Atlanta is a vibrant city with thousands of surprises in store for its visitors.
Most of its famous landmarks boast unique and interesting historical tidbits. And what makes Atlanta special is that these historical landmarks are well preserved.
For instance, the Fox Theater has a history that goes way back to the end of the 1920s.
Atlanta is the birthplace of Coca-Cola. And being this famous drink’s birthplace, a museum dedicated to it should sit here.
There are also attractions in the city for you and your family. And these attractions are perfect for individuals who are 21 and below, so fear not.
We got you covered here.
Just read on.
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1. World of Coca-Cola
What would Atlanta be famous for except for the drink that changed the world?
Atlanta is the birthplace of Coca-Cola.
And being its birthplace, the city pays homage to the famous drink with a museum of its own.
The World of Coca-Cola that you can find at 121 Baker Street may look like a giant ad for the drink. But visiting is a fun and educational way to learn about the drink’s history.
The museum has interactive galleries and memorabilia that bring you back to the first few years of the drink. They also have different types of bottles on display.
There is also a 4D theater, a scent exhibit, and a tasting room to give you an idea of what Coca-Cola tastes like in other countries.
The museum has a guide who can share interesting drinks interesting facts with you.
2. SkyView Atlanta
Standing about 20 stories high over Centennial Park, this giant Ferris wheel is a perfect way to complete your tour of the downtown area.
The SkyView Atlanta is a short walk away from famous tourist destinations of the city. The World of Coca-Cola is a few minutes away by foot. The College Football Hall of Fame is also a walking distance away.
In SkyView Atlanta, you can take photos of the panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline.
The SkyView has 42 air-conditioned gondolas. There are regular gondolas that are cheaper than VIP gondolas. There are VIP gondolas with leather seats and can accommodate up to five people. And there are see-through gondolas to add to the thrill.
Visitors rave about how beautiful the Atlanta skyline is from this vantage point. But beware of the long lines as they can be long.
And before we proceed to the next attraction, take note that the view is more beautiful at night. So, go there in the evenings if you can.
3. Georgia Aquarium
Sitting right next to the World of Coca-Cola is the Georgia Aquarium.
The aquarium is where you can take your friends for a fun and educational trip. It has a fantastic collection of everything the seas offer, distributed across six galleries.
The collection includes whale sharks, manta rays, sea otters, and even African penguins. Aside from these, there are also beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, and California sea lions. There are only a few aquariums that have these sea creatures.
The range of sharks here is impressive. Here, you will find hammerheads, blacktip reef sharks, tiger sharks, and even silvertip sharks.
The most exciting sections of the aquarium are the Dolphin Celebration, Ocean Voyager, Cold Water Quest, and Pier 225.
Another section, the River Scout, also displays animals from rivers from all corners of the planet. It is only here that you will see the cute Asian small-clawed otters.
And if you feel like it, you can head over and try out the aquarium’s 3D short film. The short film tackles and takes you on a deep ocean journey. It also talks more about animal conservation.
If you wish, you can also book sleepovers. Sleepovers should be the perfect chance for you to spend the night in the aquarium.
4. Fox Theatre
The Fox Theatre on West Peachtree Street is one of Atlanta’s famous theaters.
It is where you will see regular schedules that feature dance performances, comedic acts, Broadway musicals, and even symphony orchestras.
Even when the theater does not have any scheduled shows, the place provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the city’s history. The theater also displays impressive architecture from the 1920s.
The theater is iconic. It hosted (and still hosts) performing arts from the 1920s until today.
It is, of course, suitable for visitors of all ages. Even your younger siblings would be apt to enjoy the theater as many entertainment options are available.
Some shows also target specific audiences. At times, there are shows for kids. There are also shows for young adults.
The time of your visit would have to depend on the running show.
But expect to spend at least a couple of hours when you come here.
And before we forget, the theater has an organ you may want to see. They call the organ Mighty Mo and boast of gigantic pipes, the largest of which is around 32 feet long.
The organ can copy almost all types of sounds in an orchestra. These sounds include those of a gong, sleigh bells, marimba, and even a drum.
Drop by and say hi to Mighty Mo when you’re in town.
5. Centennial Olympic Park
Atlanta is not only about buildings and museums.
The city also has open spaces like the Centennial Olympic Park.
Built for the 1996 Summer Olympics, the park’s beautiful grounds boast of the many attractions you will find in Atlanta.
Here, you will find that the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola are within a short distance away.
But within the park, a centerpiece called the Fountain of Rings is something you should not miss. Here, you will always find kids splashing around the area.
But while you are at the Fountain of Rings, you can enjoy the fountain’s performances to the beat of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and other famous melodies.
The park is a beautiful reminder of the city’s legacy to the Olympics.
There are also a lot of things you can do here.
There are walking tours where you will learn about Atlanta and its growth pre and post-Olympics. You will also hear about the city’s festivals like the Sweetwater 420 and the Shaky Knees that attract international artists every year.
Beside the Fountain of Rings is the West Lawn Promenade. This area is an open green space with several majestic trees.
To the south is the Southern Company Amphitheater. The area hosts musical and non-musical events, including graduations and festivals.
To the north is the Garden Walk. Here, you will immerse yourself in lush oak trees and different unique fountains. Locals and visitors alike love sitting here to read or play chess.
6. Center for Puppetry Arts
Popular for its unique theatrical programming, the center, as the name suggests, celebrates puppetry.
The center hosts puppetry workshops and live shows. Its highlight is its museum, which houses displays that show the history of puppetry across continents, from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Another highlight is Jim Henson’s work and some collections that include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggie, and Fraggle Rock characters.
Once in a while, there are also special exhibits. There is a store where you can buy puppets, books, and postcards to bring home to friends.
The Center for Puppetry Arts is small.
But you will surely enjoy your visit here, especially if you are a fan of Jim Henson.
7. Stone Mountain Park
With about 3,200 acres, the park offers a wide variety of attractions to its visitors.
The most famous attraction here is the Confederate Memorial Carving. The largest high-relief sculpture shows Jefferson Davis, Confederate Generals Robert Lee, and Thomas Jackson.
To give you a clearer perspective of how big this is, the carved surface tips at 3 acres are even bigger than a football field and Mount Rushmore combined.
Other attractions here include a cable car ride, a scenic railroad, and a songbird preserve. A mini-golf course is also in the area if you feel like it.
For those with special interests in dinos, a seasonal park with life-sized replicas of dinosaurs is also available.
You can also hike or explore Stone Mountain Park. You can even laze the day away in one of the park’s picnic areas.
During summer, we recommend that you stay until the early evening. It is during this time that you will see the Lasershow Spectacular.
When planning to visit, be wary of the weather. The weather determines the success of your trip.
Check before going as high winds, for example, will hinder you from making it to the top via the cable car.
8. Oakland Cemetery
About two miles southeast of Atlanta’s downtown area is the Oakland Cemetery.
With an area of 48 acres, the cemetery highlights the role of Atlanta during the Civil War and the civil rights movement.
The cemetery’s highlights are winding paths, flower shrubs, and trees. You can also find intricate statues, mausoleums, and a wide array of impressive art and architecture.
The cemetery has about 70,000 graves that include famous personalities from Atlanta. These personalities include Bobby Jones, Kenny Rogers, and writer Margaret Mitchell.
There are also about 7,000 Confederate soldiers buried here.
You can explore the cemetery on your own. Although, we recommend joining guided tours for a broader perspective on the role of the cemetery during the Civil War.
9. Delta Flight Museum
This museum provides its visitors with a wide array of interactive exhibits focused on aviation.
Here, you will find highlights like the country’s only full-motion flight simulator open to the public.
The museum also exhibits several airplane models, including notable models like the 1928 Northwest Airways Waco 125 biplane. You will also find the 1931 Curtiss-Wright 6B sedan and other well-known models here.
Aside from these, you should also never miss its collection of hot air balloons.
The hangars inside the museum also hold several exhibits that focus on the propeller age of the aviation industry.
If you love everything about aviation, you will surely enjoy the museum.
The same should be true if you are an aspiring pilot, especially when you try the flight simulator for a fee.
Prepare to do a lot of walking.
The Delta Flight Museum is also near the airport. This attraction should be ideal, especially if you only plan to visit the city on a layover.
10. Krog Street Market
The market used to be a stove factory, which later became studios used for Tyler Perry’s films and TV shows.
The location is in Atlanta’s Inman Park area.
Here, the place presents you with a horde of options in food ranging from Chinese dumplings to pizza and other specialties.
There are also batches of chocolate, ice cream, and more.
Do not miss out on The Cottage, a 1920 historic house. You will find this attraction in the area that sells items for the home, garden, and vintage clothing.
Visitors love the Krog Street Market. And most would always rave about the different food options you can find here.
11. College Football Hall of Fame
About a walking distance away from the Georgia Aquarium and the Centennial Olympic Park is the College Football Hall of Fame.
The attraction offers its visitors a horde of interactive exhibits that focus on college football. There are more than 50 of these interactive exhibits onsite.
The facility spans about 95,000 square feet, where you can look for your team’s helmet on the Helmet Wall.
You can also check out Heisman and National Championship trophies displayed here. You can also try kicking a field goal at their indoor football field. And finally, try experiencing the HD GameDay Theater.
If you highly adore college football, you will love this place.
You will likely explore the whole area and its different attractions. While specific to college football, visitors always comment on how good the management is in engaging visitors of all ages.
The staff is friendly. But some visitors also lament how the area can be overcrowded at times.
Atlanta is famous for bringing to the world the renowned drink Coca-Cola.
But there is more to the city than being the birthplace of the world’s favorite drink.
The city offers parks and many open spaces, museums, food options, and more that suit visitors of all ages.
Whether you are below 21 or older, you will never run out of things to visit in Atlanta.
How about you?
Were you able to visit Atlanta before? Which attractions would you like to add to the list?
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