Things to do in Atlanta, GA

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Georgia State Capitol showing a garden, flowers and heritage architecture

Atlanta Attractions

As if Southern charm and loads of soul food weren’t enough, Atlanta brings culture, sports, and nightlife to the table of tourism in Georgia. Things to do in Atlanta range from shopping in local boutiques to swimming with sharks at the Georgia Aquarium . Just when you think you’ve seen it all, new Atlanta activities present themselves. People may come here for the food and thriving downtown district, but they fall in love with the gardens, architecture, and smooth way of life.

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Atlanta must see attractions

1. Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium has more square feet and water than any other aquarium in the world. Dozens of displays contain about 10 million gallons of water and more than 120,000 sea creatures. You’ll see dolphins, rare whales, dangerous sharks and tropical fish — just to name a few.
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Discover thousands of sea creatures at the world’s biggest aquarium.

2. Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park is an entertainment and recreation area surrounding the world’s largest piece of exposed granite. Throughout the park’s 3,200 acres (1,295 hectares) you’ll find walking trails, historical exhibits, playgrounds and leisure activities. There are also restaurants, shops, two hotels and a campground.
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Nature trails and theme park attractions surround the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, just outside the city.

3. Six Flags Over Georgia

Indulge your daredevil side at Six Flags Over Georgia. Austell’s sprawling theme park has more than a dozen exciting roller coasters, water slides and thrill rides.
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Enjoy roller coasters, water slides, go-karts and more at this family-friendly theme park located just outside of Austin, Georgia.

4. State Farm Arena

Visit the State Farm Arena in the heart of downtown Atlanta to mingle with basketball fans. Or watch an ice hockey game or figure ice skating competition, if that’s more your thing. And how about coming here for a concert? There are about 200 events to choose from each year, which means there is something for everyone.
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The home of the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Dream basketball teams is a multi-purpose indoor venue for games, concerts and shows.

5. World of Coca Cola

The World of Coca-Cola museum details the history and ethos of one of the world’s most successful and famous brands. Taste nearly every variety of Coca-Cola from around the world, revisit vintage marketing campaigns and see how the soda has evolved. The museum is located beside the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta.
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Learn about the fascinating history of one of the world’s best-known drinks, in the city where it was invented.

6. Centennial Olympic Park

Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park is one of the city’s major public spaces. The 21-acre (nine-hectare) downtown park is bound by several major attractions: the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center and the World of Coca-Cola.
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This urban oasis offers walking paths, lawns for relaxing or playing Frisbee, and a series of public events to enjoy throughout the year.

7. Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta is home to more than 1,500 animals, from African elephants to rare Guatemalan beaded lizards. This popular tourist destination has been around since the late 1800s. It all started with a small pack of circus animals, including a bear, jaguar, hyena, pumas, lions and snakes. When the show went bankrupt, the animals were bought by a Georgian businessman who donated them to the City of Atlanta.
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Go from Asian forests to the African plains at this animal park that’s home to pandas, exotic birds, and the country’s biggest collection of gorillas.

What to do in Atlanta

Free Things to Do in Atlanta

Taking a break in Atlanta on a budget? The following can be experienced for nada.

Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum & Hall of Fame - Find out if there are any special exhibits or tours on at this popular museum.

Rawson Washington Park - Treat the kids to a good time or be a big kid again yourself — this place simply screams fun.

City Hall - If you're a fan of modern-day design and architecture, add this attraction to your itinerary.

Atlanta Municipal Auditorium - Detour to this historic landmark and discover a few things about the cultural heritage of the region.

Margaret Mitchell Square - Learn why visitors and locals alike love the vibe of this place.

Buena Vista Lake - Get out of the fast lane and treat yourself to a bit of time relaxing near the water.

Institute of Paper and Science Technology - Widely known among the locals, this place is worth visiting.

The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - Spend some time in meditation or prayer at this peaceful place of worship.

Georgia Plaza Park - No matter if you know your peonies from poppies, it's easy to find beauty in this magnificent display.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Atlanta

Atlanta is more than downtown, though most visitors will still want to give this neighborhood a gander. From restaurants and culture to natural beauty, each Atlanta neighborhood offers its own unique perks.

Downtown — This Atlanta neighborhood is marked by impressive skyscrapers, upscale hotels, and a revolving rooftop restaurant. Many of the finest attractions in Atlanta also call downtown home, from family-friendly theme attractions to the state government.

Midtown—You will be met with many fun things to do in Atlanta in Midtown.

Quite a few impressive bars and nightclubs have set up shop in Midtown, and the whole family can revel in a visit to the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Virginia-Highland — This is the neighborhood for brunch lovers, who will find many cafes and restaurants, some with seating spilling into the sidewalk. The neighborhood is also known for boutique shops stocked with handmade paper and vintage books.

Little Five Points — Known to many residents as a bit eccentric, this Atlanta district boasts tons of vintage clothing stores and record shops. You’ll also find impressive street art, so bring your camera.

What to See in Atlanta

When you have a slow pace in mind during your visit to this peach of a city, there are lots of things to see. Landmarks in Atlanta span the gamut of interests, from botanical gardens and splashing water fountains meant for play to the College Football Hall of Fame and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. See a stand-up show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre or enjoy a musical at the Fabulous Fox Theater.

Sightseeing in Atlanta

Atlanta attractions will keep any type of traveler busy, from parents to friends on a quick getaway. Head downtown to play at the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta . You will also find the state capitol downtown, which offers tours to the public. Adventure lovers are guaranteed things to do in Atlanta, GA, including tandem skydiving and exciting bike tours. No matter the speed of your vacation, there is an activity for you in A-Town.

Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids

There are loads of memorable experiences in Atlanta that the entire gang will love. Here are a few of the most popular family friendly experiences in the area.


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