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Top attractions in Atlanta
Look no further for a sparkling metropolitan cityscape brimming with Southern charm. Boasting a rich cultural history, thriving arts scene, and booming business district, there's plenty to see and do. Just don't forget to try those famous Georgia peaches.
The world's best-known brand has thrown open its doors for a fun-packed tour. Get a taste for the brand with over 60 different samples or check out their Pop Culture gallery.
Since opening, it's made a splash as one of the world's largest aquariums. With tens of thousands of animals and specialist exhibits, there's a dazzling display of marine life.
It's a lasting legacy from the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and a beautiful spot to relax in the sunshine. Check out its free events program of lively festivals and concert series.
With over 1400 animals from around the world, it's well-worth a visit - if only to catch a glimpse of its famous panda twins. With a VIP pass you can even feed the tigers.
Take a peek into the world-renowned newsroom on a 50-minute guided tour. You'll even watch events unfold in the celebrated Studio 7 as the action happens. Make sure to book ahead.
It's a beautifully restored gem in the heart of Atlanta with a full program of performances and movies to see. Just don't miss its renowned organ show, 'The Mighty Mo.'
Home of the Atlanta Braves, the ballpark has quickly become one of the city's landmarks. Catch a game during the season or plan to visit for one of its rocking music concerts.
It's one of the nation's leading art museums, with over 11,000 pieces of contemporary and classical works. For something different, pop in on Friday nights for live jazz and wine.
A thought-provoking landmark for the South's historical struggle for Civil Rights. Pay your respects at Dr. King's tomb or visit The King Center to read his preserved writings.
Come face-to-face with wonders of our natural world, with thousands of engaging exhibits. It's even got an IMAX cinema, so you can get a taste for science on the BIG screen.
Whatever your budget, getting to and from the best sights in Atlanta is easy. From the start to the end of your visit, MARTA - the rapid rail system - is the fuss-free way to travel from the airport and around the inner city. A single trip is only $2.50 and with a Breeze Card you can top up as you go. Alternatively, there's the streetcar with 10 stops around the entertainment district or plenty of taxis you can hop into.
Whether you're looking for boutique or budget, there are lots of different areas to stay in Atlanta. For a touch of luxury and sophistication, head over to Downtown. You can relax in style and be only a stone's throw away from most of the city's must-see sights and restaurants. Or if you fancy the ultimate relaxation experience, why not check into one of Atlanta's many spa resorts just outside of town with beautiful natural surroundings.
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- To take advantage of the outdoor activities on offer, plan to visit in the summer months, but be warned the weather can get really hot! If you prefer a milder climate, visit in the spring or fall, when there are fewer crowds and a more pleasant temperature.
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I, my daughter and her boyfriend, were visiting the Atlanta Aquarium on Sunday July 7th. Volunteer "JOHN" befriended us and offered to give us some behind-the-scene views. He took us to see the Whale Sharks and Rays being fed (as well as other animals in the main tank); the coral reef tank from the top, explaining the many filtration systems and oxygenating "waterfall"; and the Beluga whales who were interacting with their trainers and care-givers. Not only were we fortunate to be able to see all this, but we were also privileged to learn from John's vast knowledge of this aquarium and its inhabitants. He really made our visit to this already outstanding aquarium a truly unique and incredible experience. Thank you John for showing us your aquarium!
There were so many people at the aquarium on July 5th that there was actually a non-moving bottleneck trying to exit the tropical exhibit. The dense crowd in the central area prohibited movement out of the exhibit. We even did the early bird option. Hate to think if there had been a fire or other emergency. I realize this was a holiday weekend, but you need to do a much better job of limiting the number of tickets you sell per day. I overheard many people complaining about this. This is a strong enough negative that I will tell others to be aware before the they decide to visit.
The aquarium, as always, was amazing. No complaints there. Was surprised to see the beluga's mating, but chalked that up to a previously unrealized bucket list item checked off. The "picture window" room is a place of peace and wonder - I could stay in there for hours. Just wish we had more time to stay, as the GetYourGuide app delayed us over 40 minutes from unscannable bar codes, waiting at will call and going through security 3 times. Very unhappy with that experience, as we paid $29.00 per person for an hour each at the aquarium.
The aquarium was absolutely beautiful and worth our money. I saved 20% on our tickets with the early bird tickets, and I’m glad I bought these, not just for the money, but the WAIT. There was a line that justice been 2 hours long, and with the tickets we purchased, we were able to skip the line and drop right into security and were processed within 5-10 minutes. Booking was easy, and we enjoyed several hours at the aquarium. Be sure to pack some money for snacks and the gift shop! The food can get very expensive.
My parents and I really enjoyed the experience. Learned a lot and it was so fun to have Sammy as our guide! She made it so entertaining. The owner was very pleasant from the beginning of the booking experience until our arrival. Highly recommend this tour with this company!