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The Hidden Gems of Alpharetta, Ga.

October 26, 2017

Alpharetta is a rapidly growing destination boasting an incredible balance of both big name and exclusive local attractions. While Alpharetta visitors and residents alike have always sang their praises for hotspots like Avalon, Verizon Amphitheatre, the American Girl® Boutique and Bistro and Topgolf, no Alpharetta experience is complete without also exploring some of the city’s hidden gems.


Alpharetta History Walk

Visitors can also learn the Alpharetta story while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Pick up a complimentary Alpharetta History Walk brochure at the Alpharetta Welcome Center to step back in time and explore the origins of this vibrant community. Twenty-two historical markers, all within walking distance of one another, paint the picture of Alpharetta days gone by. Visitors learn what industry used to drive the city’s economy and the history behind many of Alpharetta’s oldest buildings.


Cooking Classes

While the Alpharetta’s outdoor activities score top marks with travelers, there is no shortage of indoor activities to keep visitors engaged and entertained during their stay. Alpharetta is brimming with fabulous restaurants, eateries and dining experiences, and a tasty hidden gem that visitors can truly savor is the city’s four cooking schools. Salud! Cooking at Whole Foods Avalon, Williams- Sonoma at Avalon, Sur la Table at North Point Mall and the only Publix Apron’s Cooking School in the state of Georgia bring culinary tourism to life with intriguing classes ranging from basic knife skills to celebrity chef demonstrations.


ACT1 Theater

You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to catch a great show in Alpharetta. ACT1 Theater is an award-winning community theatre with a focus on wholesome, family entertainment. For 20 years, ACT1 Theater has brought exciting productions to Alpharetta. Upcoming shows include Dicken’s Christmas Carol, The Boys Next Door, Guys and Dolls and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Check their lineup and see what shows are playing during your family’s upcoming visit.


Zagster Bike Share Program

Alpharetta is a scenic destination, perfectly capturing both big city and small-town feels. The abundance of rolling hills, trees and trails all surrounded by their original, natural landscaping help the rapidly growing community maintain a quaint and relaxing feel. Alpharetta is home to nearly 15 miles of trails, and fall is the perfect time to traverse these lush paths. One easy way to explore Alpharetta’s parks is with Alpharetta’s Zagster Bike Share program. Customers can check out their rental bikes using the Zagster smartphone app, and the first three hours are free! Rentals are available at five different locations: two along Big Creek Greenway, Rock Mill Park, Alpharetta YMCA and Avalon.


Sunday Polo at Chukkar Farm

Many of our music loving visitors may already know the beautiful Chukkar Farm as the site of the fun summer concert series. What many Alpharetta visitors might not know is that Chukkar Farm is also a Polo Club. Owners Jack and Helen started teaching polo shortly after founding the impressive 100-acre property. Chukkar Farm hosts public polo matches every Sunday afternoon, May through October. Visitors are welcome to bring their blanket and picnic basket for a fun and relaxing afternoon. While polo season may be coming to a close, Chukkar Farm is an awesome Alpharetta destination that also serves as a stunning venue for weddings, corporate outings, charity fundraisers, private parties and riding lessons.


With so much to see, do and experience in Alpharetta there are countless ways to make an Alpharetta getaway completely your own. Whether checking out the big sites or seeking some more hidden gems, a trip to Alpharetta is sure to be one for the books! Visit for a full list of events, attractions and activities to do in Alpharetta.