The “Peach State,” also known as Georgia, has tons of must-see sights, five-star restaurants, and fun things to do! Atlanta, its beautiful and fast-growing capital, has a few must see attractions as well. The city is full of culture, and you are guaranteed to have a good time with family and friends. Here are 5 of the top things to do in Atlanta:
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Atlanta is the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. Heeding the call for justice and equality, leaders and activists fought for voter rights, equal rights, and so many other opportunities for African-Americans. Atlanta was also home to the phenomenal leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His childhood home, where he was born and lived for 12 years, is now a museum led by a tour guide that gives glimpses into the early life of this American icon. Visitors can get great insight into the life and history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as his past and present contributions to the world through his life’s work. Due to the pandemic, visitors must register for a time slot between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and groups must not exceed 15 people.
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market is a one-stop-shop with a plethora of restaurants, stores, bars, and other outdoor events. If you are into outdoor events, this is definitely the place for you to explore. Their calendar is filled with local artists, comedian improv skits that are performed in open areas, tastings, and movie screenings. The excellent flea market is open every Saturday, where you can find a few statement pieces for stellar prices if you’re lucky. The market’s rooftop is where the party really gets started. Up there, you can enjoy the beautiful Atlanta skyline, play carnival games, and dress warm and hit the ice skating rink in the winter months. Private igloos can be rented in 2.5-hour increments! They also offer cocktail classes with their award-winning barmen. There is never a dull day at Ponce City Market. It’s always a great option to start or end a day.
Little Five Points
Interested in vintage clothing, great food, record shops, and thrift stores? If so, then Little Five Points is the perfect place for you! The neighborhood is full of thrift stores with the hottest trends and brands like Rag-O-Rama, The Clothing Warehouse, Three Dollar Shop and many more. Little Five Points also houses Wish Atlanta Boutique, the shop to find the newest sneaker releases, excellent statement pieces, and overall just dope clothing. Cameli’s is a great pizza spot known for its huge slices of delicious pizzas that you can customize any way that your heart desires. It is almost impossible not to spot The Vortex, which makes its presence known by its unique, skull-shaped architecture and large red and black swirling eyes. The bar and grill claims to have the best burgers in the city of Atlanta, and the title is well deserved.
The College Football Hall of Fame
The College Football Hall of Fame is the perfect place to visit if you are a sports fan. It is located in the heart of Atlanta and amid some other great tourist attractions. An interactive museum with over 50 exhibits, it holds many artifacts that sports lovers truly can enjoy and appreciate. The College Football Hall also has a GameDay Tailgate every Saturday, courtesy of The Home Depot. One of their newest exhibits includes Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their vital contribution to the sports world. It is a great place to bring children who can enjoy the exhibits and burn off energy while kicking field goals and running through courses.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum has many interactive activities for children, such as a color-changing room, hands-on, creative workshops, and a texture room. They even have “Toddler Thursdays,” where children can have a self-guided art lesson and explore their creative side. The exhibit is great for adults as well as it holds classic art ranging from African Art to European Art to Modern and Contemporary Art, and so much more. The museum reaches all mediums and areas when it comes to experiencing art. The four-story museum holds hundreds of art pieces, many of which rotate to make room for new collections. This is a great way to spend your day when you want to relax and wind down.
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