AtlantaScottyV's Top 10 List of Things to See and Do in Atlanta

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So you say you're coming to Atlanta and want to see what our town has to offer?  Well look no further - sit back, relax, grab yourself a brew and read along.  Here's a listing of some of my personal favorites and my "Top 10 List" of things to see and do in Atlanta while you're here.

Pay particular attention to those items listed in bold as they are part of the Atlanta CityPass!  Admission to the 4 items listed in all bold blue letters are included.  You get to choose a 5th venue from any of the 4 listed in bold blue and green.  See my review on the Atlanta CityPass below!  It's a steal of a deal!!

  1. The Georgia Aquarium - The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world at over 8 million gallons of both fresh and marine water exhibits.  It contains over 100,000 animals from over 500 species around the globe and is also the only facility outside of Taiwan to have whale sharks.  I highly recommend advance purchase tickets to this venue.  For current hours and to purchase tickets, visit the GA Aquarium online at
  2. The World of Coca-Cola - Get your thirst quenched and satisfy your craving for all things Coca-Cola at this iconic exhibition of Coca-Cola history from it's conception at a small pharmacy in Atlanta in 1886 to the current year.  In Atlanta we just refer to it as COKE - not 'pop', 'soda' or any of those other words I've heard around the US.   Here you can get free samples of soft drinks from the Coca-Cola Company offered for sale only in certain countries around the world.  The current World of Coca-Cola located at UnderGround Atlanta is closing on 7 April 2007 and reopens at Centennial Olympic Park near the Georgia Aquarium on 24 May 2007.  For further info on The World of Coca-Cola, both the existing and the new locations, hours of operation and ticket prices, visit them online at  I'll review the new location once it opens in May 2007.  Be sure to check back!
  3. CNN Center Studio Tour - The world renowned Cable News Network (aka Communist News Network in conservative circles) founded by Atlanta's own Ted Turner (you may know his wife Jane).  This tour takes you behind the scenes of the world's leading cable television news service.  There's a Control Room Theatre, Exhibit Area, Behind the Scenes presentations concerning special effects as well as the end-of-tour gift shop I came to love so much while touring China!  NOT.  For hours of operation, ticket prices and directions visit them online at
  4. Zoo Atlanta - Began in 1889 when a traveling circus ran out of money on it's way to a performance in Marietta, GA just northwest of Atlanta.  Atlanta businessman George Valentine Gress purchased all of the animals and gave them to the city of Atlanta as a gift.  The city located it's first adventure in building and maintaining a zoo in historic Grant Park just east of downtown Atlanta.  At the time, Grant Park was a popular place for weekend picnics and Sunday strolls.  Some years later, Asa Candler (for which many things in Atlanta are named) donated his huge private collection of wild animals to the Zoo after being unable to appease is neighbors from the smell, noise and the occasional loose animal.  Today, Zoo Atlanta is a popular destination in Grant Park for the many families living nearby and visitors alike.  The Zoo seems to have outgrown it's current location, but efforts to move it resulted in the locals living in Grant Park whining about how if it moves to a larger, better location they won't be able to take their screaming rugrats for a quick jaunt with the monkeys when needed.  Still a great place to visit when you're in town but it's definately NOT the San Diego or National Zoos even though they do have pandas on loan from China with a new baby named Mei Lan.  Visit Zoo Atlanta online at for hours of operation, ticket prices and directions.
  5. Atlanta History Center - A collection of permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits on the city of Atlanta and the many events that have taken place during her lifetime.  From her humble beginnings as "Terminus" followed by Marthasville, Atlanta has a unique history like no other.  The Atlanta History Center also has a collection of historic houses (The Inman House, aka Swan House, and the 1880s Tullie Farm House) as well as fantastic gardens for touring.  Located in Buckhead on West Paces Ferry Rd near the GA State Governor's Mansion, the Atlanta History Center is easy to get to.  Click HERE to read my blog entry on the Atlanta History Center.
  6. High Museum of Art - As the leading art museum in the southeastern United States, The High Museum of Art was founded in 1905.  It is conveniently located in the Midtown Business district and has it's own station on the North line on MARTA rapid rail transit.  The museum lists itself as having over 11,000 works of art in it's permanent collections.  Recently, The High began a partnership with the Louvre Museum in Paris and during the next three years (through 2009) they will be displaying pieces of artwork that trace the history and development of the Louvre from the 17th Century to present day.   For tickets, procies and other info, visit The High at
  7. Atlanta Botanical Gardens -
  8. Fernbank Museum of Natural History -
  9. Stone Mountain Park -
  10. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial -
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park -
  • The GA State Capital Building -
  • The Varsity -
  • Centennial Olympic Park -
  • UnderGround Atlanta -
  • Historic Auburn Avenue & Ebenezer Baptist Church -
  • Piedmont Park -
  • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library -
  • The Fox Theatre -
  • Morrow Museum of Aviation -
  • Southeastern Railway Museum -

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