Atlanta Braves. Atlanta's most beloved team, Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves, plays in Turner Field, which was once the Olympic Stadium. 755 Hank Aaron Dr., Downtown, Atlanta, GA, 30315. 404/522–7630.


Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks play Downtown in Philips Arena. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Dr., Downtown, Atlanta, GA, 30303. 866/715–1500.


Piedmont Park. Closed to traffic, Atlanta's beloved Piedmont Park is popular for biking, running, dog walking, and other recreational activities. 10th Street between Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive, Midtown, Atlanta, GA, 30309. 404/876–4024.

Silver Comet Trail. Connecting Atlanta with the Alabama state line, the Silver Comet Trail is very popular with bikers. The trail is asphalt and concrete. Highland Station trailhead, South Cobb Drive and Cumberland Parkway, Smyrna, GA, 30082. 404/875–7284.

Skate Escape. Bikes and in-line skates are for sale and for rent here. 1086 Piedmont Ave., across from Piedmont Park, Midtown, Atlanta, GA, 30309. 404/892–1292.

Stone Mountain/Atlanta Greenway Trail. Part of the Atlanta–DeKalb trail system, the Stone Mountain/Atlanta Greenway Trail is a mostly off-road paved path that follows Ponce de Leon Avenue east of the city into Stone Mountain Park. The best place to start the 17-mile trek is the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum. Atlanta, GA. 404/875–7284.


Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons play at the Georgia Dome. In July and August, training camp is held in Flowery Branch, about 40 miles north of Atlanta. There's no charge to watch an open practice session. Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Dr., Downtown, Atlanta, GA, 30313. 404/223–8000.


Golf is enormously popular here, as the numerous courses attest.

Bobby Jones Golf Course. Named after the famed golfer and Atlanta native and occupying a portion of the site of the Civil War's Battle of Peachtree Creek, this is the only public course within sight of downtown Atlanta. Despite having some of the area's worst fairways and greens, the immensely popular course is always crowded. 384 Woodward Way, Buckhead, Atlanta, GA, 30305. 404/355–1009. $43 weekdays; $47 weekends. 18 holes, 6455 yards, par 71.

North Fulton Golf Course. This course has one of the best layouts in the area. It's at Chastain Park, within the Interstate 285 perimeter. 216 W. Wieuca Rd. NW, Buckhead, Atlanta, GA, 30342. 404/255–0723. $41.50 weekdays, $45.50 weekends. 18 holes, 6570 yards, par 71.

Stone Mountain Golf Club. Stonemont, with several challenging and scenic holes, is the better of the two courses here (the other is Lakemont). Atlanta Evergreen Marriott, 1145 Stonewall Jackson Dr., Stone Mountain, GA, 30083. 770/465–3272; 770/465–3278 pro shop. $59 weekdays, $69 weekends. Stonemont: 18 holes, 6129 yards, par 71; Lakemont: 18 holes, 5419 yards, par 71.


Gwinnett Gladiators. The Gwinnett Gladiators, a farm team for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, play in the ECHL, a nationwide hockey league. Games are played October to April. Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth, GA, 30097. 770/497–5100.


Check the Atlanta Track Club's website ( for weekly Atlanta-area group runs.

Atlanta Beltline. Hit the Beltline however you like: run it, walk it, or bike it. This 22-mile loop of parks, trails, and transit is the perfect way to get an eye-line view of the city and it's the primary way locals take in a bit of the outdoors. There are multiple access points, including the heart of Midtown, the tree-lined West End, and the Freedom Park Trail. There’s often art to view as you go, and an official running series to keep things interesting. Be watchful for aggressive cyclists and roller bladers. Don’t take it personally, just obey the rules of the road: slower traffic should stay to the right. Midtown, Atlanta, GA. 404/477–3003.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Crisscrossed by 70 miles of trails, this rec area contains different parcels of land that lie in 16 separate units spread along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Much of it has been protected from development. Visitor Center, 1978 Island Ford Pkwy., Sandy Springs, GA, 30350. 678/538–1200. Visitors Center: Sun.-Tues. 9–5, Wed.-Sat. 9-6.

Piedmont Park. The longest running path in Piedmont Park is the Park Loop, which circles the park in 1.68 miles. 10th St. between Piedmont Ave. and Monroe Dr., Midtown, Atlanta, GA, 30309. 404/875–7275.


Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. Named after one of Atlanta's best-known players, this is the area's best public facility. There are 13 lighted clay courts and 10 lighted hard courts. Before 6 pm it costs $3.50 per hour for the hard courts and $6.50 for the clay courts (seniors age 55 and up get 50 percent off). After 6 pm and on weekends the prices bump up to $5.50 and $7. 2125 Northside Dr., Buckhead, Atlanta, GA, 30305. 404/609–7193.

Piedmont Park. Piedmont Park has 12 lighted hard courts. Access the tennis center from Park Drive off Monroe Drive. The best place to park is the SAGE parking facility, which the park shares with the botanical garden. The cost on weekdays is $3 per person per hour before 6 and $5 after 6. Weekend play costs $5 per person per hour. 400 Park Dr., Midtown, Atlanta, GA, 30306. 404/853–3461. Courts open Mon.–Thurs. 9 am–10 pm, Fri. 9–9, weekends 9–6.