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.
WALK, BIKE, RUN ON THE ATLANTA BELTLINE
Explore miles of the Atlanta BeltLine by foot or on two wheels. Once you've worked up an appetite, stop in one of the many restaurants along the path to relax and refuel. A rails-to-trails connection between neighborhoods and parks, the BeltLine is an only-in-Atlanta way to stay active.
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 MOVIE TOURS
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!
|ATL-CRUZERS ELECTRIC CAR & SEGWAY 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!
|BICYCLE TOURS OF ATLANTA
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.
|CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK
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.
|CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
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.
|CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA
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!
|CNN STUDIO TOURS
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!
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME AND CHICK-FIL-A FAN EXPERIENCE
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.
|FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
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 â€“ even one that measures more than 120 feet long!
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!
|HISTORIC OAKLAND CEMETERY
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.
|JIMMY CARTER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM
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.
|MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS
Visit the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. and explore his legacy at the King Center. Stand in the footprints of change-makers and civil rights leaders on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
|OLD FOURTH WARD SKATEPARK/HISTORIC FOURTH WARD
OLLIE FROM DUSK TO DAWN
Open from the time the sun comes up until the lights turn off at 11 p.m., Atlanta's first public skatepark, Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, is designed for skaters of all skill levels. Also enjoy a nearby playground, multi-use athletic fields and seamless access to the Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside Trail.
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.
|SUN DIAL RESTAURANT, BAR AND VIEW (WESTIN PEACHTREE PLAZA)
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!
|SWEET AUBURN CURB MARKET
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.
|THE ATLANTA STREETCAR
GET LOOPED INTO THE CITY'S LOCALES
What do city sites like Centennial Olympic Park, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site have in common? They can all be reached from the Atlanta Streetcar, a convenient electric transit that evolved from the trolleys which served the city for more than 50 years.
|THE HISTORIC MARIETTA TROLLEY
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.
|WORLD OF COCA-COLA
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.
TREAT YOUR TIKES TO FAMOUS FABLES
Expressive storytellers bring the famous Uncle Remus tales to life on Saturdays at the historic home of the compiler himself, Joel Chandler Harris. Sit down for a tale told by the "Ramblers" of the Wren's Nest and stand on the same front porch where the writer gave life to the Br'er Rabbit tales.
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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