3 Fun Things to Do in Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia, is a massive and popular destination for southern travel. This thriving metropolitan city not only houses Georgia’s state capitol complex but also holds a plethora of fun activities.
Atlanta is a foodie’s paradise, and shoppers will be awed by the many upscale shopping centers. Whether exploring the Georgia Aquarium or joining people from all over in the World of Coca-Cola experience, you can count on a good time in the city of Atlanta. Here are three fun things to do in Atlanta, Georgia, that everyone should enjoy.
(this article was originally published in April 2017, but updated in May 2020)
#1 Be Entertained at the Georgia Aquarium
Downtown Atlanta is laid out so that many major tourist attractions are within steps of one another. This area is known as Pemberton Place, named after Coca-Cola’s founder. Atlanta’s most popular attraction, the Georgia Aquarium, welcomes thousands of visitors each day who long to explore underwater life. It contains over ten million of gallons of fresh and marine water that is full of incredible specimens of sea life and ocean creatures. Families will love everything about this big draw.
The star of the Georgia Aquarium is the Dolphin Celebration show, which takes place several times a day. It draws huge crowds, so arrive early to ensure you have seats. Bottlenose dolphins and their trainers put on a beautiful show full of jumps, ultimate swim moves, and lots of love and kisses, which will warm the hearts of the audience. This show is a visual treat. The Dolphin Celebration show will leave some drenched (first ten rows are soak zones), and others just amazed.
Do not miss the Waddle Walk, where adorable African penguins are on display. Watch as they make their way down the ramp for everyone to ooh and aah over. Have your cameras ready because it is over before you know it, but the penguins are priceless! Other points of interest in the aquarium include the 4-D Funbelievable Theater, Under the Boardwalk (cute as can be Califonia sea lions), and Cold Water Quest.
Pro Tip: Save money by buying your ticket online, arriving after 4 PM, or purchasing the Atlanta CityPASS, which saves you 40% off the admissions of the aquarium and four more popular attractions.
A visit to the Hard Rock Cafe always ensures a good time, great music, and menu items we all know and love. HRC’s burgers are so great that they are known throughout the world! Where else can you dine while feasting your eyes on a restaurant full of music memorabilia? Hard Rock has TVs showing live concerts or music videos to enjoy during your dining experience. It is as much a memory as a meal.
Flatbreads (creative combos), Wings (meaty and zesty), and Nachos (piled to the moon with ingredients) are great starter dishes to share. Hard Rock’s Barbecue Combo, Pulled Chicken, and Pulled Pork meals have become incredibly popular. They come with tasty sides like the Cowboy beans, coleslaw, and seasoned fries. Finicky eaters may prefer Hard Rock’s Classic Chicken Club Sandwich or the Half Pound Angus Burgers. Kiddies under 10-years-old have a special menu to choose from with dishes such as Mac-Daddy Mac and Cheese, Ain’t Nothin but a Hot Dog, and Sir Kensington’s Classic Cheese Pizza.
The Atlanta based Hard Rock Cafe is located in a centralized downtown location and specializes in creative cocktails and over-the-top desserts, as well as consistently delicious food. HRC’s collection of historic rock exhibits are from musicians that originated or became famous under the Mason-Dixon line. Make sure to visit their legendary gift shop where you can pick up cool t-shirts, accessories, and a few surprises. Hard Rock’s collector pins are a fun souvenir and make for a cool collection.
#3 Always Coca-Cola
Whether you are a Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta Orange, or Dasani drinker (over 500 in total), all worlds unite in this fascinating museum inspired by our lifelong love of Coca-Cola beverages. The iconic soda was founded in Atlanta by Pharmacist John B. Pemberton in 1886. Since 2007, the World of Coca-Cola has attracted visitors from around the world. A beverage of choice is provided upon entry to enjoy while watching an introductory film. Surrounding you, a mini-museum of Coke artifacts are on display to allow for a stroll down memory lane.
Activities include watching Coke international commercials, experiencing the Vault of the Secret Formula, and perusing art from the Pop Culture Gallery. Bottle Works and Miles of Refreshment are both educational and fun exhibits as well. A fan favorite is to meet and greet the Coca-Cola polar bear, of 1993 “Always Coca-Cola” commercial and TV fame. You may purchase your polar bar pictures in the gift shop or have them made with your own camera.
A trip to the World of Coca-Cola would not be complete without tasting Coca-Cola products from around the world in the Taste It! portion of the museum. Sample over 100 international and domestic brands of Coca Cola for yourself, all displayed geographically by the country’s origin. Sampling Bar is where you may try limited edition items.
Trivia: Today, 1.9 billion Coca-Cola beverages are drunk each day.
Pro Tip: Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers will want to visit the Coca-Cola Theater. Here, they can glimpse an oldie but a goodie, “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” commercial performed in 1971 by the Hilltop Singers.
Atlanta, Georgia, is a tourist and family’s favorite destination for its climate, attractions, and diversity. It is also the 5th largest city by population in the country, as well as a top-notch business hub with stellar transportation options.
While the things to see and do in Atlanta are nearly endless, we hope you will enjoy these fun things to do in Atlanta selections.
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Thank you to CityPASS, a great way to save money when visiting tourist attractions, for the Atlanta attraction admissions.
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