As the clock strikes midnight and a new year begins, many of us set resolutions with the hope of making positive changes in our lives. Whether it's adopting a healthier lifestyle, learning a new skill, or finding more balance, Sandy Springs provides a picturesque backdrop for achieving your New Year's resolutions. In this blog post, we'll explore some practical tips and resources to help you turn your aspirations into reality.

Health and Wellness

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View of person looking out over the Chattahoochee River at Poppi's Point on the East Palisades
Get Outdoors

Embrace an active lifestyle by taking advantage of the city's beautiful parks. Visit Morgan Falls Overlook Park for scenic trails, yoga spots, and open spaces to exercise, or head over to the East Palisades unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area for a more rigorous hike! Check out Hammond Park for access to basketball, tennis, and pickleball courts, as well as a soccer field. 

Local Fitness Centers

Sandy Springs has a plethora of gyms, workout studios, spin classes, and more! Aside from your big-box gyms like LA Fitness, Crunch, OneLife, etc., there are tons of local gyms as well that offer specialized classes/activities in a more personal setting for you and friends to have fun and stay fit! Turn Studio offers instructor-led indoor cycling and strength training classes. AKT Perimeter has choreographed dance classes that are low-impact, but high-intensity. Roundhouse Kickboxing, KnuckleUp Fitness, RockBox Fitness, and Team Octopus Fitness, all offer different combat sport classes from traditional boxing to mixed martial arts. For yoga, check out CorePower Yoga, Highland Yoga, Peachtree Yoga Center, or Joiful Yoga.

Learn a New Skill

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Painting With a Twist
Rockler - Woodworking

This trusted hardware store is Sandy Springs’ go-to shop for woodworking supplies. In addition to selling tools, Rockler also offers a number of woodworking workshops and demonstrations. Classes and workshops are all in-store and hands-on and cover a range of topics and techniques that appeal to both beginner and experienced woodworkers. You can also try your hand at a Make & Take events, where you’ll walk out with a finished project. All events are led by an expert staff member.

The Sipping Plant - Terrarium Building

More and more people are discovering the magic of succulent gardens. Not only are they beautiful and unique, but they’re also incredibly easy to care for. At The Sipping Plant, you can design and build your own special succulent terrarium to take home and enjoy. An instructor will guide you as you choose your container, filler material, plants, and decorations to create your one-of-a-kind terrarium. Guests over 21 can bring beer or wine to enjoy during the 2-hour workshop.

Painting With A Twist - Painting

If you want to try your hand at being an artist, grab a paintbrush and join the fun at one of Sandy Springs BYOB painting studios. Painting with a Twist offers many events where the class will paint the same picture with steps and guidance provided by an instructor—you don’t have to have any experience to participate! Each session offers a different theme, so you can choose which night to attend based on what you’d like to paint—there are a lot of choices, so you can return again and again and never have the same experience twice. If you are over 21, you’re invited to bring beer or wine to sip while creating your masterpiece!

PasoFino Latin Dance Studio - Dance

Feeling the need to just let go and shake it all out? PasoFino’s mission is to make people happy through Latin dance! They have drop-in classes for beginners on Mondays from 8 PM to 9 PM for only $20 per person for each class.  It doesn’t matter what your skill or fitness level, everyone is welcome at PasoFino to learn the basic footwork, body movements and how to find your timing with the music. They also offer group lessons and private instruction for more experience dancers.

Morgan Falls Overlook Park - Paddling

Getting out on the water can be a wonderful way to relax. The seasonal High Country Paddle Shack at Morgan Falls Overlook Park along the Chattahoochee River is here to help you do it comfortably and safely. You can rent stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) and kayaks or take a guided tour led by an experienced guide. You can also try out their Stand Up Paddleboard classes if you want to work on your fitness resolution, while also learning a new hobby! Kayaking and paddleboarding are the perfect activity for kids, and the Paddle Shack will even let you bring your dog along! The Paddle Shack opens up in late May, so tuck this one away for the summer months.

River Through Atlanta - Fly Fishing 

Whether you’ve never gone fishing before or you're feeling like it’s time to improve upon your skills a little, River Through Atlanta’s fly fishing classes are a great way to learn some casting and fly presentation techniques! You can learn the fundamentals of casting with their Introduction to Fly Fishing class on the Chattahoochee River, which is a great spot for fishing year-round.

Beer and Wine Craft - Beer and Wine Making 

Have you always wanted to learn how to make your own beer or wine? The staff at Beer and Wine Craft can teach you the basic steps of making beer, wine, or country wine in their monthly classes. You will also learn some of the history of the craft and get to taste some samples. If you really enjoy this new skill, you're in luck! Beer and Wine Craft also sells equipment for you to make your own beverages at home.

Young Chefs Academy - Cooking

Those looking for an engaging and useful hobby for their children in 2024 should check out Young Chefs Academy’s workshops and camps. Young Chefs Academy offers immersive culinary adventures where kids can learn practical kitchen skills, try out fun recipes, and build their self-esteem. They also have classes designed for families, so the adults can get in on the fun too! Keep up with their upcoming workshops HERE.

Giving Back to the Community

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Volunteer For a Better Sandy Springs posing for a photo

Volunteers are vital for local nonprofits and organizations to accomplish their missions and provide the help that many people depend on. If you're feeling a call toward giving back to the community. there are multiple organizations in Sandy Springs where you can lend a hand!

Community Assistance Center

The Community Assistance Center provides basic needs assistance for neighbors to prevent homelessness and hunger while promoting self-sufficiency and empowering them to thrive. They're always accepting new volunteers to help out in their food pantries, thrift store, and assist with many other tasks.

Solidarity Sandy Springs

Solidarity Sandy Springs is another local nonprofit that focuses on eliminating food insecurity for underprivileged families, while also building a community that allows people to serve and build relationships. They have a multitude of volunteer opportunities, including assisting in their food pantry, creating new marketing material, data entry, and more. 

Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center

The City of Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center welcomes volunteers to help out at select events throughout the year! Duties include greeting, ushering, ticket scanning, assisting with guest services, and various other venue needs. You can apply to volunteer HERE.

Professional Development

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Sandy SPrings Chamber Event, 4 women sharing a meal talking

Is your New Year's resolution to work on your craft, network, and/or further your own career? There are a few options in Sandy Springs that you can tap into!

The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber

The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber is an organization with the goal of advancing and developing the business scene in Sandy Springs. They host a variety of networking and professional development events throughout the year, and have multiple committees and councils that you can get involved with as well. Some of these include their Young Professionals group, Women's Business Network, and more! Check out their website HERE for more information. 

Spending More Time with Family & Friends

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A Family having a picnic on the grass at Morgan Falls Overlook Park.

With the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes we forget or take for granted what's truly important. Your loved ones! Take charge this new year and make a conscious effort to spend time with the ones you hold most dear. Luckily for you, Sandy Springs has plenty of options to liven up a family or friendly gathering!

Bury The Hatchet

Bury The Hatchet offers you the chance to release your inner Viking and maybe even get a little competitive while you're at it. This axe-throwing center is the perfect spot for you and a group to kick back and have some fun!

Mastermind Escape Games

Everyone has heard of the escape room craze, and now is your chance to get in on the fun! Mastermind Escape Games gives you and a group the opportunity to put your critical-thinking skills to the test in one of their themed puzzle rooms. 

Battle and Brew

Got some game-loving friends or family? Then you have to check out Battle and Brew! It's one of the most unique restaurants you'll find, offering various video and board games for you to play. Not to mention, they serve some absolutely killer food and boast a fully-stocked bar with house beer and specialty cocktails.

Springs Cinema and Taphouse

There's nothing more timeless than going to a movie with your best buddies! At Springs Cinema and Taphouse, you can not only watch a movie on the big screen, but you can also get a meal at their full-service kitchen and a drink at their bar. They also always host watch parties for various sporting events, concerts, old movies, and more. 

Sandy Springs is the perfect destination for a trip with friends and family, or even by yourself! With our prime location in the greater Atlanta area and all of the fun things to do (as shown above), this is a great vacation spot for anyone and everyone. Go on an adventure along the 22-miles of Chattahoochee River shoreline, see a show at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, head down the road to Truist Park to catch the Braves play, or hop on a MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) train to downtown Atlanta to explore its attractions. The world is truly your oyster in Sandy Springs!

We've also more than 20 hotels in Sandy Springs, so you can find the perfect spot for you to stay while you're here. Check out those options below: