10 Things to Do in Atlanta

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If you’re visiting Atlanta, Georgia and looking for some fun activities, here is a look at 10 popular things to do.

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park is located outside of the city of Atlanta but it is one of the most popular attractions in the area. The park is named for the huge mound of granite that is the centerpiece of the park. The stone includes a well-known carving of military leaders of the Confederacy. The Summit Skyride will take you to the top of the mountain where you can walk around and enjoy fabulous views of the Atlanta skyline. The park also includes a number of other rides and attractions (open seasonally) including a scenic railroad and the Antebellum Plantation.

Stone Mountain

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Altanta Botanical Garden is located in midtown Atlanta, near Piedmont Park. It includes 30 acres of garden exhibits, with a the 600 foot long Kendeda Canopy Walk, where you can view from the treetops.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Underground Atlanta

Located in downtown Atlanta, Underground Atlanta is a unique experience that include several blocks of shops, restaurants, and clubs located below the streets.

Underground Atlanta

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Centennial Olympic Park

Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996 and Centennial Olympic Park was built for the event. The park hosts a lot of events like concerts and fireworks displays. The fountain of rings and flags are widely recognized features of the park. The location of the park in downtown Atlanta is surrounded by other popular attractions like the Georgia Dome, the CNN Center, Georgia Aquarium, and World of Coca-Cola.

Centennial Olympic Park

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Decatur Square

Decatur Square is located about 8 miles from downtown Atlanta. It’s filled with restaurants and is a great place to walk around or sit and relax. There are a number of specialty shops to browse and is easily accessible by public transportation.

Georgia Aquarium

The world’s largest aquarium can be both a fun and educational activity. Georgia Aquarium is located downtown and was funded mostly by Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus. The aquarium offers school events for students of all ages, and booking for special events is also available.

Georgia Aquarium

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Zoo Atlanta

Another option is Zoo Atlanta, one of the oldest zoos in the United States. Zoo Atlanta is home to the largest collection of gorillas and orangutans in the U.S., and is one of only four U.S. zoos with Giant Pandas. The zoo is located in Grant Park, just minutes from downtown Atlanta.

Zoo Atlanta

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Inside CNN Studio Tour

Atlanta is home to the global headquarters of CNN and tours are available. You can see all the behind-the-scenes activities and details that go into running a CNN broadcast. You can also watch a live newscast. Visit CNN’s website for tour information.

CNN

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World of Coca-Cola

Located in downtown Atlanta, World of Coca-Cola offers entertainment and a tour. Exhibits are dedicated to the history of Coca-Cola as well as to famous advertising campaigns of the company. There is also a taste testing gallery where you can sample varieties that are sold throughout the world.

World of Coca-Cola

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Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is a large urban park about one mile from downtown Atlanta. The park includes sports fields, walking paths, bike trails, and a dog park.

Piedmont Park

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