Atlanta’s Rich Culture and History
Those who love art and history should also put Atlanta on their bucket list. The city is home to the Margaret Mitchell House, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Centennial Olympic Park, as well as the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center which is on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s also the High Museum of Art, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, and the Museum of Design Atlanta.
The reasons for visiting are as diverse as the people who visit. One thing that remains constant is that the city doesn’t disappoint. From foodies to history buffs, everyone can find something to love about Atlanta.
So Many Family-Friendly Attractions
If you’re considering potential destinations for your next family vacation, Atlanta should be at the top of your list. The Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta alone make a trip to the city worthwhile for those with kids. The former hosts more than a hundred thousand animals in 10 million gallons of water, while the latter is one of only four zoos in the U.S. that has giant pandas.
Kids may also enjoy touring the World of Coca-Cola museum, where they can sample 100 different beverages. Afterward, they can burn off some of their energy at Piedmont Park or Andretti’s Indoor Karting and Games. Atlanta is also home to the Legoland Discovery Center and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Six Flags Over Georgia is located just west of the city in nearby Austell.
So Much Delicious Food
As any Atlanta city overview will tell you, the city has no shortage of excellent local restaurants. Among the countless restaurants serving everything from gourmet international cuisine to Southern (or Southern-inspired) comfort food, you can find several restaurants in Atlanta that are truly unique. One great example is Gunshow, run by Kevin Gillespie of “Top Chef.” Gillespie and his staff roam around the dining area with different freshly cooked small plates, offering them from table to table and taking the time to interact with guests.
Other stand-out restaurants include Antico Pizza, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Sobban (Korean), The Optimist (seafood), Chai Pani (Indian), and Nam Phuong (Vietnamese). Whatever you’re craving, odds are you can not only find it in Atlanta, but you can find a world-class restaurant that does it better than almost anyone else.
There Are Big Events Throughout the Year
Atlanta hosts several big events throughout the year that draw tourists to the city. May through August are the busiest months, with outdoor concerts and festivals galore. Among the biggest music festivals are the SweetWater 420 Fest (April), the Shaky Beats Music Festival (May), Music Midtown (September), and the A3C Festival & Conference (October).
Of course, music festivals aren’t all the city has to offer. Visitors can celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Peach Drop, welcome spring at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, geek out at Dragon Con in September, or sample the works of more than 400 artists at the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park.
Oh man, I haven’t visited Atlanta since I was little! We did the kid-friendly things like Six Flags and World of Coke back then. But I’d love to explore the history and food more now that I’m an adult!
Oh wow I have never been, or to the USA at all to be honest! It looks fantastic and the food sounds great!
This is such a helpful post for anyone looking to visit Atlanta. You gave some great suggestions and it looks really lovely indeed.
I’ve been to Atlanta a couple of years ago and really liked it there. However, it was quite shocking to see how little impact the civil right movement had on the everyday life. Coming from Europe, the ‘segregation’ really shocked me. I visited a couple of sights dealing with this matter – like e.g. Dr Martin Luther King’s grave – I find everybody visiting Atlanta should pay his effort tribute.
To be honest I haven’t been to Atlanta but with this post you’ve given us a glimpse of what is store for us. Loved the amazing view and the food looks yummy and delicious. Thank you for this great post.
This sounds like a lovely place, there’s so much to do! And that pizza is making me hungry…
I breezed through Atlanta some years ago in transit. I would love to visit it one day.
Small glimpse of Atlanta looks so amazing 🙂 I wanna visit it soon 🙁 Food looks super yummy and delicious 😛
Pizazaaaa!!! That pizza looks mouth watering. Anyway, I have never been to Atlanta and I really would like to. You have convinced me to make a stop there next time.
Those look like some pretty great places in Atlanta. I would love the food there. And my daughter and I love the Legoland out here. I am sure it’s pretty amazing.
I love Atlanta. We were there recently and really enjoyed the aquarium. There were so many fun things to see and do there!