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 SO 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 is one of the largest aquariums with marine life like manta rays, dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, and more. This interactive museum has 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!

Zoo Atlanta

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 you don’t get to see many live animals because the daytime zoo is closed but, they have an illumination of lantern-type zoo animals at night and it was REALLY cool for visitors of all ages! 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 one of the best things to do in downtown Atlanta. It’s 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 CityPASS

The Atlanta CityPASS gives you access to 5 major Atlanta 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 CityPASS is a REALLY great way to save money 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.  

One of the really cool things most people don’t know about is the 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 place for an indoor activity 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. There are temporary exhibitions so 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. I love supporting local businesses in the Atlanta area.

It’s one of the BEST places to eat because they truly have something for everyone! You will definitely be able to find something for your entire family.

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! It is a perfect place to act like a kid, without any kids around. 

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.

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