When we moved to Chicago two years ago, I was so starved for culture and adventure, that I dragged the kids on little trips and outings every chance I got. I traveled hours just to experience all that great city and metro area had to offer.
Since moving to Georgia, we haven't been as adventurous. I think, maybe, I don't expect to find anything that could measure up to Chicagoland. We moved here three months ago, and we still haven't ventured into Atlanta yet. Scott and I both believe it will be hard to live up to the Windy City.
Even so, we have found a few interesting spots in Georgia. In Atlanta's outskirts, there are a lot of nature preserves and opportunities for outdoor activities. One of the first spots the kids and I explored was the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell which sits on the Chattahoochee River, not too far from where we live. It's a great little spot with plenty of paved walking trails and a plethora of animals to observe. While we were there we caught a little show by a wildlife expert and we delighted in "catching" butterflies in the butterfly tent.
In the summer, the nature center hosts summer camps and also kayaking and canoeing trips on the river.