Atlanta General Attractions
Atlanta General Attractions run the gamut from natural to man-made, from historic to modern. The most popular are Underground Atlanta, CNN Tour, Piedmont Park, Jimmy Carter Library & Museum and Buckhead. Lesser visited, but nonetheless interesting are Wren’s Nest, Atlanta Botanical Garden and Chattahoochee Nature Center. But don’t stop there.
DESCRIPTION: A uniquely Atlanta shopping, dining and nightlife complex that should be on your list of Top 5 places to visit in the city. It is located at the city’s historic railroad depot and surrounded by original downtown storefronts with ornate marble, granite archways, and decorative brickwork. Though it first opened as a retail and entertainment center in 1969, financial problems forced it to close by 1980. It cost $142 million to revitalize and reopen in 1989 as Underground Atlanta.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon–Sat 10a-9p, Sun 11a-7p
ADDRESS: 50 Upper Alabama Street, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: garages on Pryor and Peachtree Streets
TRANSIT: Five Points MARTA Station
CNN Studio Tour
DESCRIPTION: Immerse yourself on a guided tour of the Control Room Theater and see the history of Ted Turner’s Cable New Network, their coverage of major historic events and state of the art studios broadcasting to 1 billion people worldwide. Tours depart daily every 10 minutes between 9a-5p. Reservations are highly recommended due to sell-outs. Stop in the Turner Store for gifts afterwards. Convenient, covered parking is available in the Centennial Parking Deck on the corner of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street.
ADMISSION: Adults $12, Age 65+ $11, Ages 4-18 $9, Age 3 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: 9a-5p
ADDRESS: Andrew Young International Blvd at Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: Omni MARTA Station
PHONE: 404-827-2300 and 877-426-6868
Hard Rock Café
DESCRIPTION: Check of a sample of the guitars, drums, harmonicas, microphones, shirts, pants, scarves, shoes, and assorted rock memorabilia that exist in the Hard Rock Cafes around the world. Get a burger and your own memorabilia in the gift shop.
DAYS & HOURS: Sun-Thu 11a-11p, Fri-Sat 11a-12p
ADDRESS: 215 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: garages nearby
TRANSIT: Peachtree MARTA Station
Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
DESCRIPTION: One of eleven presidential libraries, it holds the archives of one of the world’s great peace-keepers – Jimmy Carter. The center includes archival materials from the President Carter Administration from 1977-1981.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9a-4:45p, Sun Noon-4:45p
ADDRESS: 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: free on premises
Atlanta History Center
DESCRIPTION: The real story of Atlanta’s people and places lives at the Atlanta History Center where we keep the story anything but old. The center features a diverse series traveling exhibitions including the Nothin’ But The Blues” and “I Have a Dream” Morehouse College/Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. Permanent exhibitions include: 1996 Centennnial Olympic Games; Frontiers: Atlanta, 1835-2000; Turning Point: The American Civil War.
ADMISSION: $12 adults, $10 Age 65+ & Students Age 13+, $7 Ages 4–12, Age and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5:30p, Sun 12 noon-5:30p
ADDRESS: 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: free on premises
TRANSIT: Buckhead Marta Station
Wren’s Nest Museum
DESCRIPTION: This Victorian residence was the home of Joel Chandler Harris. Although it is easy for one to feel ambivalent about Harris’ Br’er Rabbit storytelling, he is notable for recording the wit and wisdom of black characters from the days of slavery. The museum features lots of memorabilia from the 1800s.
ADMISSION: Children $5, Seniors & Students $7, Adults $8
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-2:30p
ADDRESS: 1050 Ralph Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on street
DESCRIPTION: This district of Atlanta is considered the dining and entertainment jewel of the city, surrounded by estates, elegant hotels and shopping centers, such as the upscale Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. Numerous celebrity chefs have restaurants in the shopping and dining Mecca of the Southeast.
ADMISSION: various nightclubs have a cover charge
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: Peachtree, Paces Ferry Road & State Route 400, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: various parking lots
TRANSIT: Buckhead MARTA Station
DESCRIPTION: The oldest park in the Atlanta Metro Area attracts more than 2 million people each year. Booker T. Washington delivered his famous “Cast down your buckets where you are” remarks at the park on 18 September 1895. Today, it is simply a great place to people-watch or picnic.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 6a-11p; Tue-Sun 9a-6p
ADDRESS: 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA MAP
TRANSIT: Midtown MARTA Station
Atlanta Botanical Garden
DESCRIPTION: This award-winning garden and halls make it easy to lose track of time when visiting. Concerts in the Garden heighten relaxing days here, but you must check out the Cocoa plants and butterfly garden; Open Tue-Sun, April-October 9a-7p and November-March 9a-5p.
DAYS & HOURS: extended hours until 9p every Thursday, May-October
ADMISSION: $2 off every Tuesday
ADDRESS: 1345 Piedmont Ave, NE MAP
DESCRIPTION: With hundreds of acres, this is a great family park for picnics. It does double duty for soulful concerts in the warm months. The park is a favorite for Atlantans from sunrise to sunset.
ADDRESS: North Buckhead, Atlanta, GA MAP
Chattahoochee Nature Center
DESCRIPTION: Features forest trails, wetland boardwalk, live animal exhibits, native plant gardens and educational exhibits.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9a-5p, Sun 12p-5p
ADDRESS: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA MAP