Top 10 Best Attractions in Atlanta
These top attractions are a must-do to appreciate the city.
Visit with animals from all over the world at Zoo Atlanta. Scaly Slimy Spectacular features more than 70 species of amphibians and reptiles, and the African Savanna has elephants, giraffes and more. The Wild Encounters experience allows you to get up close to a fascinating animal, including a lemur, an elephant or a warthog. The special area for kids includes Treetop Trail, the Endangered Species Carousel, a train, a splash pad and a petting zoo.
An all-day dazzler!
Stone Mountain Park has nature, outdoor beauty and family fun. Hike 15 miles of trails, explore the 363-acre lake, and visit historic spaces. Learn more about dinosaurs with the four-level Dinotorium playground, travel across the park on the Scenic Railroad, play a game of mini golf, climb adventure courses and more. Starting on June 10, enjoy special summer entertainment with Summer at the Rock and the all-new Summer Light Show.
Explore, eat and more!
The Atlanta BeltLine has it all — it’s a walking trail, bike path, green space, art museum. Walk along this 22-mile for attractions, restaurants, parks and trails. Explore historic neighborhoods with a bike or walking tour, view art installations, get fit with a fitness class, stop by a playground and more.
It’s a garden party!
Stroll through the two locations making up the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Lou Glenn Children’s Garden in Atlanta features a splash pad, Flower Bridge, vegetable gardens, honeybees and more. The exhibit “Trolls: Save the Humans by Thomas Dambo” features enormous folklore-inspire sculptures for a unique outdoor art installation. The Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children’s Garden in Gainesville has carnivorous plants, a Treehouse and Rock Climb, frog sculptures and a Fairyland Trolley.
Fossils, forests and fun!
Kids play as they learn at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Permanent exhibits delve into STEAM, forces, nature, dinosaurs and the regions of Georgia. The newest exhibit, “Survival of the Slowest,” opens on June 10 and looks at how animals use being slow, small or weak to their advantage. The outdoor WildWoods and Fernbank Forest feature interactive “Nature Stories” and “Adventure Outpost,” as well as special exhibit “Flora, Fauna & Flight” on view from May 27-Aug. 27. Watch educational documentaries exploring animals and the environment.
Get your game on!
Watch the winning Atlanta Braves compete on their home field at Truist Park. Enjoy Friday Night Fireworks and the acrobatics of the Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Stunt Show with the Friday Night Showcase. Before the game, kids will love Hope & Will’s Sandlot with rock climbing, ziplining and carnival games. The Kids Club is a free program for ages 14 and younger with giveaways, exclusive content of Braves players and more.
Explore the people, traditions and passion of the sport at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. Find your favorite team on the three-story helmet wall, sing karaoke fight songs, enact being an announcer with the interactive ESPN College GameDay Desk Built by The Home Depot, test your skills on the Indoor Playing Field and more.
Play the day away!
The hands-on Children’s Museum of Atlanta offers kids tons of opportunities to explore educational concepts with interactive exhibits and stations for play-based learning. The summer’s featured exhibit is “Shaun the Sheep: Flock This Way!” for an adventure on Mossy Bottom Farm.
Dive under the sea!
Travel under the sea with Georgia Aquarium. View more than 50 species in the 6.3-million gallon Ocean Voyager tunnel, see penguins, rays, fishes, otters, whales and more, dive into multiple habitats with “Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone,” and explore ocean predators in “Sharks! Predators of the Deep.” Special experiences include animal encounters.
An iconic sip!
On May 8, 1886, Dr. John Pemberton sold the first glass of Coca-Cola at Jacobs’ Pharmacy, a downtown pharmacy. Explore the history of the soda, view the bottling process, visit the vault with the secret formula and more at the World of Coca-Cola. Enjoy the delicious beverage with fun exhibits and the fantastic “Taste It!,” where you can try a variety of Coke beverages from different countries around the world.