Atlanta Botanical Garden
Flowers everywhere, crazy glass explosion sculptures, rooms that feel like a rainforest, baby quails running underfoot, an edible garden (for the munchies) ... you get the point. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is sure to provide hours of quality sensory overload. $18.95. 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
Part woodsy nature hike and part graffitied, debris-strewn urban exploration, the Beltline in its current state is a far cry from the neatly paved paths and light rail promised by its proponents. But if you're high enough, you might be able to channel some visions of our transit future. Free. www.beltline.org.
Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
Nestled 723 feet in the sky, the rotating restaurant offers a panoramic view of sprawling metro Atlanta in one sitting. Whatever you do as you're flying up 73 stories in the glass elevator, don't look down. 210 Peachtree St. 404-589-7506 www.sundialresturant.com.
The shopping mall of America's multicultural future. A colorful, bilingual maze of tiny stalls and vendors selling Latino-centric wares where dusty old department stores once stood. Don't miss the horchata and churros. 4166 Buford Highway. 404-982-9138. www.plazafiesta.net.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Moving sidewalks! Trains! Art! A ton of bars! Hartsfield-Jackson is a stoner's playground. Granted, the airport is essentially a massive, byzantine waiting room, but having the munchies makes the food taste better. 574 Airport South Parkway. 404-530-7300. www.atlanta-airport.com.
The Room at Plaza Theatre
Director/producer/writer/actor/crazy person Tommy Wiseau serves up a transcendentally awful performance in The Room that meshes perfectly with the time-honored stoner tradition of finding greatness in the worst film imaginable. $9. 9:30 p.m. Tues., Aug. 30. 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.
The Cyclorama combines the musty smell and feel of a natural history diorama with the world's largest oil painting, encircling you in a room that moves so it appears to be a slo-mo 19th-century animation. Does that not make sense? The Cyclorama doesn't really, either, which is why you have to go. $10. 800 Cherokee Ave. 404-658-7625. www.atlantacyclorama.org.
Little Five Points
Do you like good poetry? In addition to all the shops, cafes and bars in this Haight Street-like hangout, we know this guy who will read you some totally awesome poetry. Don't worry about finding him. He'll find you. Moreland and Euclid avenues. www.littlefivepoints.net.
Dante's Down the Hatch
Up from the bubbling pots of fondue, you'll rise to the clouds and live your very own Peter Pan fantasy. This relic of a restaurant is more about exploring the bizarre interior than about the menu. Wait until you start seeing crocodiles, then you'll know you've really had enough for the day. 3380 Peachtree Road. 404-266-1600. www.dantesdownthehatch.com.
High Museum of Art
Get it? No, for real, this place is like eye candy for head munchies. Spend some time trying to figure out the perspective on Lichtenstein's "House III" and you'll know what we mean. Who knows, maybe you'll unravel the hidden artist from within. $15-$18. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.
Want to know what the inside of your brain looks like on drugs? Check out the main tank here with whale sharks dancing around massive manta rays over landscapes of coral. Don't forget to have a cool-down sesh with the beluga whales and ambient tunes. $18.95-$24.95. 225 Baker St. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.
The ghost of Margaret Mitchell will follow you past the mausoleums and gravestones, through the neatly trimmed fields and old buildings. Her voice will whisper through the trees: "I want the old days back again and they'll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears." Heavy. Free. 248 Oakland Ave. 404-688-2107. www.oaklandcemetery.com.
Stone Mountain Laser Show
The world's largest expanse of exposed granite breaks open, melts, explodes with crystals, grows mushrooms and gives birth to faeries. Then "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" blasts while lasers fire in all directions. Need we say more? $10. 6867 Memorial Drive. 770-498-5690. www.stonemountainpark.com.
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