By Sue Rodman
What: Percy Jackson Tour of Atlanta: Day Two
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: Varies by attraction
Last week we wrote about the first day in our Percy Jackson Tour of Atlanta. The idea came about after I received so much great feedback on the Percy Jackson Tour of New York City Day One and Percy Jackson Tour of New York City Day Two posts.
Our demigod friends in the Rick Roirdon book The Mark of Athena visit Atlanta on their quest. In the Percy Jackson Tour of Atlanta: Day One, we visited the exact places mentioned in the book. In our Percy Jackson Tour of Atlanta: Day Two, we’re going to follow our demigod friends in a broader sense.
Percy Jackson Tour of Atlanta: Day Two
Come face-to-face with Gaea: In the Heroes of Olympus series, the goddess of the Earth Gaea is causing havoc in the world and confusing the gods. Come face-to-face with Gaea at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens where she is immortalized in a giant topiary statue that looks as if at any moment she will raise her eyes and ask in a dreamy voice “what is it you wish from the goddess of the earth?” While there, check out the Children’s Garden. Bring a bathing suit and towel during the summer months for young kids to splash in the ‘flower shower’ as my children always called it.
Re-energize at the Park Tavern: Take a break from your quest and enjoy the patio at the Park Tavern located at the corner of Piedmont Park. During the summer months sit outside. During winter, enjoy indoor ice-skating and hot chocolate by the stone fireplace.
Commune with the Dead: One of the problems in the Heroes of Olympus series is the doors of death have opened and all those that have passed on are now back in the world of the living. Having the dead live may be an issue for the demigods, but at Oakland Cemetery it is just part of any normal day. Oakland Cemetery is one of the city’s oldest landmarks and a very unique way to learn about Atlanta’s history. Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones are buried here, along with statesman, activists, civil war soldiers and paupers. The Historic Oakland Foundation offers a variety of tours from gardening to history. They also offer some unique special events like the Run Like Hell 5K and Sunday in the Park family festival. Kids will like the Clue Town Scavenger Hunt available in the gift shop.
Dine with the Spirits: Quests are tiring and they make you hungry. Head across the street from Oakland Cemetery to Six Feet Under Pub and Fish House. The rooftop bar was recently voted one of the Top 30 American Outdoor Bars by Travel + Leisure magazine. Everything at Six Feet Under is good, but we especially like the tacos and Crab Cake Sliders.
On to Rome. The demigods are ultimately on their way to Rome. The last day of our Percy Jackson Tour of Atlanta takes us to Rome, Ga. a mountain town about an hour from downtown Atlanta.
Want more Percy Jackson? See our other posts
- Percy Jackson Tour of Atlanta: Day One
- Percy Jackson Tour of Atlanta: Rome, Ga.
- Percy Jackson Tour of New York City: Day One
- Percy Jackson Tour of New York City: Day Two