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Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College Founded in 1889, and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Agnes Scott College is an independent liberal arts college for women. It is considered one of the top-ten liberal arts colleges in the southeastern United States, and it is renowned for the beauty of its campus. The school offers over 45 undergraduate degree programs, as well as a number of graduate and post-bacc programs. Agnes Scott College is located less than a mile from historic downtown Decatur and is a nice Atlanta-area campus to visit. More »

Alan Avery Art Company

Alan Avery Art Company Displaying fine art in the trendy gallery district of Buckhead, Alan Avery Art Company is an established and well known fine art gallery. Once known as Trinity Gallery, the Alan Avery Art Company is known for featuring contemporary and trendy art in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, and photography. The gallery is housed in a great building with over 7,500 square feet of space. Owner Alan Avery is the president of the Atlanta Gallery Association and is always on the cutting edge of art in the area with a passion for revealing new art. The 70 artists featured at this gallery range from emerging artists to advanced and well established artists. While browsing Buckhead, be sure to drop in to this gallery for a fresh look at contemporary art. More »

Alfred Tup Holmes

Alfred Tup Holmes This popular golf course sits on hilly terrain that was once the site of a Civil War battlefield. It is named after Alfred Tup Holmes, a prominent civil rights figure in Georgia's history who worked to desegregate the public golf courses in Atlanta during the 1950s. The 18-hole, par 72 course features Champion Bermuda greens and stretches for a total of 6,159 yards from the longest tees. It was designed by Garrett Gill and George B. Williams, and has been in operation since 1940. There is also a nice clubhouse on-site that offers locker rooms, a fully-stocked pro shop, and equipment available for rent. More »

Alliance Francaise

Alliance Francaise This French language and cultural center was founded in 1912 and works to provide educational support to those looking to learn about all aspects of French culture. The organization offers classes, workshops, lectures, and social activities and events to its members and guests, and also acts as a point of contact for French visitors and students to the Atlanta area. Some of the events that are frequently held here include French movie nights, dinners featuring local French cuisine, conversational socials, book clubs, and more. They also provide a library of French and English reading material and educational handbooks for those looking for further instruction or information. More »

Amicalola Falls Park & Lodge

Amicalola Falls Park & Lodge Visitors will be stunned by the beauty of the 729-foot Amicalola Falls when they enter this park. The plunging spectacle is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, and is a gorgeous sight to see. The name "Amicalola" means "tumbling waters" in the language of the Cherokee tribes who inhabited this area until 1832, when they were forced to relocate. To access the falls, there are various trails that visitors can take, ranging in length from a few hundred feet (these trails are located near the park's lodge) up to 8.5 miles. The lodge here features 56 guest rooms and 14 cottages available for rent, so if you want to stay longer and explore the park, it makes for a convenient lodging option. There are also 24 camp sites spread through the 829-acre park, which are great if you've brought along your tent or R.V. More »

Anne Irwin Fine Art

Anne Irwin Fine Art Anne Irwin Fine Art is dedicated to bringing beautiful quality artwork to those who desire it. Some of the South's finest artists are represented here, and Ms. Irwin and company try to make it as affordable and friendly as possible by concentrating on very homey works. The gallery is located in Buckhead among a small group of quality antique shops, galleries, and cafes; it's unofficially called Bennett Street galleries, but officially know as TULA. More »

APEX Museum

APEX Museum The APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum is a great place to go for a lesson in African American history. It features wonderfully detailed exhibits and displays about scores of unsung African American heroes and the history of their influence on America today. The museum was founded in 1978 by Dan Moore, and has hosted thousands of visitors from the United States and around the world who come to better understand our country's rich heritage. Visitors get the chance to see exhibits that touch on such topics as "Black Inventors", slavery, and honorable African Americans who have left their mark on history. APEX also puts on many programs throughout the year for schools and other groups, both on-site at the museum and through their popular traveling exhibit program. More »

Archibald Smith Plantation

Archibald Smith Plantation Built in the 1840s, the Archibald Smith Plantation is located in Historic Roswell. Three generations of the Smith family lived on this property before ownership was taken by the City of Roswell. Today, it retains its original furnishings and the 12 outbuildings including the barn, corncrib, kitchen, carriage house, and well. Touring this historical home will give you an excellent taste of what 19th century life in the South used to be like.
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ART Station

ART Station This art center was organized in 1987 by a group of enterprising individuals who wanted to explore, teach, and share art with the world. Today, the facility features a theater, gift shop, rehearsal space, five galleries, classrooms, studios, and administrative offices. You'll find a wide variety of art on display in the galleries here, ranging from paintings to ceramics to photographs. The station functions as the home of a professional theater company, so be sure to check the schedule here to find out what's playing in the theater during your visit; some of the theater's popular recent productions have included Tuesdays with Morrie and Tea at Five. You'll also find a variety of different art classes offered here, including instruction for everything from youth art workshops to adult painting classes. More »

Atlanta Artists Center

Atlanta Artists Center This center is owned and operated by a group of over 450 Atlanta artists and art supporters whose mission it is to celebrate and promote art in the community. The Center opened in 1954 and has been putting on art shows, instructional classes and workshops, and demonstrations for members of the public since its inception. At the center, visitors can stop by to sign up for a class or workshop, or just to peruse the art that is on display in the galleries. You'll find great paintings, sculpture, and photography exhibits here, all created and presented by local artists. More »

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Atlanta Botanical Gardens The Atlanta Botanical Gardens encompass 30 acres and features thousands of colorful flowers and native plants. The garden was incorporated in 1976 and has provided a sanctuary for Atlanta residents and visitors since it opened its doors. The garden contains both an indoor and an outdoor garden, each of which are split up into smaller garden plots with different themes. Inside the conservatory, you'll find the lobby (which features educational displays about the garden's plants), the tropical rotunda, the desert house, orchid hall, and various other exhibit areas. Outdoors, you'll see everything from a Japanese garden to a rose garden to a display of water plants. In addition to wandering the garden's many pathways, be sure to check out their event and workshop offerings, which are both an educational and fun way of learning about plants. More »

Atlanta City Hall

Atlanta City Hall This current building is the fourth city hall that Atlanta has had, and was completed in 1930. The 11-story main structure was designed by architect G. Lloyd Preacher (who also designed various other buildings in Atlanta such as the Medical Arts Building and the Pershing Point Apartments); and an additional annex was added to city hall in 1989. It is a great example of Neo-Gothic design, and features a cream-colored finish, glass windows, pointed arches, and marble wainscoting and pillars. Today, the building houses many of the city's government offices and is used as a meeting space for public hearings and functions. More »

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center "The Contemporary" (as locals call it) is one of the best places in the city to find the most forward-thinking, cutting-edge pieces of artistic expression. It functions to provide support and opportunity for artists looking to further their hobbies or careers in contemporary art. Originally called "Nexus", it was founded in 1973 by a group of photographers who wanted a place where they could practice and express their art on their own terms. They leased an old school building in 1976 and expanded their offerings, studio, and gallery space to become the Contemporary Art Center it is today. In addition to being a space where artists can work on their craft and showcase it, the Contemporary also puts on great educational programs and workshops throughout the community. More »

Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum

Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum Nowhere can the true drama of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta be more appreciated than at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum. This Civil War Museum features the world’s largest oil painting, the Battle of Atlanta. Guided tours of the "Cyclorama Experience" occur every hour on the half hour Tuesday through Sunday. A Cyclorama tour begins in the first floor auditorium with a short film (The Atlanta Campaign) that describes events leading up to the Battle of Atlanta. Visitors are then escorted into the Cyclorama to experience the battle in the Cyclorama. As the Cyclorama Theater rotates through history, guests are treated to surround sound with music, 3D effects and narration in 5 languages (Japanese, French, Spanish, French, and English). The museum also includes the Civil War locomotive "TEXAS" and two levels of Civil War memorabilia, period paintings, and photographs. More »

Atlanta First United Methodist Church

Atlanta First United Methodist Church The Atlanta First United Methodist Church was founded over 160 years ago, and still serves a large congregation today. Worship was originally held in a small frame building called Wesley Chapel, which was eventually replaced in 1870 by a much grander structure. The new church was designed in a Gothic style, featuring a 180-foot tall central spire, two 90-foot pinnacles, and elaborate stained glass windows. In 1903, the church sold its plot of land to Asa Candler (of Coca Cola fame), and built a new structure--the one we still see today--to serve as its main congregating point. The elegant church was designed by architect Willis Franklin Denny, and features beautiful design elements and construction materials such as granite from nearby Stone Mountain. More »

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center The Atlanta History Center is a complex made up of various attractions, including two historic homes, a Centennial Olympic Games Museum, historic gardens, a history museum, and a research center. All of the buildings here work together to preserve the city's heritage and history through a variety of educational exhibits and programs. You'll get to see what life was like in Atlanta during the 1860s through early 1900s at the historic homes here which include the Tullie Smith Farm, the Swan House, and the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum. One of the more popular buildings here, The Atlanta History Museum, is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the Georgian people, dating from early settlers to today. You definitely won't run out of things to see and do at the History Center, and can easily spend a few hours here exploring. More »

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta Motor Speedway Conveniently located near Atlanta in the town of Hampton, the Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the most popular NASCAR tracks in the country. It comprises a 1.54-mile quad-oval track and is known as one of the fastest tracks for NASCAR races. The track hosts various races throughout the year, including such popular ones as the Pep Boys Auto 500, the Thursday Thunder race series, and the Kobalt Tools 500. Another favorite event held here is the Friday Night Drag series, which draws local dragsters to the track for a 1/4-mile drag race every Friday from May through September. The Speedway is a great arena for fans, as it offers seating for over 125,000 spectators as well as some of the best tailgating areas and free parking lots of any of the NASCAR tracks. More »

Atlanta Photography Group Gallery

Atlanta Photography Group Gallery Local photographers come together at this gallery to showcase their art and promote contemporary photography throughout the community. The gallery hosts a variety of different exhibitions that come through on a rotating basis and are generally juried by local curators, art experts, and gallery owners. In addition to great art displays, the gallery also puts on events such as artist talks, critiques, and other functions that are usually open to both members and the general public. Stop by the APG to get a feel for the local art scene in Atlanta; maybe you'll even get to meet some of the artists. More »

Atlanta Preservation Center

Atlanta Preservation Center The Atlanta Preservation Center works diligently to preserve and protect the city's most historic and significant buildings, neighborhoods, and other landmarks. They do a lot of advocacy and education work with the community, such as creating school programs to teach about the city's historic structures and how to rehabilitate and recycle them. Trained volunteers from the Center lead regular walking tours of the city that spotlight historic districts and specific buildings, and make for the perfect way to get to know the history of Atlanta from the point of view of a local resident. More »

Atlanta Rocks!

Atlanta Rocks! This is a good gym to visit if you're looking for one of the best places in Atlanta to do some indoor rock climbing. It's one of the biggest gyms of its kind in the Southeast (boasting over 12,000 square feet) and contains about 50 top-rope stations, so there's plenty of room for everyone. The gym features professionally-designed rock climbing surfaces, which range in difficulty from 5.4 (beginner) to 5.13 (advanced). You'll also find other great amenities here, such as locker rooms, aerobic exercise equipment, and showers. If you're new to the sport, sign up for one of the gym's many classes, which are offered regularly for people of all ability levels. More »

Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta National Golf Club This beautiful course is famous for being the home of the Masters golf tournament (usually held in April every year), and is a mecca for golfers from around the world. The club is very exclusive and only members (and their guests) can play here, except when tournaments are taking place and the course is open to participants. Tickets are usually hard to get (or sold out) for the Masters tournament, so if you'd like to attend as an audience member, be sure to check months in advance for tickets. The par-72 course here is impeccably manicured, and stretches for 7,435 yards. Full of challenges and obstacles, Augusta is definitely a difficult place to play and is a great place to watch the pros show what they're made of. More »

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Village

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Village To get your fill of nature, head to the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. It's a 46-acre parcel of land scattered with trails, forests, creeks, and wildlife, and makes for a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Heritage Village--an eight building village replica--is also located here, and provides an authentic look into the past. Some of the buildings you'll find at the village include a 1920s country store, an 1860s-era building that now houses the visitors center (complete with wonderful wildlife exhibits), an 1880s farmhouse, and an 1822 church, among others. There's also a replica Native American hunting lodge and tepee on site, giving visitors a chance to see how the people who occupied the land before European explorers lived. More »

Babyland General Hospital

Babyland General Hospital As the "birthplace" of all Cabbage Patch dolls, Babyland General Hospital generally attracts crowds of young children and their families. The hospital has been around since 1978, when their founder, Xavier Roberts, decided to create and sell the little dolls. His dolls proved to be extremely popular, as within 16 months of inception, manufacturing of "Little People" (as they were originally called)reached 16 million. Today, visitors can tour the facility that acts as the home of the dolls, and see storks dressed as doctors, a replica emergency room where the dolls can go for "treatment", and exhibits such as a Cabbage Patch schoolroom. More »

Back to Square One

Back to Square One This unique art gallery and shop showcases some great works from Atlanta-area artists. Some of the names you'll see here include personalities who are well-known in the art world such as Mose T. and Jimmy Lee Sudduth. The gallery also offers a wide variety of "primitive antiques", which include items like one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture from the late 19th century. During your visit, be sure to browse the garden, which features all kinds of knick-knacks and accessories for your own garden at home. You'll find things here such as fountains, birdfeeders, and even decorative trolls and whimsical whirlygigs. To top it off, there's a delicious ice cream shop at Back at Square One, so be sure to bring your sweet tooth! More »

Barnsley Inn & Golf

Barnsley Inn & Golf For an unforgettable resort experience, head to Barnsley Inn & Golf, where you'll get to relax and be pampered. The Inn is modeled after a 19th century pedestrian village, complete with 35 guest cottages, three restaurants, a pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, equestrian stables, and more. The renowned 72-par "The General" golf course here features 7,350 yards, breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, and strategically-placed hazards. It's one of the most sought-after courses in the southeast United States, and has received national acclaim in multiple golf publications. Whether you're at Barnsley to golf, ride horses, hike, fish, or relax at the spa, you'll be assured a relaxing and fun vacation that feels like you're a guest at a friend's country estate. More »

Bennett Street Gallery

Bennett Street Gallery This upscale gallery features a wide array of art pieces ranging in mediums from paint to ceramics to glass. It was founded in 1988 by Susie Pryor, an Atlanta artist who wanted to support and promote both emerging and established artists. You'll find such well known artists represented here as Peter Burega, Liz Gribin, and even the gallery owner herself, Susie Pryor. The exhibits here are constantly changing, and artists' works are rotated through the space, so call ahead to check what exhibit is on display during your visit. More »

Big Bethel AME Church

Big Bethel AME Church Big Bethel Church is home to one of the oldest and largest predominately African American congregations in Atlanta. It was originally established in 1847 (even before the city of Atlanta was incorporated!) as a Methodist church, but switched denominations to A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal) after the Civil War. The church's first pastor was Reverend Joseph Woods, who was formerly from the Bethel Tabernacle church and was appointed pastor of A.M.E. in 1866. During the 1900s, the building was used for many community functions, including a gathering space, lecture hall, university classroom, public school classrooms, and (of course) a church. After being destroyed by a fire in 1820, the structure was rebuilt in 1922 and many of its original features were kept intact, including three of its walls. More »

Black Rock Mountain Park

Black Rock Mountain Park To get away from the city and find nature, take a trip to Black Rock Mountain Park. The highest park in Georgia sits at 3,640 feet atop the Eastern Continental Divide, and offers great recreational opportunities for visitors. You'll find over 1,700 acres of pristine Blue Ridge Mountain terrain that's scattered with about 11 miles of hiking trails, fishing lakes, picnic shelters, and convenient camping areas. Backpackers and hikers love exploring this park, because many of its trails afford gorgeous vistas of the surrounding mountains and beautiful cascading waterfalls. There are about 58 campsites in the park that are available for those looking for an extended stay; both tent campers and those traveling in RVs are welcome. If you didn't bring your tent, there are also 10 cottages for rent that feature two or three bedrooms, bathrooms, and fully-stocked kitchens. More »

Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad

Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad Running along the banks of the Toccoa River in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this railroad offers visitors a chance to see the spectacular beauty of the local landscape without leaving their train car. The 26-mile journey lasts about four hours and travels through some of the most breathtaking terrain that Georgia has to offer. The train departs from the small town of Blue Ridge and makes a stop at McKaysville/Copperhill before embarking on the return journey. Built over 100 years ago, the railroad was originally used as a passenger line that deposited settlers and travelers throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. During the late 1990s, passenger service had ceased and the railroad was mostly used to move freight, until it was bought in 1990 by a few local investors who founded the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad in 1998. More »

Bobby Jones Golf Course

Bobby Jones Golf Course Located about 10 minutes from downtown Atlanta, the Bobby Jones Golf Course is an 18-hole course that's popular with both locals and visitors. It was built in 1932 around the site of the Civil War's Peachtree Battle, and features rolling fairways and elevated tees that allow for great views of the nearby city skyline. It's a par-71 course that stretches for 5,902 yards from the farthest tees, making it a good spot for both beginners and experienced golfers. The on-site clubhouse features a well-stocked pro shop, locker rooms, an indoor driving net, and a snack bar. Cart and club rentals are also available at the clubhouse. More »

Bulloch Hall

Bulloch Hall This historic home was constructed in 1839 for Major James Stevens Bulloch and his wife, Martha Stewart Elliot Bulloch. The house was the childhood home of former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt's mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt. It is a great example of early Greek Revival architecture featuring authentic temple-form. Over the years, the home has been impeccably restored to its original design and now features period furnishing and decor in all of its rooms, as well as reconstructed out buildings (slave quarters, summer house, privy, etc.). Various events and private functions are held at Bulloch Hall throughout the year, so it's a good idea to call ahead before stopping in for a tour. More »

C & S National Bank Building

C & S National Bank Building This landmark building was constructed around 1901 and designed by architectural firms Morgan and Dillon, and Hentz, Adler, and Shutze. It's a prime example of an early skyscraper as it blends Italian Renaissance design details with early steel framing techniques, such as using a strong interior steel frame covered by a thin exterior envelope. When the Citizens & Southern Bank moved into the building around 1929, they hired architectural firm Hentz, Adler, and Shutze to renovate the building to their specifications. If you're interested in architecture (especially turn-of-the-century skyscrapers), this is definitely a good building to check out. More »

Cagle's Dairy Farm

Cagle's Dairy Farm Take a visit to this real working dairy farm to find out how milk gets from the cow to your cereal bowl. The Cagle family started their farming operations at the farm in 1936, originally growing vegetables, raising hens, and tending to their two dairy cows. Over the ensuing years, the family's cow herd grew as they began to sell butter and milk to the local stores. In the 1950s, the farm installed its first milking machines and Cagle's Dairy Farm became a Georgia institution. Today, the farm's focus is on teaching people (especially urban schoolchildren) about agriculture and how food gets to their tables. There are all kinds of things to explore here, from the pig pens to the cornfield maze to the dairy barn; be sure to sign up for the dairy tour, as it's an educational and fun way to learn about farming. More »

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center This stately art center is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing the arts to the community. They work with visual, literary, and performing arts, so there's usually something here for everyone. There is always a variety of things going on here, including art exhibits, classes, workshops, concerts, performances, and more; check the website to see what's happening when you're in town. The majestic mansion that houses the Center was constructed in 1920 for Charles Howard Candler (Coca Cola heir), and is a great place to explore to see fine architectural details such as carved moldings, stained glass, and walnut paneling. More »

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens This 14,000-acre resort features beautiful gardens, villa residences (and a lodge) for overnight guests, hiking trails, a butterfly conservatory, two golf courses, and other amenities. Many people come here to explore the beautiful landscape and wander through the gardens, which include a vegetable garden, Overlook Garden, and Azalea Bowl. There are also ample opportunities here to partake in other recreational activities, including everything from fishing to shooting to tennis. The resort was originally established in the 1930s by Virginia and Cason Callaway, who were dedicated to preserving and protecting nature so everyone could enjoy it. More »

Candler Building

Candler Building This beautiful 17-story building was constructed in 1906 by Asa Candler of Coca Cola fame. He purchased the land for the building in 1903 and was involved in planning the design details along with architects George Murphy and George Stewart. The building originally housed various offices and businesses, including doctor's offices, a barbershop, the Central Bank and Trust Corporation, and others. Today, it is a structure that architecture and design buffs will appreciate, as it features many notable design elements thanks to Asa's goal of constructing the most magnificent skyscraper of the era. You'll see elegant features such as hand-carved marble busts and other stonework, gorgeous crystal chandeliers, and grand staircases as you tour the interior of the Candler Building, in addition to other typical turn-of-the-century exterior details. More »

Candler Park

Candler Park The Candler Park neighborhood was one of the original Atlanta suburbs. Founded in 1890, the area was home to various families and prominent businessmen of the time, and many of the original 1920s-era craftsmen-style bungalows remain in the neighborhood as a nod to the past. Today, many of the houses have been renovated, and the neighborhood is a popular place to live and play, as it features parks, businesses, restaurants, and recreation opportunities, and is in close proximity to Emory University and the rail line. It's a nice area to walk around because it is very pedestrian-friendly and there are many parks and small shops to visit. More »

Cathedral of Christ the King

Cathedral of Christ the King This impressive cathedral is the main church for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and sits among other churches on Peachtree Road. It was constructed in the late 1930s after the parish had been officially established in 1936 under the direction of Bishop Gerald P. O'Hara. The cathedral is designed in French Gothic style, and features various noteworthy elements, including a white marble interior, huge stained-glass windows, and gorgeous hand-painted murals. Due to its striking beauty and architectural elegance, the cathedral has been named one of the most beautiful buildings in Atlanta and is currently home to one of the most populous parishes in the United States, with a congregation that comprises about 5,500 families. More »

Cathedral of St. Philip

Cathedral of St. Philip St. Philip's is the mother church for the Episcopalian Diocese of Atlanta. It has served the area for over 150 years and with over 6,000 members, is home to one of the largest Episcopal congregations in the United States. The church can trace its roots back to 1846 when the congregation was originally established, and around that same time, the first St. Philip's church was constructed. By 1875, the church was growing too large for its current building, so plans were made to construct a new, bigger church. In 1933, a "pro-cathedral" was built, and served as a temporary home for the congregation until the permanent cathedral was completed. Finally, in 1962, the current Cathedral of St. Philip building was finished, and it now stands as a gorgeous local piece of architecture and Episcopalian gathering place. More »

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park This 21-acre park was created as central gathering place for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The area where the park now stands used to be a run-down section of downtown until it was transformed for the Games with a $75 million renovation. Today, the park serves the city of Atlanta as a reminder of the Olympics, as well as functions as a great public green space where residents and visitors can relax and enjoy a bit of nature in the city. Popular features you'll find here include a number of water fountains and features, a children's garden, the Georgia Agricultural Plaza, a 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater, and much more. Various events and festivities are also held in the park throughout the year, including concerts, outdoor ice skating, and fireworks displays. More »

Center for Puppetry Arts

Center for Puppetry Arts Celebrating puppetry as a fine art, this facility attracts both children and adults to its creative and inspiring programs and performances. The Center opened in 1978, with a ceremony officially marked by a ribbon-cutting with Kermit the Frog and creator Jim Henson. Recognized internationally as an organization dedicated to excellence in the art of puppetry, the Center has become a popular place to learn puppetry as well as see amazing performances. They offer both children's and adult workshops, as well as conferences and festivals centered around puppetry. You'll definitely want to check the schedule of performances when visiting, and buy tickets ahead of time, because the performances here are very popular and tend to sell out quickly. They have shows with family, child, and adult themes, and each one features master puppetry coupled with extravagant scenery. More »

Central Presbyterian Church

Central Presbyterian Church This historic landmark church was constructed in 1885, although its original congregation formed in 1858. The structure was designed in English-Gothic style and built by architect Edmund G. Lind, who used predominately limestone and brick to construct the exterior. Today, many of the original design features remain intact, including stained glass windows, plaster walls, wainscoting, and others. One of its most prominent features is its bell tower, which rises high above the top of the building and has a pyramid-shaped roof. It's a great church to tour if you're interested in 19th century architecture. More »

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Chastain Park Amphitheatre This popular open-air amphitheater was built in 1938 and now plays host to a wide variety of concerts each year. It was named after Troy G. Chastain, a local County Commissioner who was very involved with developing the city's park system. The City of Atlanta took over ownership of the amphitheater in 1952 and has been using it as a public performance venue ever since. Today, it is the home of the always popular Atlanta Symphony Orchestra summer concert series, as well as a beloved venue for other concerts. Well-known performers who have played here include Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, John Prine, and others.
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Chateau Elan Golf Club

Chateau Elan Golf Club This golf club features three championship courses that are set on the Chateau Elan winery estate, and feature gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside and nearby winery. The Chateau Course opened in 1989 and sits on winding fairways and bubbling creeks. It is a par-71 course that stretches for 7,030 yards from the longest tees. The par-72 Woodlands course opened in 1996 and features elevated greens and serene, picturesque views. The Legends course is a private course that utilizes traditional golf course architecture and was designed using the input of various golf pros. In addition to the three championship courses, Chateau Elan also offers a nine-hole par-three executive walking course that's the perfect place to play when you don't have time for the full eighteen-hole game. More »

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Chattahoochee Nature Center This beautiful nature center is a great place to go for a lesson in ecology and wildlife. The Center encompasses about 127 acres of Georgia forest and wetlands and is home to over 25 native wildlife species. There are six different hiking trails here, all focused on a different theme, that make for a good way to explore the area and see its variety of landscape features and wildlife. You'll also get to peruse three acres of gorgeous gardens at the Nature Center where you can see over 600 native plant species, many that are rare or endangered. After walking around the outdoor areas here, head inside to the Nature Center's entrance building where you can browse the gift shop for nature-related souvenirs and gifts. More »

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area This fifty-mile nature park is located along the banks of the Chattahoochee River and is a favorite local spot for recreation. The park includes sections of the Chattahoochee River, the Appalachian Mountains, various waterfalls, and great hiking trails. The recreation area was set aside in and protected in 1978 by former president Jimmy Carter, and is now enjoyed by people who like to hike, fish, boat, and float the river on inner tubes (or "shoot the hooch" as locals call it). Over 20 different species of fish call the river home, making it one of the favorite places in the area to cast a line in the cool, clean water. You'll find catfish, trout, bass, and many other types of swimming creatures inhabiting the water here. Hiking is also a popular activity in the park, as there are over 50 miles of winding trails that pass through the forests and mountains and provide beautiful scenic views of the wilderness. More »

Children's Arts Museum

Children's Arts Museum Children learn best when doing, and that's precisely what happens at the Children's Arts Museum. Although there are gallery spaces here where art is on display and can only be looked at, many of the exhibits here feature hands-on art activities that focus on visual, literary, and performing arts. Kids can participate in the Puppet Theater or catch a live show in the Black Box Theatre (stop by on Saturdays around 11am for your best chance of catching a show). The Museum also puts on great classes and camps especially for kids who are interested in art, so be sure to check the schedule before you visit. More »

Cloudland Canyon Park

Cloudland Canyon Park Aptly named, Cloudland Canyon Park straddles Silton Gulch Creek, which cuts a deep gorge through the park's rugged landscape. People visit the park to partake in various recreational activities, namely hiking, tennis, camping, disc golf, and swimming. The various hiking trails here offer spectacular views of the beautiful landscape, including waterfalls, dramatic rock cliffs, and lush forests. Spread throughout the park's 3,485 acres, there are 73 campsites, of which some are for tents, some for RVs, and some are reserved for walk-in campers and backcountry backpackers. Overnight visitors can also choose to reserve one of 16 on-site cottages or stay in the group lodge (which sleeps up to 40 people). More »

CNN Center

CNN Center Cable Network News is a twenty-four hour news giant, the first of its kind, broadcasting all over the world. This titan of the airwaves (along with many other cable channels and Turner Field) was owned by Ted Turner before he sold the bulk of this empire to the Time Warner Co. The headquarters of CNN is open for tours to the public. Tours highlight the CNN building, news history, the control room, broadcasting technology, and the newsroom. More »

Cobblestone

Cobblestone Cobblestone is definitely the place to go if you're looking for great golf at a great price. It is notable for its rolling and varied terrain, fast greens, and water hazards strategically placed throughout the course. Stretching for 6,759 yards over 18 holes, the course offers four different sets of tees so golfers of any skill level will be challenged. Cobblestone also features a clubhouse where golfers can go for a snack and a great view of nearby Lake Acworth. If you're a little rusty with your golf skills, sign up for a lesson at the Golf Academy located on-site. You can either take a 30 minute or one hour lesson, where you'll learn the basics of golf, as well as work on any particular aspect of your game. More »

Confederate Cemetery

Confederate Cemetery This moving burial site was established in 1863 and is now home to over 3,000 interred Confederate soldiers. Many of the soldiers came here to rest from nearby hospitals and war battles that were fought around the Marietta region. The establishment of the cemetery came after the city's first church was constructed on the site in 1833, then subsequently relocated closer to downtown. The mayor of Marietta at the time, John Glover, bought the church land and decided to start allowing Confederate burials to take place there, which continued for a the next few years until General William Tecumseh Sherman took control of the Confederate city. Although there is no official burial index or records of the cemetery, it is still a poignant place to visit and a reminder of the United States' turbulent past. More »

Crooked River Park

Crooked River Park Located in Georgia's southwest corner, Crooked River Park beckons hundreds visitors each year to its rugged topography and beautiful waterfalls and wetlands. For overnighters, the park offers campsites (over 60 of them) as well as 11 rentable cottages that are perfect for long vacation weekends. There is a great visitor center located here, which features educational exhibits and information about the surrounding ecology and variety of wildlife you might see in the park (such as tortoises, fish, and snakes). Those interested in history will love exploring the old McIntosh Sugar Works ruins, which once functioned as sugar mill and starch factory during the Civil War. Other activities that are popular in the park include fishing, hiking, birding, and kayaking. More »

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site This historic site was created as a memorial to the country's first gold rush in northern Georgia. It's located in the town of Dahlonega, which was the site of a branch of the U.S. Mint during the gold rush, which produced about $6 million in gold coins from 1838 to 1861. The museum itself is housed in the 1836 Lumpkin County courthouse (one of the oldest in the state), and features various exhibits and displays relating to mining and panning for gold. You'll get to see things such as gold coins and nuggets and a cannon that was used to blast into hillsides, as well as artifacts from the old courthouse. There's also a great video shown at the museum that gives a nice overview of the gold rush and relays stories about the lifestyle and mining techniques of local prospectors. More »

Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve

Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve Known to many Georgians as a "hidden treasure" this nature preserve is overflowing with gorgeous scenery, geologic treasures, and ancient history. The preserve encompasses about 2,000 acres of beauty, where you can see things like abrupt granite outcroppings, forests, rivers, and a sparkling lake. The plant life you'll find here is equally as amazing as the geologic formations, and there are even two federally-protected plant species that make the area home, the red Diamorpha and Small's Stonecrop. There is also an abundance of mosses and lichens growing on the rock outcroppings, as they have easily adapted to the ecosystem with their shallow root systems. If you're lucky, you might even see some of the timid wildlife that live here, including coyotes, bobcats, and white-tailed deer. More »

Dixie Coca-Cola Bottling Plant

Dixie Coca-Cola Bottling Plant This stunning building was constructed in 1891 for the Coca Cola company. It is famous not only for its unique medley of various architectural styles, but also because of its role in the early formation of the gigantic Coca Cola franchise. Up until the latter 1800s, Coca Cola was only available at soda fountain shops, but after founder Asa Candler signed a business deal with bottlers and businessmen Joseph Whitehead and Benjamin Thomas, Coke began to be distributed around the world in bottles. The building today is part of the Georgia State University Baptist Student Union, but is worth a look if you're into architecture. It blends architectural styles such as Queen Anne, Italian Renaissance, and Gothic Revival, and features such unique elements as a pyramidal slate roof and a stepped gable. More »

Dixieland Fun Park

Dixieland Fun Park Bring the whole family to Dixieland Fun Park for a day of amusement and entertainment. The facility features such activities as go karts, mini golf, bumper boats, an arcade, and much more. For a fun game that everyone can enjoy at once, try laser tag, where groups can run around in the dark and use their sharp-shooting skills to try to tag others. If you've got the little ones in tow, Dixieland has you covered, as they offer a number of "kiddie rides" just for the younger children. They'll love the Playmaze, which offers a jungle of tunnels, slides, and cushions to play on; and they're sure to have a great time in the Banana Squadron, where they'll be flown around in circles in a open-air banana plane. And, of course there are plenty of rides here for the older kids, such as the Drop Zone tower and the Screaming Eagle Coaster. More »

Dunwoody Park

Dunwoody Park This gorgeous park is sure to provide a great place to recreate and relax for any visitor. It is located about 20 miles north of downtown Atlanta in the Dunwoody area, and offers great hiking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas. One of the most popular features of the park is the Dunwoody Nature Center, where kids and adults can go to learn about the nature and ecosystems that inhabit the area. There are great interpretive trails surrounding the center, including boardwalks over wetland areas, and winding pathways that border the forest's streams and creeks. In addition to good displays and exhibits, the center also puts on environmental education classes, camps, and workshops throughout the year that are popular with local kids and families. More »

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Ebenezer Baptist Church This unassuming brick church was the place where the famed Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first started his ministry. It was founded in 1886 by a few enterprising Christians, and operated under the direction of its first minister, Reverend John A. Parker. From 1926 to 1930, the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. served as the assistant pastor at the church, and took over as full pastor in 1931. Martin Luther King Jr. joined his father as an associate pastor in 1960, and preached at Ebenezer Baptist until his untimely death in 1968. Today, the church welcomes anyone to join in its ministries and is now part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. More »

Emory University

Emory University This well-respected private university was originally founded in 1836 as Emory College by the Methodist Episcopal Church. The college struggled a bit in its formative years, but by 1914, it was looking to expand. Asa Candler, founder of the soft drink giant Coca Cola, donated a hefty chunk of money to the school, as well as a plot of land in Atlanta where the school could expand. (Candler's brother, Warren Candler, was both an alumnus and former president of the school, and later came back to serve as the school's first chancellor.) Today, the university is consistently ranked as a top school in the nation and in the world, and is known for its excellent medicine, business, public health, and law programs. About 12,300 students attend Emory and take undergraduate and graduate classes in the school's numerous degree programs. More »

Etowah Indian Mounds

Etowah Indian Mounds This 54-acre Historic Site is shrouded in both history and mystery. It was the home of thousands of Native Americans during the time period of about 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., and is now the site of various historic relics. Visitors will see things such as earthen mounds 63-feet tall (which were used as temples, burial mounds, etc.), stone effigies, and other native artifacts. Only about 9 percent of the area has been excavated, so much is still underground, but archaeologists and researchers know that in addition to the mounds, the site contains remains of a village, a plaza, a defensive ditch, and other features. There's also an interpretive museum on-site, which provides a place where visitors can get a glimpse into the daily lives of the Native Americans who lived in the Etowah region. More »

Fay Gold Gallery

Fay Gold Gallery This upscale gallery was started by artist Fay Gold in 1980, and has since become a staple for fine art in the Atlanta area. There are works by both local and national artists on display here; the majority of them done in a contemporary style. You'll find a variety of mediums represented here as well, including paint, sculpture, glasswork, and photography. Many well-known artists are represented at the gallery, including painters such as Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke and Michael Barringer, quirky folk artist Ab the Flagman, and many others. The gallery is full-service for those looking to purchase art. Not only will the staff here assist you in choosing the right piece to suit your taste and style, but they'll also deliver and install the piece (if you live in the greater Atlanta area) or pack and ship it if you're from out of town. Framing services are also available. More »

Federal Reserve Bank Monetary Museum

Federal Reserve Bank Monetary Museum Learn all about money at the Federal Reserve Bank Monetary Museum. There are great collections here relating to topics such as the Fed's role in our monetary system, the history of money, and the automated vault process. You'll get an understanding of how our currency has evolved over time, as well as get to see rare coins and other types of money. The exhibits here do a great job of showcasing how the Federal Reserve works and how it regulates and supervises our currency system to make it efficient and streamlined. One of the most popular areas of the museum is the vault, where visitors can see inside the place where money is held and get a look at the robotic systems that transport and retrieve the currency. More »

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History This is arguably the most popular museum in Atlanta, as it features a great variety of exhibits on topics such as the state's evolution, dinosaurs, and cultures from around the globe. The dinosaur exhibits here are exceptional, and showcase the life-size prehistoric skeletons from excavations in North and South America, as well as fossils and other fascinating paleontology artifacts. After looking through the dinosaur-related exhibits, browse the other parts of the museum, which includes "Sensing Nature", an exhibit that explores our five senses and how they make sense of the environment around us. The "World of Shells" exhibit explains how shells are formed, as well as presents an expansive collection of shells from around the world. The Fernbank is definitely one of Atlanta's best places for families on vacation. More »

Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center The DeKalb County schools own and run the Fernbank Science Center, which acts as more than just a museum. Many public programs are available, and the center is almost entirely free of charge, with the exception of the Planetarium, which is arguably the most popular attraction here. The Planetarium is one of the most advanced of its kind in the country, and can even replicate the night sky from seven different locations on earth--definitely something worth experiencing. The other exhibits at the Science Center range from dinosaur specimens to spacecraft, and make for a fun way to spend a day. More »

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church This historic church was founded in 1867, and is one of the oldest African American congregations in the country. The church's first gathering structure itself wasn't built until 1877, when land was donated to the church and the "little red church" went up. In 1908, the current First Congregational Church was built, and stands today as an important landmark in Atlanta's African American history. The building features various design styles, including Italian Renaissance and Spanish Mission, and is most well known as a good example of Beaux-Arts Classical Revival style. More »

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta First Presbyterian Church sits on Peachtree Street and features striking stone architecture and beautiful large windows. It was built in the mid 1800s and is locally known for its huge, cavernous interior and its role in hosting various community religious events and festivals. The church's Musica Sacra Atlanta program is world renowned, and puts on spectacular concerts throughout the year; if you're in town when they're performing, it's definitely worth it to attend a concert. More »

Flat Creek Nature Area

Flat Creek Nature Area This 513-acre wetlands nature preserve features hundreds of specimens of native plants and animals, including ferns, American hornbeam, and red maple. There is a great 1200-foot boardwalk here, which allows visitors to walk out over the swamps and see nature's bounty up close. The boardwalk also offers two viewing platforms and benches for those who want to rest, relax, and just take in the unique ecosystem that surrounds them. There are guide brochures available near the McIntosh trail to help identify the area's different plants; the brochure's notations correspond with marked numbers on the boardwalk that point out the different species. The Nature Area is spread out along Flat Creek, and is a nice place to go for quiet, secluded beauty. More »

Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building This unusual triangular-shaped building was Atlanta's second skyscraper, after the Equitable Building, and although it was second, it still stands today as the city's oldest steel-framed skyscraper. The 11-story building was constructed in 1897 for the English-American Loan and Trust Company, and was originally known as the English-American Building. In 1910, its name changed to the Empire Life Building, and six years later, it was dubbed the Flatiron Building. Today, its authentic limestone and brick walls have been painted, but many of the original exterior design features remain untouched, such as its half columns, large glass windows, and notable cornices. More »

Fort Yargo Park

Fort Yargo Park This beautiful park is located between Athens and Atlanta, and offers a plethora of recreational activities. There are about 18 miles of trails crisscrossing the park, giving hikers, mountain bikers, and joggers multiple options for exploring. Campers also love to visit Fort Yargo, because there are about 47 campsites here, as well as 3 cottages that are available for rent. As an added bonus, many of the campsites are located near the edge of Marbury Creek Reservoir, giving campers easy access for swimming, fishing, and boating. The park was named after Fort Yargo, a fort that was built in 1792 to protect settlers from the Creek Native American tribes who inhabited the area. The fort still stands in the park today, and is a reminder of the sometimes rough frontier lifestyle that many of our ancestors endured. More »

Fountain Hall

Fountain Hall Currently, this historic building resides on the campus of Morris Brown College near downtown Atlanta. It was constructed in 1882 and originally used as an administration building for what was then Atlanta University, until 1929, when the school merged with Morehouse College and Spelman College. When it was a part of Atlanta University, the building was called "Stone Hall", but when the colleges merged, the hall was leased to Morris Brown College and its name was changed to Fountain Hall. The structure was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1974, and even today it still retains many of its original features, including its Queen Anne design details, red-brick exterior, and the original floor plan. More »

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre This elegant building was constructed in the late 1920s and used as the headquarters for Shriners organization. Construction of the opulent theater was bankrolled by William Fox, a well-known movie mogul, but by 1930 the facility had gone into bankruptcy thanks to the recent stock market crash. In 1940, the theater was resurrected to become one of the finest movie palaces in Atlanta, and its success continued through the 1960s. When movie palaces went out of style in the 1970s, the future of the Fox was uncertain, as it began to run out of money and patrons. In 1976, a campaign was launched to save the theater and to get it listed as a National Historic Landmark. Since then, numerous restoration projects have restored the majority of the theater to its original grandeur, and it regularly hosts concerts, live performances, and private events. More »

Fräbel Glass Art Studio

Fräbel Glass Art Studio This is one of the finest glass studios in all of Atlanta, and one of the only ones that puts a special emphasis on creating art pieces out of boron crystals. The studio is owned by renowned glass artist Hans Godo Frabel, an acclaimed glass master, who grew up in Germany, and, after working as an apprentice, earned his scientific glassblowing diploma by age 18. He established his studio in Atlanta in 1968, and has continued working and teaching in the tradition of apprentice and master artist. Frabel's pieces are cherished by collectors across the globe, and have even made into the personal collections of such well-known personalities as Queen Elizabeth II, Jimmy Carter, and Margaret Thatcher. More »

Freedom Park

Freedom Park Freedom Park is one of the largest parks in the city of Atlanta, stretching over 210 acres and featuring six miles of jogging/biking trails that connect various area neighborhoods. Since it is located in the middle of many busy residential and business districts, the park is surrounded by about 43,000 people every day, many of whom use it to walk, jog, bicycle, and relax. The "Art in the Park" program is in full swing here, showcasing first-class outdoor public art. You'll see everything from a hammock installation (where visitors can take a seat or lie down and relax), to beautiful garden sculptures. Since being established in 1992, Freedom Park has become one of the more popular green spaces in Atlanta, and is a great place to go for a nice, relaxing afternoon. More »

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium is one of the best family attractions in Atlanta, as it features multitudes of things to look at, experience, and learn about. The gigantic facility opened its doors in 2005, and is billed as one of the world's largest aquariums. It features more than 8.1 million gallons of water held in both saltwater and freshwater tanks. The aquarium features over 60 different exhibits where you can get a look at more than 100,000 animals in their unique water habitats. In addition to seeing the animals and plants showcased here, you'll also learn about important water-related topics such as biodiversity, animal conservation and protection, and other environmental issues. Some of the most popular exhibits here are the whale sharks (the largest living fish species in the world), great hammerhead shark, manta ray, and beluga whales. More »

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Georgia Department of Archives and History The Georgia Archives contains Georgia's most valuable historical records, over 177,000 cubic feet of them. A small example of things that are kept at the archives in paper microfilm, CD, and other forms are: public records (church, county, census, etc.), maps, records of land grants, Confederate pension records, Pre-Civil War records, historic photographs, and of course, marriage, birth, and death certificates. More »

Georgia Dome

Georgia Dome This large event venue is the official home of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons, and has the distinction of being one of the world's largest cable-supported, domed stadiums. The Dome has also been host to two Super Bowls, men's and women's NCAA Final Four competitions, and the basketball and gymnastics events for the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta. Construction on the facility started in 1989, and the whole building was complete in 1992, just in time for the start of football season. In addition to hosting sporting events, the Dome also serves as a popular venue for live concerts and shows; over the years, it has hosted such popular performers as U2 and the Rolling Stones. More »

Georgia Governor's Mansion

Georgia Governor's Mansion The Georgia Governor's Mansion was constructed in 1967, and has served as the residence of seven of Georgia's governors through 2009, including former President Jimmy Carter. It is an elegant Greek Revival-style mansion, which encompasses 24,000 square feet and features three floors--the lower floor houses a ballroom and outdoor pool and patio accessibility; the main floor is used for formal and governmental entertaining, and the second floor is used as the Governor's private residence. Aside from living there, governors have used the mansion to entertain domestic and foreign guests, throw parties, or have official celebrations or balls. All of the furnishings in the mansion are permanent, and they make up one of the best Federal-era furniture collections in the country. Guests are invited to take tours of the mansion and grounds to get an idea of how the Governor and his family live. More »

Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Georgia Music Hall of Fame The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the state's official music museum, is located in Macon, the city where artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band launched their careers. The 43,000 square foot facility features permanent and changing exhibits that include music, video, memorabilia, instruments, performance costumes and more. Over 450 artists are represented in the exhibits. The museum features an interactive children's wing, library, research facility, and music store. Educational programs include specialty tours, workshops, and lectures. The museum hosts frequent special events, concerts, and exhibit openings. More »

Georgia State Capitol

Georgia State Capitol This stately building houses offices of the Georgia state government. The governor's office is located here, as well as the lieutenant governor, and the secretary of state. Visitors will like touring the fourth floor, which is home to galleries and the Georgia Capitol Museum that features great exhibits about the state's history, environment, and cultures. The structure was built in 1889 at a cost of about $1 million, and it still features many of its original architectural elements. In the Neo-Classical building, you'll see such elements as a four-story portico, Georgia marble flooring, and an open rotunda. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. More »

Georgia World Congress Center

Georgia World Congress Center The Georgia World Congress Center Authority is a gigantic operation, encompassing the Convention Center, Centennial Park, and the Georgia Dome, giving it about 3.9 million square feet of usable space! The Center plays host to everything from sporting events to exhibitions to conferences throughout the year. The entire facility is owned by the state of Georgia, and is one of the largest convention facilities in the country. Various notable events have been held here, such as the fencing, judo, weightlifting, wrestling and other competitions for the 1996 Olympic Games; the FIRST Robotics World Championships in 2008; and a speech by former U.S. President George Bush. More »

Georgia's Stone Mountain State Park

Georgia's Stone Mountain State Park This large park sits east of Atlanta and features great recreational opportunities and a beautiful natural landscape. Park visitors love to explore the area's many hiking trails that wind through the surrounding forests and climb to the apex of Stone Mountain. The gigantic granite monolith ("Stone Mountain") serves as the main attraction of the park, towering 1,686 feet over the ground and stretching for about five miles in circumference. Stone Mountain also reaches nine miles underground, making it one of the largest (but not the largest) exposed chunks of granite rock in existence. One of the rock's most unique features is a large bas relief carving on its face that features three leaders from the Confederate party: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. The relief covers three acres in area, making it one of the largest reliefs of its kind in the world. The park itself encompasses about 3,200 acres, and is one of the state's most popular attractions, as it not only offers a nice recreation area and the stunning Stone Mountain, but also a "Skyride" tram, an authentic antebellum plantation, great laser light shows, and other attractions. Stone Mountain State Park also served as the location for the archery, tennis, and cycling events in Atlanta's 1996 Olympic Games. More »

Georgian Terrace Hotel

Georgian Terrace Hotel This National Register hotel was built in 1911. Located on Peachtree Street, this building can boast about being the center of post-premiere events in 1939 when "Gone With the Wind" opened at the Fabulous Fox Theatre down the street. The Georgian is a grand bit of luxury in the heart of midtown. Eat, people watch, and luxuriate at the hotel restaurant, which in fact has the terrace and a view of Peachtree Street. The lobby also has more than enough grandeur to be the height of worldly elegance. It also has three ballrooms available for weddings and other functions. C'est magnifique! More »

Gone with the Wind Movie Museum

Gone with the Wind Movie Museum Located in the Margaret Mitchell House, this museum will awe any Gone with the Wind fan. It opened in 1999, and features various elements from the famous movie, including the portrait of Scarlett that hung in the Butler house and the front door of the plantation. Other exhibits include the history of Gone with the Wind, which traces Margaret Mitchell's first writings to the story's debut on the big screen. You'll also see things like Mitchell's original notes and quotes that have been preserved since she wrote the book in 1936. The museum is a must-see for those looking to get an inside look into both southern culture and one of the most famous and influential literary/film stories ever told. More »

Goodwin House

Goodwin House This old home sits on busy Peachtree Road in urban Atlanta, and definitely sticks out from its developed surroundings. It was built in the early 1800s by Solomon Goodwin and served as the homestead for his 600-acre farm. When it was first constructed, Peachtree was only a dirt footpath that was traversed by travelers and their livestock. During the Civil War, the home was used as a landmark for Confederate troops, and today stands as one of the oldest existing home in DeKalb County. Visitors are welcome to tour the home (during specified dates and times) and are generally led around by a descendant of Solomon Goodwin. More »

Grant Park

Grant Park Grant Park is the oldest park in Atlanta and a major treasure. The park was founded when a local businessman and engineer, Lemuel Grant, donated one hundred acres in the newly formed suburb for the purpose of a park. In 1890, more land was acquired, and the Olmstead Brothers were hired to design the park. The 131-acre site contains Zoo Atlanta, the Cyclorama, which depicts the Battle of Atlanta, and the Fort Walker historic site, a preserved earthen fortification and battery from the Civil War. More »

Haas-Howell Building

Haas-Howell Building Designed in 1920 by architect Neil Reid, the Haas-Howell building is one of the finest (although more demure than other similarly-styled buildings) examples of Beaux-Arts style in Atlanta. It was constructed for the Haas-Howell Insurance Company, one of the city's oldest insurance agencies. The building today provides a good look at the architecture style that was popular from 1880-1920, and is particularly interesting for history and architecture buffs. It features a ashlar stone base, an ornate arched doorway, and top floor decorative molding, among other notable elements. More »

Hammonds House Gallery

Hammonds House Gallery This unique Atlanta gallery is one of the few in the area dedicated solely to African fine art and the African Diaspora. It was formed in 1988, and features paintings, sculptures, lectures, workshops, youth programming, etc. all focused around the cultural understanding of Africa and its people. In addition to the gallery, the facility houses a research center, which collects and displays slides, videos, books, and files about the gallery's artists and other prominent figures. Be sure to check the event calendar before you visit to find out what may be going on; the gallery regularly hosts events such as silent auctions and panel discussions. More »

Healey Building

Healey Building This towering building is notable because it was the last skyscraper built in Atlanta during the pre-World War I construction boom. The Healey building was designed in Gothic style and was built in 1914 for real estate mogul William T. Healey by the architecture firm Morgan and Dillon and Walter T. Downing. It has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and has now been converted into upscale condominiums on its upper levels and retail spaces (restaurants, shops, galleries, etc.) along the lower levels. More »

Herndon Home

Herndon Home Nicknamed 'Old Glory' by the original owner, this stunning mansion was the home of one of America's most successful African-American entrepreneurs, the founder of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Set on a nine-acre estate, the house was designed in the Beaux Arts Classicist style, and the interior boasts an eclectic array of various style permutations from Rococo to Renaissance Revival. The home has been fully restored, and is now maintained as an archive and museum by the company whose success made the home possible. Guided tours are available by appointment only. More »

High Falls State Park

High Falls State Park Just 40 miles southeast of Atlanta, High Falls State Park is located 10 miles north of Forsyth off I-75, making it a perfect choice for quick weekend getaways. With 112 trailer and tent camp sites, plus a few more rustic sites for the adventurous, the park also features 50 picnic sites, some with shelters and some that can accommodate large groups. A large lake with a boating ramp welcomes both private crafts and rentals. Fishing is permitted in both the park's lake and streams, and there is also a swimming pool. More »

High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art It is hard to miss this ultra-modern, stark white structure on Peachtree that houses Atlanta's finest collections of classic and contemporary art. A towering atrium soars to four interior levels, with the galleries moving from 18th- and 19th-century collections near the ground floor to the cutting edge of art on the upper levels. The High has increased in size to 312,000 square feet with three buildings designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano: the Susan and John Wieland Pavilion, the Anne Cox Chambers Wing for galleries, and an office building. The High plays frequent host to the most important touring collections as well, hosting exhibitions featuring artists like Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell. The High also displays old prints of Abe Lincoln and of General William Tecumseh Sherman.

Admission is USD15 for adults, USD12 for students and seniors (65+), USD10 for kids age 6-17; Members and Children 5 & Under, free. More »

Hillcrest Orchards

Hillcrest Orchards The experience of picking fresh produce is unlike any other, and it can't get any fresher than this. Operating in north Georgia since the 1940s, the farm's scheduled pickings include strawberries in the spring, peaches in the summer and apples in the fall. An on-site bakery and farmer's market offer fresh breads, apple cider and apple slush as well as preserves, apple butter, honey and peach jam. Group tours are available to lead you through the farm's operations and direct you to the petting zoo. More »

Hurt Building

Hurt Building When building this landmark in 1924, architect Joel Hurt was careful to keep frills to a minimum, preferring the simple base, shaft and capital design so prevalent in the office buildings of the 1890s. The resulting clarity of design still provides a handsome highlight to the Atlanta skyline, rising 17 stories above the downtown business district. As one of the city's earliest skyscrapers, the Hurt Building has enjoyed a storied history over the years. It is now used mainly for private office space. More »

Imagine it! The Children's Museum of Atlanta

Imagine it! The Children's Museum of Atlanta Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta, formerly known only as The Children's Museum of Atlanta ("CMA"), was established in the early 1990s by three civic leaders who sagaciously recognized that Atlanta was one of the only major cities without a children's museum. The official mission of Imagine it!, as quoted from the official website, is "to create environments and activities where young children experience the power of imagination and the pure delight of learning with each other and with grown-ups." In that mission, it does not fail. More »

Indian Springs State Park

Indian Springs State Park Located five miles south of Jackson and 40 miles southeast of Atlanta, this is one of the area's most accessible outdoor venues. Seek shelter in one of 10 cottages, 88 tent campsites, or opt for rougher accommodations at a pioneer camping site. Over 100 picnic sites are available, including seven with shelters, and one group site. The lake's boating ramp and dock welcome private boats, while fishing boats and canoes are available for rent. Plenty of trails, streams, and a comfortable beach are also on hand for your enjoyment. More »

Inman Park Trolley Barn

Inman Park Trolley Barn If you have plans for a special affair that deserves someplace unusual, consider the Trolley Barn. Built in 1889, the barn's architectural detail and character have been lovingly maintained through a careful renovation in 1987. Located in historic Inman Park, the Trolley Barn is one of the oldest existing buildings in the city. The spacious wooden structure served to house the trolley cars of the Atlanta and Edgewood Street Railroad Company, which once linked this Victorian subdivision with downtown. Full catering and event planning assistance are available. More »

Jackson Fine Art

Jackson Fine Art One of Buckhead's most fashionable and well-stocked locations for contemporary art, Jackson Fine Art is committed to satisfying the home decor needs of some of Atlanta's most discriminating shoppers. Although this comprehensive store carries a nice selection of work in many genres, Jackson places a strong emphasis on 20th Century and contemporary photography. While most items are framed and ready to take home, special custom orders are gladly accepted. More »

Jimmy Carter Presidential Center and Library

Jimmy Carter Presidential Center and Library The Carter Center sits on 35 landscaped acres, just east of downtown where the Virginia-Highlands meet Inman Park. The complex consists of five interconnected pavilions that house the offices of the former President, research and foundation facilities, and the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, including thousands of papers and mementos from the Carter administration. The landscaped gardens feature a lake, as well as more than 400 plants and 80 varieties of roses, including the coral Rosalynn Carter rose. Admission: USD8 adults, USD6 seniors, military and students. More »

Johnny Mercer Museum

Johnny Mercer Museum The life and work of Georgian songwriter and favorite son Johnny Mercer is the focus of this small but comprehensive museum at the Georgia State University Library. The late crooner's career spanned several decades and included such timeless hits as the Academy Award-winning "Moon River" and "The Days of Wine and Roses," which brought Mercer a Grammy®. Displays include a multitude of personal items, manuscripts and photographs from Mercer's life in Georgia and beyond.

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield This national park is located on the site of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, the last significant victory for the South during their defense of Atlanta in 1864. Centered around the namesake mountain, which rises to 1,808 feet, the park features over 16 miles of mapped trails as well as a museum commemorating the historic battle. Picnic sites, battlefield markers and monuments are peppered throughout the forested mountainside, which features great views of Atlanta in clear weather. Maps detailing the trails and battle history are available from the visitors center. More »

Lagerquist Gallery

Lagerquist Gallery Atlanta is rich with a wide variety of art galleries and showrooms, many of which feature the remarkable talents of local and regional artisans. Buckhead's Lagerquist Gallery is certainly no exception. In addition to showcasing some of the best talent out of Atlanta and the Southeast, this sharp studio maintains an impressive collection of work by national and international artists as well. Stop by for a look at one of Atlanta's most diverse collections, or call for an appointment. More »

Lake Lanier Islands

Lake Lanier Islands Atlanta's favorite escape for outdoor fun, the islands at Lake Lanier provide the perfect spot to relax, unwind, and pitch a tent. Bring your own or rent a portable canvas home, then choose from over 300 lakeside campsites available year round. The camping area features a fishing pier, outdoor pavilion, laundry facilities, supply store, dump station, and boat launch ramp. The RV sites are fitted with water and electricity, and a few have sewer hookups. Tent sites can be rented out for $25 per night, while RV sites cost $25. More »

Lamplighter

Lamplighter This Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery houses the most comprehensive collection of the beloved artist's work to be found in the Southeast. Owners Nan and Cal Carstens invite you to step back in time as you browse the more than 70 Kinkade canvases and feel the inner peace, comfort and hope inspired in so many by the master's eye for the natural beauty of simple things. Located directly on Historic Roswell Square, the Lamplighter is a mere 10 minute trip up GA-400 from downtown Atlanta or Buckhead. More »

Laurel Park

Laurel Park This park is 136 acres of family fun, and it hosts Atlanta's first Sprayground--a water playground for small children. Laurel has everything you'll find in a city park, including ballfields, picnic sites with grills, a boat ramp, walking trails, a playground, concessions, and pet accessibility. Open all year-round, closes at dark.
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Lenox Mall/Phipps Plaza

Lenox Mall/Phipps Plaza Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza are two grandiose shopping malls, catty-corner from each other on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Very popular for all types of shoppers, these two locations combined can offer findings from knock-off deals to Upper-crust lingerie. Lenox Mall is a more budget friendly, every day mall with JC Penney and Bloomingdale's, while Phipps Plaza has a Godiva Chocolatier and a multiplex movie theater. More »

Lincoln Stone Art Works

Lincoln Stone Art Works This diminutive gallery is located on the second floor of a vintage Marietta office building, just down the street from the historic village square. Fronted by an impressive twelve foot door of oak and iron and topped by a large round window at the crest, the curbside entrance is one of the more distinctive elements to the place. Upstairs, you'll find a competent collection of nice pieces by area artists, some of which can be had, at a price. Open occasionally on weekends by appointment, if you can get one. More »

Linstrum & Matre Artworks

Linstrum & Matre Artworks In 2008, Robert Matre (owner of Matre Gallery) and Carl Linstrum (owner of Aliya Linstrum Gallery) joined forces to create Linstrum + Matre Artworks. Their joint effort has created a large, popular gallery that features pieces from such well-known local artists as C. Dawn Davis, Steve Penley, and Ruth Franklin, as well as Linstrum and Matre themselves. The items on display here are constantly changing, so visitors will be assured to see something fresh and new each time they visit, from paintings to sculptures. This is a great place to go to appreciate the variety of elegant local artwork that Atlanta has to offer. More »

Little Five Points

Little Five Points Little Five has almost nothing in common with its big brother downtown, Five Points. A sight to see, Little Five Points is an established hangout for the tattooed and pierced set and new age types. Crystals and incense, vintage clothing, and wacky shoe shops line the streets at Moreland, Euclid, McClendon, and Austin streets, as well as hip music venues, bars, juice, and coffee dives. More »

Little River Trail

Little River Trail This scenic trail provides Atlanta bikers with a great challenge. Over 15 miles of single-track trails run along river banks, railroad tracks, and scenic overlooks. Over 200 miles of shoreline were created when Georgia Power dammed Allatoona Lake in 1950, and the densely-forested area supports a wide range of wildlife, often visible from the trails. A wide range of topography is offered for advanced riders, including a trek that skirts a 30-foot-wide waterfall where Blankets Creek empties into the lake. More »

Lowe Gallery

Lowe Gallery The handsome and enchanting Lowe Gallery features a wide range of sculpture and paintings that test the bounds of contemporary art. Priding themselves on diversity, the gallery owners keep a fine inventory of the works of artists from many different backgrounds and cultural experiences. Regular exhibitions feature the work of talented local craftsmen in every conceivable genre, as well as some widely known names from the regional and national levels. More »

Majestic Diner

Majestic Diner The Majestic is a 1930s period building in marble art deco style, matching the nearby Plaza Theatre. It is said this building has been in continual use as a diner (the real greasy-spoon kind) since its inception. Popular with all-night crowds and breakfast regulars, you can sit at this old-fashioned lunch counter or in the red leather booths and fill up with exactly what you'd expect from the open grill. More »

Margaret Mitchell House & Museum

Margaret Mitchell House & Museum A must for the literati or film buffs in your group! You'll see things like Mitchell's original notes and quotes that have been preserved since she wrote the Gone With the Wind in 1936. The museum is a must-see for those looking to get an inside look into both southern culture and one of the most famous and influential literary/film stories ever told.

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Marietta Golf Center

Marietta Golf Center Georgians know how to golf, and this is where many of them learn to perfect the art. Located just north of the city in ritzy Marietta, this facility offers lessons for everyone from the devotee to the true greenhorn. A driving range featuring 50 grass and 20 covered tees, all of which are lighted to provide golf well into the night. Two chipping greens, two putting greens, and two sand bunkers are also available. Whether you're looking to improve your all-around skills or perfect that one aspect that's holding you back, the Marietta Golf Center has the cure you seek. More »

Marietta Museum of History

Marietta Museum of History The Marietta Museum of History is housed on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House in Marietta, Georgia and showcases the colorful history of Marietta with collections on the Civil War, local history, home life, and the military. The educational exhibits also include World War II memorabilia, historic furniture, and even Civil War relics. The Kennesaw House was built early in the 19th-century as a hotel, and served as headquarters for General Sherman during his unappreciated visit to the area in 1864. More »

Marietta Welcome Center & Visitor's Bureau

Marietta Welcome Center & Visitor's Bureau Housed in a restored railroad depot that dates to 1898, this rustic center should be your first stop in Marietta, Atlanta's closest and most distinguished suburb just northwest of town. View the Center's 7 minute video on the history and culture of Cobb County, then browse their library of informative brochures on area attractions, restaurants, accommodations, and tours. Whether you come to Marietta to relax, shop, or catch a glimpse of some of the finest residential architecture in Georgia, a quick stop at the Marietta Welcome Center is a good start. More »

Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art

Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art The city of Atlanta doesn't have a monopoly on fine art in Georgia, as evidenced by this fine gallery in the suburbs. Housed in a 1908 National Historic Landmark building, the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art showcases major exhibitions of international stature. While you're in the neighborhood, check out the historic Marietta Square just two blocks away, a prototypical Southern town square, complete with a county courthouse. More »

Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is a cultural and historical journey through civil rights and African-American history, focused on Atlanta and the South. The permanent exhibits include video of civil rights speeches and actions, interactive educational installations, sculpture, and art. Opened by Dr. King's family after his death, it is still a privately run museum and an anchor for the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. The Center is an active ongoing promotion for the techniques of nonviolent social change championed by King, Ghandi, and the other leaders of civil disobedience.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site A few blocks to the east of downtown, the Sweet Auburn neighborhood is home to the birthplace of America's most influential Civil Rights leader. Operated by the National Park Service, this historic site contains Dr. King's boyhood home, his crypt and the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Tours are conducted daily on the hour beginning at 10am. During the summer, tours are on the half-hour, starting at 9:30am. Since the historic site covers several city blocks, visitors are advised to stop at the Visitor Center upon arrival for a map and touring advice. Free admission. More »

Mason Murer Fine Art

Mason Murer Fine Art The expansive 24,000 square-foot Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery showcases the work of artists from both the Atlanta area and around the world. Located in Midtown Atlanta, the exhibitions at the gallery include work from both emerging and established artists in a multitude of art mediums including painting, photography, monumental sculpture, installations, and works on paper. Visit the gallery's website for information on upcoming special exhibitions and events. More »

Miami Circle Design District

Miami Circle Design District The highly fashionable Miami Circle cul-de-sac has evolved over the years into a bustling center with more than 70 specialty shops. Located near Lindbergh Station on Buckhead's south side, its galleries and boutiques have earned the district a reputation as the most comprehensive design, art and decorating scene in the city. Everything from imported antiques to rare books to innovative interior design concepts is within easy walking distance. Capping things off is Eclipse di Luna, a new restaurant run by one of Atlanta's trendiest chefs. More »

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Michael C. Carlos Museum Showcasing ancient Egyptian art, this 45,000 square foot museum is a brilliant addition to Atlanta's cultural landscape. Affiliated with Emory University, the museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 objects spans an historical stretch of nearly 9,000 years, from the prehistoric cultures of the 7th century BC to the 20th century. The museum also sponsors many special exhibitions, lectures, films, and workshops. Visit Cafe Antico for daily gourmet lunches in a dramatic setting. Admission is free, but a $7 donation is suggested (strongly). For tour scheduling information, call +1 404 727 0519. More »

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Monastery of the Holy Spirit This is the only working monastery in the state, and was founded in 1944 by a group of twenty Cistercian monks from Kentucky. A daily Mass is given at 7am and is open to the public. On the 13th of every month, Nancy Fowler comes to speak on what she claims to be her visions from the Virgin Mary. The monks operate a gift shop on site offering fresh baked breads, and there is also a greenhouse and plant shop featuring genuine Japanese Bonsai trees. More »

Morningside Presbyterian Church

Morningside Presbyterian Church Established in 1925, the Morningside Presbyterian Church was founded as a mission of the Atlanta Presbytery Home Mission Committee and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Located in a scenic residential neighborhood in the Virginia-Highlands, the structure was designed by noted church architects Thomas and Waggoner of Philadelphia. Set on a wooded campus, construction of the church building began in 1946 and was not completed until 1949. In addition to Sunday services, the church maintains an active youth center, a counseling center, and numerous seniors' programs. Sunday service is at 11a. More »

Museum of Design Atlanta

Museum of Design Atlanta Formerly known as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design, this facility is a popular place to explore how design plays a part in our lives. Some of the design topics you'll see covered here include architecture, textiles, fashion, graphics, furniture, and others. This museum is one of the only ones in the southern region of the country that's completely dedicated to design, so take advantage of it (and its free admission!) by exploring the collections. You'll get to see such unique exhibits as Japanese Design 100, which showcases the 100 best Japanese product designs since 2000, or In the Bag, an exhibit dedicated solely to the design and evolution of handbags. More »

National Cemetery Marietta

National Cemetery Marietta A little over 23 acres arranged in concentric circles, the Marietta National Cemetery was established in 1866 for soldiers of the Civil War, particularly for the close to 10,000 dead Union troops from Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. The land was offered by Henry Cole, a local merchant who wanted both Confederate and Union troops buried together, but both sides objected and Mr. Cole donated the land to the Union, for a national cemetery. The cemetery was placed on the National Register of historic Places in 1998.

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New American Shakespeare Tavern

New American Shakespeare Tavern With its unique Elizabethan facade and its wonderful period tavern interior, this is one of the most entertaining theatrical venues in Atlanta--and that's before the show begins! You'll be treated to a great theater performance on your visit, complete with period costumes, sword fights, and the best of Shakespeare's plays. The Tavern also offers authentic British pub fare, including favorites such as Cornish Pasty and Shepherd's Pie. More »

North Fulton Golf Course

North Fulton Golf Course Classified as a championship course, the 18-hole Chastain links terrain attracts a bevy of golf enthusiasts, especially on weekends. The stately stone clubhouse is modeled after country estates in Scotland and Wales, and provides a romantic backdrop for an afternoon of golf. A pro shop, snack bar, putting green and all the first class conveniences are provided, including expert instruction with the club pro. Resident weekday fees are $27, $30 on weekends. Nonresidents pay $2 extra. Walkers take $10 off green fees. More »

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery In the shadow of downtown, this bucolic expanse is constant reminder of the city's history. Dating from the 1850s, the cemetery was the final destination for all Atlantans until 1884, when private burial grounds began appearing throughout the city. The oldest section is near the main entrance, where legendary golfer Bobby Jones and author Margaret Mitchell are interred, although locating Mitchell's plain headstone can be a challenge. A $1 brochure from the cemetery office will help you find famous graves and interesting sections. Tours are offered March through October. More »

Ocmulgee National Monument

Ocmulgee National Monument An hour south of Atlanta, this well-preserved national monument is dedicated to the cultures that once lived on the Macon Plateau. Explorer Hernando De Soto is said to have recorded the first Christian baptism here in the waters of the Ocmulgee River in 1540. There are several ancient ceremonial mounds remaining on the site, some surrounded by prehistoric trenches, and one ceremonial lodge has an earthen floor dating back 1,000 years. An on-site museum offers detailed accounts of the civilizations that once peopled these fertile regions. Admission is free. More »

Oglethorpe University Museum

Oglethorpe University Museum Located on the verdant, heavily-Gothic campus of Oglethorpe University, this dignified museum offers a broad range of cultural displays, from antiquity to modern art. A short, five-minute car trip up Peachtree Road from Buckhead, the museum and university are surrounded by the quiet residential neighborhood of Brookhaven, one of the city's prettiest. Admission is $5 fee per person to the museum but the campus is free. The museum is closed on museum holidays. More »

Old Courthouse on the Square

Old Courthouse on the Square The town of Decatur, sitting right up against the east side of Atlanta, is the Capital of DeKalb County, and existed before the founding of Atlanta itself. The fine granite courthouse built in 1898 in the neoclassical style still stands in the center of Decatur and houses the DeKalb County Historical Society, which offers walking tours and runs a small museum in the basement of the courthouse building. Much of the county functions happen in the many annex buildings nearby, but the old courtroom is still viewable, unfurnished because of its use as an event facility. More »

Olmstead Linear Park

Olmstead Linear Park Olmstead Linear Park is a National Historic registered chain of parks, along Ponce de Leon Avenue, designed in 1905 by Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of American landscape architecture. The design of the park has changed and features have been added and omitted, but the land area has been protected from development. "Ponce" meanders from the first segment at Springdale Street east to the Emory neighborhood and Decatur, flanked by some of the most elegant properties along the way in Historic Druid Hills, the Fernbank Museum among them. More »

Olympia Building

Olympia Building The sleek style of the Olympia Building marked a subtle transition in the urban architecture of the 1930s. Somewhere between the overriding Revival styles of the previous generation and the glass-heavy International style that were gaining prominence, the simple elegance of this two-story office building is what sets it apart. Upon construction in 1935, the busy office building became a popular hangout for commuters and downtown visitors, who would linger at the streetcar station located in the front. More »

Outdoor Activity Center

Outdoor Activity Center This 26-acre facility is designed with kids in mind. Located just a few miles from downtown, the center provides a hands-on natural learning experience for kids from pre-school age on up. Among the learning facilities are a tree house classroom, a 650-gallon freshwater aquarium, and an interactive ecological playground called Naturescape. Nature tours, educational programs, and a wide range of special events are offered throughout the year. Admission is free. More »

Panola Mountain Conservation State Park

Panola Mountain Conservation State Park Just 18 short miles southeast of Atlanta on Georgia Highway 55, Panola Mountain Conservation Park is a welcomed refuge for those seeking shelter from the pressures of city life. With 18 picnic sites and four picnic shelters, you'll need to take to the nature trails to work off some of that lunch. A local favorite for peaceful corporate getaways and happy family picnics, a trip to Panola Mountain can return some of that lost serenity to your city-sore soul. More »

Pershing Point Park

Pershing Point Park This triangular scrip of land is named for World War I hero, General John Pershing. Pershing Point Park forms the junction of two of Atlanta's most traveled downtown business routes. Dedicated to the residents of Fulton County who died in the first Great War, the park features well-groomed flower beds, a nice collection of trees and shrubs, and a small arrangement of circular, red-brick walkways. The war monument stands proud at the center of the green, and offers a nice place for a peaceful, if not altogether quiet, lunch. More »

Pickett's Mill Battlefield

Pickett's Mill Battlefield The battle at Pickett's Mill in 1864 gave the South one of its most important victories of the Civil War. Today, visitors to this state historic site can walk the same dusty roads, stand on the massive earthworks, and walk through the ragged ravine where 2,000 soldiers lost their lives. The 765-acre park features hiking trails, picnic sites, and the Living History Encampment, where the spirit of the past comes alive to educate and entertain. The park's visitor center also showcases exhibits and films related to the battle. More »

Plaza Theatre

Plaza Theatre The Plaza Theatre is a 1930s movie house at the corner of Ponce de Leon and North Highland Avenue (Poncey-Highland neighborhood). It is now called the LeFont Plaza Theatre, and it regularly plays art house or indie films, and also runs The Rocky Horror Picture show on the weekends. More »

Quinlan Visual Arts Center

Quinlan Visual Arts Center A short ride into the rolling hills north of the city, this artsy center is very close to the stunning natural beauty of Lake Lanier, which is a popular local getaway. A focal point for the visual arts, the Quinlan Center not only features outstanding exhibitions, but also offers classes, workshops, and seminars in art subjects for both adults and children. More »

Rainbow Ranch

Rainbow Ranch Whether just spending an afternoon out or taking advantage of a chance to stock the freezer, everyone catches fish at Rainbow Ranch. Fed by the Chattahoochee River, the pond is always stocked with rainbow trout, so the odds of catching something are pretty good. Opened in 1972, the ranch has provided hours of fun for both beginning and seasoned fishermen for three decades. Free bait and tackle are provided, and cleaning and ice are also available. If you want to keep what you catch, the trout sells for $4.95 per pound. More »

Rhodes Hall

Rhodes Hall This august Atlanta landmark is frequently noted as one of the city's most stunning and unique architectural achievements. Built to resemble a Rhineland castle, Rhodes Hall boasts one of Atlanta's finest examples of Victorian interior design. Constructed in 1904 during one of Atlanta's most significant residential building booms, the house is now made available for tours during the week as well as for private rentals. The hall can be rented for formal events and parties, and private tours are available for $5. Children under 11 are admitted free. More »

Rhodes-Haverty Building

Rhodes-Haverty Building Developed in 1929 by two of Atlanta's most prominent citizens, this landmark structure stood for nearly a quarter century as the tallest building in Atlanta. Built by the Rhodes-Haverty Investment Company for a total cost of $723,000, the building consists of 134,648 square feet of office space. The three street facades are crowned by an arcade under a corbelled gable. In the 1960s, the original entrance canopies were removed and the ornate metal and plate-glass storefronts were covered by the existing granite veneer. More »

Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking

Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking If you've ever wondered about the history of paper, you're in luck. Come here and you will be introduced to everything from the ancient craft of papermaking circa 4,000 BC to the advanced technology that exists today. Exhibits showcase more than 2,000 books, plus a collection of 10,000-plus watermarks, papers, tools, machines and manuscripts. Guided tours of the museum must be scheduled in advance but are available on any weekday, while self-guided tours are available anytime. A hands-on papermaking workshop is also available on Friday mornings. More »

Rock City

Rock City This magnificent granite outcropping atop Lookout Mountain in upper Georgia is just an hour and half by car from downtown Atlanta. From its peak, seven states are visible on clear days. Accenting the beauty of this panoramic natural spectacle is a rock garden, a battlefield display and another garden of enchanted lights for magical evening entertainment. Tickets may be purchased online or at Rock City, and cost $11.95 for adults and $6.95 for children aged 3-12. More »

Rufus M. Rose House

Rufus M. Rose House Built by architect E. C. Seiz in 1901 at an estimated cost of $9,000, the Rufus M. Rose home is the only remaining example of late Victorian architecture in the downtown area. The design is typical of affluent 19th Century in-town residences, with an elaborately-adorned front staircase that rises from the sidewalk, a necessity in pre-automobile Atlanta. The historic townhome still serves as a private residence, and is not open for public viewing. More »

Signature Shop & Gallery

Signature Shop & Gallery This modern art gallery is one among many in the artsy Buckhead district. The Signature Shop & Gallery features a variety of art pieces of mixed media including crafts, glass, jewelry, metal, sculptures, and more. Many American artists are represented here and the gallery offers a great selection of original pieces for art lovers and collectors alike. The gallery was founded by Blanche Reeves in 1962, who was an American Crafts devotee. Since its inception, the gallery has striven to represent and showcase the work of great American craft artists. More »

Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia This thrilling amusement park is located just west of the city and offers a full day's worth of rides and fun for the family. Six Flags Over Georgia uses a special ratings system for their rides, allowing visitors of the park to chose between Mild, Moderate, and Max types of rides. Thrill seekers will enjoy Batman: The Ride, Superman: Ultimate Fight, the Georgia Cyclone, and of course Goliath. Family Rides, such as the Peachtree Square Sky Buckets and Carrot Patch, allow for both kids and parents to enjoy the rides together. There are plenty of amenities and eateries throughout the park, making this an all-day adventure. More »

Six Flags White Water Atlanta

Six Flags White Water Atlanta To beat the Southern summer heat, head to Six Flags White Water Atlanta. This popular water park is actually the largest in the South and boasts over 50 attractions, including one of the tallest free-fall rides, the Cliffhanger. The park is designed to cater to the entire family, featuring wild rides for the more adventurous and more mild options for the little ones. Look for the ride ratings throughout the park to tell you if a ride is Mild, Moderate, or Max on the thrill factor. To double up on the amusement parks, head next door to Six Flags Over Georgia, for more rides and roller coasters. More »

SoHo Myriad

SoHo Myriad As a part of Atlanta's burgeoning art scene, SoHo Myriad is an art consulting services company working for a number of international and national brands and companies. The cutting edge art industry is at its finest here, and the offices have gallery space open to the public and often displays interesting exhibits and installations. More »

Solomon Projects

Solomon Projects This innovative museum is home to a growing group of new and established artists. Solomon Projects primarily features contemporary art and often displays the most creative and boundary pushing pieces around. Established in 1994, the gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions and installations with revolving artists and pieces. Located in artsy Midtown, this is a great place to browse or invest in a great piece of art. More »

Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History

Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is located in a large new facility, which houses The General, a locomotive that participated in The Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War, as well as other grand memorabilia of railroad history, and a few memorable surprises. Located in Kennesaw near the famous Battle of Kennesaw National Battlefield, the museum makes for a great place to visit especially for any Civil War and locomotive enthusiasts. More »

Sportsman's Gallery

Sportsman's Gallery The Sportsman's Gallery is a rich collection of fine art, depicting wildlife and nature scenes, as well as sporting-related pieces from all over the world. The sizable collection includes sporting, wildlife, and western art from the 19th-century to more contemporary pieces and is one of the largest and most diverse of its kind. This special interest gallery is also happy to find subject matter you are seeking out, or to commission work, as well. More »

Sprewell Bluff State Park

Sprewell Bluff State Park Take a trip about 50 miles south of Atlanta to discover yet another one of the great Georgia State Parks. Located on the Flint River, this beautiful park offers many outdoor vistas and activities with in its over 1,300 acres. Visitors come to Sprewell Bluff State Park to cool off with a swim in the river, picnic along the shores, and to enjoy the three-mile trail that loops around the river. Though camping facilities aren't offered here, the park is a great place to come enjoy the outdoors with picnics, kayaking, and fishing. More »

Stately Oaks Plantation

Stately Oaks Plantation Located in charming Jonesboro, just south of Atlanta, you'll find this historical plantation home. The Stately Oaks Plantation was built in 1839 and is thought to have served as inspiration to the Margaret Mitchell's characters in her novel, Gone With The Wind. The home has been beautifully preserved by the Historical Jonesboro Inc. and is open to the public for tours complete with costumed interpreters to lead you through the estate. Stroll along the lovely grounds scattered with large oak trees and grass and it's easy to imagine the characters come to life at this Greek Revival Antebellum plantation home. More »

Stone Mountain Family Park Campground

Stone Mountain Family Park Campground Just 16 miles east of Atlanta, this beautiful park's campground offers more than 431 wooded lakeside camping sites and a well-stocked supply store. The campground features complete RV hookups as well as rustic tent sites that rent from $16 to $19 per night. You must be 18 years or older to rent a campsite. Besides camping fees, you'll pay $6 per car to enter the park. Georgia's Stone Mountain Park offers a multitude of attractions and activities. Call first for availability during the busy summer months. More »

Stone Mountain Golf Club

Stone Mountain Golf Club Nestled within the beautiful Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain Golf Course offers two 18-hole courses. Stonemont is the original 18-hole course here and is a par-70. The course was designed and built in 1969 by the late Robert Trent Jones Sr., who was considered by many the father of modern golf architecture and this course remains the only Jones designed course open to the public in the state of Georgia. Stone Mountain's second course, Lakemont, was built later in 1988 and designed by John LaFoy. This course is characteristic as it's first nine holes curve around the Stone Mountain Lake. Be sure to book tee times far in advance as this course is popular for its challenges and beauty. More »

Stovall Mill Covered Bridge

Stovall Mill Covered Bridge This classic covered bridge is located in Helen within White County, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta near the Chattahoochee National Forest. Built in 1895, The Stovall Mill Covered Bridge is one of the state's oldest and one of the smallest, spanning about 33 feet across the creek. The bridge was once part of a mill complex operated by the bridge's namesake, Fred Stovall Sr. While the mills and its buildings are long since gone, the charming covered bridge remains a local landmark. Today the bridge is owned and operated by the White County Historical Society. Alternate names for this iconic bridge have been Sautee-Nacoochee, Helen Bridge, and Chickamauga. More »

Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar, and View

Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar, and View The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar, and View is Atlanta's only tri-level dining complex featuring a revolving upscale restaurant, a rotating cocktail lounge, and an observatory View Level offering a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the magnificent Atlanta skyline. An Atlanta tradition, thousands of locals and tourists board the scenic glass elevators each year to climb the hotel's 73 stories to The Sun Dial for its unbeatable views, classic cuisine, live jazz, and relaxing ambiance. Situated 723 feet above the city, The Sun Dial's diverse menu offers Chef Christian Messier's seasonally-influenced contemporary American cuisine including lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Located on the uppermost floors of the Westin Peachtree Plaza house, accessing the restaurant is a scenic event that begins with an exhilarating 85-second ride in the exterior glass elevator cab. Other hotel amenities include a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, cafés and lounges. Located in the heart of downtown, Atlanta's top business venues and tourist attractions including CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park, Turner Stadium, World of Coca-Cola, and Georgia Dome are within a few steps. More »

Swan Coach House

Swan Coach House This beautifully restored estate carriage house is now home to a tasteful trio: an upscale luncheon tearoom and restaurant, an art gallery, and a great gift shop. The Swan Coach House was formed by a creative group of women who established the Forward Arts Foundation, an organization dedicated to the local art scene and the creation of the tearoom, gallery, and store here. Browse the work of many southeastern artists in the gallery where there are always interesting shows and exhibits featuring great local pieces. While here, enjoy a tasty lunch or an afternoon tea at the Swan Coach House Restaurant. The gift shop offers a variety of unique and artistic gifts and souvenirs ranging from accessories for the home to children's wear. The Swan Coach House is located just by the Atlanta History Center near Buckhead Village, north of downtown Atlanta. More »

SweetWater Brewing Company

SweetWater Brewing Company SweetWater Brewing Company is an award winning microbrewery with just about 49,000 barrels. Their specialty is West Coast-style beers and the brewery began as a small operation from two University of Colorado at Boulder grads who wound up in Atlanta with the desire to create a microbrewery. Since then, the brewery has become a local favorite and even won the award for Best Small Brewery at the significant Great American Beer Festival in 2002. Located in Midtown, SweetWater Brewery opens its doors to the public for tastings and tours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. Come sample some of their signature brews, which include many varieties such as their SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale, SweetWater Hummer Belgian white ale, and the SweetWater Georgia Brown. More »

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park This sprawling 2,500+-acre park is just west of Atlanta and is a wonderful escape to nature. Here, you'll fine wandering hiking trails, bubbling streams, rocky bluffs, and river rapids. During your hike, explore the ruins of a pre-Civil War era textile mill, which was once the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. If interested in fishing, the 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir is a popular lake for both fishing and canoeing. Facilities at Sweetwater Creek State Park include picnic shelters, playgrounds for children, fishing docks, as well as a visitor center which offers trail maps, snacks, gifts, and fishing equipment. More »

Telephone Museum

Telephone Museum This is one of Atlanta's most unusual museums, and one that will certainly teach you a thing or two about our most common means of communication. A comprehensive series of exhibits explains the evolution of the telephone and its impact on daily life over the years, as well as the device's influence on the world's social and political development. The museum is an especially interesting destination for children growing up in an age of instantly accessible communication technology. Admission is free. More »

Ten Park Place Building

Ten Park Place Building The Ten Park Place Building is a landmark piece of architecture located in downtown Atlanta, just one block away from the central Five Points intersection. Albert E. Thornton commissioned this building's construction and is commonly called the Thornton Building, as the Thorntons were a pioneering family in Atlanta and owned a great deal of land in the city for many generations. When Ten Park Place Building was completed in 1932, it was considered a modern marvel with contemporary architecture for its time. Today, the building remains an iconic example of this 1930s Modernist style, designed by architect Anthony Ten Eyck Brown. Today, the building houses store fronts on the street level and has office space throughout. So, enjoy this gem from its exterior. More »

TEW Galleries

TEW Galleries Located within the pleasant complex of galleries and interior stores at The Galleries of Peachtree Hills, you'll find TEW Galleries. The gallery was established by artist Timothy Tew in 1987, after he spent a year immersing himself in the art scene of Paris and came back inspired to sell other artists' and his own work. The gallery features not only the work of Tew, but about 40 other artists from around the world. The gallery is especially dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists with different styles ranging from traditional to abstract to figure art. That said, this gallery offers a great mix of art to browse and buy. More »

The Temple

The Temple This historic building is home to Atlanta's oldest synagogue and was founded in 1867. Located in the heart of Atlanta, The Temple, also known as the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, is a place of worship and a place for the Jewish community of Atlanta to convene. The Temple is significant in that its the oldest congregation for the Jewish community of Atlanta, which first began in 1944. It has remained a pillar in the community and continues to offer services and membership to the Jewish community of Atlanta. Featuring dramatic architecture with sensational light, The Temple is a wonderful place to visit and join in a service. More »

The Varsity

The Varsity It claims to be the world's largest drive-in restaurant, and The Varsity (along with its several Atlanta area locations) is a local tradition. The retro restaurant chain began in 1928 with the opening of its first location. The downtown location is by far the largest and is able to serve 600 cars and over 800 people inside! Chose to eat in your car or inside, either way, you'll be able to feast on classics like burgers, chili dogs, fries, and onion rings. Amazingly enough, this place makes a whopping two miles of hot dogs, one ton of onions, over 2,500 pounds of potatoes, 300 gallons of chili, and more are all made from scratch on a daily basis here. The Varsity is certainly a throw back to the good ol' days and offers popular fast food fare. More »

Thomas Deans Fine Art

Thomas Deans Fine Art Thomas Deans Fine Art is a gallery known for its specially imported British watercolors. But the gallery does exhibit other art media including paintings, drawing, prints, and photography. The works featured here are all fine art ranging from the mid 18th century to contemporary pieces. This upscale gallery is known for its high caliber pieces for serious collectors that often come with a lofty price tag. The public and beginner collectors are welcome to visit and marvel at the art in one of its current exhibitions. More »

Tree Climbers International

Tree Climbers International This unique organization is a worldwide association of avid tree climbers. Based in Atlanta, this group organizes classes for both beginners and more advanced climbers. The somewhat unusual sport and hobby proves to be a fun one and if you are at all interested in learning the ropes, get in touch with Tree Climbers International to set up a lesson for yourself. They offer instructors and rental equipment in addition to following strict safety protocols. In the spring of 2009, they opened the Tree Climbers' Hostel, which is a modest house to accommodate students who have traveled to Atlanta to take the tree climbing classes. The association also organizes guided climbs and trips. Call ahead to schedule a classes or guided climb. More »

TULA

TULA No one quite remembers when entrepreneur and artist Lil Friedlander renovated this 48,000-square-foot former manufacturing plant into studio space. She started out using the space as a studio for her own work, then opened it up to a few friends. Today, TULA houses numerous commercial showrooms including the gallery Ariel, and shares space with numerous artist studios. A film and video operation leases an auditorium at the back of the building. Visitors are invited to meet the artists in residence, make purchases or simply bask in the creative aura. More »

Turner Field

Turner Field Turner Field is home of the Major League Baseball team, the Atlanta Braves. Opened in 1997, Turner Field offers a great deal of fun for baseball fans. The stadium, which holds over 50,000 people on three different levels, is all about entertainment and offers plenty of concessions to chose from. You won't want to miss a tour of the stadium as well as a visit to the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame, an especially great place to visit if you are here in the off-season. The Museum & Hall of Fame is open year-round and tours depart from here on the hour, where you'll get to visit the press box, broadcast booth, special suites, and even the locker room and dugout areas. During baseball season, spend a day at the ballpark with fellow Braves fans, a great way to immerse in the Atlanta culture. More »

Underground Atlanta

Underground Atlanta Home to a variety of shopping stores, entertainment, and interesting eateries, the Underground Atlanta mall is in the heart of downtown and encompasses over six city blocks. Dining options here range from fine dining to casual pubs and chain restaurants to food courts. Shopaholics will find everything they're looking for with the wide variety of stores from well-known favorites like Foot Locker to more local fare. The fun doesn't die here at night either, there are a handful of restaurants that stay open late, fun bars, and even a couple nightclubs for those looking for drinks and dancing. Take a guided history tour of Underground Atlanta aboard the Atlanta Trolley Tour Line to learn about how this area has changed over the years spanning from the Civil War through the Civil Rights era to today. With so many options to chose from, Underground Atlanta is sure to suit most anyone. More »

Unicoi State Park

Unicoi State Park Nestled at the southern tip of Chattahoochee National Forest, Unicoi State Park is located 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. This state park offers a wealth of amenities and outdoor recreational opportunities at its sprawling 1,050 acres of land, which includes a sizable 53-acre lake. The Lodge here includes over 100 rooms and there are 80+ campsites throughout the park along with cottages and picnic shelters. The mountains in this region of Georgia are gorgeous and offer plenty of hiking and biking trails. Enjoy cruising around the lake by canoe or pedal boat, which can both be rented, fishing docks, and jump in to swim and cool off. A quick two-mile drive brings you to the alpine village of Helen. More »

Vespermann Glass Gallery

Vespermann Glass Gallery Vespermann Glass Gallery is the only Atlanta gallery that exclusively features glass art, and very elegant glass art at that. Located in the upscale Buckhead Gallery District, north of downtown Atlanta, this gallery proudly displays the sophisticated art of over 200 glass artists from around he country. The gallery's owner and founder Seranda Vespermann, is a well-known glass artist who also specializes in commissions for individuals and businesses. The gallery space frequently features rotating exhibitions, highlighting both established and new artists. Stop in while browsing the other galleries of Buckhead and marvel at the beautiful glass pieces or decide to take one as your own. More »

Victor H. Kriegshaber House

Victor H. Kriegshaber House Though not open to the public, the Victor H. Kriegshaber House is a fine example of Victorian architecture, and one of the rare survivors of this style in downtown Atlanta. The house was constructed in 1900 and designed by architect Willis F. Denny in the Beaux Arts Classical Revival style. Its original owner and namesake, Victor H. Kriegshaber commissioned this elegant home and was a local executive and successful businessmen in the community. The opulent and ornate exterior has barely been changed over the years, with the exception of changes to the front porch and the estate that once surrounded this home has since been taken over by city growth. Nevertheless, for any architecture buffs, or simply for passerby, it's worth a look (from the exterior) at this architecturally significant home that is rare of its kind in its more modern surroundings. More »

Virginia-Highland

Virginia-Highland Virginia Highland is named for two streets, across which intersection spans a neighborhood known for boutique shops and mid-scale restaurants. This area is very walkable and tree-lined, with a variety of things to do and see. The main draw is that the blocks are pedestrian-oriented, and a very pleasant stroll, particularly the length of North Highland Avenue, which includes the bulk of shops, bars, and cafes. Surrounding these are some beautiful green neighborhoods with many Tudor-style and colonial houses, and the gardens are pretty. More »

W.P. Jones Park

W.P. Jones Park This city park is located in Duluth, northeast of Atlanta. The park, which offers plenty of recreational outdoor activities including a one-mile walking path, tennis courts, and picnic facilities, was named after the former Duluth mayor, W.P. Jones. The mostly wooded park is also home to a restored Norfolk-Southern Railway train caboose as well as the old depot, which was relocated from its original location in downtown Duluth and is now used as a recreation center at the park. More »

Watson Mill Bridge State Park

Watson Mill Bridge State Park This scenic state park is located about 60 miles east of Atlanta near Comer, Georgia. The park's namesake is the state's longest covered bridge, which stretches 229 feed over the South Fork River and was built back in 1885 by the son of the freed slave and famous covered-bridge builder, Washington King. The 1,018-acre Watson Mill Bridge State Park features over 30 campsites, log cabin bunkhouses, picnicking areas, and equestrian facilities. This park will suit your needs if you are interested in outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, canoeing, fishing, and even horseback riding. Don't miss a photo-op of the absolutely picturesque Watson Mill Bridge reflecting over the river, surrounded by lush foliage. More »

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum This heritage museum celebrates Jewish culture complete with educational historical exhibits and displays. The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum tells the story from past to present of Atlanta-area Jews in addition to a special focus on the Holocaust through personal documents and photographs in the museum's two core galleries. Visit the Special Exhibitions Gallery for a rotating set of installations that focus of a variety of subjects, all related to the Jewish experience. Beyond the galleries, the museum is home to the extensive Jewish Community Archives, a great collection of resources and research in its library, as well as a gift shop offering crafts, books, and gifts. This museum was born from an exhibition in 1983 from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta called Jews and Georgians: A Meeting of Cultures. The Federation later resulted in the development of the museum and in 1992 William Breman helped to create the museum with an opening in 1996. The museum remains an important place of cultural heritage for the Jewish community of Atlanta. More »

William Perrin Nicolson House

William Perrin Nicolson House Located near Piedment Park in Midtown Atlanta, the William Perrin Nicolson House is a prime example of late 19th to early 20th century architectural style of suburban growth in Atlanta. The home's namesake was a distinguished local physician and also the dean of the Southern Medical College. The house was built for Nicolson in 1892 by architect Walter T. Downing who added many eclectic elements to the building, which remains a relic of suburban style. Even its landscape reflects that of the Midtown area's typical shrubbery at the turn of the century. The property also includes a historic carriage house complete with servant's quarters. Today, you'll have to admire the architecture of this building from its exterior. The house is now occupied by the Shellmont Inn, and only guests of the Inn are allowed in the building. More »

Williams-Payne House

Williams-Payne House This small, historic farmhouse dates back to 1869 and is a great example of the way life was in the late 1880s. The home has been moved from its original location and today, the Williams-Payne house exists as a museum in historic Sandy Springs and showcases the fully restored family farm home from the past. The building was originally built by Walter Jerome Williams as a simple two-room structure with a detached kitchen. Over the years, as the family grew, the house grew as well with additional rooms and space. After years of disrepair, the home was purchased by the Payne family, who added more modern features such as plumbing and electricity. Over time, the Sandy Springs Garden Club President, Garnett Cobb, led the effort to move the house from its original location and restore it to its era's style. A visit to this house is a pleasant step back in time to the way families lived in the area in the late 1800s. More »

Wills Park

Wills Park This neighborhood park is located in the city of Alpharetta, north of downtown Atlanta. Spread over 110 acres, this multi-use park offers a plethora of outdoor recreational activities. Facilities here include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a full equestrian center, a Frisbee golf course, baseball and tennis courts, a dog park, and a recreation center. There is also a nice, 1.5-mile walking and jogging trail that circles the park. If you are in the neighborhood and in need of some outdoor activity, Wills Park is your best bet. More »

Wired & Fired

Wired & Fired Located in the Virginia Headlands neighborhood, northeast of Atlanta, Wired & Fired is fun pottery painting studio. If you're feeling creative, pick out a piece of unpainted and unfinished pottery, items range from mugs to plates to decorative figures. Then, you can let your artistic self take over and paint the piece to your liking. The studio will then fire your piece for you to take home or give as a unique gift. There are plenty of pottery pieces to chose from and prices vary based on style, shape, and size. Included in your prices is free use of the art supplies including brushes, paint, and the glazing and firing process. This place is great for families and even a fun romantic activity at night, the studio stays open late on weekends and is more of an adult escape then. More »

Woodruff Park

Woodruff Park Woodruff Park is one of the oldest park spaces in Atlanta, central to downtown both physically and socially. It is bounded by Edgewood Avenue, Peachtree Street, and crossing Auburn Avenue. The park's northern end is dominated by a long-stepped fountain, while the south end sports an entrance arch and a wonderful sculpture depicting Atlanta risen from the ashes. There are lawns, plazas, and plenty of places for locals and travelers to stop and rest. More »

World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola Atlanta is both the birthplace and headquarters for the country and world's most famous brand of beverage, Coca-Cola. This massive museum tells Coca-Cola's entire history from its interesting inception to its modern widespread world appeal. The 60,000+ square-foot space features interactive exhibits, more than 1,200 artifacts from across the globe, a 4-dimensional movie, a bottling line, and your visit wouldn't be complete without a sample taste of over 60 products made by Coca-Cola. The fun museum is located at Pemberton Place, named after the famed pharmacist who first concocted the delightful Coca-Cola soda in 1886. After your visit, stop in at the Coca-Cola store for a wealth of merchandise and memorabilia. Adjacent is the Far Coast Cafe, where you can get a hearty meal paired of course with a Coke of your choice. Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola and you're sure to appreciate it after a visit to this museum. More »

Wren's Nest House Museum

Wren's Nest House Museum This charming Victorian house was once the home of Joel Chandler Harris, the author of the popular Uncle Remus Tales, from 1881 to 1908. The architecturally significant home is one of the oldest house museums in the Atlanta area and is a classic example of Queen Anne Victorian homes in Atlanta. Today, it features many of the original furniture and belongings of the Harris Family on display, including relics from his stories and information about his life. The family home became a museum in 1913 and a National Historic Landmark in 1962. For fans of his whimsical tales, this is a great place to stop and take a look around. More »

Yellow River Game Ranch

Yellow River Game Ranch Yellow River Game Ranch is a haven of natural beauty, just off highway 78, east of Stone Mountain. The ranch encompasses 24 wooded acres and features a one-mile trail where you can get close to number of different wildlife species, most of which are native to the area. While exploring the ranch from the trail, you'll encounter white-tailed deer, bears, cougars, prairie dogs, and even buffalo. Children can get up close to many animals at the children's petting zoo and get involved with some of the ranch's special events. The ranch is also home to the famous groundhog, Beau, who takes part in the annual Groundhog Day tradition of predicting the spring weather forecast depending on if he sees his shadow or not. This is a great way to get out of the city and see some of Georgia's indigenous wildlife in a safe and educational way. More »

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta This historic zoo is located very close to downtown Atlanta in the beautiful Grant Park. Founded in 1889, this zoo is one of the oldest in the country and continues to have an impressive collection of animals from around the world on display for visitors daily. Here, you can visit over 200 species of animals that call Zoo Atlanta home, including clouded leopards, gorillas, African lions, red pandas, and more. The zoo features a variety of rides and attractions including a challenging rock climbing wall, the Nabisco Endangered Species Carousel, and the Georgia Natural Gas Blue Flame Express Train. Kids can bounce around in the KIDZone playground and the Wild Like Me indoor play space for kids. Beyond housing the animals for display purposes, the zoo is also an established conservation and research facility, working on different conservation and research programs across the world. The zoo sponsors family programs such as safari day camps and special events and programs tailored for kids. This is a great way to spend the day and learn about some of the world's most magnificent creatures. More »