Atlanta Botanical Garden#11 in Best Things To Do in Atlanta
The Atlanta Botanical Garden should be every plant lover's first stop in the city. It covers a magnificent and beautiful 30 acres in the northwest corner of Midtown's Piedmont Park. There's lots to see here, including the Lou Glenn Children's Garden, the Edible Garden, the Tropical Rotunda and one of the few remaining mature hardwood forests in Atlanta. Plus, you can't miss a pass through the Fuqua Orchid Center, which features a variety of unique high-elevation orchids never grown before in the Southeast. You'll also find a wonderful and colorful collection of poison dart frogs within the glass walls of the Fuqua Conservatory.
Visitors highly recommend a visit to this "magical" locale. However, some lament the cost of admission and the high fees for snacks and meals at the on-site eateries. A few travelers also suggest avoiding winter visits, since some of the property's outdoor gardens are not in bloom during the colder months.
Specific opening hours vary by the season, but the property is generally open every day except Mondays from 9 a.m. until at least 4 p.m. Tickets cost $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 3 to 12; kids 2 and younger get in for free. If you're driving, you can pay to park at the SAGE Parking Facility, which the property shares with Piedmont Park. MARTA also services the botanical gardens: Bus No. 27 stops at the main entrance. To find out more about the Atlanta Botanical Garden's hours and special events, check out the property's website.
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#1 Atlanta History Center
Spread across 33 acres in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood, the Atlanta History Center seeks to explore Georgia's past through comprehensive exhibitions, historic homes and miles of gardens and trails. The center's primary facility is the Atlanta History Museum, which showcases exhibits that span the region's history, from Native American culture to life in the antebellum South.
Near the museum is the Swan House, a restored estate originally built in 1928. Living up to its name, every room allegedly features at least one swan (motif). Outside the house, the Swan Woods Trail is lined with beautiful plants native to Georgia. Nearby, you can also see how the other half lived at the Smith Family Farm, a plantation house from the mid-1800s. Meanwhile, bookworms won't want to miss a tour of the Margaret Mitchell House, where the author penned her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Gone With the Wind."
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