• Best Arts & Cultural Things to Do in Atlanta

  • Alliance Theatre

    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 an evening. NOTE: During the 2017/2018 season the theater is taking a road trip performing at various venues throughout Atlanta.

    Atlanta BeltLine

    Walk, bike, run on the Atlanta BeltLine

    Explore miles of the Atlanta BeltLine by foot or on two wheels. Once you work up an appetite, stop in one of the many restaurants along the path to relax and refuel. With all the changing artwork, unique neighborhood shops and restaurants, the BeltLine is an easy way to stay active in Atlanta.

    Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc.

    Stop and smell the orchids

    Nestled in the northern corner of Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Garden spreads its roots across more than 30 acres. Explore the lush green garden when it lights up for special events, blooms during seasonal activities and harvests a spooky spectacle or two.

    Atlanta History Center

    Party with the past

    Travel back in time at Atlanta History Center. This 33-acre attraction features award-winning exhibitions, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House, which was featured in the blockbuster Hunger Games films. Don’t forget to make the quick trip to the Margaret Mitchell House at the Center’s Midtown campus

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

    Immerse yourself in Grammy award winning surround sound

    Prepare yourself for an unforgettable evening of surround sound. Whether hearing the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra over a favorite film or playing the classics, this is the key to an astounding evening of music in Atlanta.

    Center for Civil and Human Rights

    Be Inspired by Heroes Past and Present

    Connect the American civil rights movement to current human rights issues through moving, experiential exhibits at Center for Civil and Human Rights. Interact with history to understand your role in the dream and the future.

    Center For Puppetry Arts

    Play Puppetmaster

    Bring the kids to experience some of the most loved children's fables through award-winning puppetry shows, films, and workshops at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Don't miss the progress on their new museum, featuring a huge Jim Henson collection!

    Children's Museum of Atlanta

    Get Hands-On With the Love of Learning

    Kids and grown-ups alike will love the 3,000-square-foot Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Climb through the layers of Earth, journey across the continents, deliver food from farm to table, then build or paint a masterpiece, all before storytime!

    Fernbank Museum of Natural History

    Journey into the Jurassic

    Get up close and personal with the dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This museum is an adventure for all who dare. You will feel like you are back in the time of giant creatures of the Mesozoic – including one that measures more than 120 feet long.

    Fox Theatre

    Walk the red carpet

    When you visit Fox Theatre it will make you feel like a movie star! Musicals, dance and nationally renowned acts wait at the end of your red carpet walk. No show scheduled? You can take a tour and learn the fascinating history of this Atlanta icon.

    Georgia Aquarium

    Journey Under the Sea

    The world-renowned Georgia Aquarium is something you should “sea” to believe. Stare in awe at the sheer variety of marine life on display, catch a wave from a sea lion or feed the dolphins after their spectacular show. Don’t miss the opportunity to check swimming with whale sharks off your bucket list.

    High Museum of Art

    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.

    Historic Oakland Cemetery

    Raise Your Spirits With History and Mystery

    Historic Oakland Cemetery is alive and kicking. This scenic resting place has more than 70,000 “residents” including Atlanta legends such as Margaret Mitchell, pro golfer Bobby Jones and Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson. The cemetery also frequently hosts events including Halloween Tours, regular weekend tours and a Harvest Hunt.

    Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

    Knock on the door of the Oval Office

    Not every city boasts a presidential library. We’re fond of the one our very own Nobel Peace Prize-winning, peanut-growing President Jimmy Carter built. At Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, you’ll find everything from an Oval Office replica to the gifts received during his presidency.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

    Walk in the footsteps of a civil rights icon

    Visit the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and see where he preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Explore his legacy at King Center and his final resting place. Then stand in the footprints of change-makers and civil rights leaders on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.

    Michael C. Carlos Museum (Emory University)

    Bond with Mummy

    Take some time to connect with a 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!

    Piedmont Park

    Play hooky in Piedmont Park

    Truly experience the “city within a forest” with a walk or bike ride through Piedmont Park, home to Atlanta Botanical Garden and Lake Clara Meer. Whether you are going to a massive festival, taking a stroll at sunset with your significant other or taking your pooch to the dog park, this is the place to be on a beautiful day.

    Stone Mountain Park

    Enjoy mountains of fun

    Just outside the city is Stone Mountain Park. Trek through the treetops on SkyHike, hike up the mountain for a beautiful view or take a relaxing trip to the top with Summit Skyride. While you are there, ride around Stone Mountain by train and enjoy the longest-running laser show in the world.

    World of Coca-Cola

    Search for the secret formula

    Experience the history of the world’s most famous soft drink. Walk through fascinating exhibits at World of Coca-Cola, get nostalgic looking at classic ads and see a replica of the bottling process. Get a peek at the vault containing the secret formula and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the globe in the tasting room.

    Zoo Atlanta

    Peek in on a pair of Pandas

    The only giant panda twins in the U.S., Ya Lun and Xi Lun, are double the fun and double the fluff! Come see them and the rest of the Zoo Atlanta animals and attractions in the historic Grand Park neighborhood. A fun-filled exploration of the animal kingdom awaits!

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