Things to Do Around Atlanta
Whether you are coming for a quick visit or moving to Atlanta - here is a list of fun activities, and places to see.
Largest aquarium in the western hemisphere - you will be delighted by the variety of animals including the whale shark, beluga whale, california sea lions, african penquins, southern sea otters and more.
Looking for something more adventureous - sign up for an Animal Encounter, Swim and Dive, or a Behind the Seas Tour.
Their mission : As a nonprofit — and the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere — we’re committed to inspiring awareness and preservation of our ocean and aquatic animals around the globe. Our mission is to treat every animal with love and care, and concentrate our research and conservation activities where they matter most.
CityPASS Admission Includes
- Georgia Aquarium
- World of Coca-Cola
- CNN Studio Tours
- Zoo Atlanta OR National Center for Civil and Human Rights
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR College Football Hall of Fame
Are you sightseeing, but wanting to keep a flexible schedule? CityPASS includes admission to the Aquarium, plus four more top Atlanta attractions, at a savings of 41% or more! CityPASS is valid for one general admission to each attraction (during its 9-day validity period), so there’s no need to lock into a specific visit date or time.
WORLD OF COKE
Welcome to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta! Spend the day interacting with multiple exhibits, learning about the storied history of the iconic beverage brand, and sampling more than 100 different beverages from around the world.
Musicals, dramas and classical favorites light up Atlanta’s theater scene before they head to the Big Apple. See groundbreaking performances at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre for a perfect ending to your evening.
Explore miles of the Atlanta BeltLine by foot or on two wheels. Once you work up an appetite, stop in one of the many restaurants along the path to relax and refuel. With all the changing artwork, unique neighborhood shops and restaurants, the BeltLine is an easy way to stay active in Atlanta.
ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS
Renowned plant collections, beautiful displays, and spectacular exhibitions make the Atlanta Botanical Garden the loveliest place in town to visit or host an event in every season. An urban oasis in Midtown, the Garden includes 30 acres of outdoor gardens, an award-winning Children's Garden, a one-of-a-kind Canopy Walk through Storza Woods, and the innovative Edible Garden featuring an Outdoor Demonstration Kitchen. The Fuqua Conservatory is an organic biosphere and home to important collections of tropical palms and conifers; the Fuqua Orchid Center is home to the foremost collection of species orchids in the United States. Conservation gardens and amphibian displays highlight the Garden's work with carnivorous plant bogs across the Southeast as well as endangered species of frogs from around the world. The Garden offers lovely indoor and outdoor rental options for elegant meetings and celebrations.
ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER
Travel back in time at Atlanta History Center. This 33-acre attraction features award-winning exhibitions, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House, which was featured in the blockbuster Hunger Games films. Don’t forget to make the quick trip to the Margaret Mitchell House at the Center’s Midtown campus.
Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive thirty-three acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the Southeast's largest history museums; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; Chick-fil-A at the Coca-Cola Cafe, a museum shop, and acres of historic gardens and trails. In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House. Located in Midtown Atlanta, the two-acre campus features tours of the house and apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gone With the Wind, an exhibit highlighting the life and times of Margaret Mitchell, a Gone with the Wind movie exhibit, and a museum shop
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable evening of surround sound. Whether hearing the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra over a favorite film or playing the classics, this is the key to an astounding evening of music in Atlanta.
See a movie, concert, BB&T Atlanta Open match or a Cirque du Soleil show. Then shop at major retailers and find a local boutique in this walkable, outdoor shopping mecca. Pack a spare suitcase for all the goodies you will bring back from Atlantic Station.
CENTENNIAL OLYPMIC PARK
Pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or play on the lush green fields with Downtown views in every direction. Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame are all only steps away.
Bring the kids to experience some of the most loved children's fables through award-winning puppetry shows, films, and workshops at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Don't miss the progress on their new museum, featuring a huge Jim Henson collection!
Spending time on the Chattahoochee River is an Atlanta rite of passage. If you want to get out like a local, you need to “Shoot the Hooch.” The river is one of the metro area’s finest outdoor destinations to relax on the water and gaze at some of Atlanta’s most scenic terrain while having a tubular time.
CHICK-FIL-A COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Broadcast with the ESPN College GameDay crew, browse decades of memorabilia, interact with legends and learn about your favorite inductees at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. Once you’ve tackled that, try your luck at a field goal.
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA
Kids and grown-ups alike will love the 3,000-square-foot Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Climb through the layers of Earth, journey across the continents, deliver food from farm to table, then build or paint a masterpiece, all before storytime!
CNN STUDIO TOUR
News junkies and aspiring journalists, unite! Take CNN Studio Tours to see exactly how this global superpower reports news, beginning to end. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even see one of your favorite HLN or CNN hosts.
DELTA'S FLIGHT MUSEUM
Experience aviation history at Delta Flight Museum, where everyone can reach for the skies. Enjoy immersive exhibits, state-of-the-art simulator technology and see rare planes from eras past. Take a guided tour or glide through the 68,000-square-foot premises at Delta’s world headquarters with friends, family or copilot of your choice.
Get up close and personal with the dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This museum is an adventure for all who dare. You will feel like you are back in the time of giant creatures of the Mesozoic – including one that measures more than 120.
When you visit Fox Theatre it will make you feel like a movie star! Musicals, dance and nationally renowned acts wait at the end of your red carpet walk. No show scheduled? You can take a tour and learn the fascinating history of this Atlanta icon.
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART
Step inside the leading art museum in the Southeast and gaze at more than 13,000 modern and contemporary works of art. A ticket to the High Museum of Art will get you into both the special exhibitions and the permanent collection.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER ATLANTA
Nestled in the heart of Buckhead at Phipps Plaza, LEGOLAND is an attraction that will delight both kids and kids at heart. Rides, a 4-D movie experience, themed play areas and the world's biggest box of LEGO bricks offer hours of fun. After your LEGO adventure do a little shopping at Phipps Plaza or Lenox Square.
Score some of the best seats in town for an Atlanta Falcons game, Atlanta United FC soccer match or a high-energy concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Outside of game day, enjoy daily tours, the fan merchandise store and Southern-style chophouse Molly B’s.
Connect the American civil rights movement to current human rights issues through moving, experiential exhibits at Center for Civil and Human Rights. Interact with history to understand your role in the dream and the future.
Located directly on the BeltLine, Ponce City Market is full of adventures. This former Sears, Roebuck & Co. building is home to a number of famous chef-owned restaurants, diverse quick service fare. That plus a mixture of both national and small business retail options will impress any shopper and satisfy any taste.
PORSCHE EXPERIENCE OF ATLANTA
Push yourself to the limit at Porsche Experience Center, specially designed to exhibit elegance and engineering under the hood while testing you on and off the tracks at the Human Performance facility. Once you feel the power from the driver’s seat, be sure to refuel with fine dining at Restaurant 356.
SIX FLAGS OVER GEORIGA
Scream and shout through all the roller coasters you can stand or relax waterside at Hurricane Harbor. Six Flags Over Georgia has heart-pounding rides, excellent live entertainment and is undeniably fun for the whole family.
Ride a SkyView Atlanta gondola to experience the city from 20 stories up. It’s a thrilling view during the day and breathtaking at night. Skip the line in Ferrari style with your VIP flight for you and 4 of your closest friends.
STATE FARM ARENA
State Farm Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA), plus some of Atlanta’s hottest concerts year-round. The Arena was also named one of “The Best Arenas and Stadiums in America” according to Rolling Stone magazine.
STONE MOUNTAIN PARK
Just outside the city is Stone Mountain Park. Trek through the treetops on SkyHike, hike up the mountain for a beautiful view or take a relaxing trip to the top with Summit Skyride. While you are there, ride around Stone Mountain by train and enjoy the longest-running laser show in the world.
Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta area. Amazing adventures await as you discover interactive attractions suitable for all ages: Explore a 4-story barn and Sky Hike: an adventure course in the treetops. Take a skyride to the top of Stone Mountain; ride a scenic train around the mountain; or tour the Historic Square and explore a collection of original buildings, built between 1793 and 1875. Stay at the Marriott Stone Mountain Inn or Evergreen Marriott resort, or spend the night in a yurt or your RV at the largest Georgia campground. End your day at the world's largest laser light show featuring a fantastic fireworks finale! Private terraces and VIP Lasershow seating are also available. Stone Mountain is open year-round, but attraction hours vary by season. Check our hours of operations and events calendar for schedules on the date(s) of your visit.
SUNTRUST PARK AT THE BATTERY ATLANTA
You’ll never strike out when spending time here. When the Braves play at home, SunTrust Park is a must for any baseball fan to experience the amazing game-day atmosphere. Whether there’s a game or not, roam around The Battery and check out restaurants, bars, shops or a concert at Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre.
The only giant panda twins in the U.S., Ya Lun and Xi Lun, are double the fun and double the fluff! Come see them and the rest of the Zoo Atlanta animals and attractions in the historic Grant Park neighborhood. A fun-filled exploration of the animal kingdom awaits!
Zoo Atlanta inspires value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family fun. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. The Zoo's highlights include one of the largest populations of great apes in the U.S. and a global center of excellence for the care and study of vanishing reptiles and amphibians. Zoo Atlanta is also proud to be one of only four zoos in the U.S. that giant pandas call home. Eat, shop and play at Zoo Atlanta! Kids and families will love the Zoo Train, our handcrafted replica of an 1863 locomotive! The Nabisco Endangered Species Carousel is another family favorite, featuring 38 hand-carved wooden animal figures. The Zoo is open daily with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
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Listing information last updated on May 17, 2022 at 5:30 PM EST.