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Things to do in Atlanta

Updated on March 18, 2014
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Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta is home to hundreds of Animals including America's only set of twin Panda's! Zoo Atlanta was came to be in 1889 after a Circus came to Atlanta and went into bankruptcy leaving the animals up for public auction. The animals were purchased by George Valentine Gress and donated to the City of Atlanta who decided to move them to Grant Park and open the cities first Zoo. Over the years the Zoo has grown into an educational monument teaching children and adults to protect and preserve. The cost for admission into Zoo Atlanta is $21.99 for Adults and $16.99 for children (2 and under are FREE!). They also offer a Family Pass program for anyone holding a valid Georgia Library Card; you go to your library and check out a video about Zoo Atlanta and when you return it in person they will give you a receipt and that receipt will get you 4 free passes to Zoo Atlanta within 7 days of the receipt date.

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The Georgia Aquarium

The GA Aquarium is a one-of-a kind facility spanning over 10,000 square feet and more than 10 million gallons of water and housing more animals than any other aquarium in the world. The aquarium prides itself in supporting, conducting and leading research on environmental and conservation issues around the world. They also offer several different educational programs for various age groups as well as hosts events including weddings. The cost for admission into the GA Aquarium is $35.95 for Adults and $29.95 for Children. However, to help offset some of the expense of your trip they do offer FREE admission on your Birthday with valid proof of ID.

World of Coca-Cola Museum

It wouldn't be a trip to Atlanta without visiting the Coca-Cola museum! This famous Atlanta trademark has a long history within the city and holds it's ground just down the street from the GA Aquarium. Coke was created back in 1886 by an Atlanta pharmacist who created a flavored syrup and mixed it with carbonated water and served it as a fountain drink in his pharmacy for 5¢ per glass. His partner and bookkeeper is responsible for naming the product and creating the script that is still included in the Coke logo to this day. During your visit to the museum you'll walk through the history of the product and how it's bottled and you'll even get to taste test Coke products from around the World. Cost for admission is $16.00 for Adults and $12 for Children.

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a must see for kids of all ages who love building with Legos. LEGOLAND offer rides and attractions for all ages and even offer building centers to test the strength of your building to a simulated earthquake. Cost of admission is $17.00 for Adults and $15 Children. They do offer season passes as well as a discounted afternoon pass for visitors after 4pm.

White Water Atlanta

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White Water Atlanta

White Water Atlanta is the areas largest Water Park. With rides for all ages this park is a great way for a family to beat the Georgia Heat. They have rides for adults that rush you and your friends down a 67 foot waterway and they also offer a 25 foot tall interactive play ship for little kids. Cost for admission is $39.99 for Adults and $ 29.99 for children ($15 Parking). They offer season passes, dining passes and Six Flags combo discount tickets.

Six Flags Over Georgia

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Six Flags Over Georgia

Located just West of Atlanta is the State's largest amusement park. With rides available for all ages it's a catch-all for Atlanta's thrill seekers. Cost for admission is $ 59.99 for Adults and $ 39.99 for children ($20 parking). They offer season passes, dining passes, and discounts for 4 or more season passes purchased. You will also find discount coupons located on Coke products and found in local grocery stores and Restaurants.

Underground Atlanta

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Underground Atlanta

Underground Atlanta started as part of the railway system in the 1800's and the city was built around it. After the Civil War and the "Burning of Atlanta" the city began rebuilding around the railway system. In the 1920's the street system was elevated for better traffic flow creating Underground Atlanta. In 1969 Underground Atlanta opened as a Historic Monument that includes a lot of the original architectural features. It houses restaurants and stores and entertainment areas and to this day is the site of the New Year's Peach Drop for Atlanta. It cover 6 city blocks and 12 acres. Underground Atlanta is a must-see for visitors to the area and it's FREE except for the $8 parking; however, it does have access to public transportation.

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A marker800 Cherokee Ave. 30315 -
800 Cherokee Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30315, USA
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Zoo Atlanta

B marker225 Baker Street NW 30313 -
225 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
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Georgia Aquarium

C marker121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 -
121 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
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World of Coca-Cola

D marker3500 Peachtree Rd. NE 30326 -
3500 Peachtree Road Northeast, Phipps Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA
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LEGOLAND Discovery Center

E marker275 Riverside Parkway SW Austell, GA 30168 -
275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell, GA 30168, USA
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Six Flags over GA

F marker250 Cobb Parkway N #100 30062 -
250 Cobb Parkway North #100, Marietta, GA 30062, USA
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White Water Atlanta

G marker50 Upper Alabama Street #007 30303 -
50 Alabama Street Southwest #007, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
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Underground Atlanta

City Pass

A city pass can be purchased if you are looking for a discounted way to see the sights of Atlanta. The City Pass costs $74 for Adults and $59 for children. It covers the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, The World of Coke Museum, Inside CNN Studio tour, and either Fernbank Museum or the High Museum of Art. You have 9 days from the 1st day of use to see all of the included destinations.

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      Samantha Adams 3 years ago from Auburn, GA

      I am a Gwinnett County native born and raised and I have been to a lot of these places as well. The LEGOLAND just opened within the last year so it is relatively new. Also, if your son subscribes to Lego Club Magazine (which is FREE) they include coupons for one free child's ticket.

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      Alan 3 years ago from West Georgia

      Great article, I live near Atlanta and I have tried many of these activities. I even worked at Six Flags as a teen, and all these places are awesome. I haven't been to Legoland yet, but my boys sure want to check it out.