Creating a Spectacular Staycation in Alpharetta

In Food + Drink, Outdoor Adventures
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Who doesn’t love a family vacation? The sleeping in, the eating (oh, the indulging!) and the freedom to do as much or as little as your crew desires – where do we sign up for that? And while the long-distance trips may not be in the cards right now, it is still important to take some time off to have….FUN! Luckily, Alpharetta is where you call home or it’s a short drive away and filled with a host of awesome entertainment and activities. Whether you call it a staycation or nearcation- it’s exactly what everyone in your house needs right now. An opportunity to try that new restaurant, explore a different park and maybe find something new to love about your hometown.

Check out our guide to helping you make the best of your Alpharetta staycation.

1. Calories Don’t Count When You’re On Vacation

Hit up your favorite restaurant or discover one totally new to you. No matter what flavor you crave, you’ll certainly find it among the over 250 restaurants that call Alpharetta home. To really embrace that vacation energy, hit up dessert first with Samoa doughnuts at Davinci’s Donuts or delightful whipped coffee and rolled ice cream at Where’s the Scoop. For family-friendly fare, experience the award-winning San Gennaro pizza from Antico Pizza (featuring Italian sausage, sweet red pepper, bufala mozzarella, cipollini onions, garlic, and olive oil – um, yes please!) or indulge in the insanely tasty dry-aged burger from Bocado Burger.

2. Explore Alpharetta’s Great Outdoors

With over 800 acres of lush green space and parkland in Alpharetta, every member of your crew can discover his or her own outdoor oasis within the city limits. Whether you’re searching for a sunny day picnic spot, trails to get in your 10,000 steps, an arboretum to educate and reflect, an award-winning farmers market to explore, or a place for the kiddos to get out some energy, Alpharetta’s outdoor scene offers energizing experiences in every single neighborhood! You’ll also discover thought-provoking outdoor art exhibits and an on-foot tour through the area’s history you won’t soon forget. For more fresh-air fun, be sure to check out Alpharetta’s other outdoorsy options by clicking here.

3. Challenge Your Family to a Bit of Friendly Competition

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Chances are by now your family has spent more than enough hours playing video games or watching American Ninja Warrior. Embrace the spirit of friendly competition by taking your brood out to one of the city’s best play zones. Channel your best Tiger Woods at Topgolf Alpharetta or flex those Big Lebowski vibes at Main Event Entertainment’s bowling alley. The kids are sure to dig the Michael Jordan-inspired energy at Hi-Five Sports Zone’s state-of-the-art basketball court, and every member of your fam-jam is sure to find a game to dominate at Dave & Buster’s.

4. Reengage Your Imagination

If too many weeks indoors have sapped your family’s creative side, spark some artistic wonder with Alpharetta’s DIY art spots. Make mantle-worthy treasures or get the kiddos to craft Grandma her new favorite coffee mug at All Fired Up. Or if you want to tap into your inner Picasso, Painting with a Twist offers painting classes with step-by-step instructions to create themed masterpieces. Whatever your crew’s artsy vibe, you can harness it—and then take it home—at these family-centric craft studios.

5. Book Ultra-Cozy Accommodations (and get out of your own four walls for a while)

Throughout Alpharetta, you’ll find a whopping 28 accommodation options. Why not spring for a gorgeous suite with great views and room service? After all, what kiddo doesn’t love a little room service dessert after a day full of fun? In addition, many of our local hotels boast complimentary breakfast, free wifi, and exclusive access to sparkling pools ideal for a refreshing dip or some much-needed poolside lounging. Be sure to contact your hotel of choice to familiarize yourself with booking details. For the crème de la crème of comfy hotels, click here. Forget the hustle and bustle of busy airports by opting for a special staycation your whole family will love right here in Alpharetta.