Trips

8 things to do in Atlanta

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.

Website: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org

2. World of Coca-Cola

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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.

Website: https://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/

3. CNN Center

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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.

Website: http://tours.cnn.com/

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.

Website: http://atlantabg.org/

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.

Website: https://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm

6. High Museum of Art

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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.

Website: https://www.high.org/

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.

Website: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/margaret-mitchell-house

8. Piedmont Park

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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.

Price: Free

Website: https://www.piedmontpark.org/

Trips

Road trip to New Orleans

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Last year, the first time I came to Atlanta to visit my husband, he took some days off, so we decided to do a road trip, and the first stop was New Orleans!!! It was a long drive, about 9 hours, we stopped twice breaks and still not that close to Atlanta but it is worth it, if you don’t like the long drive just take a plane over there it is way faster, about 1 hour and a half.

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We arrived in the end of the afternoon, and we checked in our hotel, the French Market Inn, that had an incredible location on the French Quarter but not on the busiest street so during the night wasn’t loud like other streets.  We stayed in a Petit Room of the hotel, we prefer to book this room than the Interior Room because the latter did not have a window, but it was not a good deal, the room we stayed was more expensive than the other one and the window was so tiny, it really didn’t make any difference if we would chosen the Interior Room. But the rest of the hotel was pretty good and we really liked it, was just this detail that we were not happy about.

We were so hungry and tired when we arrived that we wanted to grab some dinner close to our hotel. When we travel we always look at Trip Advisor to see good restaurants in the city, we ended up at Napoleon House and I had the famous shrimp Po-Boy and my husband got the Jambalaya, it was a pretty good dinner in a nice place for a good price.

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When we travel we like to learn about the city and the history of the place we are visiting, for us the best way to do that is in a tour, in Europe, the free walking tour is very common, you pay in the end whatever you decide the tour was worth. Here in US some cities have it, New Orleans is one of them, we found one company, the Free Tours by Foot and booked to do the day after we’d arrived. The tour was great, we learned about the history of the city, visited a lot of places like the Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street and other places also got some tips on where to go, to eat and explore the city further.

The famous Bourbon Street, had some restaurants, bars and striptease clubs and it is really tourist although not what we were looking for, it is something to see and walk by but not to spend the night. By a tip of our tour guide, he recommended the Frenchmen Street, there are a lot of bars and almost all of them have some Jazz or Blues band playing, it was so nice, that we went back to Frenchmen street every night.

If you like Jazz music, you cannot go to New Orleans and not go to the Preservation Hall, it is music venue in the French Quarter founded in 1961 to protect, preserve, and perpetuate Traditional New Orleans Jazz. It is a small room made entirely of wood, the band plays for about 45 minutes, it is a great atmosphere and a place to you really listen to the authentic jazz.

Another places that I recommend to go and grab something to eat is Cafe Du Monde, to eat their famous beignets and go to the French Market, you should try the fresh crawfish and oysters, and some aligator meat. If you stay longer, you can also go to a swamp tour feed marshmellows to the aligators (as we did!), a steamboat ride and a tour to the Garden District.

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