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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.

Alliance Theatre

Catch A Broadway Play Before It Hits Broadway

A Regional Theatre Tony Award Winner and leading producing theater in the Southeast, this is where hearts and minds expand on and off stage. Deeply community-rooted, Alliance Theatre offers productions for all ages.

Midtown

Atlanta Beltline

The BeltLine is Devine

This 22-mile trail loops the city, connecting neighborhoods and showcasing why Atlanta is “The City in the Forest.” With everchanging artwork, unique shops, lively bars and restaurants, the BeltLine is the best way to explore the city on foot, on wheels or with your furry friends.

Eastside

Atlanta Botanical Garden

A Day Of Re-Leaf

Enjoy 30 acres of stunning gardens and spectacular exhibits at this year-round family attraction. Learn more about the 25-foot tall Earth Goddess sculpture with flowing locks and a waterfall cascading from her hand. Every season, the ever-growing garden offers events on the lawn for visitors to experience.

Midtown

Atlanta History Center

Your Very Own Time Machine

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy one of the Southeast’s largest history museums. This 33-acre attraction in Buckhead features the re-imagined Cyclorama exhibit, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House, which served as a backdrop for the Hunger Games movies.

Buckhead

Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalk

Walk the Rainbow

At the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, the Rainbow Crosswalk symbolizes Atlanta’s acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. These rainbow stripes were added to the neighborhood during an Atlanta Pride Festival, which makes its home in Midtown, where y’all means all.

Midtown

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Concerts and Crescendos

Pick your seat to hear the sounds of Atlanta’s Grammy Award-winning orchestra. Watch iconic movies while the Atlanta Symphony performs the score live. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hits the right notes with the magic of the classics, concerts and engaging events.

Midtown

Buckhead Village District

Savoring Luxury

An eclectic corner in one of Atlanta’s busiest communities, this district offers a charming and stylish haven to relax among cobblestone streets and outdoor communal spaces. Sip on coffee or champagne, eat an exquisite meal and shop for unique gifts along Buckhead’s Peachtree Corridor.

Buckhead

Center For Puppetry Arts

Who’s Pulling the Strings

The art form of puppetry takes a special place in Atlanta. Catch a performance or pay Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy a visit at the interactive museum. Learn about the influential legacy of Jim Henson, and reconnect with your childhood, making your puppetry dreams come true.

Midtown

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get Your Nature On

Zipline across a beaver pond, get up close and personal with hundreds of butterflies, take a hike or enjoy a concert by the river. There are infinite opportunities for fun with nature in the forest, on the river or in the wetlands. Paddle your way into wild memories here.

Nearby Attractions

Chattahoochee River

A Totally Tubular Time

This 48-mile river is one of Atlanta’s finest outdoor destinations just fewer than 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. With spectacular scenic river front views, the Chattahoochee River is also a place for cliff jumping, paddleboarding, rafting and fishing. Take a break from the water to enjoy a riverside picnic or hike along the trail.

Nearby Attractions

Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall Of Fame

You’ll Get a Kick Out of This

With a 45-yard indoor football field, this is the place to kick it. Browse decades of memorabilia, learn about Hall of Fame football legends and interact with more than 50 state-of-the-art technology exhibits.

Downtown

Children’s Museum Of Atlanta

Are You Kidding? This is Awesome!

Kids and families love all the playful possibilities in this world of discovery. Climb through the layers of the Earth, enter a magical forest, build giant sandcastles, deliver food from farm to table, then release your inner artist — all before story time.

Downtown

David J. Sencer CDC Museum

Unravel the Sequence of Mystery Diseases

Wonder at the complexity of tools CDC scientists used to study, eradicate and solve mystery diseases. Interactive exhibits allow guests to get the story behind CDC’s pioneering work, historic efforts and neverending quest for public health.

Eastside

Delta Flight Museum

We Love the Way They Fly

Housed in two original maintenance hangars from the 1940s, Delta Flight Museum traces Delta’s history and development of commercial aviation. Take part in a guided tour to see exhibits, experience simulator technology and behold massive planes like a 747 up close.

Westside

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Make Money Moves

The money machine exhibit consists of historical artifacts revealing the compelling. From barter to dollars and cents, this exhibit highlights the tumultuous past of banking in America. Interactive exhibitions include cash-processing operations and examples of rare coins and currency.

Midtown

Fernbank Museum Of Natural History

A Dinomite World

Nothing says adventure more than dinosaurs, nature trails in a forest and a four-story movie screen. The immense science and nature museum has outdoor adventures and three stories of exhibitions. Daytime is a blast for the family, grownups socialize after hours.

Eastside

Fox Theatre

Stars in Your Eyes

With stunning gold leaf details, Egyptian architecture and a gorgeous starry-sky, the Fox Theatre is a piece of art on its own. The ornately designed venue hosts top performances and events, including Broadway shows and movies. Whether you visit for a show or a tour, keep an eye out for the famed ghosts.

Midtown

Georgia Aquarium

Sea It To Believe It

With more than 11 million gallons of water, 10s of thousands of animals and 500 species in more than 60 habitats, it’s the largest in the U.S. Whether you check out SHARKS! Predators of the Deep exhibit, take a peek at a puffin or grab a gift from the gallery, there’s so much to dive into.

Downtown

High Museum Of Art

Where It’s Always Art O’Clock

The Southeast’s top art museum brings blockbuster art exhibitions to Atlanta by collaborating with world-renowned museums such as The Louvre and MOMA. Find artists from the American South and an exceptional collection of civil rights photography. The High has an annual line-up of fun special events to suit any audience.

Midtown

Historic Cemeteries

Here Lies History

This is where Atlanta’s history lives. Get your ghoul on at ghost and goblin themed events at Oakland Cemetery or take in views that are to die for at the Westview Cemetery.

Eastside

Historic Gems

Connect With Culture and Community

Get a glimpse of historic richness. 44th & 3rd Bookseller sits in the heart of Atlanta’s West End with books by authors from the African diaspora. The Hammonds House Museum features a 250-piece art collection focused on artists of African descent. The Wren’s Nest is the historic home of notable journalist Joel Chandler Harris with the tradition of oral storytelling at its core.

Westside

Illuminarium

Multi-Sensory Storytelling

Fall down the rabbit hole of immersive experiences at Illuminarium. The Waking Wonderland and Space exhibits engage the senses with 4k interactive projection, 360-degree audio, in-floor vibration and scent systems.

Eastside

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Be Official in the Oval Office

Be the president for a day. Walk through a full-scale replica of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s White House Oval Office. Finish off your “term” by viewing the Nobel Peace Prize and walking in the gorgeous gardens.

Eastside

Lenox Square And Phipps Plaza

Get a Degree in Retail Therapy

Luxury shopping lives at the intersection of Peachtree and Lenox Roads in Buckhead. Fashionistas and foodies find the 350+ iconic brands at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza extraordinary. Lenox houses Nike and Apple flagships and Phipps features Nobu, a culinary market and green space for gathering.

Buckhead

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Live the Dream of a Civil Rights Icon

Honor the work and life of civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this historic landmark. Leave feeling inspired after remembering notable moments while visiting King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center, established by Coretta Scott King.

Eastside

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

This Place is Fan-Tastic

Home to Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC and high-energy concerts, there is always something to enjoy here. With the world’s largest 58-foot-tall HD video board and first-of-its kind retractable roof, fans get an exclusive all-senses experience.

Downtown

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Mummies and Marvels

Spend the day a world away where true treasures rest. Get wrapped up in the marvelous mummy exhibit or check out ancient artifacts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, Africa and Americas.

Eastside

Millennium Gate

Arch You Glad You Stopped Here?

This classically styled 100-foot tall arch represents Atlanta’s historical name, “The Gate City.” The impressive work by artist Alexander Stoddart preserves Georgia history, art, culture and philanthropic heritage. Stop in The Millennium Gate Museum or take a stroll through the park.

Westside

Murals & Public Art

Picture Perfect

Vibrant, diverse street art and murals tell stories of Atlanta’s creative communities. Whether you’re moving through Midtown or cruising through Cabbagetown, you’re bound to see these incredible works of art by local and international artists all over the city.

Downtown

Museum Of Design Atlanta

Imagine Art and Images of Inspiration

MODA is a creative force that is home to some of Atlanta’s most unconventional exhibits. You can see and celebrate the impact of design on everyday life with exhibitions on climate change, architecture, espresso, fashion and so much more.

Midtown

National Center For Civil And Human Rights

Connect With Heroes Past and Present

Journey back to 1960 and feel the intensity of a lunch counter sit-in. Learn about and walk through pivotal moments in history. The center is an evolving attraction that connects the American civil rights movement to today’s global human rights movement.

Downtown

Path 400

Get on the Greenway

A step off the beaten path, this popular Buckhead trail is all the buzz as it connects to parks, walking trails, a bee habitat and neighborhoods. Ultimately leading to the BeltLine, PATH400 will have you feeling like a local.

Buckhead

Plaza Fiesta

Bienvenidos! No Passport Needed

Celebrate Latin culture on diverse Buford Highway. At Plaza Fiesta you can eat churros, get handcrafted imported art and buy a quinceanera dress. The vibrant plaza hosts free events year-round where everyone is welcome.

Nearby Attractions

Plaza Theatre

Catch an Indie Film

With a unique, intact old-school charm, this is not your average movie theater. Open since 1939, Plaza Theatre is a neighborhood favorite and Atlanta’s oldest operating cinema. Catch independent, foreign, art house films, hard to find documentaries and quirky programming.

Eastside

Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

Satisfy Your Need for Speed

Experience a $200K ride as you drive and drift away in a Porsche. This experience center allows you to test your driving skills then lose your stomach on the launch pad. Finish your ride by taking in the Heritage Gallery then grabbing a bite with a view of flights.

Westside

Skyview Atlanta

Sky-High Views You Can’t Resist

The view from this 20-story Ferris wheel is truly a must-see. Ride in style with a VIP experience that includes a glass floor, champagne and a perfect photo op. The climate-controlled gondolas provide a cool ride to catch the sunset or late-night views.

Downtown

Starlight Drive-In

Drivin’ Back in Time

Lights, camera, action! This multiple-screen drive in theater provides a unique movie experience. Tucked away in a scenic location right outside of Atlanta, this theater has maintained its ode to greenery and classic art-deco style since opening in 1949.

Eastside

State Farm Arena

A Shot You Won’t Want To Miss

Home to the Atlanta Hawks, State Farm Arena recently underwent the second-largest renovation in NBA history adding features including the largest sightlines from 360-degree concourses providing ample views. New venue entertainment options include Topgolf Swing Suites, Zac Brown’s Social Club and Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop for a modern fan experience.

Downtown

Stone Mountain Park

This Rock Will Knock Your Socks Off

Spread across 3,200 beautiful acres, this 300-million-year old rock is Georgia’s most-visited attraction – and for good reason. Trek through the treetops on SkyHike, hike up the mountain for a scenic view or take a relaxing trip to the top with Summit Skyride year-round.

Nearby Attractions

Sweet Auburn Avenue

A Walk Through History

The Sweet Auburn District is steeped in history, hip bars, street art and eateries. Iconic locations like the Auburn Avenue Research Library, Municipal Market and historic churches fill the area, along with must-visit stores such as For Keeps, a Black-owned bookstore.

Downtown

The Roof At PCM

Level Up

Your Atlanta experience will rise to new heights atop the iconic Ponce City Market. Vintage amusements, games, food and drinks with unparalleled views live here. Adjacent venues offer delicious bites and cocktails to enjoy with the view.

Eastside

The Spectacular At Centennial Olympic Park

The Spectacular is Spectacular

The park’s Olympic rings, known as The Spectacular, pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy. The large sculpture sits at the east entrance of Centennial Olympic Park, just steps away from many of Atlanta’s attractions. While you’re there, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or snap an Instagram-worthy photo.

Downtown

Tiny Doors

A-Door-Able Artwork

Tiny works of art along Atlanta BeltLine inspire viewers to unlock their imaginations. Start a scavenger hunt at the visitor center in Centennial Olympic Park where you’ll find three of the 20+ seven-inch doors along with augmented reality murals made by local ATL artists.

Eastside

Trap Music Museum

Do It for the Culture

You can’t come to Atlanta without finding out why it’s the Hip Hop Capital. This culture-centric museum is loaded with memorabilia, art and rooms where guests can experience hip hop culture at its finest. If the museum isn’t enough, embark on the interactive escape room experience.

Westside

Truist Park At The Battery Atlanta

Slide Into the Battery

This multipurpose development houses hotels, green space and the Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre – just steps from Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park. It offers restaurants, bars and shops, making it the perfect outing even on non-game days. Come for baseball, stay for unmatched entertainment.

Nearby Attractions

Videodrome

Cliques and Flicks

Take a stroll down memory lane at Atlanta’s last video store. Just being there brings you back in time. The beloved film oasis puts streaming services to shame offering more than 40,000 titles and stocking anything from indie to obscure and cult international films.

Eastside

Wax’N’Facts, Criminal Records, Moods Music

Notes of Nostalgia

In one of Atlanta’s hippest areas, Little Five Points, music is a mainstay. Move to your own beat as you dig through vintage vinyl at the record store. All within walking distance of each other, you’ll leave Wax n Facts, Criminal Records and Moods Music on a good note.

Eastside

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

Where History and Culture Meet

The Breman offers understanding and appreciation of Jewish history culture and arts. It hosts a permanent Holocaust exhibition highlighting the resilience of local Georgia survivors plus comprehensive archives on Southern Jewish History, and much more.

Eastside

World Of Coca-Cola

This Place Is Soda Kinda Awesome

Sip on the history of the world’s most famous soft drink, experience Taste It! tasting room with 100 flavors, learn about the anatomy of smell at Scent Discovery or watch the bottling process. The secret formula vault and photo op with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear are fan favorites.

Downtown

Zoo Atlanta

Haven’t You Herd?

Home to more than 1,000 animals and 200 species from around the world, this is one of the 10 oldest zoos in operation in the U.S. Here you’ll find elephants, giraffes, zebras and the only giant panda twins in the U.S. It’s a yearround animal kingdom exploration that’s fun for all.

Eastside

Alliance Theatre

Catch A Broadway Play Before It Hits Broadway

A Regional Theatre Tony Award Winner and leading producing theater in the Southeast, this is where hearts and minds expand on and off stage. Deeply community-rooted, Alliance Theatre offers productions for all ages.

Midtown

Atlanta Beltline

The BeltLine is Devine

This 22-mile trail loops the city, connecting neighborhoods and showcasing why Atlanta is “The City in the Forest.” With everchanging artwork, unique shops, lively bars and restaurants, the BeltLine is the best way to explore the city on foot, on wheels or with your furry friends.

Eastside

Atlanta Botanical Garden

A Day Of Re-Leaf

Enjoy 30 acres of stunning gardens and spectacular exhibits at this year-round family attraction. Learn more about the 25-foot tall Earth Goddess sculpture with flowing locks and a waterfall cascading from her hand. Every season, the ever-growing garden offers events on the lawn for visitors to experience.

Midtown

Atlanta History Center

Your Very Own Time Machine

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy one of the Southeast’s largest history museums. This 33-acre attraction in Buckhead features the re-imagined Cyclorama exhibit, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House, which served as a backdrop for the Hunger Games movies.

Buckhead

Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalk

Walk the Rainbow

At the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, the Rainbow Crosswalk symbolizes Atlanta’s acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. These rainbow stripes were added to the neighborhood during an Atlanta Pride Festival, which makes its home in Midtown, where y’all means all.

Midtown

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Concerts and Crescendos

Pick your seat to hear the sounds of Atlanta’s Grammy Award-winning orchestra. Watch iconic movies while the Atlanta Symphony performs the score live. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hits the right notes with the magic of the classics, concerts and engaging events.

Midtown

Buckhead Village District

Savoring Luxury

An eclectic corner in one of Atlanta’s busiest communities, this district offers a charming and stylish haven to relax among cobblestone streets and outdoor communal spaces. Sip on coffee or champagne, eat an exquisite meal and shop for unique gifts along Buckhead’s Peachtree Corridor.

Buckhead

Center For Puppetry Arts

Who’s Pulling the Strings

The art form of puppetry takes a special place in Atlanta. Catch a performance or pay Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy a visit at the interactive museum. Learn about the influential legacy of Jim Henson, and reconnect with your childhood, making your puppetry dreams come true.

Midtown

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get Your Nature On

Zipline across a beaver pond, get up close and personal with hundreds of butterflies, take a hike or enjoy a concert by the river. There are infinite opportunities for fun with nature in the forest, on the river or in the wetlands. Paddle your way into wild memories here.

Nearby Attractions

Chattahoochee River

A Totally Tubular Time

This 48-mile river is one of Atlanta’s finest outdoor destinations just fewer than 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. With spectacular scenic river front views, the Chattahoochee River is also a place for cliff jumping, paddleboarding, rafting and fishing. Take a break from the water to enjoy a riverside picnic or hike along the trail.

Nearby Attractions

Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall Of Fame

You’ll Get a Kick Out of This

With a 45-yard indoor football field, this is the place to kick it. Browse decades of memorabilia, learn about Hall of Fame football legends and interact with more than 50 state-of-the-art technology exhibits.

Downtown

Children’s Museum Of Atlanta

Are You Kidding? This is Awesome!

Kids and families love all the playful possibilities in this world of discovery. Climb through the layers of the Earth, enter a magical forest, build giant sandcastles, deliver food from farm to table, then release your inner artist — all before story time.

Downtown

David J. Sencer CDC Museum

Unravel the Sequence of Mystery Diseases

Wonder at the complexity of tools CDC scientists used to study, eradicate and solve mystery diseases. Interactive exhibits allow guests to get the story behind CDC’s pioneering work, historic efforts and neverending quest for public health.

Eastside

Delta Flight Museum

We Love the Way They Fly

Housed in two original maintenance hangars from the 1940s, Delta Flight Museum traces Delta’s history and development of commercial aviation. Take part in a guided tour to see exhibits, experience simulator technology and behold massive planes like a 747 up close.

Westside

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Make Money Moves

The money machine exhibit consists of historical artifacts revealing the compelling. From barter to dollars and cents, this exhibit highlights the tumultuous past of banking in America. Interactive exhibitions include cash-processing operations and examples of rare coins and currency.

Midtown

Fernbank Museum Of Natural History

A Dinomite World

Nothing says adventure more than dinosaurs, nature trails in a forest and a four-story movie screen. The immense science and nature museum has outdoor adventures and three stories of exhibitions. Daytime is a blast for the family, grownups socialize after hours.

Eastside

Fox Theatre

Stars in Your Eyes

With stunning gold leaf details, Egyptian architecture and a gorgeous starry-sky, the Fox Theatre is a piece of art on its own. The ornately designed venue hosts top performances and events, including Broadway shows and movies. Whether you visit for a show or a tour, keep an eye out for the famed ghosts.

Midtown

Georgia Aquarium

Sea It To Believe It

With more than 11 million gallons of water, 10s of thousands of animals and 500 species in more than 60 habitats, it’s the largest in the U.S. Whether you check out SHARKS! Predators of the Deep exhibit, take a peek at a puffin or grab a gift from the gallery, there’s so much to dive into.

Downtown

High Museum Of Art

Where It’s Always Art O’Clock

The Southeast’s top art museum brings blockbuster art exhibitions to Atlanta by collaborating with world-renowned museums such as The Louvre and MOMA. Find artists from the American South and an exceptional collection of civil rights photography. The High has an annual line-up of fun special events to suit any audience.

Midtown

Historic Cemeteries

Here Lies History

This is where Atlanta’s history lives. Get your ghoul on at ghost and goblin themed events at Oakland Cemetery or take in views that are to die for at the Westview Cemetery.

Eastside

Historic Gems

Connect With Culture and Community

Get a glimpse of historic richness. 44th & 3rd Bookseller sits in the heart of Atlanta’s West End with books by authors from the African diaspora. The Hammonds House Museum features a 250-piece art collection focused on artists of African descent. The Wren’s Nest is the historic home of notable journalist Joel Chandler Harris with the tradition of oral storytelling at its core.

Westside

Illuminarium

Multi-Sensory Storytelling

Fall down the rabbit hole of immersive experiences at Illuminarium. The Waking Wonderland and Space exhibits engage the senses with 4k interactive projection, 360-degree audio, in-floor vibration and scent systems.

Eastside

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Be Official in the Oval Office

Be the president for a day. Walk through a full-scale replica of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s White House Oval Office. Finish off your “term” by viewing the Nobel Peace Prize and walking in the gorgeous gardens.

Eastside

Lenox Square And Phipps Plaza

Get a Degree in Retail Therapy

Luxury shopping lives at the intersection of Peachtree and Lenox Roads in Buckhead. Fashionistas and foodies find the 350+ iconic brands at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza extraordinary. Lenox houses Nike and Apple flagships and Phipps features Nobu, a culinary market and green space for gathering.

Buckhead

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Live the Dream of a Civil Rights Icon

Honor the work and life of civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this historic landmark. Leave feeling inspired after remembering notable moments while visiting King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center, established by Coretta Scott King.

Eastside

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

This Place is Fan-Tastic

Home to Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC and high-energy concerts, there is always something to enjoy here. With the world’s largest 58-foot-tall HD video board and first-of-its kind retractable roof, fans get an exclusive all-senses experience.

Downtown

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Mummies and Marvels

Spend the day a world away where true treasures rest. Get wrapped up in the marvelous mummy exhibit or check out ancient artifacts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, Africa and Americas.

Eastside

Millennium Gate

Arch You Glad You Stopped Here?

This classically styled 100-foot tall arch represents Atlanta’s historical name, “The Gate City.” The impressive work by artist Alexander Stoddart preserves Georgia history, art, culture and philanthropic heritage. Stop in The Millennium Gate Museum or take a stroll through the park.

Westside

Murals & Public Art

Picture Perfect

Vibrant, diverse street art and murals tell stories of Atlanta’s creative communities. Whether you’re moving through Midtown or cruising through Cabbagetown, you’re bound to see these incredible works of art by local and international artists all over the city.

Downtown

Museum Of Design Atlanta

Imagine Art and Images of Inspiration

MODA is a creative force that is home to some of Atlanta’s most unconventional exhibits. You can see and celebrate the impact of design on everyday life with exhibitions on climate change, architecture, espresso, fashion and so much more.

Midtown

National Center For Civil And Human Rights

Connect With Heroes Past and Present

Journey back to 1960 and feel the intensity of a lunch counter sit-in. Learn about and walk through pivotal moments in history. The center is an evolving attraction that connects the American civil rights movement to today’s global human rights movement.

Downtown

Path 400

Get on the Greenway

A step off the beaten path, this popular Buckhead trail is all the buzz as it connects to parks, walking trails, a bee habitat and neighborhoods. Ultimately leading to the BeltLine, PATH400 will have you feeling like a local.

Buckhead

Plaza Fiesta

Bienvenidos! No Passport Needed

Celebrate Latin culture on diverse Buford Highway. At Plaza Fiesta you can eat churros, get handcrafted imported art and buy a quinceanera dress. The vibrant plaza hosts free events year-round where everyone is welcome.

Nearby Attractions

Plaza Theatre

Catch an Indie Film

With a unique, intact old-school charm, this is not your average movie theater. Open since 1939, Plaza Theatre is a neighborhood favorite and Atlanta’s oldest operating cinema. Catch independent, foreign, art house films, hard to find documentaries and quirky programming.

Eastside

Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

Satisfy Your Need for Speed

Experience a $200K ride as you drive and drift away in a Porsche. This experience center allows you to test your driving skills then lose your stomach on the launch pad. Finish your ride by taking in the Heritage Gallery then grabbing a bite with a view of flights.

Westside

Skyview Atlanta

Sky-High Views You Can’t Resist

The view from this 20-story Ferris wheel is truly a must-see. Ride in style with a VIP experience that includes a glass floor, champagne and a perfect photo op. The climate-controlled gondolas provide a cool ride to catch the sunset or late-night views.

Downtown

Starlight Drive-In

Drivin’ Back in Time

Lights, camera, action! This multiple-screen drive in theater provides a unique movie experience. Tucked away in a scenic location right outside of Atlanta, this theater has maintained its ode to greenery and classic art-deco style since opening in 1949.

Eastside

State Farm Arena

A Shot You Won’t Want To Miss

Home to the Atlanta Hawks, State Farm Arena recently underwent the second-largest renovation in NBA history adding features including the largest sightlines from 360-degree concourses providing ample views. New venue entertainment options include Topgolf Swing Suites, Zac Brown’s Social Club and Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop for a modern fan experience.

Downtown

Stone Mountain Park

This Rock Will Knock Your Socks Off

Spread across 3,200 beautiful acres, this 300-million-year old rock is Georgia’s most-visited attraction – and for good reason. Trek through the treetops on SkyHike, hike up the mountain for a scenic view or take a relaxing trip to the top with Summit Skyride year-round.

Nearby Attractions

Sweet Auburn Avenue

A Walk Through History

The Sweet Auburn District is steeped in history, hip bars, street art and eateries. Iconic locations like the Auburn Avenue Research Library, Municipal Market and historic churches fill the area, along with must-visit stores such as For Keeps, a Black-owned bookstore.

Downtown

The Roof At PCM

Level Up

Your Atlanta experience will rise to new heights atop the iconic Ponce City Market. Vintage amusements, games, food and drinks with unparalleled views live here. Adjacent venues offer delicious bites and cocktails to enjoy with the view.

Eastside

The Spectacular At Centennial Olympic Park

The Spectacular is Spectacular

The park’s Olympic rings, known as The Spectacular, pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy. The large sculpture sits at the east entrance of Centennial Olympic Park, just steps away from many of Atlanta’s attractions. While you’re there, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or snap an Instagram-worthy photo.

Downtown

Tiny Doors

A-Door-Able Artwork

Tiny works of art along Atlanta BeltLine inspire viewers to unlock their imaginations. Start a scavenger hunt at the visitor center in Centennial Olympic Park where you’ll find three of the 20+ seven-inch doors along with augmented reality murals made by local ATL artists.

Eastside

Trap Music Museum

Do It for the Culture

You can’t come to Atlanta without finding out why it’s the Hip Hop Capital. This culture-centric museum is loaded with memorabilia, art and rooms where guests can experience hip hop culture at its finest. If the museum isn’t enough, embark on the interactive escape room experience.

Westside

Truist Park At The Battery Atlanta

Slide Into the Battery

This multipurpose development houses hotels, green space and the Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre – just steps from Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park. It offers restaurants, bars and shops, making it the perfect outing even on non-game days. Come for baseball, stay for unmatched entertainment.

Nearby Attractions

Videodrome

Cliques and Flicks

Take a stroll down memory lane at Atlanta’s last video store. Just being there brings you back in time. The beloved film oasis puts streaming services to shame offering more than 40,000 titles and stocking anything from indie to obscure and cult international films.

Eastside

Wax’N’Facts, Criminal Records, Moods Music

Notes of Nostalgia

In one of Atlanta’s hippest areas, Little Five Points, music is a mainstay. Move to your own beat as you dig through vintage vinyl at the record store. All within walking distance of each other, you’ll leave Wax n Facts, Criminal Records and Moods Music on a good note.

Eastside

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

Where History and Culture Meet

The Breman offers understanding and appreciation of Jewish history culture and arts. It hosts a permanent Holocaust exhibition highlighting the resilience of local Georgia survivors plus comprehensive archives on Southern Jewish History, and much more.

Eastside

World Of Coca-Cola

This Place Is Soda Kinda Awesome

Sip on the history of the world’s most famous soft drink, experience Taste It! tasting room with 100 flavors, learn about the anatomy of smell at Scent Discovery or watch the bottling process. The secret formula vault and photo op with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear are fan favorites.

Downtown

Zoo Atlanta

Haven’t You Herd?

Home to more than 1,000 animals and 200 species from around the world, this is one of the 10 oldest zoos in operation in the U.S. Here you’ll find elephants, giraffes, zebras and the only giant panda twins in the U.S. It’s a yearround animal kingdom exploration that’s fun for all.

Eastside

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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.

Alliance Theatre

Catch A Broadway Play Before It Hits Broadway

A Regional Theatre Tony Award Winner and leading producing theater in the Southeast, this is where hearts and minds expand on and off stage. Deeply community-rooted, Alliance Theatre offers productions for all ages.

Midtown

Atlanta Beltline

The BeltLine is Devine

This 22-mile trail loops the city, connecting neighborhoods and showcasing why Atlanta is “The City in the Forest.” With everchanging artwork, unique shops, lively bars and restaurants, the BeltLine is the best way to explore the city on foot, on wheels or with your furry friends.

Eastside

Atlanta Botanical Garden

A Day Of Re-Leaf

Enjoy 30 acres of stunning gardens and spectacular exhibits at this year-round family attraction. Learn more about the 25-foot tall Earth Goddess sculpture with flowing locks and a waterfall cascading from her hand. Every season, the ever-growing garden offers events on the lawn for visitors to experience.

Midtown

Atlanta History Center

Your Very Own Time Machine

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy one of the Southeast’s largest history museums. This 33-acre attraction in Buckhead features the re-imagined Cyclorama exhibit, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House, which served as a backdrop for the Hunger Games movies.

Buckhead

Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalk

Walk the Rainbow

At the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, the Rainbow Crosswalk symbolizes Atlanta’s acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. These rainbow stripes were added to the neighborhood during an Atlanta Pride Festival, which makes its home in Midtown, where y’all means all.

Midtown

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Concerts and Crescendos

Pick your seat to hear the sounds of Atlanta’s Grammy Award-winning orchestra. Watch iconic movies while the Atlanta Symphony performs the score live. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hits the right notes with the magic of the classics, concerts and engaging events.

Midtown

Buckhead Village District

Savoring Luxury

An eclectic corner in one of Atlanta’s busiest communities, this district offers a charming and stylish haven to relax among cobblestone streets and outdoor communal spaces. Sip on coffee or champagne, eat an exquisite meal and shop for unique gifts along Buckhead’s Peachtree Corridor.

Buckhead

Center For Puppetry Arts

Who’s Pulling the Strings

The art form of puppetry takes a special place in Atlanta. Catch a performance or pay Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy a visit at the interactive museum. Learn about the influential legacy of Jim Henson, and reconnect with your childhood, making your puppetry dreams come true.

Midtown

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get Your Nature On

Zipline across a beaver pond, get up close and personal with hundreds of butterflies, take a hike or enjoy a concert by the river. There are infinite opportunities for fun with nature in the forest, on the river or in the wetlands. Paddle your way into wild memories here.

Nearby Attractions

Chattahoochee River

A Totally Tubular Time

This 48-mile river is one of Atlanta’s finest outdoor destinations just fewer than 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. With spectacular scenic river front views, the Chattahoochee River is also a place for cliff jumping, paddleboarding, rafting and fishing. Take a break from the water to enjoy a riverside picnic or hike along the trail.

Nearby Attractions

Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall Of Fame

You’ll Get a Kick Out of This

With a 45-yard indoor football field, this is the place to kick it. Browse decades of memorabilia, learn about Hall of Fame football legends and interact with more than 50 state-of-the-art technology exhibits.

Downtown

Children’s Museum Of Atlanta

Are You Kidding? This is Awesome!

Kids and families love all the playful possibilities in this world of discovery. Climb through the layers of the Earth, enter a magical forest, build giant sandcastles, deliver food from farm to table, then release your inner artist — all before story time.

Downtown

David J. Sencer CDC Museum

Unravel the Sequence of Mystery Diseases

Wonder at the complexity of tools CDC scientists used to study, eradicate and solve mystery diseases. Interactive exhibits allow guests to get the story behind CDC’s pioneering work, historic efforts and neverending quest for public health.

Eastside

Delta Flight Museum

We Love the Way They Fly

Housed in two original maintenance hangars from the 1940s, Delta Flight Museum traces Delta’s history and development of commercial aviation. Take part in a guided tour to see exhibits, experience simulator technology and behold massive planes like a 747 up close.

Westside

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Make Money Moves

The money machine exhibit consists of historical artifacts revealing the compelling. From barter to dollars and cents, this exhibit highlights the tumultuous past of banking in America. Interactive exhibitions include cash-processing operations and examples of rare coins and currency.

Midtown

Fernbank Museum Of Natural History

A Dinomite World

Nothing says adventure more than dinosaurs, nature trails in a forest and a four-story movie screen. The immense science and nature museum has outdoor adventures and three stories of exhibitions. Daytime is a blast for the family, grownups socialize after hours.

Eastside

Fox Theatre

Stars in Your Eyes

With stunning gold leaf details, Egyptian architecture and a gorgeous starry-sky, the Fox Theatre is a piece of art on its own. The ornately designed venue hosts top performances and events, including Broadway shows and movies. Whether you visit for a show or a tour, keep an eye out for the famed ghosts.

Midtown

Georgia Aquarium

Sea It To Believe It

With more than 11 million gallons of water, 10s of thousands of animals and 500 species in more than 60 habitats, it’s the largest in the U.S. Whether you check out SHARKS! Predators of the Deep exhibit, take a peek at a puffin or grab a gift from the gallery, there’s so much to dive into.

Downtown

High Museum Of Art

Where It’s Always Art O’Clock

The Southeast’s top art museum brings blockbuster art exhibitions to Atlanta by collaborating with world-renowned museums such as The Louvre and MOMA. Find artists from the American South and an exceptional collection of civil rights photography. The High has an annual line-up of fun special events to suit any audience.

Midtown

Historic Cemeteries

Here Lies History

This is where Atlanta’s history lives. Get your ghoul on at ghost and goblin themed events at Oakland Cemetery or take in views that are to die for at the Westview Cemetery.

Eastside

Historic Gems

Connect With Culture and Community

Get a glimpse of historic richness. 44th & 3rd Bookseller sits in the heart of Atlanta’s West End with books by authors from the African diaspora. The Hammonds House Museum features a 250-piece art collection focused on artists of African descent. The Wren’s Nest is the historic home of notable journalist Joel Chandler Harris with the tradition of oral storytelling at its core.

Westside

Illuminarium

Multi-Sensory Storytelling

Fall down the rabbit hole of immersive experiences at Illuminarium. The Waking Wonderland and Space exhibits engage the senses with 4k interactive projection, 360-degree audio, in-floor vibration and scent systems.

Eastside

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Be Official in the Oval Office

Be the president for a day. Walk through a full-scale replica of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s White House Oval Office. Finish off your “term” by viewing the Nobel Peace Prize and walking in the gorgeous gardens.

Eastside

Lenox Square And Phipps Plaza

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