Things to do in
Atlanta

Eclectic eats, a diverse music scene, and the world’s largest aquarium await in this peach of a city.

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Georgia Aquarium: Skip-the-Purchase-Line Tickets

1. Georgia Aquarium: Skip-the-Purchase-Line Tickets

Skip the purchase lines at the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, and spend the day enjoying the aquarium's seven different areas and interactive 4D theater. The Aquarium features a variety of places to eat and drink, and parking is made easy in the connected parking garage. Learn about whale sharks, manta rays, giant groupers and stingrays as you watch them from a huge window or walk through the clear underwater tunnel running through the giant tank. Discover the exciting energy of dolphins and their behavior from experienced trainers. Explore the world's coldest oceans with wildlife like the weedy seadragon, beluga whale, giant Pacific octopus and Japanese spider crab. Introduce yourself to the charismatic nature of California sea lions before checking out one of the largest living reef exhibits of any aquarium in the world.

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Zoo Atlanta: General Admission Ticket

2. Zoo Atlanta: General Admission Ticket

Connect with wildlife and visit over 1,500 animals at Zoo Atlanta. Discover why Zoo Atlanta is one of the best zoological operations in the United States with global conservation. Upon arrival, enter through the Advance Ticket entry line. Visit the twins, Ya Lun and Xi Lun, at the giant panda habitat. Then, head to one of Zoo Atlanta's largest expansions, the African Savanna.  The new elephant habitat is designed with elephant well-being in mind. Plains zebra, giraffes, and ostriches live together in a mixed-species setting. See an upgraded habitat for warthogs and meerkats. Enjoy Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian & Reptile Experience. Explore a new amphibian and reptile complex featuring over 70 species and 100 individual animals. See over 65 animal habitats, including a windswept desert, Australian billabong, mangrove swamp, Georgia tidal creek, and more. Join a range of educational conversations with animal experts, many of which include an opportunity to watch animals during their feeding times. During the Wildlife Presentations, watch animals' natural behaviors in dynamic wildlife presentations. See mammals, birds, reptiles, and other animals.  Make sure to visit the KIDZone and Naked Mole Rat Playgrounds with your children, with plenty of opportunities to play, climb, and explore. In the summer, cool down at the Splash Fountain. The Petting Zoo, or also Treetop Trail for an additional fee, are both great options for more fun.

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World of Coca-Cola: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry

3. World of Coca-Cola: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry

Welcome to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta! Spend the day interacting with multiple exhibits, learning about the history of the iconic brand, and sampling more than 100 different beverages from around the world. With artifacts from yesterday and today, experience the real stories behind the world’s most famous beverage brand. Get a behind-the-scenes view of the bottling process in Bottle Works. Don't forget to take your selfie with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear before leaving! Enter the new exhibit, Scent Discovery, and use your nose to guess the origin of a variety of scents led by your small group docent. At World of Coca-Cola, inspiration is around every corner - from the vault where the secret formula is secured to world-class art and memorabilia. Located near beautiful Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola is right in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s bustling entertainment district and a must-see while in Atlanta. Advance ticket purchases will allow you to proceed directly to the main entry line.

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Illuminarium Atlanta: Immersive Experience Admission Ticket

4. Illuminarium Atlanta: Immersive Experience Admission Ticket

Visit Illuminarium Atlanta and be transported to any location through an all-encompassing experience. An unprecedented blend of 4K laser projection provides you with a connected and shared entertainment journey. Audio beams create a unique and precise sound experience for each individual, in-floor haptics produces realistic sensations for visitors, and even scents add authentic enhancement to the immersive experience. WILD: A Safari Experience (Oct 1 - Nov 24, 2021; Jan 3 - Jan 31, 2022) Be transported to Africa in the blink of an eye. Come face to face with the world’s most exotic animals in their natural habitats in this unique cinematic experience. Explore the sweeping plains of Masai Mara, Kruger National Park, and the watering holes of Samburu Reserve. Feel the ground shaking with an elephant’s stomp or the low-end frequency of a lion’s roar or the water ripple as you step into it. Visit the onsite retail shop and indoor/outdoor café featuring food, drinks, and artisanal gifts to complement your experience.

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Atlanta CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions

5. Atlanta CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions

Your Atlanta CityPASS® includes admission to Atlanta’s most famous attractions and is valid for 9 days from first use, giving you plenty of time to see all of the great sights. See amazing animals, fun pop culture, inspiring history, fascinating natural science and more with the Atlanta CityPASS, which provides you line-skipping privileges at select attractions.   The Atlanta CityPASS includes admission to 5 attractions: 1. Georgia Aquarium Experience 10 million gallons of awe-inspiring wonders at Georgia Aquarium. Visit and learn about whale sharks, beluga whales, manta rays, penguins, and sea lions. Don’t miss the sea lion presentation and Dolphin Celebration presentations, The 4D Fun believable Theater, and the daily penguin Waddle Walk. 2. World of Coca-Cola Learn the story behind the world’s most famous and most loved beverage brand at the World of Coca-Cola and get closer than ever before to the vault containing the Secret Formula. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process, take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4D movie experience, and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the globe. 3. Zoo Atlanta Explore the natural world with more than 1,000 animals at one of Georgia’s most beloved destinations. Don’t miss the all-new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, and more. Other highlights include one of North America’s largest populations of great apes, as well as several giant pandas. 4. Your choice of 2 from the following 3 attractions: 4.1 National Center for Civil and Human Rights A powerful and uplifting journey that highlights the power of people—and our shared responsibility to take the rights of all humans personally. Sit at an interactive lunch counter and experience what heroic protestors braved, stand face-to-face with global human rights champions, view items that changed history, and see MLK’s personal papers & artifacts. Feel the Power at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 4.2 Fernbank Museum of Natural History Discover a world of wow at Atlanta’s science and nature experience. Explore 75 acres of the great outdoors and three levels of immersive indoor exhibits featuring hands-on science, dinosaurs, live animals, and cultural artifacts. 4.3 College Football Hall of Fame Take your fandom to the next level at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame with interactive, immersive and entertaining exhibits. Explore the game’s most legendary experience filled with fun for everyone from families to college football fanatics.

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta

6. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta

Discover the many LEGO attractions at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. Save the princess on an interactive journey aboard a royal chariot during a Kingdom Quest adventure ride. See famous LEGO characters on the big screen, like The LEGO Movie™: A New Adventure, at the 4D LEGO Cinema. Go faster and higher on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride where families control an enchanted cart to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and soar into the sky. Take on the challenge at the Earthquake Tables and test the strength of a brick tower when the tables start to shake. Explore MINILAND, an Atlanta cityscape made entirely of 1.5 million LEGO Bricks. Build friendship in LEGO Friends Heartlake City and create new colorful additions to add to their growing town. Get a selfie with a LEGO Friend during the visit too. LEGO Ninjago Training Camp puts families' ninja skills to the test to become a true LEGO ninja and defeat the bad guys in this action-packed play-zone. Then create a LEGO racing car at the LEGO Build & Test and race vehicles on the test track for the quickest time.

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Atlanta 5 Hour City Tour by Air-Conditioned Bus

7. Atlanta 5 Hour City Tour by Air-Conditioned Bus

Tour Atlanta from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Visit everything from Downtown to Buckhead with stops at Civil War Battleground sites and the Swan House. Take a walk along the BeltLine and admire the Buckhead mansions. From Peachtree Center, head to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park for an in-depth look at the life of Dr. King. Continue to Krog Street Market and witness the reinvention of Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods. Walk along the BeltLine trail and admire the public art installations. Stop at the booming Ponce City Market - the area's largest adaptive reuse project which houses the Central Food Hall and various shops. Treat yourself at the CNN Center before continuing to Buckhead. Relax on the bus and let your guide take you on a tour of the homes of the rich and the famous in this beautiful neighborhood. See other historical sites, including The Swan House which was featured in "The Hunger Games."

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Atlanta: Haunted Buildings and Ghosts Tour

8. Atlanta: Haunted Buildings and Ghosts Tour

Join a tour to see the dark side of Atlanta, one of the USA's most haunted cities. Listen to fun yet honest accounts of the hauntings that are so prevalent across Atlanta. Your experienced tour guide will take you to all the most paranormal hotspots in Midtown and unveil its deep dark secrets. You'll hear about encounters with the spirits of those killed on the MARTA tracks near Sivas Hookah Lounge. Listen to stories about the entities attached to items at the Goodwill Donation Center, and those that linger at the Fox Theatre, along with many other entertaining and chilling tales. Whatever the story, this tour will be sure to take you on a journey through the city’s rich history, with plenty of Intensively researched ghost stories that will make your heart jump.

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Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

9. Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

Learn all about the history of Atlanta and explore some of its most exciting areas on a 90-minute journey via electric car. Explore the city far away from all its main tourist-crowded areas downtown. Discover some of its most historic and eclectic neighborhoods like Inman Park, Atlanta's first planned suburb; Old Fourth Ward, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to Dr. Martin Luther King; Georgia Institute of Technology; the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site; and Midtown Atlanta, with its thriving bars, cafes, and colorful lifestyle. The Atlanta Experience tour is perfect for both tourists and locals wanting to learn more about the city's history. Whether a first-time visitor or an Atlanta resident, you will leave with a new found love and affection for this great southern city.

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Atlanta: College Football Hall of Fame All-Access Pass

10. Atlanta: College Football Hall of Fame All-Access Pass

Visit the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall Fame and enjoy an immersive and interactive experience. Use your special all-access pass to see all the museum has to offer. Explore the museum’s 95,000-square-foot space, which boasts a 45-yard indoor football field, and over 50 interactive exhibits. Learn about the greatest college gridiron players, teams, and coaches. Head through the tunnel and enter the quad. Find your team’s helmet from the massive three-story Helmet Wall, which displays helmets from 770 schools. Choose your team, and watch their helmet light up on the wall. Hit the indoor playing field and test your skill at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone. Kick a field goal, throw like a quarterback, and run the obstacle course. The College Football Hall of Fame is one of the only museums you can work up a sweat in. Win bragging rights and snap photos for your social media. Die-hard and casual fans alike will feel the love of the game when they visit the College Football Hall of Fame.

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Frequently asked questions about Atlanta

Planning Your Visit

  • Getting Around

    Whatever your budget, getting to and from the best sights in Atlanta is easy. From the start to the end of your visit, MARTA - the rapid rail system - is the fuss-free way to travel from the airport and around the inner city. A single trip is only $2.50 and with a Breeze Card you can top up as you go. Alternatively, there's the streetcar with 10 stops around the entertainment district or plenty of taxis you can hop into.

  • Where's the best place to stay?

    Whether you're looking for boutique or budget, there are lots of different areas to stay in Atlanta. For a touch of luxury and sophistication, head over to Downtown. You can relax in style and be only a stone's throw away from most of the city's must-see sights and restaurants. Or if you fancy the ultimate relaxation experience, why not check into one of Atlanta's many spa resorts just outside of town with beautiful natural surroundings.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    To take advantage of the outdoor activities on offer, plan to visit in the summer months, but be warned the weather can get really hot! If you prefer a milder climate, visit in the spring or fall, when there are fewer crowds and a more pleasant temperature.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Atlanta

One of the cultural epicenters of the American south, if not the entire United States, Atlanta is one of the country's most exciting cities to visit. We've asked our friends at 365 Atlanta Traveler to give a rundown of the things you can't miss in the A. Read below to make the most of your next trip to Atlanta.

What should I do on my first trip to Atlanta?

Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the nation and with 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater, it is home to the largest aquarium habitat in the world. You can see dolphins, go behind the scenes with the whale sharks, or do a cage dive with a few Great Whites. For a more leisurely experience try Atlanta Botanical Gardens. From the Fuqua Conservatory featuring the foremost collection of species orchids in the U.S. to its canopy walk and award-winning children’s garden, ABG is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

What are some hidden gems to see in Atlanta?

Unexpected Atlanta offers great tours that many people don’t know about, but that we highly recommend. Their food and history tours give you a taste of the regional cuisine while also sharing little-known stories about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Oakland Cemetery is another great attraction. While a visit to a cemetery might not top most people’s “must do” list, this circa-1850 cemetery far from ordinary. It is beautiful, peaceful, and educational; a showplace of sculpture and the final resting place to many of Atlanta’s founders and noted citizens such as Margaret Mead, Maynard Jackson, and Bobby Jones.

How much time should I spend in Atlanta?

If you're hitting the primary attractions with a CityPASS, then 3 full days should allow you to see the sights. Add two additional days to see the lesser-known (but not lesser quality) attractions and tours, do a little shopping at Ponce City Market, and get your fill of the award-winning restaurants. Feel like traveling into the metro area or the mountains? You'll want to take on another week - or come back for a second visit.

What food is Atlanta known for?

Atlanta is known for its Southern dishes like "meat and three" from Mary Mac's Tea Room, opened in 1945, which is the last of sixteen tea rooms that once dotted Intown Atlanta in the 1940s. Paschal's also serves great Soul Food like fried chicken, braised short ribs, smothered pork chops, and their famous peach cobbler. The food is delicious but the history is even more interesting: Paschal's became the 'meeting place' for some of the most notable people of Atlanta, including Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Andrew Young, Maynard Jackson, Vice President Al Gore, and Dr. Martin Luther King just to name a few.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Atlanta?

The best neighborhood to stay in Atlanta is Midtown. It's the city’s cultural epicenter, offers easy access to Atlanta's transportation options, is brimming with restaurants, parks, and boutique shopping locations. It's also where you'll find the Arts District's entertainment like High Museum, Fox Theatre, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

What is the best way to get around Atlanta?

Buses, a subway, and even a trolly are available to get you around the city, but Atlanta's public transportation systems are designed more for the locals to get to work than for tourists to get to the best attractions. Renting a car is almost a requirement when you're visiting Atlanta.

What are the best months to visit Atlanta? 

Spring in Atlanta is the best time of year. The city offers multiple festivals and outdoor concerts. It's warm enough to dine on outdoor patios, bike, or walk the Beltline, and see the trees of this "city in a forest" blooming with colors of white, yellow, and pink. The mosquitoes that the South is known for are not yet hatched, and the heat and humidity are still slumbering.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

West Midtown is where foodies will flock. Here you'll find James Beard chefs, delightful rooftop patios, and fine dining with a casual flair (think JB nominated restaurants with putt-putt back lawns). The breakfast restaurant scene is strong here, and independent coffee shops and ice cream eateries are plentiful.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping? 

Old Fourth Ward's trendy retail district beckons the shopper. The layout is pedestrian-friendly, so you can hop from shop to shop with ease. You'll find an eclectic mix of art galleries, gift shops, jewelry, clothing, and more. It's also home to Ponce City Market, situated in a revived historic Sears, Roebuck & Company building, and directly adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Atlanta? 

Fernbank Museum is Atlanta's best attraction for families. Besides the free parking, we love the indoor playground called NatureQuest, the larger-than-life dinosaur exhibits, IMAX movies, and more. Outside, kids will love WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. Fernbank Forest is 65-acres of old-growth forest you can hike in. Between this forest and the museum is an educational pathway with climbing structures, nature play areas, and a water feature.

What is the best thing to do in Atlanta for solo travelers? 

Solo travelers will love exploring the High Museum of Art if they're looking for a little introspection. This leading art museum in the Southeastern US offers contemporary exhibits, a taste of Southern artisans, workshops, events, and more. Have dinner at the museum and take in the building's architecture under a full moon. If you're looking to see the city and meet new friends, try a segway tour with Atlanta Cruizers. All of their tours are great, but the segway tour gives you an intimate dive into the neighborhoods with fewer kids on the tour.

What is the best thing to do in Atlanta for couples? 

Couples will want to check for the regular adult-only events at the major attractions like Sips Under the Seas at the Georgia Aquarium, Friday Jazz Night at High Museum, or Fernbank After Dark at Fernbank Museum. There is no shortage of live museum options, speakeasies, and romantic restaurants in the city, as well.

What are the best annual events in Atlanta? 

Atlanta's most popular festivals include the Dogwood Festival in Spring and DragonCon in Fall. Shaky Knees, Shaky Boots and Imagine Music Festival are the most popular annual music events. Finally, the Peachtree Road Race is the annual event for runners across the nation - it's the world's largest 10K and beloved in Atlanta since 1970.

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What people are saying about Atlanta

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,468 reviews

Really enjoyed ourselves. The only issue we had involved the keeper talks. We could not find the locations for them and could not easily locate a zoo employee to help. One of the maintenance staff tried to assist and another person talked to us about the alpacas- stating they had a staff meeting and there would be no talk that day. We appreciated her taking time with us to talk about the alpacas. Maybe there could be a way to let people know of the talk locations or any changes in the schedule.

Nice to skip the ticket purchase line though had to wait in line to enter the attraction. Another great thing was that we didn’t have to enter a time of arrival. Website wasn’t clear on those instructions but overall experience was great. No hiccups. Would recommend offering the website link for parking and aquarium show bookings once the city pass is purchased.

This was our first trip at Atlanta and I would highly recommend this tour. Our guide, Don and bus driver, Pam were Excellent! It was pouring down rain for the trip but I am so happy we made the tour. We viewed places we would Never have seen on our own. Loved it!!

Great way to get an overview of Atlanta! We took this tour our 1st morning in ATL, and were very glad that we did. It provided a great baseline for the rest of our week. Shawna G was an awesome tour guide!

This was an excellent tour. Thanks to our very knowledgeable tour guide, Emily! I learned a lot, and hope to repeat portions of the tour in the future, when federal buildings are open again.