Atlanta is the most populous city and state capital of Georgia. Founded originally as a terminus for a state-sponsored railroad, Atlanta has long been the cultural and economic center of the state. With so much history, such a gorgeous landscape and home to over 6 million people, Atlanta has a plethora of events, exhibits and entertainment. There is truly something for everyone!
There is no way to cover all of the amazing things you should see if you are in Atlanta, but here are five that you just can’t afford to miss!
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Situated in downtown Atlanta, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum of the achievements of human civil rights. The museum focuses not only on the United States, but the world as well and more than just history, encompasses even modern day accomplishments and concerns. It houses three permanent exhibits:
- “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection”
- “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement”
- “Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement”
Most people can tour the center and enjoy all three of these exhibits in about an hour and a half.
A great place for both education and entertainment, the Georgia Aquarium offers exhibits, shows and even animal encounters! The aquarium has over two hundred species of animals, including:
- Whale Shark
- Manta Ray
- Beluga Whale
- California Sea Lions
- African Penguins
- Common Bottlenose Dolphin
- American Alligator
The aquarium is a great place for adults and kids alike and has a great cafe to stop in for lunch called “Café Aquaria” and a gift shop as well. A portion of the proceeds from the gift shop sales are used to further the aquarium’s educational, research and conservation efforts.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
A great place for active families or those flying solo to visit, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is an urban oasis containing:
- 30 acres of outdoor gardens
- Award-winning Children’s Garden
- Storza Woods
- Canopy Walk,
- Skyline Garden
The gardens have their own art collection that includes many sculptures and water features. The gardens are also home to an extensive collection of the work of sculptor Dale Chihuly. The garden hosts events year round and is always growing and changing. Capacity is limited so walk up tickets may not always be available. It is best to reserve your time on the garden’s website.
Once disreputable, the Zoo Atlanta is now among the top ten zoos in the United States. As well as showcasing and participating in the conservation of wildlife, the zoo offers shows, events and exhibits that will educate and delight it’s visitors. Their exhibits include:
- The Ford African Rainforest
- Trader’s Alley and Complex Carnivores
- African Savanna
- Giant pandas
- Asian Forest
- The World of Reptiles
- Outback Station Children’s Zoo
- Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet Adventure
The zoo also offers several quiet shaded spots to relax for a break as well as different dining, including The COOP food truck, FRO-ZEN, Willie B.’s, SweetWater Beer Garden and an all new gourmet grilled cheese truck.
World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola is a museum dedicated to the history and products of the Coca-Cola Company. It is located at Pemberton Place, in downtown Atlanta, in the same complex as the Georgia Aquarium and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There are more than 1,000 coca-cola artifacts that include unique items from decades of advertising to a replica soda fountain from the 1930s. There is a tasting area at the end of the tour that will even allow you to taste Coca-Cola products from all over the world.
Enjoy Atlanta This Weekend!
WIth so much to do, you should definitely get out and enjoy all of the amazing things Atlanta has to offer. If you find it hard to get out and enjoy your city because you suffer from headaches, knee or back pain, or pain due to sports injury, visit North Atlanta Chiropractic Center and schedule a free consultation now!