The List: Atlanta, GA
The top 10 must-dos in Atlanta, GA
1 Flower Power
Stop and smell the roses, or rather, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Atlanta Blooms: 300,000 Watts of Flower Power. Electrifying fields of hot pink, fiery orange and royal purple bulbs are beautifully blinding. And if art is more your thing, then stop by for stunning sculptures like Oval With Points by Henry Moore (pictured).
2 The Spirit of Roswell Riverboat
Experience southern charm on an old-fashioned riverboat, a 63-foot wheel paddle boat that ambles down the Chattahoochee River. Just 20 minutes from the city, you'll feel worlds away from the busy streets.
3 London Loves Marlo
Designer duds at a discount? Sounds like a scam. Luckily, it's not — shop designer brands like Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, DVF and Elizabeth and James at up to 70 percent off in a tucked-away, appointment-only showroom in hip 'hood, Inman Park. And don't worry, appointments are easy to come by.
4 Cardamom Hill
It used to be practically impossible to get a reservation to savor the flavors of Chef Asha Gomez of the Spice Route Supper Club's cuisine. Her new, old-world India inspired restaurant, however, lets you enjoy the same delicious food without the pretense...or the wait.
5 GloATL's Search for the Exceptional
The city's beloved, inspiring contemporary dance troupe, GloATL, performs their new, large-scale work Search for the Exceptional in an empty, public pool, using it as a "migratory destination for precarious aesthetics." It's sure to be anything but shallow. Performances are the last week in April.
Bring the kids or let your inner one roam free at the southeast's first LEGOLAND Discovery Center — a new, 35,000-square-foot, interactive experience that features a ride equipped with lasers to shoot skeletons and trolls, a 4D cinema and an enormous LEGO exhibit portraying the Atlanta skyline.
7 The Basement
The latest in Atlanta's underground music and improv comedy scene can be heard in the aptly named The Basement in East Atlanta Village. Catch acts like Sibe-ria My Sweet (April 6) and Eleanor Fre-idberger (April 21) in a dark and intimate, no-holds-barred, party atmosphere.
8 Czar Ice Bar
Chill out at Atlanta's first Russian ice bar, a wintry palace where vodka is king and the bar tops are frozen solid. Bundle up (for effect rather than necessity) and choose from more than 200 vodkas from around the world or sample a liquid nitrogen vodka flight — all served at a frosty -15C, Russian-style.
9 Street Food Thursdays
The city's finest food trucks, like Tamale Queen and Hail Cae-sar, gather every Thursday so you have your fresh fare with a side of fresh air. On April 26, the trucks join the Nature Conservancy for a Picnic for the Planet with live music, allowing you to stuff your face for a good cause.
10 Geyser Towers
The 3,200-acre Stone Mountain just added its latest attraction, the $1 million Geyser Towers. The first and only adventure of its kind in North America, it promises damp to soaking wet fun for the whole family with multiple levels of rope bridges and tunnels over a gushing geyser.