Best Things to Do in Atlanta

While you may plan your Atlanta trip around a specific activity, like visiting Six Flags Over Georgia or hiking to the summit of Stone Mountain, what you'll find once you arrive is that there is far more awaiting youthan what you may have expected. And that's a good thing! Given the city's diversity, there's an abundance of museums, cultural centers, theater, concerts, events, festivals, parks, monuments, museums, restaurants and more.

Thus, options for a well-rounded vacation come aplenty with a diverse variety of attractions to consider, whether you're arriving with a group of friends, a spouse, a lover, colleagues on a business retreat or family. Art aficionados can take their pick of galleries and small museums to browse through, though the High Museum of Art provides a unique experience attracting renowned artists and collections from all over the globe. If the arts are dear to your heart, you'd do well to stick near the Woodruff Arts Center (where the High makes its home) and check out performances at Alliance Theatre where world premiers are commonplace. Broadway acts and globally recognized musicians pay regular visits to the gilded Fox Theatre nearby (where a pre-performance drink at The Georgian Terrace is in order).

Nature lovers will fawn over the forested city, a beautiful example of which is the leafy, family-friendly Piedmont Park (almost always the site of a festival or event of some kind). When the city gets too hot for comfort, nature mesmerizes at the Georgia Aquarium.


Piedmont Park
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Piedmont Park is Atlanta's Central Park, or at least a mini version of it. Among all the skyscrapers in the Midtown area, this is a beautiful piece of green. There are paved trails that many like to come and roller blade on a weekend afternoon....  Read More

Centennial Olympic Park

Located just steps away from other Downtown landmarks, Centennial Olympic Park will bring out the child in you, especially during the dog days of summer when the fountains are running. The park offers spectacular views of the downtown skyline,...  Read More

Zoo Atlanta
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Located in Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta has become well-known for its natural habitats and its various breeding successes. It is home to endangered animals such as rhinos, orangutans, gorillas and elephants. The Children's Zoo has a playground and...  Read More

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
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Located along Ponce near the Carter Center, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is an interactive museum that will appeal to people of all ages. Permanent exhibits include dinosaur fossils and massive skeletons, an exhibit dedicated to...  Read More

Inside CNN Tour
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CNN offers visitors a chance to see news in the making in its behind-the-scenes tour, the Inside CNN Studio Tour. Start off by stepping into a room that simulates CNN's main control room and get a glimpse into what goes into creating a real news...  Read More

World of Coca-Cola
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Explore the history of Coca-Cola in the 60,000+ square foot exhibit. You'll find the world's largest permanent display of Coke memorabilia, a tasting room and a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. The tasting includes over 100...  Read More

High Museum of Art
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The High Museum of Art is one of the top art museums in the Southeast. Located in Midtown, the High has more than 12,000 pieces of art in its permanent collection. The Museum has an extensive collection of 19th and 20th-century American art as...  Read More

The breathtakingly beautiful Fox Theatre was originally erected in 1928 as a home to Atlanta's Shriners Organization. Today, it serves both as a historic landmark and as a favorite venue for Atlantans. The gilded Midtown theater regularly...  Read More

Stone Mountain Park

A majestic mountain in the middle of Atlanta? You called it! With Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson carved prominently on the face of the mountain, the five-acre park offers visitors a chance to soak up local...  Read More

Georgia Aquarium
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It doesn't matter how old you are, or how much you know about the ocean, the Georgia Aquarium is an absolute must-see. Claiming the title as the largest aquarium in the world, the massive downtown attraction is home to countless sea creatures....  Read More


Meet Kelly Skinner

Kelly Skinner comes to Atlanta by way of sunny coastal city, Pensacola, FL. A lover of all things food, music and travel, Skinner found her perfect match in Atlanta in the food-centric hub of...  More About Kelly

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