From The Civil War and the burning of Atlanta by General Sherman to being in the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement to hosting the Centennial Olympics in 1996, Atlanta certainly has had a colorful past! Now Atlanta is known as both the Southern hub for business and enterprise along with being a top tourist destination. There is so much to do and see! Take in a Braves baseball game or stroll past the upscale shops at Phipps Plaza. Explore the World of Coca-Cola museum and then take in the amazing sights at the Georgia Aquarium. Atlanta has it all!
The Georgia Aquarium
The world’s largest aquarium, you’ll experience 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!
The World of Coca-Cola
Right across the plaza from the Georgia Aquarium is Atlanta’s top draw—The World of Coca-Cola. Hear about the history of Coke while browsing 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.
How many times have you watched CNN at home and wondered, “How do they do all that?” The CNN Tour answers that and many more questions! You’ll enjoy a once in a lifetime experience during this 55 minute interactive walking tour of CNN’s studios and headquarters.
Atlanta History Center
Located in the heart of Buckhead on 33 gorgeous acres of historic gardens, the History Center is home to one of the South’s largest history museums, the Centennial Olympic Games museum and the Kenan Research Center which is a public archive and research facility collecting all materials related to both Atlanta history and the culture of the American south. The Atlanta History Center also oversees tours of the Swan House, one of Atlanta’s most photographed and recognized historical mansions and the Smith Family Farm, a plantation home constructed in the 1840’s.
Margaret Mitchell House
Operated under the Atlanta History Center, this is the apartment where Margaret Mitchell lived while she wrote 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.
Dinner at Pittypat’s Porch
This is true Southern cooking! Named after Scarlett O’Hara’s aunt from Gone With the Wind, Pittypat’s Porch has been serving sweet ice tea and fresh collard greens in the same location since 1967. From the sweet touch of their menu’s being printed on hand-held paddle fans to unique American antiques, Pittypat’s Porch offers traditional Southern fare in a one of a kind historical landmark.
Construction began in 1836 on the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot and serviced the rail line that ran from Atlanta to Chattanooga. During the Civil War after Sherman burned the city down, Union camps set up in and around what remained of the Depot. After the war ended the Depot was rebuilt and at its height was servicing over 100 trains daily. Over the years the Depot fell into disrepair until 1989 when it was redesigned as the focal point of urban life. Now home to shops, restaurants and entertainment, you don’t have to look far to see historical reminders of Atlanta from over 175 years ago.
One of the best and most sophisticated transit systems in the country a ride on MARTA is not to be missed! In the works since the 1950’s MARTA now crisscrosses all major Atlanta areas and now include North Fulton County, Buckhead and the entire City of Atlanta. Many of the MARTA stations have been constructed to include shopping and dining opportunities, making them multi-used communities all their own.
Guided City Tour
There are so many places to explore in Atlanta! Guided tours can include historical cemetery tours, sightseeing through some of the more historical areas including the Fox Theatre and Ansley Park, culinary tours for the gourmet, shopping excursions or a tour of the Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta also has a rich supernatural history and several nightly haunted folklore tours are available as well.