Sara Blakely. Tyler Perry. Kevin O’Leary. One is the founder of SPANX, and the youngest female self-made billionaire in the world. One is an entertainment icon. One is a popular member of the “Shark Tank” team.
So why would their names be linked? In case it is not immediately obvious, the tie that binds them is, wait for it…Buckhead, Georgia.
Blakely is a Buckhead native whose corporate headquarters is located in Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Perry sold his Buckhead estate for 17.5 million, a new Buckhead high. And Kevin – Mr. Wonderful – O’Leary used to hang out in Buckhead as a kid and it’s one of his favorite places.
Located just under an hour outside of the city, Buckhead is officially designated as a suburb of Atlanta. But, from chic shops to divine dining to historic landmarks, it’s clear this gem of a community is actually Atlanta’s secret sauce. In fact, many of the best senior activities in Atlanta are actually in Buckhead.
Check out these things to do in Buckhead, Atlanta.
Legoland Discovery Center
Nestled in the heart of Buckhead at Phipps Plaza, LEGOLAND features 4D cinema, interactive rides, a build and test center for race cars, and a Master Builder Academy where devotees can build with experts. Your grandkids will go crazy here, but don’t think for a moment this is an attraction just for the little ones. The third Thursday of every month is Adult Night. The munchkins are politely asked to stay home while the grownups discover and explore.
Chastain Memorial Park
Buckhead is home to Chastain Memorial Park, Atlanta’s largest city park. Its 260 acres include jogging paths, playgrounds, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a golf course, and even an equestrian area. The park is also home to the Chastain Arts Center, which offers year-round programming. One of the park's highlights is the amphitheater which boasts outdoor entertainment all summer long. Grab a friend or paramour, pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the long list of headliners under the stars.
Atlanta History Center
When looking for future things to do in Buckhead, just look to the past. It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring the Atlanta History Center. Stroll through 33 acres of manicured gardens, award-winning exhibitions – including memorabilia from the 1996 Olympics. There are also historic houses to explore, including the Swan House which was featured as President Snow’s Palace in the “Hunger Games” movies.
Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza
Ask anyone for their favorite senior activities in Atlanta, and they will point you in the direction of these Buckhead landmarks. With luxury shopping, green spaces for hanging out, Nobu, a world-class culinary market, Lenox Square, and Phipps Plaza are community magnets. Whether you are looking for a little retail therapy – choose from over 350 iconic brands – or just want to go for a stroll and grab a bite, these are the places to see and be seen.
Book a tour today at Buckhead South, or Powers Ferry, Overture’s premium 55+ communities in Atlanta. Become part of the Overture community - and the Buckhead community. As Mr. Wonderful said, Buckhead is a “helluva place."