She’s the one who endured many a sleepless night. The one who kissed countless scrapes and bruises. The one who cooked meals, helped with homework and listened to teenage woes with a compassionate heart. Now it’s your turn to show Mom just how much you appreciate all the unsung deeds of kindness she’s shown you and your siblings throughout the years.
Atlanta is one hot spot for doing do. With entertainment, nightlife, fine dining, professional sports and more, there are plenty of options for a fantastical May Day in Atlanta together. If you’re thinking of celebrating Mother’s Day in Hot-lanta, there’s a variety of activities bound to tickle Mom’s fancy – and yours. Whether you’re attending a brunch, luncheon or dinner at one of many fine dining establishments in town, or planning a romp at the Botanical Garden, or even proposing to take the family to the park for a full picnic lunch, here are the best Mothers Day ideas in Atlanta. Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget Mom’s Mothers Day flowers in Atlanta!
1. Atlanta Botanical Garden Foray
Take the whole family over to the renowned Atlanta Botanical Garden for a day trip. The famous botanical garden is one of the most impressive collections of plants, trees and exotic flowers on its side of the Mississippi. The 30-acre site across from Piedmont Park in downtown features multiple stunning gardens and different seasonal exhibitions that run the gamut from Chocolate themes to Critter Tours. Mom would love to wander through the spring wonders at the botanical garden and experience the fresh, fragrant blooms with the fam. Grab a cup of coffee or a refreshment and let her wind her way through the botanical garden, snapping pictures with her loved ones and making new memories. Call ahead to see if there are any tea, luncheon or brunch specials at the gardens, or perhaps if there’s an admission special: 404.876.5859.
2. Agnes and Muriels
If Mom’s sentimental or into antiques, head to Midtown’s Agnes and Muriel’s. It’s a funky place decked out with all manner of retro gear, from Barbie dolls to 1950’s cookware. The menu’s a throwback, replete with old-time favorites like turkey meatloaf, buttermilk fried chicken and barbecue. It’s home cooking without the mess for mom to clean up afterwards. Get the whole family together to take Mom for a trip down memory lane at the famous Atlanta haunt and she’ll never forget it. Call ahead for specials and reservations, special seating may be required: 404-885-1000.
3. Sun Dial Restaurant
If your mom’s the Cosmo type who loves to dress up and hit the town, make it the Sun Dial Restaurant for brunch this year. Perched high atop Downtown’s Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, the fashionable restaurant offers seasonally influenced modern American cuisine along with amazing views of the city skyline. On Mother’s Day, the menu is a three-course affair that includes appetizer, entree and dessert. Delectable favorites mix with modern culture here to infuse your Mothers Day with notes of both past and current times, and great memories. There’s even the Chef Khoi’s “signature Mother’s Day Delight dessert.” Be sure your budget can bear the brunt before stepping out to this major Mothers Day attraction. Call ahead at least a month for reservations: (404) 589-7506.
4. Villa Christina
Mom have a green thumb? Then head to Dunwoody’s Villa Christina. It prides itself on its charming Italian villa, lovely stone terrace, beautiful landscaping, rose gardens, streams and waterfalls. Amid the natural beauty, mom can dine on market-fresh seafood, carved-to-order prime rib, and a host of homemade desserts. The Villa has been known to team up with a local photographer to offer exceptional deals on family portraits. Be sure to make your reservations ASAP, though, because seats fill up quickly. Also make sure you account for the rather steep expense. Call ahead for reservations: (404) 303-0133.
5. Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium will celebrate Mom’s Day “under the sea” with a special brunch buffet. There will be a huge variety of food, from Southern cuisine to Asian favorites. Seatings include Aquarium admission so you can spend the day enjoying the fishes with mom before or after your brunch. Call for reservations: (404) 581-4000.
6. Oakhurst Gardens
Visit Oakhurst Gardens in Decatur and learn to make easy gifts to pamper mom, including bath fizzies, herbal bath teas, and salt scrub, all made with natural ingredients such as oatmeal, herbs, salt, and pure essential oils. Call ahead to make sure you have the right time, and you may need a reservation as well: 678-642-4977.
7. Picnic in the Parks
With so many Atlanta area parks to choose from, Cauble, Swift-Cantrell, Freedom and more, it’s a great day to make an overflowing picnic basket and treat Mom to a blanket spread in the sunshine. All three parks have serious acreage and tons of room for the little ones to play, too. Whether it’s wine and cheese and fruit, champagne and strawberries, cheese and crackers and apples or full on sandwich lunches, Mom will love this idea of spending time with the family and making new traditions.