Explore Fernbank Forest through a guided tour or on your own.

Where to See Spring Colors in Atlanta

Our furry little groundhog friend may have forecast six more weeks of winter, but spring is definitely in the air. Flowers are blooming and trees are sending out their buds. Soon Atlanta will be awash in beautiful spring colors from top to bottom. Do yourself a favor and get out to enjoy at least one of our favorite Atlanta locations for seeing spring colors because the displays will be dazzling but they won’t last long. 

Atlanta Botanical Garden 

Orchid Daze at Atlanta Botanical Garden - Joleen Pete Photography

Atlanta Botanical Garden is an amazing sight to behold year-around, but as spring approaches we love the amazing collection of orchids during Orchid Daze, featuring the largest collection of orchids in the county. In addition, ABG is in full color during Atlanta Blooms!, which welcomes spring with colorful displays of hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and perennial bulbs. Atlanta Blooms! Is designed to show off over several weekends in March and April, with various visiting times perfect for enjoying the array of spring colors.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival 

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrates the blooming of the native dogwood tree. Rated one of the top festivals in the nation, the Dogwood Festival is alive with colorful trees, art, people and more. April 13 through 15 are the dates to visit Piedmont Park for this free annual festival and celebrate spring.

Callaway Gardens

The azaleas are coming. In addition to more than 20,000 incredible and colorful azalea plants, Callaway Gardens will be welcoming blooms from daffodils, tulips, crab apples, dogwoods and more. You won’t want to miss the incredible displays of spring color, educational activities and special events waiting for you this season.

Fernbank Forest at Fernbank Museum 

Tuliptree Flower in Fernbank Forest at Fernbank Museum in Atlanta

Spring brings new life to the Fernbank Forest in many forms, including a plethora of wildflowers, blossoming trees and more. Scattered throughout hands-on exhibits, activities and learning stations, visitors of all ages can explore nature close up along the two miles of trails that wend through the Fernbank Forest. From the ground up, visitors will get to see, hear and touch nature and spring in many forms.

The Goizueta Gardens at Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center Goizueta Gardens

The Goizueta Gardens at Atlanta History Center may not leap to the top of your mind when thinking of places to visit for spring color in the Atlanta area, but with  Atlanta History Center’s 32-acres of gardens, trails and woodland areas, it’s the perfect place to catch some beauty. The Swan House lawn blooms bright in the spring, too.

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