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Places To Visit That Are Only In Atlanta

Updated: Apr 10

This dynamic city has something for every tot, tween, teen, and adult to enjoy. Delight in under-the-sea adventures at Georgia Aquarium, quench your thirst in the tasting room at World of Coca-Cola, or enjoy a day filled with historic learning at The National Center For Civil And Human Rights.


Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Atlanta’s native son, Martin Luther King Jr., left an indelible legacy that stands to this day. The care Coretta Scott King put into preserving the civil rights icon’s history at The King Center, continues at Ebenezer Baptist Church, his birth home and the historic site. The work done here imprints powerful emotional connections and cements Atlanta as the heartbeat of the Civil Rights movement.

The National Center For Civil And Human Rights

As home to the American Civil Rights Movement and leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, plus countless others who spent their lives championing justice, it was only right to establish a beacon that connects their harrowing efforts to the human rights challenges of today. Opened in 2014, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum and cultural experience like no other. Equal parts modern education and historical record, feel the emotional journey as immersive exhibitions like the “Lunch Counter Sit-In” put you in the position of non-violent protestors in the 1960s.

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium’s state-of-the-art facility containing more than 10 million gallons of water is an excellent place to start. So, what will you find at the nation’s largest aquarium? Endless wonder. And thousands of deep-sea wildlife species, including whale sharks, beluga whales, manta rays, penguins, sea lions and more. One visit and you’ll quickly see what makes the Georgia Aquarium one of the best places to visit in Atlanta.

World Of Coca-Cola

The world’s favorite soft drink started right here in Atlanta. And, while you’ll find the South’s most pivotal elixir across the globe, there’s only one place that you can visit to understand what makes the brand tick. That’s World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place. Part museum dedicated to its history and part Willy Wonka-style tasting facility where you can sip your way through worldwide flavor, you’ll soon understand why this beverage brand commands a cult following. And no, Pepsi is not ok.

The Varsity

Ok, your city may have an original fast-food joint, but does it also contain the world’s largest drive-in? Don’t answer that. We know it doesn’t because ATL’s The Varsity holds that title. Call it a tourist trap, but you can’t knock the Atlanta institution built on a stack of chili cheese dogs, frosted orange milkshakes and eager carhops shouting, “What’ll ya have … What’ll ya have?” For a one-of-a-kind experience, you can’t go wrong with a stop at this famous spot found only in Atlanta.

The Beltline

We mentioned that Atlanta has a reputation for consistently reinventing itself. As a former railway corridor in days gone by and victim of urban sprawl, many often wondered what Atlanta would be like if its neighborhoods were easily walkable and connected. Enter Atlanta BeltLine. What started as a grad student’s urban redevelopment thesis soon became one of the most notable redevelopment projects in the United States. The 22-mile loop of trails and parks interspersed with housing, restaurants and art installations is the city’s crown jewel for sustainability.

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