Ponce City Market#10 in Best Things To Do in Atlanta
Once home to the Southern headquarters for Sears, Roebuck & Co., the Ponce City Market is now a massive mixed-use facility featuring offices, education centers, coffee shops, restaurants, boutique shopping and more. The building's roof is also an attraction itself, home to two unique draws: Skyline Park, where visitors can play games like Skee-Ball and mini-golf or go for a ride down a slide, and 9 Mile Station, a rooftop beer garden.
Visitors generally enjoy Ponce City Market, saying they appreciated the varied and delicious food options. The roof and its attractions also earn high praise from travelers. Others were not impressed with the complex and complain of overpriced food and difficult, expensive parking.
You're welcome to walk around Ponce City Market anytime, though its attractions, shops and restaurants have varying operating hours. The market is located 3 miles northeast of downtown and you can get there by driving, but parking is not free and can be a hassle, according to previous visitors. Instead, take the MARTA No. 2 or 102 bus. Visit the Ponce City Market's website for a full list of vendors and attractions.
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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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