Atlanta summers bring the heat, but don’t let that keep you from summer fun. Alta Dairies residents are always in the mood to explore their corner of the city. From educational to edgy, we have a few indoor destinations in mind that we think you’ll love – all close to home. Count on the air-conditioned confines of these sites to keep you cool – and entertained – during the summer months.
Looking for some fast-paced, hard-hitting fun? Check out an Atlanta Rollergirls bout. The girls of summer play at the Yaarab Shrine Center in Midtown Atlanta, just north of Old Fourth Ward and less than 3 miles from Alta Dairies. A founding member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Rollergirls have been rocking the track every summer since 2004. Four teams – the Apocalypstix, Denim Demons, Glamma Rays, and Toxic Shocks – duke it out as part of the Rollergirls’ league. Bouts are intense, and the party-like atmosphere is electric. You won’t find a better way to spend a sweltering summer evening. Atlanta Roller Derby’s next bouts are June 15. Don’t miss ‘em!
For a night of entertainment that teeters on risque, check out Dad’s Garage Theatre in Old Fourth Ward. It’s less than a mile from Alta Dairies. Check out improv comedy and scripted acts Wednesdays through Saturdays at this staple of Atlanta’s nightlife. Improv cage matches and edgy scripted shows are a sampling of what you’ll find on the Dad’s calendar. You can even attend an improv class and train to take the stage yourself someday.
Learn about the civil rights movement at the 23-acre Martin Luther King Jr. Center, a national historic site honoring the iconic figure. Check out the reflecting pool and eternal flame and browse the exhibits to learn more about the civil rights leader and his work. You can also peruse The King Center’s library and archives and visit Dr. King’s birth home. If you’re up for a day of learning, The King Center, just over a mile from Alta Dairies, is definitely worth your time.
OK, so this might not technically qualify as an indoor destination, but you can always turn up your car’s air conditioning to full blast and pretend you’re inside. Although drive-in theaters are relics of a bygone era, Starlight has somehow lived on since it opened in 1949. These days, you can catch new releases on any of Starlight’s four screens as the sound streams through your car’s FM radio. They’ll even offer you a jump if you sap your car’s battery. Oh, and, yeah, you read the flea market part right. Starlight hosts a flea market from 6 AM to 3 PM every Saturday and Sunday. If you’re in the mood to catch the latest blockbuster – or hunt for bargains – pay Starlight a visit. It’s just south of East Atlanta Village and less than 5 miles from Alta Dairies.