The north Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, GA, is a family-friendly community with close access to both city life and nature escapes. For seniors, this southern city has lots of fun things to do, including diverse restaurants, live music and art events, parks and recreation, and a whole lot more.
The following are some ways seniors like to enjoy life in Alpharetta.
1. Restaurant Dining
Alpharetta has more than 200 restaurants, spanning cuisines including Indian food, Southern barbecue, pizza and Italian food, Mexican food, Turkish and Mediterranean food, Caribbean food and more. There’s a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available, as well as breweries and wine bars for libations lovers.
The city also hosts culinary events, like the Taste of Alpharetta, an annual springtime event that features more than 60 local restaurants serving up their acclaimed dishes. Whatever your taste, there’s always something delicious on the menu in Alpharetta.
2. Alpharetta Farmers Market
Speaking of food, you’ll find plenty of local ingredients at the Alpharetta Farmers Market. Held every Saturday from April through November in front of Alpharetta City Hall, visitors can find fresh produce, plus an array of handmade goods from local artists and makers.
Non-shoppers can enjoy the market, too, since it features live music by local musicians. The dog-friendly market also offers freshly prepared food for breakfast, lunch and brunch.
Alpharetta also has a vibrant shopping scene, with more than 250 national brand and locally owned stores within a 5-mile radius in the city. Some of the most popular shopping destinations in Alpharetta include:
- Avalon: Avalon in central Alpharetta has more than 75 retailers selling luxury jewelry, clothing and shoes, furniture and books. The area also features a movie theater and several restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues, as well as hosts special events, like makers markets and holiday parties.
- Downtown Alpharetta: Locals love shopping in downtown Alpharetta, since the area is home to many local business owners selling goods like clothes, toys, art and outdoor goods. Visitors can find a great concentration of shops on Main Street, Market Street, Commerce Street and Milton Avenue in downtown Alpharetta.
- North Point Mall: Mall walkers and shoppers alike head to North Point, home to some of the country’s biggest retailers, including Macy’s, Sephora and Victoria’s Secret. The mall also has a bevy of sit-down and fast-casual restaurants, including the Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen.
From one-of-a-kind gifts to big-box stores, Alpharetta has everything shoppers are looking for in the city.
4. Live Music
Music lovers have lots of options for concerts in Alpharetta. Some of the popular live music spots in Alpharetta include:
- Ameris Bank Amphitheatre: The Ameris Bank Amphitheatre is Alpharetta’s largest concert venue, an outdoor stage hosting big names like Judas Priest, Alanis Morissette and Niall Horan.
- Alpharetta Symphony: The Alpharetta Symphony hosts classical music concerts and themed shows, such as all-women composer concerts. The symphony performs at venues throughout Alpharetta, including Ameris Bank Amphitheatre.
- Alpharetta Arts Center: The Alpharetta Arts Center hosts rotating visual art exhibits, and presents live music concerts each second Friday of the month from June through August. The Eclectic Lawn Concert Series takes place outdoors, and attendees can bring their own outdoor seating and picnics for each show.
- The Velvet Note: Calling its venue an “acoustic living room,” The Velvet Note is an intimate setting in which to see live soul and jazz music. The venue also has a full restaurant menu and an extensive wine and cocktail list.
If you enjoy seeing live music, keep an eye on the Alpharetta events calendar, too. Various parks throughout the city often host live free concerts for residents.
5. Parks, Art & Recreation
Seniors who love to learn and connect with others in the community have lots of opportunities to do so through the Alpharetta parks and recreation network. Alpharetta parks and recreation offers opportunities like:
- Free fitness classes, including yoga, step classes, tai chi, aerobics, line dancing and barre
- Visual art classes, including painting, embroidery, paper making and drawing
- Open studios, for painters, ceramicists and adaptive artists
There’s also an extensive network of parks that are free for visitors. These include:
- Brooke Street Park and Arboretum, a 5-acre passive park in downtown Alpharetta that hosts local concerts and features public art sculptures
- Union Hill Park, which spans 13 acres and features a skate park, a covered roller hockey rink and a concession stand
- Webb Bridge Park and Arboretum, a beautiful 109-acre park that includes soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, a lake, a piano visitors can play, a playground, picnic pavilions and a relaxing 1.5-mile walking trail
- Wills Park, home to an equestrian center, playgrounds, free tennis and pickleball courts, a disc golf course, a dog park, baseball fields, an aquatics center and a recreation center
The city of Alpharetta makes parks, art and recreation activities affordable and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Whether you want to exercise, spend time in nature or participate in a class with other community members, the city’s parks and recreation department has something for everyone.
More Activities at Addington Place of Alpharetta
From learning about history at the Alpharetta & Old Milton County History Museum, to seeing a play at ACT1 Theater, Alpharetta has a wide variety of events and activities to match your and your loved ones’ interests.
In addition to finding activities to do in the city, Addington Place of Alpharetta hosts daily on-site activities at the assisted living and memory care community. Residents can access amenities like the media center and private library, as well as attend programming like coffee and current events clubs, gardening clubs, aerobics and stretching exercise classes, brain exercise and puzzle clubs, and much more. Each day has a variety of programming to participate in, so there’s always something new to explore at Addington Place of Alpharetta.