Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the state of Georgia, with an estimated population of 472,522. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,710,795 people and the 9th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County, and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County. While you’re not busy attending training sessions and networking with fellow community leaders, take the opportunity to explore all that Atlanta has to offer!
Home to tens of thousands of sea creatures held in some 10 million gallons of water, the Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest in the world. Its famous exhibits include whale sharks and the Ocean Voyager tunnel, which allows you to walk right through a breathtaking underwater world. Visitors should also check out the dolphin aquarium, the latest addition to the complex. All ages can enjoy a day at this world class institution, which is also dedicated to marine research and conservation.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
A world-class venue for lovers of natural history, the Fernbank Museum has an extensive range of both permanent and temporary exhibitions showcasing the history of the natural world. Among its exhibits is a 37-meter long life-size recreation of the largest dinosaur ever discovered, the Argentinosaurus. The venue also has a 22-meter IMAX theater which brings the prehistoric world to cinematic life.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a relaxing experience that’s a break from typical attractions. The garden features amazing exhibits, including the Cascades Garden which overflows with vibrant flowers and tranquil water features. Guests are encouraged to bring their children for fun in the Garden as they can run through the Butterfly Maze in the Children’s Garden or bring their swimsuits and splash around in Sunflower Fountain. Make sure you check out the Edible Garden to learn about interesting edible plants and flowers and the Fuqua Orchid Center which houses the largest orchid collection under glass in the U.S. With things to see and do for everyone in your family, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a must visit during your time in Atlanta.
There’s nothing more relaxing and entertaining than shopping at Atlantic Station. If you’re a shopaholic, this is the place to be with over 50 big name stores and dining that are sure to whet the fancy of most tourists. Expect to find stores like Dillard’s, Ann Taylor, H&M, and many others. In addition, you’ll find premium steak houses like Strip and smaller more affordable restaurants such as Tin Drum. If you’re traveling with a non-shopper there are plenty of other activities to do here as well including a cinema, Extreme Dinosaurs experience, Millennium Gate Museum and Bodies the Exhibition.
Krog Street Tunnel
The primary reason to visit Krog Street Tunnel is the amazing street art! The tunnel connects Inman Park neighborhood with Cabbagetown. Many cyclists love riding through this colorful tunnel, and it’s an ideal way to cross Hulsey Yard by foot or by bike. There are many photo opportunities along the way and also opportunities to hear local music and find out about upcoming events or festivals. The tunnel has been frequently used to film various videos and photographers love snapping shots of the artistic creations on its walls. Even a marriage proposal or two has occurred at the infamous Krog Street Tunnel.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
On October 10, 1980 in the Sweet Auburn historic district of Atlanta, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site was established. The Ebenezer Baptist Church was also preserved and honored as a part of the national historic site. These landmarks are a part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and represent the change he worked tirelessly to implement in the world. He was instrumental to the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s with his practice of nonviolent civil disobedience. This site has several facilities where you can learn about the life and achievements of Dr. King including the Visitor Center, The King Center and Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King, his father and grandfather all once preached.
Skyview Atlanta is a beautiful Ferris wheel that towers 20 stories above Centennial Park. Reminiscent of the Eye of London, the Skyview features 42 gondolas to provide guests with one of the most breathtaking views of central Atlanta and surrounding areas. The gondolas are climate-controlled to allow maximum comfort so even on those hot Atlanta days, you’ll be nice and cool as you view the entire city from the 200-foot structure. The Ferris wheel even offers a VIP experience where you’ll enjoy the views from your premium gondola equipped with leather seats, a glass floor and a longer ride time. For the best views (and photos) of the city, you’ll want to make time for this ride. It’s an impressive experience for any person visiting the city.