Top Ten Things to Do in Atlanta
So you've registered for the AIHce EXP 2020, and now you're looking for some fun things to do while in Atlanta? Are you considering arriving early or extending your stay? Love experiencing more of our host cities? We've got you covered. Here are a few of Atlanta’s "must see" places:
If you want the best panoramic view of downtown Atlanta, give your feet a break and go for a spin on the Skyview Atlanta Ferris wheel on Luckie Street. The wheel is 20 stories high, and there’s nothing nearby to hinder the view. It’s incredible by day and impressive at night when the Atlanta skyline glitters with thousands of lights. The Skyview Atlanta has 42 air-conditioned gondolas – all luxurious, leather-seated, and glass-bottomed booths – for a great experience.
The museum at Pemberton Place in downtown Atlanta is dedicated to the work achieved by the Civil Rights Movement, not just in the United States, but throughout the world.
The eye-opening exhibits at the museum include memorabilia related to Martin Luther King, an interactive gallery about segregation, and other historically significant pieces of the civil rights movement. Here you will also find an interesting exhibit on some of the world’s worst and most dangerous dictators.
Located on downtown Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue, the Apex Museum is dedicated to the history of African-Americans in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.
The museum honors the timeline of African-Americans in the city, from the first arrivals to the present day. It's also home to extensive photographic exhibitions alongside informative bulletin boards, video presentations, artworks, and artifacts, many of which offer a fascinating insight into the times of the Civil Rights Movement.
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the Western hemisphere, featuring over 10 million gallons of water, tens of thousands of aquatic species, and two fantastic animal presentations.
This is a great opportunity to explore six unique galleries, featuring animals from local rivers to northern waters. Stop by the sea lion presentation for a sneak peek into these charismatic animals’ behaviors, and be prepared to witness the beauty and athleticism of bottlenose dolphins. Or, take a journey through the deep in the aquarium’s virtual reality simulator, catch a performance of “Loggerhead Island” in the main Atrium, and discover more with a Behind the Seas tour.
Want something different and very entertaining? Then look no further than Agatha’s “A Taste of Mystery” Dinner Theater. The theater, which has been presenting mystery and murder dinner shows for 30 years, is on downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree Center Avenue.
Sit at a table in the vintage-style dining room and dine on a five-course meal while watching the mystery comedy-drama unfold. Be ready for some slapstick, some laughs, but above all, some good food and entertainment.
Take an insightful behind the scenes tour of the CNN news studios. The CNN Center, located on Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta, is a multi-purpose building that houses not only several of the global news company’s broadcasting facilities but retail outlets and restaurants, too.
Start the tour by riding the world’s longest free-standing escalator before being escorted around the facility by a guide. They’ll give you inside information on the company’s history, then let you spy down into the newsroom during a live broadcast. And if you want something newsworthy, join the VIP tour experience to go into a live newsroom and meet the anchors.
Known to the locals as Curb Market, it’s home to 30 local businesses, including produce, butchers, seafood, a full-service bakery, a cooking school, pharmacy, and 10 of the most popular eateries in the city. Start enjoying Caribbean, Venezuelan, French crepes, British double-crust pies, vegetable/fruit juices, soul food, barbecue, Polish sausages, and, of course, an all-American burger. Enjoy the smell of fresh popcorn and the aroma of sweet treats baking as you enter the front doors.
This park serves as Georgia’s lasting legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games and it binds efforts to revitalize residential and commercial development in Georgia’s capital. The 21-acre park sponsors community-wide free events, including the Fourth of July Celebration and Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days.
It also hosts festivals, fundraisers, and private events. In addition to special events and a great place to hold special receptions, Centennial Olympic Park is perfect for a stroll to take in the sculptures, water gardens, and lavish scenery.
Visit the home of Southern author, Margaret Mitchell, in which she wrote the Pulitzer-Prize winning book, Gone with the Wind.
Atlanta History Center’s Margaret Mitchell House provides an apt setting for learning about Mitchell’s motives for writing the novel and the lifestyle she lived with her husband, John Marsh, during Atlanta’s roaring 1920s. Explore Margaret’s apartment and several exhibitions, then make yourself right at home on the front porch.
Hop on board this five-hour bus tour, and get ready to explore Atlanta! The bus routes cover everything from downtown to Buckhead and includes the Buckhead Mansion Tour Civil War Battleground Sites, walking the Beltline, The Swan House (featured on the Amazing Race and The Hunger Games), and dozens of other sites. The bus tour is one of the fun ways to explore the many unique and amazing sights this world-famous city has to offer!
Atlanta is rich in history and culture, and it has an amazing food and entertainment scene. Check out the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) for more information on the city's attractions.