The "New Capital of the South," Atlanta is vibrant destination with cultural energy and Southern charm. Explore exciting attractions, including the Atlanta Cyclorama, CNN Studio Tours, Stone Mountain Park, Centennial Olympic Park, Six Flags Over Georgia, World of Coca Cola, Zoo Atlanta, and the Georgia World Congress Center. Discover awesome water and amusement parks, spectacular golf courses, fascinating museums and auto racing. See a concert or Falcons game at the Georgia Dome or meet the pandas at Zoo Atlanta. From exciting arts and entertainment to sports, dining and theater, Atlanta is full of surprises.
Atlanta is a city of diversity, from fascinating museums, theaters and historic landmarks to verdant parks and colorful neighborhoods. Explore Buckhead, popular for it arts, shopping and entertainment, Underground Atlanta, a lively downtown marketplace and nightlife scene, and Virginia Highlands, a tree-lined district with restaurants, cafes, music clubs, coffee houses, art galleries and trendy shops.
Host of the 1996 Olympics, Atlanta is known for its action-packed sports and recreation. Sports fans can cheer for the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Atlanta Silverbacks and the Georgia Force. Enjoy pro racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, tee off at championship golf courses, and explore beautiful nature trails, including the Atlanta Path from Downtown to Stone Mountain.
Atlanta Arts & Culture
Atlanta offers exciting arts and culture with world-class museums, theater, and entertainment. Enjoy a performance of the Atlanta Ballet, the oldest operating ballet company in the nation, concerts and Broadway musicals at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, and the Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. See an impressionist painting or contemporary sculpture at the High Museum of Art and discover natural history and science at the Fernbank Museum.
Atlanta Historic Landmarks
Set against the tall skyscrapers that animate the skyline, Atlanta's historic buildings preserve its rich history - from the Civil War to Civil Rights. Home to prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta is the birthplace of historical events that shaped the progress of the city. Get inspired at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site or Margaret Mitchell House.
Atlanta Nightlife & Shopping
After the sun goes down, Atlanta's nightlife sizzles with a blend of international flavor and traditional southern cooking. From Continental to Caribbean, Southern to Italian, Georgia's capital is a dining mecca. After a delicious dinner, nightlife gleams with upbeat dancing, spectacular music and electrifying rhythms in Buckhead. Enjoy Atlanta's legendary shopping at 53 malls, including Lennox Mall and Phipps Plaza.
Experience the world's largest aquarium and one of most exciting attractions in Atlanta. With eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species from around the globe, you are sure to see some amazing aquatic creatures. The Georgia Aquarium promises wonder and excitement around every corner, including whale sharks, beluga whales, penguins, jellies and many wondrous wildlife attractions. You can even touch bonnethead sharks, cownose rays, anemones and sea stars. Visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.
Underground Atlanta is a magical place where old Atlanta meets new. Located in downtown, Underground Atlanta is a lively marketplace line with unique shops, eateries, nightclubs, bars and attractions. Enjoy wonderful shopping, live music, entertainment, dining, history, and a bustling nightlife scene. Experience the cool restaurants and bars in Kenny's Alley, which comes alive at night. Visit www.underground-atlanta.com.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Racing action revs up at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a motorsports venue in Hampton, Ga., 20 miles south of Atlanta. AMS is one of the country's top sports and entertainment facilities with a fast 1.54-mile quad-oval and grandstand seating for 20,000 fans. The Speedway presents everything from NASCAR, Busch Series, ARCA, Drag Racing and Indy car racing to dog shows, concerts and conventions. Atlanta summers get hotter atThursday Thunder, with Bandolero and Legends cars race around the track. See the country's fastest drivers and enjoy weekly contests and activities. The Friday Night Drags run from May to early-September. Gates open at 6 PM and heat races start at 6:15 PM. Visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Martin Luther King Center
Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America's greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace. Visitors from all over the world are drawn to the King Center to pay homage to Dr. King, view exhibits illustrating his life and teachings, and visit the King Center's Library, Archives, his final resting place, his birth home, and gift shop. Located in Atlanta's Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the King Center utilizes diverse communications media, including books, audio and video cassettes, film, television, CDs and web pages, to educate people all over the world about Dr. King's life, work, philosophy, nonviolent conflict-reconciliation and social change. The King Center is making a major contribution to preparing generations of Dr. King's followers to carry forward his work into the 21st century. Visit www.thekingcenter.org.
Centennial Olympic Park
Once a glorious gathering spot during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Centennial Park is a unique 21-acre park that serves as Atlanta's lasting legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games as well as a community gathering space for free concerts, events, fundraisers and festivals, including the Fourth of July Celebration, Wednesday Wind Down concert series, Music at Noon and Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days. These events, in addition to the normal day-to-day traffic, bring an estimated three million visitors to this urban oasis each year. Explore the park's unique features, such as the cascading Water Gardens, Centennial Plaza, Fountain of Rings, interactive fountains with lights and water synchronized to music and Gateway of Dreams, a sculpture that pays homage to the founder of the modern Olympics. Approximately 800,000 bricks were used in the construction of this beautiful metro park. Visit www.centennialpark.com
Georgia Dome/Atlanta Falcons
Home field for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, the Georgia Dome is the largest domed stadium in the world, seating 71,250 spectators. Located in downtown Atlanta, the Dome annually hosts the Atlanta Football classic, SEC Football Championship, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Dome was host to many of the largest sporting events in the world: Super Bowl XXVII in 1994, the gymnastics and basketball events for the 1996 Olympic Games and the Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. The Dome also presents major trade shows, events and blockbuster concerts by such entertainers as the Rolling Stones. Cheer on the Atlanta Falcons as they attack the gridiron this season. Visit www.gadome.com and www.atlantafalcons.com.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast. Located in the Midtown arts district, the High features 11,000 works of art in its collection, which includes 19th- and 20th-century American art, European paintings and decorative art, and works of African American art, photography, modern and contemporary art, and African art. The museum is dedicated to collecting works by Southern artists and is the only major museum in North America devoted to folk art. The Museum's Richard Meier-designed building has received many design awards, including a 1991 citation from the American Institute of Architects as one of the "ten best works of American architecture of the 1980s." Visit www.high.org.
Located in historic Grant Park, minutes from downtown Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta is one of Georgia's most loved institutions. Founded in 1889, it is one of the 10 oldest zoos in continuous operation in the United States. Zoo Atlanta inspires people and the protection of wildlife by providing an educational, engaging family experience, committing to critical conservation projects and applying world-class dedication to the stewardship of animals living in naturalistic habitats. One of only four zoos in the U.S. exhibiting giant pandas, Zoo Atlanta recently welcomed the birth of its first cub, Mei Lan. Other highlights include a preeminent great ape collection, featuring a rare set of mother-reared gorilla twins, a world-renowned herpetology department, and Wild Like Me, an innovative play space. For information, call 404.624.WILD or visit www.zooatlanta.org.
Home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, Philips Arena is one of North America's most spectacular major league sports facilities. The beautiful and exciting event venue, with its unique design elements and interactive attractions, offers a complete entertainment experience and presents a variety of entertainment, including blockbuster concerts, shows and tournaments. Visit www.philipsarena.com for tickets and information.
Georgia World Congress Center
Located in the heart of downtown, the Georgia World Congress Center has been the premier convention and meeting facility in Atlanta, Georgia. Since it opened in 1976, the GWCC has hosted a multitude of conventions, trade shows, and special events. Georgia World Congress Center encompasses 1.4 million square feet of prime exhibit space in 12 exhibit halls, 106 meeting rooms, 2 grand ballrooms, 3 fixed-seat auditoriums and 3 landscaped plazas for a variety of events and expos. Together with the 71,250-seat Georgia Dome and 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park, the three facilities comprise one of the largest convention, sports, and entertainment complexes in the world. The Georgia World Congress Center offers comprehensive event services, including courtesy shuttles, food and catering, IT and engineering services. Visit www.gwcc.com.
Atlanta Civic Center
For more than three decades, Atlanta Civic Center has hosted the world's most highly anticipated productions. Home of the Atlanta Opera since 2003, Atlanta Civic Center boasts the largest performance stage in the Southeast, hosting major productions, concerts, events and special events. The Civic Center served as the official venue for the 1996 Olympic Games' Cultural Olympiad, and their extraordinary and diverse productions have included Broadway shows and popular children's productions. Atlantic Civic Center presents the hottest musical performers and comedians, including Prince, Melissa Etheridge, The Black Crowes, and Ray Charles. The Civic Center also hosts Gospel plays and concerts, including the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. In addition to the 4,600 seat theatre, the Center features 5,800 square feet of meeting space for corporate meetings, events, and private receptions. For concerts and events, visit The Atlanta Civic Center.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History/Fernbank Science Center
Fernbank features massive dinosaurs, artifacts, science, wildlife, shells, IMAX films and extraordinary exhibits. Unique permanent exhibitions such as A Walk Through Time in Georgia, Sensing Nature and Giants of the Mesozoic combine with special exhibits and educational programs as well as unique travel adventures that lead you through an exploration of the earth's history, physical universe, the environment and human culture. See the Argentinosaurus, a massive 123-foot long plant-eater from 100 million years ago - the largest dinosaur discovered! Fernbank Science Center is a unique educational science resource center and woodland complex in the suburbs of Atlanta. Tour the 65-acre Fernbank Forest and experience the Exhibit hall's interpretations of life and physical sciences, traveling exhibits, vegetable garden and butterfly garden, rose test gardens, a 500-seat Planetarium, the Observatory with a 36-inch reflecting telescope, and electron microscope laboratories. Visit www.fernbank.edu.
American Adventures Atlanta
American Adventures is a theme park that features rides designed for families with kids under 12. Kids love rides like the Rio Grande Railroad, American Revolution Tilt-A-Whirl, Turn of the Century Scrambler, and Main Street Bumper Cars. Enjoy exciting concerts, shows and annual events, such as KidsFest, Mad Science Days, and Fall Family Festival. Have a blast at the Foam Factory, a multi-level family fun house, featuring foam balls that are catapulted from 80 launchers and turbo blasters on three-story towers. Visit www.sixflags.com/parks/adventures