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Enjoy a Vacation Getaway in Atlanta

Updated on May 20, 2011

Atlanta's Centennial Park

If you're looking for a great place to visit in the Southeast, consider a trip to Atlanta, Georgia. This major city (and surrounding metropolitan area) is home to many great attractions, as well as outstanding shopping and dining opportunities.

Examples of Atlanta Attractions

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is home to more than sixty exhibits featuring fish, marine mammals, and much, much more. There are a number of galleries, designed to provide visitors with an opportunity to catch a glimpse of marine life around the world. For example, the Cold Water Quest gallery is home to beluga whales, seals, penguins, sea otters, and many other fish and birds that live in the coldest waters on the planet. Closer to home, the Georgia Explorer gallery is home to many species that live along Georgia's Atlantic Coast, including loggerhead turtles, whales, stingrays, shrimp, and much more.

High Museum of Art

If you are an art lover, be sure to visit the High Museum of Art during your time in Atlanta. The museum's permanent exhibits include impressive collections of American, African, European, Art. You'll have an opportunity to view modern and contemporary pieces, folk art, decorative pieces, photography, and much more. Additionally, the museum features impressive traveling exhibits on a regular basis. Be sure to check the website before you travel to Atlanta so you'll have an idea of exactly what will be on display during your visit.

Six Flags over Georgia

If you're a fan of amusement parks, Six Flags Over Georgia is a must-visit spot during your trip. Situated on one hundred acres, this amusement park features many rides for kids of all ages and is also a world class entertainment venue. There are plenty of child-oriented and family friendly rides, as well as numerous roller coasters and other thrill rides for those who enjoy a rush of adrenaline. Entertainment options include many regularly scheduled shows and parades, as well as periodic special event concerts.

Stone Mountain

No trip to the Atlanta area is complete without a visit to Stone Mountain Park. This unique park facility features many attractions that children and adults will find appealing. You can hike to the top of the mountain or take a high speed cable car ride to the top. Additional Stone Mountain attractions include a train ride around the mountain, the unique SkyHike adventure course that allows you to capture a bird's eye view as you walk across suspended wooden bridges, a laser light show, and much more. There are hotel, camping, dining, and shopping facilities in the park.

World of Coca Cola

If you love the refreshing flavor of Coca Cola and other beverages made by the renowned company, you'll likely enjoy a visit to the World of Coca Cola. You'll have an opportunity to learn about the origins of Coca Cola, as well as find out what's going on with the brand today and sneak a peek into what may be on the horizon. You'll have an opportunity to sample dozens of products available around the world, view a real bottling line in action, view Coca Cola themed artwork, and more.

Zoo Atlanta

If you're a fan of zoos, your Atlanta getaway has to include a visit to Zoo Atlanta. This zoo is home to one of the few panda exhibits in the United States, and is home to many additional animals that children and adults alike will enjoy having a chance to observe. Zoo residents include gorillas (including a baby, as of 2010!), tigers, sun bears, reptiles, goats, sea otters, and much more!

Underground Atlanta

Underground Atlanta is a six block section of Atlanta's downtown area where you can enjoy great shopping, dining, and entertainment during the day, as well as enjoy terrific nightlife after the sun goes down. At Underground, you can visit the fortune teller, taste homemade candy, shop for souvenirs, and more. While you're there, enjoy a great meal at Johnny Rockets, Scores Sports Bar & Restaurant, or one of the many other restaurants located in the Underground.

Woodruff Park in Atlanta

Other Things to See and Do In Atlanta

Professional Sports

You can take in a professional, major league sports game just about any time of the year. Atlanta is home to the Atlanta Braves baseball team, the Atlanta Falcons football team, the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, and the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team.


Atlanta is home to a number of excellent shopping destinations. Major shopping destinations include Cumberland Mall, Leox Square Mall, Northlake Mall, Perimeter Mall, Phipps Plaza, and more. Department and specialty stores that you'll find in the metropolitan area include Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Coture, Macy's, Nordstrom's, Sak's Fifth Avenue, and many others. There's also an enormous free standing REI outdoor outfitter store in Atlanta.

Ready to Plan Your Atlanta, Georgia Trip?

There are so many fun things to see and do in Atlanta that it' not possible to list them all. This article features just a few of the many fun activities that you can enjoy if you travel to this major southern city.

CNN Center in Atlanta


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    Atlanta hotel 7 years ago

    Atlanta is one of the best vacation destinations of the world.I am looking forward to travel Atlanta and enjoy the Theme parks and golf clubs there.

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

    A trip to Stone Mountain sunds just like my type of vacation. Thanks for the useful information here, I never knew there is a "World of Coca Cola" place, fancy that!