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What to do in Atlanta: 15 Things To Do In The Capital of Georgia, US

Amber
Posted Dec 16, 2016

So we’ve all heard about New York, the Big Apple, and the sunny West Coast. In fact, we’re overloaded with things to do in these well-known cities. Sure you’ve heard of Universal Studios in Florida and Disneyland in California, but no visitor’s itinerary to the USA can be considered complete without a trip to the quaint city of Atlanta nestled within the bustling state of Georgia.Get a blast from the past in this cultural city with its rolling hills.

If you’re bored of all the hustling in the famous cities, its time to heat things up by taking a holiday far away from the beaten track. Let’s go beyond the conventional guidebooks and shed some light on a city that often slips under the radar. Here are the 15 must-do things in Atlanta.

1. Six Flags Over Georgia

No trip to Atlanta is complete without a visit to Six Flags Over Georgia. Home to over 11 heart-stopping roller coasters, this theme park is not for the faint-hearted.

With a name like SkyScreamer, guests can be prepared to let it all loose on this 24-storey ride. The extreme ride is the tallest ride at the park and soars in a 98-foot-wide (29.9-meter-wide) circle. Just the mere action of peering down would make most go weak in the knees but for the ultimate daredevil, this ride boasts a breathtaking view of the park and the Atlanta skyline.

Do not be mistaken, although this theme park boasts extreme rides for the dauntless, it has a soft side as well, with 3 child-friendly zones and water parks, Six Flags has something for everyone.

Chill out, cool off, and ride some waves at the brand new Hurricane Harbor water park too!

This tropical paradise of wave pools and slippery slides is made up of a dual-slide complex that swirls riders around in a 40-foot-wide (12.2-meter-wide) bowl, simulating a tsunami surge. It is somewhat similar to a giant salad bowl!

This coming summer, guests can cool off at Skull Island, the park’s largest interactive water play structure that includes dozens of water elements and towering snake slides.

Six Flags Over Georgia

Address: 275 Riverside Parkway, SW, Austell, Georgia 30168

Price: from 45.99 USD (child) and 52.99 USD (adult)

Opening Hours: Park Admission: Mon - Thurs (10.30 am - 7 pm), Fri & Sun (10.30 am - 8 pm), Sat (10.30 am - 9 pm). Please check the updated timings on the website before planning your visit as timings are subject to change

Duration: An entire day

Access: Cobb County Transit (CCT) offers a shuttle service to the park. For a detailed, up-to-date route schedule, please visit the CCT section of the Georgia DOT website. Route 30 serves the park Monday through Saturday

Contact: (770) 739-3400

Website: Six Flags

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2. Go Balloons Over Georgia

A once-in-a-lifetime experience, take flight in the hot air balloon ride service and see scenery only the birds can admire. From the aerial view of the hot air balloon, Lake Lanier, Stone Mountain, and the Atlanta skyline are just some of the sights that you can take in.

Although a pricey experience, it would make your trip to this scenic city worth it. Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, or a “bucket list” item, this attraction will not disappoint!

Make your holiday one you won’t forget with this unique attraction!

Balloons Over Georgia

Address: Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040, United States

Price: from 250 USD / person

Opening Hours: 6 am - 6 pm, daily

Duration: around 2 hours including take-off and landing

Contact: 678-283-4033

Website: Baloons over Georgia

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3. Stone Mountain Park

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Mount Vision, located at Stone Mountain Park Atlanta, is the little brother of Mount Rushmore, the famous sibling everyone knows of. With 3,200 acres (1,295 hectares) of lush greenery surrounding the amazing stone architecture, Stone Mountain Park is Atlanta’s most-visited attraction with the Laser Show drawing in both the tourist and local crowd.

We recommend visiting Stone Mountain Park in the summer when live shows and bands are aplenty. Stay to watch the Laser Show in the evening too.

The kids can ride on the Summit Skyride, the Scenic Railroad, and the Antebellum Plantation Farmyard where they can learn more about nature while having fun!

Stone Mountain Park

Address: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Price: from 26.95 USD (adult) and 20.95 USD (child)

Opening Hours: 9 am - 6 pm. Closed on public holidays

Duration: around half a day

Contact: 800-401-2407

Website: Stone Mounttain Park

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4. Birthplace of visionary, Martin Luther King

A visionary of his time, Martin Luther King’s birthplace in Atlanta is one of the must-visit sites when one travels to this area.

A ranger-led tour is free and requires about 30 minutes of your day. Since the tours are filled on a first come, first served basis, advanced bookings are not accepted.

So, arrive early to beat the crowds! Try visiting early in the week or on Sunday mornings as tours are the least crowded then.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth Home

Address: 449 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA

Price: Free

Opening Hours: Sunday - Saturday (9 am - 5 pm), Closed on Public Holidays

Duration: 1 hour required

Access: #3 Martin Luther King Drive/Auburn Av from the MARTA Five Points Station

Contact: 404-526-8900

Website: King Center

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5. Turner Field, Home of the Atlanta Braves

One of the Atlanta landmarks, Turner Field is home to the Atlanta Braves, a baseball team. The field fuses the nostalgic atmosphere of an old-time baseball field with the advanced state-of-the-art environment that many baseball teams dream of playing in.

Spend about 2 hours taking a walk around this majestic stadium and soak in the sporty atmosphere that surrounds this monument. No trip to Atlanta is complete without a picture of this 85,000-seat landmark.

Turner Field

Address: 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, United States

Price: Free

Duration: around 1 hour required

Website: Turner Field

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6. Picnic at Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is a popular venue for festivals, stargazing activities, and even picnics! Not everything requires money or entrance fees; this is one of those family activities you can try out that requires little to no money to enjoy!

A picnic at Piedmont Park will not only have you taking in the sights like a local, but also having interactions with the locals and joining in with their weekend culture, and relaxing in the sun with the Atlanta skyline as your backdrop.

Don’t forget the picnic baskets and plenty of water for the warm summer day!

Piedmont Park

Address: 400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, United States

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 6 am - 11 pm daily

Duration: around 2 hours required

Contact: +1 404-875-7275

Website: Piedmont Park

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7. World of Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is one of the most well-known soft drinks in the world. Explore the secret vault, said to hold the formula and the mystery ingredient of the world’s most famous beverage as well as seeing the milestones of the beverage giant at the “Milestones of Refreshment” corner. Still not impressed? There’s more!

Take part in the factory bottling process and see how every drink moves from the production to bottling phase. There is something for everyone at this attraction, keep the kids busy with the 4-D Theater and the ‘Taste it!’ corner.

At the World of Coca-Cola, guests are invited to meet and have their photo taken with the mascot, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear! What are you waiting for? Shortlist this attraction now!

World of Coca-Cola

Address: 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, 30313, United States

Price: 16 USD (adult) and 12 USD (child), concession applies

Opening Hours: 10 am - 5 pm daily

Duration: 3 hours required

Contact: (404) 676-5151

Website: World of Coca-Cola

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8. Fox Theatre

Formerly a well-known movie palace, Fox Theatre is currently a performing arts venue and is the centerpiece of the Fox Theatre Historic District. The 4,678-seat theatre hosts more than 150 performances yearly, ranging from Broadway musicals and rock concerts to comedy clubs and movies.

As one of the vintage buildings in the street, Fox Theatre is famous for its bright red signage and running lights that remind many of a London Broadway house.

Considered one of the most beloved landmarks, this is a not-to-be-missed site for tourists and locals alike. Check out their website (listed below) for the up-and-coming musicals and shows that will be hitting the theatre soon!

Fox Theatre

Address: 660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, United States

Price: Tour - 18 USD (adults), 5 USD (child) & 15 USD (seniors)

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: +1 404-881-2100

Website: Fox Theater

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9. Skyview Atlanta

Standing at nearly 20 stories above Centennial Park, the SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 gondolas that provide guests with breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Atlanta.

With its stunning lights and seamless motion, its no wonder this attraction is the perfect way for tourists to see the bustling city of Atlanta from a bird’s eye view.

SkyView Atlanta

Address: 168 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

Price: 13.89 + Tax USD (adult), 9.26 + Tax USD (child)

Opening Hours: 12 noon - 11 pm, daily

Duration: 1 hour required

Contact: +1 678-949-9023

Website: Sky View

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10. Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Shop for products like a local! Otherwise known as the Curb Market, this building is home to hundreds of individual businesses including a full-scale bakery, a bookstore, and some of the most famous eating outlets in the city.

The Sweet Auburn Curb Market is located inside the original Municipal Market building, which opened its doors in 1924. Surrounding the buildings are many hand-painted murals which will be a pleasant background for those social media posts!

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Address: 209 Edgewood Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA, 30303

Opening Hours: Mon - Sat (8 am - 6 pm), Sunday (12:00 noon - 5 pm) Some merchants have different hours of operation, some are not open on Sundays

Duration: around 2 hours required

Website: Curb Market

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11. "Walking Dead" streets

Did you know that the “Walking Dead” was filmed in many different locations around Atlanta?

This heart-stopping and thrilling TV show is one of the most famous programs to showcase the diversity of Atlanta’s landscape. From a crowded highway to abandoned buildings within the concrete jungle, the “Walking Dead” cast took to the streets to film this award-winning series.

In fact, the set is so famous that there are tours offered by companies like Viator.com to take visitors to these locations and experience walking in the footsteps of the “Walking Dead” cast. The 3-hour guided tour includes behind-the-scenes stories from the set of the show and a fun, interactive round of trivia with the guide.

Check out the Viator.com tours at the link below and book your tickets now!

Atlanta Zombie Film Locations Tour

Price: from 64.99 USD

Tour Departure Times: 9.30 am / 2.30 pm

Duration: around 3 hours required

Website:

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12. Starlight Movie Drive-In

Ever seen one of those vintage films where couples sit in their cars and watch a movie on a large screen that resembles a modern day movie theatre?

Now with Starlight, you and your family have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to watch a movie under the stars. With popular films such as Finding Dory and Independence Day Resurgent coming out, it would be missing out on a wonderful experience if one didn’t try out this drive-through cinema.

To make the experience even more fun, Starlight Cinemas has a snack bar that offers popcorn, soft drinks, candy and other movie food items. Be there early to grab a great spot as the gates open 45 minutes before the show time (Monday - Thursday) and 1.5 hours before the movie starts on Friday and Saturday.

Starlight Drive In

Address: 2000 Moreland Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Price: from 9 USD / person

Opening Hours: Depending on showtimes, open daily

Duration: around 3 hours required

Website: StarLight Drive In

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13. Georgia Aquarium

For a fun-filled family day, this attraction is sure to impress the children. With 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water animals, it is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere.

Georgia Aquarium prides itself on being able to allow visitors the experience of seeing the animals but also to focus efforts on conservation and research.

One way to get that impressive family photo would be to swim with the whale sharks. Don’t worry though, it’s safe for children and adults alike.

Georgia Aquarium

Address: 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Price: from 36.95 + tax USD (adult), 30.95 + tax (child)

Opening Hours: 9 am - 6 pm. Closed on public holidays

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: 404 581 4000

Website: Georgia Aquarium

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14. The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

For the avid shopper and the brand lovers, the Shops at Buckhead Atlanta is for you!

Spanning an area of about 8 blocks, this neighborhood contains everything the enthusiastic shopper needs for a successful purchasing adventure. From high-end retail outlets such as Hermes and Chanel to bowling and dining options, the Shops at Buckhead Atlanta has it all. From shopping to entertainment, this shopping center will not disappoint!

The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Address: 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Opening Hours: Mon - Sat (10 am - 7 pm), Sunday (12 noon - 6 pm). Restaurant hours vary

Duration: About half a day

Contact: 404-939-9290

Website: Shops Buckhead

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15. Sun Dial Restaurant

Visit the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View for Atlanta’s one and only tri-level dining complex. The restaurant features a unique revolving restaurant, a moving cocktail lounge and an observatory level. With a 350 degree panoramic view of the Atlanta skyline, it is no wonder this place is such a great place to end off your trip to this culture hotspot!

Situated 723 feet above the city, celebrity chef Jason Starne’s seasonally influenced American cuisine and the spectacular view will wow both adults and children alike.

Splurge on the classic cuisine, live jazz bands and therapeutic ambience but take note that reservations are advised to avoid disappointment.

The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View

Address: The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303

Opening Hours: Lunch: Monday to Friday (11.30 am - 2.30 pm), Saturday (11.30 am - 3.00 pm) Brunch: Sunday (11.30 am - 3.00 pm) Dinner: Sunday to Thursday (6.00 pm - 10.00 pm), Friday (5.30 pm - 11.00 pm), Saturday (5.30 pm - 11.00 pm)

Duration: around 2 hours required

Contact: 404-589-7506

Website: Sun Dial

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Book now and go!

And so that was 15 must-do things in Atlanta to live and breathe like a local. Inspired? Do check out our other articles for more fun things to do in this cultural hotspot! Simply search Atlanta and find our other recommendations. And then, book your trip, pack your bags, and have a blast in Atlanta!

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Amber is a content writer at Trip101 and has a passion for travelling to unique destinations around Southeast Asia. A faithful believer of unicorns and all things animal, she can be considered a...Read more

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