Visiting Atlanta for the first time and don’t know what places to go to? Or do you happen to live in Atlanta and never really got the chance to tour your own city? Don’t worry we have you covered! We have compiled a list of the best Atlanta Attractions for you to visit. This list of places is ideal for individual visits as well as fun for the whole family!
1. The magical botanical gardens of Atlanta
- A must-see place for all nature lovers. The lush gardens of The Atlanta Botanical Garden cannot be missed!
- Boasting a mesmerizing collection of Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden lights the night with one million energy-efficient LED lights — a true treat for the eyes
- The park also features weekly shows and classes include Growing Edibles, Yoga in the Garden and much more.
- Witness a rare collection of high-elevation orchids inside the Fuqua Orchid Center, the likes of which have never before grown in the Southeast.
- Enjoy a day with your family and make a trip to the Children’s Garden, Swim in the Sunflower Fountain, Have a blast exploring the Venus flytraps in the Soggy Bog, and learn about honeybees in the Observation Hive.
- Enjoy a relaxing walk through the heavenly treetops on the Kendeda Canopy Walk, and use the opportunity to learn about new plant life in the Sheffield Botanical Library. You can also learn about the seasonal edibles at the Edible Garden.
2. Atlanta History Center
- Certainly one of the best Atlanta Attractions. The Atlanta History Center is spread over an impressive 33 acres and boasts of various gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas.
- All through the year, the museum makes you relive history through various history programs, seminars with famous writers, family programs, school tours, summer camps, music series, and annual festivals such as Sheep to Shawl.
- A treat for the Hunger Games series lovers, the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center was one of the locations used during the filming of the hit movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The Capitol Tour experience includes a guided tour through Swan House, featuring the rooms used in the making of the film
- The Atlanta History Center boasts of exciting exhibitions on the Civil War, African-American heritage, and Southern folk art, and has a special wing devoted to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games as well.
3. The CNN Studio Tour
- A paradise for news junkies! The CNN Studio tour starts off on a lengthy ride up the world’s largest freestanding escalator. The escalator is a whopping 196-feet in length and about eight stories high.
- You will be shown how a teleprompter works.
- During your tour you will also find out how the weather map works.
- You’ll watch the action inside Studio 7, the largest studio CNN has ever built anywhere in the world; and, have a chance to catch some of your favourite talk show hosts
4. Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta
- Home to tens of thousands of sea creatures, which include 500 species from around the world and more than 60 habitats. The Georgia Aquarium is amongst one of the best Atlanta Attractions.
- The aquarium boasts a number of impressive exhibitions that are sure to cater to the nature lover in you. These include, Cold Water Quest, Ocean Voyager, River Scout and much, much more.
- The largest exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium measures 284 feet long x 126 feet wide x 30 feet deep at its maximum depth. It holds 6.3 million gallons of water and is home to four glorious whale sharks, four manta rays and many more superb creatures
- Home to four mighty beluga whales, the second largest exhibit holds 800,000 gallons of water
- Don’t miss out on the opportunity to swim with dolphins or enjoy the exciting dolphin show if you aren’t much of a swimmer.
5. Visit Stone Mountain Park
- Stone Mountain is a great place for families and is the ideal place to throw a party. The management at Stone Mountain Park will help plan, organize and manage your events for you as well
- Enjoy a little history lesson as you gaze up at the faces of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis carved into the mountain.
- Attractions include Summit Skyride, Geyser Towers®, SkyHike®, Scenic Railroad, 4-D Theater, Ride The Ducks™, The Great Barn®, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf and many more!
- Enjoy the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard and have fun visiting the Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall.
6. Visit World of Coca-Cola
- A tribute to one of the most popular Cola, you can view hundreds of memorabilia and artefacts, dedicated specially to Coca-Cola
- Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of sampling more than 100 Coca-Cola beverages from all around the world.
- Take a detailed tour of the bottling process
- Buy gifts and souvenirs for family and friends from the well-stocked gift shop
- For the movie lovers there is even a 4-D theater.
7. Visit Zoo Atlanta
- The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center makes Zoo Atlanta one of only four zoos in the entire United States which boast of housing these cute black-and-white bears.
- The Atlanta zoo is also home to one of the largest zoological populations of endearing orangutans.
- The Ford African Rain Forest is home to the nation’s largest population of magnificent gorillas, around 20 to date.
- Zoo Atlanta features fun and exciting events all year around, which include Brew at the Zoo, Boo at the Zoo, Gorilla Egg Hunts, and much more!
- Kids have the time of their lives while riding the train or swimming in the splash fountain.
8. Visit the College Football Hall of Fame
- Upon purchasing your ticket, you’re given an All-Access Pass. Register it at a kiosk in the lobby and it will light up your team’s helmet on the great helmet wall. In addition, it will help plan out the rest of your visit there. The RFID technology enables interactive exhibits to identify who you support, and it shows you photos and videos of your chosen team
- The exhibition also features a panoramic theater with a film that will certainly thrill you. The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience theatre is a combination that promises to delight!
- The technology of Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is certainly state of the art. Have a go at the augmented reality booth and enjoy a 365 degree look at key moments in sports history — like the Georgia Bulldogs running onto the field with you standing in the middle of LSU’s marching band.
- The College Football Hall of Fame pays an impressive homage to college football. Visit and enjoy learning about all the great players and coaches who have made the game what it is today
- The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is the closest you can get to that game day feeling without actually being present on the campus.
So now that you know what the best places to visit in Atlanta are, we are sure your stay in Atlanta will be full of fun and exciting adventures. Best of all, with so many interesting places to visit with your kids you’ll never complain of being bored again!