Four outdoor destinations to explore this month

Summer brings warmer weather, longer days and (hopefully) more time off to enjoy the great outdoors. Vinings Lifestyle has hand-picked four distinctive, highly enjoyable and most definitely picturesque destinations worth penciling into your activity calendar. Now slather on the sunscreen and get out there!

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

The beloved “Hooch” is a perennial favorite among Atlantans. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area extends 48 miles of wooded river banks, offering a variety of multipurpose trails for walking, running, cycling and hiking. Watersports include tubing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting and, of course, fishing.

Vinings’ scenic West Palisades is a great spot for all these summer activities! It also includes areas designated for picnicking, grilling and outdoor playing. Leashed dogs are welcome, too. Along Rottenwood Creek, explore a delightful urban retreat environment amid the mix of nature and city infrastructure; ideal for easy workouts, as the paved terrain does not pose an obstacle. For more information, visit




Kidscape Village I & II at Cobb Park

This sizeable 5.8-acre park spans two pavilions and a baseball field right in between two separate playgrounds – one for younger kids and the other for older kids, a feature many parents appreciate.

The eye-catching playsets are conducive to safe climbing, sliding, swinging and jumping – all important for locomotor skill development. The canopied structures also provide much-needed shade from the hot summer sun. Amenities include free parking, restrooms, seating areas, and accessible ramps.

2776 Sanford Road SE, Smyrna, Georgia, 770.431.2842,

Cocktails in the Garden

Are you looking for an exciting outing with friends or a romantic after-hours event?  Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden every Thursday through September from 5:30-9:30 p.m. for a dazzling cocktail party. Experience the exquisite fantasy exhibit Imaginary Worlds, where giant illuminated living plant topiary sculptures are seen in a whole new light at night. Enjoy fragrant flowers at dusk, plus live music, specialty cocktails from the cash bar and themed activities. If you are in the mood for a delectable dinner, Longleaf Restaurant remains for the duration of the cocktail party; walk-in guests are welcome, though reservations are recommended. 

1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 404.876.5859,

Atlanta Braves Home Games at SunTrust Park

Summer nights at the ballpark is an All-American tradition. Root, root, root for the Atlanta Braves and enjoy postgame fireworks every Friday.  On Sundays, kids 14 and under can run around the bases, and fans arriving early can meet and get autographs from former Braves players at the Georgia Power Pavilion.

755 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta, Georgia,