Atlanta Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Atlanta

Sure, Atlanta is a commercial hub, but it's also a sightseer's dream. There are scenic green spaces like Piedmont Park, unique entertainment venues like the Fox Theatre, plus one of the country's best panda exhibits at the zoo. History buffs, shopaholics and night owls will likely all find something to pique their interests: from Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace to Buckhead's top-notch bars and boutiques to sports-focused sights like the College Football Hall of Fame and Centennial Olympic Park. Meanwhile, families can flock to the Georgia AquariumWorld of Coca-Cola and other interactive spots.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated August 30, 2019

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    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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