Families and photography enthusiasts alike will love visiting SkyView Atlanta. This large Ferris wheel just east of Centennial Olympic Park stands nearly 20 stories tall and features 42 air-conditioned gondolas. While passengers ride the attraction, they'll enjoy stunning views of the downtown skyline.
Previous visitors raved about SkyView Atlanta's central location and superb panoramas, especially at night. However, multiple travelers reported encountering long admission lines and lamented the expensive rates. Some also found the ride to be too boring and slow.
SkyView Atlanta is open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 11 p.m., on Fridays between noon and midnight, and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midnight. It is within walking distance of must-see sights like the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, as well as the Peachtree Center, Five Points and Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center MARTA train stations. Travelers with cars can also drive and park at the LAZ parking deck, which is two blocks southeast of the attraction. All riders get $5 off of parking rates at this facility.
Standard tickets cost $13.89 for adults; $12.50 for seniors, students and members of the military; and $9.26 for children between 3 and 11. Kids 2 and younger are granted free admission. A VIP experience, with a reduced wait time and a longer ride in a gondola with a glass floor and Ferrari-style seats, is available for $50 per person. The attraction also offers a date night package for couples. On-site facilities are limited to restrooms and food and beverage concessions. For more information, check out SkyView Atlanta'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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