What are Some Tourist Attractions in Atlanta, Georgia?

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Atlanta, Georgia is home to quite a few tourist attractions. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Atlanta is the Centennial Olympic Park. This park is named to honor the 1996 Olympics that were hosted by the city. Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, the park provides a place for tourists to spend some relaxing time outdoors, complete with fountains in which kids can play. However, the park is not always quiet, as it plays host to many concerts and events, becoming a hotbed of activity.

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta plays host to many outdoor concerts.
Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta plays host to many outdoor concerts.

For those interested in observing undersea life, Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium offers much of interest. In fact, the Georgia Aquarium frequently makes lists of the top tourist attractions in Atlanta, boasting beluga whales, whale sharks, countless undersea animals, and a gallery featuring tropical coral reefs. To add further to its appeal, the Georgia Aquarium is housed within a building shaped like a ship. It hosts more than 50,000 different water animals. The Georgia Aquarium enjoys a central location in Downtown Atlanta.

Sports fans might enjoy visiting the college football hall of fame.
Sports fans might enjoy visiting the college football hall of fame.

Sports lovers will find appealing tourist attractions in Atlanta as well. Turner Field, for example, is a top stop for sports fans visiting the city. This state-of-the-art facility opened in 1997 and is the well known as the Home of the Braves. Baseball fans visiting Turner Field can enjoy such things as guided tours of the press box, Scouts Alley, Coca-Cola Sky Field, the dugout, and the broadcast booth. Fans can also take in the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame.

The Margaret Mitchell House is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Atlanta, especially for those with literary leanings. This house was the home of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind. In the house, visitors will find an extensive collection of the author's memorabilia. However, the Margaret Mitchell House offers more than a chance to remember the author's career. It also houses a literary center for Southern writers, offering readings and writing courses.

Visitors looking for educational tourist attractions in Atlanta can spend some time at The King Center. The King Center offers a host of interactive exhibits designed to bring to life Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dreams of a united community. Founded in 1968 by Dr. King's wife, Coretta Scott King, The King Center is a memorial to Dr. King.

From its location in the Martin Luther King Jr. national historic site, The King Center seeks reaches out to people throughout the world using a variety of media, including books, CDs and web pages. In addition to exhibits designed to illustrate Dr. King's life and dream, The King Center offers numerous programs and resources aimed at promoting peace, justice, and the achievement of equality.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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I agree with @mobilian33. Traffic can be a hassle when you are trying to get around and see the tourist attractions in Atlanta. I have a friend who works there and he leaves his house at five in the morning to beat the morning rush.

However, the city does have good public transportation, so getting around doesn't have to be a major pain. You can sit back and let someone else do the driving.


From what I have been told and what I have read, you should plan on spending a good bit of time in traffic if you are driving in Atlanta. The traffic is terrible. That's true about many large cities, but Atlanta is worse because enough roads haven't been built to keep up with the all the locals and commuters you get on the highways during rush hours. Weekends aren't supposed to be nearly as bad unless there are several big events going on.


It's not mentioned in the article, but Six Flags Over Georgia is a great place to visit when you are in Georgia. Actually, the amusement park is not in Atlanta, but it is really close. That might be why it wasn't talked about in this article.

Anyway, for people who like amusements parks this is a great place. The park has some of the best roller coasters I have seen at any amusement park. They have the really fast ones. There are also several water rides. This is good because the park was very hot the couple times I went there.

I haven't been in October, but the park has special events for Halloween. This is something the kids would enjoy. There are other kids' attractions, too.

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