Historic downtown Alpharetta, Georgia
Historic downtown Alpharetta, Georgia

Guide to Alpharetta

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 historic downtown and events throughout the year, Alpharetta is a a must-see community in metro Atlanta. 

Things to Do

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia
Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia

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.

American Girl Boutique and Bistro in Alpharetta, Georgia
American Girl Boutique and Bistro in Alpharetta, Georgia

American Girl® Boutique and Bistro

Alpharetta is home to the only American Girl® Boutique and Bistro in Georgia. American Girl® is more than just a store, it is a truly unique experience and a place for girls’ imaginations to soar. Girls can select a doll and find matching accessories, clothing and books. They can have their dolls' hair fixed at the doll hair salon and then dine with their new friend at the bistro located in the store.

Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta, Georgia
Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta, Georgia

Jekyll Brewing

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.

Aerial photo of Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia
Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia

Avalon

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 at the American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta, Georgia
Walk of Memories at the American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta, Georgia

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 in Alpharetta, Georgia
The Velvet Note in Alpharetta, Georgia

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 in Alpharetta, Georgia
Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta, Georgia

Big Creek Greenway

Explore the Big Creek Greenway, an 8-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.

Wills Park Equestrian Center

From horse shows and rodeos, to dog shows, the Wills Park Equestrian Center is the heart of Wills Park, hosting a variety of events throughout the year. In addition to horse shows, it hosts dog agility trials, bull riding, rodeos, symphony and arena polo.

TopGolf in Alpharetta, Georgia
TopGolf in Alpharetta, Georgia

Topgolf

Topgolf is the premier golf entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout spot. 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.

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Places to Stay

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 more than 23 accommodation options throughout the city. All hotels are centrally located and convenient to shopping, dining and fun activities.

Inside The Hotel at Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia
Inside The Hotel at Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia

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.

American Girl doll package at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
American Girl doll package at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta

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. They have special rooms for guests visiting the American Girl Bistro.

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.

Aloft Alpharetta
Aloft Alpharetta

Aloft Alpharetta

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.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Alpharetta

The spacious accommodations at Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Alpharetta make it a great choice for exploring the Alpharetta area. It includes free WiFi, workspaces, coffee makers and a free daily breakfast.

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Where to Eat

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

Opened at Alpharetta City Center, 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.

Pizza at Colletta in Alpharetta, Georgia
Colletta in Alpharetta, Georgia

Restaurants at Avalon

There are a number of great restaurants at Avalon, including The El Felix and Antico, but Colletta features dishes traditional of Northern Italy. The menu includes wood-fired pizzas, pastas and small plates.

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.

di Paolo

Named the top Italian restaurant in Metro Atlanta by Zagat, di Paolo has an intimate neighborhood setting with a wood-burning oven and Northern Italian cuisine. Menu highlights include the homemade pasta and mozzarella.

Bagel Boys Cafe

A casual bakery serving bagels, breakfast and deli-style sandwiches, Bagel Boys Cafe has two Alpharetta locations to start your day off right. They also have coffee and smoothies as well as soups and salads.

South Main Kitchen in Alpharetta, Georgia
South Main Kitchen in Alpharetta, Georgia

South Main Kitchen

Located in the heart of Alpharetta's Historic 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.

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Events

Looking for a list of don't-miss Alpharetta events? Don't miss these happenings!

Taste of Alpharetta
Taste of Alpharetta

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
Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

Held at the end of May, Alpharetta Arts Streetfest is one of the city’s most popular events. Downtown streets are closed for 100 artists, musicians and performers from around the country.

Old Soldiers Day Parade in Alpharetta, Georgia
Old Soldiers Day Parade in Alpharetta, Georgia

Old Soldiers Day Parade

In August, the Old Soldiers Day Parade honors the veterans of all wars with floats, marching bands, military units, classic cars and clowns. Originally started to honor Civil War veterans, the Alpharetta tradition ends at the American Legion Post 201 with food, drinks and activities.

Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival
Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival

Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters 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.

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Published: December 2018