Fall is my favorite season of the year. I’ve lived in many different cities, but fall in Atlanta is something magical. Give me a day like this past Sunday where its 75 degrees, with a slight breeze, and blue skies, and the rest of the problems in the world just melt away for an afternoon. The big question to ask yourself on days like this is, “What is the best way to spend my lazy Sunday?” Well, if your wallet is tight like most, here are five ideas on how to enjoy the fall in the Atlanta without racking up a huge bill.
- Hit one of Georgia’s state parks– Amicalola Falls State Park is a wonderful way to spend a day when the skies are clear blue. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. If you have the time and energy, there is even an 8.5 mile trail to Springer Mountain. If you head up on a Sunday, the Maple Restaurant nearby has some spectacular views and a wonderful Sunday brunch menu.
- The Oakland Cemetery– The Historic Oakland Cemetery was founded in 1850 and is only a mile or so from the city. If you ever wanted to see Bobby Jones’ grave littered with golf balls, it is truly an amazing sight. The mausoleums within the cemetery are remarkable. They have several things going on in October including a Sunday in the park in the beginning of the month and Halloween tours toward the end of the month.
- Go to a Halloween parade– There are many parades around town, but Little Five Points has the best, with its 13th annual Halloween parade this year. Come see the town get lit up and get some chairs set up to witness some truly extreme costumes.
- Take a walk through a farmer’s market– We are so fortunate to have quality farmers markets in Atlanta, no matter in which county you reside. I live up near Alpharetta, and every Saturday where they have the Food Truck Alley, tables are spread out with all sorts of cool fruits, vegetables, breads, jams, cookies, and various other items. Even if you don’t buy anything its fun to taste some samples and a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
- Get lost in a corn maze– We aren’t talking about doing the corn maze in the dead of winter and having a “Here’s Johnny” moment, but Fall is the perfect time to have some apple cider, kettle corn, and walk through a twisting and turning corn maze. Try Buck’s Corn Maze up in Dawsonville, which is a really cool spot, or go for some other ideas, check out this link http://bit.ly/RNVDlJ to see all of Georgia’s corn mazes.
Of course, all of the traditional things like running, biking, playing tennis, or a round of golf (if someone is treating) are all glorious ways to enjoy a weekend afternoon. I know watching a football game can be a blast, but to really enjoy it you need to be a live spectator. What things do you know about in Atlanta to do for a beautiful fall weekend afternoon?
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Ted Jenkin, CFP®, AAMS®, AWMA®, CRPC®, CMFC®, CRPS®, is co-CEO of oXYGen Financial and is a top ranked personal finance blogger (www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com). He is a regular contributor to Investment News, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through NFP Advisor Services, LLC (NFPAS), Member FINRA/SIPC. Oxygen Financial is not affiliated with NFPAS.