Things to do in Atlanta
For a look back at Atlanta’s civil rights history, visit the Martin Luther King Jr National Historical site. Learn about the life and legacy of the revered leader in America’s civil rights movement. Check out the new dolphin show at the Georgia Aquarium. Get up close with stingrays in the touch pools, and watch beluga whales and whale sharks through their enormous viewing windows. For more animal adventures, head to Zoo Atlanta to see giraffes, kangaroos, and America’s only twin panda cubs. Right next door to the aquarium, the New World of Coca-Cola is ideal for fans of their sweet drinks from all over the world. It offers a history of the brand, a huge tasting room to sample their products, and even had Warhol pieces on display. As the first museum in the world to display art on loan from Paris’s Louvre, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art always has exhibits to experience. Find paintings by van Gogh, Cézanne, and Manet amongst its expansive and well-curated collections. Take a break from the city’s busy streets and head to Piedmont Park right in midtown. The area has bike paths, dog runs, and the Green Market that takes place every Saturday.
The Sweet Auburn Curb Market has been located on Edgewood Avenue, in the very heart of Atlanta, since it first opened for business back in 1918.
When performing artists like Lil Wayne, Nelly, and Akon have shows in town, Compound is where they come to party. Young patrons dress up to code to enter this huge club on the Westside, where ladies usually enter for free before midnight.
The Victorian neighborhood of Grant Park (just south of Downtown) is home to the world's largest oil painting: the Atlanta Cyclorama, a 19th-century circular mural that depicts the Civil War's Battle of Atlanta.
This Buckhead cigar bar has the allure of a 1920’s speakeasy, complete with a “hidden” location and exclusive access. Outside the entrance sits an antique red London phone booth, where patrons must enter the secret code before they are allowed through the door.
Calorie counters might want to stay far away from James Chalifoux's boutique, where all manner of decadent treats are made with creamy, custom-blended chocolate.
Try the RS400 Lexus hybrids from this Atlanta rental company.
Low-key neighborhood watering hole.
Set on the grounds of Swan House, one of Atlanta's classic historic estates, the Atlanta History Center features permanent and special exhibitions devoted to the history of the city and region.
In a mid-century warehouse building once occupied by the Miller Union Stockyards, Chef Steven Satterfield brings sustainable Southern fare to Atlanta's Westside. The rustic, yet modern decor recalls a charming, country cottage.
Owners Kate and George Lawes have been welcoming collectors for more than 32 years at this charming Decatur antique mall.
What makes a walking tour of Atlanta seem passé? Try seeing the top sites on a City Segway Tour. Following a brief safety demonstration at their downtown store, you can master this mode of conveyance in no time flat.
Twist’s shopping center location does not deter the well-dressed, and typically younger, patrons who stop by this Phipps Plaza spot after work to enjoy signature cocktails and happy hour specials.
The history of the world's most recognizable brand—which was created right here in Atlanta back in 1886—is documented at this fun, interactive museum.
One of the Southeast's largest natural science and learning hubs.