The Best Things to Do in Atlanta
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
From sacred civil rights landmarks to obscure museums, sports venues, historic sites, and bustling food halls, there’s no shortage of things to keep you entertained in Atlanta.
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
Housed in the Centennial Olympic Park tourism corridor, the Center for Civil and Human Rights is much more than a museum. While the emphasis is certainly on the civil rights movement, there are also several exhibits about the modern age. Set aside...
121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
The world’s largest aquarium by volume, this downtown spot is easily one of the city’s top attractions. Opened in 2005 through partnerships with Atlanta-based Home Depot, the $300 million facility boasts more than 100,000 animals and...
101 Jackson St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
To better understand the civil rights movement and its impact on Atlanta, stop by Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both Martin Luther King Jr. and his father served as pastors. The living, breathing landmark, located in Sweet Auburn, is now a part...
190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
A tour of CNN Center offers a fascinating look at what it takes to run the 24-hour news cycle. At the world headquarters, founded by media icon Ted Turner in 1980, guests can tour the actual news desks and see a replica of the famed...
441 John Lewis Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
Located in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood, Jimmy Carter’s presidential library includes more than 60,000 square feet of archives and exhibits on his life. Among the collection highlights are his Nobel Peace Prize, mementos from his...
1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
One of the South’s top art institutions, the High Museum was established in 1905 with a collection of European works. Over time, it has expanded to include modern art, regional artists, and rotating exhibits on everything from designer...
A popular destination for field trips, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History encompasses a 65-acre forest as well as a more traditional facility full of dinosaur fossils, Native American artifacts, and more. Visitors can also look forward to an...
800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, USA
The city’s oldest tourist attraction, Zoo Atlanta actually started by accident. In 1889, a traveling circus went bankrupt and sold its animals to a local businessman, who decided to open a zoo in Grant Park to house his new pets. Over the...
250 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
Located in the Centennial Olympic Park tourism corridor, the College Football Hall of Fame combines the South’s one true love with an interactive fan experience. Here, visitors find a hall of fame recognizing some of the sport’s...
100 Peachtree Street #2300, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
A perfect example of urban renewal, the Atlanta BeltLine is a running and biking trail built on an old railway track. Its ever-popular Eastside Trail runs from Reynoldstown to Piedmont Park but is currently being expanded to the south and north...
130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, USA
A hub of preservation in the city, the Atlanta History Center is not your typical museum. The 33-acre experience features historic houses, enchanting gardens, and award-winning exhibitions, showcasing everything from Civil War artifacts to Olympic...
755 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA
The Atlanta Braves’ new stadium as of the 2017 season, SunTrust Park has all the latest bells and whistles, from a rooftop lounge and multiple club levels to countless dining options and a children’s area with a zipline. In place of...
265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
The Atlanta of today owes much to the 1996 Summer Olympics. In preparation for the games, the city transformed a seedy neighborhood into a tourist-friendly destination, creating Centennial Olympic Park as the center of all...
1 AMB Drive Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
Many years in the making, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is now the official home of Atlanta’s football and soccer teams. In addition to a retractable roof, the arena boasts an impressive lineup of affordable local restaurants, from Delia’s...
One Porsche Dr, Atlanta, GA 30354, USA
High-octane thrills can be had at the Porsche Experience Center, the brand’s North American headquarters on the grounds of the former Ford plant in Hapeville. The facility boasts a driving track where visitors can test out vehicles or learn...
675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA
Located atop the former Sears building, Ponce City Market’s Skyline Park is a nod to the amusement park that once stood nearby. Take the elevator to the roof for the best views of the city, which you can enjoy while racing down the Skyline...
99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
Housed in a 1920s warehouse in the Old Fourth Ward, Krog Street Market is the spot that started Atlanta’s current food hall craze. Here, dining options include Israeli, Italian, Tex-Mex, Chinese, and Southern fare, while shops sell...
466 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
Sacrilegious to some and hilarious to others, “Church,” as it’s fondly known, is something unique to the Old Fourth Ward. Located on Edgewood Avenue, Church attracts hipsters for the $4 PBR tall boys and endless games of ping...
515 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
Name a music act that has come out of Atlanta in the last 20 years, and it probably performed at least once at Eddie's Attic, a famed Decatur music club. Opened in 1992 by Eddie Owen, everyone from John Mayer to Justin Bieber to the Civil Wars to...
380 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
The MLK Birth Home and Historical Center is an Atlanta must-see. Highlights include sitting in his church with his sermons playing in the background, walking the impressive grounds of the center and learning about MLK 's childhood and family life...
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