Fill Your Trip with Only-in-Atlanta Experiences

Restaurants, nightclubs and bars-all the major cities have them. Come to Atlanta, however, and discover what makes this Southern city truly unique. Count on getting “only in Atlanta” experiences guaranteed to make your trip memorable.

Atlanta Ballet

Atlanta is home to the oldest continually operating ballet company in the nation. Leaping, dipping and plié-ing since 1929, the Atlanta Ballet performs at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and stages its iconic “Nutcracker” each holiday season.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Experience a lush, urban oasis at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Be amazed as you walk through the Fuqua Orchid Center, home to the largest collection of species orchids on display in the United States. Stroll through treetops as you traverse Canopy Walk, a 600-foot suspension bridge. Check for special events such as Cocktails in the Garden, the summer music series, Scarecrows in the Garden or Garden Nights, Holiday Lights, the spectacular holiday lighting display.

Atlanta History Center

Watch the past come to life at Atlanta History Center. Housing the largest collection of Civil War memorabilia in the Southeast, Atlanta History Center brings the Civil War Battle of Atlanta alive in the recently restored cyclorama. The Smith Family Farm enables a visit to pre-Civil War Atlanta. A tour of the magnificent Swan House provides a peek into the home of a wealthy Atlanta family who built the mansion in the 1920s. Guests may revisit the Atlanta Olympic Games with the exhibit, Atlanta ’96. Outside, a tour the acres of gardens is perfect in any season.

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park, located in the center of Atlanta’s downtown convention and entertainment district, serves as Atlanta’s legacy from the 1996 Olympic Games. Visit the urban green space and make a splash in the Fountain of Rings or have a picnic in the lush grassy areas. Centennial Olympic Park is a true must-see attraction and a great spot to relax.

Center for Puppetry Arts

North America’s largest museum dedicated to the art of puppetry calls Atlanta home. The Center for Puppetry Arts puts on shows for kids and adults, inspiring visitors to look at even classic childhood favorites a bit differently. The center also is home to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Find your team’s headgear on the Helmet Wall, kick a football to score a field goal and view sports history from the 52-foot touch screen wall at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. The hall honors its inductees while engaging fans through celebration of their favorite teams and love for the game.

Georgia Aquarium

Escape into an underwater paradise at Georgia Aquarium where you can see the world’s largest fish-whale sharks-as well as belugas, dolphins, otters and more. Take a behind-the-scenes tour or indulge in one of the animal encounters where you can swim with the whale sharks, pet a beluga or get up close with a penguin.

High Museum of Art

Mingle with the masters at the High Museum of Art, the foremost art museum in the Southeast. The High, located in the middle of Midtown Atlanta’s Arts District, features several permanent collections as well as high-profile traveling exhibits. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

Take a journey through Martin Luther King Jr.’s storied life as the leader of the civil rights movement. Start with a guided tour of his birth home, then make a stop in the original Ebenezer Baptist Church and the theater where you can view civil rights films. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park is home to MLK’s birth home.

Stone Mountain Park

There is a reason Stone Mountain Park is the most-visited attraction in Georgia. Go hiking, biking or jogging, take in 18 holes of golf, complete the ropes course, catch a movie projected onto the mountain and enjoy the spectacular nightly laser show.

The Varsity

Not often does a city claim a fast-food restaurant as being a can’t-miss destination, but in Atlanta we do. The Varsity is the world’s largest drive-in restaurant and even got a visit from President Obama. He ordered five chili dogs, four hot dogs and a hamburger. What’ll ya have?

World of Coca-Cola

What do you get when the world’s most iconic brand builds a museum dedicated to a soft drink? Well, the World of Coca-Cola, of course. Take in lots of Coca-Cola memorabilia and visit the tasting room, where you may travel the globe by sipping more than 60 varieties of Coca-Cola from around the world.

Zoo Atlanta

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! In addition, at Zoo Atlanta you also get a chance to see twin giant pandas, elephants and maybe even a kangaroo. Animal lovers of all ages unite to explore the habitats of more than 1,000 animals. Zoo Atlanta is a must-see destination for the animal lover in all of us.

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