As if Southern charm and loads of soul food weren’t enough, Atlanta brings culture, sports, and nightlife to the table of tourism in Georgia. Things to do in Atlanta range from shopping in local boutiques to swimming with sharks at the Georgia Aquarium . Just when you think you’ve seen it all, new Atlanta activities present themselves. People may come here for the food and thriving downtown district, but they fall in love with the gardens, architecture, and smooth way of life.…
Top 20 Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia
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With dolphins, whale sharks, beluga whales, penguins, and living coral reefs in over 10 million gallons (37,854 cubic m) of water, get a tour of underwater ecosystems from around the globe.
World of Coca-Cola®
Explore the history of the Coca-Cola® company, its world-famous advertisements, and the mystique of its secret formula. Then, sample 64 different products in the Taste It! exhibit.
Inside CNN Studio Tour
Go behind the scenes at CNN's global headquarters to see broadcasting in action and sit at the news desk yourself to give reading the morning headlines a shot.
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Your tour begins at the department store where where Merle cuts off his own hand on the roof. Next, jump ahead to season 5 of the series and visit the infamous Terminus compound. Return to the first season and see if the CDC survived the massive explosion that concluded the first chapter of The Walking Dead.
Your walking tour also takes you to the Jackson Street Bridge for a chance to snap your own cover shot and take a selfie at the site of the iconic cover of The Walking Dead's first season. Wrap up your tour of undead filming spots as you visit the site of the meter maid scene featured in Zombieland and don't forget to "double-tap. " Read More close
First take a trip to Alexandria (don't worry, the set is actually in Georgia, not Virginia) and then head over to the old Feed Building where Deputy Rick and the governor attempted to work out a peace treaty in exchange for Michonne. Next, visit the Zombie Arena of Woodbury where the town's citizens participated in macabre and disturbing battles for their entertainment.
Conclude your tour by exploring the streets of the show's Woodbury—filmed in Senoia, Georgia—where the governor built a safe haven and became one of the The Walking Dead's most hated and lethal villains. As you explore the sets, get a behind-the-scenes look at this trendsetting show and relive some of the most jaw-dropping and terrifying scenes.
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Located in central Atlanta at the Premier Exhibition Center, this large venue is transformed into an insightful discovery for all things related to human anatomy. See up close how our organs function with real specimens of brains, lungs, and hearts so you can truly understand how the organs work and how important they are.
Get a look at how our complex digestive and reproductive systems work in real-life detail and see life-sized examples of complete skeletons so you can marvel at the intricacies of our bone structure. Any question you may have had before visiting is sure to be answered at this comprehensive and graphic, yet respectful, exhibition. Read More close
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Since founding the tour in 2013, Justin Hall and Johnathan Oliver have been hard at work to bring the best of Atlanta’s craft beer world to locals and visitors. With a passion and dedication to craft beer excellence, this guided tour is the best way to get a taste of the craft breweries in the city.
Leave the driving to your guide as you sit back and relax on your way to visit several breweries. Without the hassle of waiting in line, this is the simplest way to go straight to the source of Atlanta's lively craft beer movement and taste several cold ones along the way.
Head to SweetWater Brewing where you are treated with a private tasting and tour followed by 2 more stops. At each place, enjoy 3 or 4 half-pint tasting of the best suds the brewery offers. End with a souvenir glass from each venue to remember your day of craft beer exploration and enjoy a new appreciation for your favorite brews. Read More close
Don't wait for a seat—with priority access, you can zip past the crowds and cozy up to your table in no time. As you wait for your cheeseburger, pasta, grilled chicken sandwich, or salad, listen to the music playing over the speakers and peruse the wide variety of rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
After dessert, take another look around. View classic items on display, like a dress worn by Tina Turner, an evening gown of Ella Fitzgerald, and matador-style pants of James Brown.
Sample menu includes:
- Hard Rock Cheeseburger or Bacon cheeseburger with seasoned fries
- Honey mustard grilled chicken sandwich with seasoned fries
- Fire-roasted tomato pasta with fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic toast
- Barbecue pulled pork sandwich with marinated slaw and seasoned fries
- Chicken Caesar salad tossed with grilled chicken and parmesan cheese
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Whether you're a novice rider or a seasoned veteran, the unmistakable thunder of a Harley-Davidson® engine gives you an unmatched adrenaline boost. This rental experience has everything you need to tour in comfort and style. Choose from several classic Harley-Davidson® models, including the Fat Boy®, Heritage Softail® Classic, Road King®, and Electra Glide®.
To familiarize yourself with its operation, an orientation to your motorcycle is provided. Unlimited mileage gives you the option to fully explore your destination and get a good taste of the powerful capabilities of your machine. The thrill and freedom that comes from riding a Harley® is something you'll never forget. Experience for yourself why this motorcycle is considered an American classic.
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In the River Scout gallery, check out voracious piranha, Asian small-clawed otters, and even albino alligators. At the Ocean Voyager exhibit, admire magnificent and gentle whale sharks—the only 4 in North America. From the 100-foot (30-m) underwater tunnel, gaze up at elegant and rare manta rays among the 50 other fish species in the waters above you.
Make your way to Cold Water Quest for an up-close look at the aquarium's 4 beluga whales. These amazing mammals have the ability to swim backward to maneuver through Arctic ice. Sharing these chilly depths are endangered African penguins and sprawling Japanese spider crabs.
Head to warmer waters at the Tropical Diver gallery, where you can see jellyfish, eels, and a spectacularly colorful living reef display teeming with tropical sea life. In the Georgia Explorer gallery, get a hands-on experience by leaning over tide pools filled with horseshoe crabs and sea stars. Don't miss the 4-D theater, where you can take an animated undersea journey with singing sea turtles and friendly sharks.
End your day at the Dolphin Theater for a chance to see these friendly, chattering marine creatures swimming playfully in their tank. Read More close
In 1980, Ted Turner launched CNN as the first 24-hour news network. It evolved to become one of the most respected and trusted news sources in the world today. This is your chance to go behind the anchor desk and see how a CNN newscast is put together and aired.
Learn about CNN’s fascinating history, and explore the impressive complex that is home to the network. Check out CNN’s next-generation HD studio, and interact with the technology used by anchors including green screens and teleprompters. Ride up the world's longest free-standing escalator on this tour of the amazing space where news is produced and shared. Read More close
Make your way to the airport, grab a comfortable seat by the window, and put on your headset to listen to informative commentary by your knowledgeable pilot. Built in phases between 1984 and 1991, the Concourse at Landmark Center came to be known as the King and Queen Towers because the white lattice crowns that top the buildings resemble the heads of chess pieces.
When night falls, the towers sparkle to life and illuminate the city skyline. On the return flight, keep an eye out for Buckhead, where you coast over upscale hangouts, beautiful homes, and the Governor’s Mansion. Read More close
Dive into hands-on activities for visitors of all ages, including a DUPLO® play area for the youngest builders in your family. Check out a miniature replica of Atlanta, with city landmarks built from more than a million bricks, and follow Professor Brick-a-Brack on the LEGO® Factory Tour to watch real bricks being made.
On the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, test your skills with a laser-zapper as you help to vanquish skeletons and trolls from your dragon chariot. Pick up the latest skills from the LEGO® Master Builder Academy's workshops and test your creations on the speed ramps and earthquake tables at the LEGO® Racers exhibit.
Grab a seat and a pair of 3-D glasses for a wild adventure in the 4-D Cinema. Feel the effects of wind and rain as your favorite LEGO® characters come to life before your very eyes. Clamber on the climbing wall, fly down the slide at the LEGO® Fire Academy, and take a leap into the world's biggest box of LEGO®s before you leave.
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Guided by Margret Mitchell, make your way through the city as she shares the fascinating story of her life. Walk alongside the South's favorite daughter as she traces her footsteps at The Margaret Mitchell House where Gone with the Wind was written and learn how the most famous southern story ever told was shared with the world.
While visiting the home, see the author's original typewriter, the first drafts of the award-winning novel, and her Pulitzer Prize. What led her to write the novel? What scandalous act ousted her from the Junior League? Did Scarlett and Rhett ever reunite? Who called her beloved Scarlett a psychopath? Miss Mitchell answers these and all other queries during your tour around Atlanta. Read More close
The Gate is a classically designed monumental arch in the tradition of Roman triumphal arches. Your tour begins in the 18th Century Georgia Pioneer Gallery where documents and historical artifacts line the walls. Here, find artifacts dating back to the birth of Georgia from the Native American, Spanish, British Colonial, and American Revolutionary periods.
The 19th and 20th Century Galleries tell the story of Atlanta's and Georgia's early history and bold leaders. Leap into the present with interactive exhibits In the 21st Century Interactive Gallery and then see 3 period rooms modeled after an 18th-century Colonial study, the 19th-century office of Coca-Cola magnate Thomas K. Glenn, and the 20th-century drawing room of the Pink House. Read More close
See where Michael runs into his brother in The Blindside, pass the Piggly Wiggly and Dan Aykroyd's shop from Driving Miss Daisy, and join the Dudes Group from What To Expect When You're Expecting. Also on your cinematic journey, see where Tyler Perry got his start by visiting locations from films such as Good Deeds and Witness Protection Program.
A tour of Atlanta's famous movie locations is not complete without a focus on some of the many sports films made in the city, and you visit spots from films like Trouble with the Curve and Remember the Titans. At the end of the day you have a wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge and a collection of photos to remember you journey into the movies. Read More close
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Atlanta is home to many points of interest and boasts an overwhelming sense of down-home southern charm. Start your journey at Centennial Olympic Park, a large public park located in downtown Atlanta that was built as part of the infrastructure improvements for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
With your smartphone, iPad, or other mobile device, use the Quest Software to discover clues and solve questions along the way. Head past the World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center. This famous location has hosted many memorable broadcasting moments and houses the main newsrooms and studios for CNN's news channels.
With your smartphone leading the way, complete challenges, follow hints, and earn points as you meander through the the city. Follow directions as you make your way around the city, world-famous for its culture and history, and perhaps learn a few things along the way. Read More close
Your tour takes you to 7 different restaurants where you can enjoy 15 delicious tastings. Sample everything from soul food and barbecue to Lowcountry cuisine and Creole-style candies. Wash these mouthwatering dishes down with Southern classics like sweet tea and lemonade, or try some fresh-made specialty juices.
Along the tour, your guide entertains and educates you with stories about the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta past and present, and the city’s amazing food culture. You may even learn city secrets that some locals don’t know. Leave your tour full of delicious food and a wealth of new information. Read More close
There's nothing quite like a luxurious spa treatment to take you from tired and stressed to radiant and centered. With the Spafinder gift card, you can check in at salons, spas, gyms, or therapeutic centers that cover everything from facials and haircuts to Pilates and chiropractic work. Unwind and get glowing with a beautifying, de-stressing service at an elegant day spa, or find a fitness studio and work it out in a toning Barre class or a calorie-busting boot camp.
Your gift card never expires, and can be used on a wide range of treatments, classes, services, and products, whether you're in the market for a new yoga mat or wanting to touch up your hair color before a big event. Treat yourself to wellness—your body and mind will thank you. Read More close
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Marvel in awe as Atlanta transforms into Panem and the 12 districts. As you tour the behind-the-scenes locations, hear tales of what went into adapting a bestseller teen novel into an unforgettable controversial series of movies. Fans of the books and the movies gasp with delight at the up-close and personal look at the world created by Suzanne Collins.
On this walking tour you see what it took to turn this booming Southern metropolis into a post-apocalyptic society comprised of 12 districts. Along the way snap a few photos as you see sites featured in The Hunger Games movies. Also experience what it was like to be in President Snow's mansion. Read More close
Begin your day in the African Plains. Lions roar, elephants trumpet, and giraffes stride across native vegetation and grasslands alongside a rare and endangered black rhino.
In the Ford African Rain Forest, marvel at the large population of western lowland gorillas—more than 20 call the zoo home—and it has been a leading advocate of gorilla conservation. Make your way to the Asian Forest to see the zoo's most famous residents. Mei Lun and Mei Huan are the only 2 twin giant panda cubs in North America.
Feed the parakeets at Boundless Budgies, and check out carnivores like sun bears and tigers in Trader's Alley, where you can learn about the pressing international issue of the wildlife trade. Observe scaly, creepy, and crawly critters in the World of Reptiles, including a Guatemalan bearded lizard and a king cobra snake.
For smaller members of the family, the Australian petting zoo lets kids have a hands-on experience with Nubian goats and a Kunekune pig. Round out your visit by participating in 1 of the many keeper talks, where zookeepers inform and educate visitors about the animals in their care and the zoo's engagement in international conservation efforts. Read More close