East of Downtown

For even more of the best things to do in Atlanta, visit the eclectic neighborhoods of East Atlanta. Just a day trip away from Downtown Atlanta, you can uncover the mysteries of the city’s history, enjoy museums, independent theatre and boutique shopping. Stumped for what to do East of Downtown Atlanta? Use this list to create your own authentic Atlanta experience!

7 Stages 7 Stages
7 Stages is a theater committed to educating and engaging audiences about social topics. In addition to producing its own works, 7 Stages is also home to local dance and acting groups without a permanent facility.
Atlanta Cyclorama Atlanta Cyclorama
Atlanta Cyclorama features a rotating stage, which displays the world's largest oil painting, “The Battle of Atlanta.” This Civil War museum features memorabilia and the locomotive "Texas,” as well as period paintings and photographs.
Little Five Points Atlanta’s Eclectic Neighborhoods
Little Five Points is Atlanta’s bohemian hangout and home to a rich mix of art, theater and shopping. 7 Stages Theatre, Dad’s Garage and the Horizon Theatre are popular venues. Virginia-Highland features hip boutiques while East Atlanta Village is filled with homegrown restaurants and pubs. The historic district of Cabbagetown boasts impressive architectural restorations.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a 27,000-square-foot historic mansion, which now serves as a non-profit community center for Atlanta's arts. It hosts jazz musicians and gallery exhibits as well as art classes and workshops for all ages.
Dad’s Garage Theatre Co. Dad’s Garage Theatre Company
Dad's Garage Theatre Company is the cornerstone of Atlanta's improvisational comedy scene. Founded in 1994, Dad's features original plays and musicals as well as stand-up comedians. Customized workshops are available for actors of all ability levels.
Decatur Square Decatur Square
The charming, quirky city of Decatur is just six miles east of downtown. Friendly, walkable and right on the MARTA line, this community is home to more than 200 boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Eddie’s Attic is a must-see for live, local musicians. Year-round festivals include the Arts Festival in May, the Beach Party in June and the Book Festival on Labor Day weekend.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank Museum of Natural History brings the world's largest dinosaurs to” life” and explores global cultures through a variety of hands-on exhibits. Enjoy a classy mix of culture and cocktails with Martinis & IMAX® every Friday night.
Grant  Park Grant Park
Atlanta’s oldest city park features lush lawns and stunning views. Framed by gorgeous Victorian homes and nestled against Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park is a haven for families. It also borders the famous Oakland Cemetery as well as the Atlanta Cyclorama, which immortalizes the 1864 Battle of Atlanta.
Horizon Theatre Company Horizon Theatre Company
Horizon Theatre Company is known for producing world-premieres. With a talent for exceptional ensemble acting, this company regularly performs plays which reflect the ever-changing diversity in Southeastern urban areas.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is an opportunity to learn about the life and work of the 39th president’s life. Explore a replica of the Oval Office, view special exhibits and listen to oral histories and interviews from the Carter White House. You will also trace Carter’s life from his 6th grade report card to his 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.
Michael C. Carlos Museum Michael C. Carlos Museum
Travel through space and time in the Michael C. Carlos Museum galleries where ancient objects from Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, Asia, Africa and the Americas introduce visitors to the artistic culture and heritage of the world. Exhibited in the landmark building designed by noted architect Michael Graves, this collection also includes works on paper from the renaissance to the present day. Specials exhibitions and educational events tell the glorious stories of civilization.
Oakland Cemetery Oakland Cemetery
Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 70,000 settlers, builders and citizens who impacted the city. Notable figures buried here include Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson, as well as “Gone With The Wind” author Margaret Mitchell. Built in 1850, the cemetery with its softly rolling slopes is an oasis of peace and calm within the bustling city. Here you’ll also find beautiful sculptures, masonry and plant life.
Zoo Atlanta Zoo Atlanta
Located in historic Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta features more than 200 species of animals from the African plains and Asian forests. Visit the playful pandas, marvelous mammals, and adorable reptiles and amphibians. The Ford African Rain Forest houses gorillas in one of North America’s largest captive populations.

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