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Atlanta is a great place to explore after dark! Whether you’re visiting Atlanta on business and still want to be able to see the city after work, or you live in Atlanta and are looking for a fun weekday date night activity, Atlanta has something for everyone. Get ready to experience the buzzing life of Atlanta at night with these top things to do.

No matter the time of day, Atlanta has something for everyone.

Atlanta really comes alive after the sun goes down — and it’s not all just bars and clubs! Plenty of Atlanta tourist attractions and top sights are open late, and there is a plethora of other fun activities ranging from putt-putt golf to escape rooms that are great for both kids and adults.

Whether you’re looking for a date night activity, want to explore the city after work, or are looking for a cool place to hang, there are plenty of fun nighttime things to do in Atlanta after 5 p.m.

Atlanta, Georgia Skyline at Night from Jackson Street Bridge

Top Things to Do in Atlanta at Night

From lively music venues to unique museum experiences, there is no shortage of things to do in the city at night. Whether you’re looking for a special date night or a family outing, here’s a guide to some of the best and most fun things to do in Atlanta after dark.

Get ready for a night you won’t soon forget! Here are some of my favorite things to do after dark in Atlanta.

Atlanta Sights After 5 p.m.

Sure, most of Atlanta’s tourist hot spots close down right at 5 p.m. on weekdays, but some stay open later or have special night events that you can take advantage of during your stay in Atlanta.

You can continue to be a tourist well into the night! These are the special Atlanta-only places you can explore at night:

Atlanta Tourist Attractions Open Late

Georgia Aquarium

These Atlanta attractions are open later so you may be able to visit after the work day is done!

  • Oakland Cemetery — open until dusk
  • LEGOLAND — open until 6 p.m. on Sundays and until 7 p.m. on Saturdays
  • Underground Atlanta — open until 6 p.m. on Sundays and until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays-Saturdays
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden — open until 6 p.m. in the winter and fall, until 8 p.m. in spring and early fall, and until 9 p.m. in summer
  • Georgia Aquarium — open until 6 p.m. in the winter and fall, until 8 p.m. in spring and early fall, and until 9 p.m. in summer
  • City Lights Atlanta Night Tour — tours depart at 7 p.m.
  • World of Coca-Cola — open until 7 p.m. on Fridays-Sundays and all week during the summer
  • David J. Sencer CDC Museum — open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays
  • Fernbank Science Center — open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays-Fridays with Planetarium shows at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • SkyView Atlanta — open until 10 p.m. on Sundays-Thursdays and until 11 p.m. on Fridays-Saturdays
  • Stone Mountain Park — park open until midnight; attraction times vary by day
  • ATL Cruzer Segway Tours — seasonal evening hours for certain tours
  • Six Flags Over Georgia — times vary by day, but typically open later in the height of summer
  • Six Flags White Water — times vary by day, but typically open until 7 p.m. during the height of summer

Atlanta Tourist Attractions Open 24 Hours

Atlanta, Georgia Skyline from Jackson Street Bridge

These Atlanta attractions never close — mostly because they’re public spaces you wouldn’t normally think of as attractions. But that’s great because not only are they open late, they’re free as well!

Atlanta Markets and Food Halls

Marietta Square Market Interior, Marietta, Georgia

Food halls are all the rage in Atlanta! Check out these awesome food halls and markets that are open late for food and shopping.

  • Ponce City Market — open until 8 p.m. on Sunday and until 9 p.m. on Monday-Saturday
  • Chattahoochee Food Works — open until 9 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday-Saturday
  • Krog Street Market — open until 9 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday-Saturday
  • Marietta Square Market — open until 9 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday-Saturday
  • Politan Row at Colony Square — open until 9 p.m. on Sunday, until 10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday-Saturday
  • The Collective Food Hall @ Coda — open until 9:30 p.m.
  • PH’EAST — open until 11 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and until midnight on Friday-Saturday

Atlanta Parks

Atlanta, Georgia Skyline from Georgia Tech After Dark

Have you considered a park for a late-night activity? Many of Atlanta’s gorgeous parks are open until late at night so you can go for a stroll and take in the city in a different light.

  • Centennial Olympic Park — open until 7 p.m.
  • Piedmont Park — open until 11 p.m.
  • Woodruff Park — open until 11 p.m.
  • Folk Art Park — open until 11 p.m.
  • Historic Fourth Ward Park — open until 11 p.m.
  • Grant Park — open until 11 p.m.

Special Late-Night Events in Atlanta

Fernbank After Dark

Some of Atlanta’s iconic attractions are open for special late night fun. This side of Atlanta’s nightlife is often educational and is always a lot of fun. Check out these late-night activities that allow you to enjoy Atlanta attractions after dark.

For Concerts and Shows in Atlanta

The Fox Theatre at Night, Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is full of venues to see a show — whether a play, a musical, or a concert. Head over to these iconic theatres and venues for some late night fun any day of the week.

Atlanta Date Night Activities

TopGolf Atlanta, Georgia

I consider all of Atlanta’s tourist sights to be great for date nights too, so I won’t re-list those here. Atlanta is such a romantic destination!

There’s plenty of other late-night fun to be had in Atlanta on a weeknight beyond just going out for dinner and drinks. Check out these activities that are open late.

  • Spray Paint and Sip at Studio W.I.P. — sessions at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays-Fridays, at 5 p.m. on Sundays, and at 7 p.m. on Saturdays
  • Illuminarium — open until 6 p.m. on Mondays and until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays-Wednesdays
  • Illuminarium After Dark — open for 21+ from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays-Saturdays and to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays
  • Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse — shows at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays-Saturdays
  • iFLY Atlanta Indoor Skydiving — open until 6 p.m. on Mondays-Tuesdays, until 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays, and until 10 p.m. on Saturdays
  • Candlelight Concerts — various dates and locations, typically at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Time to Escape — open until 10:30 p.m. on Sundays-Thursdays and until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays-Saturdays (Brookhaven) or until 10:30 p.m. on Sundays-Thursdays and until 11:45 p.m. on Fridays-Sundays (Downtown)
  • SkyView Atlanta — open until 10 p.m. on Sundays-Thursdays and until 11 p.m. on Fridays-Saturdays
  • Skyline Park — open until 10 p.m. on Sundays-Wednesdays, until 11 p.m. on Thursdays, and until midnight on Fridays-Saturdays
  • Mastermind Escape Games Atlanta — open until 10 p.m. on Sundays-Thursdays and until midnight on Fridays-Saturdays
  • Paranoia Quest Escape Room — open until 10 p.m.
  • Andretti Indoor Karting & Games — open until midnight Sundays-Thursdays and until 1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays
  • The Escape Game Atlanta — open until midnight
  • The Painted Pin — open until midnight on Sundays-Thursdays and until 2 a.m. on Fridays-Saturdays
  • TopGolf — open until midnight on Sundays-Thursdays and until 1 p.m. on Fridays-Saturdays
  • AMC Movie Theatres — showtimes vary by day
  • Starlight Drive-In Theatre — showtimes vary by day
  • Painting With a Twist — times vary by day
  • Sip n Strokes — times vary by day

All times given are correct as of writing, but sometimes attractions change their hours; please make sure to double-check the hours of operation on the day of your visit so you aren’t caught by surprise!

Free Things to Do in Atlanta At Night

Looking for a fun night out in Atlanta that won’t break the bank? Atlanta has tons of free things to do at night. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Visit any of Atlanta’s parks
  • Stroll through Oakland Cemetery (especially good for a Halloween-season date night!)
  • Walk the Atlanta Beltline and enjoy the public art
  • Look for the Tiny Doors
  • Do a nighttime photoshoot at Jackson Street Bridge
  • Explore Underground Atlanta
  • Check out the seasonal free events at Atlantic Station
  • Attend a free outdoor movie at various spots around town in the summer

Whether you’re in town for a long weekend or just looking for a way to spice up your nightlife, there is a wide variety of free things to do in Atlanta at night to choose from.

Atlanta at Night FAQ

What are the best things to do in Atlanta at night for adults?


For adults, some of the best things to do in Atlanta at night include exploring the vibrant nightlife in areas like Buckhead and Midtown, enjoying live music at iconic venues, and indulging in the city’s diverse culinary scene with trendy restaurants and bars.

What are the best nightlife areas or neighborhoods in Atlanta?


Some popular nightlife areas in Atlanta include Buckhead, Midtown, and Edgewood Avenue.

Are there any popular live music venues or clubs to visit in Atlanta at night?


Yes, Atlanta has renowned music venues like The Tabernacle, Variety Playhouse, and Terminal West that offer live performances at night.

Are there any specific events or festivals that take place in Atlanta during the evening hours?


Atlanta hosts various evening events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade.

What are some family-friendly activities available in Atlanta at night?


Families can enjoy activities like visiting the Georgia Aquarium‘s evening events, exploring the Atlanta Botanical Garden during special evening events, or attending outdoor movie screenings in parks.

Are there any scenic spots or viewpoints in Atlanta that are particularly captivating at night?


The Jackson Street Bridge and the SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel offer stunning nighttime views of the Atlanta skyline.

What are some popular sports or entertainment venues in Atlanta that offer nighttime events?


The State Farm Arena, home to the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the Atlanta Falcons football team and the Atlanta United soccer team, often host evening games and concerts.

Are there any guided tours or excursions that operate in Atlanta at night?


Yes, there are various guided tours available in Atlanta at night, including haunted ghost tours, a driving sightseeing tour, and Segway night tours.

Are there any special discounts or deals available for nighttime activities in Atlanta?


I recommend to check with specific venues or websites for any ongoing promotions or discounts on nighttime activities in Atlanta.

What are some safety tips or precautions to keep in mind when exploring Atlanta at night?


Some safety tips include staying in well-lit and populated areas, being aware of your surroundings, and using reliable transportation options like taxis or rideshare services.

Things to Do in Atlanta at Night Map

Want to easily plan your evening in Atlanta, Georgia? Check out the map below for all the Atlanta locations open late listed in this post.

So, grab your friends and get ready to explore these 50+ thins to do in Atlanta at night!

Top Atlanta Tours

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Cheers!

Paige

50+ Things to Do In Atlanta After 5 p.m.

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12 Comments

  1. I have never been to Atlanta. I don’t love to wake up early, so love that there are so many options of activities to do after dark. That is so frustrating to visit a place and have hours so limited.

  2. Great article –you know what I liked best? Your list of places open in the evening! I find it particularly frustrating that so many museums and other attractions close at 5:00 pm or even earlier. When you’re in a large city, with time to explore, sometimes the evening hours are the most productive. (Unless everything is closed!)

  3. Never been to Atlanta. Didn’t know that most tourist hot spots close down at 5 p.m. That’s good to know, thanks.
    The Atlanta History Center sounds like something I’d pick, even if it’d only be for half an hour, given that it’s open until 5,30. 😀

  4. OMG, the aquarium! <3 I was once at a private event there after hours. In my fancy dress and high heels, I rode the under the sea sidewalk through the fish for close to an hour. Then I took my plate of appetizers and a glass of wine and sat in front of the big tank with the silver school of fish for close to another hour. This Pisces just can't get enough!

    1. The Botanical Garden is wonderful! Weirdly enough, I’ve only been to the Gardens for their evening events, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it during the day! lol

  5. Ooh I love Atlanta! These are great ideas! You should check out Sweet Water Brewery if you like beer. They have a great tap room and fancy barrel aging area that’s great for events or just a fun weekend trip.

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