Top Things To Do In Atlanta

Over the last few years, Atlanta introduced a new streetcar, invested in culinary tourism, and built the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This city is all about investing in the future while staying true to its southern roots. History buffs, shopaholics and night owls will likely all find something to pique their interests. Whether you’re a lifelong resident, a visiting family, or an adventurous tourist, here are some of the best things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta CityPASS Tickets
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Cirque du Soleil Presents "Echo" (November 9 - January 21)
Cirque du Soleil Presents "Echo"
271 District Ave, Atlanta3.0 mi
$64.90 $64.50
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The best of Atlanta walking tour
The best of Atlanta walking tour
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The best of Atlanta walking tour
Admissions for 2, 3, or 4 or Date Night for Two to SkyView Ferris Wheel (Up to 33% Off)
SkyView — Up to 33% Off Ferris Wheel Rides
168 Luckie Street Northwest, Atlanta0.7 mi
4.6
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Up to 61% Off on Shooting Range at Range, Guns & Safes
Up to 61% Off on Shooting Range at Range, Guns & Safes
2 Locations8.4 mi
4.8
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Shooting-Range Package for One or Two at Quickshot Shooting Range (Up to 39% Off)
Up to 39% Off Range Package at Quickshot Shooting Range
2631 Buford Highway Northeast, Atlanta5.8 mi
4.8
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Range Package for One or Two at Quickshot Shooting Range (Up to 39% Off)
Up to 39% Off Range Package at Quickshot Shooting Range
1199 Zonolite Road Northeast, Atlanta4.8 mi
4.8
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Skip the Ticket Line: World of Coca-Cola Admission
Skip the Ticket Line: World of Coca-Cola Admission
121 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta1.0 mi
3.5
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Skip the Ticket Line: World of Coca-Cola Admission
Illuminarium Atlanta Tickets
Illuminarium Atlanta Tickets
550 Somerset Terrace Northeast, Atlanta2.1 mi
4.3
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When visiting Atlanta, be sure to explore the Virginia-Highlands and Little Five Points neighborhoods. The former is one of the best areas for shopping and dining. The latter is known for its indie businesses and hipster lifestyle.  

The best things to do in Atlanta include:

  • Adventure through fresh water river scenes and brightly colored coral reefs inside the Georgia Aquarium
  • Enjoy a taste of authentic Southern food with a contemporary twist at Watershed on Peachtree
  • Eat your weight in Georgia barbeque at places like Fat Matt’s, Bone Lick, or Daddy D’s
  • Visit the vault where the legendary secret formula for Coca Cola is kept at Pemberton Place
  • Explore miles of garden and trailway out the Atlanta History Center after spending an afternoon inside its galleries

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Cirque du Soleil Presents "Echo" (November 9 - January 21)
Cirque du Soleil Presents "Echo"
271 District Ave, Atlanta3.0 mi
$64.90 $64.50
One Ticket to Cirque du Soleil Echo
6 bought
Illuminarium Atlanta Tickets
Illuminarium Atlanta Tickets
550 Somerset Terrace Northeast, Atlanta2.1 mi
4.3
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618 ratings
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Up to 31% Off on Museum at College Football Hall of Fame - ATLANTA
Up to 31% Off on Museum at College Football Hall of Fame - ATLANTA
250 Marietta Street NorthWest, Atlanta0.9 mi
4.8
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Admission for One with Parking Voucher for the Green Deck
Admission for Two, Four, or Six, or Individual or Family Membership to The APEX Museum (Up to 61% Off)
Up to 61% Off at African-American History Museum
135 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta0.5 mi
4.7
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Boy George & Culture Club: The Letting It Go Show with Howard Jones and Berlin on July 18 at 7 p.m.
Boy George & Culture Club w/Howard Jones – Up to 40% Off
4469 Stella Drive Northwest, Atlanta
$60.15 $36
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Boy George & Culture Club: The Letting It Go Show with Howard Jones and Berlin on July 18 at 7 p.m.
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General Admission or Preferred Seating at Red Velvet Burlesque Show (Up to 34% Off)
General Admission or Preferred Seating at Red Velvet Burlesque Show
2 Locations10.9 mi
$40 $32$26.24
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General Admission
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Up to 72% Off on Festival - Liquor at Ocean11 Marketing Group
Up to 72% Off on Festival - Liquor at Ocean11 Marketing Group
3277 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta7.2 mi
3.4
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05/30/2021 at 1p.m : (Limited) SPECIAL Entry Ticket for 2 people to SUNDAY (Brunch Party) (Ages 21+)
General or VIP admission at Diva Royale Drag Queen Show(Up to35% Off)
General or VIP admission at Diva Royale Drag Queen Show
3308 Laventure Drive, Chamblee10.9 mi
$35.28 $28$22.96
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1 or 4 Admissions, 1 or 4 Silver Passes, or 1 Gold Season Pass to Wild Adventure Theme Park (Up to 41% Off)
Admission or Season Pass to Wild Adventure Theme Park
3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta
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Stay at Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Iconic Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Vegas
3850 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
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Hotel Stay with Daily Water Park Passes at Great Wolf Lodge Atlanta/LaGrange in Georgia
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park Resort in Georgia
150 Tom Hall Parkway, LaGrange63.9 mi
4.7
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$269.70 $169
37% discount_off
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Hotel Stay at the 4-Star Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas in Arizona
4-Star in the Scottsdale Suburbs
6333 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
3.5
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$136.23 $99
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Deluxe Two-Double Room w/Waived Resort Fee
Stay at 4-Star DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley in Scottsdale
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5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
4.2
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7677 North 16th Street, Phoenix
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1910 Westpark Drive, Durham
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Stay with Two Margaritas at OYO Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
Hotel near Las Vegas Strip
115 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas
3.3
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1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island238.6 mi
5.0
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Hotel Stay at 4-Star Bally's Atlantic City, NJ
4-Star Atlantic City Hotel and Casino
1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City
3.9
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Dennis Tower Classic King Room

Explore a temporary exhibition at the Atlanta History Center, which includes the Atlanta History Museum, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Smith Family Farm, Swan House, Kenan Research Center, and six historic gardens.

Popular attractions near Atlanta include:

  • Take a guide tour from Martin Luther King Jr’s historic home through 35 acres of park at The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
  • Dine on smoked catfish, handmade chocolates, or vintage sodas at one of the many unique restaurants at Krog Street Market
  • Live your favorite blockbuster on an Atlanta Movie Tour of the city’s film locations
  • Learn your favorite footballer’s story at The College Football Hall of Fame
  • Take an in-depth look at the American Civil Rights movement and human rights struggles across the world at the Center for Civil and Human Rights

There’s always fun things to do in Atlanta. During the summer, visit Dragoncon, Music Midtown, or the Atlanta Film Festival. When schools are in session, watch the Braves play at Turner Field or the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

Exciting activities near Atlanta include:

  • Fulfill your fresh seafood craving with sushi from Wagaya Westside
  • Watch the 251 water jet show at Centennial Olympic Park’s Fountain of Rings
  • Learn something new about history at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
  • Eat a Holeman & Finch Cheeseburger with a side of deviled eggs
  • Cheer on the United Soccer team at the Mercedes-Benz stadium while they take on their rivals

Looking for things to do in Atlanta at night? The city is famous for its nightlife. Explore the Atlanta art scene, catch a broadway musical at the Fox Theater or a play at the Atlanta Civic Center.

Nighttime activities near Atlanta include:

  • Attend an award-winning performance at the historic Fox Theatre
  • See the city light up from above on the ferris wheel at SkyView Atlanta
  • Hear live blues at Northside Tavern or Blind Willie’s
  • Groove to an emerging indie music performer at Apache or The Masquerade
  • Visit the High Museum of Art on a Friday evening and enjoy an art opening

Visiting with family and looking for things to do in Atlanta with kids? Make a stop at the Centennial Olympic Park. The CNN Center, World of Coca Cola, College Football Hall of Fame, and Georgia Aquarium are all located near the park.

Family-Friendly things to do near Atlanta include:

  • Venture to Midtown and catch a live puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts
  • Meet Mei Lun and Mei Hwan, the giant panda twins at Zoo Atlanta
  • Explore a mini fortress inside the Legoland Discovery Center
  • Imagine the possibilities at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta in the Centennial Park area
  • Discover more than 100,000 animals and over 700,000 species at the Georgia Aquarium

For those days when indoor activity is all you want, Atlanta offers shopping, live theater, and professional sports game to keep you entertained.

Indoor things to do in Atlanta include:

  • Stop by Criminal Records and buy that vinyl you’ve had your eye on
  • Race around a ¼-mile indoor karting track at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
  • See a broadway play before it hits broadway at Alliance Theater
  • Laugh away your worries at one of the comedy shows at Dad’s Garage Theater Company
  • Get in on the basketball action at Philips Arena while the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Dream take compete

The City in a Forest has more than 300 parks, gardens, and green spaces. With 189 acres, Piedmont Park is Atlanta’s largest recreational area.

Outdoor activities and things to see in Atlanta include:

  • Escape the hustle and bustle without leaving city limits at Piedmont Park
  • Explore more than 3,200 acres of forest and the world’s largest piece of exposed granite at Stone Mountain Park
  • Awaken your inner plant lover at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Float the Chattahoochee river that runs through ATL proper
  • Venture to the outskirts of East Atlanta and camp at Stone Mountain Park Campground

 

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