Forrest Gump once compared the unpredictability of life to a box of chocolates, and we can probably all agree that we could do the same thing when it comes to Atlanta weather in the wintertime. One day, it could be 20 degrees with wind chill, and on another day, it could be 70 degrees and sunny, and on another day, we could be dealing with tornadoes.
But if there’s one thing that’s predictable, it’s that you’ll have guaranteed fun at numerous Atlanta spots for an indoor adventure, no matter what the weather outside looks like. Whether you’re into social bar atmospheres, museums, fitness and more, there’s an array of options to choose from.
Battle and Brew
Get your game on at this nerd bar located in Sandy Springs. With console games, PC games, board games, card games and plenty of social activities including trivia, themed nights and more, you’ll find plenty of distractions that will divert you from the outdoor cold.
Location: Sandy Springs - 5920 Roswell Rd; Website: battleandbrew.com; Contact: 678-560-1500
Center for Puppetry Arts
Here’s a great recommendation for an indoor adventure, with strings attached – the Center for Puppetry Arts is a magical cultural treasure in midtown Atlanta that will immerse you in the world of marionettes. Be inspired and entertained as you experience the World of Puppetry hands-on museum, as well as the multiple live shows and workshops, at this center that was opened by Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson himself back in the 1970s.
Location: Midtown - 1404 Spring St NW; Website: puppet.org; Contact: 404-873-3391
Fowling is the “original football bowling pin game” that serves as, well, a mashup of football and bowling. If you love football, bowling or both, you’ve come to the right place. Serving originally as a tailgating game where the rules entail throwing a football at bowling pins, the sport of fowling now has a home at Fowling Warehouse on the Westside.
Location: Westside - 1356 English St NW; Website: fowlingwarehouse.com/atlanta; Contact: 470-491-3695
High Museum of Art
Location: East Atlanta - 550 Somerset Terrace NE; Website: illuminarium.com/atlanta; Contact: 404-341-1000
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Take a journey into the American Civil Rights Movement, as well as the global human rights movement, at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights downtown. Interactive experiences place you in the center of the civil rights movement, where you can participate in a lunch counter sit-in alongside the nonviolent protestors from 1960 and learn more about iconic human rights struggles and successes.
Location: Downtown - 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW; Website: civilandhumanrights.org; Contact: 678-999-8990
Punch Bowl Social
This entertainment center located in the Battery Atlanta “wins at adulting.” If you’re looking for “serious funning” to escape the brisk outdoor weather, you’ve come to the right place. Congregate at this gathering place that was inspired by the Victorian-era tradition of gathering around a bowl of punch (hence the name). Activities include bowling, ping pong, billiards, arcade games and more.
Location: Cumberland - 875 Battery Ave SE; Website: punchbowlsocial.com; Contact: 470-443-1443
Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness
One of the largest indoor rock climbing gyms in the United States, Stone Summit offers plenty of indoor thrills. Whether you’re looking to experience rope climbing, bouldering, or just participate in general fitness activities, Stone Summit sets the bar high.