Explore Magnificent Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta packs an incredible range of major attractions into its downtown district.

Granted, the sprawling, magnificent city of Atlanta deserves months of dedicated exploration, but when your time is limited, why not spend it in the city's amazing downtown area? From a state-of-the-art NFL stadium to the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, here's just a small sample of places you've got to see in downtown Atlanta. Enjoy!


SCORE

One of the best facilities in the NFL, the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium is home to the Falcons and a grand art collection; it also hosts big-name concerts and offers behind-the-scenes tours. It wouldn’t be fall in Atlanta without a line outside the College Football Hall of Fame—the helmet wall alone is worth the price of admission.


PLAY

Quench your thirst with beverages from around the world at the World of Coca-Cola. At the Georgia Aquarium, the largest in the Western hemisphere, don’t miss the whale sharks and the dolphin show. Get a panorama of the city at SkyView, which rises 20 stories above Centennial Olympic Park.


EXPLORE

At Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Summer Olympics, enjoy the Fountain of Rings water show. Go inside a working newsroom at the CNN Center—world headquarters of CNN. Learn about the civil rights struggle at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.


DINE

Find classic Southern entrees Scarlett O’Hara would have dined on at Pittypat’s Porch—Lowcountry shrimp & grits and Georgia catfish among them. Find Asian-inspired Southern specialties at Poor Calvin’s. And at The Varsity, an iconic American spot; we’ll have a chili burger, orange soda, onion rings and a peach pie.

Jennifer McKee
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Jennifer is the Managing Editor of Morris Visitor Publications, where she has worked since 2005. She grew up in small...