Welcome to MetroGuide Networks' overview of Atlanta-area attractions. The Greater Atlanta
area is full of attractions for all ages. Rising from ashes after its Civil War-era torching, this vibrant Peach State capital
gracefully blends cosmopolitan sophistication, high energy, and traditional southern hospitality.
Cultural and recreational attractions are as diverse as the economy with Braves baseball, Falcons
football, and Hawks basketball serving as significant rallying points. Cultural cache is
embellished by entities from the Atlanta Symphony to the Atlanta Ballet, the nation's oldest
continuously operating ballet company. With annual visitor counts exceeding 17 million from points
of origin worldwide, Atlanta's bounty of world-class attractions, restaurants and activities stands
ready with a warm antebellum-style welcome.
Below is a list of some suggested things to do in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area,
with links to more details when available.
- Atlanta Preservation Center
The nonprofit Atlanta Preservation Center promotes safeguarding of Atlanta's historically, architecturally and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and districts, offering a wide assortment of walking tours. Tour hotline is (404) 688-3350.
327 St. Paul Avenue, Southeast. Call (404) 688-3353 for more information.
- Atlanta State Farmers Market
Take your pick of fresh produce including Vidalia onions, eggs, meat and other regional taste treats at one of the world's largest markets of its kind.
16 Forest Parkway. Call (404) 675-1782 for more information.
- Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Located in the Gothic-Tudor mansion built in 1920 for Charles Howard Candler, son of Asa Candler, founder of Coca-Cola Company, this fine arts stronghold sits amid 12 acres of sculptured lawns and formal gardens.
980 Briarcliff Road. Call (404) 872-5338 for more information.
- Centennial Olympic Park
At this 21-acre legacy from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, you can visit the Fountain of Rings, the world's largest fountain featuring the Olympic symbol of five interconnecting rings with 25 water jets.
International Boulevard and Techwood Drive. Call (404) 222-7275 for more information.
- CNN Center
Blazing trails with all news all the time, the sleepless CNN Center serves as the global headquarters of Turner Broadcasting System. Visitors experience news in the making on the CNN Studio Tour.
One CNN Center, in downtown's northwest section. Call (404) 827-1500 for more information.
- Georgia Aquarium
Slated to open in 2005, along with the new World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium is designed as a five-million gallon showcase for both freshwater and saltwater fish and mammals. At 250,000 square feet (with a $200-million underwriting boost from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus), it promises to be one of the nation's largest fish tanks.
- Georgia Dome
Public tours are offered at the world's largest cable-supported dome, site of the 1994 Super Bowl and venue hosting gymnastics and basketball for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
One Georgia Dome Drive. Call (404) 223-TOUR for more information.
- Georgia State Capitol
Native gold tops the dome of Georgia's capitol, an 1889 structure housing natural science displays, a Hall of Flags and a Hall of Fame for outstanding Georgians.
Capitol Avenue and Washington Street. Call (404) 656-2844 for more information.
- Imagine It!
Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta, across the street from Centennial Olympic Park, has four major learning zones: Fundamentally Food, Let Your Creativity Flow, Tools for Solutions, and Leaping into Learning.
Corner of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Baker Street. Call (404) 659-5437 for more information.
- Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
Devotees of Rhett and Scarlett flock to the tiny apartment where author Margaret Mitchell spent the better part of a decade laboring over her epic novel, Gone With The Wind. Exhibits within the building include the door to Tara from the movie set. Highlighted are the book, move and author's life.
999 Peachtree Street. Call (404) 249-7012 for more information.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Visit The King Center site and Dr. King's grave, the King birth home and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the legendary civil rights activist graced the pulpit. The surrounding Sweet Auburn District thrived as Atlanta's center of black enterprise from the 1890s through the 1940s. The street runs east from downtown's Five Points intersection. 449 Auburn Avenue. Call (404) 524-1956 for more information.
- Oakland Cemetery
Explore this final resting place for the remains of some 75,000, including GWTW's Margaret Mitchell, golfing legend Bobby Jones, six Georgia governors, 25 Atlanta mayors, and some 3,900 Confederate soldiers.
248 Oakland Avenue. Call (404) 688-2107 for more information.
- Sandy Springs Historic Site
Less than a mile outside Atlanta's perimeter highway, Sandy Springs Historic Site is an inviting enclave of buildings, natural springs and old-fashioned gardens. The Williams-Payne House Museum, its centerpiece, is an 1869 "plain style" farmhouse furnished in period style and overlooking a meadow where the springs still bubbles with cool, clear water. Modern amenities include the Garden Room, popular for private functions.
6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Call (404) 851-9101 for more information.
- Six Flags Over Georgia
With spine-tingling rides, other attraction thrills, and live Broadway-style shows, Six Flags Over Georgia yields family fun for all ages.
7561 Six Flags Road at I-20 West. Call (770) 948-9290 for more information.
- Six Flags White Water
Splash away the day at this water mecca on nearly 40 acres with more than three dozen attractions from Tree House Island to the Bahama Bob-Slide family raft ride. Water playgrounds await younger children and toddlers.
250 North Marietta Parkway. Call (770) 424-9283 for more information.
- Stone Mountain Park
The 3,300-acre Stone Mountain Park -- its granite centerpiece carved with a memorial to the Confederacy -- has swimming, fishing, tennis, golf, a skylift and more. Inside the Great Barn, kids find a gigantic climbing structure with rope nets, mazes, interactive games and a 40-foot super slide.
Highway 78, Stone Mountain. Call (770) 498-5600 for more information.
- Sun Dial View
“Atlanta's Best View of Atlanta” becomes evident on a glass elevator ride leading to a city-wide panorama with telescopes and history displays of six of Atlanta's major corporations and educational institutions.
Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street. Call (404) 659-1400 for more information.
- Underground Atlanta
In the heart of Atlanta, six city blocks await as a spirited urban marketplace with a dozen restaurants and more than 100 specialty shops and entertainment emporiums along with scores of street-cart merchants.
Peachtree at Alabama streets. Call (404) 523-2311 for more information.
- The Varsity Drive-In
Open 24 hours and thriving on brisk "what'll you have" service since 1928, The Varsity, near the Georgia Tech campus, bills itself as the world's largest drive-in, handling 600 cars at a clip. Made-from-scratch favorites from chili and fries (called strings) to fried pies, chicken salad and more, bolster a legendary line-up of dogs, from Naked (plain on a bun) to Red or Yellow (ketchup or mustard only), Heavy Weight (extra chili) and beyond. A gift shop stocks collectibles and a line of Varsity paper plates and cups.
61 North Avenue. Call (404) 881-1706 for more information.
- World of Coca-Cola Atlanta
Get the fizz on the world's most famous soft drink – past, present, and future – via exhibits, the world's largest Coke memorabilia collection, classic radio and television ads, and more. In 2005, World of Coca-Cola moved from its old Underground Atlanta location to an expanded site adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium in Pemberton Place, featuring a more interactive version of the classic attraction that includes a 3D theater, fanciful representation of the bottling process, a futuristic soda fountain and a shop with Coke merchandise.
121 Baker St. NW. Call (404) 676-5151 for more information.
- Wren's Nest
The Victorian-era home of author Joel Chandler Harris, famed for his Uncle Remus tales, features guided tours, story telling programs and a museum shop with books and Br'er Rabbit memorabilia.
1050 R.D. Abernathy Boulevard. Call (404) 753-7735 for more information.
See gorillas, tigers, lions, giraffes, elephants, birds and more.
Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave. Call (404) 624-5600 for more information.