From its earliest days, the city of Atlanta took shape as a bustling railroad town. The area has a long history of attracting lively visitors and new residents from diverse backgrounds. Today, with its southern charm and mild winters, Atlanta has become a hot spot for active adults. Atlanta’s humid sub-tropical climate might not be everyone’s cup of tea, yet many active adults feel that its mild winters make up for the hot and sticky summers.
Those new to Atlanta should expect summers with average highs around 90 degrees and lows in the 70s. Winters are mild, though an occasional light dusting of snow is possible, and rain is abundant throughout the year. With a relatively high elevation of 1,050 feet above sea level, Atlanta’s climate is a bit more temperate than other parts of Georgia.
Atlanta History and Culture
Atlanta boasts its own rich cultural heritage, including prominent Civil War and Civil Rights landmarks. To learn more about the city, visitors can explore such attractions as the Atlanta History Center, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, or the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
Atlanta is known for its live music scene, from classical to hip-hop and everything in between. The city includes many popular performance venues, including the world famous Fox Theatre. Music lovers can listen to free live concerts at Centennial Olympic Park every Wednesday evening from April through September. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Music at Noon also features an hour of live music in a range of styles.
Art and Museums
Art galleries are popular throughout Atlanta as well, including the impressive High Museum of Art, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and the Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art. Touring Atlanta is affordable as there are many free attractions available throughout the city.
Many of the area’s galleries and parks also offer free admission. Additionally, the First Thursdays ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of downtown Atlanta’s galleries, occurs on the first Thursday of each month throughout the year.
Sports fans can root for one of Atlanta’s many national teams, which cover the professional football, baseball, basketball, and hockey leagues. Atlanta has hosted many national and international sporting events, including the Super Bowl, in 1994 and 2000, and the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Each of Atlanta’s distinct neighborhoods -- including Decatur, Little Five Points, and Virginia-Highland -- offer their own shopping and dining experiences. Unique restaurants and trendy boutiques can be found throughout the area in places such as downtown Atlanta, Castleberry Hill, and Atlantic Station.
From fine boutiques and antique shops to department stores and outlet malls, Atlanta meets the needs of any shopaholic.
Atlanta 55+ Communities
While Atlanta is a great city to visit, many active adults choose to call the area home. Several active adult communities are located just outside Atlanta, each providing their residents with many on-site amenities as well as close proximity to the bustling city. Each of Georgia’s active adult communities has their own style.
Sun City Peachtree is a resort-style golf community, while Del Webb at Lake Oconee has rural Southern charm. There are many Jim Chapman communities near Atlanta as well including, Brookhaven at John’s Creek and The Haven at Slater Mill. Whether visiting or relocating, Atlanta is a popular destination with attractions that appeal to active adults. The city has its own rich culture that blends seamlessly with modern day art and cultural attractions.
Additionally, Atlanta’s urban centers and historic landmarks combine to provide visitors with a unique blend of city appeal and Southern charm. The area is well worth a visit, and it's no wonder many active adults have chosen to make it home.