Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List (101 Things to Do in Atlanta GA)

Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List (101 Things to Do in Atlanta GA)

The vision for Local Adventurer first came when we moved away from Atlanta in 2013. Jacob was born and raised there, and I had lived there since high school. It’s a place we both call home, but we realized while living there we had both gotten so comfortable that we had only explored a small fraction of what the city had to offer. The month before we left, we decided to play tourist in our own hometown and see as many of the spots we had taken for granted.

We created an ultimate bucket list for LA, VegasSan DiegoPortland, and NYC, but we’re finally getting our act together to write one out for Atlanta. I have a running list in my head, but it’s always nice to get it down on paper (or in this case on the interwebs :P). Plus, if you’re headed to Atlanta, I hope you find this helpful during your trip! You can click on the links to find full posts.

Atlanta Bucket List Things to Do

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Last Updated: May 9, 2019 // Originally Published: Feb 15, 2016

THE ULTIMATE ATLANTA BUCKET LIST (101 Things to Do in Atlanta)

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Tourist Attractions

  1. Atlanta Beltline
  2.  Atlanta Botanical Garden
  3. Callaway Gardens (butterfly center)
  4. Centennial Olympic Park
  5.  CNN Center Studio Tour
  6.  Georgia Aquarium – Dive or Snorkel with Whale Sharks
  7. Georgian Terrace Hotel – grab a drink or stay the night
  8. Krog Street Tunnel
  9. Center for Puppetry Arts – learn to make a puppet here!
  10. Legoland Discovery Center
  11. Peachtree DeKalb Airport (great for kids to play and watch airplanes)
  12. Porsche Experience Center
  13. Skyview Atlanta – go down the slide
  14. Atlanta Movie Tours – Take the Walking Dead Tour (or make your own tour here) or Stranger Things Tour
  15. Jackson Street Bridge
  16.  World of Coca-Cola
  17.  Zoo Atlanta
  18. Six Flags Over Georgia
  19. Be an Extra in a Movie Being Shot in Atlanta
The Coke Museum (101 Things to Do in Atlanta // Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List) // localadventurer.com

MUSEUMS + MEMORIALS + MONUMENTS

  1. AT&T Telephone Museum, Midtown
  2. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple
  3. Bodies the Exhibition
  4.  National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  5. College Football Hall of Fame
  6. Children’s Museum of Atlanta
  7. Delta Flight Museum
  8. Ebenezer Baptist Church – MLK’s church (National Park Unit)
  9.  Fernbank Museum (Martinis & IMAX or salsa / swing nights)
  10. High Museum of Art
  11. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Library, and Museum (National Park Unit)
  12. The King Center (National Park Unit)
  13. APEX Museum
  14. Margaret Mitchell House
  15. MLK’s Home (National Park Unit)
  16. Museum of Design Atlanta, Buckhead
  17. Michael C. Carlos Museum (Mummy Exhibit)
  18. Historic Oakland Cemetery
  19. Swan House + Atlanta History Center
  20. Trap House Museum and Escape Room
  21. CDC Museum
  22.  Georgia State Capitol
  23. The Wren’s Nest
Fernbank Museum (Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List) // localadventurer.com

Outdoors + Urban Parks

  1. Stone Summit – It’s considered one of the best climbing gyms in the US by Climbing Magazine, and their newest bouldering location just opened up in Midtown Nov 2017!
  2. Arabia Mountain Hike
  3. Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
  4. Chattahoochee Nature Center (butterfly garden)
  5. Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park – first public skate park in Atlanta
  6. Gibbs Gardens
  7. Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
  8. Lake Lanier – all your water sports
  9. Lullwater Park
  10. Piedmont Park
  11. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (National Park Unit)
  12. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area – Shooting the Hooch is a popular summertime activity (National Park Unit)
  13. Stone Mountain – hike to the top or take the skyride
  14.  Sweetwater Creek State Park – kayak through the set of Mockingjay
  15. Westside Reservoir Park / Quarry

Spectate: Shows + Events

  1. Alliance Theatre or True Colors Theatre (see a show before it goes to Broadway)
  2. Center Stage Theatre – We saw
  3. Suntrust Park – Atlanta Braves Game
  4. State Farm Arena – Atlanta Hawks Game
  5. Mercedes Benz Stadium – Atlanta Falcons Game or Atlanta United Game
  6. Chastain Park Amphitheater
  7. Dad’s Garage
  8. Fox Theater – Watch a show. We saw wicked here for the first time.
  9. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  10. Inman Park Festival
  11. Starlight Six Drive-in Theater
  12. The Tabernacle (to see up and coming music talent. We saw Muse here)
  13. Watch Up-and-coming Talent at Eddie’s Attic (John Mayer was discovered here)
  14. Northside Tavern (blues)

Shopping or Food Experiences

  1. Dekalb Farmer’s Market
  2. Krog Street Market
  3. Ponce City Market
  4. The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
  5. Atlantic Station
  6.  Bacchanalia (the quintessential special occasion dinner spot)
  7.  Brickstore Pub (Decatur Square, great beer selection and pub food)
  8.  Chick-fil-A Dwarf House (original one)
  9. Der Biergarten
  10. Heirloom BBQ
  11. Holeman & Finch Public House (the best burgers in Atlanta)
  12. King of Pops
  13. Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee
  14. Mary Mac’s Tea Room
  15. Miller Union – won the James Beard award for Best Chef SE 2017.
  16. Old 4th Distillery
  17. Ormsby’s
  18. The Rooftop at Hotel Clermont
  19. Staplehouse, Old Fourth Ward – Bon Appetit’s best new restaurant in 2016
  20. Sundial – super touristy, but the views are nice. You can skip dinner and opt for drinks
  21. Sweet Auburn Curb Market
  22. Brewery Tour or Tasting at Atlanta Brewing Co, Monday Night Brewing, Scofflaw Brewing, Sweetwater Brewery
  23. Urban Tree Cidery
  24.  Varsity (not the best fast food but very iconic)
  25.  Waffle House
King of Pops + Our Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List
King of Pops + 101 Things to Do in Atlanta

Day Trips

  1. Dahlonega (65 mi / 1 hr 30 min away)
  2. Amicalola Falls State Park (71 mi / 1 hr 30 min away)
  3. Callaway Gardens (80 mi / 1 hr 20 min away)
  4. Taccoa Falls (93 mi / 1 hr 40 min away)
  5. Tallulah Falls Hike (96 mi away)

Seasonal or Special Events

  • Traveling Cirque Show in Atlanta
  • Atlanta Film Festival (early April)
  • Atlanta Dogwood Festival (mid April)
  • Sweetwater 420 Fest (late April)
  • Inman Park Festival (late April)
  • Decatur Arts Festival (late May)
  • Atlanta Jazz Festival (late May)
  • Indie Craft Experience (early June)
  • Atlanta Food & Wine (late May – early June)
  • Atlanta Summer Beer Fest (mid June)
  • Atlanta Ice Cream Festival (late July)
  • Dragon Con (late Aug – early Sep)
  • Music Midtown (mid Sep)
  • One Musicfest (early Sep)
  • Taste of Atlanta (Oct)

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Essential Tips for First Time Visitors to Atlanta

  • How to Save on Atlanta Attractions – If you’re planning on going to a few of Atlanta’s popular attractions, don’t forget to pick up a CityPASS. We did it before we moved and saved a lot of money.
  • Best Way to Get Around -Atlanta is a sprawling city, and public transportation is not convenient, so a car is a must. If you’re looking for a Rental Car, check here.

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Love this list and love Atlanta (born and raised, although sadly I don’t live there anymore). My two adds would be:

    1) Atlanta Falcons game! You have Hawks and Braves, but the Falcons have that beautiful new stadium and are amazing to watch.
    2) Little Bangkok – best Thai restaurant and in my personal top 5 of all time favorite restaurants. Honestly, Cheshire Bridge Rd. has some pretty amazing restaurants in general.

    Glad to see such great experiences and places on the list! Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks, Alex! We’ll be updating this list soon, especially with Atlanta growing at such a rapid rate!

  2. Great stuff, I’m gonna knock some of these out in 2018!

    1. Thanks, Kimyung! Hope 2018 is a great year for you! :)

  3. Wonderful blog… Can’t think of a better way to explore Atlanta…

  4. Forgot TopGolf! That’s awesome

    1. Will check it out next time we’re back! I’m not much of a golfer but I’m sure Jacob will enjoy it. And I’ll be fine as long as there are food and drinks :P haha

  5. I love how you two seem to be willing to try everything, it inspires me to try the places that I’ve always brushed off in my city as “Eh, not interested.”

    I’m also glad to see you including battlefields into your travels, the history there is truly amazing.

  6. It’s a huge list of places to explore!! Should spend more than 2 days in Atlanta i think

    1. Haha yep! And so much in Atlanta is spread out so it takes time getting from place to place.

  7. We lived in Atlanta for a couple of years. One of my all-time favorite US cities! Loved the Farmers’ Market and Callaway Gardens!!!

    1. It’s a great place to live :) Which farmers’ market did you frequent?

  8. Wow!! Such a great travel blog!

    My name is also Esther and my travel blog is in German :) There is so much I can learn from you!

    When I was in Highschool I lived in Atlanta for a couple of months to practice my English – it’s asome to see how much stuff there is left to see and do! I wish you all the best!

    Greetings from Cologne, Germany
    Esther

    1. Thank you, Esther. And how funny! I actually lived in Germany for a few months as well (near Dresden). I didn’t get much better at speaking German though. haha

  9. What a great list. I live in Atlanta in a great home and have a good job, but recently I realized that I haven’t really experienced Atlanta at all. so I am grateful for my home I found online and now I am using the trusty Internet to find things to do here and this is exactly what I wanted. thanks so much.

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