Explore & Discovery Dunwoody
Ever heard people talk about which is better — living ITP or OTP (inside the perimeter and outside the perimeter)? Of course, there is no right or wrong answer as it depends on what factors are most important to the individual or family. Dunwoody is a decidedly an ITP city with all the features that make living closer in so appealing. Dunwoody lies about 20 minutes north of downtown Atlanta, and is accessible by GA 400, I -285, SR 141.
Dunwoody’s central location makes it ideal for people who want quick, easy access to downtown for work or school, to the airport for travel, to shopping, dining, fitness, the arts, and just about anything else. Dunwoody was ranked #7 Best Suburbs for Millennials in Georgia by Niche.com’s 2017 Best Places to Live in Georgia survey. It was also ranked #11 for Best Suburbs in Live in Georgia by the same survey.
Dunwoody has a very diverse population of just about 48,000 residents with a median household income of $80,000. The median home value is $367,800 and the area’s natural beauty, parks, central location, low crime rate, good schools, and overall quality of life make Dunwoody a highly desirable ITP community.
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Dunwoody Nature Center is a non-profit organization providing environmental education and outreach programs, visitors can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the park or sign up for special classes and events. The park is open daily from sunrise to sundown, free of charge. Explore wetlands, a teepee, hiking trails, and the woodland playground all before visiting the hammock garden to relax before you leave. 770-394-3322. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, GA 30338. Open seven days a week from sunup to sundown. www.dunwoodynature.org
Stage Door Players, Dunwoody’s own professional theater company, was founded in 1974 as a Community Improvement Project of the Dunwoody Woman’s Club. After years of performing in various locations, it found a permanent home at the Spruill Center for the Arts. Celebrating its 36th season, the Stage Door Players produces a full professional season beginning in September and running through August of the following year. For upcoming plays or box office information, visit the Web site. 770-393-1726. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338. www.stagedoorplayers.net
Discover your inner artists and enjoy classes and special events at the Southeast’s largest community education center. The Spruill Center for the Arts offers dozens of workshops, classes and camps for children and adults alike. Visit the Web site for the class schedule and special events. 770-394-3447. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30338. www.spruillarts.org
Shopping – it’s what puts Dunwoody on the map and keeps people coming back. Whether you’re a mall maven, boutique browser or just flat out like to shop, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Dunwoody. At the center of it all is Perimeter Mall, featuring the best shops around Atlanta. Nearby, explore the locally-owned boutiques and well-known favorites of Dunwoody Village and Perimeter Place. And you’re just a short ride away from Atlanta’s Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, featuring all the high-end shopping your heart desires. For a truly local experience, be inspired by local artistry at the Spruill Center for the Arts, where handmade art and jewelry makes for beautiful one-of-a-kind souvenirs. The stores may vary but one thing remains the same – you won’t go home empty-handed.
At heights up to 55 feet above the ground, and zip-lines stretching more than 200 feet, Treetop Quest boasts ample adrenaline spikes for the thrill seekers, with specialized preliminary training and experienced guides to reassure the most apprehensive. All this aerial prowess is done in a highly secure environment through a continuous lifeline system that keeps you hooked for the duration of the course. As one of the most unique, family-friendly adventure courses in Georgia, Treetop Quest is touted as a new genre of educational, adventurous, and environmentally responsible recreation.
Enjoy the sunny outdoors with fun for everyone, including your furry family members! Children can play all day on the enormous first-class playground, while older kids and adults can glide across the awesome skate park arena. Let your dogs run free in a natural and safe environment in the beautiful newly renovated off-leash dog park. Navigate the trails through the woods and around the park or glide through the treetops with your friends at Treetop Quest! On your way out, stop by the Dunwoody Community Garden where local citizens grow organic, fresh produce and donate more than 20 percent of it to charity. 678-244-9800
Dunwoody, GA, is one the most popular dining destinations in the Atlanta area, and its long list of award-winning restaurants continues to grow. Known for its variety of restaurants, restaurants near Perimeter Mall, for example, include upscale steakhouses, family-owned Italian restaurants, authentic ethnic cafes, fast-casual burger joints and local coffee shops.
Most area restaurants of this perimeter city are family-friendly and informal, and many are located within walking distance of area hotels and the local MARTA station. Other popular shopping districts in Dunwoody, Georgia, with nearby restaurants include Perimeter Place, Park Place Plaza, Dunwoody Village, Georgetown Area and the Williamsburg Shopping Center. Download the Dunwoody Visitors Map for easy exploration.
Calendar Of Events
You’ve probably already guess that there’s always something going on in Dunwoody! Everybody claims to have the best events around Atlanta, but those places don’t have Lemonade Days, or the Caffeine & Octane car show, or the Dunwoody Art Festival, or the region’s biggest 4th of July parade. To be clear, Dunwoody does. Take a class or see a concert. Taste wine or volunteer your time. Bookmark this calendar to find all the best upcoming events near Atlanta. They’re here, in Dunwoody.
April 18-22, 2018. Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road
Wednesday: 4pm – 10pm
Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday: 4pm – 10pm
Saturday: 10am – 10 pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pmDunwoody’s Lemonade Days is an annual, five-day festival held each spring to celebrate the spirit of community and introduce visitors to a number of local Dunwoody vendors. Check out our Insider’s Guide here! Lemonade Days bring families together to enjoy more than 30 full-scale carnival rides, more than 20 fabulous food and beverage vendors, three days of center stage performances, the popular Dunwoody Idol contest and, of course, drink lemonade. Rides cost $20 on Wednesday; $25 Thursday-Sunday.
Every First Sunday of the Month
4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Free for Attendees and Participants
Remaining 2017 Event Dates:
Sunday, November 5
Sunday, December 3
Pull into Dunwoody for Caffeine and Octane, the largest monthly car show in the country! Car enthusiasts from everywhere assemble at Perimeter Mall every first Sunday of the month for this family-friendly automotive exhibit. Each show features a new collection of cars and a diverse crowd of car buffs who wake up extra early to see and be seen. This nationally recognized show regularly draws over 2,500 vintage, muscle, high performance, and exotic cars while also attracting over 10,000 spectators. The people who attend this show are just as interesting as the cars themselves, making this a truly unique social event. The show highlights all makes and models, from the immortalized classics to seductive foreign cars that are almost too pretty to touch.
Brook Run Park
4770 North Peachtree Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Recurring: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Dates: April 27, 2017 to October 26, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm. No admission
Put the pots and pans away and come out to Brook Run Park, and enjoy a fun evening out and feast on some of the best food truck cuisine in Atlanta. This foodie event, complete with live music, takes place from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and features a variety of new and different offerings each week. This event is scheduled to run every Thursday, April through October.
Times: 12:00-3:00 PM weekends; Tuesdays 9 AM-2 PM
Admission: $5 per bag
Phone: (470) 448-3937
Looking for a feel-good activity for the whole family? Visit during our drop-in periods (no reservations needed and we have supplies) on Tuesdays 9-2pm and Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-3pm. It’s that easy to volunteer. Just show up with friends and family and pack care packages for people in need! Make your own do-good playdate! All ages welcome. Please bring supplies or help us cover our $5 per bag cost.
4681 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30338
Recurring: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Dates: November 14, 2017 to December 23, 2017
For over twenty years, the Spruill Center for the Arts has hosted the Holiday Artists Market at the Spruill Gallery. The Market features over 100 local artists with a wide variety of uniquely made artisan gifts and home décor. It’s the perfect place to get a special gift for everyone on your list! Spruill Arts Members always receive a 10% discount!