Atlanta's Top 5 "Must See" Attractions
Atlanta has a rich culture and history. If you find yourself traveling to this fair city, make sure you take in a few of the top "must-sees" to get a taste of the incredible richness of culture that makes this city so special. Even if you've lived here (or nearby) your whole life, you can still enjoy some of our favorite Atlanta attractions. We've outlined our top 5 must-see attractions for your benefit below.
#1: Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is our top Atlanta must-see, without a doubt. No visit to Atlanta is complete without a visit to this historic site of the revolutionary and hero Martin Luther King Jr. The site includes King Jr.'s childhood home and the church where he was baptized and later served as pastor, as well as a civil rights museum. It is a moving experience to take in a bit of the rich history of Atlanta and the turbulence of the American south by learning about this heroic figure. Just 20 minutes drive via I-75 N from the ATL Airport, this is a trip you won't want to miss. Make sure you connect with a guide to get the most from the tour.
#2: Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is a great attraction for the whole family. It is truly a sight to behold, with over 120,000 marine animals in a 10 million gallon tank. The aquarium has a number of interactive experiences as well, including swimming with dolphins and sea lions. You can even book a sleepover party! The space can get a bit crowded, especially on weekends, but that's because it's regularly such a great spot. To avoid the crowds, visit during weekdays before the schools let out. It's just a quick 25 minute drive from the Atlanta airport via Lee Street and I-75 N. Located at the north end of Centennial Olympic Park, this visit is easily combined with several other essential must-see attractions.
#3: Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park was built for the 1996 Summer Olympics and is now used as a public park in downtown Atlanta. Events are regularly hosted in the park, including music festivals, and daily shows at the Fountain of Rings park feature. The 21-acre park is also just a great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and to surround yourself with greenery. Stroll along and check out the inscriptions on the bricks that pave the way -- messages from the donors that helped get the park built. It's also just a 25 minute drive north on the I-85 N from the Atlanta Airport, and certainly worth a visit.
#4: World Of Coca-Cola
You guessed it; World of Coca-Cola is a museum dedicated to the history of coca-cola. Unless you're an avid coke fan, this attraction may seem a bit superficial and silly, but it's actually quite an interesting look into a consumerist historical account of the United States. There's a theater and beverage lounge, many interesting stories and accounts to hear, and many photo opportunities with the infamous coca-cola polar bear. It's appealing if only for the kitsch value, but you'll probably have much more fun than you may think. It's right across the street from Centennial Olympic Park, so why not make it part of your day trip?
#5: CNN Center
Atlanta happens to house the headquarters for CNN, the Cable News Network in America. While in Atlanta, make sure you check out this attraction and take in a tour behind the scenes of all your favorite CNN programming. The VIP tour allows you to be on set during filming and get a firsthand look at the CNN action. If you're lucky, you may spot some important and exciting celebrity figures on their way to work. The Center is just across the street from Centennial Olympic Park, so make sure you add it to your trip itinerary.