Frankly, Atlanta wasn’t really on my bucket list until I came across this travel blog that displayed amazing pictures of it. In the past few years, this place has morphed from a mere commercial hub to a mecca of entertainment. Travelers who tried to move out of the city, even country to experience new things now sticky by Atlanta, for all the right reasons.
There’s Nature, Art, Adventure, Shopping, History, Nightlife and infinite Entertainment all in one place. So whether you are visiting for a few hours or a long vacation, Atlanta has plenty to offer. With my fairly long list of Things to do and see in Atlanta, I’m sure your travel diaries will register something of consequence.
So here are the top 25 things to experience in Atlanta:
Begin with the Botanical Gardens
Unlike other typical tourist spots, Botanical Gardens are more peaceful and relaxing. The gorgeous Cascade Garden inside have these amazing vistas of vibrant flowers and sparkling waters. Then there is Butterfly Maze in the Children’s Garden, the Edible Garden to showcase edible flora and Fucua Orchid Center that displays the largest under-glass orchid collection across the states. Don’t forget to take your swimsuits for a family splash fun in the Sunflower Fountain.
Explore the Atlanta History Center
This swanky neighborhood offers you Georgia’s past, but with style. There are offbeat historic homes, comprehensive exhibits and acres of gorgeous gardens and trails. You can book yourself one of the interactive activities or may be one of the year-round adult and family programs.
Go musical at the Fox Theater
This Egyptian styled Theatre is multifaceted- there’s classical touch of Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet on one hand and the contempo Broadway musicals and bands on the other. Reserve yourself a seat and enjoy a feast for your eyes with the beautiful colors and a spectacular ceiling.
Go for a picnic at the Piedmont Park
Right next to the Botanical Gardens is this picnic area, ideal for a lazy evening. Parking around this area can be a fight. So it’s wise to take the MARTA. Entry to the park is free but a few bucks are charged if you want to enjoy the pool. You can make a reservation for the Sports Field for their official website.
Visit the eclectic Oakland Cemetery
It may seem eerie to the faint hearted but the Oakland Cemetery offers weirdly picturesque views to the travelers. The winding paths, beautiful flowery shrubs and shady trees combined with the elaborate mausoleums and baroque sculptures create an aura of unparalleled art. They offer a guided tour, but you can always be your own mentor. Just make sure to pack a Cemetery map with you.
A click in the Centennial Olympic Park is mandatory
This sizeable patch of land sandwiched between the Georgia Aquarium and CNN Center is all about getting soaked in your childhood memories. There are lush gardens, artworks, fountains and pools, not to mention the 251 water jets that are an absolute show-stealer. Entry here is free and the place stay open from 7 am to 11 pm. Keep tabs on the park’s Calendar to know more on the various events going on around the year.
Grab a Baseball game at the Turner’s Field
Baseball buffs can never forgo an Atlantan vacation without exploring Turner’s Field. You can savor on a game with plenteous food and beverages while your kids engage in Face Painting Stations and Batting Cages. Or if not, just take up a guided tour to the locker rooms and dugout.
Explore the bizarre World of Coca Cola
This one’s so unique to be true. A whole museum dedicated to one legendary soft drink. This two-level facility starts with showcasing the drink’s historical milestones, the bottling process and its standard in the pop culture. The expensive admission to the premises is covered up by the unlimited samples of Coke you get to taste, catering to different parts of the world.
Gawk at the gigantic Georgia Aquarium
Featuring 80,000 creatures is this humongous Aquarium. Beluga whales, Alligators, Octopus, Penguins, Sea Otters, Sharks, Manta Rays- you name it and they have it! Take up a Behind-the-scenes tour to swim in with the whales. The cost may be a little steep, but it’s totally worth it in the end.
If you are a TV buff, CNN Center is a must
Atlanta is home to the largest bureau of CNN. So for kids and TV addicts, this visit is mandatory. You can check out the studios for a fee. Make sure you are fit enough to walk through multiple flights of stairs.
Kung fu with the Panda at Zoo Atlanta
Its giant Panda collection is impeccable, along with 200 other species of animals. Besides this, there is a Miniature Train, a Rock Climbing Wall and Carousal. However, the cost of these additional activities is not included in the entry fee.
There’s High Museum of Art for the creative souls
The Art aficionados know what I am talking about. This Richard-Meier designed spire is unique and interesting in every respect. Check out the collections of 19th and 20th century legends such as Thomas Sully, Frederic Church and Howard Finster. Their in-house restaurant is an absolute delight.
Binge some more at the Atlantic Station
This action-packed avenue is a shoppers’ paradise. With over 50 brand honchos and luxury eateries, Atlantic Station is sure to strop your fancies. The smaller, more affordable restaurants like Tin Drum are no less in taste and presentation. For non-shoppers, there’s a Cinema, an Extreme Dinosaurs Experience, Bodies the Exhibition and Millennium Gates Museum.
Go back in time at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History
This can be a perfectly planned, educational experience for you and your kidos. You can buy a Citypass to get you through 5 major Atlantic attractions, including this one.
Marvel at the Street Art at Krog Street Tunnel
This tunnel connecting the Inman Park vicinity with Cabbagetown has amazing street art to offer. You must have seen this tunnel in a number of videos. Click a photo with some wonderfully bizarre backdrops or simply stop by to hear some local tunes.
Explore an alternative culture at The Little Five Points
Cute little Boho-style cafes, health and wellness outlets, vintage fashion stores and a vibrant nightlife- what more do you need! This funky Atlantic neighborhood hosts a really cool Halloween Festival, besides the popular Little Five Fest (mostly about music).
Experience a bird’s eye view with the Skyview Atlanta
The compulsory Ferris Wheel ride to gawk at the city make you feel like you are in London (remember London Eye?). its gondolas are climate-controlled. So even in the hot summer days, you will be all cool and breezy.
Head on to Stone Mountain Park for some family fun
Imagine a 3,200 acre park ornate with a gigantic Monzonite mountain etched with images of Civil War Heroes! You can go up the Stone Mountain on a sky ride or show some of your hiking skills. The park offers a beach, a wildlife preserve, 2 Golf courses, a number of restaurants and an Antebellum plantation that is open for tour. However, all this comes for a price. Open from 6 am until midnight, you only need to pay $10 per car!
Walk the Atlanta Beltline
The Beltline is a labyrinth of trails alongside an abandoned rail corridor. For travelers who wish to live like a local in every city they visit, this Beltline offers a perfect opportunity. You will come across countless bikers, hikers and dog walkers on your way through.
Six Flags over Georgia for the adrenaline junkies
What’s a vacation without a Theme Park visit! Six Flags over Georgia has some coolest rollercoaster rides to scare and excite you. Then there are entertainment shows, a nice water park and tons of gaming activities. Grab a Funnel cake and an ice cream to complete the experience.
Try Roller Skating at Cascade Fun Center
Remember ATL? Well, then you must be aware of those funky folks sliding around on that slick and shiny floor. If you wish to try your hand at the Reverse-in-motion trick, make sure your insurance is in place!
Grab wings at J.R.Crickets
The almost national food of Atlanta is both reasonably priced and delicious. That and the yummy fries!
Eat a Holeman and Finch’s Cheeseburger
A US vacation without a giant Burger to test your mouth-opening skills is incomplete. So try your luck to fetch one of the 24 burgers out on the counter at H&F.
Try boozing at every local brewery
Craft Beer in Atlanta is infinite. So no matter how long you are vacationing here, there’s some booze for you at every meal-hour.
Perform Karaoke at Metalsome
It’s time to headbang and cry out one of the 200 songs, organized genre-wise, from punk to glam metal, with a live band backing you up!
That’s enough for multiple Atlanta trips. Make sure you check as many of these as possible! Safe Travels!