Wednesday afternoon excursions
The meeting will recess on Wednesday afternoon (May 13th). You are most welcome to just relax or go out on your own to see the many sights Atlanta has to offer. But if you would like to participate in a more structured activity, we are happy to provide you with four options that are organized by your LOC.
Beltline Bicycle Tour
Join us for a bicycle tour of Atlanta! We will ride through several Atlanta neighborhoods along the Atlanta Beltline Eastside trail, with stops at local favorites King of Pops Gourmet Popsicles, Paris on Ponce Boutique, Piedmont Park, and cocktails at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall after the tour. Get your exercise on while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlanta skyline and learning more about our great city!
**Weather permitting. In case of rain, refunds will be issued**
Time: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Capacity: 20 people
Difficulty: Easy. Trail is mostly flat, with some incline at Piedmont Park.
Historic Atlanta Tour
Join us on a tour of Atlanta’s history. We will take the streetcar down Auburn Ave to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site. There you will have the chance to learn about the civil rights movement in the United States. Among the locations in the historic district are Dr. King’s birth home, the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was a co-paster, and a visitor center that offers exhibits on the civil rights movement. Following this, we will walk one mile to Oakland Cemetery for a guided tour. Founded in 1850, it is one of the most beautiful locations in Atlanta and the burial site of many of Atlanta’s famous residents. The various sections of the cemetery offer the chance to learn about the Civil War and segregation during Atlanta’s past. Following the cemetery tour we will make an optional stop at one of the restaurants located near the cemetery. From there it is a one mile walk back to the conference location.
Time: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (later with optional dinner stop)
Cost: $20.00 (optional dinner not included)
Capacity: 45 people
Difficulty: Easy, ~3 miles of walking throughout the day
Info: http://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm ; http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/
Stone Mountain Hiking
The Stone Mountain Excursion will offer many sights and sounds for the everyday hiker and adventurer. Inside the Stone Mountain Park, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including hiking, an Antebellum Plantation, Summit Skyride, Confederate Memorial Carving and Museum, or even a Scenic Railroad trip. The hike to the summit is a moderate 1 mile hike up 1,686 feet and although special hiking gear is not required, comfortable shoes
are recommended. Other easy hiking trails surrounding the base of the mountain range from 1.5 miles to 5 miles. Less strenuous activities such as the museum, railroad, and skyride will also be available to excursion participants to see the mountain from every angle (additional fees may be required). Including drive time, the trip should last about 4 hours with about 2 hours to spend in the park. We will provide transportation.
Time: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Capacity: 40 people.
Difficulty: Medium. The hiking trail can be moderately steep at times.
Sweetwater Brewing Company Tour
Hop on a private tour of Sweetwater Brewing Company, a rapidly rising craft brewery
established in Atlanta in 1997, devoted to environmental causes and following
sustainability practices. Sweetwater has developed an impressive line of original
brews, which you will be invited to sample.Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Capacity: 35 people
Difficulty: Really easy