Not all that Atlanta has to offer is located IN Atlanta!
Callaway Gardens a 14,000 acre resort located about an hour southwest of the city is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians. Open to the public since 1952 there are four separate gardens, one of which has over 40 acres of azaleas, and the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center including over 1,000 butterflies, neo-tropical hummingbirds and tropic plants. The Vegetable Garden at Callaway Gardens raises over 700 varieties of fruits, herbs and vegetables and may look familiar since this where PBS films their show, “The Victory Garden.”
World of Coca-Cola
In 1886 Atlanta Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton created the famous recipe that to this day is enjoyed daily by millions of thirsty people. Now come hear the entire history of Coke while browsing irreplaceable memorabilia. Everyone knows the recipe formula is a closely guarded secret! At the World of Coca-Cola you’ll be able to get up close and personal at the interactive “Vault of the Secret Formula.” Then taste how Coke is sold all around the world at the Coca-Cola freestyle gallery. Mix match and taste over 300 beverage choices some available in the States, some in other parts of the world and some only at The World of Coca-Cola.
Margaret Mitchell House
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this turn of the century three story Tudor Revival apartment is where Margaret Mitchell lived while writing Gone With the Wind. Guided tours are available along with a movie exhibition and an exhibition highlighting other famous Southern authors of the same time period. The showcase exhibit though is a door from the original Tara on loan from the Talmadge family.
The Georgia Aquarium
Located in the same plaza as the World of Coca-Cola, this is the world’s largest aquarium featuring interactive galleries and exhibits. The different exhibits contain over ten million gallons of both fresh and saltwater and offer a glimpse of aquatic life from all over the world. In addition to all shapes, sizes and colors of fish you’ll also marvel at otters, whales, dolphins and even penguins!
Little White House
Located right down the road from Callaway Gardens in Warm Springs, Georgia, Franklin Delano Roosevelt build this six room house in 1932 as he found relief in swimming in the nearby 88-degree buoyant spring waters. Roosevelt died here in April of 1945 and the home and surrounding land, now operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was opened to the public as a museum in 1948. A must see at the Little White House is the portrait artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff was painting of Roosevelt when he died. It now hangs near a finished portrait the artist completed later from her sketches and memory.