Atlanta Tourist Attractions

Atlanta, the capital of Georgia and its most populous city, is a fantastic southern getaway that has captured the attention of foreign and domestic tourists in a big way over the past few years. Offering virtually year-round warm temperatures (they don’t call it HOT-lanta for nothing), a bevy friendly faces ripe with southern hospitality, and a rich cultural history, this city is more than a destination, it’s an experience.

Known for its sophisticated shopping, five star dining, and world class sports, the clichés of Atlanta are just the beginning. There are dozens of attractions suited for young families, couples, and groups of friends alike. In fact, Atlanta’s downtown area went through somewhat of a renaissance in the late 1990s and early 2000s that has served as an anchor for revitalizing the city as a leading tourist destination. This has included the addition or renovation/upgrade of many popular attractions such as Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.

Atlanta is also at the heart of the American Southeast’s cultural scene, offering visitors several places to fuse learning and fun while in town. This includes the fantastic Atlanta History Center and Fernbank Museum of Natural History where guests can discover more about local and national issues alike and truly engage in hands-on learning experiences. For news geeks, Atlanta is the World Headquarters of CNN, and offers visitors an inside look at their studios working studios. If animals are more your thing, check out Zoo Atlanta, the South’s oldest and one of the nation’s most popular zoological parks. No matter the choice, you’re bound to have good weather, greet friendly faces and come away happy for having discovered this gorgeous “city among the hills.”

Georgia Aquarium

As the world’s largest aquarium boasting over 10 million gallons of water, the Georgia Aquarium is a destination in its own right. Fusing the goal of entertainment and education, visitors to this downtown Atlanta attraction will find that their fun is supplemented by valuable learning experiences geared to all ages and ability levels. With six galleries to tour and two permanent shows, the AT&T Dolphin Quest Show and Deepo’s 3D Undersea Wondershow, as well as a host of rotating exhibits and behind-the-scenes and add-on opportunities, the Georgia Aquarium is a once-in-a-lifetime destination that will be the highlight of any Atlanta trip.

World of Coca-Cola

As the original home of the American iconic brand, Coca-Cola, the connection between Atlanta and this fizzy beverage is hard to deny. Showcasing a history that goes back to the 19th century and literally spans the globe, the museum and interactive experiences offered at the World of Coca-Cola are truly unique and a special part of the cultural history of this city. In addition, the facility offers a peek at the vault that holds the famous secret formula, a 4D film, and an insider’s tour (for an additional cost) that will give soda lovers from every corner of the world a new appreciation of this brand, its product, and the impact it has had on us all.

Inside CNN Studio Tour

Back in 1980, the idea of a 24-hour news stream was a bit out there. However, media giant Ted Turner saw potential in this new niche and created what would become the world’s leader in broadcast news: CNN. With its World Headquarters located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, taking the time during a visit to this city to see this amazing place is well worth it. With three different tour options available, visitors have a great set of options for seeing how an organization with access to over 1 billion people worldwide conducts its daily operations.

Zoo Atlanta

Not only is Zoo Atlanta one of the country’s oldest zoological parks, founded in 1889, it is also one of the most renowned in the world. Featuring the largest gathering of gorillas in captivity as well as a pair of rare Giant Pandas, the animal exhibits at this 39-acre park are just the beginning. Zoo Atlanta also offers a selection of rides, playgrounds, and shows designed to entertain and educate all members of a group. Plus, with over 1,500 animals to see this Atlanta destination that is just outside downtown assures visitors that they will have a full day’s worth of entertainment.

Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center offers visitors a unique perspective on the history of the city of Atlanta, the American South, and the state of Georgia in general. With six permanent exhibits, including a detailed museum dedicated to the Centennial Olympic Games of 1996, two properties that are on the National Register of Historic Places, and an extensive Research Center, there are options for just about everyone at this museum and nature center. A trip to this 22-acre wooded property in the Buckhead area of the city offers educational opportunities along with stunning greenery and outdoor space. It is a great place to take the entire family for a day of learning and fun.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

A thoroughly modern museum situated on the boarders of one of the city’s most impressive nature preserves, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is far and away one of the best experiences that the city of Atlanta has to offer. Including everything from an award-winning children’s nature exhibit (NatureQuest) to the largest catalogued dinosaur in the world, there is something for every age and interest here. Other highlights of the museum include its 65-acre urban Piedmont forest, among the largest in the U.S., its 72-foot IMAX Theatre, and its dedicated goal of making learning and discovery fun and a lifelong pursuit for all of its visitors.

High Museum of Art

The largest and most prominent museum in all of the southeastern U.S., the High Art Museum presents visitors with more than 300,000 square feet of exhibit space over an expansive downtown campus. Located in the heard of Atlanta on Peachtree Street, this cultural institution is known for its commitment to self-taught southern and folk artists while still maintaining an impressive collection of classic and modern pieces. With several special events and other activities throughout the year, the High has a lot to offer one-time visitors and Atlanta regulars alike.