This year's summer guide is jam packed with outdoor activities, concerts, retreats, festivals and more. Summer Guide 2009.
AMERICAN ADVENTURES An amusement park especially for kids ages 15 and under featuring outdoor amusements like tilt-a-whirl, super slide, mini roller coaster, go carts, miniature golf and the indoor Foam Factory, carousel, video games and a multi-level fun house. On Cobb Parkway just north of the Big Chicken in Marietta. Take I-75 to exit 265. Ongoing. Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11-7 p.m. $4-$15. 770-424-9283.
SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA More than 100 rides, shows and attractions for the entire family including two new rides: Acrophobia, a 200-foot tower drop, and Deja Vu, currently the tallest and fastest suspended coaster in the world. 7561 Six Flags Road, Austell. $18.25-$36.75. 770-739-3420. www.sixflags.com/georgia.
SPEEDZONE A racing theme park dedicated to NASCAR. Four unique types of custom-scaled racing. More than 100 electronic video games, billiards, and more. 3005 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw. 770-514-8081.
STONE MOUNTAIN PARK The world's largest mass of exposed granite features a railroad, sky lift, antebellum plantation, restaurants, riverboat, antique auto and music museum, golf, tennis, bike rentals, campground, swimming, canoeing. Laser show nightly during the summer. Located off Highway 78 east of Atlanta. 770-498-5702.
WHITE WATER The South's largest water park featuring wet amusements including the Cliffhanger, Lizard's Tail, Atlanta Ocean wave pool and more. Dive-In movies shown Fri. nights at 8:30 p.m. June 23-Aug. 11. Park open May-Sept. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $10-$24. On Cobb Parkway in Marietta. Take I-75 north to exit 265. 770-424-6683.Attractions
ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN Witness the most beautiful and unusual flora in the region. See endangered plants from around the world in the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory. 1345 Piedmont Ave. Ongoing. Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m. 7 p.m. 404-876-5859.
ATLANTA PRESERVATION CENTER GUIDED WALKS Tours include the Fox Theatre, Sweet Auburn, Downtown, Inman Park, Druid Hills, Ansley Park, Piedmont Park, West End/Hammond's House, Wren's Nest & Atlanta University. Tours last approximately one-and-a-half hours at various times of the week. Ongoing. 404-876-2040
BARNSLEY GARDENS Manor house ruins, restaurant, museum, plant shop nursery, picnic area, gift shop and amphitheater. 30 acres landscaped with rare and exotic plants. Ongoing. 770-773-7480
BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILWAY A 26-mile, three-hour train ride from Blue Ridge to McCaysville and return along the Toccoa River. Fri., Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults $22, kids $12. Trains depart from the depot approximately 80 miles north of Atlanta. Ongoing. 800-934-1898
BRAVES MUSEUM AND TURNER FIELD TOURS are available year round. 755 Hank Aaron Drive. Ongoing. Tours every hour, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Sat. $4-$7. 404-614-2311.
CAGLE'S DAIRY Take a tour of a real dairy farm with herding demonstrations by border collies, demonstrations on feeding calves, processing the milk, hay rides and a free pint of milk. 362 Stringer Road, Canton. March-November. $5. 770-704-5713.
CALLAWAY GARDENS Families can enjoy the Florida State University's Flying High Circus, garden tours, golf, biking, swimming, shuffleboard, mini train rides, riverboat cruises and more. Cabin rentals and hotel accommodations. Pine Mountain. June 3-Aug. 18. $5-$10. 800-CALLAWAY.
CANNONBALL TRAIL Self-guided tour covers Marietta's Civil War sites. Pick up information at Marietta Welcome Center. Ongoing. 770-428-1115.
CARRIAGE RIDES AROUND MARIETTA SQUARE Available on weekends. Rides start at the corner of North Park and West Park Square. Ongoing. 770-499-9719.
CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS "Puppets: The Power of Wonder," an interactive museum allowing visitors to control the actions of more than 200 puppets from around the world. 1404 Spring St. Open year round. $4-$5. 404-873-3391.
CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER Natural science exhibits and trails on 127 acres of forest and marsh on banks of Chattahoochee River. Guided walks Sat. and Sun. 1 & 3 pm. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Open year round. $3-$5. 770-992-2055.
CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Fishing, boating, walking trails along a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River at Abbotts Bridge, Highway 20 & Medlock Bridge. Ongoing. 770-395-6851.
CNN STUDIO TOUR Experience world news first-hand in the state-of-the-art Control Room Theater, Special Effects Studio and Live Working Newsrooms. Learn the story behind the news. One CNN Center. Ongoing. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $5-$8. 404-827-2300.
FOX THEATER Come tour the mysterious interior of one of the few remaining movie palaces of the '20s. Meet in the theater's arcade, 660 Peachtree St. Ongoing. Mon., Wed., Thurs. 10 a.m. and Sat. 10 and 11 a.m. $4-$5.
HERITAGE PASSPORT The Marietta Welcome Center offers visitors access to six of Marietta's historic attractions on one special pass. Attractions include the Marietta Museum of History, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Brumby Hall and Gardens and more. Ongoing. $12. 770-429-1115.