Top tips for things to do, places to stay, great restaurants and best times to visit this vibrant city in metro Atlanta.
A quick drive from downtown Atlanta and home to more than 200 restaurants, unique attractions and more than 750 acres of parkland, Alpharetta is a perfectly positioned destination full of things to see and do. The music scene features both big-name touring acts and regional performers in a variety of venues. With major company headquarters, beautiful neighborhoods, a downtown and events throughout the year, Alpharetta is a a must-see community in metro Atlanta.
Things to Do
Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
The 12,000-seat Ameris Bank Amphitheatre is an entertainment destination for music lovers across the region. It hosts the top performing acts in the country. Let the musical waves overtake you in this beautiful park-like setting.
Whether you’re shopping, dining, playing or staying, Downtown Alpharetta is an awesome place to visit for the day or over a long weekend. The downtown area combines the best of small-town, Southern charm with high-end shopping, upscale dining and an abundance of fun!
See where the magic happens with a Jekyll Brewing beer tour. Go behind the scenes and hear expert beer makers share the secrets to their brewing magic before tasting their selections. It has been voted one of Atlanta's top 10 craft beer destinations by Eater.com.
Located at the intersection of GA 400 and Old Milton Parkway, Avalon is an experience in the timeless art of living well. It’s a luxury community infusing resort-level hospitality throughout a walkable community of shopping, dining, living and working.
Walk of Memories
Gather the family for a visit to the Walk of Memories, located at American Legion Post 201, to honor those who have bravely served in the military. The only one of its kind in Georgia, this memorial pays tribute to U.S. veterans, family and friends through a walkway of nearly 8,000 bricks inscribed with the names of service members from Georgia. Monuments along the walkway spotlight several conflicts, including WWII, Korea and Vietnam. A WWII M60 tank, a Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopter and a 40mm Mark 1 twin gun mount removed from the USS Polk County are all on display, adding to this moving experience.
The Velvet Note
Designed by musicians for musicians to provide the purest vocal and instrumental reception available to a live audience, The Velvet Note is the winner of Downbeat Magazine's Best Jazz Venues Worldwide Award for 2015.
Big Creek Greenway
Explore the Big Creek Greenway, a 9-mile long and 12-foot wide paved path for biking, walking, rollerblading and inline skating. Birds and mammals, flora and fauna can be seen from the trail.
Topgolf Alpharetta is the premier golf entertainment complex where you can challenge your friends and family to addictive point-scoring golf games that anyone from the hopeful pro golfer to your neighbor’s 7-year-old kid can play year-round. Alpharetta’s newest attraction, Fairway Social, features 11 top-rated simulators featuring everything from world-class golf to zombie dodgeball. The Back Nine putting green out back let’s you play famous holes like Amen Corner.
Find the perfect Alpharetta hotel. Whether you’re in town for a quick business trip or plan to explore the Alpharetta area while vacationing, Alpharetta offers 28 accommodation options throughout the city. All hotels are centrally located and convenient to shopping, dining and fun activities.
The Hotel at Avalon
A part of the Autograph Collection, The Hotel at Avalon provides direct access to the shopping, dining and entertainment at the complex. The hotel has an outdoor pool, meeting rooms, onsite dining, a fitness center and stylish rooms.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta - Alpharetta
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta - Alpharetta is easily accessible to local businesses and offers a free cooked-to-order breakfast daily, a full menu at the onsite restaurant, two-room suites with all the amenities, and a fitness center with a swimming pool.
Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
Located off Windward Parkway, the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta has world-class accommodations for business and leisure travelers, as well as a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pool, and a fitness center.
Holiday Inn & Suites Alpharetta
Guests of the Holiday Inn & Suites Alpharetta have access to sleek guest rooms and suites, a complimentary shuttle within five miles, meeting rooms, a business center, a free hot breakfast bar, free WiFi and an outdoor pool.
The stylish boutique Aloft Alpharetta has all the amenities desired by the modern traveler, including a fitness center, outdoor pool, in-house bar and restaurants, and high-speed Internet. Rooms come equipped with signature beds and Bliss toiletries.
Hilton Atlanta Alpharetta
The newly opened Hilton Atlanta Alpharetta is located less than 4 miles from the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, fine dining, and high-end shops at Avalon mall. Stretch your legs along Big Creek Greenway, just over a mile from the hotel.
Looking for the perfect Alpharetta restaurant? With more than 200 dining experiences, Alpharetta has become a premier dining destination in the Southeast, featuring almost every cuisine imaginable.
Exciting global entrees burst with exotic flavors. Try the latest in cutting-edge dishes. Savor the most delectable seafood or a perfectly sublime steak. Bite into gourmet burgers or share pasta inspired by a limitless imagination. True Southern comfort favorites will have your lips a-smackin’.
Restaurant Holmes has quickly become one of the city’s most praised restaurants. The menu features seasonal small plates with colorful presentation, including pumpkin tortellini and roasted salmon, with creative cocktails.
Restaurants at Avalon
There are a number of great restaurants at Avalon, including Superica and Antico. Oak Steakhouse, also at Avalon, offers contemporary small plates and entrees that celebrate ingredients fresh from neighboring farmers and purveyors alongside steakhouse classics in a modern and refined environment.
The Nest Cafe
The Nest Café is a quaint and cozy café serving pastries, breakfast and deli-style sandwiches, The Nest Café has the perfect food to start your day off right. They also have coffee and smoothies as well as soups and salads.
South Main Kitchen
Located in the heart of Alpharetta's Downtown District, South Main Kitchen serves fresh, elevated Southern cuisine in a historic building. The seasonally and locally inspired menu includes dishes like North Carolina trout and lamb shank with collard greens.
Looking for a list of don't-miss Alpharetta events? Don't miss these happenings!
Taste of Alpharetta
Taste of Alpharetta brings together more than 50 local restaurants at the beginning of May for culinary competitions, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, and tastings. There is also a kids area and live music for the more than 50,000 festivalgoers.
Alpharetta Arts Streetfest
Held at the end of May, Alpharetta Arts Streetfest is one of the city’s most popular events. More than 100 artists, musicians and performers from around the country gather at The Grove in Wills Park for a weekend of fun and artistic inspiration.
Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival
The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival, held every October, brings together well-known and up-and-coming musicians for a weekend of performances in the country, rock, blues, Americana and bluegrass genres.
Back by popular demand European Market returns to Alpharetta. For two days only, you will find some of the best local artisans and gatherers in the area, showcasing an eclectic ensemble of vintage style home decor & furniture, beautiful works of art, handcrafted jewelry, one of a kind finds, fashion (both adult & children’s) clothing & accessories, gifts & unique treasures. The large tent sets this market apart from other such festivals in the metro area. The excitement, buzz and visual impact under the tent makes one feel like they have entered a market in a foreign land. Sure to provide discerning shoppers with a touch of Europe in this intimate and boutique market setting, you no longer have to cross an ocean to take advantage of such a distinctive and vibrant atmosphere.