The Top 7 Things to Do and See in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

Photo of Richard Tulis
9 February 2017

There is certainly no shortage of activities available in the highly hospitable Buckhead area. Regional attractions include nature trails by Chastain Park, urban shopping landscapes, and of course live music. Check out this list of recommendations in order to build the perfect weekend in Atlanta’s beautiful Buckhead area.

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Lenox Square Mall

Buckhead is known for its stunning shopping scene and first-class retail establishments. Pay a visit to Lenox Square Mall and this becomes instantly obvious: valets run back and forth, parking some of Atlanta’s most spectacular sports cars and limousines (you’re even likely to encounter a celebrity or two on the weekends). Watch as Lenox Square transforms into an elaborate Christmas wonderland during the holiday season, fit with children’s rides and cheery decorations. At any other time of year, the Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton stores should more than suffice.

Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 233 6767

Southern Beer Tours

Founded in November 2013 by Justin Hall and Jonathan Oliver, Southern Beer Tours is a fresh new Buckhead attraction. The company aims to take attendees inside the workings of the craft beer market in the Southeast (and Atlanta especially). Located virtually next door to Lenox Square, the tour picks up its guests nearby the Lindbergh Marta Station. The tour allows participants to sample beers from each brewery it stops at – whether SweetWater Brewing, Wild Heaven, or Monday Night Brewing (all major Atlanta favorites).

Southern Beer Tours, 573 Main Street, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 590 5278

Chastain Park

There is nothing to dislike about Atlanta’s warm, friendly Chastain Park, one of the best residential centerpieces of activity the city has to offer. Youth league baseball fields, community tennis courts, a swimming pool, a beautiful golf course, and a private horse park all surround the picturesque plot of land. Here you’ll find runners and walkers circling the three-mile pathway at all hours of the day. There are also plenty of ponds and pleasant forms of wildlife located within and around the park.

Chastain Park, 216 Wieuca Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 255 0723

Park Bench Pub

This youthful bar is an action-packed hub for carefree Buckhead nightlife. Offering good music and good times with the occasional DJ or local band, Park Bench has been fully operational since 1994. Located on Irby Avenue and surrounded by numerous other dive bars, Park Bench is a great stop during a barhopping night on the town. Drinks are cheap and the crowd is energetic, often filled with college students from Atlanta or home for holiday breaks. Check out the back patio for a moment outside, complete with an extra bar during the summer months.

Park Bench Pub, 34 Irby Avenue, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 262 3624

Chastain Park Amphitheater

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This musical haven sits in the center of Chastain Park itself and has been drawing some of the most coveted acts Atlanta has ever seen for many, many years. The outdoor feel is great, and though the amphitheater is nestled within a mostly residential area, that does not stop the venue from blasting some of the liveliest tunes in town. At Chastain Park Amphitheater, guests are encouraged to take advantage of one of Atlanta’s sweetest deals… feel free to bring your own cooler with food and beverage on select nights! Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA, USA,

Phipps Plaza

Located catty-corner to its conspicuous Buckhead counterpart, Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza brings a bit of a different feel with its calmer, more seasoned atmosphere. Here, guests are free to shop at some of the classiest retail locations in the city, watch a movie at the highly luxurious, leather recliner-fitted AMC theater (complete with a fully serviced bar), or even take children inside LEGOLAND® Discovery Center for themed rides and activities – plus exciting 4D films that are sure to captivate any and all onlookers.

Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 261 7910

Atlanta History Center

The award-winning Atlanta History Center is in fact located in the heart of Buckhead itself. The Museum is one of Atlanta’s best, and its several attractions (including the Swan House, the Margaret Mitchell House, and the Smith Family Farm) date from 80 to 150 years old. The museum offers all-inclusive ticket packages for tours to these sites, and the museum has been steadily growing itself since 1926. Before long, the Atlanta History Center will absorb a Civil War exhibit that is moving from its former headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, USA, + 1 404 814 4000

By Richard Isaac Tulis

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