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Weekend Family Fun

Exploring family favorites all around Atlanta

Whether you are visiting Atlanta from afar or you live right outside the perimeter, there is always fun for families. My family of six has spent 14 years living in Atlanta, experiencing big city excitement whenever we want, while also being able to retreat to our quiet, tree-lined neighborhood. I find there’s an intriguing uniqueness about Atlanta which draws us in. It’s a major metropolis but people still lazily wave from their porch as you drive by. Atlanta has strong Southern roots, with all the history that entails, but still carries the vestiges of “the city too busy to hate.”

Atlanta is comfort food and Black excellence. It is a cool breeze on a sultry summer day and the aroma of homemade peach cobbler luring you into a diner. It’s a slow and steady city, progressive with enough historical context around to keep it honest. Visiting Atlanta for a weekend (or longer)? Check out some of my family’s favorite things to do in our adopted hometown.


Maria Smith is a wife and mom of four children ranging in age from 8 to 13 living in Smyrna, GA. In her pre-kid life, she was a TV producer, producing The Oprah Winfrey Show among others. Now, she is a freelance writer, blogs at MamaliciousMaria.com, and spends her time playing tennis, coaching basketball and carpooling her kids.


Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

A visit to Atlanta should always, ALWAYS include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. We visit to pay homage to an American hero, to learn something new, and also to be part of the thriving community that surrounds the historic site. The King Center, an indoor museum, offers an immersive experience for people of all ages. It doesn’t shy away from the horrors of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s demise, but it frames things in a hopeful way that lends itself to productive discussions. To burn off some energy, and to just be kids, my four children adore the sweet playground behind The King Center. It is the living embodiment of Dr. King’s vision, with kids of all ethnicities playing together. The gravesites of Dr. and Mrs. King, the King family home, and Ebenezer Baptist Church are part of this national historic site as well. Everything is free and within walking distance of each other. Jump on Atlanta Streetcar to get here from Downtown hotels.

Costing only $1/trip with up to 2 kids riding free, it is super cost-effective too.

The Municipal Market (Sweet Auburn Curb Market)

After walking around the MLK site, you’ll probably be getting hungry. Your nose may lead you directly to The Municipal Market (locals still call it Sweet Auburn Curb Market) a few blocks away. Situated on Auburn Avenue, once called the richest Negro street in the world, Market is filled with history and soul food. It was called the curb market because, prior to integration, Blacks were only allowed to sell their products on the curb outside. Today, this is where you go to buy a large bag of washed greens, a pound of pickled pigs’ feet, a gigantic turkey burger “all the way” and snow crab clusters bigger than your head. You can find a variety of fresh ingredients as well as ready-made meals. The scents of oxtails, etouffee, Pho and down home, butter-slathered soul food all blend together in the most delicious way. 

I felt a strong sense of belonging upon walking into the Market, as well as around the Historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood. There were conversations surrounding me in English, French, Spanish and African dialects I couldn’t pinpoint. Some haggled for the best price of fresh fish and others simply chatted with friends while waiting for their orders. It was fantastic to be able to show my kids the cornucopia of cultures represented at this destination. As we wandered through the cavernous Market, trying to decide on our best bet for lunch, I realized I was sharing a little bit of the world with my brood. Telling children about different cultures is good, but showing them how you interact with people of different ethnicities is even better. Similarly, having kids read history books is fine, but taking them to a place where history is alive and all around them is so much better. We found the Municipal Market to be empowering as well as educational, and offered up some of the best food in the city too!

The Market will validate parking for 1 hour and offers limited seating.

Starlight Drive-In Theater

Head a few miles southeast to Atlanta’s only permanent drive-in theater, Starlight Drive-in. It’s a throwback to the 1950s but with the technology of today. Going to Starlight is not just about seeing a movie, it’s about having a family experience. Recently, we bundled the kids up in their pajamas and loaded the car with snacks and Cokes. Everyone got comfortable in our minivan as we pulled into Starlight shortly before dusk. We watched the movie through the windshield and listened to it through the FM stereo. Starlight offers concessions and bathrooms if you need it, but we had the whole experience without leaving our car. Our 8-year-old wrapped himself in a blanket and promptly fell asleep before the 9 p.m. feature even started. The rest of us enjoyed the movie, talking over it when we wanted, as the soft not-quite-fall breeze floated through our open windows. The kids said it was exciting, but I thought it was the most relaxing movie we’ve seen together in a long time.

Ticket prices for kids ages 5-9 is only $1, and $10 for ages 9+.

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center is centered among the eye-popping mansions in Buckhead, Atlanta’s toniest neighborhood. It is where I married my husband back in 2006! We showed our out-of-town guests the best of Atlanta during our wedding at Swan Coach House and they still talk about the frozen fruit salad and homemade cheese straws. Open daily for lunch, this fancy-but-comfortable cafe screams Atlanta and the South.

Atlanta History Center includes several indoor museum-like exhibitions, such as the interactive Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta permanent exhibit. However, it’s the outdoor offerings that keep families flocking to this destination. Kids can run, jump and play on 33 acres of enchanting gardens and trails, as well as participate in various crafts and demonstrations offered seasonally. Visitors can walk through the well-preserved 13,000 square foot architectural marvel, Swan House. Or, a short walk away, the Smith Family Farm gives families a glimpse into how life at a pre-Civil War slaveholding farm would look. My kids were fascinated by the sheep and other animals as well as the working Blacksmith’s Shop. They were awed into silence upon entering the slave cabin. 

My sons saw the sign asking visitors to “help pick cotton” and wanted to participate. I held them back, tightly. We then had an engaging conversation about who picked cotton on this farm and the heavy burdens they carried with them from sunrise to sunset, from birth to death. The discussion was necessary and open-ended. The evils of slavery are not discussed explicitly, however, the History Center can be an impetus for all families to discuss slavery in age-appropriate ways. 


For families looking to visit, Atlanta History Center offers complimentary parking and free admission several times during the year, including MLK Day.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is where you go when you desperately want your kids to understand the plight of Blacks in America but aren’t quite sure how to tell that story. Through interactive exhibits, videos and photos, visitors can get an idea of the fight for civil rights and how the struggle altered the direction of the country. It opened in 2007 adjacent to World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium. This family-friendly destination is designed to bring history to life and make it applicable to today. If possible, try to catch one of the Center’s diverse presentations. From discussions to author meet-and-greets to children’s story time, there are a variety of extra activities offered throughout the year. I challenge you to take a seat at the lunch counter display, put on the headphones and close your eyes to really experience what it meant to join in a 1960-style lunch counter protest. You feel the kick of a steel-toed boot on the back of your seat. You hear the most vile words used in such a common, off-hand way. I dare you to experience this and not have it change you. This is the only exhibit I wouldn’t recommend for younger children, though it was everyday life for kids living just a generation ago.

Coca-Cola, Delta and Porsche have all sponsored free admission days at The Center for Civil and Human Rights, so look for any discounts prior to buying tickets.

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

You will have fun visiting Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame even if you know nothing about football. You don’t even have to like football. It’s that good! You can kick, run, jump and throw. You can watch inspirational movies using immersive 3-D goggles. You can sing along with your school’s fight song, relive the glory days of your parents’ alma mater or try your hand at sportscasting with the GameDay crew. (It’s not as easy as it looks!) I love having the ability to just play with my kids and get a little sweaty together. If you are a football fan, then the Hall is a no brainer for you. You can jump up and pound Notre Dame’s “Play Like A Champion” sign or watch Warrick Dunn darting in for a touchdown at Florida State. I appreciate that Historically Black Colleges and Universities are all represented, including my husband’s beloved FAMU. There is a Chick-fil-A concession stand (and full restaurant) in the Hall. If you visit on a weekend, look for live college football games on giant movie-sized screens.

Parking is available in nearby garages and averages $10-$20.

Porsche Experience Center

Atlanta is home to some of the most iconic American companies including The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines and Porsche. Now you can experience one of these companies in a unique, exciting way. Get some fast-driving thrills at Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. Located near the airport, Porsche Experience Center is a family destination that mom and dad may like even more than the kids. It is the epitome of a luxe family outing.

The Experience Center features a 1.6 mile driving circuit where the incredible performance of Porsche cars can be experienced in all their glory. You can smell the rubber of the tire screeching around a turn and run your hand over the beautiful lines of your dream car. There are driving experiences to match your comfort level, including the off-road circuit and demo-car laps you can experience from the passenger seat. Kids under 16 can’t go on the track, but they can watch from a shaded seated area. If they are over 5 ft tall they can also experience the simulation lab, which is perhaps just as fun. When we visited Porsche for Father’s Day, only my husband drove. My kids and I watched him and the other drivers, and took in the posh surroundings. We had as much fun as my husband did! If your budget allows, make a reservation for Restaurant 365 for a track-side fine dining experience that will wow everyone.

If you have a teen driver, look into the half-day $800/person driving school to give them the driving skills you hope they never need.

Atlanta is a vibrant town with an open smile hoping to welcome you in. There is fun to be had for every family. The biggest question will be which attractions to visit first.

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Free & Family-Friendly Fun Things to Do in Atlanta

Free & Family-Friendly Fun Things to Do in Atlanta

Arts, Attractions, History, Parks, Outdoors and Shopping

Castleberry Hill Art Stroll

Every second Friday, join the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, that winds through the historic Castleberry Hill neighborhood of former warehouses turned into cool lofts, chic art galleries and trendy restaurants.

Atlanta Festivals

Atlanta loves to celebrate with a wide variety of festivals all year round. From classy to quirky, there’s probably a festival for it in the ATL. Grab a blanket and kick back and enjoy the music at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Sample some great barbecue at the Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival or get your licks in at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. Get crafty at the Yellow Daisy Festival or immerse yourself in a new culture at Japanfest or the Atlanta Greek Festival. The ATL is alive with free outdoor fun all year long. Almost every weekend brings art, music, parades and children’s activities. 

Festivals are great for the whole family

World Of Coca-Cola

Explore the vault where the secret formula is kept, sample 100 different beverages from around the world and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process at World of Coca-Cola. Active duty, reserves and retirees of the Armed Forces receive free admission there year-round. Simply present your Armed Forces ID card at a World of Coca-Cola ticket window. Don’t forget to snap a photo with the iconic polar bear.

Explore one of the world’s most popular beverages at World of Coca-Cola

Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)

Soak up some history and learn about the pioneers in education for Black Americans, and a progressive force in the development of Atlanta’s black community and the Civil Rights movement of yesterday and today. Graduates have gone on to be leaders across all disciplines. These pioneers in education with rich histories include Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine, all part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUC).

Morehouse College in Southwest Atlanta

The Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum

Teach the kids that money really doesn’t grow on trees at the Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum. Learn about the history of money, from bartering to modern times, see rare coins and currency, and get a glimpse of cash-processing operations, where millions of dollars are counted, sorted or shredded daily. Peek into the bank’s automated vault and see the robotic transports that do the heavy lifting. Everyone will leave with a new appreciation for the life cycle of money.

Georgia State Capitol Tour

Explore Georgia’s law making history, both past and present at the Georgia State Capitol with a self-guided tour of the historic building and the public galleries of the House of Representatives and Senate. Check out exhibits, memorials and artwork throughout the building and in The Georgia Capitol Museum, where displays include historic flags and works of art. Kids will enjoy the Fun with Miss Freedom activity and don’t miss the Hall of Valor where historic battle flags are displayed in a museum environment.

See the MLK statue at the Georgia Capitol

The Governor’s Mansion Tour

Tour the grounds and Greek Revival Governor’s Mansion surrounded by family homes and luscious greenery in the heart of Buckhead. Enjoy the beautiful fountain and museum-quality furnishings that are one of the finest Federal period (1789 to 1823) collections in the United States today.

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Let the spirit — or spirits — move you at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Stroll the grounds and visit the final resting place of famous Atlantans like golf legend Bobby Jones, and “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell. Walking tour maps available at the Visitors Center/Museum Shop. Attend one of the many festivals like “Sunday in the Park” or the “Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour,” or just enjoy the grounds and gardens from the heirloom daffodils that bloom every spring, to the changing fall colors in autumn.

Explore the Historic Oakland Cemetery

The Sweet Auburn District

Steeped in history, the Sweet Auburn Historic District reflects the history, heritage and achievements of Black Atlanta. Birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the neighborhood is home to Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park, Dr. King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both he and his father preached, and The King Center. Walk in the footsteps of famous civil rights leaders on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame

The Eternal Flame burns brightly at the King Center

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park

Explore the life and legacy of one of the most famous Atlantans at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park. Tour Dr. King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both he and his father preached, and see the eternal flame and final resting place of Dr. King and his wife Coretta Scott King. On the same block, also with free admission, is The King Center where you can see Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Tour MLK’s birth home, down the street from The King Center

Walk, Bike and Fish at Piedmont Park

Take in postcard views of Midtown from Piedmont Park, one of the largest green spaces in the ATL, with plenty of playspaces for children of all ages, plus baseball, soccer and football fields, and public tennis courts. Stroll, bike, jog or blade along the PATH trails. Play with your pup at the Piedmont Park Dog Park. Cast a line for largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish in Lake Clara Meer.

Piedmont Park is one of Atlanta’s famous urban green spaces

Play Games at Woodruff Park

In addition to the cool “ATL” playground, Woodruff Park has a free Game Cart, where you can check out board and lawn games and sporting equipment. Or connect to the free wi-fi and workout at the ENERGI fitness station.

Enjoy Woodruff Park

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Gardens

Those younger than 16 get free admission to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, where they can step into the “Oval Office” and experience “A Day in the Life of the President,” or take a virtual trip with the Carters. Outdoors, everyone can enjoy the gardens and ponds and art on the grounds, plus gorgeous views of the ATL skyline.

Try being the president for a day at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Window Shopping and Festivities at Atlantic Station

There’s so much to see and do in Atlantic Station, a walkable streetscape with more than 50 shops, brick streets and a Central Park. Window shop boutiques and big name brands, enjoy free movies in the park in the warmer months, or watch the ice skaters in the winter. 

See the sights at Atlantic Station

Centennial Olympic Park

Enjoy festivals and events at downtown’s Centennial Olympic Park plus shopping, dining, history, and entertainment. Whether it’s window shopping or picking up a great ATL souvenir, you’ll find it in Centennial Olympic Park.

Visit Atlanta’s iconic Centennial Olympic Park

Looking for more ways to save? Atlanta CityPASS has you covered! Offering savings of 44%, CityPASS tickets are a great way to build a must-see itinerary packed with family fun. Venture—if you dare—into the brand-new SHARKS! Predators of the Deep gallery at the Georgia Aquarium. Take a fizzy, fun pop-culture tour at the World of Coca-Cola. Check out the dinos at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or try your luck kicking a field goal at the College Football Hall of Fame. And experience a powerful and uplifting journey of human rights at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

Shopping Things to Do

Best places to go shopping in Atlanta

From shopping malls and markets to boutiques and upscale fashion areas, discover the best places to go shopping in Atlanta. Shopping districts such as Ponce City Market and Atlantic Station have restaurants, museums, pubs, theaters and unique shops all within walking distance of one another to enhance the urban shopping experience. In-town neighborhoods provide unique shops and experiences with local flavor.

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Midtown

Atlantic Station

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See a movie, concert, tennis match or a Cirque du Soleil show. Then browse major retailers and find a local boutique in this walkable, outdoor shopping haven. Pack a spare suitcase for all the goodies you will bring back from Atlantic Station.

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Downtown

Centennial Olympic Park

Embrace the Heart of Atlanta
Pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy, take a selfie with the Olympic rings, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or play on the lush green space with Downtown views in every direction. Many of Atlanta’s top attractions, restaurants and venues are only steps away.

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Eastside

Junkman’s Daughter

Embrace Your Wild Side in Atlanta’s Alternative Superstore
If the big, stiletto-shaped staircase doesn’t give it away, you’ll soon realize this isn’t your typical store. Unique trinkets abound, from vintage games to kitschy items along with a funky costume selection. When you leave, be sure to explore the equally quirky Little Five Points neighborhood.

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Buckhead

Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, Simon Malls

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Be Seen in the South’s Shopping Epicenter
Enter a shopper’s paradise with high-end boutiques and department store favorites. Lenox is the destination for an upscale shopping experience with all the brands you love. Phipps is home to Nordstrom and many luxury retailers plus one of Atlanta’s go-to movie theaters and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

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Midtown

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Delight in the Celebration of All Things Design
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) creates engaging exhibits of architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. See the impact of design on your everyday life with MODA’s range of programs and lectures for all ages.

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Eastside

Ponce City Market

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Savor the Flavor of Atlanta
Take the trail to Ponce City Market, home to a number of famous chef-owned restaurants, quick service fare and a mixture of both national and local retail options. Head up to The Roof at Ponce City Market, one of the best rooftops and most romantic views in Atlanta, for classic carnival amusements, miniature golf and a giant slide at Skyline Park. If you need provisions while you’re up there, fill ‘er up at Nine Mile Station and RFD social.

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Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

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Peel Out in a Porsche
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. Once you feel the power from the driver’s seat, be sure to refuel with fine dining at Restaurant 356.

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Downtown

Ray’s in the City

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Downtown

State Farm Arena

Are You Ready for THIS Arena?
State Farm Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and some of the city’s hottest concerts year-round. The arena is also packed with notable eateries from B’s Cracklin BBQ to the always-lively Zac Brown’s Social Club. It truly has everything you need for a modern fan experience including Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop.

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Best Things to Do in Midtown

Explore Atlanta’s Heart of the Arts

Whether you’ve got an hour or a day, spending some time spent in Midtown, Atlanta’s “Heart of the Arts” is a must. By day, enjoy outdoor recreation, shopping and art galleries. By night, catch award-winning performances at some of Atlanta’s most popular venues, enjoy mouth-watering meals and just breathe in the artistic soul of the neighborhood. Use this list to explore some of Midtown Atlanta’s best things to do.

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Center For Puppetry Arts

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Pull a Few Strings
Bring the kids to experience the most beloved children’s tales through award-winning puppetry shows, films and workshops at Center for Puppetry Arts. After a show, don’t miss the Worlds of Puppetry Museum featuring a huge Jim Henson collection.

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Midtown

Alliance Theatre

Catch a Broadway Play Before It Hits Broadway
Musicals, dramas and classical favorites light up Atlanta’s theater scene. See groundbreaking performances at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre for a perfect ending to your evening.

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Midtown

Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Stop and Smell the Orchids
Nestled in the northern corner of Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Garden spreads its roots across more than 30 acres. Explore the lush green garden when it is lit up for special events, blooms during seasonal activities and harvests a spooky spectacle or two.

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Midtown

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Immerse Yourself in Award-winning Surround Sound
Whether they’re performing the classics or a soundtrack over a favorite film, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra always hits the right notes.

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Midtown

Atlantic Station

Treat Yourself
See a movie, concert, tennis match or a Cirque du Soleil show. Then browse major retailers and find a local boutique in this walkable, outdoor shopping haven. Pack a spare suitcase for all the goodies you will bring back from Atlantic Station.

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Midtown

Fox Theatre

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Walk the Red Carpet
Get ready to feel like a movie star when visiting Fox Theatre. Musicals, dance performances and nationally renowned acts await guests at the end of the red carpet walk. No show scheduled? You can take a tour and learn the fascinating history of this Atlanta icon.

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Midtown

High Museum of Art

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Mingle With the Masters
Find more than 17,000 works including 19th century art and a growing collection of contemporary pieces inside the leading art museum in the Southeast. Impress a date or bring the family for special exhibits and events plus the permanent collections at High Museum of Art.

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Midtown

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company

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Hear the Resounding Voice of Storytellers
Celebrate with bold artists of all cultures as they continue the rich tradition of black storytelling on stage. The shows here will leave you with a powerful message that educates, entertains and delights.

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Midtown

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Delight in the Celebration of All Things Design
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) creates engaging exhibits of architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. See the impact of design on your everyday life with MODA’s range of programs and lectures for all ages.

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Midtown

Piedmont Park

Play in the Park
Truly experience The City in the Forest with a walk or bike ride through Piedmont Park, home to Atlanta Botanical Garden and Lake Clara Meer. Whether you are going to a festival, taking a sunset stroll or walking your pooch to the dog park, this is the place to be on a beautiful day.

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Midtown

SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film

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Flaunt Finery and Film
SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film celebrates fashion as a universal language, garments as important conduits of identity and film as an immersive medium. Strut your stuff over to these dynamic exhibits and events on the SCAD Atlanta campus.

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Outdoor Things to Do

Explore Atlanta’s green space

Explore the great outdoors in Atlanta. From parks and public spaces to nature preserves, lakes, and rivers, there are plenty of things to do outdoors in Atlanta for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Hike Stone Mountain, paddle down the Chattahoochee River, take your four-legged friend to Piedmont Park, or go for a walk on Path 400 or the Atlanta BeltLine. Whatever your taste, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do outside in Atlanta.

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Buckhead

Atlanta History Center

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Get Hype for History
Big things await you at Atlanta History Center. This 33-acre attraction features award-winning exhibitions including the re-imagined Cyclorama exhibit, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House. Don’t forget to make a quick trip to the Margaret Mitchell House at the center’s Midtown campus.

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Downtown

Tabernacle

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All Together Now
Come let your full-on fandom fly at one of Atlanta’s most unique music venues. Tabernacle, a concert hall which began life as a church over a century ago, is chock-full of character and regularly features internationally known acts, all within walking distance of the rest of downtown Atlanta.

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Eastside

Zoo Atlanta

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Haven’t You Herd?
Join the migration as you travel into true-to-life habitats for elephants, giraffes, zebras, Southern white rhinos and more. You’ll also see the only giant panda twins, Ya Lun and Xi Lun, in the U.S. plus many more animal friends and other exciting exhibits. A fun-filled exploration of the animal kingdom awaits.

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Eastside

Atlanta BeltLine

Walk, Bike, Run on Atlanta BeltLine
Explore miles of Atlanta BeltLine by foot or on two wheels. Once you work up an appetite, stop in at one of the many spots 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.

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Midtown

Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Stop and Smell the Orchids
Nestled in the northern corner of Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Garden spreads its roots across more than 30 acres. Explore the lush green garden when it is lit up for special events, blooms during seasonal activities and harvests a spooky spectacle or two.

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Midtown

Atlantic Station

Treat Yourself
See a movie, concert, tennis match or a Cirque du Soleil show. Then browse major retailers and find a local boutique in this walkable, outdoor shopping haven. Pack a spare suitcase for all the goodies you will bring back from Atlantic Station.

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Downtown

Centennial Olympic Park

Embrace the Heart of Atlanta
Pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy, take a selfie with the Olympic rings, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or play on the lush green space with Downtown views in every direction. Many of Atlanta’s top attractions, restaurants and venues are only steps away.

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Downtown

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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Get Hands-On With the Love of Learning
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!

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Eastside

Dad’s Garage Theatre Company

Laugh It Off
In search of a good laugh? Look no further than award-winning Dad’s Garage improv comedy theater located just off of Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta’s Historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. With a variety of shows and a fully stocked bar, this is a can’t-miss activity for an unscripted night out.

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Midtown

Fox Theatre

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Walk the Red Carpet
Get ready to feel like a movie star when visiting Fox Theatre. Musicals, dance performances and nationally renowned acts await guests at the end of the red carpet walk. No show scheduled? You can take a tour and learn the fascinating history of this Atlanta icon.

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Eastside

Historic Oakland Cemetery

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Raise Your Spirits With History and Mystery
Historic Oakland Cemetery is alive and kicking. The infamous scenic resting place for more than 70,000 residents includes Atlanta legends such as author Margaret Mitchell, professional golfer Bobby Jones and Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson. The cemetery also frequently hosts events including Halloween tours, regular weekend tours and a Harvest Hunt.

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Downtown

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Start saving at the Hub
Satisfy your daily cravings and errands with The Hub at Peachtree Center’s coupon program! It’s as simple as downloading your selected coupons and presenting at check out.

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Eastside

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Elect to See the Impact of a Global Icon
Not every city boasts a presidential library, and we’re proud of the one our very own peanut-growing, Nobel Peace Prize-winning President Jimmy Carter built. At Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, you’ll find everything from an Oval Office replica to the gifts received during his presidency and see his impact on the world today.

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Downtown

Municipal Market Company

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Sweeten Your Visit With a Savory Snack
This urban farmers market offers everything from seafood, farm-fresh meat and produce to unique eateries serving arepas and barbecue. Pro Tip: Don’t stop after the bookstore, bakery and killer burger. While you are there, see if the market is having a culinary tour, storytelling, cooking classes or community event.

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Murals & Public Art

Marvel at Magnificent Murals
The city’s vibrant street art is on full display. Many murals come to life during annual collaborative community art events like Forward Warrior, ELEVATE and Living Walls. Artists are drawn to Atlanta to create these must-see canvases throughout the city.

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Midtown

Piedmont Park

Play in the Park
Truly experience The City in the Forest with a walk or bike ride through Piedmont Park, home to Atlanta Botanical Garden and Lake Clara Meer. Whether you are going to a festival, taking a sunset stroll or walking your pooch to the dog park, this is the place to be on a beautiful day.

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Downtown

Ray’s in the City

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Near Metro Atlanta

Six Flags Over Georgia

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Channel Your Inner Daredevil
Scream and shout through all the roller coasters you can handle 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.

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Downtown

Skyview Atlanta

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Get a Sky-high View of the City
Ride a SkyView Atlanta gondola to experience the city from 20 stories up. It’s a thrilling view during the day and a breathtaking sight at night. You’ll see everything from Stone Mountain Park to Midtown’s Georgia Tech campus.

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Downtown

State Farm Arena

Are You Ready for THIS Arena?
State Farm Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and some of the city’s hottest concerts year-round. The arena is also packed with notable eateries from B’s Cracklin BBQ to the always-lively Zac Brown’s Social Club. It truly has everything you need for a modern fan experience including Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop.

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Stone Mountain Park

Enjoy Mountains of Fun
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.

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Tiny Doors

Knock Knock, Y’all
Want to discover Atlanta’s best hangouts with a scavenger hunt? Keep an eye out for Tiny Doors ATL, the itty-bitty art installations beloved by locals. These six-inch doors guide you through ATL’s neighborhoods and attractions and reflect the city’s creative vibes. TIP: Start at the Visitor Center in Centennial Olympic Park, where three of artist Karen Anderson Singer’s imaginative doors fit within an augmented reality mural made by local Atlanta artists, Lotus Eaters Club.

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History & Heritage Things to Do

Discover historic Atlanta sights and landmarks

The beauty and intrigue of historic Atlanta sights and landmarks remind visitors of the city’s past amid a thriving urban setting. From African-American colleges and universities to the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and The King Center, Atlanta’s past is at every corner. Immerse yourself in history, from the Civil War to the Olympics and beyond, at the Atlanta History Center. Other famous landmarks in Atlanta include restaurants, shopping districts, parks, museums and historic homes, all of which make a walk through Atlanta’s history an unforgettable experience. 

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Buckhead

Atlanta History Center

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Get Hype for History
Big things await you at Atlanta History Center. This 33-acre attraction features award-winning exhibitions including the re-imagined Cyclorama exhibit, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House. Don’t forget to make a quick trip to the Margaret Mitchell House at the center’s Midtown campus.

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Downtown

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

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Live the Ultimate College Football Fan Experience
Broadcast with the ESPN College GameDay crew, browse decades of memorabilia, interact with legends and learn about your favorite Hall of Fame inductees. Once you’ve tackled that, try your luck at a field goal.

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Fernbank Museum

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Meander Through the Mesozoic
Get up close and personal with the dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This museum is an adventure for all who dare and takes travelers back in time to see giant creatures of the Mesozoic – including one that measures more than 120 feet long.

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Downtown

Tabernacle

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All Together Now
Come let your full-on fandom fly at one of Atlanta’s most unique music venues. Tabernacle, a concert hall which began life as a church over a century ago, is chock-full of character and regularly features internationally known acts, all within walking distance of the rest of downtown Atlanta.

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Midtown

Alliance Theatre

Catch a Broadway Play Before It Hits Broadway
Musicals, dramas and classical favorites light up Atlanta’s theater scene. See groundbreaking performances at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre for a perfect ending to your evening.

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Midtown

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Immerse Yourself in Award-winning Surround Sound
Whether they’re performing the classics or a soundtrack over a favorite film, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra always hits the right notes.

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Midtown

Atlantic Station

Treat Yourself
See a movie, concert, tennis match or a Cirque du Soleil show. Then browse major retailers and find a local boutique in this walkable, outdoor shopping haven. Pack a spare suitcase for all the goodies you will bring back from Atlantic Station.

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Downtown

Centennial Olympic Park

Embrace the Heart of Atlanta
Pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy, take a selfie with the Olympic rings, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or play on the lush green space with Downtown views in every direction. Many of Atlanta’s top attractions, restaurants and venues are only steps away.

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Airport

Delta Flight Museum

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Soar Through Skies
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 past eras. Take a guided tour or glide through the massive premises at Delta’s world headquarters with friends, family or a co-pilot of your choice.

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Midtown

Fox Theatre

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Walk the Red Carpet
Get ready to feel like a movie star when visiting Fox Theatre. Musicals, dance performances and nationally renowned acts await guests at the end of the red carpet walk. No show scheduled? You can take a tour and learn the fascinating history of this Atlanta icon.

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Midtown

High Museum of Art

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Mingle With the Masters
Find more than 17,000 works including 19th century art and a growing collection of contemporary pieces inside the leading art museum in the Southeast. Impress a date or bring the family for special exhibits and events plus the permanent collections at High Museum of Art.

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Eastside

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Elect to See the Impact of a Global Icon
Not every city boasts a presidential library, and we’re proud of the one our very own peanut-growing, Nobel Peace Prize-winning President Jimmy Carter built. At Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, you’ll find everything from an Oval Office replica to the gifts received during his presidency and see his impact on the world today.

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Midtown

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company

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Hear the Resounding Voice of Storytellers
Celebrate with bold artists of all cultures as they continue the rich tradition of black storytelling on stage. The shows here will leave you with a powerful message that educates, entertains and delights.

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Buckhead

Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, Simon Malls

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Be Seen in the South’s Shopping Epicenter
Enter a shopper’s paradise with high-end boutiques and department store favorites. Lenox is the destination for an upscale shopping experience with all the brands you love. Phipps is home to Nordstrom and many luxury retailers plus one of Atlanta’s go-to movie theaters and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

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Michael C. Carlos Museum

Bond with Mummy
Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum houses permanent collections ranging from Egyptian artifacts to one of the earliest bathtubs in existence. World-renowned traveling exhibits mesmerize your inner history buff.

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Downtown

Municipal Market Company

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Sweeten Your Visit With a Savory Snack
This urban farmers market offers everything from seafood, farm-fresh meat and produce to unique eateries serving arepas and barbecue. Pro Tip: Don’t stop after the bookstore, bakery and killer burger. While you are there, see if the market is having a culinary tour, storytelling, cooking classes or community event.

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Midtown

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Delight in the Celebration of All Things Design
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) creates engaging exhibits of architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. See the impact of design on your everyday life with MODA’s range of programs and lectures for all ages.

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Airport

Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

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Peel Out in a Porsche
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. Once you feel the power from the driver’s seat, be sure to refuel with fine dining at Restaurant 356.

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Downtown

Ray’s in the City

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2022 Ray’s in the City 10% off discount!
Receive 10% off your food and non-alcoholic beverages. Call for reservations. 404-524-9224. Mention ACVB Savings in the City discount.

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Downtown

Skyview Atlanta

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Get a Sky-high View of the City
Ride a SkyView Atlanta gondola to experience the city from 20 stories up. It’s a thrilling view during the day and a breathtaking sight at night. You’ll see everything from Stone Mountain Park to Midtown’s Georgia Tech campus.

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Downtown

State Farm Arena

Are You Ready for THIS Arena?
State Farm Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and some of the city’s hottest concerts year-round. The arena is also packed with notable eateries from B’s Cracklin BBQ to the always-lively Zac Brown’s Social Club. It truly has everything you need for a modern fan experience including Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop.

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Downtown

STATS Brewpub

Restaurant Row Discount
15% OFF AT ANY RESTAURANT ROW RESTAURANT Alcohol not included. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with any other offer. One coupon per table. Dine in only. Mention ACVB15 at restaurant.

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Stone Mountain Park

Enjoy Mountains of Fun
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.

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Downtown

World of Coca-Cola

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Search for the Secret Formula
Experience the history of the world’s most famous soft drink. Walk through fascinating exhibits at World of Coca-Cola, get nostalgic looking at classic ads and see a replica of the bottling process. Get a peek at the vault containing the secret formula and tempt your taste buds with a sample of different Coca-Cola beverages from around the globe in the tasting room.

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50 Fun Things to Do by Neighborhood

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If you want to stick close to a certain part of town, or if you’re looking for reasons to explore that new neighborhood, we have all the info you need. Look below for our 50 Fun Things to See and Do in Atlanta, all sorted by neighborhood.

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Downtown Atlanta Things to Do

Downtown Atlanta is filled with fun things to do

Downtown Atlanta is filled with amazing experiences for families, friends and fans. Start with this list of can’t-miss things to do in  Downtown Atlanta including major attractions, delicious dining, arts and culture, and, of course, sporting events. Many of these attractions are located within walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, where you’ll also find the Atlanta Visitor Information Center and its colorful new mural as well as three Tiny Doors.

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Downtown

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

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Live the Ultimate College Football Fan Experience
Broadcast with the ESPN College GameDay crew, browse decades of memorabilia, interact with legends and learn about your favorite Hall of Fame inductees. Once you’ve tackled that, try your luck at a field goal.

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Downtown

Georgia Aquarium

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Journey Under the Sea
Georgia Aquarium is something you should “sea” to believe. Stare in awe at the sheer variety of marine life on display, peek at puffins and penguins or feed the dolphins after their spectacular show. Don’t miss the opportunity to check swimming with whale sharks off your bucket list.

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Downtown

Tabernacle

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All Together Now
Come let your full-on fandom fly at one of Atlanta’s most unique music venues. Tabernacle, a concert hall which began life as a church over a century ago, is chock-full of character and regularly features internationally known acts, all within walking distance of the rest of downtown Atlanta.

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Downtown

Atlanta Food Walks

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10% off Unexpected Atlanta Tours & Stories
Use codeACVB10 when booking a tour directly through our website

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Downtown

Centennial Olympic Park

Embrace the Heart of Atlanta
Pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy, take a selfie with the Olympic rings, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or play on the lush green space with Downtown views in every direction. Many of Atlanta’s top attractions, restaurants and venues are only steps away.

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Downtown

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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Get Hands-On With the Love of Learning
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!

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Downtown

Hub at Peachtree Center, The

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Start saving at the Hub
Satisfy your daily cravings and errands with The Hub at Peachtree Center’s coupon program! It’s as simple as downloading your selected coupons and presenting at check out.

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Downtown

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

Walk in the Footsteps of Civil Rights Icons
Visit the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and see where he preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Explore his legacy at The King Center established by Coretta Scott King as well as their final resting place. See Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize and the key to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

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Downtown

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

See Superstars at a Stellar Stadium
Score some of the best seats in town for an Atlanta Falcons (NFL) game, Atlanta United FC (MLS) soccer match or a high-energy concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Check out the daily tours to see amazing artwork and behind-the-scenes areas rarely open to the public. Connect with the community for yoga, art and other events at The Home Depot Backyard.

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Downtown

Morrison Magic Inc. (formerly Atlanta Magic Theater)

Expect an Evening of Elegant Illusion
Hilarity and magic blend together to create an outstanding evening with tons of audience involvement. Peter Morrison’s performance delights and amazes everyone, so play your cards right and see this marvel of a show.

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Downtown

Municipal Market Company

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Sweeten Your Visit With a Savory Snack
This urban farmers market offers everything from seafood, farm-fresh meat and produce to unique eateries serving arepas and barbecue. Pro Tip: Don’t stop after the bookstore, bakery and killer burger. While you are there, see if the market is having a culinary tour, storytelling, cooking classes or community event.

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Downtown

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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Be Inspired by Heroes Past and Present
Connect the American civil rights movement to current human rights issues through moving, experiential exhibits at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Interact with history to understand your role in the dream and the future.

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Downtown

Ray’s in the City

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2022 Ray’s in the City 10% off discount!
Receive 10% off your food and non-alcoholic beverages. Call for reservations. 404-524-9224. Mention ACVB Savings in the City discount.

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Downtown

Skyview Atlanta

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Get a Sky-high View of the City
Ride a SkyView Atlanta gondola to experience the city from 20 stories up. It’s a thrilling view during the day and a breathtaking sight at night. You’ll see everything from Stone Mountain Park to Midtown’s Georgia Tech campus.

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Downtown

State Farm Arena

Are You Ready for THIS Arena?
State Farm Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and some of the city’s hottest concerts year-round. The arena is also packed with notable eateries from B’s Cracklin BBQ to the always-lively Zac Brown’s Social Club. It truly has everything you need for a modern fan experience including Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop.

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Downtown

STATS Brewpub

Restaurant Row Discount
15% OFF AT ANY RESTAURANT ROW RESTAURANT Alcohol not included. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with any other offer. One coupon per table. Dine in only. Mention ACVB15 at restaurant.

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Downtown

World of Coca-Cola

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Search for the Secret Formula
Experience the history of the world’s most famous soft drink. Walk through fascinating exhibits at World of Coca-Cola, get nostalgic looking at classic ads and see a replica of the bottling process. Get a peek at the vault containing the secret formula and tempt your taste buds with a sample of different Coca-Cola beverages from around the globe in the tasting room.

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Buckhead Atlanta Things to Do

Explore legendary shopping, dining and nightlife

Buckhead is a destination for the chic and savvy and one of the must-visit places in Atlanta. From legendary shopping and decadent dining to historic landmarks and engaging art galleries, there are plenty of fun things to do in Buckhead Atlanta any time of the year.

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Buckhead

Atlanta History Center

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Get Hype for History
Big things await you at Atlanta History Center. This 33-acre attraction features award-winning exhibitions including the re-imagined Cyclorama exhibit, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House. Don’t forget to make a quick trip to the Margaret Mitchell House at the center’s Midtown campus.

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Buckhead

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

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Build, Play and Discover
In the heart of Buckhead at Phipps Plaza, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is an attraction that will delight both kids and their companions. Rides, a 4D movie experience, themed play areas and the world’s biggest box of LEGO bricks offer hours of fun.

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Buckhead

Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, Simon Malls

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Be Seen in the South’s Shopping Epicenter
Enter a shopper’s paradise with high-end boutiques and department store favorites. Lenox is the destination for an upscale shopping experience with all the brands you love. Phipps is home to Nordstrom and many luxury retailers plus one of Atlanta’s go-to movie theaters and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

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Buckhead

Louisiana Bistreaux

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10% off Food
10% off Food. Good at Buckhead location only. Valid through 12/30/22.

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Buckhead

Path 400

A Getaway Above the Fray
Get off the beaten path and onto Buckhead’s favorite outdoor trail. Enjoy vistas along the greenway while you take in this urban oasis. You’ll quickly fall in love with this peaceful path above one of the most well traveled roads in ATL.

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Want to get out and have a great time without putting a big dent in your wallet? Check out these fun, free and cheap things to do in Atlanta. From national landmarks like the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to all-you-need-is-a-camera murals and public art sightseeing, Atlanta is full of entertainment that will help you stay within your budget without sacrificing all the fun. Explore more great deals and discounts on attractions and things to do in Atlanta.

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Downtown

Tabernacle

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All Together Now
Come let your full-on fandom fly at one of Atlanta’s most unique music venues. Tabernacle, a concert hall which began life as a church over a century ago, is chock-full of character and regularly features internationally known acts, all within walking distance of the rest of downtown Atlanta.

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Eastside

Atlanta BeltLine

Walk, Bike, Run on Atlanta BeltLine
Explore miles of Atlanta BeltLine by foot or on two wheels. Once you work up an appetite, stop in at one of the many spots 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.

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Midtown

Atlantic Station

Treat Yourself
See a movie, concert, tennis match or a Cirque du Soleil show. Then browse major retailers and find a local boutique in this walkable, outdoor shopping haven. Pack a spare suitcase for all the goodies you will bring back from Atlantic Station.

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Downtown

Centennial Olympic Park

Embrace the Heart of Atlanta
Pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy, take a selfie with the Olympic rings, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or play on the lush green space with Downtown views in every direction. Many of Atlanta’s top attractions, restaurants and venues are only steps away.

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Eastside

Historic Oakland Cemetery

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Raise Your Spirits With History and Mystery
Historic Oakland Cemetery is alive and kicking. The infamous scenic resting place for more than 70,000 residents includes Atlanta legends such as author Margaret Mitchell, professional golfer Bobby Jones and Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson. The cemetery also frequently hosts events including Halloween tours, regular weekend tours and a Harvest Hunt.

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Eastside

Krog Street Market

Hang Out in a Hubbub-filled Food Hall
If variety is the spice of life, then Krog Street Market is on fire. A bustling hub of authentic eats built into a 1920s warehouse space, this market has everything the stomach could crave. You can find tapas, burgers, Paleo fare – and don’t forget the thirst-quenching beverage selection. While food and drink may be the highlight, don’t miss flowers and gifts galore and the famous Krog Street Tunnel just down the BeltLine.

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Downtown

Municipal Market Company

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Sweeten Your Visit With a Savory Snack
This urban farmers market offers everything from seafood, farm-fresh meat and produce to unique eateries serving arepas and barbecue. Pro Tip: Don’t stop after the bookstore, bakery and killer burger. While you are there, see if the market is having a culinary tour, storytelling, cooking classes or community event.

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Murals & Public Art

Marvel at Magnificent Murals
The city’s vibrant street art is on full display. Many murals come to life during annual collaborative community art events like Forward Warrior, ELEVATE and Living Walls. Artists are drawn to Atlanta to create these must-see canvases throughout the city.

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Midtown

Piedmont Park

Play in the Park
Truly experience The City in the Forest with a walk or bike ride through Piedmont Park, home to Atlanta Botanical Garden and Lake Clara Meer. Whether you are going to a festival, taking a sunset stroll or walking your pooch to the dog park, this is the place to be on a beautiful day.

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Eastside

Ponce City Market

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Savor the Flavor of Atlanta
Take the trail to Ponce City Market, home to a number of famous chef-owned restaurants, quick service fare and a mixture of both national and local retail options. Head up to The Roof at Ponce City Market, one of the best rooftops and most romantic views in Atlanta, for classic carnival amusements, miniature golf and a giant slide at Skyline Park. If you need provisions while you’re up there, fill ‘er up at Nine Mile Station and RFD social.

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Downtown

Ray’s in the City

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2022 Ray’s in the City 10% off discount!
Receive 10% off your food and non-alcoholic beverages. Call for reservations. 404-524-9224. Mention ACVB Savings in the City discount.

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Tiny Doors

Knock Knock, Y’all
Want to discover Atlanta’s best hangouts with a scavenger hunt? Keep an eye out for Tiny Doors ATL, the itty-bitty art installations beloved by locals. These six-inch doors guide you through ATL’s neighborhoods and attractions and reflect the city’s creative vibes. TIP: Start at the Visitor Center in Centennial Olympic Park, where three of artist Karen Anderson Singer’s imaginative doors fit within an augmented reality mural made by local Atlanta artists, Lotus Eaters Club.

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