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Posted: June 30, 2012 9:38 p.m.

5 things to do this summer

If you are looking to get out of town this summer but don't want to feel the burn in your pocket, there are some places around Covington that offer a perfect day out with the family.

According to Caitlin Dewey of Kipling.com, Atlanta is number three on the list titled, "10 Cheapest Cities You'll Want to Visit" this summer. Dewey highlights the great culinary scene and amazing tourism spots. With the world's busiest airport Hartsfield-Jackson being located in Atlanta, the city has become a major draw for people looking for a cheap vacation, according to Dewey. There is something for everyone planning a visit around Atlanta and it's surrounding counties.

1. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
For folks looking for an educational day in the city, there are several sites dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr. made major strides in his fight for civil rights, and what a better way to learn about him then to visit The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The site gives visitors the opportunity to walk in his footsteps and see where he grew up and also where he is buried. Admission to the site is free as well as tickets to the guided tour of his birth home.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is located at 449 Auburn Avenue, NW, Atlanta 30312.
For more information, call (404) 526-8900.

2. Stone Mountain
If you are looking for the perfect place to experience the outdoors, Stone Mountain Park was picked by readers of Creative Loafing as the number one hiking spot in the area. Stone Mountain offers 3,200 acres of attractions such as Sky Hike, Summit Skyride, and the Scenic Railroad. The Geyser Towers, a new installment to the park, is essentially a rope and tunnel jungle gym complete with a geyser gushing water to cool off visitors. There are also a number of festivals during the summer for families to enjoy with Stone Mountain only about an hour away from Covington.

Tickets are offered separately, but family value passes are also available.

Visit stonemountainpark.com for more information.

3. The Georgia International Horse Park
Another great local attraction offers visitors to see monuments left from The 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, said Dewey. The Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, was the headquarters for all equestrian events, the first ever mountain bike competition and the final two events of the modern pentathlon. Among the Olympic history, visitors can experience a walk through the arboretum, ride on the first ever Olympic Mountain Bike Trail and even explore more than 15 miles of horse trails.

GIHP is located at 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers 30014.

For more information, call (770) 860-4190.

4. Monastery of the Holy Spirit
A local hidden treasure in Conyers is The Monastery of the Holy Spirit. While it is a Roman Catholic community, people from all walks of life are invited to come and experience the peaceful nature of the monastery. Visitors can observe the grounds and the monks who live there. The monastery offers retreats and even a guest program for men who would like to experience how to live as monks do. According to their website, the monks have a bonsai nursery and shop where they provide "a wide array of Bonsai plants, pottery, tools and accessories." This stop is well worth the beauty.

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is located at 2625 Ga. Highway 212 SW, Conyers 30094.

For more information, call (770) 483-8705.

5. Kayaking on the Yellow River
The Porterdale Yak Club offers Kayak rentals for trailing down the Yellow River in the Porterdale Village. It only costs $20 a day for a single kayak, according to The Porterdale Yak Club. You can mosey on down the river Thursday through Sunday. To find more information about this exciting activity that is sure to cool you off during this extreme heat, visit their Facebook page or to call (678) 863-1666.

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