10 Fun Activities to do in Atlanta
As someone who has been traveling / living in Atlanta for almost three years now, I have experienced only a few of the many fun activities that are available in Atlanta. While there are too many to actually count, here are a few that I found the most fun (either from experience or second-hand experience)...
1. The World of Coco-Cola
*As many people may know, Atlanta is the home to The World of Coco-Cola and a huge distributor of Coke products. For a fairly reasonable rate, you can enter into The World of Coke, where you will get to partake in a number of family-friendly activities, including a tour of the vault that holds the secret formula, a 3D movie, and the opportunity to taste-test Coke products from all around the world. There are photographers located all around the building who are willing to take your photos professionally, which you can later purchase at the gift shop, or using a camera of your choice. My boyfriend took me to the World of Coke last summer, and I thought it was a lot of fun. (Warning: Do NOT drink the Beverly from Africa. DO drink the Melon Frosty)
2. Georgia Aquarium
*The Georgia Aquarium is conveniently located across from The World of Coke and, though I have not yet gotten to visit it, I know a number of people who have and seemed to really enjoy the experience. The Georgia Aquarium is an iconic attraction of Atlanta, as it is one of the biggest aquariums in the whole world. If you are visiting Atlanta, and especially if you have children, the Georgia Aquarium is a must see. I will definitely be going some time this summer.
3. Zoo Atlanta
*Zoo Atlanta is one of the first places I got to visit when I came to Atlanta. Although I felt it was a bit pricey, the experience itself was enjoyable. A number of the animals were out and in clear sight, and there were many excellent attractions, such as exhibits and animal shows that would offer fun for the whole family. The park is clean and the zookeepers are friendly.
4. Underground Atlanta
*If you're looking for a fun and unique shopping experience, Underground Atlanta is an interesting place to browse and shop. There is a small arcade for the kids, a number of photo booths, and restaurants. The shops are small and different from any other shops I've seen around Atlanta and from my hometown of Shawnee, Kansas.
5. Turner Field / Georgia Dome / Bobby Dodd Stadium
*Atlanta is home to a number of sports teams, so if you're a sports fan Atlanta is a great place to watch the Atlanta Hawks or the Braves. What better way to spend the day than watching a nice baseball game at Turner Field or a basketball game at the Georgia Dome?
6. Movie / TV Tours
*Many films are shot in or around the Atlanta area. In fact, I have seen a number of movies being filmed just around the Georgia Tech area where I live. One of the most popular TV shows filmed in Atlanta is The Walking Dead and, because of this, there is a Walking Dead tour that is available to those who are willing to pay to experience it. The Walking Dead tour takes you around the many different areas where the show was filmed, including the CDC. Although I have not gotten to go myself, I would like to.
7. Atlanta Botanical Garden
*The Atlanta Botanical Garden is an experience that changes from season to season, from the Christmas Time lighting in the winter to the blossoming of flowers in the Spring. A visit to the Botanical Garden requires two to three hours in order to take in all of the amazing plant life. It is conveniently located in Piedmont Park (the next attraction in the list), so there are many attractions around it as well.
8. Centennial Olympic Park / Piedmont Park
*Atlanta is home to a number of amazing parks. One that I have been to is Centennial Olympic Park, which is located in the middle of a number of great attractions, including downtown Atlanta, a ferris wheel, and the Children's Imagine It Museum. Centennial Olympic Park has a beautiful water fountain, which is timed to a water show every hour or so. This is a great place to have a picnic while the children play on the playground, or even to just walk around and admire the statues and ponds. There are a number of concerts held here and a splash pad. Piedmont Park also offers concerns and a great place to picnic, as well as the Botanical Garden mentioned previously.
9. Center for Disease Control
*A visit to the Center for Disease Control is great for any science nerd or family who is interested in the major diseases, such as AIDs, Polio, Ebola, etc. Although this attraction is not appropriate for young children, older children and adults can get a fantastic experience learning more about the development of the U.S. Public Health System. Be aware that the building is a secure center, so if you drive your car will be thoroughly inspected. However, to make up for this, the tour is free.
10. Martin Luther King Jr Historical Sites
*Atlanta is also home to a number of historical sites, including the childhood home of Martin Luther King Jr, as well as the church he attended as a child. For a reasonable price, people can take a tour of the home, while the church is free to attend (of course). In addition to this, Atlanta also houses the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which happens to go well with the above. This museum allows visitors to travel through the time period where Martin Luther King Jr, and many other people, were fighting for human rights. Also, it is conveniently located beside both The World of Coco-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium.
Atlanta, as a city, has a lot to offer tourists and, although some attractions may be more expensive than others, the experience is enriching for both young and old. There are also many more places to see that I have no mentioned. For more information, visit www.tripadvisor.com.