Atlanta is home to so many incredible things to do, honoring our influential history, the promising present, and where we’re heading in the future! From world-famous attractions to the best in art and culture, check out these renowned things to do across the city. There’s truly something for everyone, including family-fun, unforgettable nightlife, and nature hotspots.
1. Pay a visit to the High Museum of Art
If you’re looking for art in Atlanta, some would say that there’s no better place than the High Museum of Art. Our legendary art gallery with its striking and iconic exterior, houses some of the best permenant and travelling exhibitions in the Southeast. Don’t miss this fabulous ‘Mirror Garden’ that’s currently on display, created by artist Monir Farmanfarmaian. The High also possess an impressive permanent collection and famous sculptures around its grounds.
Coca-Cola was founded in Atlanta, which means the museum/immersive experience in Downtown Atlanta holds a treacly sentiment to many ATLiens. Discover everything there is to know about the world-famous drink at ATL’s ‘World of Coca-Cola’. You’ll be able to sample foreign favorites from across the globe, and even take a look back at the company’s history, delving into everything from design to marketing. Click here to book your tickets.
3. Enjoy a stroll around Atlanta’s largest greenspace, Westside Reservoir Park
One of our newest parks happens to be the largest green space in the ATL. Following years of planning and construction, Westside Reservoir Park opened in August 2021. The park is home to incredible walking trails, playground, workout equipment, pavilions, and green spaces. There’s even viewing platforms scattered across the park boasting unbeatable views of this new addition to the A, as well as our iconic skyline.
While we’re on the topic, Westside Reservoir is just one of the many incredible things to do on our renowned looping trail of the city. From the best dining experiences in Atlanta to public art, immersive experiences and beyond! Just in case you missed, make sure to check out our round-up of top notch things to do on the Atlanta BeltLine. Click here to view the full round-up.
5. Visit the largest aquarium in the United States
Atlanta is home to the largest aquarium in the United States. It was the largest in the world until 2012, but it still remains one of the most impressive spaces devoted to aquatic wildlife. Check out their extensive selection of exhibitions, featuring thousands of animal species across its seven major galleries. One of the most unique offerings available at the Georgia Aquarium is their sleepover experience, giving visitors the chance to spend the night at our iconic aquarium.
6. Treat a football-fanatic to The College Football Hall of Fame
This modern museum explores the world of college football, with an awesome selection of exhibitions on famous college football players. The interactive space is jam-packed with unique experiences, legendary history, as well as seasonal events. There’s even a 45-yard indoor football field and over over 750 college football helmets, immortalizing the greatest players of the beautiful sport.
Our thriving craft brewery scene doesn’t seem to stop expanding, with exciting new additions continuously popping up across Atlanta. With so many incredible breweries, the amount of craft brews and beers to try can be overwhelming, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Don’t miss our round-up of the city’s favorite local breweries, located in and around the A. Click here for the full round-up.
Zoo Atlanta is one of the many things to do in Atlanta’s gorgeous Grant Park neighborhood. Offering hands-on experiences for all ages, come face-to-face with some of the most fascinating creatures from the natural world. The zoo even hosts exciting exhibitions during the summer months, and are becoming renowned for their light festival during the holidays. Get your tickets for Zoo Atlanta, here.
9. Have a blooming lovely day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
There’s always something fun and interesting happening at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which is nestled inside Piedmont Park. From mind-bending art exhibitions in the midst of the grounds’ botanical displays, to adult-only cocktail parties and beyond. Keep an eye on Secret Atlanta to stay up-to-date with all the exciting offerings from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and other ATL attractions!
Known as ‘the city in a forest’, it’s no surprise that there are so many fantastic places to go hiking in the city, its surrounding areas, and the state of Georgia. From stunning mountain peaks to cascading waterfalls, we’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to hiking. Check out our round-up of hiking trails in and around Atlanta that are worth the trek. Click here for the full round-up.
Atlanta is home to so many spectacular food halls. From our iconic Ponce City Market to other offerings, don’t miss out on one of our favorites, Krog Street Market. Click here for a full round-up of unmissable eats at this delicious food market in the heart of A-Town.