Must-see Attractions and Things to Do in Buckhead
Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhood is situated only eight miles from Centennial Olympic Park. Buckhead is the place to see and be seen. It’s where tree-lined residential streets filled with the most remarkable architecture and landscapes in all the South blend with trendy shopping malls, chic restaurants, bars and rooftop lounges.
Alongside Buckhead’s fine dining scene, upscale shopping and sparkling nightlife, you’ll find attractions, museums, parks and trails, theaters and more. No matter what you’re looking for, Buckhead has something for everyone.
Top Attractions and Museums
LEGO® Discovery Center
LEGO® Discovery Center is nestled in the heart of Buckhead at Phipps Plaza. The center features the LEGO Spaceship Build & Test digital experience, re-imagined world of awesome LEGO builds in Miniland and workshops in the Build Adventures area, which is dedicated to LEGO play and creation.
Where: 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30326
Sloomoo Institute Atlanta
Ready for a slimy adventure? The Sloomoo Institute Atlanta is dedicated to the science of slime and offers a fun and interactive experience for all ages. Mix and play with different types of slime at the slime bar. Learn about the history of slime and how it has evolved over the years. Take Instagram-worthy photos with giant bubbles, neon lights and a confetti dome. There’s also a slime-themed lounge where you can relax and enjoy the slime-themed décor.
Where: Buckhead Triangle, Lower Level, 3637 Peachtree Road NE Suite D, Atlanta, Ga. 30319
Atlanta History Center
The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead is a 33-acre history museum and research center that chronicles the history of the city of Atlanta and state of Georgia. It is home to the Swan House, the Smith Family Farm and the Kenan Research Center. It is where you can see the 49-foot-tall, 10,000-pound cyclorama, which depicts the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta.
The Atlanta History Center hosts educational programs and special events throughout the year, and its research library is one of the largest archives in the Southeast. Visitors to the center can explore the city’s past and present through interactive exhibits and programs, and engage with artifacts, objects and documents that tell the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped the city and state.
Where: 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
The Governor’s Mansion is the official home of the governor of the state of Georgia. Situated on 18-acres in the Tuxedo Park neighborhood of Buckhead Atlanta, this Greek Revival-style home boasts three floors and 30 rooms. The mansion is open to the public for tours and events throughout the year.
Where: 391 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
Chastain Arts Center
With a history dating back to 1968, Chastain Arts Center is a long-established leader in the Atlanta arts community. Housed in early 20th-century historic buildings, the center offers year-round classes, exhibits, local artwork, and it lures visitors with its gift shop selling unique, handmade items.
Where: 135 Chastain Park Ave. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30342
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art by Georgia artists. Its mission is to preserve and promote the work of Georgia artists, with a focus on supporting emerging artists.
The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 1,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and mixed media pieces. The museum also hosts rotating exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, MOCA GA offers educational programs such as artist talks and workshops to engage visitors with the art and the artists.
Where: 75 Bennett St. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309
Parks and Outdoor Spaces
Chastain Memorial Park
Boasting more than 260 acres, Chastain Memorial Park is Atlanta’s largest city park. The park beckons visitors and locals alike with an array of excellent attractions on its 268 acres, including a swimming pool, an arts center, tennis courts, gymnasium, walking trails, playgrounds, softball diamonds, a golf course, and even a horse park — perfect for athletic types and Sunday morning strollers alike. Chastain Memorial Park is also home to the Chastain Arts Center and Cadence Bank Amphitheatre.
Where: 140 Chastain Park Ave. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30342
PATH400 Greenway Trail
The Buckhead PATH400 Greenway Trail is a 5.2-mile-long multiuse trail that runs alongside Georgia Highway 400, providing a safe and convenient space for cyclists, runners and walkers. Along the way, the PATH400 Greenway Trail provides access to several parks, shopping centers and restaurants, making it a great way to explore the Buckhead neighborhood. The trail also features public art installations and educational signs, providing visitors with information about the local environment and history.
The Buckhead PATH400 Greenway Trail will eventually join with the Atlanta BeltLine, which runs through several Atlanta neighborhoods.
Where: 3475 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
Bobby Jones Golf Course
Bobby Jones Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course, which is open to the public. The course is known for its challenging layout and has been a popular destination for golfers since its opening in 1932. With a variety of tee lengths, the course can be played by golfers of all skill levels. The course is also home to the Bobby Jones Golf Center, which offers a driving range, miniature golf course and private lessons from PGA professionals.
Where: 2205 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
Bitsy Grant Tennis Center
The Bitsy Grant Tennis Center has been a popular spot for Buckhead residents to play tennis for many years. It is considered the showplace for tennis in the Southeast with a total of 28 courts including 13 clay, 12 hard and three platform tennis courts. The center also has a full-service pro shop and hosts a variety of tournaments and leagues throughout the year. The center is open seven days a week, and admission is free.
Where: 2125 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
Atlanta Memorial Park
Atlanta Memorial Park is Atlanta’s third largest park with 200 acres perfect for enjoying a variety of activities. The park features trails for bicycle riding and walking, along with playgrounds that include a variety of play structures such as webs, slides, swings and more.
Where: 384 Woodward Way NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
Nightlife and Entertainment
Buckhead Theatre is a historic live music venue that hosts a variety of concerts, comedy shows and other entertainment events. With numerous monitors broadcasting whatever concert is taking place, an expanded bar area on the lower level and spacious events space and lounge on the upper level, The Buckhead Theatre offers visitors the perfect spot to grab a drink before, during or after a show. Whether you’re looking for a night of entertainment or an evening of culture, the Buckhead Theatre is the perfect place to experience it all.
Where: 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre
Chastain is also home to the Cadence Bank Amphitheatre, Atlanta’s oldest outdoor music venue. Here, you’ll find outdoor entertainment to rival any conventional, indoor theater. Pack a picnic dinner, complete with candles and a bottle (or two) of wine and enjoy a relaxing evening beneath the starlit sky as national acts grace the stage each summer.
Where: 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30342
The Painted Pin
The Painted Pin is a bowling alley and bar that offers a unique experience for all ages. It features 16 bowling lanes, two full-service bars, two bocce courts, Ping-Pong, shuffleboard and more than 50 vintage arcade games. The Painted Pin also offers a chef-driven menu, craft cocktails and a lively atmosphere that makes it the perfect spot for a night out with friends.
Where: 737 Miami Circle NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30324
Bars, Nightclubs and Lounges
As the sun sets, Buckhead’s hotel bars and rooftop lounges mix the right ingredients for a memorable night out on the town. Dance the night away at popular nightclubs like Tongue & Groove or Havana Club ATL. Check out the dive bars on the Buckhead Strip. Or, for a more laid-back evening, sip a cocktail while enjoying views of the city at Buckhead’s Rooftop Bars and Restaurants. Buckhead’s dazzling nightlife scene offers a diverse range of options for visitors and locals alike. Explore more nightlife options in Buckhead.
Shopping in Buckhead can be described as nothing less than legendary. You’ll find some of the city’s best malls and shopping centers in Buckhead. Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza are two of the most popular shopping destinations, offering a wide variety of stores and restaurants. You’ll find all of the luxury brands here, from Louis Vuitton to Christian Louboutin and more.
Buckhead is also home to some of the most unique and chic boutiques and antique stores in the city. Stroll through upscale stores at Buckhead Village District, featuring all the latest fashions. For a unique experience, browse antique shops and boutiques on Bennett Street or Miami Circle. From home furnishings to objets d’art and everything in between, you’ll find whatever you need to add a unique touch to your home or business.
For relaxing and recharging, there’s nothing better than a visit to one of Buckhead’s luxurious spas. Whether you have only a few hours or plan on pampering yourself in style for a full day, Buckhead is home to some of the finest spas in the city.
Several of Buckhead’s posh hotels offer spa services. Among the hotels are Waldorf Astoria, the Spa at St. Regis Atlanta, Spa InterContinental and The Spa at Four Seasons Atlanta. Choose from an extensive collection of spa treatments and packages and prepare to be pampered in style.
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