If you’re spending a weekend in Atlanta with your friends or family, you’ll likely be trying to find fun and unique ways to entertain. Lucky for you, this city is filled to the brim with activities and attractions on even the slowest weekend. Here are a few ideas to pick from for your Friday to Sunday stretch that will keep all your out-of-town guests talking about their trip for years to come. Knowing what to do in Atlanta hasn’t been easier!
When looking for adventure and excitement, look no further than Six Flags Over Georgia. The theme park has eleven roller coasters to keep you and your friends screaming and laughing, or if your visit is in the summer heat, you can take a trip to the Hurricane Harbor water park to cool off. Both sides of the park will take your breath away with fast rides and tall drops from attractions like Acrophobia, a free-fall tower or Batman: the Ride, that takes you zooming through the streets of Gotham.
If you’re lucky enough to have guests in town during football season, there’s no better place to go than the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are the home team of the MVP of 2017 quarterback, Matt Ryan, and the team never fails to compete in some of the best, most entertaining games in the league. Not only is seeing an NFL Football game an unforgettable experience but the stadium itself is also one-of-a-kind. Opened at the beginning of the 2017 season, it’s built in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. The entire downtown area is filled with activities for before and after the game to keep you and your guests out and about as long as you want.
Now if it’s not football season or if your guests just aren’t interested in a football game, your next shot is to see Atlanta’s famous Braves at SunTrust Park. The whole day of the game is an event, provided you’re prepared, as the party begins with tailgating before the game with all the other Braves fans in the Battery Atlanta. Even if you have some guests who aren’t the most die-hard sports fans, no one can turn down a hot dog and beer on a spring afternoon. If you show up on a Sunday, you can even get autographs from former Braves players. You don’t even need to show up on days the Braves are in town, as the Park offers tours on the off-days as well.
Atlanta is also home to several more relaxed destinations. The Delta Flight Museum is a great stop for anyone with an interest in aviation, as it’s home to exhibits from the dawn of flight to the innovative future. The Delta Flight Museum also boasts the only Boeing 737 flight simulator open to the general public, making this an entirely unique place to visit in the entire country. Most exhibits in the museum are interactive, which is perfect for those toting children or just with a little more enthusiasm for aviation.
While flight and the future are exciting, there’s another museum stop in the city with just as much fun science to pique interests. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History has several exhibits going through all the ages of when dinosaurs walked the Earth. On top of this, they feature exhibits of what Atlanta and surrounding Georgia was like in the ancient past. The building is even constructed out of history: the limestone floor tiles contain fossils that date all the way back to the Jurassic period. The fossils aren’t even the most interesting part, as the museum also has a saltwater aquarium and rose garden to peruse.
On the subject of fish, the Georgia Aquarium is incomparable. While Atlanta is landlocked in the middle of Georgia, the aquarium is home to over ten thousand fish and other ocean animals. Both beluga whales and dolphins can be seen within the aquarium’s walls, as are massive whale sharks. The aquarium is open every day of the year with several different ticket packages, so you can pick and choose the best day and the best attractions for your group. Atlanta has its entertainment, but it’s also a very historic city. Atlanta is home to the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. and several other historic spots of the Civil Rights Movement. The MLK Jr. Historic site is 35 acres of historic moments, including the south’s first desegregated firehouses and Ebenezer Baptist Church. Included is the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, which features the shoeprints of numerous civil rights pioneers and activists, including celebrities like Harry Belafonte and James Brown. The whole of the historic site stands as a testament to change and history.
This list only touches on all the exciting and interesting things you can show your guests in Atlanta on just one weekend. After this small taste, everyone will be excited to return to explore the rest of what the city has to offer. Start planning your weekend!
This article is sponsored by The Sherry and Maria Team Real Estate company.