Atlanta Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Aquarium

Atlanta Food Trucks
Atlanta Food Truck Park has more than a dozen trucks to eat at, plus picnic tables and live music. Photo: Jimmy Johnston
As home to the world's busiest airport, Atlanta is a connection on many spring break vacations. Rather than passing through, stay a while and experience the city's famously warm temperatures, verdant parks and blossoming BeltLine trail.

Get the All-Inclusive Treatment:Zocalo
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience

On weekends at Midtown's Zocalo, $29 will get you unlimited orders from the brunch menu (think guacamole, huevos rancheros and chilaquiles) and as many boozy accompaniments as you'd like, including bloody Marias, margaritas and mimosas. Sit on the deck to take advantage of the warmer weather.

See the Green Flash:Sun Dial
Where to watch the sunset

For the best sunset look at the city, sidle up to any table at the Sun Dial on the 73rd floor of downtown's Westin Hotel. The towering circular restaurant -- which rotates for a panoramic view -- has three stories of floor-to-ceiling windows. Sip the apropos Southern Peach Manhattan ($14), made with bourbon, peach schnapps, vermouth and bitters.

Don't Miss the Big Event: Dogwood Festival
A must-see springtime festival or event

Atlanta does events big, and Piedmont Park's Dogwood Festival (April 11-13) is no exception. The 78th annual gathering draws more than 200,000 guests, features 260 artists from around the country (showcasing paintings, jewelry and crafts), live rock, blues and country music, and a disc dog agility competition, in which pro and amateur K-9s show off high-flying Frisbee fetching.

Closer than Disney World:Yellow River Game Ranch
A fun activity for kids and families

Yellow River Game Ranch comes to life, quite literally, in the spring, when many of the animals have their babies. Kids will love an up-close look at (and a chance to feed) peacocks, deer, donkeys, rabbits, goats, turkeys and black bears, as they explore the 24 tree-covered acres.

Catch Some Rays:Atlanta Food Truck Park
A place to eat or drink outdoors

Atlanta has embraced mobile kitchens in a big way. Case in point: Atlanta Food Truck Park. On any given day, a dozen or more food trucks (BBQ to cupcakes, popsicles to fried chicken), plenty of picnic tables and live music make it a popular place to fill your belly and load up on Vitamin D.

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Atlanta-based Jennifer Bradley Franklin loves writing about the unofficial capital of the South, since it gives her a chance to be a tourist in her hometown. Her work appears in People, American Way, Southbound, Simply Buckhead, Flavors, Southern Seasons and others.
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