5 Must-See Destinations in Atlanta Jun 9, 2017 by Nicole (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Atlanta is a cultural hub with an array of great attractions. From the world's largest aquarium to a wide variety of parks and museums, Atlanta is a destination where you'll never run out of things to see. Check out our top five to jumpstart your trip to Atlanta, Georgia.
1. Piedmont Park
Located northeast of downtown Atlanta, the Piedmont Park is the largest and oldest park in the region. It's an 189-acre urban park which serves as a recreational and cultural space for the whole city. The park has served as the center for football and baseball and hosted Atlanta’s first professional baseball team and games in the Auburn vs. Georgia football rivalry. Today, it's a beautiful green space with picnic areas, tennis courts, playgrounds, and much more. The park is also a popular wedding destination, and it hosts all kinds of events including festivals, concerts, and fitness camps.
2. Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is located in downtown Atlanta, close to Centennial Olympic Park, and aims to educate visitors about the amazing biodiversity of the Earth’s oceans. As the world's largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium is home to over 500 species from all around the world. Here, you will get to see whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, beluga whales, and sea otters. The aquarium is spread across six large galleries, with over seventy habitats which range from freshwater rivers to coral reefs, deep sea tanks, and penguin colonies. Visitors can even snorkel or dive in the tank with the incredible sharks, but participants need a scuba diving certification. For those who don't want to get wet, the aquarium has an acrylic tunnel where visitors can walk through and get to see all kinds of fish and other sea life.
3. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
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Established in 1980, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site pays tribute to the renowned civil rights leader. This site is home to various important buildings which played a role in Dr. King's life. Visitors can get to enjoy a guided tour through the park and get to know more about one of the most important leaders in American history whose cause is still important today. Here, you can also listen to recordings of Doctor King's speeches and sermons, which usually play inside the church.
4. Explore the World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coke offers visitors a unique, interesting and fun version of the soft drink giant’s history through exhibits of art, memorabilia, and film. Visitors can also get the exciting behind the scenes view of the Coke bottling process; you can wander through bottle works and enjoy watching the line at work. In addition to that, you can visit the vault where the secret Coca-Cola formula is kept and enjoy amazing 4D theater shows about the Coke brand.
5. Visit the Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta is a must visit for anyone traveling to Atlanta, Georgia. Occupying about 40 acres in Grant Park, the Zoo Atlanta's lush habitats showcase over 1,500 animals from all around the globe. It's one of only four zoos in the country to have the giant panda. It also has the largest zoological collection of orangutans and gorillas in the country.