On the outskirts of Atlanta, Alpharetta offers a small-town ambience with big-town amenities within sight of the majestic North Georgia Mountains. Alpharetta boasts trendy shopping districts, eclectic eateries, live music venues, breweries and outdoor recreation spots.
Things to do in Alpharetta
Downtown Alpharetta is home to chef-driven eateries, bistros and cafes. Dishing out cuisine from around the world, chefs embrace the farm-to-table approach with fresh local ingredients. Tuck into comfort food at South Main Kitchen, then enjoy Hop Dang Diggity and Southern Juice craft beers at Jekyll Brewing.
A variety of boutiques and home decor shops are found along the Main and Church streets and Milton Avenue downtown. Take a break for a salon or spa session or climb aboard a horse and buggy, hay-ride wagon or Wagonette at Crabapple Corner Experience.
Hike at Autry Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center to view rocky shoals, wildflowers and native plants as well as historic structures reflecting the rural past. You can also explore wooded trails through North Point Parkway in the centre of Alpharetta, which is filled with cyclists and joggers.
Check the schedule for live music concerts and theatre productions at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Spread out a blanket on the lawn with a picnic or enjoy take-away food from dozens of cafes, restaurants and food trucks. Arrive early to watch horse-jumping shows at the park or to let the kids explore wooden castles in the play area.
Getting around Alpharetta
Just 35 kilometres from the Atlanta metro area, Alpharetta enjoys access to the MARTA rapid rail and bus transit system. Taxis, rideshares and bikeshares are also available. You can rent a car in the city or at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, about a 40-minute drive away.