Welcome to Atlanta! Whether you’re a newcomer, an OG resident, or a visitor to our great city, we welcome you! There are plenty of things to do in this city… in fact, there are things to do around every corner!
Let us help you sift through the billions of fun activities to find the perfect fit for you and your crew! We’ll also break it down for you by category to help you find what you’re looking for!
Here are 25 things to do in Atlanta, Georgia!
1. Visit on of the best restaurants in the city
Atlanta is a city full of tons of incredible cultures, and because of this, we’ve got some delicious food. Whether you’re looking for some mouthwatering Latin American flavors or the best dang burger you’ve ever had, the city is full of delicious eats!
We’ve even got one of the New York Times’ 50 best restaurants, if you’re in the mood for a truly bomb biscuit!
Check out the best restaurants in the city for your next meal!
2. Take an enchanting stroll through Atlanta’s Winter Lantern Festival
Tickets are finally available for the iconic annual Winter Lantern Festival, right here in Georgia! Experience a world of lights and lanterns, all lovingly handmade by artisans (some with over two decades of experience)! Attendees will learn all about the culture and craftsmanship of the traditional Chinese lantern festivals and enjoy a dazzling sky of lanterns and creatures made of lanterns!
Celebrate a beautiful tradition: get your tickets for Winter Lantern Festival today!
Whether you’re on the hunt for a special sweet treat or you’re just looking for your morning caffeine fix, these local coffee shops have got ya covered. From specialty drinks you can only find here, to your classic go-to drink, skip the Starbucks and grab your coffee locally!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit Jurassic World yourself? Well now you can! See truly massive animatronic dinosaurs, meet adorable baby dinos, check out the dinosaur creation lab and even hide from a massive T-Rex! Step into the iconic land of Jurassic World at this truly unique experience in Atlanta!
5. Learn all about the life and history of King Tut at Tutankhamun: This Tomb and His Treasures
If you’ve ever been a history buff or obsessed with Ancient Egyptian culture, this exhibit all about King Tut’s life is perfect for you! Learn about the young pharaoh and the archeologists who discovered his tomb. With over 1000 artfully recreated artifacts, you’ll have plenty of amazing things to look at!
6. Get saucy with The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody
You read that right! This incredible parody show was previously sold out, but is back open to the public! See all of your favorite Star Wars characters scantily clad and live on stage!
Take a trip to your dark side with comedy and allure, loving detail, and hilarious parody! The Empire Strips Back drops classic Star Wars characters into the world of burlesque.
Guests should expect some seriously sultry Stormtroopers, a dangerously enticing Boba Fett, some tantalizing Twi’leks, a delightfully luke-warm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, the Droids you are looking for, and much, much more!
To grab your tickets, check out The Empire Strips Back!
Whether you’re looking for an extra hoppy IPA or the perfect sour, Atlanta’s beer scene does NOT disappoint. Our breweries are top of the line, and always bring a refreshing brew your way.
And to make our breweries even more enticing, there are weekly trivia nights and other events at all of these awesome places. Check out one of Atlanta’s best breweries in town, and crack open a cold one with the boys (or anyone, really)!
8. And if you’re looking for a cocktail, our bars our fantastic too
Atlanta’s breweries aren’t the only great spot to grab a little bevvy! Head to one of the best bars in town for all of your cocktail needs! We’ve got fancy drinks, classic drinks and cheap drinks too! Whatever your poison, you can pick it here!
That’s right! Atlanta just got our first ever Michelin Guide, and the restaurants that made the list are so delicious! We’re very proud of all of our restaurants who got a recommendation, and especially stoked to have five that earned a Michelin Star!
Don’t sleep on these delicious dinners out!
10. Visit the Georgia Aquarium
Of course, no list about Atlanta would be complete without a recommendation to visit the Georgia Aquarium. This state-of-the-art aquarium is a research and conservation center for sea life from all over the world. Come face to face with impressively smart Beluga whales, playful sea lions, massive sharks, and of course, the jewel of the aquarium, our two adult male whale sharks. Basically, it’s one of the best things to do in town.
For more information about the Georgia Aquarium, check out their website!
11. Visit the Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank is probably the most famous natural history museum in Atlanta, and for good reason. They’ve got massive (life-sized) dinosaur skeleton replications, tons of archeological artifacts and replicas about the state of Georgia, and an interactive exhibit dedicated to physics and physical science.
Fernbank also hosts incredibly interesting rotating and traveling exhibits in their special exhibit hall. And stop by after the sun goes down for Fernbank After Dark, an adults-only look at the museum, with cocktails!
For more information, check out Fernbank’s website!
12. See a Broadway show at the Fox Theatre
Atlanta’s most famous theatre is The Fox Theatre, which is a historic building housing many a traveling Broadway show, world premiere, movie, and ghost tour! The Fox Theatre has 4,665 seats, in a gorgeous and comfortable theatre space, where you can appreciate the finest artistic performances in the city.
To see what’s playing and learn more, check out The Fox’s website!
13. Visit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Since its founding in 1945, the ASO has become one of the most impressive and innovative orchestras in all of North America. The ASO hosts incredible concerts and shows that will leave you dreaming of a world of music and art long after the curtains (metaphorically) close.
For more information about the upcoming events, check out the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s website!
14. Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The children’s museum is the perfect spot to take your kids to play and learn in the city of Atlanta. This massive, two story museum is full of interactive, hands-on learning and child-friendly things to do. Take your kids to the science center upstairs, where they can do a guided experiment with knowledgeable staff, or to the CMA stage for story time and games! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta has several permanent exhibits: like the grocery store and farm, a paint wall, a two-story climber and spinning globe that the kids can get inside of, and so much more!
The museum also hosts a morph exhibit, which rotates every few months to keep the kiddos on their toes!
There is no entry without a child. The museum is geared towards children age 0-8, and has sensory accommodations available upon request.
For more information, check out CMA’s website!
Zoo Atlanta is an incredible place to visit to see animals from all over the world! Whether you want to see animals from near or far, Zoo Atlanta has them all! Take a stroll through the massive park to learn about animals, their habitats, and so much more!
And right now, Zoo Atlanta is the only zoo in the entire United States with Giant Pandas… so you definitely don’t want to miss out!
Grab your tickets to Zoo Atlanta today!
16. Visit the Center for Puppetry Arts
Unlike anything else in the world, the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta gives you a peek into the incredible world of puppets! We’ve got famous puppets you’ll recognize right away, and plenty to learn about too!
The Center for Puppetry Arts also does live puppet shows, puppet-making workshops and so much more!
For all the details and information, check out their website!
17. Take a trip to the Ponce City Market
The Ponce City Market is one of the most iconic places to visit in Atlanta when you’re looking for things to do. Downstairs, a huge food hall fills the building, with everything from delicious pastries to fancy Italian food. They’ve got some of the most iconic Atlanta eats and treats, including a King of Pops stand! Go upstairs for tons of adorable shops, from local artists and creators!
And head to the roof for tons of events and cool happenings. And the PCM connects to Atlanta’s incredible walking trail that wraps around the city, The BeltLine.
Grab a drink and some cool new kicks, all in once locally grown spot! Check out the Ponce City Market’s website!
18. Wander through the gorgeous Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta’s beautiful botanical garden is an outdoor haven in every season. In the winter, we’ve got decorations and stunning light displays. In the spring, the flowers are in full bloom, summer hosts tons of outdoor activities and greenery, and in the fall, the botanical garden hosts their annual scarecrow festival!
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy nature in the city, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the perfect place to go!
For more information and to see what event is happening when you wanna go, check out their website!
One of the things that Atlantans love about our city is that, even with our stunning high-rises and buildings, we have an incredible amount of green spaces. Atlanta is home to tons of public parts where you can wander around and enjoy the weather, have a picnic, or even learn a thing or two about our history!
From Piedmont park’s iconic activities to the olympic monument in Centennial Olympic Park downtown, Atlanta’s green spaces are truly amazing.
20. Go for a walk or a ride on the BeltLine
One of the most unique things about Atlanta is its BeltLine. This 22-mile paved and maintained trail was formerly a railway corridor, and connects all of the city. It forms a loop around the core of the city, and is open for walking, running, skating, riding bird scooters, and so much more.
The BeltLine is also lined with iconic restaurants and breweries. It makes parts of Atlanta, which is not really a walkable city, into walkable green spaces full of life! We love our BeltLine and all of the art along the trail! The BeltLine provides tons of things to do in the city!
For more information, check out The BeltLine!
If you’re a hiking enthusiast, Atlanta is the perfect city for you! We’ve got tons of trails in and around Atlanta with stunning views. Whether you’re looking for a fun, easy nature walk or a tough, hardcore hike, we’ve got you covered. Check out these 10 incredible hiking trails in the ATL!
22. Check out the High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art is Atlanta’s massive, beautiful art museum in Midtown. The High has several floors of art, including permanent exhibits dedicated to: African Art, Folk and Self-Taught Art, American Art, Decorative Arts, and European Arts.
The High also hosts several traveling and rotating exhibits, so there’s always something new and exciting to see! Enjoy the art in a peaceful, beautiful place right in the heart of Midtown.
Oh, and The High has tons of events, from Oasis, which is an amazing calming yoga event to High Frequency Fridays, which is a super fun cocktail and music night at the museum! You can always find something fun and enriching to do at the High!
You definitely can’t miss out on The High. Check out all the deets on their website!
23. Hit Atlanta’s indie art scene at Atlanta Underground
Atlanta Underground is one of the coolest districts in Downtown Atlanta. With a huge (literally) underground art gallery and music venue space and tons of shops, there’s plenty of things to do and see there! You’ll definitely want to check out the gallery events and local art shows. Oh, and it’s home to Atlanta’s sound gallery and cat lounge, so you really can’t go wrong!
For more information, check out Underground Atlanta’s website!
24. Step into a world of colors in the Krog Street Tunnel
Atlanta’s favorite little tunnel on (you guessed it) Krog Street is a street artist’s dream. The tunnel is filled with colorful graffiti and local art! And a little fun fact, since there’s so much graffiti, it’s a popular place for film and TV to film! They just spray paint what they want directly on the walls and shoot their movies!
And it’s right next to the Krog district, which is full of restaurants, bars, and so many other fun things to do and see!
25. Ride the Permanent Ferris Wheel in Downtown Atlanta
SkyView Atlanta is the iconic, massive ferris wheel that sits permanently in Downtown Atlanta, right across from Centennial Olympic Park!
One of the coolest things to do downtown is to take a ride and see the whole city from the comfort of a personal, air conditioned gondola. If you love this city, you’ll wanna see it from the sky.
There are so many things to do in the city of Atlanta, and we hope you stay long enough to check them all out!