Atlanta United soccer in Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Georgia Cities Every Sports Fan Will Love
Atlanta is home to six professional sports teams, including the newest major league soccer champions the Atlanta United, and two new stadiums, SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Add to that college athletics at Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Kennesaw State Universities, and the metro area is the place to be for major league and college sports.
Grab a ticket if you can to the Savannah Bananas, a Coastal Plain League baseball team that sold out every game for the 2017 and 2018 season. So what’s the big deal? The Bananas are all about entertainment. Meet the mascot "Split," participate in the Banana Nanas dance, or get yourself a pair of banana underwear to show your team spirit.
To truly immerse yourself in banana culture, spend the weekend in Savannah. Skidaway Island State Park is just 20 minutes from Historic Grayson Field and has lots of family-friendly activities. Or stay on the riverfront in an old cotton warehouse from the 1800's at the Cotton Sail Hotel.
Located just north of Atlanta, Alpharetta is the place to perfect your golf swing. At TopGolf, experienced and non-golfers are welcome, and will have a great time. The three-story driving range/pub/entertainment complex has programs to help golfers improve their game through HD Video analysis, as well as TG20, a quick 10-minute lesson for beginners to get things off on the right foot. Or if you prefer, just relax in a cushioned chair in one of the golf bays, order some unique appetizers and watch everyone else drive the ball into the air. We promise this will be one of your favorite things to do in Alpharetta.
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Few things can get your heart racing like getting behind the wheel of a sports car and hitting the road full throttle. It's possible at the Porsche Experience Center. The process is simple, choose your car model, spend 90 minutes behind the wheel with a Porsche Drive Coach on the 1.6-mile driver development track, and repeat as necessary. Not up for driving? Take a tour of the Porsche facility and make a stop in the simulator lab where you can choose your car and take it for a spin on some of the world's most famous racetracks.
If you'd like to watch the pros, you can do that, too, just a few miles down the road in Hampton at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Take in one of the action-packed NASCAR series races that offer a full weekend of affordable events. Be sure to ask how to get pre-race pit passes to see what happens before the green flag drops.
If you want to get behind the wheel, the speedway is also home to the Richard Petty Driving Experience, NASCAR Race Experience and the Mario Andretti Racing Experience, where you'll get behind a full size Indy-style car.
Driving can make you hungry. We suggest Rutabaga's Café, just seven minutes from the Atlanta Motor Speedway gates. They have the best soups, sandwiches and wraps in Hampton.
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is the largest state sports museum in the United States (43,000 square feet!), and it is located in the heart of downtown Macon. The outside of the museum was designed to look like an old ballpark with red-brick exterior and a green roof. Be sure to take in a show in the 205-seat theater that is based on the design of the former Ponce de Leon ballpark in Atlanta. Find more things to do in Macon.