Summertime is officially here and many Sandy Spring businesses have reopened for guests! Visitors can enjoy al fresco dining, classic family films, trips down the Chattahoochee River, and more. Here is a rundown on what attractions are open in Sandy Springs:
City of Sandy Springs Parks are open to the public and most amenities such as playgrounds and the Morgan Falls Dog Park are now open. However, some services such as event rentals may not be able available until later in the summer.
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is taking a phased approach to their reopening. All trails and parking lots are now open, but some amenities and services like the Island Ford Visitor Center remain closed. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/chat/
The CRNRA also recently announced that third party commercial services such as guides and outfitters were permitted to reopen. The Nantahala Outdoor Center outpost at Powers Island and the High Country Outfitters Paddle Shack at Morgan Falls Overlook Park are both open for the season for rentals.
The Springs Cinema and Taphouse
The Springs Cinema & Taphouse is now showing a mix of current and classic movies for a reduced ticket price of only $7. All tickets must be purchase through their app to reduce contact. Buffer seats have been built into the reservation system. They are also offering drive-in movie on weekend nights. Pile the family into the car and catch classic blockbusters like Jaws and Jurassic Park.
Center Ice Arena
Need a break from the heat? Center Ice Arena is offering public skating Tuesday through Sunday at reduced hours and capacity to encourage social distancing. All guests must wear masks and have their temperatures scanned before entering.
If you are looking for an indoor activity for young children, Ready Set Fun and Catch Air have both reopened for public play. These indoor playgrounds allow kids to climb, slide and run without the worry of the summer heat or storms. Both businesses are requiring that all guests wear masks and are scanning temperatures prior to entry.
The Sipping Plant
The Sipping Plant is open for craft classes with a reduced number of guests to allow for social distancing. You can reserve your spot in advance in a terrarium or string art class on their website. Their classes are a great way to spend time with a loved one in a carefree and uncrowded indoor setting.
Painting With A Twist
PWAT is creating an art therapy escape for their guests in a safe and sanitized environment. You can get in touch with your inner artist in their social distanced classes or at home with their “Twist at Home” kits. Classes can be reserved online and kits can also be pre-ordered through their website. Guests are asked to bring their own masks but are provided with disposable aprons and gloves.
Sandy Springs Farmers Market
The local farmers market has reopened for the season in a new location. You can shop for seasonal produce and locally made goods in the heart of Sandy Springs. Now at City Springs, it now has new shopping guidelines to help ensure a safe market. Booths have been spaced out further than before, there is hand sanitizer at each vendor table, vendors must wear masks and guests are encouraged to wear them as well, there is no eating allowed on site, no cash is accepted and pre-orders are encouraged. The market is open from 8:30 to noon on Saturday mornings.
We hope you are hungry because Sandy Springs restaurant are ready to serve you! Most restaurant have continued to provide service in some form since early spring and Governor Brian Kemp announced that Georgia restaurants were permitted to reopen their dining rooms on April 27. Now, many restaurants are still offering takeout and curbside pickup options, several have expanded their outdoor seating, and some have reopened their dining rooms with new spacing procedure. Visitors can view a list of what restaurants are open, offering takeout, delivery, patio seating and dine-in services at spr.gs/takehome.