With its warm (not yet hot) weather, gorgeous blooms, and lively energy, spring is arguably Atlanta residents’ favorite season. It’s usually buzzing with outdoor festivals, music events, and people out en masse enjoying the scenery. While it may feel different this year – particularly with the postponement of so many of our favorite large-scale events – there are still many ways to enjoy spring in the neighborhood around Mason Flats.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 things to do in southeast Atlanta this spring:
1) Dine Al Fresco
Atlantans have always enjoyed dining outdoors in the springtime, as is evidenced by the many oversized patios and bistro tables dotting wide sidewalks all over town. In East Atlanta Village, just take a stroll down Flat Shoals Ave. and take your pick from the restaurants that have set up outdoor seating or keep their windows open wide for fresh air.
2) Head for the Park
After a cold(ish) winter, Atlantans LOVE to sit in the sun on a lush green lawn and absorb the colorful vibes. Pack a picnic, grab some friends, and head to Brownwood Park for an afternoon of sunshine and good times. There are basketball and tennis courts, a community garden, a playground, and a picnic pavilion to keep everyone active and entertained.
3) Bike the Beltline
The Atlanta Beltline is one of the largest urban redevelopment programs in the U.S., connecting the Intown neighborhoods with 33 miles of multi-use trails, 1,300 acres of greenspace, and large displays of public art. On spring weekends (and even during the week), the Beltline is teeming with cyclists, skaters, runners, and walkers. It’s the perfect way to get fresh air, exercise, and your fill of people-watching – all in one unique place. The Southside Trail of the Beltline picks up about 2 miles from Mason Flats.
4) Explore Fernbank
Located a little north of the neighborhood near Emory University (but not too far away), Fernbank Museum of Natural History features 75 acres of walking trails, a canopy walk, native wildlife, and nature trails. There’s also the museum itself, where you can learn about dinosaurs, ancient fossils, prehistoric cultures, and new science discoveries. While all that learning is fun during the day, grown-ups can return in the evening for “Fernbank After Dark,” an after-hours experience complete with exhibits, live music, full bars, and tapas.
5) Shop the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
EAV Farmers Market has been providing residents with local and seasonal produce since 2006, and has been voted Best Outdoor Farmers Market in Atlanta five times in a row by Creative Loafing’s readers. Here you can find fresh bread, eggs, vegetables, prepared meals, and artisan goods right in the neighborhood. Located in a grassy park on Stokeswood Ave, the market is open each Thursday from 4-7 p.m. through November 18th.
Festivals and outdoor music events will return once again, but if you live in southeast Atlanta, consider yourself lucky there are still so many awesome activities and places to explore this spring.
If you want to live in southeast Atlanta to take advantage of all that this vibrant neighborhood has to offer, we’d love to introduce you to Mason Flats, a modern, boutique townhome community just minutes from East Atlanta Village. Please call us at 770-714-5693 or schedule your private tour today.