Guest Post by Miranda Haley
What: Scavenger Hunt Day at Piedmont Park with Clue Town Books
Where: 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta
When: 6:00AM – 11:00PM
Cost: Piedmont Park Free
Atlanta Botanical Gardens Parking max $15.00 for the day (check for seasonal parking times)
Aquatic Center $1.00 – $4.00 (free swim Monday – Friday 3:00PM – 5:00PM)
Clue Town Books $15.00 (+ tax & shipping )
Despite being a life-long Atlanta native, I knew Piedmont Park best for its concerts and festivals. This summer however there is a fun new way to explore Atlanta’s most famous park. Clue Town Books has a fun, comprehensive scavenger hunt that leads you through the park hitting all the highlights and many often overlooked treasures. Each book comes with a pencil and compass and would be appropriate for most ages with a little assistance for the younger ones. They will love the mazes, word hunts and playing with the compass.
Clue Town Books Piedmont Park
Using the book as your guide, you can spend a fun-filled day at the park. The hunt begins at the 14th Street gate, but I recommend parking at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens parking garage (check for seasonal parking times). A whole day costs $15 (less for less hours of hours of course), but you will not have to deal with crowds, tow zones and they have security at all times. You can walk right out the back of the garage (look for Piedmont Park levels within the deck) into the park and walk a short distance (many well labeled directional maps all along the walking paths) to the 14th Street gate monument.
Begin your day in the morning at the first clue of the puzzle, the monument, then take advantage of the perfectly manicured fields for some frisbee or soccer. After a couple more clues and puzzles, you will arrive at the playgrounds and newly renovated Piedmont Park Aquatic Center. These attractions are not to be missed! The playgrounds have equipment for all ages and are well shaded. Be sure to bring everyone’s swimmies and hit the beautiful pool. The Aquatic Center features a lazy river, a “beach” entry and wading area for the little tikes, fountains, lap lanes, bathing decks, concessions, locker rooms and showers, and of course, life guards. After the kiddos are all pruney and ready to pick up with their scavenger hunt, you will eventually wind around near The Park Tavern – the perfect spot for some lunch. There is a covered porch if everyone is still too drippy to eat inside. The kids menu is great and the adult menu is one of the best in Atlanta.
The hunt continues on with more historical points of interest and a walk through the garden. You will end up right back at the 14th Street gate and with any luck the kids should be pretty worn out! Be sure to pack a bag with plenty of cold drinks, snacks, pool gear and you will be all set for an educational and entertaining day at the park!