Located approximately five miles east of Atlanta, Decatur is home to more than 20, 000 residents and also the county seat of DeKalb County. There is plenty to do here, including a thriving art and festival scene, historic structures and sites of interest. Plus nearly 57 acres of developed parks including gardens and green spaces.
Although the city of Decatur is only 4 square miles in size, there is always something exciting to do. Whether you are exploring the area's Civil War history or indulging in the culinary creations of the many talented chefs at restaurants in town, there is no shortage of enjoyable ways to amuse yourself, your family, and your friends.
Seven In-Town Escapes
These super-fun spaces and places are perfect for those who enjoy a day in the great outdoors.
Scott Park Community Garden
This 4-acre community garden is tucked away behind the playground at the Decatur Recreation Center. There are more than 20 plots tended by members of the local community. It also has two tennis courts and a library just feet away.
Old DeKalb County Courthouse
This historic landmark serves as an event venue for weddings and special events, but there's more here than meets the eye. There are exhibits of items from the 1920s on display. The courthouse was actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and is home to the DeKalb History Museum which has exhibits on the main floor as well as a gift shop.
This 8-acre urban preserve is ideal for quiet exploration among the Piedmont forest and woodland garden. This is one of Decatur's treasures, a public green space with more than 30 species of trees and home to well-maintained trails, frequent events, and educational workshops. It is open every day of the year.
Decatur Ghost Tour
This is a guided, one-mile walking tour of local ghost experiences with color commentary and historic background from a professional tour guide with a background as a psychic medium and paranormal investigator. It lasts about two hours and is a must-do activity if you find yourself in the Decatur, GA area.
This 4-acre neighborhood park is affectionately known as the "Post Office Park" because of its location across the street from Decatur's main Post Office. It's located next to the historic Mary Gay House, Swanton House, and a log cabin. Amenities include picnic tables, a playground, and a dog park.
Glenlake Park &amp; Pool
This 17-acre park is the perfect place to beat the heat on a hot day. Splash at the swimming pool and pool house or picnic at the pavilions. There are grills, picnic tables, and five tennis courts if swimming isn't your thing. Other amenities include a small upper field and a baseball field, a basketball/volleyball court, nice playground, and an enclosed dog park.
Hidden Cove Park
This three-acre park on Scott Boulevard is ideal for a quiet walk or just to kick back on a nice afternoon and enjoy the sunshine. There is parking available which makes it great for a quick stroll looking at the native plants found on the nature trail that runs along the creek.
When it comes to fun activities in Decatur, this is just the tip of the iceberg. You could spend the entire weekend exploring and adventuring but most Decatur residents don't have that luxury.
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