I love the South. There’s so much to be said for the laid back way of life, the hot summer days, and nights on the porch watching fireflies. Of course, as a city girl, I get bored easy watching the grass grow, and I’m always looking for something to do, and if you happen to be in Atlanta, there is always something to do.
From the museums to the waterparks, Atlanta is a thriving city that many people don’t realize is more than Georgia peaches and sweet iced tea. Atlanta is actually a cultural hot spot that you will definitely want to explore. So, while you here, check out these 10 things to do in Atlanta. You’ll be glad that you did.
#1 Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is one of the best places to go for a trip through the ages. This non-profit museum is full of history and culture, and it even has an “Ask a Scientist” telephone number if you’re stuck trying to identify that fossil you found in the back yard. This is a great way to spend a hot Georgia day.
#2 Six Flags
You can’t come all the way to Atlanta and forget to visit Six Flags over Georgia! This is one of the best amusement parks in the United States. If the thought of giant roller coasters doesn’t appeal to you, then don’t forget about the food and entertainment. Six Flags over Georgia is more than just rides, it really is a place of family fun. Go ahead, you know you can’t resist those awesome rides!
#3 CNN Studio Tour
If you’re into television, or you’re an aspiring news anchor or journalist, then you will definitely want to take a tour through the CNN Studio in Atlanta. The CNN studio offers visitors the chance to learn how the news is broadcast. There are limitations, however. Children under twelve are not permitted and it’s very recommended you RSVP in advance for this tour because of the limited number of tours per day. There’s a chance you might see a CNN reporter here, or even a chance that breaking news will cause your tour to end suddenly. In other words, there’s always excitement at CNN.
#4 Atlanta Motor Sports
Nothing says the South like Car racing, and if you’re in Atlanta then you must see the Atlanta Motor Sports Park. While being a member of the Motor Sports Park has its perks, you can also visit without a membership. If you’ve ever wanted to drive really fast, then come here and rent a racing kart, then put the pedal to the metal!
#5 Atlanta Botanical Gardens
If you’re looking for a place to go that’s quiet and yet full of life, then the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is one of those things to do in Atlanta. Many cities have Botanical Gardens, however, these gardens are absolutely stunning all year round. These lush gardens house numerous local and exotic plant species and offer a number of classes from gardening to beekeeping. You can even take drawing classes and medicinal plant classes. There’s always something to do here.
#6 Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
What, no forks? Do you love the Middle Ages? Are you still searching for you knight in shining armor? Then come and dine like a Queen as you watch knightly jousts and cheer for your favorite! This four course meal event is an absolute must of things to do in Atlanta (I only wish they had this in every city!).
#7 Balloons over Georgia
I don’t know about you, but I have always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon! With Balloons over Atlanta, you now have the opportunity to view the beautiful city and stunning mountains from way up in the sky. You can choose a day tour or something a little more romantic for your scenic view, but this is one of those things to do in Atlanta that really shouldn’t be missed!
#8 Michael C. Carlos Museum
The Michael C. Carlos Museum was previously known as the Emory Museum. This is one of the most fantastic places in the United States to visit ancient Egyptian and African antiquities. This museum is the place to go if you love classical history and want to be swept away into ancient societies.
#9 Atlantic Station
Step out of the museums and into the life of Atlanta for a little while by taking a stroll through Atlantic Station. From fine dining, to fun shopping and a little ice-skating, this is the place to be when you want to really feel the city.
#10 Georgia Aquarium
What’s a person to do when it gets to be too hot in the South? That’s right, you go to the aquarium. Georgia aquarium in Atlanta is the world’s largest aquarium! You’re going to see over one hundred thousand animals here, which is bound to keep you busy for a while. Walk through the underwater tunnel as fish swim above you, see Beluga whales and watch trained divers. Of course, you have to visit the petting tank before you leave. This is probably one of the most fascinating things to do in Atlanta.
Atlanta offers so much for people to enjoy. Aside from these options, you can also visit the house of Margaret Mitchell (the author of Gone with the Wind), take a trip to Legoland, or go outlet shopping. After all, who doesn’t love outlet shopping?
It might seem like the South is all hot weather and mosquitos, but Atlanta will give that idea the boot. From civil war reenactments to fantastic jazz festivals, there is always something going on in this lively city. Which one are you going to choose?