+ Swim with Sharks at the Georgia Aquarium
Only one place can boast as the world's largest aquarium and have a months-long waiting list for one of its exhibits- and that's the Georgia Aquarium. Safe to say it's one of Atlanta’s most popular destinations, pulling in millions of sightseers from around the world, and drawing even the likes of celebrities to its 550,000 square feet facility. It boasts a whopping eight million gallons of aquatic life, including over 100,000 exotic mammals from 500 different species.
Local visitors and tourists alike are overcome with wonder and excitement when exploring the scenic paths of more than 60 exhibits – with the main attraction being the Ocean Voyager. The Ocean Voyager exhibit houses thousands of fish including whale sharks, zebra sharks, sawfish, bowmouth guitarfish and humphead wrasses. Offering a swim and dive program, novice guests can take a dip with these gentle giants as their voyage with the largest fish in the world comes complete with mask, fins, booties and wet suit to round out your scuba gear. Skilled water enthusiasts can take an even bigger plunge as certified divers can journey underwater. If being hands-on isn’t your thing, watch all the action through a picturesque window.
Such an adventure is bound to work up an appetite for Café Aquaria – the resident eatery – which serves up traditional classics like burgers and fries, pizza and ice cream, or onsite catering from Wolfgang Puck, where you can gaze into an eye-popping backdrop of fish. It also hosts special events from weddings to Mother's Day brunches. What other restaurant allows you to swim or just eat Wolfgang Puck in the company of sharks?
+ Gems of Africa
+ Kai Lin Art Gallery
+ Georgia Dome
Atlanta's Georgia Dome is a familiar name to sports fans. Not only is the Georgia Dome the home stadium for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons football team, the Georgia Dome has hosted some of the sporting world's most exciting athletic events since opening in 1992.
The roster of Georgia Dome sporting events features the 1996 Olympic Games (basketball and gymnastics), the Super Bowl (1994 and 2000), professional wrestling and bull riding and the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four basketball Tournament, which was here in 2007 as well. Annual events held at the Atlanta Georgia Dome include the SEC Football Championship, the Atlanta Football Classic, Honda's Battle of the Bands and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
In addition to being a world-class sports arena, the Georgia Dome has been the setting for concerts by such artists as the Rolling Stones and the Backstreet Boys. Atlanta's Georgia Dome has also hosted religious gatherings with Billy Graham and T.D. Jakes.
The Georgia Dome's illustrious résumé is matched only by its vital statistics. Atlanta's Georgia Dome covers 8.9 acres, stands as tall as a 27-story building and is the world's largest cable-supported domed stadium. Its athletic field measures 102,000 square feet. Seating at the Georgia Dome totals 71,250 permanent seats, with 203 executive suites, 4,600 club suites and a penthouse suite.Visit gadome.com for schedules and information.
+ Georgia World Congress Center
Welcome to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority -- which includes the 3.9 million square foot convention center, the 71,250-seat Georgia Dome and 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park -- ranks among the top five largest convention destinations in the country as well as one of the best sports and entertainment campuses in the world.
The State of Georgia established the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to develop and operate the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, and related facilities.
These facilities exist for the primary purpose of promoting and facilitating events and activities that generate economic benefits to the citizens of the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta as well as enhance the quality of life for every Georgian.
+ Philips Arena
Philips Arena opened in downtown Atlanta in 1999 and is considered one of the best dual-sport, multi-purpose facilities in the world where sports fans and music-lovers alike can enjoy major-league entertainment.
Home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, Philips Arena brings the excitement of major league basketball to Atlanta, and hosts close to 2 million fans and 200 events annually. Philips Arena was ranked the #1 concert and events venue in the United States by Pollstar magazine in July 2009, and is consistently ranked among the world's top arenas based on attendance.
Philips Arena hosts some of the top musical acts and performers in the world today. Entertainers who have appeared at Atlanta's Philips Arena include Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Aerosmith, Kenny Chesney, Josh Groban, Elton John and the Rolling Stones. Atlanta, GA's Philips Arena also showcases the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney On Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus every year.Visit philipsarena.com for more information.
+ Centennial Olympic Park: Year Round Fun for Everyone
+ CNN Center
Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for an exciting glimpse of news and broadcasting in action! The Inside CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of the Global Headquarters of CNN in Atlanta.Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for an exciting glimpse of news and broadcasting in action! The Inside CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of the Global Headquarters of CNN in Atlanta.Admission Prices Inside CNN Studio Tour Adult $15 Senior (65+): $14 Student: $14 (13 - 18, or with valid college ID) Child: $12 (ages 4 - 12) Group $13 (per person with 20+ people) Youth Group $9 (per person, ages 4 - 12, 20+ people) Military Free with Active Duty ID Tour operators call 404.827.2300 for pricing information. Buy your tickets online through MuseumTix Specialty Tours Inside CNN VIP Tour $35 Purchase Tickets Morning Express Tour $49 Purchase Tickets Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended and can be made Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by calling 404.827.2300 or toll free at 1.877.4CNNTOUR. Buy Tickets Tour pricing and availability subject to change without notice.
+ The Margaret Mitchell House is Home to Everything Gone with the Wind
+ High Museum
+ Spice Up Date Night at Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX
A trip to the museum has always seemed to be a silent, introspective experience a.k.a. not a hangout spot. The Fernbank Museum has found a way to spice it up with the Martinis and IMAX Friday night movie series where guests sip on delicious cocktails, dance to live music and nibble on delectable bits all beneath the remnants of the dinosaur dynasty.
Martinis and IMAX, presented by Turner, features films such as The Greatest Places, Wild Ocean and Van Gogh's Brush with the Ocean. This is not your average dinner and a movie; the screen is the world's largest film format at 5 stories high and 75 feet wide. Why not opt a cocktail for a soda? Cocktail favorites include the Frost Bite Martini, Kentucky Cider and the IMAX original. And boring popcorn is replaced by restaurant worthy menu selections including specialty pizzas, assorted appetizers and desserts.Click here for more information.
+ Alan Avery Art Gallery is For the Art Lover
As one of the oldest and largest art galleries in the Southeast, the Alan Avery Art Company has some of the best artwork for collectors and art enthusiasts alike. From sculptures to paintings to photographs, this art gallery is eye candy for the contemporary art lover.
What sets Alan Avery Art Company apart from others, besides its heritage, is the owner Alan Avery's experience. As a trained artist, he has an eye for technique that makes his collection, filled with upcoming regional artists to international celebrities, above and beyond the rest.Visit alanaveryartcompany.com for more information.
+ Apache Cafe: Safe Haven for the Outspoken
One of the most environmentally progressive homes in the country is nestled in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Buckhead neighborhood. EcoManor, set to be the first U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified residence in the Southeast, was built to inspire a change in urban design by showcasing how the latest green technologies can be incorporated into a traditionally beautiful Tudor house. Constructed by national eco-activists, Laura and Rutherford Seydel, EcoManor will serve as an educational tool for builders, architects, designers, landscapers and homeowners to promote green living, conservation and advanced residential building practices.
+ Recreation at Piedmont Park
Since the city officially purchased it in 1904, Piedmont Park has been Atlanta’s most popular park retreat. This historic stretch of green located northeast of downtown Atlanta is known for its lush treetops and scenic grounds. Paved pathways throughout the park are perfect for ambling along, and scattered benches beckon strollers. The sprawling 186 acre park encompasses the 11.5 Clara Meer Lake, where wildlife has taken up residence and also includes a dog park. This is the ultimate repose from the city’s quotidian hustle and bustle.
+ Blind Willie’s Cures the Blues
Head to Blind Willie’s for a real dose of the blues. Live music sets a riveting yet relaxed tone, and the blues memorabilia lining the walls is testament to the bar’s legendary status. Whether you’re dancing or enjoying the ambiance from a corner table with a beer, you can’t help but feel the soul of this vibrant venue.
+ Figure It Out at the Museum of Design Atlanta
Acquaint yourself with the way things work at this museum that showcases and celebrates the design of our every day instruments. Check out exhibits on architectural, industrial, and product design. If you count yourself as part of the savvy set, brush up on the furniture, graphics, and fashion design expositions.
+ Experience History at Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
Embrace American history at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Center. Take your time looking around at original documents from the Carter administration and photographs of the 39th president throughout the years. Brush up on his foreign and domestic policies, his views on environmental and social issues, and his daily life in the White House. You’ll be a Carter connoisseur by the end of the day!Visit jimmycarterlibrary.gov for more information.
+ Atlanta Braves Museum
Root for the home team at this museum in honor of the Atlanta Braves. Brush up on your team facts and become an expert fan!
+ Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is where to go to experience contemporary culture. You’ll find painting, sculpture, music and performances by local, national and international artists. Check their schedule—they’re famous for their artist talks and innovative presentations involving audience participation.The Center is currently closed for renovation, but will be re-opening on October 19, 2013. Visit the website at thecontemporary.org for more information about events during the summer, and the grand re-opening!