Atlanta gets an average of about one inch of snow a year, so residents make the most of a snow day when it comes along. A local favorite, Piedmont Park is the ideal place to enjoy the snow. It's located near the Midtown and the Virginia Highland neighborhoods. In addition to being picturesque during the winter, it offers some of the area’s best sledding hills, as evidenced by videos like this one:
With or without snow, Piedmont Park is a local favorite and dog-friendly park for walking, jogging, or biking with a view of Atlanta’s Midtown skyline. It also offers sports fields and a lake for fishing.
The park dates back to the 19th century, and in the early 20th it was expanded, under the direction of legendary landscape architect Frederik Law Olmsted, to include a five-mile scenic walkway. Some of the park’s best-known activities, which include live music and art festivals, happen during the warmer months, but other activities (including some exercise classes) continue year-round.
Piedmont Park includes the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, which offer plenty to see during any season. In addition to outdoor beds, the gardens are known for their greenhouses filled with orchids and other exotic plants as well as an impressive sculpture collection.
From mid-November through mid-January, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens host “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights,” a popular evening event during which visitors can experience plants and sculptures lit up with over a million holiday lights. One of the most spectacular, “Nature’s Wonders,” features strands of synchronized “dancing" lights hanging from trees. This tradition began in 2011 and has quickly become a local favorite for both family outings and photogenic date nights, so buying tickets in advance is recommended.
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