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If you're looking for things to do in Atlanta that are appropriate for all ages, consider visiting World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium. Nature lovers can explore the paths of luxuriant Atlanta Botanical Garden, art lovers can discover the gems of American, European, and African art at High Museum of Art, while history buffs shouldn't miss The King Center, a memorial dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Atlanta is best known for its Aquariums, Specialty Museums, and Historic Sites.

Top 15 things to do in Atlanta

1. Atlanta Botanical Garden

Covering more than 12 hectares (30 acres), Atlanta Botanical Garden offers the chance to walk among a large collection of rare plants. The garden complex splits up into multiple smaller exhibits, including a Japanese garden, a rainforest section, and a desert. View the most diverse orchid collection in the country, kept healthy by a special climate-control system that mimics the flower’s natural environment. Explore a forest from an elevated pathway 12 m (40 ft) high on the special 180 m (600 ft) long Canopy Walk. The entire complex is mostly outdoors, so dress appropriately.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $159 › Learn more about Atlanta Botanical Garden

2. Georgia Aquarium

With more than 100,000 creatures from 500 different species, Georgia Aquarium has more aquatic life than any other aquarium in the world. Stop at the entrance to note the times of the daily bottlenose dolphin shows, or arrange to swim with the whale sharks--the largest fish in the world. The aquarium features six galleries, each designed to represent a specific environment. You can visit touch tanks filled with sea stars, stingrays, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, and sea turtles. In the regional habitat exhibits, you can walk through a tunnel surrounded by water to observe fish from an underwater perspective. Consider a guided tour of the backstage area to learn the secrets behind the aquarium's popular exhibits.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Georgia Aquarium

3. World of Coca-Cola

Get an inside look at the creation and long-lasting legacy of one of the world's favorite beverages at World of Coca-Cola, which features interactive exhibits and more than 1,200 pieces of memorabilia. The 8 hectare (20 acre) complex includes the vault that guards the company's top-secret recipe. You can watch the bottling process, then move on to the tasting room and its 100-plus flavors of Coke. Don't forget your free commemorative Coca-Cola glass before you leave.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $7 › Learn more about World of Coca-Cola

4. 90-Minute Guided Sightseeing Tour by E-Car

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Newcomers and Atlanta veterans alike can enjoy a comfortable driving tour of Atlanta’s key attractions. A guide chauffeurs a group of five or less around in an eco-friendly electric car to explore neighborhoods including Midtown, Downtown, Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park. Enjoy a 15 minute stop at the Martin Luther King Jr National Historical Park, and see other highlights such as Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), World of Coca-Cola Museum, and Centennial Olympic Park . You’ll get an excellent overview of the city’s top sights and historic neighborhoods while learning fun, local facts from your experienced guide.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $45 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

At Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, see King's childhood home, the church where he and his father pastored, and the final resting place of King. Take a free ticket at the visitor center and join a guided tour of the house. Visit the museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights movements, and the "I Have a Dream" International World Peace Rose Garden--an artistic representation of King's life of non-violence. You can walk the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, which honors those who fought for equality. On a brick island, at the center of a reflecting pool, you'll see the tomb of Martin Luther and his wife, Coretta.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $36 › Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

6. Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park boasts several miles of paths suitable for walking, jogging, biking, or inline skating. You can rent bikes and skates from Skate Escape, opposite the park. Children can scamper around two playgrounds with swings, slides, a sandpit, and climbing dome. Anglers can head to the lake to try their luck catching largemouth bass, bream, and catfish. Bring some sandwiches along to enjoy in the sheltered picnic area or grassy lawns, or bring food to cook on one of the 22 barbecue grills. This large urban park covers 76 hectares (189 acres).
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $12 › Learn more about Piedmont Park

7. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum dedicated to the achievements of the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement. Located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, the museum opened to the public on June 23, 2014.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $7 › Learn more about National Center for Civil and Human Rights

8. 90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Trolley Tour in Atlanta

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The Peachtree Trolley is simply the best way to see the sights and get acquainted with the city known as The Capital of the South. The trolley will provide 90 minute fully-narrated tours originating near Centennial Olympic Park and will introduce you to the “Must-Sees” of Atlanta.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $36 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Food Tours

Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $80 › Learn more about Food Tours

10. Room Escape Games

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Zoo Atlanta

Initially a shelter for animals of a bankrupt travelling circus, Zoo Atlanta has grown into a 16 hectare (40 acre) settlement of over 1,500 individuals of mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Here you can see the rare giant pandas, as well as the largest zoological collection of gorillas and orangutans in the United States. If you are not of a particularly sensitive nature, don't miss the carnivorous plants, particularly the Venus flytrap which feeds itself by preying on insects and arachnids. This venue is AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited, pointing to excellent animal care, quality staffing and extensive involvement in global conservation efforts. You can expect to walk quite a lot here, so wear comfortable shoes.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $97 › Learn more about Zoo Atlanta

12. Atlanta's Black History and Civil Rights Tour

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Join us as we unfold time with this exciting Black History and Civil Rights tour. What better place to delve into African-American heritage than the Mecca of the Civil Rights Movement? Showcasing historic sites and most talked about black historic neighborhoods like Summerhill, The West End, Downtown Atlanta, Old 4th Ward and the Historic Sweet Auburn Ave District. During this 4 hour tour you will be immersed in black culture and arts, civil rights landmarks, groundbreaking HBCU’s, Tyler Perry Studios, along with famous Hollywood Film & TV locations and more. These are some of the reasons Atlanta is nicknamed "The Black Mecca" and one of the top destinations for Black History and Culture. This tour goes further than any other tour, allowing you to fully experience the historical and cultural significance of our groundbreaking city.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $69 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Centennial Olympic Park

Built for the 1996 summer games, Centennial Olympic Park hosts millions of visitors every year on its wide lawns and walking paths. Many visitors come for concerts at the park's amphitheater, but you'll also want to check out the Fountain of Rings and the Skyview Ferris wheel. Be sure to look down as you walk through the park--the bricks beneath your feet are engraved with messages of people who donated money to build the park.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $36 › Learn more about Centennial Olympic Park

14. Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre (often marketed as the Fabulous Fox), a former movie palace, is a performing arts venue located at 660 Peachtree Street NE in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, and is the centerpiece of the Fox Theatre Historic District.

The theater was originally planned as part of a large Shrine Temple as evidenced by its Moorish design. The 4,665-seat auditorium was ultimately developed as a lavish movie theater in the Fox Theatres chain and opened in 1929. It hosts a variety of cultural and artistic events including the Atlanta Ballet, a summer film series, and performances by national touring companies of Broadway shows. The venue also hosts occasional concerts by popular artists.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Fox Theatre

15. Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Enjoy the beautiful Atlanta Beltline and tour Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. Visit Buckhead and embark on our Buckhead Mansion Tour. Have lunch at Ponce City Market and tour the Martin Luther King Memorial Site. You will have the ability to get off the bus at these sites to capture some photos and then get back on.
Suggested duration: 5 hours
Tours from $70 › More about this tour at viator.com ›