The technology city of the South with some of the country's best schools
The town of Alpharetta is a suburb north of Atlanta that has seen a lot of growth as more and more families and individuals move out of the major metropolitan area. It has gained a reputation as the technology city of the south, and the schools here rank among the best in the country. The downtown scene in Alpharetta is energetic and vibrant, offering all kinds of boutiques and shops and an abundance of restaurants, parks, and entertainment venues.
What to Love
- Schools that rank among the best in the country
- A lively downtown scene
- Trendy shops and stores
- A wide range of cuisine options and restaurant types
- Parks, recreation, and entertainment venues are plentiful
No matter where you are from, it won't take long for you to feel right at home in Alpharetta. The welcoming vibe and the Southern charm and hospitality are sure to put you at ease. Life in Alpharetta is slower than in Atlanta and more casual. The lovely weather most of the year means there is plenty of time to get out and enjoy the many parks and recreational areas here. Stores and shopping centers are centrally located for convenient outings, and there are restaurants of every variety.
Families are often drawn in by the fantastic schools located here. Alpharetta schools rank among the best in the country. Students here graduate well-prepared for college and their careers.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
You can dine in a comfortable and casual setting, or you can dine in luxury; Alpharetta has it all. Enjoy a fantastic meal at the Oak Steakhouse in the Avalon shopping center. Dine on gourmet American cuisine in an elegant dining room with a full kitchen view. Also at the Avalon shopping center is South City Kitchen, which offers inventive takes on Southern classics in a casual setting.
Across town, on Main Street, you can find South Main Kitchen, serving upscale Southern comfort food in a shabby chic dinner setting. Also on Main Street is Citizen Soul, a modern cocktail bar serving a global menu. There are dozens of other restaurants around Alpharetta to keep every foodie satisfied.
While you are at Avalon, check out the latest fashions from your favorite labels like Athleta, Anthropologie, and West Elm, or catch a movie at the cinema. There are plenty of other stores and shops around as well, like the nearby Halcyon shopping center. Across from South Main Kitchen is Jekyll Brewing Company. This local brewery offers a variety of menu items, and you can also schedule a tour of the brewery.
Things to Do
The Halcyon Farmer's Market is held at the Halcyon shopping center every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. The Ameris Bank Amphitheatre seats 12,000 and features shows by some of the biggest names in music. Wills Park is a recreational complex with a wide variety of activities to enjoy. There are six baseball fields, several playgrounds, a dog park, trails, and picnic areas, as well as an activity center, a gymnasium, a pool, an equestrian center, and a community center. You can even volunteer your time in the community garden at Wills Park.
Students in Alpharetta are served by the Fulton County School District. Of the district's four public high schools, three have been awarded the College Success Award (CSA).
- Chattahoochee High School, Grades 9-12 — Awarded five CSA
- Alpharetta High School, Grades 9-12 — Awarded five CSA
- Milton High School, Grades 9-12 — Awarded five CSA