Ultimate Guide to Summer in Atlanta

You’ll find soaring art in motion at Atlanta Botanical Garden (📷 Atlanta Botanical Garden)

We’ve got your ticket to an immersive and behind-the-scenes summer. Our attractions offer many unique experiences. Check out these special tours and encounters offered at Atlanta’s top attractions.

Summer Patio Dining

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The summer is the perfect time to dine outdoors. Check out our guide to Atlanta’s great patio dining locations and enjoy the season in the sun.

Where to Cool Off

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Serene surroundings on Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River (📷 Scott White)

Need to get in, on or near a body of water this summer? Atlanta has pools, kayaking, canoeing and more.

Find Frosty Treats in Atlanta

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Try a Sammie at Big Softie. (📷 Liesl Merkel)

You deserve a cold treat this summer. (Or maybe your kids do?) Find the right local ice cream shop for you at our guide. But be warned: when you start browsing, you may have to stop what you’re doing and go out for ice cream.

Immersive Experiences in ATL

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

Be amazed at surprising art experiences at Atlanta Botanical Garden this summer (📷 Atlanta Botanical Garden)

Entering Atlanta Botanical Garden this summer will promise an entirely new experience with two outdoor art exhibitions as “SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom” is presented. Look up and you’ll see the first installation called “Dream Flora,” a treetop aerial art installation above Storza Woods in the shape of brightly colored soaring birds. Look down among the flower beds and find 13 installations of about 150 pieces of brilliantly colorful sculptures.

CANDYTOPIA

 Candytopia, the popular sugar-coated extravaganza featuring large-scale art installations of colorful candy, is back on June 11. Buckhead’s “Disco Kroger” hosts this event with 12 different areas. The vibrantly colored indoor wonderland first came to Atlanta in 2019 but has many new features guaranteed for guests of all ages.

CHICK-FIL-A COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME AND FAN EXPERIENCE

Cool down at Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. (📷 Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame)

At Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, an indoor homage to college football, visitors can unlock a unique encounter with the interactive All-Access Pass, visit more than 50 exhibits and learn about the top teams, players and coaches.

FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Choose your own outdoor adventure at Fernbank. (📷 Fernbank Museum of Natural History)

Long known as a museum housing the world’s largest dinosaurs, Fernbank also has 75 acres of outdoor nature adventures. From WildWoods with its elevated walkways and tree pods to Fernbank Forest with more than two miles of trails winding through the 65-acre forest and a trickling creek, the experiences are endless as guests can craft their own outdoor adventure.

 GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Watch out for sharks at Georgia Aquarium this summer. (📷 Georgia Aquarium)

Watch out for sharks at Georgia Aquarium’s newest gallery “SHARKS! Predators of the Deep.” The Shark and Ray Interaction has guests suit up and wade in a shallow area for an up-close-and-personal view of rays and sharks. For those who want the ultimate encounter, the Shark Cage Dive allows visitors to immerse themselves in the deep waters of the shark habitat. If hopping into a shark tank isn’t your thing, more encounters with Georgia Aquarium’s amazing residents also are offered.

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART

Stay and play at the Sifly Plaza at High Museum of Art (📷 Bryony Roberts Studio)

Your visit to High Museum of Art starts as soon as you enter Sifly Piazza, which beckons guests to explore outdoor art installations including one interactive exhibition called “Outside the Lines.” The installation features thousands of hanging strands forming an environment that is accessible for those with physical, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Discover the magic of two of the most influential figures of 20th century art this summer when “Calder-Picasso” arrives on June 26.

ILLUMINARIUM

(📷 Illuminarium Experiences)

Illuminarium opens “WILD: A Safari Experience” this summer on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. Be sure to check out this experiential attraction full of reprogrammable immersive theater that surrounds visitors in a 360-degree environment of sight, sound and scale.

VAN GOGH: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Enter the world of Vincent van Gogh with 360-degree views. (📷 Liesl Merkel)

Explore the life of one of history’s most artistic geniuses through digital projection technology, atmospheric light and virtual reality. The 20,000-square-foot space projects beautiful renderings of Vincent van Gogh’s actual paintings, animated and set to a score. The Van Gogh Immersive Experience includes renderings of the artist’s sunflower paintings, 3D displays, a virtual reality option and gift store. Catch the show through Nov. 15 at Pullman Yards.

WORLD OF COCA-COLA

Refresh in the World of Coca-Cola Tasting Room (📷 World of Coca-Cola)

The all-new Coke Insider Journey takes guests behind-the-scenes in a VIP experience where they have the entire attraction to themselves. Embark on a two-hour tour at World of Coca-Cola that includes performers conducting special presentations such as soda jerk demonstration and Olympic torch show-and-tell. Enjoy more perks such as photos with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, a keepsake pin and a reusable cup.

JIMMY CARTER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Gather in the garden at Jimmy Carter Library and Museum (📷 Scott White)

Even though Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still stroll through the garden outside of the library. The gardens include 35 acres of ponds and blooming flowers and several areas to pause and reflect.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

National Center for Civil and Human Rights engages visitors the moment they enter into an immersive experience for learning about the past, present and future for human rights and justice. Find the Lunch Counter Sit-In, where guests learn about training for lunch counter protests and put themselves in the shoes of nonviolent protesters, then experience the interactive portraits from human rights champions.

TRUIST PARK TOURS

Take a spin through the home of the MLB Atlanta Braves, Truist Park, and the press box, dugout, Truist Club, Monument Garden and many more stops throughout the ballpark. Add on the VIP Experience, which includes a private, pregame tour and access to watch Braves’ batting practice.

ZOO ATLANTA

Meet Mumbles at Zoo Atlanta’s Rhino Wild Encounter (📷 Zoo Atlanta)

The new Rhino Wild Encounter at Zoo Atlanta showcases one of the newest members of Zoo Atlanta — Mumbles, a Southern white rhinoceros. Go behind-the-scenes to meet and feed Mumbles and learn about his care. Facts about conservation in the wild will be shared in an educational presentation. See Mumbles’ habitat, learn what he eats and find out how you can assist with efforts to help this amazing species. Other wild encounters now available showcase the African elephant, lemurs, Aldabra tortoise, Giant Panda and Toucan and Friends.

All attractions adhere to strict COVID-19 precautions to keep guests safe. Please visit their individual websites for the most up-to-date information.

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