Over the past decade Atlanta has been slowly emerging as an economic force in the business world and is attracting more people to the area. Atlanta is undergoing a development boom and has made the city attractive to residents and tourists alike. The Atlanta Metropolitan Area has an interesting variety of museums, parks, restaurants, and sites that should be on your list of things to see.
Piedmont Park is one of the largest parks in Atlanta at over 180 acres. It sits conveniently between Midtown and the Virginia Highland neighborhoods with a large variety of activities and facilities for everyone to enjoy. Located about 2 miles from downtown, the park hosts a number of music and art festivals in the summer, from Shakespeare to Sir Paul McCartney, the park is one of the best places to relax and hang out. With several miles of walking paths, picnic shelters, sports fields, weekend markets, and lakes for fishing, the park comes to life with activity in the spring, summer, and fall months.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a unique cultural experience that starts out by chronicling the civil rights movement in the United States and the part that the city of Atlanta played from the early days of the movement to present day issues. The center highlights the current struggles for human rights around the world and is an amazing educational tool that encourages visitors to understand their role in protecting everyone’s human rights, including themselves.
World of Coca Cola and the Georgia Aquarium
Located in the same complex as the Center for Civil and Human Rights are the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca Cola. The World of Coca Cola provides a behind-the-scenes look at the giant, their bottling process, the vault where the secret formula is held, a history of the soda, an interactive photo wall, and a tasting room that lets you taste flavors from all over the world. The Georgia Aquarium is a magical place of discovery for children of all ages and has a multitude of activities to explore. They offer behind the scenes sea tours, opportunities to interact with the animals, parties, shows, and what has to be one of the most exciting things on offer…sleepovers at the aquarium!
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One of the best kept secrets in Atlanta is Highland Bakery. What started out as a bakery with good coffee has evolved into a staple restaurant with southern inspired fare that ranges from crabcakes benedict to sweet potato pancakes to curried chicken salad. There’s something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Go early because the weekends are always popular, with Sunday mornings being the busiest. Holy Taco is another local restaurant with a great menu that changes often due to the fact that they use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. A modern take on Mexican food in East Atlanta Village it has favorites like quesadillas, street style corn on the cob with queso cheese and red pepper flakes, paella, crisp, refreshing watermelon salad, and a wide range of tacos like slow cooked beef brisket or fried catfish. This is one restaurant that you’ll want to take your time to enjoy.
Diversity and inclusion
Atlanta is continuing to build upon its longstanding history of inclusion and diversity. Atlanta provides attractions from convention centers to museums, parks, restaurants, and historically significant sites for its residents and visitor alike, preserving history while looking forward to what’s new.
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