Things to Do - Downtown
You might not have much free time while you're in Atlanta, so let us show you how to use it best. From shopping to nightlife to special events, there's plenty to explore, even for those on a budget.
Check out things to do in Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead by clicking below.
|CATCH AN MLB GAME UNDER THE LIGHTS
Logo Get your chopping arm ready! From spring to fall, head out to the Ted to catch the Atlanta Braves and cheer on our home team.
ATLANTA BRAVES AT TURNER FIELD
|SPIN THROUGH TIME WITH THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL PAINTING
Stump your friends with Civil War trivia after "Young Abe" guides you through a sweeping panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, complete with music and sound effects. Experience the closest thing to a Civil War-era 3D film at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum.
|RECREATE HOLLYWOOD MOMENTS IN ATLWOOD
Television and film industries are bustling in Atlanta and there's no time like the present to visit ATLwood. Whether it's The Walking Dead, The Blind Side, Anchorman 2 or one of the many other movies filmed in Atlanta, let Atlanta Movie Tours show you the sites!
ATLANTA MOVIE TOURS
|TAKE A WALKING TOUR OF ATLANTA'S NEIGHBORHOODS
Watch history come alive as knowledgeable guides share stories of Atlanta's past. From historic Downtown to Inman Park, Sweet Auburn and everywhere in between, step into Atlanta like never before with these outdoor guided walking tours offered by the Atlanta Preservation Center.
ATLANTA PRESERVATION CENTER WALKING TOURS
|EXPLORE THE CITY FROM OPEN-AIR SMART CARS
Get a first look at Atlanta from the comfort of an open-air smart car (or even a segway) as your ATL-Cruzers tour guide shows you the ins and outs of Atlanta and its neighborhoods. Choose your favorite stops along the way to help plan the rest of your visit!
ATL-CRUZERS ELECTRIC CAR & SEGWAY TOURS
|SPLASH INTO THE FOUNTAIN OF RINGS
Pay homage to Atlanta's Olympic legacy as you splash through the Fountain of Rings or play tag in the green fields of Centennial Olympic Park, located near the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center and the new Center for Civil and Human Rights and College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.
CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK
|BE INSPIRED BY HEROES PAST AND PRESENT
Connect the American civil rights movement to current human rights issues through moving, experiential exhibits at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Interact with history to understand your role in the dream and the future.
CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
|SCORE A TOUCHDOWN WITH ATLANTA'S NEWEST ATTRACTION
Every team is the home team at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, where hands-on installments keep you in the game. Sprint down memory lane with decades of memorabilia and learn about Hall of Fame inductees.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
|JOURNEY INTO THE JURASSIC
Getting up close and personal with the dinosaurs at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a lot less scary than the bared-teeth versions in film. Take a peek back in time with the Giants of the Mesozoic - even one that measures more than 120 feet long!
FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
|SWIM WITH THE WHALE SHARKS
That's no typo. You can actually snorkel or scuba dive with the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. Interested in interacting with a slightly smaller animal? The nation's largest aquarium offers encounters with belugas, otters and even penguins!
|EMBODY THE SPIRITS OF GREAT ATLANTANS
Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta's oldest cemetery, holding more than 70,000 souls and a trove of enthralling tales. It is also the final resting place of Civil War soldiers and civil rights pioneers, as well as legends like author Margaret Mitchell, golfer Bobby Jones and Atlanta's first African-American mayor Maynard Jackson. Enter the historic gates for tours each day.
HISTORIC OAKLAND CEMETERY
|WATCH THE NEWS UNFOLD
News junkies and aspiring anchors unite! Take the Inside CNN Studio Tour to see exactly how this globally recognized brand makes news, beginning to end. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even see Robin Meade!
INSIDE CNN STUDIO TOUR
|KNOCK ON THE DOOR OF THE OVAL OFFICE
Several U.S. presidents established libraries, and we're pretty fond of the one our very own Nobel Peace Prize-winning, peanut-growing, President Jimmy Carter erected. At the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, you'll find everything from a replica of the Oval Office to gifts he received during his presidency.
JIMMY CARTER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM
|WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS
Stand in the footprints of civil rights leaders on the International civil rights Walk of Fame, where the shoe prints of heroes such as Rosa Parks, former President Jimmy Carter, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and many others are embedded in a concrete memorial.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
|DUNK OR DANCE AT PHILIPS ARENA
Philips Arena, home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and Atlanta Dream (WNBA), keeps it rocking all year long with hoops action and the hottest concerts. Named by Rolling Stone as one of the best arenas in the country, Philips Arena hosts top national acts year round.
|WHEEL AROUND TOWN
Hop into a SkyView Atlanta gondola and travel up over 20 stories for a thrilling view of Atlanta. Once located in Florida and even Paris, the SkyView Ferris wheel is one of the newest additions to the collection of attractions surrounding Centennial Olympic Park.
|EAT, DRINK, SPIN, REPEAT
Take in the only 360-degree view of Atlanta from 73 stories high at The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View. As the Sun Dial rotates high above Peachtree Street, you'll see everything from Stone Mountain to Georgia Tech and many other sites in between!
SUN DIAL RESTAURANT, BAR AND VIEW
|SWEETEN YOUR VISIT WITH A SAVORY SNACK
For meats and produce straight from the farm, plus unique eateries serving up everything from soul food and gourmet hot dogs to artisanal ice cream, look no further than this urban farmer's market. Also on the menu at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market are monthly culinary tours, storytelling, cooking classes and tons of community events.
SWEET AUBURN CURB MARKET
|MILK A COW AT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
Shop for groceries, paint a masterpiece right on the wall and even milk a cow (don't worry, it's not real!) at The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Hands-on exhibits, interactive music programming and so much more just waiting to be discovered.
THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA
|TOUR THE TOWN AT YOUR OWN PACE
|Hop on board a fully narrated 90-minute trolley tour to learn the history and enjoy the stories and legends of Atlanta's top attractions and historic sites. Step on to discover the must-sees of Atlanta while riding in style on Peachtree Trolley Tours.
THE PEACHTREE TROLLEY
|SEARCH FOR THE SECRET FORMULA
Experience the intriguing World of Coca-Cola! The attraction features a multi-sensory 4-D theater, an extraordinary 1880s soda fountain, live-action bottling line, and the opportunity to sample nearly 60 different beverages from around the world. Now you can experience the quest for one of the worlds best-kept secrets in the Vault of the Secret Formula.
WORLD OF COCA-COLA
|PEEK AT A PANDA...OR TWO!
Twin baby pandas! Does it get any cuter? Mei Lun and Mei Huan, born in 2013, are adorable, fluffy additions to the Zoo Atlanta family. Visit Zoo Atlanta, in the historic Grant Park neighborhood, during your next trip to Atlanta and watch them - and more of our zoo babies - grow with us!
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