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10 Unique, Cool Things to Do in Atlanta

BY: Editors | Jul 23, 2018

Friends making terrarium

Atlanta is a relatively new city in the sense that it hit its stride in the late 90s. It's known for Coca-Cola, CNN, and The Walking Dead (which helped give it the moniker of "Hollywood of the South"). But there are so many other things that you should do when you're in Atlanta aside from the top attractions.

To get you started, here are the top ten unique and cool things to do in Atlanta:

1. Ride a Private Gondola on Skyview Atlanta

Skyview Atlanta ferris wheel

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In additional to being one of best cool things to do in Atlanta, one of the most romantic things to do is to buy a ride on this 20-story Ferris wheel, which towers over Centennial Park. Best yet, you'll enjoy gorgeous views of the city from inside a climate-controlled gondola.

2. Dive into the Stars at Fernbank Science Center

Displays at Fernbank Science Center

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Fernbank Science Center's 70-foot planetarium dome—the largest in Southeast USA—is reason in and of itself to visit the museum. When you watch a show here, you fly through the asteroid belt and skirt tantalizingly close to a black hole. It's impossible not to be in awe of the universe.

3. Learn How to Twerk at Dance 411

Women dancing

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Hey, if you're going to twerk, why not learn how to properly twerk? The pros at Dance411 offer this cheeky women-only course in the art of provocative twerking. You'll learn all the moves, and you'll get a pretty darn effective workout in the process.

4. Destress by hurling axes at Bury the Hatchet

Ax at Bury the Hatchet

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If you want to unwind by the spa isn't for you, have you considered heaving large wooden axes (in a safe, controlled environment)? That's the pitch at Bury the Hatchet, one of the most unique things to do in Atlanta, where ax-throwing experts lead teams in fun, stress-relieving games.

5. Create a Terrarium at The Sipping Plant

Woman making terrarium

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Another way to chill out is to make a pleasant tabletop terrarium. If you're not familiar, a terrarium is a glass-enclosed plant decoration, and you'll have to work with dirt, so be sure to bring some gloves and wear clothes you're not too worried about getting mussed up.

6. Visit the Gone with the Wind Museum

Gone with the Wind Museum

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Before Walking Dead associated Atlanta with zombies, the city was best known for Gone with the Wind. Learn all you could ever want to know about the novel and the film at this Marietta museum, which has on display the Bengaline Honeymoon Gown that Scarlett O'Hara (aka actress Vivian Leigh) wore in the epic 1939 movie.

7. See All 768 Team Helmets at the College Football Hall of Fame

Helmets at College Football Hall of Fame

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Yep, that's all 768 college-football programs, represented at the College Football Hall of Fame, which also includes a 45-yard mini-field where you can toss the ol' pigskin around. Don't miss the campus's Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, featuring a number of interactive exhibits.

8. Meet Tiberius at Michael C. Carlos Museum

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If you're looking for cool stuff to do in Atlanta, find Tiberius. Who's Tiberius? He's the second Roman emperor, and this museum (on the Emory University campus) displays a marble portrait of him, dating back to 14 AD. It's one of dozens stand-out artifacts at this ancient-art museum, specializing in Egyptian, Greek, and Roman pieces.

9. Fly Over Atlanta in an Antique Biplane

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Maybe you've seen Atlanta, but have you flown over Atlanta? The antique biplanes at Biplane Rides Over Atlanta have been fully restored to their gorgeous original condition. It's a magical feeling to be floating over the Georgia Dome, Centennial Park, and downtown Atlanta.

10. Try an Escape Game...in the Woods

Outdoor wooden gate at Woods Escape Game

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Escape-room games are a hot new trend, but Escape Woods does it a little differently. The biggest difference: you're deep into the forests outside of Atlanta. Race the clock for one hour, trying to find a buried ancient artifact before the government does, or try to escape an abandoned bunker.

This article was originally written by Catherine Lee and has been modified from its original version.