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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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Eastside

Zoo Atlanta

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2022 ZOO ATLANTA DISCOUNT
Discounts on General Admission use the code CACVB

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