Ah, August in Atlanta. The kids are back in school, the lifeguards are back to their “regular” jobs, and the lakes are completely devoid of boats and swimmers on the weekdays: all sure signs that summer is coming to an end.
Here in the ShootProof office, we’re secretly starting to think about how nice autumn will be: falling leaves, a brisk breeze, and cooler temps are (thankfully) all on the horizon. However, we’ve got to make the best of the hot, sticky weekend days we have left, so we’ve compiled a short list of fun ways to beat the heat in and around Atlanta.
1. Shoot the Hooch
Float down the Chattahoochee River in an inner tube, or try SUPping (Stand Up Paddle-boarding) on for size. Wade in the water, go fly fishing, or take a canoe or kayak out to enjoy the sunshine after a cozy picnic.
2. Visit the Aquarium
Atlanta is home to the Georgia Aquarium, and it’s perfect for guests of all ages. With six exhibit galleries, a 4-D theater, and a live dolphin theater, there’s something to entertain everyone (indoors!) on the hottest of days.
3. Splash at a Splash Park
It’s not easy to stay cool outside in the south, and for those of us with children, some of our favorite summer activities involve splashing around in the water. The Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park does not disappoint! Millions of guests visit the park every year, and the water show plays several times a day.
4. Kick Back and Relax in a Hammock
We’re huge fans of the gorgeous hammocks from Eagles Nest Outfitters (more affectionately called ENO Hammocks), not only because their founders are local to the southeast, but also because they’re dedicated to making the most comfortable hammocks in the world. Several of us have been known to climb into an ENO Hammock and nap the balmy afternoons away!
5. Eat a “King of Pops” Pop
If you’re local to Atlanta, it’s likely you already know all about King of Pops. Our team is slightly obsessed with them! You can usually find us on their line on Food Truck Tuesdays, and for good reason: their yummy, frozen ice pops are all-natural and come in flavors like chocolate sea salt, raspberry rosewater, and sweet tea n’ lemonade. Mmmmm.
Comment below: What’s your favorite summertime activity?