SURFING ATLANTA

Byline: Toni M. Lublin

Planning your trip to Atlanta? The following Web sites can make the task just a tad easier, with everything from everything from theater to good ol’ Southern home cookin’ a mere mouse-click away.

Access Atlanta (accessatlanta.com)
A helpful site for information on restaurants, movies, and shopping mall locations. Find out about nearby attractions and points of interest: Grant Park Zoo, film and video festivals, and tours of the Governor’s Mansion, the Margaret Mitchell House and Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home.

Alliance Theatre (alliancetheatre.org)
Under the direction of Susan Booth, the Alliance Theatre Co. is one of the most respected regional theaters in the United States. “Dinah Was” opens August 23, 2001. This moving musical celebrates the rags-to-riches life of Dinah Washington, the Queen of the Blues. Tickets range from $18-$59. On the day of the show, after 5 p.m, open seats go on sale at a discount.

Atlanta Journal Constitution (ajc.com/travel)
A new site geared to visitors is linked to this URL. It offers neighborhood-by-neighborhood information, provided by the newspaper’s editors, on Atlanta’s best places to eat, drink and be merry.

Atlanta Theatres (atlantatheatres.org)
The Atlanta coalition of Performing Arts guides you to what is happening within Atlanta’s theater, dance, music, film and children’s entertainment scenes.

Chamblee Antique Row (antiquerow.com)
Located in the North Atlanta area, the Chamblee Antique row has over 200 freestanding dealers. It is said to be Georgia’s largest selection of antiques and collectibles. Open seven days a week. Monday-Saturday 10:30-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Citysearch (atlanta.citysearch.com)
A fantastic site to find out what is going on the week you are in town. Select Atlanta and get ready for a bevy of pop-up tabs for arts, attractions, nightlife, hotels, movies and more. Upcoming events abound no matter when you visit. Highly recommended.

Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater (classicchastain.org)
You can experience nature and music their finest at the Chastain Park Amphitheater. Voted tops by Atlanta’s concertgoers and rated within the top 10 best outdoor venues in the U.S.

Creative Lofting (creativeloafing.com)
Select the date you will be visiting Atlanta. You can find out by clicking on “what is happening.” From the bohemian concert scene to the “free stuff and fun stuff,” there is plenty to explore.

Martini’s & Imax Theaters (fernbank.edu/museum/martini.html)
Located within the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, this should be a must-do on your list of things to experience. Every Friday night at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. you can nurse a martini while listening to live music and then watch a big-screen flick.

The Atlanta Preservation Center (preserveatlanta.com)
Feel like you need a little more exercise? Try these walking tours of Atlanta’s historic districts, led by the Atlanta Preservation Center, a non-profit organization, which promotes the preservation of Atlanta’s historically, architecturally and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes. Choose from six guided walking tours: Historic Downtown, Fox Theatre, Sweet Auburn MLK district, Inman Park, Ansley Park and Walking Miss Daisy’s Druid Hills.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (atlantasymphony.org)
Don’t miss Atlanta’s premier symphony orchestra. Almost 250 concerts a year are performed inside and outside the city. See site for times and dates. On the day of the show, after 5 p.m., open seats go on sale at a discount.

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