Tell me about Sandy Springs
1. How can I get a Fun Guide?
You can get a Fun Guide by clicking on the "Fun Guide" icon on the home page or clicking here. Once you get there, tell us your mailing address and we'll get one out to you right away!
2. Why is Sandy Springs the best area to stay in the Metro Atlanta area?
Sandy Springs is absolutely in the middle of all of the great Metro area attractions. Centrally located at the point where I-285 and GA400 intersect, Sandy Springs is a 20 minute drive to the Georgia Aquarium and the CNN Center, 25 minutes to Fernbank and Six Flags, 30 minutes to Stone Mountain and just an hour to the North Georgia Wineries in Dahlonega.
3. How big is Sandy Springs?
A cozy North Fulton County Community, Sandy Springs is Georgia's sixth largest city with 94,000 residents and is over 37 square miles with more than 20 miles of shoreline along the Chattahoochee River.
4. How did Sandy Springs get its name?
The namesake of the community, the Historic Sandy Springs, anchors the Sandy Springs Historic Site. The site has served as a central landmark and gathering place for the community since the time of the Indians. Today, it is home to the Williams-Payne House, the "Milk House", a Victorian style band shell, a deluxe two-hole privy, as well as spectacular historical landscaping and green space.
The Sandy Springs Historic Site is a public park, open from dawn until 8:00 p.m. daily at no charge.
Tell me about your Welcome Center
5. Where is the Welcome Center?
Our Welcome Center is located at 5920 Roswell Road, Suite A-118. From I-285 take Exit 25 (Sandy Springs-Roswell Road), turn north from the exit onto Roswell Road and we are less than a half of a mile from I-285. You will pass through one intersection with a stop light, which will be Carpenter Drive on your right and Cliftwood Drive on your left. Just past that intersection, you will see on your left the entrance for Parkside Shopping Center. Take a left into the shopping center and our Welcome Center is down on your right, just below the Anne Frank in the World Exhibit.
6. What are the Welcome Center's hours of operation?
Our normal hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on major Holidays and weekends. You will, however, find us at a booth with maps and area information at our many Sandy Springs' Festival and Events! Please stop by and say hello!
7. How can I get information about things to do around the state?
You'll find everything you need at our Welcome Center. In addition to maps and brochures on the many Metro area attractions, we have brochures from lots of great travel destinations and the attractions from around Georgia. Although, we cannot imagine why you would ever want to be anywhere except Sandy Springs, we can help you with that too.
8. I need help planning a meeting or group tour. What should I do?
We love hearing that. Sandy Springs is a great place to have your next meeting, as well as the best location for a group tour. We offer many complimentary services to make the planning process easy for you. The Services team is waiting to ask you about your specific needs and will be delighted to gather information on availability and special rates for your group. Give us a call at 866.511.7742 extension 3.
9. Where should I stay in Sandy Springs?
Great question! We know that every traveler has personal preferences and special needs. Sandy Springs proudly boasts 20 hotels and over 2,800 hotel rooms. You will be glad that you decided to spend the night with us. Click on the “Hotels” tab in the menu at the top of this page to see our great lodging properties.
Tell me about Sandy Springs' hotels
10. How do I know what hotels are in Sandy Springs?
Please take a look at our hotel listings. Sandy Springs offers 20 hotels and 17 different brands. We are sure to offer something for every preference and price point.
11. How can I find a hotel near where I need to be?
We really wanted to make that simple – just go to the “Maps” Tab at the top of the page. There, you can click on the “Hotels” map and graphic see the location of each of our city's great hotels.
12. Can I contact the hotels directly?
You bet! If you prefer not to book a room through the hotel corporate toll free number, you can use the Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism toll free number. Just call 866.511.7742 then press 4 and listen for the hotel name you would like to speak to and dial that extension. It will put you in touch with the front desk at the hotel of your choice. This would be your best option when taking advantage of a Hot Rate Special from our website or one of the Preferred Visitor Program offers.
13. How do I find out the amenities at each hotel?
We can help you with that too! On each of the individual hotel listings on the “Hotels” page, you will see a photo of the hotel with location information as well as the number of rooms and a listing of the hotel amenities – everything from Wi-Fi to pet friendly, pools to fitness centers. We've listed everything we know about each hotel.
14. I'm on a budget. Where are the best deals?
Take a look at our Hot Dates, Hot Rates and Hot Plates page that you can find on the home page. If you are coming to Atlanta to see a Braves Game or one of the downtown attractions and need to add a thing or two to your itinerary, look at our Hot Dates for events ranging from Sports to Concerts and Festivals. Should you prefer a Hotel Special check out the Hot Rates page and if you need to feed on a budget, Hot Plates will definitely have a sweet deal for you!
15. Which hotels offer group discounts?
Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism would love to help you find the best property and rates for your group. In fact, we are so glad you are considering us that all you have to do is give us a call with the dates you plan to meet, the number of people that will be attending and any special needs you may have. Our Service Team will gather all the local hotel rates and availability for you. Please give us a call at 866.511.7742 extension 3.
Tell me about Sandy Springs' Events and Attractions
16. How can I plan my schedule before I arrive?
Take the time to peruse our Calendar of Events. In addition to the great events right here in Sandy Springs, we make sure you know about special exhibits at area museums and hot concerts coming up next door at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre and right up the street at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater — just minutes from all the Sandy Springs Hotels where you can get a great night's rest after you rock the house!
17. How can I find out more about a particular event?
Great Question! We always want to keep you informed of everything happening in and around Sandy Springs but most events have their own websites to give you more details and contact information. We do our best to make sure to have a link to the website whenever possible so you can jump over and get all the details that you need.
18. What is the best way to plan my itinerary?
At your service! Take a look at the list of Itineraries we have already put together for you. There is “Must See Atlanta”, “A Day of History and Culture”, “Outdoor Fun at Stone Mountain Park”, “Shop ‘Til You Drop”, “Fishing and Forest Retreat” and last but not least, “Turner and Braves Fever”. If you really want to mix it up, interchange the options to personalize your experience.
19. Does Sandy Springs have attractions?
Wow, let us give you and overview. For the water adventurer in you, “Shoot the Hooch”. For the history and garden lover; “Heritage Green”. For the little hands that love to create; “Young Chefs Academy”. For the Outdoorsy Family types; “Chattahoochee National Recreation Area”. For the the relaxed nature lover; “Big Trees Forest Preserve”. For the Arts lover; “Abernathy Arts Studio”. For Single or Doubles tennis; “Sandy Springs Tennis Center” serves up a great place to play, and finally for the turtle or treasure hunter in you, our famous whimsical residents, “The Town Turtles”. Take a look at the Local attractions page for more information.
Tell me about Sandy Springs' Recreational and Outdoor activities
20. Is there a Natural Park nearby?
Yes, Sandy Springs is very fortunate to have three different areas of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. With many miles of hiking trails as well as shoreline on the Chattahoochee River, it is one of our favorite places to get back to nature.
21. Is there anywhere to ride my bike?
Sandy Springs is very cycling friendly! With bike lanes on many roads and bike maps for you to download from the website, we know you will enjoy the ride. If you are feeling a little competitive or if you would just like to be a spectator, join us in May for the USA CRITS Speed Week finals featuring the Sandy Springs Cycling Challenge.
22. Is there public access to the Chattahoochee River?
Yes, there is public access at several places. You can get to the river at the Island Ford (CRNRA Headquarters and Information), Powers Island Park or observe from the overlook at Palisades (Indian Trail) at the NPS sites or from Johnson Ferry on the Cobb County side. Also, there is access from our very own Morgan Falls Dam.
23. Where can we Picnic?
There are some great spots to picnic in Sandy Springs. There are picnic tables at Powers Island and Island Ford at the National Recreation Area. Hammond Park, conveniently located near many Sandy Springs hotels, has picnic tables available and there is also a pavilion available for rental if you have a group. If you would like to spread a blanket or just enjoy a sandwich on a bench, you are sure to enjoy the beautiful gardens at Heritage Sandy Springs. With so many great eateries and food stores, please grab a sack lunch and picnic in Sandy Springs!
24. I love tennis! Is there anywhere I can play?
The Sandy Springs Tennis Center, located in the heart of Sandy Springs business district, is a lighted 24 court tennis facility. Named by Tennis Magazine as “one of the finest public facilities in the country”, this center serves as the hub for tennis activity in the Metro area. It is open to the public for hourly court rental fees.
Tell me about the map's available on this site
25. Where is Sandy Springs?
On the State Map Locator you will see Fulton County in green and in the northern Fulton County area in yellow is our beautiful Sandy Springs. Just minutes from all the major interstates and highways, Sandy Springs is the best choice for your next visit to the Metro Atlanta area.
26. Where are the Sandy Springs table service restaurants?
You are going to love this! Go to the Restaurants Map to see a listing of many area table service restaurants. Beside each restaurant you will see the letter and and number of the area the restaurant is located in and a corresponding number that pinpoints that restaurant on the map. As you move the cursor around, you will see squares that are positioned as a grid. When you click in the square, the view will zoom in on that area for you to take a closer look.
Once you get to Sandy Springs, we hope you will stop by the welcome center to pick up a free restaurant guide that will give you more information about the type of food served and a price range of menu items.
27. What fast food and drive-thrus are nearby?
For a quick look at the great eateries that allow you to order and eat in or grab and go, look at the Fast Food Map. Just like the other restaurant map, beside each restaurant you will see the letter and number of the area that the restaurant is located in and a corresponding number that pinpoints that restaurant on the map. As you move the cursor around, you will see squares that are positioned as a grid. When you click in the square, the view will zoom in on that area for you to take a closer look.
Please stop by the welcome center when you get to town to pick up a free restaurant guide that will give you more information about Sandy Springs restaurants and a map you can carry with you.
28. Can I get an overview of the Sandy Springs area?
Here's where you get to be hands on so to speak. The Interactive Map is a good way to see some of the main roads in the Heart of Sandy Springs and to help you map your route around town. You will notice that many of the residential neighborhood roads have been left unmarked to keep you on the most direct route to your destinations. The map only covers the area we refer to as the “Heart of Sandy Springs” and the Perimeter Mall area.
If you would like to pick up a map when you check in, ask for one at the front desk of your hotel or feel free to pick one up at the Welcome Center!
29. Which hotels are near the major highways and Perimeter Mall?
Please use our Interactive Hotel Finder to help you find a property near where you need to be. When you scroll over each hotel, a red circle will appear showing you the hotel's location. If you double click on the hotel name and hold there or click left, you will see a photo of the hotel with location information as well as the number of rooms, hotel amenities and meeting space at the hotel. We'll help you get all the information you need about each hotel.
30. How do I find the Town Turtles?
The thing about our Turtles is that some of them are constantly on the move and it is hard for for us to keep up with them all. We have a Town Turtle Map with some of the Turtles we have found. If you know where a Town Turtle is that is not listed or has moved, please give us a call and let us know.
31. Which Turtle is your favorite?
Our favorite Town Turtle is Homer of course and he is located at the Sandy Springs Welcome Center! If you want to stop by and take a picture with Homer to show to your friends, please do! In fact, we urge you to send a copy of the picture to all your friends and let them know what a great time you are having in Sandy Springs! Isn't that what cell phones are for?
Tell me about your Shopping and Dining options
32. I need a girlfriends getaway – food, shopping and spas. Can you help?
Girlfriends, we have a treat for you! Foodies beware. From amazing authentic French to Indian cuisine with a flavorful blend and Italian dishes that make your mouth water, Sandy Springs has great eateries for you. Most of our hotels are within 5 minutes of Perimeter Mall and 10 to 15 minutes from Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza. If you prefer boutique shopping, CityWalk is in the Heart of Sandy Springs and while you are there make an appointment at one of our best Spas.
33. Are there any antique dealers in Sandy Springs?
Definitely! Antiques & Interiors of Sandy Springs has over 33,000 square feet of merchandise under one roof! Red Baron's Antiques boasts one of a kind inventory and has been in business for more than 35 years. But if its an auction that you are in the mood for then you must check out Gallery 63!
34. Is there an alternative to the bar scene nightlife?
Funny you should ask — the Punchline has been the Metro area's Number One Comedy Club since 1982. With more than a million customers entertained and more than 3,000 comedy performances, that is more than any other comedy club in Atlanta's history.
35. I don't want to drive to the mall. Are there other options?
Of course! Over half of the Sandy Springs hotels offer shuttle service to Perimeter Mall; we encourage you to shop 'til you drop! Perimeter Mall has Macy's, Dillard's and Bloomingdales as its anchor stores and offers another 200 specialty stores for your shopping pleasure. If your hotel does not have shuttle service, MARTA is likely a very good option as well.
Tell me about Healthcare and Hospitals in Sandy Springs
36. Where are the area hospitals located?
If you take a look at the Interactive Map on our Map page, you can see that in the Peachtree Dunwoody Road area that all three hospitals are just south of I-285 at Johnson Ferry and Peachtree Dunwoody Roads.
37. Are any of your hotels handicap-accessible?
Yes, please let us know if you need assistance finding these rooms or if you need multiple accessible rooms.
38. Do any of your hotels have shuttle service to the hospitals?
Yes, over half of them do. You should ask prior to making your reservation to ensure the convenience should you need the service.
39. Does Children's Healthcare of Atlanta have any bragging right?
Yes! Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has been named a 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Company by Working Mother Magazine. The Not-for-profit healthcare organization has received this honor four years running.
40. What have patients said about their experiences at Northside Hospital?
Northside Hospital received the Prestigious Consumer Choice Award. The NRC, the nation's most comprehensive consumer assessment of the healthcare industry, recognized Northside Hospital with the prestigious Consumer Choice Award. In addition, Northside has retained the distinction of “Most Preferred Hospital for Overall Healthcare Services” for the 12th consecutive year as of 2008.
41. How does Saint Joseph rank in Pediatric Critical Care?
Saint Joseph's medical-surgical intensive care unit (MSICU) announced that it has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award recognizes the nation's top pediatric, progressive and adult critical care units across a multitude of hospitals and represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families. There are more than 6000 critical care units around the country and Saint Joseph's is one of 120 recognized for superior performance as of 2008.
Tell me about Transportation options in and around Sandy Spring
42. Is MARTA visitor friendly?
Yes, MARTA – the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority – is a great visitor choice. Sandy Springs is the last stop on the MARTA rail and we think it is the only way to go – straight to the airport or any downtown event or attraction you may have in mind. You can browse our MARTA details or click over to the MARTA site to learn more.
43. How many MARTA rail stations serve Sandy Springs?
MARTA has four rapid rail stations serving Sandy Springs: Medical Center at 5711 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, NE, Dunwoody Station at 1111 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs Station at 1101 Mount Vernon Highway and North Springs Station at 7010 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs.
44. Is there a fee for public parking in Sandy Springs?
As a general rule, no. There are no parking meters and we are not aware of any area that would require you to park in a garage, so you should be good to go.
45. Is there an airport nearby?
Sandy Springs is very well connected city-to-city nationally but also globally by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Offering 10 major and national passenger airlines, over a dozen regional airlines, three charter airlines as well as nine foreign flag airlines, the airport is roughly a 30 minute drive from most Sandy Springs Hotels.
Less than 15 minutes from Sandy Springs is Georgia's second busiest airport, Peachtree DeKalb Airport (PDK). PDK boasts more than 700 acres encompassing four runways, twenty-five hangars, 90 T-hangars, a rotating beacon, high intensity runway lighting and a medium intensity approach lighting system. For more details, visit PDK online at www.pdkairport.org.
Tell me about the Services you offer to help me plan my event
46. Do you offer assistance to Meeting Planners?
Because each planner's needs are different and every meeting has its individual needs, we are available to assist you with every part of the process from site searching all the way to welcoming attendees. Please take a look at our Meeting Planners Services List and let us know if there are additional services that you need to bring your next meeting to Sandy Springs.
47. Can I get help planning my reunion?
From A to Z! In addition to the Services on the list, we also offer a reunion planning workshop and it's FREE! Call today and get the details for our next workshop! 1.866.511.7742 extension 3.
48. Are there options for traditional wedding locations and outdoor or banquet-style receptions?
Yes, yes and yes! Let us help you discover all the options for both the wedding and an unforgettable reception. While we are at it, we can let you know rates and availability at our hotels for all your guests. From food to flowers, it is our pleasure to detail all that Sandy Springs has to offer!
49. What if I have a small group and only plan to be in Sandy Springs for a day or two?
No problem. Let us help you find the property that will be the perfect size for your group. Great events come in all sizes, give us a call!
50. Are there options for team building or spousal tours for my group?
We have so many great options for your group, let us help you set up a great foodie excursion, shopping therapy or wine tasting. We've got the numbers to get you going.