Labor Day Weekend is upon us and that means no work on Monday for some (WOOHOO). Many may like to head to the lake or the beach to celebrate the holiday, but if you want to do something different or off the beaten path, there are many destinations surrounding the ATL to do just that. If you and the BFFS are looking for some new things to do for Labor Day weekend near Atlanta, let this list of fun and unique things inspire you.

Whether you want to get outside, have a relaxing staycation, or eat at a unique restaurant you never have before, this weekend is the time to do it.

These eight spots near Atlanta have a little something for everyone in your group, so everyone will have a chance to choose something that tickles their fancy — all within a few hour's drive of the city.

You don't even have to worry about spending an arm and a leg for a mini-vacay either, because all these destinations are already affordable or easy to split costs up among a group of friends. 

Time to make the best of your long weekend, let's get exploring!

Find The Hunger Game's District 13 Ruins 

Price: $5 for parking 

Address: 1750 Mt Vernon Rd., Lithia Springs, GA 

Why You Need To Go: Sweetwater Creek State Park is not only a beautiful spot with hiking trails, ancient ruins and a water feature. It was a filming spot for some of The Hunger Games and served as what District 13 used to be.

Get Sushi & Cocktails In A Train Car

Price: 💸💸

Address: 2921 S.E. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: This old train car doubles as a restaurant called Orient Express, and it's a one-of-a-kind dining experience. There's a huge menu with Chinese, sushi, and hibachi options, depending on what you're feeling like indulging in that day.

Wander the Wonderland that is The Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Price: $21.95

Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: After enjoying your meal in a train car, head over to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens' wonderland and check out tons of whimsical plant sculptures.

Explore An Eerily Beautiful Car Graveyard 

Price: $20 to $30

Address: 3098 Hwy. 411 NE, White, GA

Why You Need To Go: Old Car City will make you feel like you've stepped into a post-apocalyptic world. There are over 4,000 old vehicles here that are overgrown with greenery to make for an eery backdrop for your photos.

Stay In This Pink Barbie Hideaway 

Price: $316+/night 

Address: Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: This loft Airbnb in Atlanta is every girly girl's dream. It's decked out in every shade of pink and looks like something right out of Barbie's own movies.

Cross An 80-Foot High Suspension Bridge

Price: $5 for parking

Address: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr., Tallulah Falls, GA

Why You Need To Go: Tallulah Gorge is known for its beautiful waterfalls and incredible hiking trails. It's also known for its 80-foot high suspension bridge you must cross to get those incredible views.

Try To "Find" Bigfoot 

Price: $8

Address: 1934 GA-515, Cherry Log, GA

Why You Need To Go: Expedition: Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Museum is a research center and investigative museum. It includes "compelling evidence", real-life interviews on those that have seen it, and molds of this mystical creature for you to explore.

Get Lost in an Underground Fairyland

Price: $21.95

Address: Located within Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA

Why You Need To Go: This popular spot in Georgia has many attractions to explore, and the Fairyland Caverns are one that will whisk you away.

Where will you explore first? Happy Labor Day!

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


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