Top Attractions for First-Time Visitors

With so many things to see and do in Atlanta, narrowing it down can be tricky for first-timers. Here are some of the top attractions and activities to check out on your inaugural visit to the ATL:

Georgia Aquarium

Make a splash at the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, home to thousands of aquatic creatures. Watch beluga whales glide through the tanks, see playful sea lions, and get up close to vibrant tropical fish, sharks, and more. The Georgia Aquarium is a must for animal lovers of all ages.

World of Coca-Cola

Discover the history and secrets behind one of Atlanta’s most iconic homegrown brands. At the World of Coca-Cola, see antique memorabilia and vintage ads, taste Coca-Cola products from around the world, and view a high-tech 4D film. The tasting room and gift shop alone are worth the visit.

Piedmont Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Central Park.” Stroll along tree-lined paths, picnic on the Great Lawn, rent a boat and paddle across Lake Clara Meer, or simply relax under the shade of ancient oak trees. Piedmont Park is also home to fantastic festivals and cultural events throughout the year.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Walk in the footsteps of the legendary civil rights leader at this historic site. See Dr. King’s childhood home, visit Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached, and explore the visitor center exhibits honoring his legacy. Learning about Dr. King’s life and work is a moving experience.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

Discover the life and presidency of Georgia native Jimmy Carter at this fascinating presidential library. Interactive exhibits let you step back in time to Carter’s peanut farm upbringing, campaigns, time in the White House, and global humanitarian work. An exact replica of the Oval Office is also a highlight.

High Museum of Art

Admire an impressive collection of classic and contemporary art at Atlanta’s leading fine arts museum. The High boasts notable works by Monet, O’Keeffe, Warhol, and more. Special exhibitions also rotate throughout the year, covering diverse artists and genres from around the world.

Centennial Olympic Park

Built for the 1996 Summer Olympics, Centennial Olympic Park remains a popular downtown green space. Kids love splashing in the Fountain of Rings, while concert and festival stages host events year-round. See the Olympic rings monument and check out the Civil Rights and Human Rights museums on-site.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Escape into an oasis of lush greenery at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Wind along paths through rose, herb, and rock gardens. See rare orchids inside a tropical conservatory. Don’t miss the light sculptures by Dale Chihuly accenting the flora. Relax or dine al fresco-style at the Garden’s two eateries.

How to Get Around Atlanta

Atlanta is a major metropolitan area, so getting around efficiently is key. Here are some of the best transportation options for navigating Hotlanta like a pro:

Public Transportation

Atlanta’s public transit system includes buses and rail lines perfect for visitors. The MARTA trains connect the airport to downtown and popular neighborhoods like Midtown, Buckhead, and Decatur. Purchase a Breeze Card at station kiosks to pay your fare. MARTA buses reach most major attractions and are budget-friendly. Routes, schedules, and fares are available online.

Taxis and Rideshares

Taxis cruise Atlanta streets 24/7 and can be hailed curbside downtown. Major companies include Checker Cab and United Cab. Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft also operate throughout the city. Download the apps and input your destination for quick ride estimates and booking. Surge pricing applies during peak times.

Charter Buses

For large groups visiting Atlanta, chartering a private bus is both comfortable and cost-effective. Let our experienced team navigates while you relax, and get dropped off right at the entrance to attractions. Charter buses range from mini-coaches to jumbo 56-passenger buses equipped with cushy seats, TVs, WiFi, and more – perfect for keeping the whole group happy.

Ready to Get Started?

We hope this introductory guide gets you pumped to uncover everything that makes Atlanta a world-class Southern destination. The best advice is to allow plenty of time to dig into each eclectic neighborhood, try that homemade peach cobbler, and chat with the friendly locals who give this city its distinctive energy and charm. Atlanta surprises first-timers with its rich history, diverse culture, and non-stop entertainment options. By mixing urban sophistication with Southern down-home appeal, Atlanta offers visitors an experience like no other. Now it’s time for you to come see what all the fuss is about! From hip urban enclaves to verdant parks, care for a tour across this charming capital city? Call 470-233-7017 to start planning your group’s Atlanta visit today!