ALL THE FUN Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia

The reason why I love Atlanta is because there are TONS of things to see and do! I’m going to share some of the more common touristy options, and also some unique less well-known things to do. Now that I’m a local I can tell you about ALL THE FUN Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and it’s a bustling city. It’s known for its culture, music, shopping, fantastic food, art, and diversity. I recently moved from Pennsylvania to Georgia, and I’m sooo excited to tell you about ALL the fun things to do in Atlanta, Georgia! 

There is DEFINITELY something there for everyone. Here are some popular, unique, and FREE things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Where to STAY in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Georgia Hilton Hotel View
View from my room on the top floor

There are PLENTY of fantastic hotels in Atlanta, and some not-so-nice ones too. I will ALWAYS encourage you to read my post, Top 5 Things you Need to Know When Finding a Hotel before you book. After spending a lot of time researching the options, I knew this was the best choice. Every time I stay in Atlanta, I stay at the Hilton Atlanta.

Atlanta Georgia Hilton Hotel Interior
Interior of the Hotel

Since I’m a Hilton Honors member, I get a discount on the room and some added perks. The Hilton Atlanta is truly the BEST value because of its great location, cleanliness, and reasonable price. It is close to the airport and within walking distance of restaurants and popular attractions like the Georgia Aquarium. 

The Hilton Atlanta is located in downtown Atlanta, but if you don’t mind driving you can also search just outside the city for something cheaper

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POPULAR Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is well known for some of its common tourist attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, and the Coca-Cola museum. Here are some of the most popular attractions you should visit. 

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is rated #1 out of 290 things to do in Atlanta, Georgia on TripAdvisor. They are open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. That makes this indoor activity perfect for the afternoon when it is the hottest time of day in Atlanta.

Georgia Aquarium

You should set aside more than 3 hours to see everything. This large aquarium has dolphins, sea lions, interactive touch pools, and a 4D theater. If you want to take a peek at what to expect check out their website to watch multiple live webcams

Atlanta Georgia Aquarium

I recommend getting your tickets to the Georgia Aquarium through Get Your Guide. They cost the SAME as the Georgia Aquarium website, but they have better benefits!  You have admission to everything and, unlike the Georgia Aquarium website tickets, if you change your mind you can cancel for FREE within 24 hours for a FULL REFUND.  Most importantly, if you purchase Atlanta Georgia Aquarium Skip the Line Tickets you don’t have to wait in line, and trust me… the line is usually LONG!

Atlanta Zoo

The Atlanta Zoo is ranked #32 out of 290 things to do in Atlanta, Georgia. They are open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Depending on the time of year, I’d recommend going early in the day because it gets hot in the afternoon in Atlanta.

Atlanta Georgia Zoo

The Atlanta Zoo is ranked one of the best zoos in the U.S. You should plan to spend 2 – 3 hours visiting. It is the only zoo in America with twin giant pandas. If you want to take a peek you can see them live on the webcam

Atlanta Georgia Panda Zoo

You DEFINITELY want to purchase your tickets to the Atlanta Zoo from Get Your Guide in advance because they are likely to sell out. One great benefit is that if your plans change, you can cancel within 24 hours for FREE if you need to. The best part is you don’t have to wait in the ticket line at the zoo. As an added benefit you get 10% off at the gift shops!  

Altana Georgia Zoo Tiger

In the winter months the daytime zoo is closed but, they have an illumination of lantern-type zoo animals at night and it was REALLY cool! I definitely recommend seeing it if you go at that time of year.   

The World of Coca-Cola

Atlanta Georgia Coca Cola

The World of Coca-Cola is ranked #2 out of 290 things to do in Atlanta Georgia. They are open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm. Depending on the time of year that you visit, I’d recommend this as a great activity to do in the late afternoon since that is the hottest time of day in Atlanta. Plan to set aside 2 – 3 hours for your visit

Atlanta Georgia World of Coca Cola

You should DEFINITELY purchase your World of Coca-Cola Skip the Line Tickets from Viator in advance. Fortunately, you can order them now and pay later. Most importantly, they have FREE cancellation and it is the SAME PRICE to get them from Viator than it is on the Coca-Cola website! 

Atlanta Georgia World of Coca Cola

FULL DISCLOSURE: I don’t normally drink soda. I drink one cup of coffee per day, then water, and sometimes wine or a cocktail (or three). Even if you don’t drink soda, it is still fun because The World of Coca-Cola has art, history, memorabilia, and more than 100 beverages for you to sample from around the world! 

Atlanta City Pass

The Atlanta City Pass gives you access to 5 major attractions for a discounted price.

Here’s how it works. You get general admission tickets to these 3 attractions: 

     1) Georgia Aquarium: Anytime access

     2) Atlanta Zoo

     3) The World of Coca-Cola

Then you get to pick 2 more general admission tickets from the options below:

     1) Fernbank Museum of National History OR

     2) College Football Hall of Fame OR

     3) National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Atlanta Georgia Center for Civil and Human Rights

Purchasing the Atlanta City Pass is a REALLY great option if you already planned on visiting the first three most popular attractions because it will save you money. 

SkyView Atlanta

The SkyView Atlanta is ranked #45 out of 290 things to do in Atlanta, Georgia. They are open  Sunday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Friday: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am, and Saturday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am.

Atlanta Georgia Skyview

I mentioned the SkyWheel in my post about things to do in Panama City Beach Florida because I think they are fun! You need to try one at least ONCE when you travel.

Plan for less than one hour for your visit, but that depends on how long the line is. I’d recommend visiting during sunset or later at night. The climate-controlled gondola is 20 stores high and can hold up to 6 people.  

Atlanta Georgia Skyview gondola

I have mentioned that it’s my Christmas Tradition to travel for Christmas. My daughter and I did the SkyView at night on Christmas Eve so we could see all the lights in the city.  

There is also a VIP option! You get a private gondola with Ferrari-style seats, a glass floor, and a longer ride time.

TIP: Groupon usually has discounted tickets for the SkyView Atlanta. 

UNIQUE Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia

Illuminarium Atlanta

The Illuminarium Atlanta is ranked #215 out of 290 things to do in Atlanta, Georgia. Expect to spend an hour or less here. If you are taking your children to this exhibit in the warmer months, this is a great indoor activity to do in the hot afternoon!

There are 2 options for this venue. The family-themed exhibit is open Thursday through Monday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. The adults-only after-dark venue is open Thursday through Sunday from 7:00 pm until 12:00 pm. 

Atlanta Georgia Illuminarium
Illuminarium Winter Wonderland

FULL DISCLOSURE: This experience can be disappointing if you don’t know what to expect. There are two rooms that you visit, and the first one is basically a waiting area until you enter the main room. All of the walls are covered in 4k projection so you are surrounded in your experience. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you could be surrounded by flowers, a wild safari, or a winter wonderland. It is a QUIET visual experience with places to sit and some drink options.  

You should DEFINITELY purchase Tickets to Illuminarium Atlanta from Get Your Guide, because they are CHEAPER than the company website and you get extra perks, like FREE cancellation if your plans change

Ponce City Market

I think that Ponce City Market is a MUST SEE when you are in Atlanta. It is ranked #23 out of 290 things to do in Atlanta, Georgia. Ponce City Market is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 am until 6:00 pm

Atlanta Georgia Ponce City Market

This indoor and outdoor marketplace has a variety of food and shopping vendors. It’s a GREAT place to eat because they truly have something for everyone!

I believe that one thing you must do every time you travel is to take some sort of tour. A fun way to experience Ponce City Market is to do the 2-Hour Food, History, and Street Art Tour. You will get a tour of Ponce City Market, tastings at some of the AMAZING restaurants and a little tour of the Beltline’s Eastside Trail

Atlanta Georgia Ponce City Interior

One of my favorite spots at Ponce City Market is City Winery Atlanta. They have three spaces total with a music venue, winery, and restaurant & bar! I had an amazing wine tasting experience with Dakota who was very knowledgeable and passionate about the wine.  

Atlanta Georgia City Winery

The Painted Pin

The Painted Pin is ranked #28 out of 95 fun and games in Atlanta by TripAdvisor. This unique 21+ older hot spot is an upscale boujee bowling and entertainment venue.

Atlanta Georgia Painted Pin Bowling

Entry and all of the classic games are FREE! You can play games like basketball, shuffleboard, ping-pong, skee-ball, darts, and more!

Atlanta Georgia Painted Pin Games

You start out with an option for valet parking, then relax on the leather couch with personalized staff for your bowling experience… but you will have to pay if you want all that.

The boutique bar offers excellent food and cocktails. It is unlike anything you’d expect at a typical bowling alley. Check out my video on Instagram for a peek inside. 

FREE Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta has a reputation for being expensive, and don’t get me wrong… there’s a GOOD reason for that reputation, but there are some REALLY COOL FREE THINGS you can do as well! Mix some of these free things to do in Atlanta, with the more popular and unique things to do so you can balance out the budget for your trip.  

Tiny Doors in Atlanta

Atlanta Georgia Tiny Doors Beltline wall
Atlanta Georgia Tiny Doors Beltline

In my opinion, this is SOO much fun. Atlanta has these tiny doors (an art project) that are spread out throughout the city. Here’s the map of where you can find them. Exploring Atlanta and discovering all of the tiny doors is a good time. (Remember when geocaching was a thing?) 

Atlanta Georgia Tiny Doors Olympic Park
Atlanta Tiny Doors Olympic Park

Basically, you will find these tiny 7″ doors that slightly hidden throughout Atlanta. You might find one by mistake, but it’s much easier if you use the map to see where they are located. So far I am up to 6 doors found, but there are over 20 of them

Atlanta Georgia Tiny Doors Pet Building
Atlanta Georgia Tiny Doors Pet

I found tiny doors at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Centennial Olympic Park, and along the Beltline. This is a perfect outside activity to do on a Sunday or Holiday when things are closed. 

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park is ranked #30 out of 290 things to do in Atlanta, Georgia. This historic site, located in Downtown Atlanta, was built for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Andrea Capone in Atlanta Georgia

This 22-acre park has a lot to offer, like FREE concerts, playgrounds and water fountain of rings to play in. It’s also a popular place to take a picture inside of the Olympic Rings.

Atlanta Georgia Olympic Park

Atlanta Beltline

The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail is ranked #7 out of 290 things to do in Atlanta, Georgia. You can explore this bustling outside venue ANY time of day, but keep in mind that it gets hot in mid-afternoon in the summer months. 

The beltline is made up of a 33-mile multi-use trail that wraps around the perimeter of Atlanta. It is  FULL of art, culture, and FUN! Take a peek at my video on Instgram so you can see the vibe. 

On the Beltline you can expect to find AMAZING restaurants. The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail reminds me a little bit of my trip to Nashville because it has live music, murals, delicious food, rooftop bars, and outside seating everywhere!

Atlanta Georgia Beltline bridge
Atlanta Georgia Beltline Skate Park
Atlanta Georgia Beltline Street Performer

Feel free to walk, ride or skate along the Beltline while you watch talented street performers, see festivals, and watch people of all ages doing their thing at the skatepark

Quick Links for Tickets in Atlanta, Georgia

I like to purchase my tickets for ALL THE FUN Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia online so I have them all in an app on my phoneViator and Get Your Guide allows you to book in advance and most of them let you cancel within 24 hours for a FULL REFUND. Here are some quick links to things I’ve suggested in the post “ALL THE FUN Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.

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