Sandy Springs is home to some truly one-of-a-kind activities. Some are relaxing, some are active and exciting, some are great for the whole family and some are just plain unique! Explore the lesser-known side of Sandy Springs with these 11 things to see and do.
1. Play a Round of FootGolf
This up-and-coming sport is a hybrid of golf and soccer that originated in the Netherlands and can be played at Steel Canyon Golf Club in Sandy Springs. The game is played like golf, only instead of swinging a club and hitting a tiny golf ball, players kick a soccer ball down the fairway and try to make it in the hole with the fewest kicks possible. Footgolf is played over 18 holes and is great for both adults and kids who want to spend a beautiful afternoon outside at Steel Canyon. Hours of play are Monday through Friday before 3:30 p.m. and weekends after 4 p.m. Soccer balls can be rented for a small additional fee.
2. Experience a Jazz Show
Sandy Springs is home to the Atlanta area’s most legendary jazz club, Cafe 290. This authentic jazz venue has been an icon of the city’s jazz scene for nearly 30 years and offers incredible live music every night of the week. Guests can drink and dine while taking in music from some of the biggest names in jazz as well as musicians who are new to the scene. Some shows are free and some require a ticket, so make sure to check Cafe 290’s website before your visit.
3. Learn SUP Yoga at Morgan Falls
Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been a yogi for years, practicing it on a paddleboard is a totally new and incredible experience. High Country Outfitters’ Paddle Shack offers guided SUP yoga sessions at Morgan Falls Overlook Park, which looks out over Bull Sluice Lake. The lake is a peaceful reservoir formed by Morgan Falls Dam on the Chattahoochee River, and its placid waters are ideal for practicing your sun salutations on a standup paddleboard.
4. Practice Your Axe Throwing
Axe throwing is becoming all the rage, and for good reason. This exciting pastime is easy enough for anyone to learn, yet requires enough technique to keep things interesting (and competitive). Bury the Hatchet in Sandy Springs is the go-to spot for a thrilling night of axe throwing with your friends, family, or co-workers. It provides a 15-minute training session followed by two hours of throwing time. Guests can bring in food, and beer and wine are sold onsite.
5. Build a Succulent Terrarium
When you take a class at The Sipping Plant, you’re guaranteed to go home with something that’s beautiful and uniquely yours. An instructor will guide you through the process of designing and building your own personal succulent terrarium, which you can decorate with plants, stones, and other fun accessories. Guests are invited to bring their own beverages to enjoy during the two-hour class. These classes are perfect for parties, date nights, and outings with friends.
6. Explore the City Green Art Walk
Scattered throughout the new City Springs district in downtown Sandy Springs are nine unique outdoor sculptures that make up the City Green Art Walk. Each of the fabulous, life-sized sculptures is numbered, so you can read all about each piece of art as you go. City Springs allows open containers, so you can even enjoy an adult beverage as you explore the sculptures.
7. Get Competitive at Battle and Brew
This Sandy Springs gaming bar is like an arcade that’s all grown up: guests will find an excellent menu, a full bar, and hundreds of games ranging from obscure board games to the latest video games. Play stations are reserved by the hour, so you can mix it up or play the same game for hours on end Battle and Brew is great for going out with a group of friends or even creating a totally memorable date night.
8. Go Ice Skating
In Georgia where winters are mild, a trip to the ice rink is a special treat for the whole family. Center Ice Arena in Sandy Springs offers inexpensive ice skating sessions and skate rentals with reduced rates for kids under five. If you live near Sandy Springs, you can even enroll in an eight-week Learn to Skate course or a six-week Learn to Play Hockey course to master the basics of being on the ice.
9. Enjoy the Abernathy Greenway Playable Art Park
The Abernathy Greenway Linear Park is home to a truly one-of-a-kind playground, where kids of all ages can climb, swing, and spend time outside. The award-winning park, which was created through a grant from Northside Hospital, features giant, imaginative pieces of art that are specifically designed for kids to play and interact with.
10. Visit the Anne Frank in the World Exhibit
This powerful exhibit in Sandy Springs tells the story of Anne Frank with over 500 photographs spanning from 1929 to 1945. The exhibit is free and open to anyone, and the self-guided tour takes about an hour and a half to complete. Visitors will also find a replica of Anne Frank’s bedroom and daily showings of the touching film “The Short Life of Anne Frank.”
11. Learn To Make Cheese at Calyroad Creamery
On the third Saturday of each month, Calyroad Creamery in Sandy Springs offers cheese-making classes from 4-6:30. It’s the perfect opportunity for a unique date night. As part of the class, you can learn how to make a favorite food, participate in a wine and cheese tasting, and bring home whatever cheeses you make. Reservations are required.
Written by Madison Eubanks for Matcha in partnership with Sandy Springs GA.