Top 10 Things to do in Atlanta
Atlanta is steeped in history and interesting places to visit. Whatever your interest, whether you are a history buff or a garden fanatic, you will find something in this city to catch your interest. There are literally hundreds of things worth seeing, and we have just highlighted a few here that might be of interest.
1. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Youll be able to have a look at the home where this great man was born and raised. The church where he was once the Pastor is not too far away and also close by is his grave site. The landmarks and museums in the area have meant that the site is now a national historic site. Its a good idea to take walking shoes as the whole area is very spread out. Well worth a visit.
Check it all out here: https://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm
2. Stone Mountain
Its a steep hike to the top, but it can be done. If you dont fancy that, then you can always take the sky ride. The etchings of Jackson, Lee, and Davis are magnificent, and thats not all that youll find! Theres a beach, golf courses, wildlife sanctuary, restaurants and more, so you should come prepared to spend the day.
To read all about this: http://www.stonemountainpark.com
3. Turner Field
Baseball buffs will head here first! And why not, when you can have a guided tour of the locker room and the dugout. Also in with the tour is a visit to the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame so this is a must for baseball families!
Check this out at their website: http://mlb.mlb.com/atl/ballpark/index.jsp
4. Piedmont Park
If you fancy a picnic lunch in the most beautiful surroundings, then this is where you should head. Right next to the Botanical Gardens, you will be just blown away by the stunning beauty of the park. You will have to pay if you want to use the swimming pool but entry to the park itself is free.
You can check out here for further details: http://www.piedmontpark.org/
5. Zoo Atlanta
Everyone goes here for one reason! To see the Giant Pandas! They also have lions, giraffes, black rhinos and reptiles but lets face it, its the pandas you really want to see! Among other things, there is a rock climbing wall where the kids may tire themselves out!
See what they have to offer here: http://www.zooatlanta.org/
6. Oakland Cemetery
Youll find this less than a mile from downtown and any history buff will head there right away! The winding paths and shade trees blend so well with the impressive mausoleums. The author Margaret Mitchell and golfer Bobby Jones are buried here. You can explore on your own but might be better taking the guided tour which explains everything really well.
Read up on everything you can see at http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/
7. Atlanta History Centre
Admission here is by ticket, and you should wear walking shoes as it covers 33 acres! Historic houses, gorgeous gardens, and interactive activities mean that taking kids along is no problem as there is something for everyone here. If you happen to be in Atlanta at special times such as Halloween and Thanksgiving, then you should check them out as they have seasonal events well worth seeing.
Have a read up on this here at http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/
8. Georgia Aquarium
You have to pay to get in here, but then it is the largest aquarium in the world! And thats well worth paying for! When you enter you have to walk through the huge tunnel, and it really seems like you are inside the aquarium with all the whale sharks, sting rays, and hammerheads. For a fee, you can actually swim with the whale sharks! They also have alligators, penguins and sea otters and giant octopi. A great day with and even without the kids!
To check special events, you can find them here at: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/
9. High Museum of Art
If youre interested in art, then this is a good place to visit. There is a really wonderful collection of the 19th and 20th-century American art. There is a really well-filled gift shop and a restaurant which serves great food. Although it may be a long day, it is worth every minute. They also have family festivals so you should check before going to see if anything is going on.
To check events: http://www.high.org/
10. Take the Coca-Cola Tour
This is a great place to take a family, or even go on your own. Its just a great place! It gives you an idea of just how much of the stuff is sold worldwide, what it looks like in other countries.
To see special events, check their link here: http://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/
Whether you’re single, part of a couple, or an entire family, Atlanta has plenty to offer. Check out these sites and you’re sure to not be bored!
If you’re looking for a great place to eat, check out our list of restaurants too.