It truly is better to give than to receive, but… let’s face it – gift giving is not without its challenges. There are sizes to worry about, distinctive tastes and personalities with which to contend, and the overarching question “Will they like/want/use/love what I gave them?” For that person who may be hard to buy for or already seems to have everything under the sun, we may have a solution: the gift of adventure.
Experiences can be very personal and far-reaching. Give them a sweater, and they may not even remember who gave it to them a year later (unless it’s really ugly). Give them an adventure, and they’ll remember you every time they reflect upon the memories of that experience. Whether this person is new to Atlanta or a long-time, sweet tea sipping, peach cobbler eating, tried-and-true Atlantan, the gift of an Atlanta adventure is certain to be one of the most cherished gifts they’ll receive this year.
Here are just a few ideas to help you get started – many of which can be ordered online, making your holiday shopping a gingersnap!:
Six Flags Over Georgia – Why simply give one day of adventure, when you could give them an entire year? What could be better than unlimited visits to one of Atlanta’s favorite destinations during the Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday Season? High flying fun and miles of smiles are the order of the day every day at this 100-acre amusement park. If you hurry, the purchase of 2016 season passes will also afford the recipient with free visits to the park for the remainder of 2015 – which includes the Christmas-themed Holiday in the Park!
Stone Mountain Park – Open year-round with opportunities for a different adventure every time they visit, an annual pass to Stone Mountain Park won’t be taken for… “granite” (hehe – get it?) That’s 12 full months of unlimited access to attractions like Geyser Towers, SkyHike, Summit Skyride, 4-D Theater, Scenic Railroad, The Great Barn, Mini-Golf, the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard, and more. And let’s not forget about the renowned Lasershow Spectacular in MountainVision! A Mountain Membership also grants them access to events like Spring FUN Break, Summer at the Rock, Pumpkin Festival and Stone Mountain Christmas. Upgrade to a Mountain Membership Plus, and you can add in unlimited enjoyment of Snow Mountain and Ride the Ducks (reservations required), free parking and more!
Lanier Islands – Consider purchasing passes to Magical Nights of Lights (which runs through Jan 3) to give them a little early and really ramp up their holiday spirit. Passes to the all new Winter Adventure (scheduled to melt away after Feb 15) are the equivalent of one big blast of a snow day. Of course, you could always give them a Combo Pass, which equates to double the fun. Lanier Islands Gift Cards are another great gift-giving idea – they can be used towards an overnight stay, dining in one of the resort’s restaurants, season passes for the resort’s famed beach, boardwalk and waterpark – LanierWorld – once they’ve been released in 2016, and so much more!
Atlanta CityPASS®– If you’d prefer to give the gift of more than one awesome Atlanta destination, why not give them five?!?! The recipient of one of these little booklets is sure to be in for a treat, as it grants them access to some of the city’s most popular destinations over the course of nine fun-filled days. Included among them are: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tour, a choice of either Zoo Atlanta or the new Center for Civil and Human Rights, and a choice of either Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-Fil-A Fan Experience. Needless to say, annual passes are also available at Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and College Football Hall of Fame.
Happy Holiday Wishes to One and All!