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Things to do in Atlanta

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Welcome to Atlanta

Rich in history and sunny in disposition, the southern city of Atlanta, Georgia mixes family fun with big-city amenities. While visitors flock to the most popular things to do—such as the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site—they would be remiss to overlook the city’s charms, expressed in the distinct character of each of Atlanta’s 242 neighborhoods. From historic Buckhead’s grand homes and tree-lined boulevards to the skyscrapers etching the skyline of the industrial downtown, Atlanta’s flavors are as complex as the soul food binding the city together.

Top 15 attractions in Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park commemorates the life, work, and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement leader. The center—which takes up several blocks in Sweet Auburn, the center of black Atlanta—includes King’s birth home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both King’s father and grandfather served as ministers.More

World of Coca-Cola

Explore the history of the beloved beverage brand at the must-see Atlanta attraction, World of Coca-Cola—the dynamic, interactive, multimedia home of Coke’s secret formula. See more than 1,200 rare artifacts and sample more than 100 different beverages, get closer than ever to the vault that holds the secret Coca-Cola recipe, and take a trip around the world in a thrilling 3D movie experience.More

Georgia State Capitol

Sitting next to Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta, this gold-domed capitol celebrated Georgia’s emergence after the American Civil War. A National Historic Landmark, the neoclassical building features a statue of Lady Freedom holding a sword and lanterns atop the dome, plus a museum about art and state history.More

Inman Park

Atlanta’s first planned suburb—and the first “electric trolley neighborhood” in the country—Inman Park was established in the 1880s, and is now one of the city’s most desirable areas. The neighborhood is known for its grand Victorian homes and the annual Inman Park Festival, plus a wealth of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques.More

Centennial Olympic Park

The 1996 Summer Olympic Games live on at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, a 22-acre (9-hectare) site that remains one of the city’s top public spaces. Come to splash in—or photograph—the park's main icon, the Fountain of Rings, a computer-controlled fountain with lights and jets of water that display the Olympic logo.More

Atlanta Beltline

An ambitious “rails-to-trails” project, the Atlanta Beltline transforms the city’s trash-collecting tracks into more than 22 miles of footpaths for bikers, runners and pedestrians. The Beltline, a work in progress, merges the city's parks and green spaces, connects neighborhoods to each other and makes public transit more accessible. The Beltline shows off the very best parts of Atlanta.The popular Eastside Trail and the Historic Fourth Ward Park are two projects, among many others, that have been completed. A planned streetcar is in the works, an addition that will connect the furthest reaches of the Beltline to more popular, central attractions in Atlanta. Some of the other highlights include 33 miles of multi-use trails, 1,300 acres of parks, more public art and historic preservation efforts.More

Margaret Mitchell House

Though much of the epic Pulitzer Prize–winning novelGone with the Wind takes place in famously grand houses, author Margaret Mitchell penned the tome from a tiny Atlanta apartment. Today her home is the Margaret Mitchell House, which serves as a tribute to where the author lived and worked while writing the novel from 1925 to 1932.More

Piedmont Park

A welcome swath of green in Atlanta’s urban core, Piedmont Park is where Atlantans come to play outside, catch cultural events, and shop for produce at the weekly Green Market. You’ll also find the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the Olmstead-designed park, along with playgrounds, paths, and photogenic Lake Clara Meer.More

Oakland Cemetery

More than just Atlanta’s oldest cemetery, dating back to 1850, Oakland Cemetery’s large grounds serve as a tranquil sanctuary from the urban bustle. Take a quiet moment to meander past stunning mausoleums, grand oaks, and notable graves including those of Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Maynard Jackson.More

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Located in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood, Ebenezer Baptist Church is where Martin Luther King, Jr., the most prominent figure of the American civil rights movement, was baptized, grew up, and served as pastor until his death. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park, the church is a memorial to King and has been restored to look as it did when King and his father were ministers.More

College Football Hall of Fame

The College Football Hall of Fame—also called the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame—is a modern museum honoring the greatest players of college football in the US, past and present. Anchoring the center of Atlanta’s Centennial Park District, the museum holds dozens of interactive exhibits featuring players, teams, uniforms, and history—plus virtual reality games and an indoor football field.More

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Opened in 2014, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum and human rights center in Downtown Atlanta. Housed in a modern building designed to resemble two cupped hands, its exhibitions focus on the Civil Rights Movement and modern struggles for human rights; Martin Luther King, Jr’s papers and artifacts are also on display.More

Zoo Atlanta

Founded in 1889, Zoo Atlanta is among the country’s largest zoos. Based in Grant Park, the zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals from around the world, including one of the country’s largest population of great apes. Plus, it’s one of very few American zoos to house giant pandas.More

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

A classic field-trip experience for local kids, the Fernbank Museum holds dinosaur skeletons and natural science exhibits in the heart of Fernbank Forest, a restored old-growth forest in northeast Atlanta. Highlights include a saltwater aquarium, live animal habitats, a giant-screen theater showing science-based documentaries, and outdoor features including an elevated forest walkway called WildWoods.More

Krog Street Market

Housed in a restored cast iron stove factory, Krog Street Market is a colorful food hall in the heart of the Inman Park neighborhood. Stalls showcase southern and international cuisine, featuring artisan food, local bakeries, produce, and gourmet specialties. A ‘living room’ offers a communal space for you to dine and relax.More
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When to visit

From Dogwood Festival to SweetWater 420 Fest, you'll find the most opportunities to celebrate Atlanta's culture in the spring. Plus, this time of year has some of the most welcoming weather. Temperatures are equally pleasant in the fall, when music festivals abound and the city's many parks are covered in autumn colors.

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What is Atlanta famous for?

Atlanta is Georgia's capital and biggest city. Atlanta is known for its Civil War–era history, its place in the civil rights movement, and its thriving African-American culture and community. Today, visitors come to see Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, and more.

How do I spend a day in Atlanta?

Begin your day in Atlanta with a dose of history: Head to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights or Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. Afterwards, get some fresh air at Zoo Atlanta or stroll along the Atlanta BeltLine. Finish up with a meal at the hip Ponce City Market.

What is there to do in Atlanta for 3 days?

Discover many Atlanta highlights in three days. On day one, visit downtown and see highlights like the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia State Capitol, and World of Coca-Cola. On day two, explore Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. On day three, head outdoors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park.

What's the number one attraction in Atlanta?

As a popular U.S. travel destination, Atlanta attracts millions of visitors each year. Its top attraction is the Georgia Aquarium. Officially one of the largest aquariums in the world, it hosts exhibitions across 11 million gallons of water, from sharks and rays to penguins and beyond.

What part of Atlanta should I visit?

Begin your visit in downtown Atlanta, where you'll find top attractions including Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, and National Center for Civil and Human Rights. It's also worth heading east to the Sweet Auburn Historic District to discover the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site.

Is Atlanta worth visiting?

Yes. Atlanta is worth visiting. This metropolitan area of 6 million boasts a vibrant and diverse population, with a wealth of historical landmarks (including those tied to the civil rights movement), world-class museums, bustling sports venues, a thriving restaurant and bar scene, and scenic green spaces in which to unwind.


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