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Things to Do: Atlanta Attractions

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Creative Loafing is an intensely local guide. We've been publishing a newspaper in the area since 1972 and just about all of the culture has been reported in the newspaper or on this website.

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A Smithsonian-affiliated gallery that has featured shows on artist-designed furniture, Japanese product design, lunch boxes and eco-friendly architecture. MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to all things design. | more...

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Atlanta's most fragrant attraction blooms with more than 3,000 ornamental plants spread over 30 acres adjacent to Piedmont Park, including a rare 15-acre urban forest. There is a 600-foot Canopy Walk situated 40 feet high, and regular exhibitions and concerts in the gardens. | more...

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Housed in Delta's two 1940s aircraft hangers. Includes Ship 41, the first Douglas DC-3 to carry Delta passengers in 1940; the Spirit of Delta, Delta's first Boeing 767; and a replica of the first Delta station in Monroe, La., in 1929. The 747 Experience, the most recent addition to the Delta Flight ... | more...

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The nation's largest aquarium has more aquatic life than any other aquarium, with specimens from more than 500 species, including whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea. Visitors can go to the "touch tank" for the chance to interact with sea stars and anemones. "Behind the Scenes" tours are avail... | more...

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The age of the Ferris wheel in Downtown is upon us, Atlanta. The 20-story attraction known as SkyView Atlanta takes guests on a roughly 15-minute ride and provides them with a view of the city's skyline. | more...

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At the time of its construction in 1974, which was inspired by the Munich Olympics, the Velodrome was one of only two tracks of its kind in the United States. It served as a training facility for cyclists at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Currently, the track is the second steepest concrete race track in t... | more...

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The Ted's more impressive, architecturally speaking, than the old home of the Braves, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, a piece of which now sits in the parking lot. Various carnival-style games, eating venues, and the pricey beers also make the new park, which was converted from the Olympic Stadium, m... | more...

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Named after Maryn Whitmore and her husband’s love for squirrels and the Bauhaus movement, Skwhirlhaus is a performance stage in the Whitmores' backyard. Catch occasional dance and performance art shows. | more...

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You heard right, we said, "Waffle House Museum." In 1955, neighbors Joe Roger Sr. and Tom Forkner embarked on a plan to smother and cover the world (or at least Avondale Estates) with 24-hour dining. More than 50 years and 1,600 restaurants later, the chain's original location still stands as a test... | more...

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A 2,965-acre park and museum on the site of the 1864 Civil War Campaign for Atlanta. | more...

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The Museum of History and Holocaust Education comprises one division within the Kennesaw State University Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books (MARB). Formed in 2010, the Dept. of Museums, Archives and Rare Books is under the executive leadership of Dr. Catherine Lewis, professor of history ... | more...

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The 200-plus-acre park with tennis, walking trails, and a pond has been Atlanta's place to go on a Sunday afternoon since it was first purchased by the city in 1904. Piedmont Park added 13 acres in 2013 and unveiled a collection of new entrances. The add-on near the intersection of Piedmont Road and... | more...

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This quaint village offers a number of shops, restaurants and entertainment options. | more...

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Offers free, self-guided tours of the Monetary Museum and Visitors Center.


The museum features a display on the history of money; interactive, multimedia exhibits explaining the Federal Reserve's role in the economy; and a view of the bank's automated vault and cash processing areas. In addition, ... | more...

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The world's largest mass of exposed granite is the centerpiece of this park, which features golf courses, hiking trails, camping, swimming, dining, and attractions including the Geyser Towers, Summit Skyride, and much more. The park also hosts a spectacular 3-D laser light show nightly during the su... | more...

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MarketPlace 120 is an art and antique gallery specializing in fine art, home decor, handcrafted items, vintage gifts, and more. | more...

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A 20-acre site that's home to both the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. | more...

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Extensive documents and profiles record Atlanta's Jewish history, making the museum the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Particularly notable for special exhibits that emphasize the value of tolerance and diversity. | more...

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From modest beginnings in a single rented room to a state-of-the-art 50,000-square foot facility on a 14-acre campus, the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) represents more than a half-century of community investment in education. Its founders – educators and civic leaders – had a vision: to create a... | more...

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The Millennium Gate is a classically-styled monumental arch located inside Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta, historically called "The Gate City." The Gate houses a 12,000-square-foot museum that narrates Georgia's and Atlanta's history through interactive technology, as well as film, period rooms... | more...

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The Southern Museum opened in 1972 as the Big Shanty Museum in Kennesaw, Georgia. It showcased the famous General locomotive and was dedicated to telling the story of the April 12, 1862 "Great Locomotive Chase," an event that briefly elevated the engine and the City of Kennesaw to prominence during ... | more...

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Atlanta's iconic drive-in restaurant since 1928. The menu includes hot dogs, burgers, chili, fries, and the famous Frosted Orange. Customers are greeted with the cry, "What'll ya have?" | more...

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This strip of destinations along Auburn Avenue provides a variety of ways to learn about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. At the birth home, tour guides give insights into King's younger years and the discipline that led to his success as a speaker and scholar. At the King Center, ... | more...

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Features firefighting techniques and equipment from the 1800s to the present. Highlights include the "Aurora," a 139-year-old horse-drawn Silsby Steamer pumper. | more...

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A small museum on the second floor of an 1845 building that houses exhibits on subjects as varied as the Dahlonega gold rush, the famous Union attempt to steal a Confederate locomotive, and growth of the Bell Bomber Plant, now part of Lockheed/Martin. | more...

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A mere 20 miles north of Downtown Atlanta, you can rent canoes, kayaks and — for the truly lazy at heart — inflatable tubes for drifting down the mellow Chattahoochee River. Depending on how long you want to float, you can start your trip in Roswell, Marietta or Sandy Springs. Really, it's one of th... | more...

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Founded in 1926, the center includes the Atlanta History Museum featuring signature and traveling exhibitions, the Smith Family Farm, the 1928 Swan House mansion, research archives/special libraries, and 22 acres of gardens. | more...

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Presidential Library system and museum with special exhibitions and a permanent collection that features photographs and historic memorabilia from the Carter administration. | more...

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The crypt for King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, is located outside in the stately plaza, but there’s not much else to see here. | more...

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For 150 years, White Oak Pastures farms organic produce, dairy, and meat for the Georgia communities to enjoy. Organic, sustainable, and plentiful crops retain the mission of the farm: high-quality, homemade, and down-home tradition.


Hours: Monday - Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., S... | more...

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The new soda-pop museum, next to Centennial Olympic Park, is slicker than the old one — but still basically a big interactive commercial that you pay to watch. It features free samples of various international flavors of the company's sugar water, a mini-bottling line, and Coke-themed pop art. | more...

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The Youth Museum is a non-profit educational center offering imaginative tours for elementary and middle school classes. Located in a natural setting, the Youth Museum's property is adjacent to the Cheatham Hill area of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, three miles west of the Marietta Sq... | more...

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Visit one of the oldest homes in the Atlanta area and experience life for a middle class family living in antebellum Georgia. Home to the Root family from 1845 to 1886, the Root House is more typical of its time and place than the grand plantations and columned mansions popularized by Gone With the ... | more...

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Although Anderson and Soledad work in the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, you can still see where Ted reinvented the news business on a 55-minute tour. $10-$13 | more...

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Folk Art Park pays homage to the rich and deep tradition of Southern folk art. Ranging from a large-scale installation based on quilt-making to environments drawn from the visionary worlds of artists such as Lonnie Holley and Howard Finster, Folk Art Park reclaims the cement islands created by two f... | more...

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The house where much of Gone with the Wind was written beckons to tourists and native Atlantans alike who want to understand more about the author of the most popular novel of all time. The house also plays an important part in keeping Atlanta's literary scene alive through regular events with local... | more...

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Ivy Hall is the writing and cultural arts center of SCAD Atlanta and sits on a small hilltop at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Piedmont avenues. Also known as the Peters House, it is one of the first homes in Georgia thought to fully embody the Queen Anne-Victorian architectural style. The building... | more...

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In the late ’70s, Atlanta almost allowed a telephone company to demolish one of the city's architectural gems. Everybody thinks Gone with the Wind premiered here, but that happened at the Loew's Grand down the street, which did get torn down. A 60-minute guided tour is available. The Fox Theatre hos... | more...

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The Braves open the new Spring training facility just South of Sarasota, FL in March, 2019

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Located in the heart of Atlanta, Ga., the High Museum of Art connects with audiences from across the Southeast and around the world through its distinguished collection, dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and engaging community-focused programs. Housed within facilities designed by Pritzker Pri... | more...

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This museum features two trains in the exhibit hall, more than 70 pieces of retired railway rolling stock, and train rides aboard restored cabooses. | more...

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The zoo houses more than 1,400 animals, including elephants, Sumatran tigers, black rhinos, zebras, and Chantek, the first orangutan to use sign language. And did we mention pandas? | more...

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The Marietta 'Gone with the Wind' Museum at historic Brumby Hall is a walk back in time. A refreshing must-see stop for all fans of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-winning movie. The museum is often mentioned as one of the top stops for tourists wanting to explore the South's ant... | more...


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