My husband’s family is visiting us in Atlanta for a couple of days so I decided to do a guide about 8 things that you can’t miss while visiting the city.
1. Atlanta Aquarium
Located in downtown Atlanta, it’s the world’s largest aquarium and it is incredible. It features more than 80,000 animals, covering 500 species in seven galleries and exhibits, each corresponds to a specific environment. There you can find penguins, beluga whales, giant octopus, dolphins and a lot more animals. You can also enjoy the dolphins and sea lions shows. The admission is a little pricey but it’s really worthy.
Price: Adult: $39.95, Senior: $36.95 and Children: $33.95.
2. World of Coca-Cola
A lot of people know that Atlanta is the city of Coca-Cola and that host a museum dedicated entirely to Coke. Located by the Aquarium on centennial park, you can do both of attractions on the same day. The museum features exhibit on the drink’s historical milestones, the bottling process, the secret formula and a short film about Coke around the world. But the most exciting part of the museum is the Taste It! area, where more than 100 different varieties of Coca-Cola drinks from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America are available for unlimited tasting.
Price: Adults: $17.00, Senior: $15.00 and Children: $13.00.
3. CNN Center
The behind-the-scenes tour at CNN, is a 50-minute tour starts with a ride on the world’s longest freestanding escalator and continues with a look at how each broadcast is produced, including how the teleprompter and the cameras work. If you are lucky, you can even see live broadcast during your visit, the live broadcast normally is on a weekday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: Adult: $15.00, Senior: $14.00 and Children: $12.00.
4. Botanical Garden
Located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown, the Botanical Garden is breathtaking, covers beautiful 30 acres. My favorite spots are the Fuqua Orchid Center, the Canopy Walk, Cascades Garden and the Glade Garden. Soon I will do a full post about the Botanical Garden.
Price: Adult: $21.95 and Children: $15.95.
5. Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
At the Sweet Auburn neighborhood is located the house of the Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was once a pastor and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center where is the his grave and some exhibits on the Civil Rights movement. To visit Martin Luther King home, you need to book a tour, the tours are filled on a first-come basis, it lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Price: Free, including the home tour.
6. High Museum of Art
Located in the heart of Midtown, the High Museum of Art has more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection and always a temporary art exhibition, when I went was the Vik Muniz exhibition which I really like, the visit was definitely worth it, now they have the Andy Warhol. If you have been to some museums like Louvre, you will not be impressed with their permanent collection, but the temporary exhibitions are worth the visit.
Price: General Admission (ages 6 and above): $14.50.
7. Margaret Mitchell House
If you are a fan of the Gone with The Wind or Margaret Mitchell, you must do the tour on Mitchell’s apartment where she wrote her novel. The tour is about how the Gone with The Wind links directly with Margaret Mitchell’s life story. There are also two exhibitions: Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character and The Making of a Movie Legend: Gone with the Wind.
Price: Adult: $13.00, Senior: $10.00 and Children: $5.50.
8. Piedmont Park
Atlanta’s bigget park is Piedmont Park. There are paths for biking, walking, and jogging, as well as sports areas for soccer, baseball, tennis and a lot more. You can also find picnic areas, playgrounds and a dog park. On Saturday mornings, me and my husband like to go to the Green Market in the park where you can enjoy local farmers, bakers, jams and some food trucks, and always some live music, the Green Market is normally on from March unil mid-December. The park also hosts some events and festivals, like the Music Midtown which will take place on September 16 and 17.