Atlanta awaits you
Mixing southern traditions with a modern metropolis, Atlanta, Georgia has something for everyone. From museums for art and history lovers, to family attractions like the aquarium and World of Coca-Cola, this is a great city for visitors. Here is our top 7 list of must-see attractions.
1. World of Coca-Cola
One of the most famous brands on the planet, Coca-Cola, has its own unique and fascinating ‘World of Coca-Cola’ museum. Here you can learn about the history of this iconic beverage, with 1,200 exhibits on show, as well as taking a look at the bottling process, trying different products at the tasting stations and watching a 4D movie. This new centre was opened in 2007, at about twice the size of the original facility, and draws huge crowds.
Tip: Most of the attractions are in downtown or midtown and are easy to get to by public transport.
2. The Georgia Aquarium
This Georgia Aquarium is an entertaining place for kids and adults alike and has been a hit with the public since it opened in 2005. It showcases the aquatic animals in an impressive 10 million gallons of water and boasts 'the world's largest aquarium habitat'. There are over sixty exhibits to keep you busy, including the chance to see whale sharks and dolphins.
3. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
The world renowned civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta and this complex of buildings in Sweet Auburn offers visitors the chance to hear his story. People can see his birthplace, the church where he gave sermons and understand more about his life and legacy in a dedicated museum.
We had to mention the Summer Olympics in here somewhere. The 21-acre park was built for the 1996 games and then made into a public park afterwards. There are some beautiful features including an interactive fountain and garden walks, along with some big events and festivals that take place here.This includes the annual ice skating rink for the young and young at heart.
Tip: Cut the cost of seeing top attractions by getting an Atlanta City Pass
5. Inside CNN Studio Tour
Who doesn’t want to see behind the scenes of a top broadcaster? This is another very popular attraction, taking you on a walking tour to see backstage at CNN's headquarters. Tours last 55 minutes and it is definitely worth booking in advance.
6. Atlanta Botanical Garden
Not just for those with green fingers but for anyone who loves beautiful scenery, this 30 acre botanical garden is in the north of stunning Piedmont Park. Make sure you see the unique display of orchids, the rose gardens, take time to explore the canopy walk (40 ft above the ground) and visit the Fuqua conservatory (pictured above), which is home to rare tropical plants.
7. Woodruff Arts Centre & The High Museum of Art
If you want to see the arts and cultural side of the city, make sure you head to the vibrant performing arts centre, one of the best in the country. It is home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre, Young Audiences and 14th Street Playhouse. www.woodruffcenter.org
There is a lot more to see so we have listed a few extra highlights for you:
- Take in a show at the unique and historic Fox Theatre
- Visit the famous pandas at Atlanta Zoo
- Find out about the history and heritage of Atlanta, including the Civil War at the Atlanta History Centre and the Atlanta Cyclorama in Grant Park
- Sport rules in Atlanta so make sure you take in at least one football, hockey or basketball game.