The largest city in the Southeast has a lot to offer. A revitalized downtown, growing suburbs, sports and a vibrant arts community make the Atlanta metro area one of the most visited areas in the country. Whether it be the winter for an event at the Georgia Dome, a summer concert or fall festival, Atlanta has it all and new attractions and events keep sprouting up all the time. The change of the calendar to 2015 means new reasons for locals to get out and experience the “ATL” and for tourists to come for a long weekend to see how this city constantly changes.
Fort St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
After extensive testing in 2014, it should be full speed ahead for the Atlanta Streetcar in 2015. These 96,000-pound streetcars will traverse on a 2.7-mile loop through the heart of Atlanta. These streetcars will be 100 percent electric and since they are so quiet, they won’t add anymore noise to an already noisy downtown Atlanta. The first route the streetcars will run will be from Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. It is thought that the streetcars will be a tourist attraction in themselves, while helping eliminate some of the shorthaul traffic that clogs up the streets of Atlanta on weekdays and weekends.
Six Flags Over Georgia
275 Riverside Parkway
Austell, GA 30168
Six Flags Over Georgia is always a good reason to come to Atlanta. Six Flags will debut new attractions in early 2015. Coaster fans will be able to try out the new Joker Chaos Coaster which will have riders sitting face-to-face while they take sharp turns and head through loops. Harley Quinn’s Spinsanity will have riders sit in cars on a moving platform and rotate round and round. White Water, a new Dive Bomber ride, will feature a 10-story drop where the unsuspecting will hit speeds of 40 mph coming out of the clear capsule. This refresh to Six Flags parks in Atlanta is worth checking out.
Atlanta Food Truck Park
1850 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
Atlanta has a very active and vibrant food truck community and visitors to Atlanta and locals should check out the Atlanta Food Truck Park any chance they get. Located conveniently off I-75 and the Howell Mill Road exit, the Atlanta Food Truck Park is one-stop shopping for anyone who loves food trucks. Think of your food court at the mall, only with food trucks. Sample everything from BBQ to Asian delicacies to Southern favorites like chicken and waffles at the Atlanta Food Truck Park.
Microsoft Convergence 2015
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Date: March 16-19, 2015
Microsoft brings this huge new conference to Atlanta in 2015, March 16-19, at the Georgia World Congress Center. Technology innovators and Microsoft consultants and partners from all over the world should attend. Business leaders can see what Microsoft will offer in 2015 and beyond during the daytime sessions. At night, they can explore downtown Atlanta, Buckhead restaurants and nightlife.
BB&T Atlanta Open
1380 Atlantic Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30363
Date: July 25 – Aug. 2, 2015
Even though over 30,000 people attend this event annually at Atlantic Station in July, it’s still one of the best-kept secrets in Atlanta. The best tennis players in the world converge on Atlanta each summer on the road to the U.S. Open. This is the first event in the Emirates Airlines U.S. Open Series. Top-ranked American, former Georgia Bulldog and local favorite John Isner will be looking to three-peat in 2015 as champion in Atlanta. The event features tons of ancillary to go along with the professional tennis, and fans can get ultra close to the action on all of the courts for a price that is a fraction of what a tennis fan would pay at the U.S. Open.
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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything sports and tech-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.