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Things to Do in Atlanta

Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, is a fascinating city to visit with plenty to see and do. Atlanta has been called a "city built in a forest" as it is surrounded by rolling hills covered in dense foliage and trees. Within Atlanta you'll also find many lush and expansive parklands. The city has seen Civil War battles; it has been a leader in the Civil Rights Movement; the capital of the "new" South and in 1996 Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympic Games. With both quaint neighborhoods and tall skyscrapers; the nearby Appalachian Mountains and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and a blend of Southern traditions and ethnic immigrant cultures the city is an exciting one to visit. Visitors can start exploring the city by purchasing the Atlanta CityPASS which gains you 42% savings on admission to the top 5 Atlanta attractions.

Top Atlanta Attractions

  • High Museum of Art – Renzo Piano and Richard Meier designed the innovative building which houses exhibits that cover art from across the globe and through several time periods. There are 12,000 pieces in the permanent collection including African, American, European art and folk art, decorative art and design and modern and contemporary art.
  • Fernbank MuseumFernbank Museum of Natural History – Here you can see one of the largest dinosaur skeletons ever found, Native American artifacts, enjoy hands-on displays and gain insight into natural history and science. The Walk Through Time in Georgia takes visitors through 18 galleries displaying the evolution of the state. 
  • Atlanta History Center – The award winning center conducts guided tours of the 1860s Smith Family Farm; 1928 Swan House; Margaret Mitchell House (author of Gone with the Wind) and tours of 22 acres of historic gardens. Here you can also see the Centennial Olympic Games Museum and Civil War Exhibitions. 
  • Atlanta Zoo – This zoo is home to 1,500 animals including giant pandas, gorillas and orangutans. On the site are also a Zoo train, petting zoo and carousel.
  • Inside CNN Studio Tour – Atlanta is the headquarters of CNN, you can take a close-up look at the news channel giant on a 55 minute guided tour behind the scenes. 
  • World of Coca-Cola – Atlanta is also the headquarters of the most popular drink in the world – Coca-Cola. A visit to this site offers a look at the production process, 4D movies and a taste of the many drinks produced by the beverage giant.
  • Georgia AquariumGeorgia Aquarium – Perhaps the largest aquarium in the world, here you can see whales, sharks, dolphin shows and many other water animals in the 10 million gallon aquarium tanks. Enjoy the touch pools, living reef exhibit and meet the local penguins.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Sites – Visit the house where MLK was born on Auburn Avenue; Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached and pay your respects at the civil rights leader's tomb. At the visitor's center you can learn about this great man and his legacy.

Other popular Atlanta sights include the Civil War Atlanta Cyclorama painting of the Battle of Atlanta; Grant Park; 16 miles out of the city is the Stone Mountain Park; see a show at the historic Fox Theatre where the décor follows an Egyptian theme; Oakland Cemetery where there are stunning gardens and the graves of many of Atlanta's famous deceased residents; Braves Museum and Hall of Fame; Atlanta's largest park, Piedmont Park; take the 180 meter long Kendeda Canopy Walk 12 meters above an urban forest and visit the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Families with kids will enjoy the nearby White Water Six Flags and Six Flags Over Georgia amusement parks as well as Legoland.