Done That? Do This! A Guide To Atlanta Attractions

If you've DONE this in Atlanta and want to DO something similar but new to you, we have some ideas.
  • Chastain Park is a great alternative to Piedmont Park. (James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Chastain Park is a great alternative to Piedmont Park. (James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • Travel to the Buford Highway to experience a taste of the world without leaving Atlanta.
    Travel to the Buford Highway to experience a taste of the world without leaving Atlanta.
  • Zoo Atlanta's animals are as captivating as the sea life at Georgia Aquarium. (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Zoo Atlanta's animals are as captivating as the sea life at Georgia Aquarium. (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • If you loved Atlanta Botanical Garden, don't miss the garden and exhibits at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
    If you loved Atlanta Botanical Garden, don't miss the garden and exhibits at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Are you an Atlanta native or just visiting and hate going to the same attractions you've already seen? Well, this list is for you. We’ve taken some of the most popular Atlanta attractions and given you an alternative. So, if you loved a particular attraction but have checked it off your ATL bucket list and are looking for something new to try, we're here to help.

  • DONE Georgia Aquarium? DO Zoo Atlanta.  Easily one of Atlanta’s most popular attractions Georgia Aquarium offers a great escape into the deep blue sea right in the heart of Downtown. The animals and experience are equally awesome and friendly at Zoo Atlanta where you can find America's only set of twin Pandas and hundreds of their fury and feathered friends.

  • DONE World of Coca-Cola? DO Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour. While World of Coca-Cola is well worth seeing with all its fascinating exhibits, you may be ready for a soda-less alternative. If that's the case, grab the family and check out the Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour. The brand is synonymous with ATL and you may even get a chicken sandwich out of the deal while learning all about the culture and history of the company.

  • DONE Tour the City? DO Tour Buford Highway. So you’ve toured the city by Cruzer, food and foot and are wanting a new only-in-Atlanta experience. Well then, go to Buford Highway, home to some of Atlanta’s most delish, diverse, drool-worthy food and hospitable residents. Get the best bites of authentic food from across the globe and support family-owned businesses. Not sure where to go? Check out our guide to Buford Highway.  

  • DONE Atlanta Botanical Garden? DO Fernbank Museum of Natural History. You’ve basked in the beauty of the flowers and fauna and walked among the orchids. Now is your chance to discover the gem that is Fernbank Museum’s rain garden along with the many exhibits that will take you into another world. Your time here will be nothing short of PRE-historic.

  • DONE Ponce City Market? DO Krog Street Market. Gotten your fix of the fantastic food, finds and frenzy of Ponce City Market? You’ve got to try Krog Street Market. Once home to Tyler Perry's studio it has become a hub for some of the yummiest food and drinks in the city. All while providing an amazing atmosphere, You can even pick up some flowers and local goods on your way out.

  • DONE Fox Theatre? DO Village Theatre. So you’ve seen a sensational show or toured the historic and hallowed Fox Theatre and still want more theater cred? See a local acting troupe perform one of Shakespeare’s plays with a twist (drinking is involved) or one of the raucous original productions. While not as grand as the Fox, Village Theatre holds its own as a much-beloved Atlanta destination for you and your 21+ friends to see a jubilant production.

  • Done Piedmont Park? DO Chastain Park. Been immersed in our oasis in the city and also enjoyed its festivals? Well venture to Chastain Park, which is actually the largest city park. It has it all including jogging paths, playgrounds, tennis courts, a golf course, swimming pool, amphitheater and is home to an amazing concert series and as much natural beauty as its better-known cousin.

  • DONE High Museum of Art? DO Museum of Design Atlanta. You've marveled at all the masters at the High and are still looking for more inspiring exhibits. You don’t want to overlook the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) where you can learn about all things design with engaging exhibits that will have you seeing the beauty in the everyday and extraordinary all around us.

  • DONE Center for Civil and Human Rights? DO Atlanta Civil Rights Tour. Made your way through the moving exhibits at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and ready to take your civil rights education to the next level? There is no better way to learn than from those who have been there and that’s what you get at Atlanta Civil Rights Tour. Get personal accounts of Atlanta’s civil rights history, what it was really like to be in the center of the movement and see some of the very sites where legends were made.

Whether you are a newcomer trying out the well-worn sites of Atlanta or trying some of the major attractions that may have slipped your mind you’ll be experiencing some of what makes Atlanta great.

For more ideas about things to do in Atlanta, take a look at our 50 fun things to do.

Courtney Bigum is a marketing professional and Atlanta local always looking for new and exciting ways to explore the city. There is never a weekend an adventure doesn't find her.

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