In an evolving city full of adventures, it’s not hard to find a few distinctly Atlanta things to do. The Georgia Aquarium, for instance, sits at or near the top of just about every list, thanks to its uniquely modern exhibits featuring everything from whale sharks (which you can dive or swim with) to dolphins (which you can pet and feed). The Atlanta Botanical Gardens also warrant repeat visits throughout the year to take in special exhibits in the hothouse, regular horticultural classes, or holiday lights come wintertime. Afterward, swing by Rathbun's or some of the other lauded restaurants in Atlanta to taste unique interpretations of American fare.

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