Atlanta is the capital of Georgia, it is a vanguard of the New South while having the charm and elegance of the Old. The city has three skylines, Downtown, Midtown, and Buck head. It boasts of plenty of peach trees and the world’s busiest airport. This city has seen horrors of war, droughts, and floods. But Atlanta has built itself from the ground up and transformed into the beautiful city it is today. Here are 10 places you should not miss while in Atlanta:
It is a public aquarium with over a hundred thousand animals representing several thousand species, all residing in 10 million US gallons of marine water. Georgia Aquarium is a world leader in whale shark research and conservation. Some interesting animals you’ll find in this aquarium.
Also, it is located in this place called Baker Street. Why won’t you go there?
2-World of Coca-Cola
It is a museum showing the history of Coca-Cola. From the tasting lounge to the guided tours you can get access to the fascinating history of the company. Visit their website here and plan a trip now. They offer options to plan not only a trip to the museum but also four more attractions of Atlanta!
3-Atlanta Botanical Garden
This garden spans over 30 acres and located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. The Botanical Garden is composed of a number of smaller themed gardens. Each contains different landscapes to display a variety of plants. Near the entrance are formal gardens, such as the Japanese garden and the rose garden. Two woodland areas, the Upper Woodland and the Storza Woods feature large trees and shade-loving flowers and undergrowth. The Children’s Garden features whimsical sculptures, fountains, and interpretive exhibits on botany, ecology, and nutrition.
4-Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park is a 21-acre (85,000 m2) public park located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia owned and operated by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. It was built by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as part of the infrastructure improvements for the 1996 Summer Olympics. It plays host to millions of visitors a year and several events, including a summer popular music concert series (Wednesday WindDown) and an annual Independence Day concert and fireworks display. A key feature of the park is the Fountain of Rings interactive fountain which features computer-controlled lights and jets of water synchronized with music played from speakers in light towers surrounding it. It forms a splash pad that was designed for children to frolic in, as well as for concert-goers and joggers to cool off in on hot summer days. The park has shows at the fountain all 365 days of the year, four times daily. They play at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.
The CNN Center is the world headquarters of CNN. The main newsrooms and studios for several of CNN’s news channels are located in the building. It is open every day from 9am to 5pm. The CNN Center also houses an Omni Hotel and features a large atrium food court frequented by local business employees, tourists, event goers from Philips Arena and the Georgia Dome, and conference attendees from the Georgia World Congress Center. CNN’s multi-channel output to the world is broadcast on large screens around the center. Studio tours are available and include demonstrations of the technologies such as Chroma key and teleprompters, as well as visits to viewing galleries overlooking the newsrooms and anchors of CNN International, HLN, and CNN en Español.
It is one of the oldest parks in the city. Grant Park is a 131-acre green space and recreational area and is the fourth-largest park in the city.
7-Sky view Atlanta
Towering nearly 20 stories above Centennial Park, the SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas providing guests with breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area. For a more luxurious experience, you can go for a VIP package. Although this isn’t super cheap, it is worth the experience.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 12 PM – 11 PM, Friday: 12 PM – 12 AM, Saturday: 10 AM – 12 AM
Underground Atlanta is a shopping and entertainment district in the Five Points neighborhood of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States, near the Five Points MARTA station. This should be your go-to retail therapy stop. But before going, check if the lower level has opened yet, they closed down in August last year for renovation. But other than that, it is open Monday to Thursday 10AM to 7PM, Friday and Saturday 10AM to 8PM and on Sundays 12 to 6PM.
9-National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Atlanta has seen its fair share of wars like we mentioned earlier. This is a museum dedicated to both the civil rights movement of the United States and also a broader worldwide Human Rights movement. The Center hosts a number of exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, that not only tell the history of the civil rights movement in the United States but how that period is related to more contemporary human rights struggles around the world. During the development phase of the museum, it was determined that the average museum visitor would be more familiar with events in Sudan or the Middle East than they would events in Selma, Alabama and that civil rights history alone would not be enough to sustain the facility. The museum currently contains three permanent exhibitions, which the average visitor can experience in about 75 minutes. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and from 12-6PM on Sundays.
10-Martin Luther King Jr. National History Park
February is Black History Month is the United States and so in keeping with that theme, this attraction should definitely make it to your itinerary. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park consists of several buildings including Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King was baptized and both his father Martin Luther King Sr. and he were pastors. These places, critical to the interpretation of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, were included in the park when it was established on October 10, 1980. Formerly a National Historic Site, the unit was redesignated as a National Historical Park on January 8, 2018.
The visitor center contains a museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement and the path of Martin Luther King Jr. An 1894 firehouse (Fire Station No. 6) served the Sweet Auburn community until 1991, and now contains a gift shop and an exhibit on desegregation in the Atlanta Fire Department. The “I Have a Dream” International World Peace Rose Garden, and a memorial tribute to Mohandas K. Gandhi is part of the site, as is the “International Civil Rights Walk of Fame” which commemorates some of the courageous pioneers who worked for social justice.
Annual events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January typically draws large crowds. Speakers have included Presidents of the United States, national and local politicians, and civil rights leaders. Remembrances are also held during Black History Month (February), and on the anniversary of King’s April 4, 1968, assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.
We hope that your trip to Atlanta is as beautiful and vibrant as the city itself! Enjoy 🙂