Day Trip Guide Underground Atlanta, Things to do,Shopping and Dining
With the recent move of Coca Cola, many have claimed that the attraction Underground Atlanta has undergone an identity crisis. Is it a teen hangout? An artist refuge? A family spot? Or is it an adult playground? For those who are still trying to determine exactly what Underground Atlanta has become, here’s a quick guide to all things to see and do in the Underground.
Although Underground Atlanta began as a railroad community, it has become far more to the people of Atlanta. For those who do questions its purpose, it is easy to summarize, it’s an all inclusive ATTRACTION.
After paying your $5-8 for parking, prepare yourself for a jam packed day. Underground Atlanta offers plenty to do to keep the entire family occupied. If you’re curious what the future holds for your family day, stop by the Whispers of the Oracle. I’m sure this fortune teller will predict lots of fun. You might even been sent to the Exotic Paradise. Don’t worry this is totally child friendly. It’s an exotic bird exhibit complete with photo options. There’s also the Can U Play area filled with outdoor games for children. If you look extra photo ready, there’s also several Instant Photo of Atlanta options. At the Instant Photo you can do just that, have your photo taken in front of several well known Atlanta attractions.
Underground Atlanta Shopping:
Underground Atlanta also has plenty of shopping to be had. If you head down to the Humbug Square Street Market, you can find just about anything. Many of the more well known retailers like Foot Locker offer special you won’t find in other stores. There are also many specialty shops that you won’t find elsewhere. The Southern Candy Company will sell you the perfect souvenir. They offer Fresh pralines, glazed pecans, chocolate clusters, brittle, fudge, taffy, candied apples & cotton candy made daily. Or if you are returning home to a special lady, you should stop by Bonnies which specializes in Women's casual apparel & accessories.
As if shopping and activities weren’t enough to leave an impression, depending on the time of year you stop by Underground also host several special events. In January they have their own special set of events for the infamous Peach drop. February will find you able to attend a special set of Black History Programs. On Saturdays at 2:00 pm there’s a Black Film series that offers showings such as Cornbread Earl and Me or School Daze, filmed at the Atlanta University Center.
In March, there’s the St. Patrick Days Festival complete with bag pipers and magicians. In June, the Underground offers a special Underground Scavenger Hunt which is a great way to learn about this history of the area and have a great time. To celebrate Independence weekend, there’s the Loving Our Creative Spirits Heritage Festival. At LOCS you will find fine arts demonstration from local and international artist. There are also vendors offering jewelry, clothing, healthy and beauty products, African artifacts, etc. Finally, as the holidays roll around in December, Underground Atlanta stays in spirit with a host of holiday events, including pictures with Santa, a host of school live performances, a Toys for Tots Drive, a special Tuba Christmas Performance, and even a special breakfast with Santa.
Underground Atlanta Restaurants:
If all your family fun and adventure leaves you a little famished, Underground Atlanta has plenty of places that will satisfy any appetite. If you’d like something exotic there’s Footprints Jamaican Restaurant and lounge. Here you will enjoy reggae music with jerk on just about anything for you to include chicken, oxtail, or snapper. If you are looking for something a little closer to the good ole South, try Georgia Peach. Known for their southern hospitality, they also offer live jazz and blues music. For the less adventurous (or perhaps the more adventurous) there’s the Waffle House and a Subway.
If you find yourself out on one of the rare nights, when you are sans the kids, Underground is still worth of a glance. They offer plenty of nighttime activities for adults as well. Take for example Frequency Nightclub. High energy dancing throughout the night is sure to result in something memorable. You can also guarantee a certain level of ambiance as Underground enforces a dress code. If perhaps you are more interested in drinking than dancing, you can also check out Banana Wind. At Banana Wind they claim to offer three things you won’t find anywhere else in Atlanta: the coolest drinks, hottest bartenders, and best of all the lowest prices.
UnderGround Atlanta Things to Do:
This is after all the home of the 32 0z Cruzan Rum Bucket. Perhaps the best known adult paradise in Underground is actually Kenny’s Alley Socialize. Enforcing the same dress code, you have a few other things to remember before entering this area in the Underground. In order to ensure that everyone has a good time, you must be 21 or older to join in the fun after 9pm. (Don’t forget some form of ID to verify this information) There is also a $2.00 entry fee per time you enter the area.
As if your day at the Underground wasn’t packed enough, you can definitely check out any number of neighboring attractions. For the baseball fan there’s the Atlanta Braves Museum and Turner Fields Tours. The news buff or politician in your life would love the CNN Center or a tour of the Georgia State Capitol. And if you happen to have the kids in tow, tire them out at the Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta. Enjoy your day.
For more information on things to see and do in Underground Atlanta or for information on group rates to activities check out their website at http://www.underground-atlanta.com
This article is written by Ashley Strong-Green