Looking for something a little different to do while gearing up for Super Bowl weekend? Atlanta has plenty of exciting (and a few off the beaten path) landmarks where you can explore the city’s rich history. Whether you’re a first-timer, a return visitor or a native, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
From museums to family fun, here’s our list of must-see locales to get a unique look at what the city has to offer.
Out & About
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta. With public art, trails and walkways, local restaurants and even guided tours, the BeltLine is a great way to experience all the city has to offer.
Historic Oakland Cemetery welcomes close to 50,000 visitors a year who stroll the lush, peaceful grounds, attend tours and special event, and come to treasure not just the cemetery, but also Atlanta’s historic past.
Towering nearly 20 stories above Centennial Park, the SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas providing guests with breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area.
An Atlanta staple for 90 years, the Varsity is the place to visit before any football game or for a quick, delicious meal. It’s more than just a dining out experience, it’s an iconic part of the city’s culture.
The Center for Puppetry Arts opened to the public in 1978, when Kermit the Frog and his creator Jim Henson cut the ceremonial ribbon. Today, this local treasure is the largest American non-profit organization solely dedicated to the art of puppet theater.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta is a nonprofit organization creating opportunities for children to learn through the power of play through hands-on exhibits, innovative programs and community outreach.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground with two rides, 10 interactive LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and much more.
Since opening its doors in 1976, Atlanta Botanical Gardens has become the emerald jewel in the crown of Atlanta culture. It’s an ever-evolving destination where the horticulturally-minded, nature-inspired and fun-seeking families come together.
Experience a world of adventure filled with dinosaurs, live animals, cultural artifacts and hands-on science explorations. Take a walk on the wild side as you explore 75 acres of new outdoor nature adventures.
Zoo Atlanta has changed dramatically since the earliest days of their Victorian origins, from the fascinating series of events that led to Atlanta’s first zoo, to the legendary Willie B., to the history of their giant panda program.
Arts & Heritage
Founded in 1919, the Carlos Museum has grown to become one of the Southeast’s premier art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.
The oldest house museum in Atlanta, The Wren’s Nest is a cultural center that celebrates the timeless legacy of the Brer Rabbit tales and promotes the art of storytelling in all of its contemporary forms.
With its renowned collection of classical and contemporary art and award-winning architecture, the High Museum has grown from its origins to become the leading art museum in the Southeast.
Enter the icon blue doors of Atlanta’s Swan House and discover a world of culture, commerce, quality, and comfort. Pause for enamoring mansion views from the Swan House Lawn, stop by to see the classic cars – both luxurious and industrial, then meet the builders, the Inman family and travel back in time.
The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a community arts conservatory in the heart of Atlanta. They host a variety of performances and events, along with classes and workshops for all ages.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s struggle for Global Human Rights.
Operated by the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House is a designated city landmark and a popular tourist destination where you can enjoy a guided tour of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone with the Wind.”
Located in the historic Sweet Auburn district, the African-American Panoramic Experience (APEX) Museum’s mission is to accurately interpret and present history from an African-American perspective in order to help all American and International visitors better understand and appreciate the contributions of African-Americans to America as well as the world.