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Despite being just a MARTA ride away from downtown, Sandy Springs has an inviting small town charm that captivates out-of-town guests, making them forget all about the bustling city nearby. It embodies all the best characteristics of the Greater Atlanta area while giving your family freedom to explore on their own terms, especially in the fall when the rolling hills, sprawling parks, and winding rivers are bathed in autumn hues. Whether you want to mingle with the locals at the weekend Farmers Market or embark on an adventure along the mild-mannered Chattahoochee, we think you’ll find it’s all fun and games in Sandy Springs.

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Explore the Great Outdoors

Active families will love exploring the Sandy Springs area, especially in late fall when the trees are just beginning to turn a brilliant shade of gold, red, or orange. Make the Chattahoochee River and National Recreation Area your base camp for the fall fun. Whether you’re taking a hike along one of the mellow trails or paddling your canoe down the Chattahoochee, we recommend packing a picnic lunch to enjoy along the river banks.

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Play Games, the Sandy Springs Way

Families with young children will adore the award-winning outdoor art displays throughout Abernathy Greenway Playable Art Park. Voted the “Best of Atlanta," Abernathy is made for climbing, jumping, and swinging, giving your kids free reign to explore any way they see fit. Meanwhile, families with older children and teenagers will have a blast solving puzzles and cracking codes at Mastermind Escape Games.

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Mingle with the Locals

As every true Southerner will tell you, Saturdays are better spent at the farmers market and Sandy Springs is no exception. April through December, weather permitting, you can spend hours mulling over the fresh eggs and local produce at the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. With more than 50 vendors and dozens of gourmet jams, cheeses, and salsas to sample, chances are high you'll find plenty of souvenirs to bring home a taste of the South.

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Chef School 101

Put your newfound knowledge of the local fare to good use and sign the kids up for the Young Chefs Academy. Certified chefs teach the courses, so the kids can learn the ins and outs of the kitchen straight from the professionals while the parents spend a few hours exploring in peace. In the end, everyone walks away happy (and full).