Things to Do - Downtown
Atlanta is filled with fun and excitement for families, friends and fans! Can't decide what to do in Downtown Atlanta? Start with this list of can't-miss things to do in Downtown Atlanta including major attractions, delicious dining, arts and culture and, of course, sporting events.
|CATCH AN MLB GAME UNDER THE LIGHTS
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
|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
|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
|MAKE TRACKS ON THE TRAIL OF HISTORY
Feel like taking a more active tour? Bring your thirst for knowledge and your inner child to Bicycle Tours of Atlanta as you pedal leisurely to sites both scenic and historic with a knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide.
BICYCLE TOURS OF ATLANTA
|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, 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 interactive 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!
|LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH HISTORY AND MYSTERY
The scenic resting place of more than 70,000 souls, Historic Oakland Cemetery is the oldest of its kind in Atlanta. Visit 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.
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
| DUNK OR DANCE AT PHILIPS ARENA
Philips Arena, home to the Southeast Division champion 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 more than 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
|GET HANDS-ON WITH THE LOVE OF LEARNING
Get ready for an imaginative overhaul at The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Enjoy a new 3,000-square-foot featuring hands-on and shoes-off activities, including exploring the layers of Earth, composing original music and much more!
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 history of the world's most famous soft drink through fascinating exhibits, classic ads and an imaginative replica of the bottling process. Get closer than ever before to the World of Coca-Cola vault containing the secret recipe and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the globe.
WORLD OF COCA-COLA
|PEEK AT A PAIR OF PANDAS
The only giant panda twins in the U.S., Mei Lun and Mei Huan, are twice as adorable and fluffy as you might expect. Come see them and the rest of the Zoo Atlanta family in the historic Grant Park neighborhood. A fun-filled exploration of the animal kingdom awaits, including the Scaly Slimy Spectacular for reptiles and amphibians.
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