Atlanta is not only the capital of the state of Georgia, but it is also the center for amazing entertainment, dining, and attractions. The city attracts millions of visitors each year and is filled with exciting, wow-worthy destinations located throughout the city. Even if you have a zoo, aquarium, or museum in your local city, the ones in Atlanta are truly next level. Keep reading to learn more about our top places to visit in Atlanta for tourist and start planning your vacation itinerary today!
College Football Hall of Fame
If you are a fan of college football, or even the sport of football in general, and are planning a vacation in Atlanta, then the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience should be must-visit destinations! Explore the history of college football, celebrate your favorite teams and players, and enjoy the Peach Bowl Skill Zone to test your own football skills in this fun, interactive attraction. They also have rotating special events and attractions, such as the upcoming exhibit dedicated to the history of football at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Open Wednesdays-Mondays from 10am to 5pm, this is a fantastic place to visit for the whole family. Tickets are $22.99 for adults with discounted rates for students and seniors, $17.99 for kids under 12, and free for kids under 3 and active and retired members of the military. Learn more about the sport you love with a visit to the College Football Hall of Fame!
World of Coca-Cola
Atlanta is famously the home and birthplace of Coca-Cola. Known as the world’s most popular beverage brand, and arguably its most delicious, the World of Coca-Cola is a fun destination in Atlanta to explore the history of the Coca-Cola company and its impact on the economic growth of the city of Atlanta. This destination is consistently one of the top tourist attractions in Atlanta because of its fun, interactive exhibits such as going behind the scenes of the bottling process and the opportunity to taste over 100 of the company’s beverage offerings. You will also have the opportunity to take home a fantastic souvenir with photo ops when you meet the Coca-Cola mascot polar bear and shop their merchandise in the gift shop.
Many major cities are home to a zoo, but few are as impressive as Zoo Atlanta! Zoo Atlanta features a wide variety of animals, including elephants, lions, gorillas, tigers, and more. They are also one of the few zoos in the United States that feature giant pandas! In addition to the impressive number of animals, Zoo Atlanta features many fun special events and activities that are sure to make your visit extra special. Consider signing up for their Giant Panda Wild Encounters to go behind the scenes and hand feed one of their two pandas, bring your little one to their Twilight Tots mini-tour, or register for Zoo Yoga. There are also special events throughout the year such as the “Brew at the Zoo” event or the “Wild World Weekend” cultural festival. Bring the whole family to Zoo Atlanta for one of the best zoo experiences you’ll find anywhere!
Atlanta Botanical Garden
One of the most beautiful and scenic destinations in Atlanta is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Plan a visit here to see why it’s a winner of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award year after year for top places to visit in Atlanta. Find a place of beauty and serenity as you explore the gardens and its seemingly endless number of the plant species. You can customize your itinerary on the website in advance to find out the best gardens to suit your interests and learn about fun things to look out for while you explore such as bird watching and a scavenger hunt. From family friendly excursion to romantic adventures, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a must visit destination for everyone!
Consistently sitting at the top of many “Best of Atlanta” lists is the Georgia Aquarium and our list is no exception. Centrally located in the heart of Atlanta near other attractions such as World of Coca-Cola, this is one of the most impressive aquariums you’ll find anywhere. Home to the world’s largest aquarium environment at 6.3 million gallons, Georgia Aquarium is an immersive experience that makes you feel up close and personal with the thousands of species of marine life that call the aquarium home. Here are six separate galleries with more than 10 habitats, and 10 million total gallons of water. Learn more about whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, African penguins and more! In addition to viewing the gallery spaces, you can also sign up to dive in the tanks and meet the animals face to face! Words can’t do justice to the beautiful Georgia Aquarium – plan a trip here for your next visit to Atlanta to experience to all in person!