Top 7 Things to Do in Atlanta

The city of Atlanta has been receiving considerable buzz lately as the place to see and be seen. This is in no small part due to the reasonable cost of living, as well as the beautiful landscape, endless things to do, a rich arts and culture scene, and so on. If you plan to visit Atlanta soon, whether for business or vacation, then you should look into the things on this list, which has plenty of people swearing that it is time well spent. So, get ready to explore one of the best cities in the United States and all that it has to offer.

Top 7 Things to Do in Atlanta

Fine Dining

The restaurant scene in Atlanta is ablaze and with good reason. It has proven to be an excellent breeding ground for innovation as chefs from all over go to start their own outpost, blending local traditions with a daring approach to world cuisine that has everyone talking. You can get authentic soul food in Atlanta, visit some of the best bakeries in the US offering classic specialties, while also trying out more experimental fare. 

Explore the Outdoors

Atlanta is a bustling city, but it is also surrounded by beautiful verdant territory where you can go hiking, build upon your nascent skills as a nature photographer, go fishing, etc. Not much equipment is required – if you want to go hiking or camping, then there are places where gear is offered up for rent for nonlocals, or if you prefer to try fishing then all you need to keep in mind is getting the right rod, and the rest of the gear is pretty easy to acquire. Atlanta is home to some of the best trout in the country, and a fun thing you can do, especially if traveling with family is to go camping, fish, and cook your freshly caught trout over an open fire. 

Discover the Country’s History

Atlanta is the proud home of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the hotbed of civil rights activism, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. You can explore the many museums and cultural centers dedicated to the civil rights movement in Atlanta, and expand upon your knowledge of contemporary American history.  The city is also home to the Jimmy Carter presidential library and museum, which of course is definitely worth a visit to learn more about the presidency of a transformative figure in politics.

Top 7 Things to Do in Atlanta

Discover the Theatre

Atlanta is home to some of the best theatre in the country. If you want to see a groundbreaking show before it makes it to Broadway, or catch some avant-garde, experimental theater that will challenge everything you know about art, then Atlanta is undoubtedly the place to do that. In our opinion, the theatre scene here doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

Go Clubbing

People who visit Atlanta have one prime mission in mind if nothing else: to enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife. Even if you think clubbing isn’t for you, we urge you to give the different venues a chance. A night on the town in Atlanta is unlike anywhere else in the country, with a diverse and open nature that is truly rare in the club scene. You will also be able to hear the latest music and get to know acts before they become super popular and explode onto the national scene. Finally, if you love hip hop and dancing, then hitting a few clubs – especially of the more underground variety – while in Atlanta will be an experience you won’t regret.  

Visit Local Breweries

If you would like to combine your love of beer and local history into one cool outing, then you should definitely go out to discover local breweries in Atlanta, such as the famous BeltLine. Taste lots of refreshing and delicious beer, learn how they’re made, and take advantage of the fact that daytime drinking out in the open is not only ok, it’s actively encouraged.

Go to a Scary Hotel

If you’re a fan of horror and ghost stories, then you should visit Atlanta’s notorious hotel, The Georgian Terrace. Yes, it’s beautiful with a storied bakery and beautiful views on the premises. But, you can spend a night for some guaranteed ghastly thrills as Atlanta’s most famous haunted place gets a bit wild after dark. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, stay for the adventure and meet weird and fun locals.

Atlanta was, for years, considered a hidden gem that only a few in the know truly understood. But in the past twenty years, its reputation as a wonderful, diverse and fun city has all but exploded. While locals are wary of all the change that has come their way as a result, they’re fully aware of just how great of a city Atlanta is.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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