Next up in our travel recaps, I’m taking a look at some of our favorite experiences from a recent trip to give you a list of some of the best Things To See & Do in Atlanta, GA. Keep reading and take a look at what he did during our time down South.
TAKE A STROLL THROUGH PIEDMONT PARK PARK
It’s always a good idea to see any city’s major park and Piedmont Park is Atlanta’s most visited green space. The park features multiple running and biking trails surrounding large fields, sports facilities and the lovely Lake Clara Meer. You can soak in the scenery, visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden or check out the Green Market. We took advantage of the park’s view of the Midtown skyline for a cute photo op.
DRINK A COKE
For the uninitiated, Atlanta is the home to the Coca-Cola headquarters. Subsequently, one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions is the World of Coke museum which is…well pretty self explanatory. The popularity of this place is sort of baffling to me. Are people that interested in Coke that they are willing to pay $16 to walk through a giant commercial? I don’t know, but to each his own I suppose. We did visit the gift shop while we were in town which had more Coke branded products than I could have ever imagined (literally… you can buy Coca-cola underwear, dog collars and even nail polish.) But even if the museum isn’t up your alley, you might as well grab a glass bottle Coke because you know the old saying “When in Atlanta…”
VISIT CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK
What another park? Yes another park, don’t question me! Centennial Olympic Park makes the short list of Atlanta sights thanks to it’s cool history. Previously populated with run down buildings and vacant lots, the park was actually constructed to host the 1996 Summer Olympics. Today you can check out a few neat tribute statues and see the city up high via the SkyView Ferris Wheel (which is okay but not a must in my opinion.) In the summer, the park really livens up with a ring of fountains for kids to cool off and a long list of music festivals and other events.
SEA GAZE AT THE AQUARIUM
Arguably Atlanta’s biggest tourist attraction is their giant ass aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the world, only surpassed by the Marine Life Park which opened in Singapore in 2012. If seeing the fishies is your kinda thing then Atlanta is the place to go. I’ve been really slacking on returning to the Baltimore Aquarium for some time now so it was great to check out one of the biggest aquariums in the world while I was on vacation.
GET YOUR DRINK ON IN LITTLE 5 POINTS
Atlanta’s real draw is the food and drink scene. I’ll have a more detailed post about the great food & drink spots up soon but for the purpose of this list, I’ll recommend one of the best drinking neighborhoods we visited in Atlanta: Little 5 Points. L5P is Atlanta’s boho, hipster area with a lot of funky bars and trendy small shops. The Porter Beer Bar was my favorite stop – a narrow spot with ample seating that is home to over 800 beers and ciders! There is something for everyone in your party.
CHECK OUT PONCE MARKET IN THE OLD 4TH WARD
Another great Atlanta neighborhood (and they honestly have so many) is the Old 4th Ward which is home the the impressive Ponce City Market. Make sure you read my full write up of the market and see why you need to add it to your bucket list ASAP!
Have you ever been to Atlanta?
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