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The Locals Guide to Atlanta

Atlanta: the capital of Georgia, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., the city where Coca-Cola was created, the site of the 1996 Olympics, and the 9th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

There is always a plethora of events and activities to participate in with a city so large, but there are some that just can’t be passed over while in the city.

1. Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere and a must see in Atlanta. With 5 large exhibits and species including whale sharks, a manta ray, and dolphins, this is a destination that any age will enjoy time and time again.

2. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
The Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home, the church where he was baptized and raised in, and his tomb are on display at this historic site. Visitors can expect to learn more on King’s life and the Civil Rights Movement while enjoying this well put together experience.

3. Sporting Events
With 5 major league sports teams claiming Atlanta home, there are games going on practically year-round. Whether you put on your Atlanta Braves hat and go watch a baseball game in the spring or head to the Phillips Arena to watch the Atlanta Hawks or Atlanta Dream basketball teams in the winter, there is always a game going on that all ages can enjoy.

4. World of Coca-Cola
When Dr. John S. Pemberton created Coca-Cola in 1886, he had no idea what kind of success his carbonated soda would bring. Follow the history of one of the world’s most recognized brands from its humble beginning to the giant it is today in this museum that both kids and parents will love. The tour ends in the famous tasting room, where you can sample over 100 different flavors of beverages made worldwide by the Coca-Cola brand.

5. Six Flags Over Georgia
When you are seeking a thrill, Six Flags Over Georgia is the place to be. With 11 rollercoaster and 30 other rides, this amusement park has something for everyone. For a special treat, go around a holiday like Halloween and enjoy the additional decorations and events.

6. The Varsity
“What’ll Ya Have?” The “World’s Largest Drive-In” restaurant has been serving customers for the last 88 years and is something everyone in Atlanta has to try at least once. Whether you park your car in one of the 600 spaces and wait for a car-hop or go inside, be prepared for an experience like no other.

7. Zoo Atlanta
As one of only four zoos in the US with Giant Pandas, this zoo is a must see for animal lovers of all ages. With exhibits including the African Rain Forest, African Plains, Asian Forest, World of Reptiles, and an Outback Station, you can experience animals from all over the world and even see some up close at the petting exhibit.

8. CNN Center Studio Tours
Atlanta is the home of Turner Broadcasting and world headquarters for CNN. The CNN Studio tour is an exciting experience that lasts just under an hour and allows you to get a behind the scenes view of the studio and an up close example of the ins and outs of TV news and broadcasting.

9. Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
When you feel like getting a breath of fresh air, head to Midtown to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the beautiful Piedmont Park or stroll among the vast numbers of plants and flowers in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Be on the lookout for events like concerts and festivals in the Park and Gardens for an even more unique experience.

10. College Football Hall of Fame
This museum and hall of fame is a must see for sports fans. Your journey begins with a wall of helmets from all 700+ college football teams in the nation and continues on as you get to test your skills in the skill zone and be able to “call the play” on a selection of legendary plays. The exhibits here allow you to live out your fantasy of being an all-star athlete while learning about those inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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