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Atlanta’s top 10 summer destinations, according to Lyft rides

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Somehow, the Georgia Aquarium was the most popular among the rideshare’s ATL patrons

Rideshare company Lyft has released a list of the 10 Atlanta locations its riders are most often headed to this summer.

With the Georgia Aquarium leading the pack as the most popular intown destination from May until now, it’s a list that will have some Atlantans scratching their heads—or rolling their eyes.

“From rooftop restaurants to outdoor bars, Lyft passengers are spending more time and money in the Atlanta community, with 54 percent exploring more areas of Atlanta, 74 percent going out more 
or staying out longer, and 66 percent using Lyft 
to go to restaurants and entertainment venues,” according to a press release.

Said Sam Bond, general manager of Lyft Atlanta: “Summer is a great time of year to get out and explore new areas of Atlanta ... we see that many people are taking rides to places like the Georgia Aquarium and the rooftop at Hotel Clermont to experience what makes our city so special.”

Without further ado, here’s the list:

  1. Georgia Aquarium: Opened in 2005, downtown’s aquatic zoo woos more than 2 million visitors a year, boasting more than 700 different species and one of the largest fish tanks in the world.
  2. W Atlanta - Midtown: Settled on 14th Street, in Midtown, the W hotel flexes a swanky lower-floor breakfast restaurant, a coffee bar, and a fifth-floor “Wet Deck” poolside hangout.
  3. Six Flags Over Georgia: A longtime staple of metro Atlanta, Six Flags needs no introduction. On a sweltering summer day, little is better than the wind in your hair as you scream down a drop on the 54-foot Goliath roller-coaster.
  4. Dark Horse Tavern: Nestled in Virginia-Highland, this Atlanta dive brings the younger crowd for cocktails, karaoke, and bar food.
  5. Hotel Clermont: Recently renovated and ready for action, the hotel that for years sat vacant atop the infamous Clermont Lounge has been bumping since it reopened last month. The rooftop hangout offers some of the best views in the city.
  6. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall: One of the Beltline’s most popular eateries, Ladybird—and its massive backyard—sits on the Eastside Trail about a block from Krog Street Market, offering campfire-style American fare.
  7. Lakewood Amphitheatre: With a capacity of up to 19,000 people, the Cellairis Amphiteatre—don’t worry; no one calls it that—opened in 1989, under the name it’s still known by. The music venue has hosted acts ranging from Tom Petty to Slipknot to Chris Brown.
  8. Blake’s On The Park: “Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Midtown Gayborhood”—as the company’s website puts it—Blake’s has been throwing down near Piedmont Park for years.
  9. New Realm Brewing: Situated on the Eastside Trail, just a 10-minute walk north from Ladybird, New Realm has been filled to the brim with beer-drinkers since it opened in January.
  10. Fado Irish Pub: Arguably Buckhead’s most recognizable Irish watering hole, Fado has been pouring Guinness on Buckhead Avenue for a few years.

Lyft representatives declined to send Curbed Atlanta the metrics to support its Top 10 list, and an Uber spokesperson was unable to produce similar data for comparison.

Piedmont Park

400 Park Drive Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 875-7275 Visit Website

Clermont Lounge

789 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 874-4783 Visit Website

Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker Street Northwest, , GA 30313 (404) 581-4000 Visit Website

Six Flags Over Georgia

275 Riverside Parkway, , GA 30168 Visit Website

Piedmont Park

400 Park Drive Northeast, , GA 30306 Visit Website

Virginia Highland

, , GA 30306