Let’s Get Moving! Fun Activities To Do In Atlanta

Atlanta is where the magic happens. At least, that’s what the 90,000 people that moved to there and 50 million people who visited last year think. They can’t all be wrong, right? Heck no! There are many reasons why it’s one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

Like most American cities, Atlanta has its historic landmarks and points of interest. If you’re visiting, take a tour and see them if you must, but the A in Atlanta stands for action. Whether here for a few hours or a few days, spend some time at one of these interactive spots.

Play in Piedmont Park

With over 200 acres of green space, Piedmont Park has plenty of room to play. There are trails for walking and jogging, playgrounds, tennis courts, a pool, and picnic facilities. The park hosts a farmer’s market every Saturday, and thanks to its size, its a venue for a variety of top events like the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Since it’s adjacent to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, it’s convenient to stop by and stroll the 30 acres of fascinating plant life. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free except for $5.00 to swim in the pool. The sprawling park is located at 400 Park Dr. NE. There’s parking at the SAGE Parking Facility, and the MARTA train stops about a mile away.

Discover the World of Coca Cola

An Atlanta Pharmacist came up with a concoction in 1886 for the world’s first soda fountain drink worthy of this interesting and interactive museum. World of Coca-Cola is a two-level facility with exhibits on the bottling process, historical milestones, and the soft drink’s role in pop culture. After learning Coke’s complete history, head for the Taste It! an area where you can sample more than 100 varieties of Coke from around the world. Visit the gift shop for various Coke memorabilia. The admission price of $17 for adults ($15 for seniors and $13 for kids ages 3 to 12) includes all the coke you care to taste. It’s located at 121 Baker St NW. Park for $10 or go by streetcar, bus, or train.

Action at the Aquarium

After touring the World of Coca Cola, visit the Georgia Aquarium. One of the largest aquariums on the planet, it’s located nearby at 225 Baker St NW. It features over 100,000 species in seven different galleries. The Ocean Voyager is one of the must-see exhibits. The dolphin show is free, and you can pay to swim with the aquarium’s whale sharks. These experiences fill up quickly, but you can purchase tickets in advance online. Tickets bought on-site are $39.95 for adults ($36.95 for seniors) and admission for children ages 3 to 12 is $33.95. Park onsite for extra or take the streetcar that stops by Centennial Olympic Park. A MARTA train station is about a half-mile away.

Catch A Performance at the Fox Theatre

The Fabulous Fox is both an iconic landmark and the city’s best performance venue. The building itself is worth a tour. Its design was inspired by Spanish and Egyptian architecture. Guided tours are offered on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and you’ll learn more about Fox’s iconic architectural details at over 10 locations throughout from the orchestra pit to the ornate bathrooms. Of course, the best way to experience the Fox is by taking in a show. Plenty of great performances are always scheduled from Broadway musicals to dinner shows in the Marque Club. Ticket prices vary according to performance and can be purchased online. Building tours are $18 ($15 for seniors, $5 for children). The Fox is located at 660 Peachtree Street NE. Parking is pricey and limited. Consider taking the MARTA.

 

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