Forest Park is located in Georgia’s Clayton County. It is located nine miles south-east of downtown Atlanta.
It was founded in 1908 and is located immediately east of Atlanta’s main airport Hartsfield-Jackson International.
Forest Park is a great base for exploring everything Georgia’s capital and surrounding areas have to offer, including breathtaking mountain views and world-class museums.
These are the top 15 things to do around Forest Park, Georgia.
1. Delta Flight Museum
Although it is not in Forest Park, the Delta Flight Museum can be found just a short distance from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s northern side. It is located less than six miles away from downtown Forest Park.
The museum is a great introduction to Atlanta’s business industry. It makes use of two historic hangars from the 1940s.
The museum’s name suggests that it is a museum that focuses on Delta Airlines’ history. It has been flying passengers since the very beginning of powered flight. You can see this by visiting the museum.
Hangars offer plenty of space for historic aircraft to be displayed, including small six-seaters and a 767 called Spirit of Delta.
2. Reynolds Nature Preserve
Reynolds Nature Preserve is located approximately three miles from Forest Park.
The preserve covers almost 150 acres and was created to protect the native forest in Morrow.
There are many things to do in the Heritage Garden, including exploring the wildlife ponds, wildflower meadows, and heritage garden. They have something for everyone.
The preserve also contains several structures from civil war era, including the Huie Barn built in 1867, which points to the preserve’s original purpose.
3. Spivey Hall
Spivey Hall was named after its benefactors who were prominent real estate developers in the region. It is located on Clayton State University’s Morrow campus, next to Swan Lake.
It is a well-respected concert hall that has been viewed as an international leader thanks to its broadcasts on radio and online of regular performances of classical and jazz music.
This 500-seat auditorium was built in the early 1990s to house the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir as well as the Young Artists group.
It also included the construction and dedication of the Albert Schweizer 4,400 pipe organ memorial. It was made in Padua in Italy and named after Dr. Albert Schweizer, a Bach lover.
4. Atlanta Farmers Market
Atlanta Farmers Market is proud to be a supporter of the “Georgia Grown” campaign. It offers the opportunity to taste all that this agricultural area produces.
The Peach State is also known as Georgia, and there are plenty of options for fresh-picked fruit and peanuts from Jimmy Carter’s Georgia farm.
The market’s many sheds make it one the most popular farmers markets in America. You’ll also find a garden center, and some cafe-restaurants where you can enjoy the delicious produce on offer.
5. Panola Mountain State Park
Panola Mountain, a mountain of natural rock formed millions of years ago, erups suddenly from the Georgia countryside.
There are many mountains like Panola in the area, all of which are protected by state park status.
For those who want to learn more about the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area’s natural habitat, ranger-led hikes can be arranged. There are also multi-use trails that can be used by everyone.
6. Starlight Drive-in
Forest Park is six miles away from the Starlight Drive-in Theatre. It combines traditional American drive-in experiences with digital projection technology.
There are four screens available to choose from, each with its own art deco style. They show a variety of movies, from Hollywood classics to horror films in B-movie format.
You can also roll up and get a double feature. The snack bar offers classics like hot dogs, which is part of the charm.
The Starlight also has a flea marketplace, where you can find items that vary from day to day.
7. Constitution Lakes
Constitution Lakes are located in a similar area north of Forest Park to Starlight Drive-in. The Constitution Lakes, like many lakes in the area, are artificially created. However, this does not diminish their beauty.
Constitution Lakes were actually created from the quarries of brick-makers. The water world is reverberant with the sounds of birds calling one another, and the splashing of fish breaking.
Bird watching and fishing are two of the most popular reasons to visit the lakes. There are many walkways that allow you to walk around the edge of the lake.
8. East Point Historic Civic Block
Instead of traveling due north, you will instead travel six miles northwest to arrive at East Point Historic Civic Block south Atlanta.
This block includes Atlanta’s Victory Park, as well as three historic buildings from the 1920s and 1930s, City Hall, New Deal Library and City Auditorium.
Victory Park was established to honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces. Old armaments can be found among the planting and memorials.
City Hall and City Auditorium were built in Colonial Revival and antebellum styles. The details of the New Deal Library matched the style.
9. Road to Tara Museum
Forest Park’s Clayton County was the location for the Civil War epic Gone with the Wind, written by Margaret Mitchell in Atlanta. There are many museums that focus on this film and the book.
The Road to Tara Museum, Jonesboro, cleverly uses this fictionalized account about the civil war period to explain the facts of what citizens went through during this troubled period in American history.
The museum has original props from the film and scripts written by the cast. It also has reproductions of many of the costumes worn by Vivien in Scarlett O’Hara’s role.
By road, Jonesboro is approximately 15 minutes from Forest Park.
10. Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
A half hour from Forest Park lies another natural wonder of northern Georgia – Arabia Mountain.
This monolithic rock was formed from granite that has been dated back to 400 million years. It is so good that it can be seen in the Brooklyn Bridge.
The mountain’s majestic beauty is not diminished by these old quarry sites. You can enjoy this park by taking a signposted trail through it. It will take you to some of the most interesting sites from the area’s earliest European settlers.
11. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
The skeletal remains of dinosaurs found at the Fernbank Museum for Natural History outside of Atlanta are young when compared with the great age of Arabia Mountain.
The atrium contains the fossilized remains a Giganotosaurus that was last seen on Earth 100 million years ago. It also houses an Argentinosaurus skeleton. This dinosaur measures 120 feet in length and is the longest known to have ever existed.
Visitors can explore the museum further to see exhibits that show Georgia’s natural history, as an example of how the Earth formed and developed.
A small section of an ancient forest is located outside the museum. It has been made accessible to the public via walkways and information boards.
12. Uptown Comedy Corner
Uptown Comedy Corner is located at the eastern end of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It has been providing world-class comedy for the residents of south Atlanta for many years.
This small, nondescript space is well-known among the circuit’s performers. It attracts comedians who are trying to make it in comedy, as well as welcoming back big names like Chris Rock.
Rarely, Hollywood’s elite may also drop by. Snoop Dogg and Jay Z were both spotted in the audience before.
13. Clayton County International Park
Clayton County may seem odd to be home to an “international park”. This green space was created outside Jonesboro as a result the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Atlanta hosted the games and the park was built to host the beach volleyball competition. It was given to the local residents as a permanent and lasting legacy of the games after the games.
It is obvious that the sand beaches and the water slides in the theme park are big draws.
The park is located just 20 minutes from Forest Park.
14. Krog Street Tunnel
Atlanta’s Krog Street Tunnel is located at a similar distance north of Forest Park. A road tunnel is not something we would normally consider one of the most exciting things to do. The Krog Street Tunnel is a haven for street artists from the region.
The concrete columns and supports of the columnar supports are nearly completely covered in graffiti. Many of these works look gallery-quality to passersby.
Atlanta authorities aren’t trying to stop or disrupt this artistic output. The earliest known images of graffiti were sprayed in 1960s.
15. SkyView Atlanta
You can’t do worse than to head a few blocks toward SkyView Atlanta via the Fairlie-Poplar District from the Krog Street Tunnel.
This district features a variety of architectural styles that date back to the 19th and 20th centuries. They also demonstrate the evolution from brick and timber into steel and concrete.
SkyView Atlanta’s views are even more spectacular because the Ferris wheel rises up to 20 stories high.
As the gondolas slow circle, you can see many of Atlanta’s most iconic landmarks, including the Centennial Olympic Park next door.