Experience a dynamic lifestyle in this trendy Atlanta suburb
From its hip downtown to its award-winning public parks, Alpharetta offers something for everyone. Situated in northern Fulton County, just 20 miles from Atlanta, this city of about 65,000 celebrates Southern living with a distinctive flair for fun. Alpharetta is known for its arts, culture, and entertainment. Venues like theAmeris Bank Amphitheater showcase national acts, and summers feature free concerts in the park.
Alpharetta's history dates to the 1830s when farmers began to settle the area south of the North Georgia Mountains. The city was established in 1858. Alpharetta has become known as the "Technology City of the South,'' due to the abundance of technology companies in Alpharetta. Housing in Alpharetta ranges from ultra-contemporary condos and townhomes to updated ranches and roomy multi-level homes on spacious lots. Public schools rate high in quality, and there's also a selection of private schools.
What to Love
A variety of shopping and dining venues
Fun festivals and events
Great trails and parks
Alpharetta residents enjoy an active lifestyle, thanks to the numerous events and facilities the town offers. Whether it's music, workshops, art fairs, school sports, beer or wine tastings, or festivals, there's something happening nearly every weekend and often during the week also.
While residents head indoors for activities during the cool winter months, the town comes alive during the warm climate in the spring through fall. The area's many parks are popular destinations for picnics, hiking, bicycling, and outdoor sports. Wills Park has equestrian trails, an aquatic center with two pools, a water slide, and a water play area. The city's parks department sponsors sports leagues for both kids and adults.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Alpharetta's downtown area features locally-owned restaurants and unique shops. TheSouth Main Kitchen, in Alpharetta’s downtown district, is in a historic building constructed in 1902. The farm-to-table restaurant changes its selection of Southern comfort food frequently, and you could enjoy your meal, and the views, from the rooftop. Another local favorite is the Oak Steakhouse, which features steaks, chops, and extras.
South of town is the award-winningPampas Steakhouse, serving Argentinian-style steak and cuisine. Another notable eatery is theAlpine Bakery, famous for its artistic layer cakes and cheesecakes, you can also get a New-York style pizza with your choice of fresh toppings.
The Avalon is the city's latest area for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Covering 86-acres, it has 500,000-square-feet of offices and retail, as well as plenty of open space for events and relaxation.North Point Mall is another popular shopping destination. The two-level mall is anchored by four department stores, a movie theater, and the Dino Safari adventure.
Things to Do
Alpharetta showcases both national and local talent. TheAmeris Bank Amphitheater is a 12,000-seat outdoor venue attracting fans from the region and hosts major musical acts and entertainment. Also popular are the festivals taking place throughout the year. The annualAlpharetta Street Fest features more than 100 artists and vendors.
Food and drink often serve as centerpieces for fun. At theTaste of Alpharetta, you can sample the food of more than 60 of the city's restaurants. If you're a beer fan, you'll love theBrew Moon Fest, where you can taste the local brews and listen to live music. The weeklyAlpharetta Farmers Market brings in fresh produce and plants from local growers and offers tasty treats and music while you shop.
Alpharetta is also home to some of the best golf courses in the area. The scenicGolf Club of Georgia has 36 holes of championship-level golf and hosts the College Invitational and Georgia Cup competitions. The course at theIron Horse Golf Club (formerly known as Crooked Creek) is newly renovated. The 28,000-square-foot clubhouse provides dining and event space. TheEchelon Golf course is open for public tee times and dining.
Public schools are operated by the top-ratedFulton County School System. Elementary and middle schools consistently rank high in quality.