix Apron’s Cooking School, Williams-Sonoma Avalon, and more.
Da Vinci’s Donuts – OMG, the Maple Bacon. YUM! Bring the kiddos as your excuse for a sweet treat. There are pre-made gourmet flavors, classic favorites, OR you can design your own by selecting Drizzles, Icings and Toppings.
Disc Golf at Wills Park – Wills Park has a great playground and it’s fun to watch the periodic horse shows, but for families we highly recommend the 18-hole disc golf course. If you don’t want to play yourself (why not???) then just relax and watch the “experts” play. FREE.
Goldberg’s Bagel Company and Deli – Another great location for breakfast or lunch, Goldberg’s offers superior New York style eats.
HOME BY DARK Summer Concert Series at Brook Street Park– Concerts will be held on the East Lawn directly behind City Hall. Brooke Street Park is a fantastic setting for outdoor concerts. Just bring a blanket or lawn chairs, picnic food, and friends for a family friendly night of stories, songs, and inspiration you won’t soon forget. 2020 Update: We are waiting to hear with this will resume, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted!
Jekyll Brewing – If you escape without the kiddos, then make your way to Jekyll Brewing. There are now two locations. Jekyll Brewing Marconi Taproom focuses on handcrafted beers that span the globe in taste and style. Jekyll Brewing Alpharetta City Center offers a variety of updated Southern cuisine in addition to over 15 handcrafted beers on tap.
LEGO Store – If your kiddos love LEGOs then visit the LEGO Store at North Point Mall. There are monthly mini model builds and more. FREE
Matilda’s Music Under The Pines – If you are looking for the perfect place to enjoy live music in Alpharetta, whether for a fun date night idea for couples or a family-friendly night out, this is perfect! Not FREE but very AFFORDABLE.
MiniMe Factory – A new fun and unique attraction where modern 3D technology is used to capture you just the way you are, fully in 3D format, and this is only one of three places where you can do this in the United States! Freeze time and create your own lifelike MiniMe. Sizes range from 3″ – 9″+. It’s nothing like anything you’ve seen before.
South Main Kitchen – This is where we ate dinner on our Family Date Night!. It’s a farm-to-table experience with just incredible fare. They also have a kiddo menu, which got two-thumbs up from my picky eaters. In fact, I loved it so much that I tried to get it into a food magazine I am writing for (but just missed the deadline.) Yes – get there!
Superica – Chef Kevin Maxey and Ford Fry deliver in Alpharetta at Avalon with Superica. The yummy southwestern fare is perfect for date night or as a family friendly affair. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
The Velvet Note – Since 2015, the Velvet Note was has consistently been named one of the 100 best jazz clubs in the world, and the best Jazz Club in Georgia! The intimate 40-seat venue includes a full restaurant and bar, also.
TopGolf – Topgolf is SO MUCH FUN! There’s a KidZone, and you can play the Topgolf game, which is exciting even if you’re not a golfer. The food is not too shabby, and they even have weekend brunch.
Urban Escape Games – Enter a themed game room, with an hour to escape. Use clues, solve puzzles, and rack codes for an action-packed hour of fun. If you’ve finished their rooms, head over to Odyssey Escape Room, too.
Webb Bridge Park – Webb Bridge is one of our favorite parks in the area. In the summer there is nothing like playing in the water feature, or building a huge sand castle.
Mark Your Calendar
Sometimes the best things to do in Alpharetta, Ga. only come around once a year! Mark your calendar for these don’t miss annual Alpharetta events. And if you’d rather not drive, you can take Lyft.
ShamRockin’ for a Cure (March)
Taste of Alpharetta (May)
Savor the Boulevard (June)
Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest (June)
4th of July Celebration (July)
Alpharetta Brew Moon Fall Fest (September)
European Market (September)
Touch A Truck (September)
IronKids Triathalon (September)
Atlanta International Night Market (October)
Scarecrow Harvest (October)
Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival (October – Get a sitter!)
Season of Celebration (December)
Noon Year’s Eve at Avalon (December)
Where to Stay in Alpharetta
Best Near Avalon Area: EVEN Hotel Alpharetta – Avalon Area, an IHG hotel, has a restaurant, fitness center, a bar and garden in Alpharetta. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers free shuttle service. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a à la carte or an American breakfast.
Best Near North Point Mall: The Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta is located north of Atlanta city center, 4 miles from North Point Mall. Guests can enjoy steaks, seafood and sandwiches at 19 North. The Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta features a lobby bar and a market, and also an on-site Starbucks. The hotel has 2 pools, a large fitness center, and a whirlpool.
Best Near GA 400: Just minutes from GA 400 on Windward Parkway, Hilton Alpharetta Atlanta has a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Alpharetta. Breakfast is available each morning.
Campgrounds near Alpharetta
Relax with stunning waterfront campsites and fun activities for the entire family at Holiday Harbor Marina & Resort about 45 minutes away in Acworth. Onsite fun includes watersports rentals, hiking and biking trails, a swimming area, a ship store, boat storage, full-service restaurant “Allatoona Grill,” special events, and more!
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