Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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For a glimpse of our nation's history, head to the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. There you'll find the modest home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and raised. You can also head over to the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was once a pastor. And right next to King's grave site, you'll find the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, which displays engaging exhibits on the Civil Rights movement. These, along with several other landmarks and museums, are jointly considered a national historic site. Wear comfy shoes because the entire complex is spread out over several city blocks.
Most agree a trip to Atlanta must include a little time spent at this historic site. Many visitors recommend taking the guided tour, but one TripAdvisor user stresses that timing is key: "Arrive very early in order to register for the MLK house tour, the tour books up fast."
The site is located off the King Memorial MARTA rail station. Admission is free, but tours are limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to get there early, since early reservations cannot be made. The site is open year-round—except major holidays—and the hours of operation vary by season. Check out the website for more details.