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Sandy Springs, GA

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North of neighboring Atlanta, near the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Sandy Springs is a fighter of a city. The community and the local government repeatedly held off attempts by Atlanta to annex the area, and were eventually able to get Sandy Springs city status. As a full-fledged city in its own right, both officially and unofficially, it is the third-largest city to incorporate in U.S. history. Residents are proud of this heritage, and it shines through in their community spirit.

Getting Around in Sandy Springs, GA

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The average commuter time in Sandy Springs is:
20 to 24 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 8.76%
  • 14.02%
  • 3.16%

Run or Relax by the R

Winding along the sides of the tranquil blue waters, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area offers visitors plenty of room to stretch their legs and traverse long, clean trails. Through the woods and across the swamp you will go by foot, bike, kayak, or boat. Paddle up river or float downstream, and remember to watch for wildlife. Morgan Falls Overlook Park is not to be missed by outdoor lovers, either. Swinging benches overlook the river and give you the perfect place to relax and watch the gently flowing water. Having a park like this in a major metro area makes it all the more special.

Diverse Restaurant Ch

Southern life means Southern food served with a smile. There is plenty to choose from in Sandy Springs, including plenty of local flavor. Egg Harbor Cafe is your port of choice for breakfast and brunch. Fresh coffee, eggs any way you like them, potato pancakes, and banana French toast leave patrons hungry to visit again. Pizza lovers will find unique combinations at Hearth Pizza Tavern, such as Fun Guy and the Simply Red. The crust is crisp and airy and the toppings do not stop. Nori Nori offers ambient decor and one of the best Japanese buffets you will find in the area.

Small Museums, Large

One of the best-kept secrets of Sandy Springs is that this community is home to two small, but exceptional, museums. Anne Frank in the World allows visitors of all ages to get a look at Nazi persecution and how it changed the lives of Jews and the disabled. There is an exhibit in tribute to a Georgia soldier who helped free the concentration camps. The Williams-Payne House Museum is charming on the outside, education on the inside. It shares the complex story of how Sandy Springs fought to be recognized as its own city, independent of Atlanta. It is a must-see for Southern history lovers.