Atlanta’s DeKalb County is home to many of Georgia’s greatest attractions. Whether you are looking to enjoy the outdoors or dig in to some of the Southeast’s best cuisine, DeKalb County offers some of each, and everything in-between. Just a short drive from Atlanta, DeKalb County puts you in the surrounding neighborhoods of Downtown Atlanta, each with their own culture, personality and vibe.
No trip to Georgia would be complete without visiting Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain is Georgia’s Number 1 attraction and offers year-round fun for the entire family. Enjoy a day hiking trails around the mountain, or hike to the top to see some of the most spectacular views our state has to offer. During the hot summer months, check out Geyser Towers. Geyser Towers offers fun for both children and adults. With spontaneous water eruptions and multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and tunnels, you will be climbing high and cooling off in the hot Atlanta sun. As the seasons change, so does the fun. Once the leaves start changing colors, the fun at Stone Mountain Park shifts to many fall festivals and Halloween activities. Don’t miss out on the Pumpkin Festival, Oktoberfest, The Indian Powwow Festival, and more! When it’s time to break out the coats and scarves, Stone Mountain Park turns into Snow Mountain with plenty of tubing and some of the best Christmas lights in the state!
If you consider yourself a “foodie”, then Downtown Decatur and Buford Highway will be where you will want to spend the majority of your time. Downtown Decatur is home to several of the most popular restaurants and craft cocktail bars in the Southeast. Enjoy an incredible meal by award-winning chef Billy Allen at Cakes & Ale. Looking for something a little more casual? Check out several street food inspired restaurants and dives. After dinner, head to Paper Plane, The Pinewood Tippling Room, or one of the many other famous craft cocktail bars for a nightcap. For the more adventurous eaters, Buford Highway is home to the international corridor. Taking a drive down Buford Hwy. will offer you a glimpse into the authentic cuisine of different cultures around the world.
Are you an outdoors person looking to get away from the high traffic tourist spots and onto some trials less traveled? Visit Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. At Arabia Mountain, you will discover millions of years of history right at your fingertips. From past Native American civilizations, freed slaves starting a new life, and even Trappist Monks. Spend time at the monastery, go on an archeology dig, or take a walkabout tour to discover the origins of Lithonia. The mountain is home to a wide range of wildlife, including four that are considered endangered. With hiking, biking and horse trails, Arabia Mountain is the perfect place to visit anytime of year.
If you are looking to stay indoors, get an interactive history lesson at one of our many museums. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History offers several permanent exhibits, including Giants of the Mesozoic,an exhibition that recreates life in the badlands of Patagonia, Argentina. This exhibit portrays the world’s largest meat-eater, the 47-foot-long Giganotosaurus, preparing to make a meal out of the largest dinosaur ever discovered, the 123-foot-long, plant-eating Argentinosaurus. Fernbank also offers many exciting rotating exhibits throughout the year, offering an in-depth look at many exciting moments throughout history.
Whether you are staying a weekend or a week, DeKalb offers attractions that will keep you busy for your entire trip, and will always leave you wanting to come back for more.