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Attractions in Atlanta Worth Visiting | Playing Tourist at Home

We’ve been throwing around the date January. Seems like it’s farther away, but January is coming at us at a much faster pace. We’re still on the fence about it, but it’s likely that we’ll be moving to out Los Angeles for a year. The more I think about it, Atlanta is actually a lovely place, and I will miss it. There’s a lot of good people here.


I love these following two quotes on travel:

  • People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – D. Runes
  • “Discovery consists not of seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes” – M. Proust

It’s interesting to watch visitors come to Atlanta and see everything with awe and wonder – these same things that I see as everyday and mundane.  I don’t want to take this place for granted. I want to see with new eyes with that same awe and wonder and be grateful.

I wrote out a list.  1 Because I love lists. 2 Because I’m hoping it will help me fulfill all the things I kept putting off and revisit all the things I will miss. I also added in some worthwhile tourist attractions.  After all, it could be fun to be a tourist for a day.  If you’re visiting Atlanta, hope you enjoy this list too!  We’ll be linking the following listed places to full blog posts with pictures.  Keep in mind, we haven’t visited all the “Only in the South” options and wrote up the list based on yelp and friends’ recommendations, so they will be modified as we go.

Things to See in Atlanta:

  1. Georgia Aquarium ✓
  2. Coke Museum ✓
  3. Zoo Atlanta ✓
  4. High Museum ✓
  5. Atlanta Botanical Gardens ✓
  6. Atlanta History Center
  7. Swan House
  8. Martinis & IMAX at Fernbank Museum of Natural History (there’s a swing or salsa night too) ✓
  9. Krog Street Tunnel ✓
  10. Visit the MLK Home

Things to Do in Atlanta:

  1. Hike up Stone Mountain ✓
  2. Shoot the Hooch (tubing down the Chattahoochee River) ✓
  3. Bike, run, or walk the Atlanta Beltline ✓
  4. Shop and Eat at Ponce City Market ✓
  5. Watch a Show at Alliance Theater
  6. Watch a Show at Fox Theater ✓
  7. Hang out or roller skate at Piedmont Park ✓
  8. Krog Street Market
  9. First Thursdays Artwalk
  10. Watch a Braves Game or Hawks Game ✓

Things to Eat in Atlanta:

  1. Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House ✓
  2. Waffle House ✓
  3. Mary Mac’s Tea Room
  4. Holeman & Finch ✓
  5. JCT Kitchen ✓
  6. South City Kitchen ✓
  7. Busy Bee Cafe
  8. Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles
  9. OK Cafe ✓
  10. Ann’s Snack Bar

Places We Like to Frequent

Need to go at least one more time and get our last fix.

  1. Brickstore Pub ✓
  2. Terrapin Brewery Tour / Sweetwater Brewery Tour ✓
  3. Antico Pizza ✓
  4. King of Pops ✓
  5. Bacchanalia (the quintessential romantic dinner / special occasions spot) ✓
  6. Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House ✓
  7. Dan Moo Ji ✓

Not our cup of tea, but other people like it!:

  1. The Varsity
  2. CNN Center Studio Tour
  3. Flying Biscuit Cafe

If you’re planning on going to a few Atlanta attractions, pick up a CityPASS to save you money.

Anything else I’m missing?  If you’re looking for more things to do, don’t forget to check out our ultimate Atlanta bucket list25 free things to do in Atlanta, and best instaspots in Atlanta.

“Discovery consists not of seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes” – M. Proust

Atlanta, you’re not so bad… Do you have any other places you would add to this list? What’s your top 5 go-to places?

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Erika

    I think this list is a great idea, Esther and it reminds me of a list I’m getting ready to revive on my own blog, which was very Michigan-centric.

    Were you able to do all of these items? :)

    1. esther julee

      Almost! There are 3 items on the food list and we didn’t get to do the brewery tour, but everything else we’ve done. :) I just never got around to blogging about them all. How long have you been and do you have left in Michigan?

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