Atlanta is a city of diverse attractions and experiences and bustling with unique culture- not to mention famous Southern food! The Atlanta CityPass is a ticket booklet that allows visitors to experience the best of Atlanta at one amazing low price- a $129.23 value for just $73.25 (adults) and $107.48 value for $59.35 (youth). You’ll save 43% compared to combined regular box office prices. Plus, travelers save time avoiding long ticket lines.
Ideas for First Timers:
- World of Coca-Cola
- Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
- Georgia Aquarium
- Piedmont Park
- Inside CNN Studio Tour
Ideas for Repeat Visitors:
- Little Five Points
- Center for Civil and Human Rights
- Atlanta History Center
- Ponce City Market
- Atlanta Botanical Garden
5 Perfect Days in Atlanta
Day 1: Downtown and Around: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Inside CNN Studio Tours.
Centennial Olympic Park provides a starting point for exploring Atlanta, and it’s surrounded by attractions. Begin your day visiting the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. See more than 100,000 animals from 500 species in more than 10 million gallons of water.
The Georgia Aquarium houses whale sharks, beluga wales, penguins, touch tanks and a 4-D theatre perfect for all ages. The Aquarium is also home to the spectacular AT&T Dolphin Tales show, a multimillion dollar production features extraordinary lighting and special effects, whilst showcasing spectacular behaviors by the stars of the show, the dolphins themselves. After a fun filled morning, proceed next door to the World of Coca-Cola to learn the story of the famous soft drink, invented in Atlanta and celebrating more than 125 years. Go back to the early years of Coca-Cola’s creation in Atlanta and follow the global brand through the decades. See a 4-D theater, a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process, the Taste It! Room, with more than 100 flavors from around the world, and the Vault of the Secret Formula. Just across the park is the Inside CNN Atlanta studio tour, where you get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put a broadcast together.
Day 2: Wonders of the Natural World and Atlanta’s Unique History: Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and Atlanta History Center.
The early part of the day is the best time to visit Zoo Atlanta, with the animals most active when it’s cool. Zoo Atlanta exhibits more than 200 species from the African plains and Asian forests. Visits Giant Pandas with their twin cubs, the Giraffe Feeding Terrace and one of North America’s largest captive gorilla populations.
Then head over to Fernbank Museum of Natural History. When you walk in the door of Fernbank, you are entering a world of dinosaurs, interactive science exhibits and wildlife. Unique Exhibits such as A Walk in Time through Georgia, encourages visitors through their exploration of the earth’s history, the physical universe, the environment and human culture. New to the Museum is Nature Quest, a 2,000 square foot children’s exhibit that exposes children to the true wonders of the natural world through interactive encounters. Finish your day at the Atlanta History Center…walk in wondering…walk out in wonder. Explore the history of the South through award winning exhibitions; the 1845 Tullie Smith Farm and 1928 Swan House mansion; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; and 33 acres of beautiful gardens and trails.
Day 3: Inspiration, Culture and Gardens
Start your morning at The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Centennial Olympic Park.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights provides an unparalleled experience for visitors, solidifying Atlanta as the global gateway for exploring human rights issues. Through interactive exhibits, artifacts and strong imagery, The Center serves as a catalyst for civil and human rights conversation. Then take the short ride on the Atlanta Street Car to the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site. Visit the Visitors Center’s exhibit on Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement, Dr. King’s birth home, tomb and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King’s family has preached for three generations. Finish the day at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, where there is always something blooming in this urban oasis located in Midtown. Explore 30 acres of breathtaking gardens and conservatories including the world’s foremost orchid collection.
Day 4: Atlanta Heritage Tour
Start off your day by leaping from the past to the present. In the morning, visit the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, which features the apartment where Mitchell wrote the famous novel, Gone with the Wind.
For lunch, sample real southern fare at famous Mary Mac’s Tea Room. In the afternoon, head to Stone Mountain, a 3,200- acre attraction built around the world’s largest mass of exposed granite, and visit Crossroads, a recreated 1870’s Georgia town, which includes authentically costumed characters, music, shopping and restaurants. In the evening at Stone Mountain Park, grab a hotdog at the Big Rock Cafe, then check out the new 3D laser spectacular which has been taken to a new dimension. The laser show includes dazzling displays of neon laser lights, featuring characters, stories, graphics and fireworks choreographed to popular musical scores, transforming the park into a natural amphitheater.
Day 5: Shop `til you drop at North Georgia Premium Outlets
Spend the day outlet shopping at North Georgia Premium Outlets and enjoy everyday savings of 25% to 65 % on top designer brands.
Located 35 minutes north of Atlanta, this attractive, outdoor, “ Georgian-style” village features 140 stores including BCBG Max Aria, Banana Republic, Brooke Brothers, Coach, Gap outlet, Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, Nautica, Off 5th – Saks Fifth avenue, OshKosh, Polo Ralph Lauren, Williams-Sonoma and more.