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  • 50 Fun Things To Do

    Whether you've got a few hours or days, stay and play your way with these fun things to do in Atlanta!

    Atlanta offers tons of fun for families, business professionals and everyone in between. There are so many things to do in Atlanta - from family friendly attractions and history, to outdoor adventures and award-winning culture - you're sure to find seasonal sensations year-round! Create your must-have memories starting with this list of 50 fun things to do in Atlanta.


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  • Catch a Broadway play before it hits Broadway

    Musicals, dramas and classical favorites light up Atlanta’s theater scene before they head to the Big Apple. The Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre provides a perfect way to spend the evening.

    Host a tea party for the little ladies

    Treat your daughter – and yourself – to a play date at American Girl. At this doll-shopping heaven, you can choose a doll, find the perfect outfit, have a tea party and even let your doll enjoy a day at the salon!

    Walk, bike, run on the Atlanta BeltLine

    Explore miles of the Atlanta BeltLine by foot or on two wheels. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop in one of the many restaurants to relax and refuel. One of Atlanta’s newest green spaces, the Atlanta BeltLine is an only-in-Atlanta way to stay active.

    Stop and smell the orchids at an in-town urban oasis

    Right in the middle of Midtown Atlanta, in the northern corner of Piedmont Park, grows more than 30 acres of lush green garden just waiting to be explored. At the Atlanta Botanical Garden, seasonal activities keep adventure blooming no matter the temperature.

    Catch an MLB game under the lights

    Get your chopping arm ready! From spring to fall, head out to the Ted to catch the Atlanta Braves and cheer on our home team.

    Spin through time with the world's largest oil painting

    Stump your friends with Civil War trivia after “Young Abe” guides you through a sweeping panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, complete with music and sound effects. Experience the closest thing to a Civil War-era 3D film at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum.

    Rise Up with Samuel L. Jackson and the Atlanta Falcons

    What do Falcons do? Falcons rise up! With only a couple more seasons of Atlanta Falcons football to be played in the Georgia Dome, now is the time to get in the gridiron frame of mind and cheer on the Falcons!

    Party with the past

    The Atlanta History Center is no stranger to games: it hosts 6,000 memorabilia from the Olympic Games including uniforms, victory medals, Olympic torches and even an original running track. Its historic Swan House was also recently featured in the blockbuster hit, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!

    Recreate Hollywood moments in ATLwood

    Television and film industries are bustling in Atlanta and there’s no time like the present to visit ATLwood. Whether it’s The Walking Dead, The Blind Side, Anchorman 2 or one of the many other movies filmed in Atlanta, let Atlanta Movie Tours show you the sites!

    Take a walking tour of Atlanta's neighborhoods

    Watch history come alive as knowledgeable guides share stories of Atlanta’s past. From historic Downtown to Inman Park, Sweet Auburn and everywhere in between, step into Atlanta like never before with these outdoor guided walking tours offered by the Atlanta Preservation Center.

    IMMERSE YOURSELF IN GRAMMY-WINNING SURROUND SOUND

    Want to be in the midst of dozens of Grammy-winners on one stage, but lost your invite to the Grammys? A performance by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s award winning cast of musicians is your ticket!

    Experience a different type of retail therapy

    Pack a spare suitcase for all of the goodies you will bring back from Atlantic Station! Whether it’s a major retailer or a local boutique look you want, this walkable, outdoor shopping mecca will treat you to serious retail therapy.

    Explore the city from open-air smart cars

    Get a first look at Atlanta from the comfort of an open-air smart car (or even a segway) as your ATL-Cruzers tour guide shows you the ins and outs of Atlanta and its neighborhoods. Choose your favorite stops along the way to help plan the rest of your visit!

    Splash into the Fountain of Rings

    Pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy as you splash through the Fountain of Rings or play tag in the green fields of Centennial Olympic Park, located between the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center and the soon-to-open College Football Hall of Fame and Center for Civil and Human Rights.

    Pull the strings on family fun

    A must-see for the kids in your family, the Center for Puppetry Arts tells some of the most-loved children’s fables through puppetry. While you’re there, check out the Jim Henson exhibit to get a glimpse of everyone’s favorite frog!

    Pack a picnic and BYOB for an outdoor concert

    Need ideas for a romantic date night? Pack your picnic basket, grab a bottle of wine and head to Chastain Park Amphitheatre for a night to remember. From rock and roll to blues and soul, concerts at Chastain Park Amphitheatre offer something for everyone.

    Chill and chat like a local

    Whether coffee or a cocktail is your poison, grab a drink and relax in Decatur Square. People watch, read a book or simply soak in the sun and act like a local in one of Atlanta’s most walkable neighborhoods.

    Bank on a good time

    Watch Velodrome bike racing at its finest at East Point’s Dick Lane Velodrome! With races throughout the year, you can cheer on cyclists as they sprint towards the finish line.

    Journey into the Jurassic

    Getting up close and personal with the dinosaurs at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a lot less scary than the bared-teeth versions in film. Take a peek back in time with the Giants of the Mesozoic – even one that measures more than 120 feet long!

    Swim with the whale sharks

    That’s no typo. You can actually snorkel or SCUBA with the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. Interested in interacting with a slightly smaller animal? The nation’s largest aquarium offers encounters with belugas, otters and even penguins!

    See an innovative perfomance at a 19th-century factory

    Tucked away on the city's Westside, the Goat Farm Arts Center, boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor performance spaces to see a concert by a touring act or local band or a show by one of the resident dance or theater companies.

    Mingle with the Masters

    Step inside the leading art museum in the Southeast and gaze at more than 13,000 modern and contemporary works of art. A ticket to the High Museum of Art will get you into both the special exhibitions and the permanent collection.

    Embody the spirits of great Atlantans

    Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest cemetery, holding more than 70,000 souls and a trove of enthralling tales. It is also the final resting place of Civil War soldiers and Civil Rights pioneers, as well as legends like Atlanta's first African-American mayor Maynard Jackson, author Margaret Mitchell and golfer Bobby Jones. Enter the historic gates for guided and self-guided tours each day.

    Watch the news unfold

    Inside CNN Studio Tour to see exactly how this globally recognized brand makes news, beginning to end. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even see Robin Meade!

    Soak in the sunset at our most picture-perfect spot

    On the Jackson Street Bridge, high above International Boulevard, the only sound you hear as often as passing traffic is a camera shutter. Venture over to the bridge at sunset and snap a selfie with Atlanta’s beautiful downtown skyline as the backdrop.

    Knock on the door of the Oval Office

    Each U.S. president creates his own library, and in Atlanta, we’re pretty fond of the one our very own Nobel Peace Prize winning, peanut growing president, Jimmy Carter erected. At the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, you’ll find everything from a replica of the Oval Office to gifts he received during his presidency.

    Snap a pic of famous graffiti

    Public art and political expression intermingle on this ever-changing urban canvas of images, words and ideas. The Krog Street tunnel, known for its street art, links the eclectic Inman Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods and is the tunnel of choice for photographers and fans of graffiti.

    Build your dream world

    Stack, create and imagine at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center built on the top floor of Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. Filled with hours of hands-on, interactive fun, kids will love playing inside one of the world's biggest boxes of LEGO® bricks.

    Unleash your inner hipster

    Put on those skinny jeans and grab your flannel shirt as you head down to Little Five Points for vintage boutique shopping, bar hopping and great live music. For the full Little Five treatment, check out the Elvis shrine at the Star Bar!

    Roam Atlanta's largest gallery

    Atlanta and its walls create one big art gallery, thanks to the city’s talented street artists who come together under Living Walls. Relish in this creation of contemporary public art through year-round programming of murals, lectures, workshops, pop-up shops and gallery exhibitions.

    Give a damn: Go to the Margaret Mitchell House, my dear

    Peek inside the restored rooms of the Margaret Mitchell House where most of "Gone With the Wind" was penned, complete with the native Atlantan’s writing desk and period furnishings. Frankly, you will give a damn as a guided tour leads you through the cinematic movie exhibition and you explore the author‘s life.

    Walk in the footprints of giants

    Stand in the footsteps of civil rights leaders on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, where the shoe prints of heroes such as Rosa Parks, former President Jimmy Carter, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and many others are embedded in a concrete memorial.

    Meet your knight in shining armor

    Bring the Medieval age to life as you devour a four-course meal fit for royalty while watching a rousing, two-hour live jousting tournament from ringside seats. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament brings eleventh-century Spain to Atlanta with all its splendor and romance!

    Connect with your Mummy

    Take some time to bond with your mummy at Emory's Michael C. Carlos Museum. With permanent collections that span the globe and renowned traveling exhibits, your inner history buff will be transfixed by everything from mummies to a Greek muse!

    Ollie from dusk to dawn

    Open from the time the sun comes up until the lights turn off at 11 p.m., Atlanta’s first public skatepark, Old Fourth Ward Skate Park is designed for skaters of all skill levels. Also enjoy a nearby playground, multi-use athletic fields and seamless access to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.

    Dunk or dance at Philips Arena

    Philips Arena, home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and Dream (WNBA), keeps it rocking all year long with hoops action and the hottest concerts. Named by Rolling Stone as one of the best arenas in the country, Philips Arena hosts top national acts year round.

    Play hooky in Piedmont Park

    Not that we condone it, but if you’re playing hooky, there’s no better way to spend your day than gallivanting around Piedmont Park, home to the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Lake Clara Meer. Whether you bring the pooch for playtime at the dog park or a book to relax in the grass, Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is the place to be.

    Channel your inner dare devil

    Scream your head off on the Scream Machine or take on Goliath, a mammoth ride at Six Flags Over Georgia. From heart-pounding rides for the most adventurous to live entertainment for the whole family, Six Flags has you covered for a fun family day.

    Wheel around town

    Hop into a SkyView Atlanta gondola and travel up and around over 20 stories for a view of the Atlanta area. Once located in Florida and even Paris, the SkyView Ferris wheel is one of the newest addition to the collection of attractions surrounding Centennial Olympic Park.

    Star gaze at the Starlight

    Gaze at the stars at Starlight Six Drive-In Theatres. Whether they’re on the big screen or in your favorite constellation, the Starlight Drive-In is the perfect place for stargazing and was named one of Details magazine’s “America’s Five Coolest Drive-Ins.”

    Play in mountains of fun

    Take a trek through the treetops on SkyHike® or take a real hike (or the Summit Skyride) to the top of the mountain for beautiful city skyline views. Tour the antebellum plantation or ride around Stone Mountain by train and see the world’s largest light show projected on it!

    Eat, drink, spin, repeat

    Take in the only 360 view of Atlanta from 72 stories high at the Sun Dial Bar & View. As the Sun Dial rotates high above Peachtree Street, you’ll see everything from Stone Mountain to Georgia Tech and everything in between!

    Sweeten your visit with a savory snack

    For meats and produce straight from the farm, plus unique eateries serving up everything from soul food and gourmet hot dogs to artisanal ice cream, look no further than this urban farmer’s market. Also on the menu at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market are monthly culinary tours, storytelling, cooking classes and tons of community events.

    Milk a cow at The Children's Museum

    Shop for groceries, paint a masterpiece right on the wall and milk a cow (don't worry, it's not real) at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Hands-on exhibits, interactive music programming and so much more is waiting to be discovered.

    Walk the red carpet

    At Atlanta’s fabulous Fox Theatre, every night is a red carpet event. Musicals, dance and nationally-renowned acts wait at the end of your red carpet walk, and if there’s no show scheduled, have no fear – you can always tour the Atlanta icon!

    Tour the town at your own pace

    Hop on board a 90-minute, fully-narrated trolley tour (enclosed and climate controlled!) to learn the history and enjoy the stories and legends of Atlanta’s top attractions and historic sites. Step on to discover the “Must-Sees” of Atlanta while riding in style on Peachtree Trolley Tours.

    Place a presidential order

    Five chili dogs, four regular dogs and a cheeseburger. That’s what President Obama ordered at The Varsity. If he had asked, we would have recommended an FO and a naked dog walking. What will be in your presidential-style order?

    Search for the secret formula

    Experience the history of the world’s most famous soft drink through fascinating exhibits, classic ads and an imaginative replica of the bottling process. Get closer than ever before to the World of Coca-Cola vault containing the secret recipe and tempt your taste buds with more than 60 beverages from around the globe.

    Treat your tikes and tricksters to storytelling

    On Saturdays, witness the famous Uncle Remus stories come to life through incredible storytelling at the historic home of the compiler himself, Joel Chandler Harris. Partake in a daily guided tour of the Wren’s Nest and stand in the same spot where the writer gave life to the Brer Rabbit tales from his front porch.

    Peek at a panda...or two!

    Twin baby pandas! Does it get any cuter? Mei Lun and Mei Huan, born in 2013, are adorable, fluffy additions to the Zoo Atlanta family. Visit Zoo Atlanta, in the historic Grant Park neighborhood, during your next trip to Atlanta and watch them – and more of our zoo babies – grow with us!
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