ONLY IN ATLANTA
The Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere, houses tens of thousands of animals, representing several hundred species. More than 10 million gallons of marine and fresh sea water pump through its exhibits. The Aquarium also features a 4-D movie theater and Planet Shark — the world’s largest out-of-water shark exhibition.
Center for Puppetry Arts
The largest American non-profit organization solely dedicated to the art of puppet theater celebrated 37 years in existence in 2015. The Center serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of the international puppetry organization Union International de la Marionnette, the oldest theater organization in the world. A new museum space features expanded exhibit areas for both the Global Collection and the Jim Henson Collection.
Atlanta History Center
One of the nation’s largest collections of Civil War memorabilia can be found at the Atlanta History Center. Also at the Atlanta History Center is the Swan House, which was showcased in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” as President Snow’s mansion. You can take a tour and even sit behind his desk.
AJC Peachtree Road Race
The largest 10K road race in the world takes place every Fourth of July in Atlanta. In its 46th year in 2015, the road race attracted some 60,000 participants as young as 10 and as old as 95. The event draws approximately 200,000 spectators along the course each year and takes 3,500 volunteers to put on.
Atlanta is home to the oldest continually operating ballet company in the nation. Since 1929, the Atlanta Ballet has delighted audiences. Performances – except for the holiday staging of “The Nutcracker” – are at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. In 2015, the Ballet company marked the 20th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” at the fabulous Fox Theatre.
Inside CNN Studio Tour
Visitors flock to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, the largest of the news organization’s 48 bureaus worldwide, choosing between either the Morning Express or the VIP behind-the-scenes tour. Guests also can enjoy a ride on the world’s tallest free-standing escalator. The walking tour departs every 10 minutes and is situated by a mall-style food court.
Zoo Atlanta, located in historic Grant Park, is one of only four zoos in the United States housing giant pandas, and the only zoo in the country to have twin giant panda cubs. More gorillas call Atlanta Zoo home than any other zoo in the country. Atlanta Zoo remains one of the 10 oldest zoos in continuous operation in the U.S.
Atlanta University Center
Atlanta is home to the largest concentration of historically black colleges and universities in the United States. Members of the consortium are the highly accredited Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College. All of the colleges are located in the West End Historic District of Atlanta.
Located on Peachtree Street, “The Dump” is also known as the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. Mitchell lived on the ground floor apartment with her husband from 1925 to 1932, during which she penned her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone with the Wind. The venue contains a Visitor Center and two exhibits, Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character and The Making of a Movie Legend: Gone With the Wind.
The World of Coca-Cola
New residents can experience The World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta’s most famous company, as they uncover the 125-year history of the iconic soda maker. Sample 100 different Coke flavors, including several from around the world at five tasting stations. Don’t forget to download the World of Coca-Cola Explorer mobile app to get the most out of your experience. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/world-of-coca-cola-explorer/id872441721?mt=8
Two Nobel Laureates
Atlanta is one of only two cities in the world to lay claim to two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Jimmy Carter. See the medals on display and learn about their legacies at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
The world’s largest drive-in restaurant was founded by Georgia Tech dropout Frank Gordy in 1928. Its two newest locations are inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Hartsfield Airport. Busy servers greet customers ranging from college students to U.S. presidents with the quip, “What’ll ya have?” President Barack Obama visited in 2012, ordering five chili dogs, four hot dogs and a hamburger.
Stone Mountain Park offers one of the best panoramic views of Atlanta, and features the world’s largest exposed mass of granite. The 90-by-190-foot Civil War sculpture sandblasted from the face of the mountain rises 400 feet above the ground. The carving depicts Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. Plans are in the works to add a monument to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to pair it with a new museum exhibit commemorating black Civil War soldiers.
NETHERWORLD, the #1 haunted house in America named by Dread Central on their “Terrifying Top 13 Haunted Attractions” list, has thrilled and terrified visitors since opening in 1997. Created by film and television professionals, this multi-level attraction in Norcross is also notable for its custom movie quality special effects, unique themes, and extremely detailed sets. It’s open every night in October.