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I was thinking of doing a family vacation in late march and initially was going to go to Tucson, but golly it's expensive. I was think Atlanta might be a decent bet--are there places within say an hour of the city that would be nice for some family outdoors activities and perhaps a bike ride or two for dad? Would stone mountain park be a decent bet?
 

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Callaway Gardens is near, but not close....but it's got lots of nature type things.<br>
They also have a tri, but I don't know when.
 

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Hiking in the mountains, along the AT. Helen is a touristy little German village in NE GA. Dahlonaga is also nice, military college there, lots of places to hike, mountain bike, camp.<br><br>
Hike Brasstown Bald - highest point in GA, I think you can see 5 states from the top or something like that.<br><br>
If it's warm enough, you could go rafting on the Chatahootche River (shoot the hootch!).<br><br>
Stone Mtn is a nice day trip I think. It's been years since I've been there. There's an indoor ice skating rink.<br><br>
Zoo Atlanta is also worthwhile. The High Museum of Art is too, if you are into that sort of thing.<br><br>
I grew up in Gainesville, (45 min NE of Atlanta) so this is bringing back memories!<br><br>
Edited to add: you also aren't far from Chatanooga, TN - AWESOME aquarium there, really top notch. It's a beautiful drive, too. I'm sure I'll think of other things.<br><br>
Lake Lanier - if there's still water in it! - lots to do on the lake. Rent a pontoon boat and cruise the family around all day. There's a water park somewhere near Buford, can't remember exactly, but if you google Lake Lanier, you'll find it.
 

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Ohhhhhhhh I'm gonna have so much fun with JR he won't KNOW what hit him! Can anyone say GA Gaps?<br><br>
Yes! LOTS to do in ATL!<br><br>
We even have the world's largest aquarium! Stone mountain is good for the whole family and provides a nice challenging run and bike ride.<br><br>
Jeebus. You may need to call me laterz.
 

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will the weather be generally tolerable late march? I was think I would like to be outside of the traffic of the city, maybe an hour or more and near someplace nice for the family. Is there a general direction from the city that would be good?
 

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Lanier is filling up again!
 

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Heck YES!
 

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I'm mostly intereste3d in finding a nice place for my family with stuf to do nearby, I can take care of the bike riding as long as the traffic isn't dangerous
 

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JR - You have to run stone mountain. I ran all the way around the park and then up the mountain and back down. It is quite a challenging run. You could spend maybe a day or two. I spent 3 there last summer.<br><br>
The GA Aquarium is awesome to visit and you can hit the coke factory at the same time. Both were fun for the whole family.<br><br>
you could stay busy for weeks if you really want in and around Atlanta.
 

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No need to go to Chattanooga for an aquarium -- we have the largest in the world here in Atlanta! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><br>
There are plenty of places to stay and lots to do!<br>
It's lovely, if I do say so myself. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Stone Mountain is a great place to run/bike ride. There's a 5 mile loop that isn't really challenging, and a 7 mile loop that has some hills (nothing like what Tithers is trying to get you to do in the GA gaps, but a mildly challenging run) Very pretty.<br><br>
Late March is a nice time-- not hot, not cold
 

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Heh...I did most of my IMFL training there. FLAT! That's where I ran my TT too.
 

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running stone mountain, har har. I'll be starting back running on the treadmill at zero point zero incline.
 

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I don't know if the park will be open or not....<br>
But, there's Six Flags if you want to go the theme park route....<br><br>
how early does it open in the year?
 

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I know 6 flags is open first week of april...might be open earlier on weekends.
 

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Well, I'm not a huge planner and dweller when it comes to vacations, I ended up changing my mind and going for Brunswick GA, we are going to stay at this goofy hostel in the forest with treehouses, sounds like a timewarp for sure. I expect it will be fun, plus the water is plenty close by and some soft trails to run on, so no worries, plus it's dirt cheap--here's description, thanks for the help sorry to be fickle:<br><br>
We have 8 treehouses/huts (top and bottom peacock, screen hut, elmo’s treehouse, bamboo treehouse, honeymoon treehouse, pool hut, and the dragons lair) and a two story bunk house called the corral on top and the palapa on bottom. The bunk house and all of the treehouses have power with the exception of the screen hut and the dragon’s lair, although each of those have plenty of candles for evening light. Each of the peacock rooms have 3 single beds. The screen hut and elmo’s treehouse each have a double bed that comfortablly sleeps two. The bamboo and pool hut also each have one double bed as well as one thick foam mattress that will sleep one more. The honeymoon and dragon’s lair each have queen beds, while the honeymoon has 4 extra foam mattresses making it perfect for families or small groups that want to be together.<br><br>
We have 3 outdoor showers with steaming hot water. These showers drain directly onto the forest floor, so we ask all of our guests to use the Dr. Bronner’s Organic Soaps that we provide for a more ecologically sound showering experience.<br><br>
We offer food storage space in a communal area that includes a refrigerator/freezer as well as a full kitchen that you are welcome to use anytime that we’re not cooking dinner. We also provide a grand array of spices, herbs, and teas, as well as organic fairtrade coffee each morning.
 

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I think this is JR's super-secret way of avoiding the meeting with Tithers...I'm deeply hurt! <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
 
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