Atlanta is a city that is known for its rich history and influence on the future. This is a city of transformation. It’s the birthplace of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The city is also known as the Hollywood of the South but has much more in terms of culture. The beautiful city is cocooned in forest. Plus it is full of natural beauty in the urban landscape. Recent years have brought chic hotel openings, along with exquisite retail options. Plus, Atlanta’s dining scene is based on locally grown food. It continues to offer so many diverse options for foodies.
Here, you can celebrate the spirit of a global visionary and activist. You must visit the Civil Rights leader’s memorial housed at the ‘Martin Luther King Centre for Non-violent Social Change.’ Dr. King’s birth home features restored rooms and original furnishings from his childhood. You can also explore exhibits dedicated not only to Dr. King, but his wife (an accomplished opera singer) Coretta Scott King. What’s more: you will find exhibits dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi too.
The Fox Theatre was a movie theatre at the turn-of-the-century. it is now home to Broadway tour stops, top-billed bands and comedy headliners. The Fox Theatre is the place to be for catching a local or global band or play or a movie.
Christy Peterson and Shannon Mulkey are the duo responsible for the Indie Craft Experience events. They started it a decade ago. Their themed Atlanta crafting “retreats,” seasonal pop-up events and shopping markets, bring together makers, re-makers, collectors. Here is a cultural extravaganza where people can enjoy and understand art and craft, and techniques behind them. They also get to know the artisans behind those.
Flora and Fauna
Piedmont Park is Atlanta’s answer to Central Park. It is a haven for joggers, players and picnic lovers. The highlights include emerald green grounds, bustling waters and amazing wildlife. The Dogwood Festival, a spring celebration of flowers and fine art is hosted here. Besides, Memorial Day weekend’s Atlanta Jazz Festival also takes place at this park. Plus, it is marked by outdoor performances such as those by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in summer and farmers’ markets.
Spring is indeed the best season to pay a visit to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. This is a 30-acre botanical center bordering the northeast side of the city’s largest public park. You can meander across paths lined by oak, hickory and poplar. Or view treetops on the 600-foot Canopy Walk footbridge suspended 40 feet above the blooming hydrangeas, perennials and bulbs below. Otherwise, you can go zen in an authentic Japanese garden dating back to the 1960s. It features a 300-year-old lantern, gurgling waterfall and a seasonal rotation of irises, azaleas and maples. Sounds like heaven doesn’t it?
Georgia Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in the Western hemisphere. Interestingly, it doubles as a teaching hospital with over 100,000 water-loving residents. It is adjacent to Centennial Park and boasts of attractions like whale sharks, Beluga whales, dolphins and penguins.
The Atlanta BeltLine is a former railway corridor around the core of Atlanta. Did you know that it has been redesigned into a vibrant, multi-use path lined with art, native plants and attractions? It is planned to be completed around 2030 and will ultimately connect 45 neighbourhoods within the city. The best part is that even now, you can start from anywhere on the BeltLine and explore the city. You may walk between stops like Ponce City Market and Piedmont Park, or enjoy events like fitness classes, art events and more.
Spring is indeed the best season to pay a visit to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. This is a 30-acre botanical centre bordering the northeast side of the city’s largest public park. You can meander across paths lined by oak, hickory and poplar. Or view treetops on the 600-foot Canopy Walk footbridge suspended 40 feet above the blooming hydrangeas, perennials and bulbs below. Otherwise, you can go zen in an authentic Japanese garden dating back to the 1960s. It features a 300-year-old lantern, gurgling waterfall and a seasonal rotation of irises, azaleas and maples. Sounds like heaven doesn’t it?
The World of Coca Cola is a museum that chronicles the history of Coca-Cola as well as the soda industry itself. Coke was invented here in Atlanta in 1886. The city also houses the brand’s global corporate headquarters. At the World of Coca-Cola you can find replica soda fountains, the pop-culture museum, 4-D theatre displays and DIY beverage fountains dispensing flavours from around the world.
The Goat Farm Arts Center is well, “a former goat farm.” It was built in the 19th century and has to its credit performances in dance, drama and music. Therefore, it is tough to slot this dynamic art hotspot. It is a hub for many highbrow art critics, creatives and youngsters for writers’ workshops and experimental art shows.
“The Benz” or the Mercedes Benz Stadium is an architectural icon. It is home to the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer. The multi-purpose stadium hosts a variety of events and is equipped with almost everything a fan could want. It has massive screens, a retractable roof, an art collection and great food offerings.