One Day in Atlanta Itinerary

BEST THINGS TO DO IF YOU ONLY HAVE 24 HOURS IN ATLANTA

If you only have limited time in our wonderful city, enjoy this fun and quick itinerary.

GEORGIA AQUARIUM OR CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK

Head to Georgia Aquarium, where you can see more than 120,000 animals of 500 different species in more than 8 million gallons of marine and freshwater. Touch tanks, 4-D theatre, whale sharks, beluga whales and more are perfect for kids of all ages!

Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Estimated Time: 2-3 hours
  

Whaleshark Tunnel at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta GA
Tunnel at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta GA

Alternate Option: Visit Centennial Olympic Park, the world’s gathering place during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The park features the popular Fountain of Rings, The Spectacular Olympic Rings sculpture and many outdoor events during the summer months.

Address: 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Estimated Time: 45 minutes 

Kids playing in the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park
Kids playing in the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park; credit: ACVB Marketing

SUN DIAL RESTAURANT BAR & VIEW

The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View (atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere) offers breathtaking views of Downtown Atlanta. 

Address: 210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Sun Dial Restaurant in Downtown Atlanta
Sun Dial Restaurant in Downtown Atlanta

WORLD OF COCA-COLA

Head to the World of Coca-Cola, where the famous soft drink’s story is told through fascinating exhibits, classic ads and an imaginative replica of the bottling process.

Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Estimated Time: 2 hours

MLK, JR. NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK OR JIMMY CARTER MUSEUM

Did you know Atlanta boasts two Nobel Peace Prize and Medal of Freedom winners?

Option #1: The Sweet Auburn district is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park includes a visitors’ center depicting the story of Dr. King and the civil rights movement; the restored King birth home; Ebenezer Baptist Church, where three generations of the King family preached; and Dr. King’s burial site.

Insider’s Tip: Currently on exhibit at the MLK National Historic Site: The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Stand in the footprints and see the shoes of 17 civil rights leaders displayed as a tribute to the warriors of justice.

Address: 450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Estimated Time: 1 hour (fast-paced) to 2 hours (leisurely)
 

International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park
International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park

Option #2: Or visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, next to The Carter Center. The library includes a replica of the Oval Office and Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize, as well as traveling exhibits.

Insider’s Tip: You also can enjoy the Freedom Park Trail, a pedestrian and bike path between the two attractions. Commemorative plaques and public art can be found along the walk.

Address: 441 John Lewis Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Estimated Time: 2 hours
 

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum; credit: ACVB Marketing

ATLANTA FOOD HALLS: MARKET TO MARKET

There are plenty of options to taste the flavors of Atlanta. If you are only here for 24 hours, try one of our food halls. Traveling alone or with friends, you’ll find something you love that will leave you hankering to visit Atlanta again and discover more.

Option #1: On the Eastside close to Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Park and Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, try Krog Street Market or Ponce City Market.

Option #2: On the Westside heading toward Truist Park, check out The Battery Atlanta or Chattachoochee Food Works.

Outside in front of a small wood building with Food Hall sign. Grassy area in front.
Pho, ramen, breakfast with a Southern twist. What’s your preference? Chattahoochee Food Works has it all. Credit: Sheretha Bell

ATLANTA BRAVES OR ATLANTA HAWKS

Option #1: Between April and October, catch an Atlanta Braves baseball game. You can also take a tour of Truist Park to see the broadcast booth, press both, luxury suites, dugout and even the clubhouse (offered only when the team is out of town).

Insider’s Tip: The Battery Atlanta is for Braves fans before and after the game at SunTrust Park. Visitors can wine and dine at restaurants where Atlanta’s most acclaimed chefs and mixologists are found. Culinary options to please foodies and families alike include Terrapin, Fox Bros. Bar-B-QWahlburgersPBR Bar & GrillAnticoGoldberg’s Bagel Company & Deli, and CRÚ Food & Wine Bar.

Address: 755 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
Estimated Time: 3-4 hours
 

Watch the Braves at Suntrust Park Field in Atlanta GA
Watch the Braves play at Truist Park Field

Option #2: In the cooler months, you can attend an Atlanta Hawks basketball game at State Farm Arena, right in the middle of Downtown Atlanta. That means you have everything you need for a great night out. 

Insider’s Tip: Restaurants, bars and entertainment are just steps away from the hardwood when you catch a Hawks home game.

Address: 1 State Farm Dr, Atlanta, GA 30303
Estimated Time: 3-4 hours
 

 
Panoramic view of Centennial Olympic Park and Pemberton Place
Panoramic view of Centennial Olympic Park and Pemberton Place; credit: Alessio Loreti

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