Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave., Midtown
We’re suckers for a lush botanical garden in a big city, and Atlanta's is no exception. Half of the acreage is taken up by the Storza Woods, a (rare) surviving urban forest that visitors can experience from above via a relatively new canopy-walking experience. In addition to the customary Conservatory, which holds beautiful specimens of rare plants (the orchid section is breathtaking), the garden is also home to an ambitious edible garden that showcases seasonal produce via healthy raised beds and an impressive vertical herb garden. Check the schedule for outdoor cooking demonstrations by local chefs.
660 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown
Like many Fox’s around the country, Atlanta’s oldest theatre was originally owned by movie mogul William Fox—it opened in the late 1920s, showing black-and-white movies with sound played by an enormous Möller organ that remains in the theatre today. In the 1960s, the city’s arts and cultural patrons banded together to save the theatre in its current incarnation as a performing arts venue. It’s worth visiting for the ornate (and original) architectural details alone, but this is also the place to see dance, broadway shows, comedians, and live music.
Isamu Noguchi Playscapes
Piedmont Ave. & 14th St., Midtown
Designer Isamu Noguchi is best known for his iconic Herman Miller collaborations and his notable public sculptures, but also spent much of his career studying the playing habits of children, and designing playscapes that would, as Noguchi said, “Instead of telling the child what to do, [would] become a place for endless exploration.” Noguchi’s only built playground in the United States opened in Piedmont Park in 1976, was recently restored and re-painted by (who else?) Herman Miller Cares.
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