The city of contrasts. It has imposing buildings that remind us of the importance of being the capital of the state of Georgia. At the same time it is surrounded by several green lungs, which allow you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of this city that never sleeps.
Atlanta has its doors open to evolution. It is the cradle of civil rights and cultural diversity, alternative art, witness of famous movie sets and the most innovative gastronomy... An offer for all tastes that will welcome you with the best of smiles.
1. Enter the Universe of The Walking Dead
You are in the zombie town par excellence. Waves of undead passed through here during the filming of one of the most followed series in history, The Walking Dead.
Relive the best scenes in a walking tour through mythical places such as Woodbury or Alexandria. You will discover all the details from one of the guides, experts on the subject for having been part of the filming.
2. Get to know the history of Atlanta on a guided tour
Delve into Atlanta's African-American history and civil rights by delving into the culture of the city they called The Black Mecca. A tour that will make you feel the energy in places like the home of Martin Luther King Junior.
Go through the most interesting neighborhoods that embraced the black culture in the city while discovering this exciting culture. Without a doubt this is one of the best tours you can take in Atlanta.
3. Visit the Coca Cola Museum
In the city of Atlanta is located the cradle of the drink that has achieved more followers throughout history, Coca Cola. Enter the Museum and discover through its ads the history of more than 100 years that the brand has been active.
Inside the Museum you will see the work of bottling, a wide selection of the famous drink and even the vault where the secret formula is located.
A refreshing visit that will quench your thirst for more!
4. Admire the sights of Atlanta from the tour bus
On board a bus you will have a very complete tour of Atlanta, passing by must-see places such as the Atlanta Beltline or the Krog Street Market. Get close to the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument.
Throughout the tour you can get off to take pictures that you will take as a souvenir of this beautiful city.
5. Catch an NBA game
If you're in the mood for a moment that will leave a lasting impression, you've got to attend an NBA game. At the hands of the Atlanta Hawks you will enjoy a great basketball game at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Watching the greats of the NBA play is an opportunity worth taking advantage of. You will feel the stadium vibrating with excitement.
6. Relive the series Stranger Things on the streets of Atlanta
You should know that Atlanta has been the scene of events that are out of the ordinary. Director Shawn Levy and the rest of the crew of Netflix's hit series Stranger Things chose this location to shoot impactful scenes that run throughout the episodes.
Walk around Hawkins where the kids in the series rode their bikes, visit Hawkins Public Pool or get up close to the Mindflayer nesting site.
Either way, keep an eye on your group for what might happen.
7. Remember the work of Martin Luther King
To understand the struggle that Martin Luther King carried out, it is necessary to go to the place that inspired him. This reference who worked for civil rights and racial discrimination was born here, in the city of Atlanta.
Walk through the places that were part of his life, such as Ebenezer Baptist Church, King Center and the Jackson Street Bridge, are spectacular views.
8. Sample Atlanta's cuisine
Past, present and future can go hand in hand when visiting the city of Atlanta. By tasting the delicious southern fusion food you will discover innovative flavors while learning about the history of the locality.
Stroll through the Oakland Cemetery next to Grant Park restaurant, where you will taste the food in the most famous restaurant in the area.
Food and history together in the capital of the State of Georgia. Here is our post about the best food tours in Atlanta.
9. Admire the city's street art
Cities are filled with street art and Atlanta is no exception. The Krog Street Tunnel is the place where most of this style of art is concentrated in Atlanta.
Nearby is the Krog Street Market, where art is still being made but in a different way. This time it's culinary, in one of the best food halls you'll find.
Walk through these and more scenes and let yourself be seduced by both temptations.
10. Enjoy a baseball game
Attend an Atlanta Braves baseball game at Truist Park. You are in the birthplace of the sport. Don't miss the opportunity to attend a professional game.
Experience the excitement while you eat a hot dog and enjoy the best sports atmosphere. Because in baseball there are no rivalries, there is only fun!
11. Meet the stars of Atlanta's reality shows
Visit the most TV-friendly Atlanta by taking a tour of places like Kandi Burruss' boutique or the exterior of Tyler Perry Studios. Did you know that this land was once a military base?
It's time to go celebrity hunting. Show up with your camera at the ready, with a little luck you might spot some familiar faces.
12. Tour the city in an electric car
You can tour the city of Atlanta aboard a chauffeur-driven electric car while discovering its history. The driver will guide you through the most interesting locations while explaining each of the sites.
Visit, among others, the World of Coca-Cola, the Martin Luther King National Park or the most important neighborhoods.
13. Escape from Alcatraz
Do you dare to participate in an Escape Room in Atlanta where the prize is your freedom? You will live a fun experience that will bring out your full potential.
You are in the year 1962. You are incarcerated in Alcatraz prison. Today is the big day. Only if you have enough skills you will manage to escape. But hurry, you have 1 hour maximum to do it.
14. Find out more about African American History
African-American culture has played an important role in Atlanta's history since the 20th century. A tour of the town with a local guide will help you better understand the importance of the events that took place here.
Travel by private transportation to discover places like the Martin Luther King birthplace or the Morris Brown area.
15. Visit the tomb of King Tut
Spend a different kind of afternoon as an archaeologist to discover the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. Participate in an Escape Room where you will become an expert in deciphering hieroglyphics.
Your ingenuity will be of great help to solve the enigma and solve the problem in less than 60 minutes. Live the adventure together with friends or family to make it more fun.
16. Visit historic houses
Atlanta is home to numerous mansions of high historical interest that are well worth a visit. Two of the most exquisite areas to admire these impressive homes are Buckhead and Ansley Park.
Two in particular are worth a visit: the Governor's Mansion and that of Margaret Mitchell, the author of the hit Gone with the Wind.
17. Be amazed by Atlanta's architecture
Take a guided tour where you will learn about the architecture of the city whose official symbol is the Phoenix rising from the ashes.
The tour will progress through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, showing, among others, the collection of Victorian houses found in several of its neighborhoods and the largest Mausoleum built next to the Abbey Chapel.
18. Enjoy the best soccer in the NFL
Awaken your competitive side at the Mercedes Benz Stadium while attending an Atlanta Falcons game. The National Football League will allow you to get up close and personal with the sport.
Between tackles, you'll get your adrenaline pumping as you cheer on the Atlanta Falcons in a sport that has so many similarities to rugby.
19. Take a ride on a Segway
Take a Segway tour to get to know the city of Atlanta. Visit with a local guide the highlights such as the Downtown neighborhood, Inman Park, Oakland Cemetery or Martin Luther King National Historical Park.
Don't worry if you don't know how to ride a Segway. Before the tour you will do a training that will make you become a real expert.
20. Ride a trolley bus
Getting to know Atlanta by trolley bus is one of the most comfortable alternatives you will find. The Peachtree Trolley is an elegant means of transportation that will take you to the most interesting places starting at Centennial Olympic Park.
Visit the city on a guided tour to know all the details of the most emblematic points.
21. Visit the Illuminarium Museum
Be part of an African safari without leaving Atlanta. The immersive Illuminarium experience gives you the opportunity to see, feel and smell as if you were in the middle of the savannah. You'll also get a taste of the most authentic cocktails at the bar inside.
During the day, everyone is allowed to enter, but at night the show is reserved for adults only.
Don't miss your chance to experience it!
22. Visit Atlanta College Football
Soccer is a passion in Atlanta and you have the opportunity to be part of that culture by visiting the College Football Hall of Fame.
In a 3-story, 30,000 square foot facility, you'll learn how to play the game through interactive exhibits. Visit the museum area and marvel at the collection of more than 750 helmets on display.
23. Taste Atlanta beer
Take a tour of the city's best breweries. Forget the car and sign up for this bus tour.
Order a pint or several pints of craft beer at the largest brewery in the area, but first you'll have to choose from the wide variety available to you. But first you'll have to choose from the wide variety of beers on offer - it's a tough decision!
24. Relive the classic Gone with the Wind
Visit the home of Margaret Mitchell, the author of one of the best-selling classic novels in history, Gone with the Wind.
During the tour you will enter the Museum, where you will find many objects that will remind you of her story. You will pass by Mrs. Mitchell's birthplace and the Oakland Cemetery where she rests.
25. Visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Atlanta has been a very important city in the struggle for human rights. A visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a must to delve deeper into this intense struggle.
In this building you will find temporary and permanent exhibits dealing with civil and human rights issues. The work and life of Martin Luther King will also be on display.
26. Enter the Museum of Natural History
Learn about nature and view massive dinosaur skeletons at Fernbank, the Museum of Natural History. With both indoor and outdoor exhibits, you'll enjoy Atlanta's wildlife year-round.
Among their activities are options for children and adults, educational but with lots of playful content. A good plan if you go to Atlanta with children. Check out the giant screen in the Theater or go after dark to a 21+ party.
27. Take a stroll through Piedmont Park
Spend a day outdoors in beautiful Piedmont Park, one of the lungs of the city. Take the opportunity to relax and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city by doing some of the activities available to you.
The botanical garden inside has a large collection of plants that are worth a closer look. Next to it you will find a large lake where you can greet a friendly family of ducklings.
Sit down and enjoy the tranquility.
28. Be amazed at the Museum of Art
You have the opportunity to visit the High Museum of Art, one of the most important art museums in the United States. With more than 18,000 works of art, this Museum attracts visitors from all over the world with permanent and temporary exhibitions.
At High they not only focus on sharing art, but they work to make it accessible to all kinds of people. They organize activities for families and students, both teenagers and university students or teachers.
A great opportunity to learn the secrets of art.
29. Make an Escape Room of Al Capone
Put yourself in the role of the gangsters of the early 19th century and gather enough evidence to put away Al Capone himself. In Al Capone's Escape Room you will have to put yourself at the height of a real mobster.
Have fun while you have a drink in the Clandestine Bar with your friends or family. You choose which role you prefer to play in this fun escape room.
30. Taste the wines of Atlanta
Taste the best wines on a tour of North Georgia's wine country. Start by admiring the extensive lands where the vineyards are located, to continue visiting the nerve center of the area: the wineries.
Taste different wines to learn to distinguish the aromas and flavors. Later you will have the opportunity to visit a village like few others, with hundreds of stores selling artisanal products.
31. Take pictures of 10
Cities take on a special charm at night. The reflection of the lights makes the landscapes change completely. Have you tried to take night pictures of the city?
Take the opportunity to take a tour with a guide who will take you to the strategic points. Those places that show the best pictures that appear on postcards. Here there is no rush, you came here for that and you will leave with a camera full of memories of the splendid Atlanta by night.
32. Feel like a kid at Legoland
Enter with your children in the incredible Legoland Discovery Center, a world made with Lego pieces that will make you want to play like when you were a kid. Your children will have a great time riding the attractions they have prepared.
In Miniland you will be amazed by the miniature replicas of the city of Atlanta. More than 1.5 million Lego pieces make up Centennial Park, Coca-Cola World or the Fox Theater, among others.
33. Ride in a helicopter
Fly over the city by helicopter. Discover from a bird's eye view the jewel of the southern United States. A special way to get to know Atlanta even extending to the surrounding area. You decide where to fly.
If you prefer, you have the option to fly at night and be impressed by the beautiful illuminated Atlanta.
34. Get in shape by sightseeing
Take a hike with an expert guide on a section of the Bartram Trail through the Appalachian Mountains. Along the way you will pass several waterfalls to make the journey more enjoyable. Along the way the guide will provide you with a delicious lunch prepared with the best local products.
To end the day, nothing better than a wine tasting at one of the wineries in the area. I assure you it will be worth all the effort.
35. Enter a wind tunnel
The wind tunnel is the closest feeling to skydiving that you can get without jumping out of a plane. An adrenaline rush identical to what you would feel if you were flying in the open sky.
Before launching yourself to float, your instructor will give you some simple explanations that will help you to perform the necessary movements to float. You will make two flights and as accreditation you will receive a certificate so you can show it off to your friends.
36. Book your place on a comic book tour
If you're a fan of comic book-inspired movies, you'll have a blast touring the sets where these images were shot.
Atlanta is becoming the new Hollywood. It is chosen by many directors to shoot scenes for such well-known movies as Avengers Infinity War, Captain America Civil War or Loki.
Join this tour and don't hesitate to shout: ...three and action!
37. Ride in a luxury car
Tour the city of Atlanta in a luxury car. The chauffeur will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the most emblematic points of the city while he tells you the history of the place.
A tour with all luxury details for you to treat yourself and feel like the important person you are.
38. Escape from a Zombie Apocalypse
You are locked in a room in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and you have 60 minutes to escape. Reports say that only 37% have made it, do you think you can do it?
This exciting Escape Room will make your hair stand on end. Put yourself to the test and show your wits to get out alive.
39. Enjoy Atlanta's night out in luxury
At night the city of Atlanta does not rest and continues to offer fun for those looking for entertainment. You can stroll around, go to a party or ride the Ferris wheel that offers breathtaking views of the city.
Move around Atlanta's nightlife in a luxury car and have fun discovering the best bars with live music.
40. Board a Zeppelin
Participate in a mission to save the continent from catastrophe. Aboard a Zeppelin, each participant will have to work to succeed.
Atlanta's largest Escape Room has a mission that only you and your group can solve. This experience features an actor who will help make it all seem more real.
It's time to have fun!
41. Get spooked on a ghost tour
The city of Atlanta holds many true stories that escape logic. Paranormal happenings, tragic accidents and murders that marked a place where unexplained events continue to occur.
On this ghost tour you will vibrate with the chilling stories that happened years ago in this place.
42. Make a stop at the Hard Rock Café
Come to the Hard Rock Café for a meal at one of the most famous restaurants in the world. You can choose between the classic cheeseburger or some good ribs with authentic American flavor, all with a drink and dessert included. All with drink and dessert included.
Do not miss each of the details that make up its decoration. A style of restaurant that has been successful for more than 50 years, for a reason!
43. Spend a day with the animals at the zoo
One of the most fun visits for children and adults is the Atlanta Zoo. You'll have the opportunity to see a giant panda up close and you can even book the experience to interact with it and feed it.
Zoo Atlanta doesn't just exhibit animals. They also work to protect and conserve wildlife. Discover the informative activities available to visitors.
44. Immerse yourself in the immersive Van Gogh experience
The Van Gogh Exhibition is more than a display of art. It is an immersive experience that gives you the opportunity to go inside his works.
With the help of lights and sounds you will discover details that will make you understand more closely what the author wanted to convey.
45. Have fun at the Fun Spot America amusement park
Fun Spot America is a family amusement park designed for the little ones to have a great time. And not only them, adults will also have a great time.
It has roller coasters, go-karts and many more activities that will keep you entertained for long hours.
46. Take a trip to the Georgia Aquarium
Visit one of the largest aquariums in the world, the Georgia Aquarium. More than 10,000 specimens are waiting to show you the world that exists underwater.
Take the opportunity to see dolphins, seals or beluga whales. And sharks! Sharks, the predators of the deep is a show that will put you in front of them to better understand the dangers they face.
47. Do your shopping at Ponce City Market
In one of the most important neighborhoods of Atlanta is Ponce City Market, a building converted into a huge shopping mall with a great offer inside.
Take a stroll inside, treat yourself to a gastronomic feast, play mini golf or go shopping. Everything is possible inside this building.
48. Have a good time at the Puppet Center
At the Puppet Center you will come face to face with puppets that will take you back to your childhood. You will meet the famous Kermit the Frog, also known as Kermit the Frog or Rene Frog.
In addition to seeing the Museum you can see a live show or attend one of their workshops for adults.
49. Relax in the Botanical Garden
Inside Piedmont Park lies a little treasure, the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Far from looking like a conventional botanical garden, it has themed areas with a wide variety of plants.
This garden is constantly evolving. Its exhibits change from time to time, making visitors want to revisit again and again.
50. Stroll through Centennial Olympic Park
In 1996 Atlanta was the city chosen to host the Olympic Games. The Centennial Olympic Park has remained in the city as a commemoration of this world-class event.
In a space of almost 90,000 square meters you will find attractions such as the Fountain of the Rings, where you can take a refreshing swim, the Legacy of the Olympic Games, a must-see photo with the colorful rings, or the Ferris wheel, where you can see the entire park from its 61 meters high.
51. Visit the Delta Flight Museum
If you are fascinated by airplanes, the Delta Flight Museum is a must. A journey through the past, present and future of the world of aviation, with interactive exhibits and collections of objects, books and photographs.
Among the planes you can see are the 767, Spirit of Delta, which was recovered thanks to employee volunteers, and Delta Ship 6301, the first Boeing 747-400.
52. Take a photo at Little Five Points
Little Five Points is the alternative neighborhood of the city of Atlanta. Tourists and locals come here to shop, meet for a drink or just to stroll around.
If you like live music stop by the Variety Playhouse, here the music is the protagonist, from rock bands, funk to blues.
53. Visit the Oakland Cemetery
Believe it or not, Oakland Cemetery is the place chosen by many locals to stroll and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. In this green space are organized celebrations, races or weddings, among other activities.
In Oakland they have known how to keep the memory of those who rest there while taking advantage of its 19 hectares for the enjoyment of visitors.
54. Shop at Lenox Square
Feel like shopping? Lenox Square is one of the largest shopping malls in the state of Georgia.
It is located very close to downtown. A selection of the best luxury and more affordable stores, clothing, accessories and food services.
Don't forget your credit card!
55. Go to the Children's Museum
Children's imagination is the most powerful tool they have. The Children's Museum knows this well. This non-profit association is focused on working for the good development of the little ones through play and stimulation of creativity.
Inside the mini farm will help them understand where food comes from, from its cultivation until it reaches your home, even showing the transit through the store.
A very complete space of fun for children under 8 years old.
56. Play mini-golf at Skyline Park
Spend some fun family time playing miniature golf at Skyline Park. The Ponce City Market rooftop has more fun than you could imagine.
Grab a bite to eat while you play and enjoy the beautiful views of Atlanta. Food is available on the rooftop, but if you're in the mood for something else you can also take it from the Mall.
57. Attend the Woodruff show at the Arts Center
If there's one place that truly believes in the power of art, it's Woodruff at Arts Center. Focused for all ages and tastes, they convey a passion for the performing and visual arts.
Attend one of the shows they offer and see for yourself the thrill of live performance.
58. Go hiking at Cascade Spring Nature Preserve
Escape to the outskirts of Atlanta to find a Nature Preserve where you can reconnect with nature. A trail will take you through the forest, among small animals and streams, to discover the most beautiful scenery, Cascade Spring. The spring at its foot was witness to the Battle of Utoy Creek.
Before leaving, you can recover your strength at one of the picnic tables located in the area.
59. Be amazed by the Tabernacle Theatre show
The Tabernacle Theatre is a former church-turned-concert hall that attracts big-name acts. Among the artists who have performed here are Guns N' Roses, Bob Dylan or Eminem.
If you are more into comedy shows, the Theatre also offers performances by the best comedians of the moment.
60. Get your adrenaline pumping at the Nascar Racing Experience
Do you dare to drive a Nascar racing car? Feel like a real driver driving around the circuit like a true professional. The Nascar Racing Experience gives you the chance to put your foot on the accelerator.
An instructor will give you the instructions by radio to give the best of you. Now is the time to show what you are capable of.
61. Enjoy Top Golf
Whether you are a regular golfer or just trying it for the first time, at Top Golf you can practice this sport alone or with your friends, even if you are a beginner and this is your first time.
Have a drink or order lunch in this modern training center. A fun plan that will turn you into an expert golfer.
62. Dinner at Staplehouse Restaurant
The Staplehouse Restaurant is one of the city's landmark restaurants. Its avant-garde cuisine is in great demand, with really delicious food.
It is advisable to book in advance if you do not want to run out of table. Although if you prefer you can order at the bar without having to book.
63. Taste the delights of the Slutty Vegan restaurant
The best burgers in Atlanta are served in an establishment that does not use any ingredients of animal origin. Will you come and try them?
Slutty Vegan serves huge burgers made from ingredients that contain no meat or animal fats. Try some flavors that are unfamiliar to your palate and you'll come out licking your fingers!
64. Stroll through the Atlanta Beltline
Take a route along an old rail corridor that borders the city of Atlanta. The Beltline links the suburbs with nature and activity trails.
Here you can choose to walk across town, take a bike tour or take a free fitness class. Enjoy street art with outdoor sculptures and murals. You'll always find a new activity to do.
65. Take a trip to Stone Mountain Park
Unwind with a nature hike and have fun with all kinds of attractions at Stone Mountain Park. It has recreational areas and plenty of activities to make your day different.
Ride the scenic railroad, with a 1940's locomotive, which will take you through the mountain while you enjoy the scenery. The cable car will take you to the top at over 250 meters.
And if you prefer, stay overnight at the campground for the fun to continue.
66. Spend an evening at the MJQ Concourse Club
Fancy a Ballroom? At Club MJQ Concourse the music never stops. Live concerts and DJs liven up the nights in the liveliest Atlanta.
All styles of music are allowed. So that you don't stop dancing a single day of the week. If partying is your thing, get out on the dance floor and give it your all!
67. Attend a show at the Fox Theatre
Atlanta's landmark theater is worth seeing both inside and out. The exterior of the Fox Theatre was designed and built as a Temple, with Arabic-style architecture.
They offer more than 150 performances a year of different genres, including comedies, musicals and movie screenings.
68. Visit the bookstore and the Jimmy Carter Museum
The Jimmy Carter Museum is the most representative of the history of the United States. It displays objects and papers of the former president, as well as his personal and family life.
Through its rooms you will learn part of the history of the country and the achievements he made. The Museum continues outside with the possibility of walking through its gardens.
69. Attend the Shakespeare Tavern performance
Enjoy a theater performance in a very different way from what we are used to. Have dinner or drinks while the actors perform one of their plays at the Shakespeare Tavern.
The shows change periodically, with new costumes and eye-catching staging. Who said theater is serious!
70. Get the City Pass and save by doing all these things!
The Atlanta City Pass will give you access to numerous activities for a greatly reduced price. Save time and money on tickets to Atlanta's top attractions.
You have 9 days to use it. Don't miss the Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, the Zoo and many more to choose from.
Plan your trip to Atlanta
I've already shown you all the things to do in Atlanta. You probably need to get a little organized so you can get the most out of your trip to the capital of Georgia. The first thing I recommend is to book in advance the transfers between the airport and Atlanta, I recommend you not to leave this to improvisation in a city as large as this.
On the other hand, distribute the activities you plan to do depending on the days you are going to be in Atlanta and so you will not be left without seeing anything. If you are just passing through and you are staying for a day, do not worry, I have condensed in this post the main plans to know the main things to do in the city: What to see and do in Atlanta in 1 day.
Finally, although Atlanta is a city that you can visit throughout the year there are activities on some dates that can help you decide what is the best time to travel to the American city. Here are some suggestions: 10 things to see and do in Atlanta in summer, 10 things to see and do in Atlanta in winter or maybe you fancy the idea of traveling to Atlanta in December. Of course, make reservations in advance for flights, accommodations and tours because this is one of the months in which the city receives more tourists, especially at Christmas.