10 Unforgettable Bucket List Experiences In Atlanta

A year-round bucket list of essential experiences in the ATL!

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10 Unforgettable Bucket List Experiences In Atlanta

Soak up every second in the Peach State with these essential things to do in Atlanta

As we swing into our new normal, a lot of us are embracing the ability to do things that weren’t possible during 2020, and the beginning of this year. Reunions feel euphoric, live entertainment feels liberating, and we’re all ready to embrace every moment to the fullest! We’re sure you had plenty of time to create your own bucket list, but this one is personalized for us Atlantans, or those who wish to visit our incredible city.

There’s so much to do in Atlanta that’s worth putting on your bucket list. These are the best ways to experience Atlanta and the must-do activities around the city, regardless if you’re a local ATL expert, or a visiting tourist, just looking for a good time!

1. Check off the ATL landmarks

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With an iconic skyline, gorgeous local parks, and ground-breaking history, there are so many landmarks worth visiting in the ATL. Head to the Olympic Centennial Park to take those stunning snaps of the Atlantan skyline. You can even jump on SkyView Atlanta for unbeatable views of Atlanta’s renowned architecture.

As an epicenter for the civil-rights movement, there are so many places to learn about Atlanta’s influential history. Visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, for exhibitions based on the city’s influencers within the civil-rights movement. Atlanta was home to Martin Luther King, and remains a pivotal city for Black voices, history, and culture. Visit The King Center, or Martin Luther King’s former home for more insight on Dr. King, and his impact on the city and the world!

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2. High Museum of Art

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Of course, the HIGH Museum of Art has become an institutional part of the city. With more than eighteen thousand works of art in its permanent collection, the High has an extensive anthology just waiting to be explored. As of right now, there’s an exciting Picasso exhibit at the iconic art gallery, as well as a female-only photography exhibition.

3. One of Georgia’s gorgeous hikes

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Atlanta is known for being a city within a forest, so imagine what’s available to us if we travel a little further out of the city. Unforgettable adventures certainly await, with so many beautiful hiking trails in and around Atlanta that you’ve got to try out.

If you’ve always needed a little extra motivation, check out this Bartram Trail Hike that includes wine tasting and an organic picnic. Explore rolling elevation through a forest rich with wildflowers, mosses and ferns followed by wine tasting at local Wineries.

Reserve a spot on the Bartram Wine Tasting Hike, here!

4. Go on safari at Illumunarium

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Going on safari is the ultimate bucket list activity. Now you don’t have to leave Atlanta to roam the African savannah. Illuminarium is Atlanta’s newest attraction on the BeltLine using ground-breaking technology to transport us to our wildest dreams. Interact with lions, elephants, and zebras, in this multi-sensory attraction causing quite the buzz.

Click here to get your tickets for Illuminarium’s wild safari!

5. These enchanting candlelit concerts

Candlelight host several concerts performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in Atlanta. The venues are both indoor and outdoor, but every concert will be bathed in magical candlelight. With themed nights dedicated to different genres, there’s something for everybody’s music taste. Click the link below to find out what’s on offer right now.

Check out these stunning candlelit concerts coming to Atlanta soon!

6. Check out the spectacular ATL rooftops

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With such an iconic skyline, rooftop bars are a great way to experience incredible views of Atlanta. Great for catching up with friends, or drinking the night away. We recommend checking out Sky Lounge ATL, located at the top of the historic boutique Glenn Hotel. Enjoy your craft cocktails with insane views of the ATL skyline. In the winter months, head to New Realm Brewing or Ponce City Market for a truly festive time.

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7. The World of Coca-Cola

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It’s icons only in the ATL! Atlanta is home to Coca-Cola, and you can delve into the iconic soda pop at their killer attraction, The World of Coca-Cola. The history, the marketing, everything you’d want to know about the legendary drink is available to you at this unmissable attraction.

Make sure you book your tickets for your visit to The World of Coca-Cola!

8. Visit Georgia Aquarium

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One of the most impressive aquariums in the country, you do not want to miss out on Georgia Aquarium. It’s the biggest aquarium in the western hemisphere, making it appropriate for this ATL bucket list. It has exhibits featuring Beluga Whales, penguins, more! Their most recent exhibit is called Mysteries of the Deep, home to their newest shark residents. Make sure you book your tickets before going!

9. Chow down at ATL’s impressive selection of food halls

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There’s no shortage of food halls in Atlanta. You’ve got Krog Street Food Hall. Politan Row at Colony Square, and of course Ponce City Market. The iconic Ponce City Market has become entwined with the city of Atlanta, becoming one of the most famous food halls in the country. If you’re heading to Ponce City, make sure you check out Bar Vegan, a new vegan concept by Pinky Cole, founder of Slutty Vegan. Enjoy mind-blowing vegan cheese steaks, while sampling their creative cocktail menu.

The newest market in Atlanta is Politan Row at Colony Square. This “talent-driven” food hall feels more like a luxury experience, with irresistible dishes on offer, including authentic pizza and next-level ramen.

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10. Catch a show at Fox Theatre

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This former movie palace is now the best place to catch a show in Atlanta. The performing arts venue located in Midtown, and is the centerpiece of the Fox Theatre Historic District. Multiple Broadway shows visit this iconic theatre, with a stunning interior that’s a scene-stealer in its own right.

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