MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS
Take it all in—city sights and historical sites—with worldrenowned attractions, natural wonders, informative tours and engaging exhibits.
CITYPASS— Valid for nine days from first use, CityPASS offers reduced admission to the following attractions: Georgia Aquarium (expedited entry), World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tour, Zoo Atlanta OR Center for Civil and Human Rights and Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR College Football Hall of Fame. Purchase online or at your first attraction. www.citypass.com/atlanta. 888.330.5008.
ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY— Atlanta Contemporary neither profits from nor collects the art on its walls in an effort to support the genre’s advancement. Free admission. www.atlantacontemporary.org. 535 Means St. NW, Midtown, 404.688.1970. Map3/E2 CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER— Built in 1920 for the oldest son of Coca-Cola Company founder, Asa Candler, this Gothic-tudor mansion is now a community arts center. An upstairs gallery presents changing exhibits. www.callanwolde.org. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Druid Hills, 404.872.5338. Map1/D7 HIGH MUSEUM OF ART— Part of the Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta’s go-to art museum has over 15,000 works in its permanent collection. Check website for full list of exhibitions and events. www.high.org. 1280 Peachtree St., Midtown, 404.733.4444. Map3/B5 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF GEORGIA (MOCA GA)— This small museum encompasses 250-plus works by Georgia artists. www.mocaga.org. Tula Arts Center, 75 Bennett St., Buckhead, 404.367.8700. Map2/A11 MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA (MODA)— This wonderful museum is devoted exclusively to all things design. www.museumofdesign.org. 1315 Peachtree St. NE, Midtown, 404.979.6455. Map3/B5 SPELMAN COLLEGE MUSEUM OF FINE ART— This museum on the grounds of Spelman University specializes in 20th-century painting and sculpture by African-American artists. www.museum. spelman.edu. 350 Spelman Lane SW, West End, 404.270.5607. Map3/L1
BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR TEMPLE— This strikingly ornate Hindu temple sits on 29 acres in the the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn. Its stark-white exterior takes on the colors of the sky, as well as its white polished interior which is often lit in various hues of blue, turquoise, orange or pale green. Guided tours available. www.baps.org. 460 Rockbridge Rd., Lilburn, 678.906.2277. Map1/F5 CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK— This 21-acre park is a permanent legacy to the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Olympic Games. During Summer months, you’ll find children splashing in the Fountain of Rings and families picnicking on the expansive lawns. Grab a bite at Googie Burger, a local favorite and the only restaurant on park grounds. www.centennialpark.com. 265 Luckie St., Downtown, 404.222.7275. Map3/H4
INSIDE CNN STUDIO TOUR— Step inside the world of 24-hour news and see the fast-paced newsrooms of CNN’s global headquarters. www. cnn.com/tour. One CNN Center, Downtown, 404.827.2300. Map3/I3 GEORGIA AQUARIUM— The country’s largest aquarium is home to unique marine life including whale sharks, beluga whales and dolphins. A 4-D movie, cafés and gift shop are also on-site. www. georgiaaquarium.org. 225 Baker St. NW, Downtown, 404.581.4000. Map3/H3 GEORGIA STATE CAPITOL— A National Historic Landmark, the 1889 building was designed to resemble the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Historical markers on the grounds explain how the city was rebuilt after the Civil War. Located on the fourth floor of the capitol, a museum displays exhibits about Georgia’s resources, history and government, plus quirky artifacts. Free admission. www. sos.state.ga.us. 206 Washington St., Downtown, 404.656.2846. Map3/K4 KENNESAW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK— Site of one of the major confrontations of the Atlanta Campaign, the 2,900-acre park offers 17 miles of hiking trails. Park open daily 6:30 am-dusk. Visitor www.nps.gov/kemo. Old US 41 &
Stilesboro Road, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, 770.427.4686. Map1/A4 LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER— Enjoy hands-on play areas, a 4-D cinema, classes, rides and the MINILAND exhibit, with iconic buildings made out of LEGOs. www.atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter. com. Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Buckhead, 404.848.9252. Map2/E5 MARGARET MITCHELL HOUSE— The restored home of “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell showcases furniture, letters and memorabilia from Mitchell’s life. www.atlantahistorycenter.com/explore/destinations/margaretmitchell-house. 979 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, 404.249.7015. Map3/D5 OAKLAND CEMETERY— Atlanta’s oldest cemetery is home to local luminaries—including Bobby Jones and Margaret Mitchell—who are interred alongside Confederate soldiers who died during the Atlanta Campaign in 1864. Free admission. Check website for tour times and prices. www. oaklandcemetery.com. 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Grant Park, 404.688.2107. Map3/M7 PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER— This magnifi cent new center is the first of its kind in North America. The 27-acre complex features a massive test track, off-road courses, a driving simulator and a fine-dining restaurant. Drive one of 13 models, including the Macan S, Boxter GTS, and even the 911 GT3. www.porschedriving.com. One Porsche Drive, College Park, 888.204.7474. Map1/C9 SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA— The theme park features 14 thrilling rides, plus family friendly rides, shows and attractions. www.sixflags. com/overgeorgia. 275 Riverside Pkwy., Austell, 770.739.3400. Map1/B7 SKYVIEW— The 20-story Ferris wheel takes passengers on a 15-minute ride up and over the city. At night, the ride lights up with millions of LED lights. www.skyviewatlanta.com. 168 Luckie St. NW, Downtown, 678.949.9023. Map3/H4 SWAN COACH HOUSE— Located on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center, this historic house was built in 1928 by Atlanta architect Philip Trammell Shutze for the Edward H. Inman family. A restaurant, art gallery and gift shop are on site. www.swancoachhouse.com. 3130 Slaton Dr. NW, Buckhead, 404.261.0636. Map2/B7 THE KING CENTER— The official memorial dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Exhibits illustrate his life and teachings; highlights include Freedom Hall and The Eternal Flame. The King Center Library, archives, King’s final resting place, a gift shop and other facilities are also on-site. Free admission. www.thekingcenter.org. 449 Auburn Ave. NE, Sweet Auburn, 404.526.8900. Map3/I7 WILD ANIMAL SAFARI— This five-mile drive-through wild animal park features more than 650 animals including American bison, elk, water buffalo, wildebeest, tigers, hyena and zebra. Most of the animals roam freely throughout the park and will eat right out of your hand. Guests can drive through in their own vehicles, rent a van, or take a complimentary bus tour (depending on the season). Check website for hours of operation. www.animalsafari.com/ Georgia. 1300 Oak Grove Road, Pine Mountain, 706.663.8744. WORLD OF COCA-COLA— Explore the story of the world’s best-known brand. Visitors will see a functioning bottling line, watch a 4-D movie
and taste more than 100 different beverages from around the world. www.worldofcoca-cola. com. Pemberton Place, 121 Baker St., Downtown, 404.676.5151. Map3/H4 ZOO ATLANTA— More than 1,500 animals call the zoo home, most notably gorillas and giant pandas. Also on-site are a petting zoo, train rides and a carousel. www.zooatlanta.org. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Grant Park, 404.624.9453. Map3/M7
ANNE Frank FRANK House IN in THE the Netherlands WORLD— Owned and run by by the the Anne Georgia includes Commission photos, letters on and the a Holocaust, 28-minute the film exhibit with the www.holocaust.georgia.gov. only known footage of Frank. 5920 Free Roswell admission. Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, 770.206.1558. Map1/D5 APEX look MUSEUM— at the black This experience museum in offers the U.S. a historical and Atlanta. Don’t one of miss Atlanta’s the replica first black-owned of Yates & Milton businesses. Drug Store, Exhibits beyond. tell www.apexmuseum.org. stories from Africa, Sweet 135 Auburn Auburn Ave., and Sweet Auburn, 404.523.2739. Map3/I6 ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER— The center includes the Atlanta History Museum, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, two historic homes (the Swan House and the Smith Family Farm), a research center and 33 acres of gardens. www.atlantahistorycenter.com. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Buckhead, 404.814.4000. Map2/B6 CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS— This museum includes three sections: a collection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s documents and personal effects; multisensory galleries about the American Civil Rights Movement; and a human rights gallery detailing past and ongoing struggles from around the world. www.civilandhumanrights.org. 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Downtown, 404.991.6970. Map3/H4 CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS— The freshly expanded center is home to a museum showcasing hundreds of puppets, including original Muppets from the Jim Henson Foundation, and offers a wide range of performances. www.puppet.org. 1404 Spring St. NW, Midtown, 404.873.3391. Map3/A4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME & CHICK-FIL-A FAN EXPERIENCE— This massive attraction offers interactive experiences that honor the pageantry and traditions of college football. Personalize an all-access pass with your football team at registration. www.cfbhall.com. 250 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 404.880.4800. Map3/I3 DAVID J. SENCER CDC MUSEUM— This unique museum features award-winning exhibitions that focus on a variety of public health topics, as well as the history of the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Four temporary exhibitions—each related to the CDC’s work—are mounted each year. Free admission. www.cdc.gov/museum. 1600 Clifton Rd. NE, 404.639.0830. Map1/D7 FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ATLANTA VISITORS CENTER AND MONETARY MUSEUM— Take a selfguided tour of this monetary museum located in the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Exhibits cover the history of money and the Federal Reserve’s role in the economy. Visitors can also view the bank’s automated cash processing operations, where millions of dollars are counted, sorted and shred- ded. Peachtree Free admission. St., Midtown, www.frbatlanta.org. 404.498.8500. Map3/D5 1000 JIMMY details CARTER President LIBRARY Carter’s & MUSEUM— life, including This his museum Navy career done since and the leaving work the both White he and House. Rosalynn The replica have of for the special Oval events Office and is a must-see. exhibits. www.jimmycart- Check website erlibrary.gov. 404.865.7100. 441 Freedom Pkwy. NE, Midtown, Map1/D7 MARIETTA SCARLETT GONE ON THE WITH SQUARE— THE WIND Home MOVIE to the MUSEUM: privately Featured owned are artifacts collection related of Dr. to the Chris novel Sullivan. and film including foreign posters, original scripts, artwork and the bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Scarlett. www.gwtwmarietta.com. 18 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 770.794.5576. Map1/B4 MICHAEL C. CARLOS MUSEUM— This Emory University museum focuses on art and objects from ancient civilizations. “Ancient Egypt, Nubia and the Near East” features mummies and ancient artifacts; additional collections include Greek and Roman, Ancient America and Works on Paper. www.carlos.emory.edu. 571 South Kilgo Circle, Decatur, 404.727.4282. Map1/D7 ROBERT C. WILLIAMS AMERICAN MUSEUM OF PAPERMAKING— One of the most comprehensive collections of paper and paper-related artifacts in the world, including 2,000 books, watermarks, papers, tools, machines and manuscripts. Free admission. paper.gatech.edu. Institute of Paper Science and Technology, 500 10th St. NW, Midtown, 404.894.5700. Map3/D2 SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION + FILM— One of the largest fashion museums in the nation, this new attraction is located in the Savannah College of Art & Design’s (SCAD) Atlanta campus. www. scadfash.com. 1600 Peachtree St., Midtown, 404.253.3132. Map1/D7 SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM— This museum displays 90+ pieces of retired railway rolling stock, including diesel locomotives, steam locomotives, and passenger and private cars. Short rides on a restored caboose are also offered. www.SoutheasternRailwayMuseum.org. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth, 770.476.2013. Map1/F4 SOUTHERN MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR AND LOCOMOTIVE HISTORY— Thousands of Civil War and railroad relics are on display including a reproduction of a turn-of-the-century locomotive factory and a depiction of the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase. www.southernmuseum.org. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, 770.427.2117. Map1/A3 CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA— This newly renovated, expanded museum allows kids to build and launch a rocket, paint a masterpiece, construct a house, and even climb through the Earth’s core. Hands-on play and exploratory learning get your child’s gears turning in new ways. A wonderful toy store is also on-site. Adults must be accompanied by a child, and vice versa. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Downtown, 404.659.5437. Map3/H4 WREN’S NEST HOUSE MUSEUM— Atlanta’s oldest house museum was the home of Joel Chandler Harris, known for the tales of Brer Rabbit in “The Uncle Remus Tales.” www.wrensnest.org. 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, West End, 404.753.7735. Map1/C7
Parks & Nature
ATLANTA Atlanta Beltline’s BELTLINE— completed Stroll, run, trails, bike and or blade stop along the the bite way on sun-filled to view public patios art or installations, lounge in public grab parks. a Download points. www.beltline.org. app or check website to find access ARABIA MOUNTAIN— This “mountain” is actually a granite monadnock, or an isolated rock hill (much like Stone Mountain). The 2,550-acre area includes two lakes and plenty of trails that vary in distance, difficulty and topographic scenery. www.arabiaalliance.org. 3350 Klondike Road, Lithonia, GA 30038, 404.998.8384. Map1/F8 CHASTAIN PARK— This 260-acre park is home to a golf course, an arts center, a horse park, an amphitheater, ball fields, and walking and running paths. www.chastainpark.org. 4001 Powers Ferry Rd., Buckhead, 404.237.2177. Map2/B2 CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER— Non-profit facility on the Chattahoochee River covering 127 acres of preserved wetlands and woodlands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife programs, environmental education, horticulture, walking trails, guided canoe trips and more. www.chattnaturecenter.org. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, 770.992.2055. Map1/C4 CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA— The area features hiking trails and picnic areas along a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River. The river is available for raft, canoes, kayak and motor boat use year round. www.nps.gov/ chat. 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, 678.538.1200. Map1/D4 DUNWOODY NATURE CENTER— This nature preserve has activities for all ages. There are kids and adult classes, as well as special family events. Wildlife is abundant including owls, hawks, snapping turtles, bunnies, coyotes and more. There is even a boardwalk that courses through a marshy wetland. Free admission. www.dunwoodynature.org. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 770.394.3322. Map1/D4 HISTORIC FOURTH WARD PARK— This new 12acre park offers greenspace, a two-acre lake, amphitheater, skate park, modern playground and splash pad in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The park is connected to the Atlanta BeltLine. www.h4wpc.com. 665 North Ave. NE, 404.590.7275. Map1/D7 LAKE LANIER ISLANDS— This resort, located about 45 minutes north of Atlanta, spreads along part of the 38,000-acre lake’s 500 miles of shoreline. Enjoy horseback rides, a golf course, a spa, bike and boat rentals, and Margaritaville. www.lakelanierislands. com. 7000 Lake Lanier Island Pkwy., Lake Lanier, 770.945.8787, 800.840.LAKE. Map1/G1 PIEDMONT PARK— Considered Atlanta’s Central Park, the 182-acre park is popular with joggers, bicyclists and rollerbladers, and hosts festivals and events nearly every weekend during warm-weather months. The park also offers tennis courts, playgrounds, athletic fields and a dog park. www.piedmontpark.org. Piedmont Avenue (between 10th Street and Westminster Drive), Midtown, 404.875.7275. Map3/C7 SHOOT THE HOOCH— Rent a raft, canoe, kayak or tube and take a fun and relaxing trip down the Chattahoochee River. Trips last from two to six hours. Shuttle service available. www.shootthehooch.com. Chattahoochee Outfitters, 203 Azalea Drive, Roswell, 770.650.1008. Map1/D4
SILVER COMET TRAIL— This scenic, 61.5-mile trail is perfect for hiking, walking, biking, horseback riding and rollerblading, and is wheelchair accessible. The trail connects to the Chief Ladiga Trail, a 33-mile trek at the Georgia/Alabama border. The Silver Comet Trail starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna and ends at the Esom Hill Trailhead near Cedartown. www.silvercometga.com. Mavell Road Trailhead, 4573 Mavell Road,. Map1/B5 STONE MOUNTAIN PARK— A 3,300-acre park surrounds the world’s largest granite monolith. The park offers trails, golf courses, a skylift, a railroad, miniature golf, campgrounds, a 4-D theater and the Lasershow Spectacular. www.stonemountainpark.com. 1126 Stonewall Jackson Drive, Stone Mountain, 770.401.2407. Map1/F6 SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK— This wild getaway offers five campsites, two fishing docks, 10 yurts, eight picnic shelters, a wide variety of trails and a 215-acre lake, among other amenities. Water sport rentals are available seasonally. www.gastateparks.org. 1750 Mount Vernon Road, 770.732.5871. Map1/D4
ATLANTA UNITED— Atlanta’s MLS team plays soccer at the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the team has repeatedly broken the league record for game attendance since their inaugural 2017 season. Call or check online for schedule. www.atlutd.com. 1 AMB Drive, Atlanta, 470.341.5000. Map3/I2