Things To Do in Atlanta

Atlanta has so many fun and unique things to see and do, and I am determined to do it all! From feeding panda bears at the zoo to making the most out of the city’s many seasonal activities, follow along to find all the fun and exciting things to do in Atlanta.

5 Reasons You Should Visit Atlanta

  1. Panda bears! Zoo Atlanta is home to four adorably playful panda bears.
  2. So. Many. Festivals. At all times of the year. There’s always something on in Atlanta.
  3. Food everywhere you look. There are so many unique places to eat in Atlanta that it can sometimes be hard to choose where to eat out at.
  4. Surprisingly good hiking. Even within the city, you can find these hidden trails that make you feel like you’re out in the wilderness.
  5. A skyline that’s to die for. Seriously, Atlanta has my favorite skyline ever.

And these are just a few of the great things about Atlanta. Read more about activities in Atlanta in my posts below.

Posts About Things To Do in Atlanta

Summer in Atlanta - Summer is heating up in Atlanta! There are plenty of ways to have some fun in the sun in Atlanta during the summer.
Highland Weekend at the Georgia Renaissance Festival Highland Weekend at the Georgia Renaissance Festival - Every weekend is a new adventure at the Georgia Renaissance Festival! The festival has just closed out its 34th year of merriment with the Highland themed weekend, going out in a blast of bagpipes.
Sun Bears at Zoo Atlanta Sun Bear Day at Zoo Atlanta - Today was Sun Bear Day at Zoo Atlanta, and the zoo put together activities to raise awareness about the world’s smallest bear. You know I’m always down for a day celebrating bears, so I went to the zoo to check it out myself.
O-Ku Atlanta The Best Rooftop Bars in Atlanta - Summer time in Atlanta is for sipping craft cocktails rooftop while admiring skyline views of the city. Here’s my roundup of top rooftop bars in Atlanta. 
European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection at the High European Masterworks at the High Museum of Art - The latest exhibition at the High Museum of Art, European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection, gives visitors a glimpse of some iconic works of European modernism from the region’s most prolific Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, and Cubist artists.
Marietta Square Market What You Need To Know About the New Marietta Square Market - Marietta’s very own food hall recently opened just off of the historic Marietta Square. Here’s what you need to know about visiting the new Marietta Square Market:
Kennesaw Mountain Loop Trail Georgia Hikes: Kennesaw Mountain Loop Trail - Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. The park’s 22 miles of trails makes it a popular hiking destination in Atlanta. With the start of spring, the trails were covered with hikers this past weekend when we hiked the Mountain Loop Trail.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Seeing Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the High Museum of Art - The High Museum of Art’s exhibit of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors is in its final weeks, and Kevin and I were lucky enough to have snatched up some coveted tickets to this sought-after art showing. 
Lullwater Preserve Georgia Hikes: Lullwater Preserve President’s Loop and Lake Loop Trails - Lullwater Preserve is a hidden treasure of tranquility right in the middle of Atlanta. The park is located on the Emory University campus in Atlanta, and the President’s Loop Trail takes you by the private residence of the university’s president at Lullwater House while the Lake Loop Trail takes you around the park’s scenic lake. 
Atlanta Ice Skating Where to Go Outdoor Ice Skating in Atlanta - If you didn’t know, I’ve been learning to figure skate! This year, I’m checking out Atlanta’s best outdoor ice skating rinks to get into the winter spirit – and to get a little extra practice in. 
Giant Panda Wild Encounter I Fed a Panda Bear and It Was the Best Birthday Ever - If there’s one thing you take away from this blog, it’s that I love bears. This year for my birthday, I got to feed a panda bear at Zoo Atlanta, and you can imagine the euphoric state I’ve been in ever since! 
Operation City Quest - Atlanta Operation City Quest – Atlanta Review - We set off for a grand adventure around Downtown Atlanta. Operation City Quest sends you on a scavenger hunt around the city to find 150 items, sights, and locations. 
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden Winter in Atlanta - It may be tempting to settle in for a long winter’s nap, but Atlanta is just as much fun in the winter as it is in the summer! Here are some of my favorite winter activities in Atlanta: 
Iron Hill Loop Trail Georgia Hikes: Iron Hill Loop Trail - The 3.9 mile Iron Hill Loop Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park is the perfect hike for taking in North Georgia’s fall colors. This is a great November hike when the weather begins getting cooler. 
Smyrna Pumpkin Patch My Favorite Pumpkin Patch in Atlanta - There’s so much fall fun to be had in Atlanta, and going pumpkin picking is just one of the many things to do! Every year we go to the same pumpkin patch to find our perfect pumpkins. Read on to find out where that pumpkin patch is! 
Atlanta BeltLine Northside Trail Georgia Hikes: Atlanta BeltLine Northside Trail - It’s time we head inside the Atlanta city limits to find trails, and the Atlanta BeltLine is the perfect place! We’ve started with the Northside Trail in Tanyard Creek Park. 
BODIES...The Exhibition Inside BODIES…The Exhibition - Just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of Atlantic Station’s variety of clothing stores, BODIES…The Exhibition lays bare the intricacies of the human body ready to be explored by the curious mind. 
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic Visiting Winnie-the-Pooh at the High Museum of Art - Ninety years of Winnie-the-Pooh history is just one day! The Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art is a bear-, art-, and literature-lover’s dream! 
Fernbank Summer Block Party Fernbank Summer Block Party Review - Science, drinks, and a silent disco — what more could you possible ask for in a museum’s adults-only night? Find out what you can expect at Fernbank Museum’s next Summer Block Party event: 
Red Panda at Zoo Atlanta Visiting Zoo Atlanta on a Rainy Day - I’m back with another zoo post! Since we’re Zoo Atlanta members, we’ll visit the zoo no matter the weather, which means I can gather tips for if you visit when its sunny or rainy, hot or cold. Here’s what you need to know to make your rainy zoo visit a little brighter: 
Sweetwater Creek State Park Georgia Hikes: Sweetwater Creek Yellow and Orange Trails - Spring means perfect weather for hiking! It’s clearly been a while since we did a substantial hike because this nearly-6 mile hike was way harder on me than it should have been. But it did give off views of the mill ruins and skyline. 
Urban Tree Cidery Gettin’ Tipsy at Atlanta’s Urban Tree Cidery - It’s all fun and games – and booze – at Urban Tree Cidery, Atlanta’s first cidery. This past weekend, my family came to town so we did what all the best families do on a Saturday afternoon – pre-dinner cider flights. 
Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Piedmont Park Spring in Atlanta - Spring is the start of festival season in Atlanta (and basically everywhere)! The pollen count may be killer, but here’s looking forward to warm weather, sunshine, and plenty to do around the city. 
Chattahoochee River Georgia Hikes: Cochran Shoals Trail - The Cochran Shoals Trail is an easy hike along the western bank of the Chattahoochee River. This busy trail just north of I-285 is a popular trail for runners, bikers, and dog walkers. 
The Fox Theatre Family Stories of The Fox Theatre - The Fox Theatre has a long and storied history in Atlanta, and in my family as well. I am just the most recent in my family to gaze up in wonder at the sparkling blue auditorium sky. 
Tabernacle 6 Iconic Atlanta Concert Venues - Atlanta holds a world of possibilities for live music. The city is known for its influence in hip-hop, but it also has an incredible rock and alternative scene that attracts huge artists to unique concert venues with amazing architecture and history: 
Anne Frank in The World: 1929 - 1945 Remembering the Holocaust – Anne Frank in The World: 1929-1945 - Tucked away in a shopping center in Sandy Springs is a moving exhibit exploring the world of Anne Frank and the consequences of the Holocaust. 
Zoo Atlanta Panda Bears What to Know About Visiting Zoo Atlanta in Winter - Some of Zoo Atlanta’s residents thrive in the winter time, and this may be the best time to see them running about! But that’s certainly not the case for all of the zoo’s animals. Here’s what you need to know before you visit Zoo Atlanta in the winter: 
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden - Atlanta Botanical Garden gets festive for the holidays with nearly 2 billion lights for the 7th annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights! 
High Museum of Art Atlanta Free Second Sunday at High Museum of Art - Looking for something free and fun to do in Atlanta? The High Museum of Art has got you covered! 
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Georgia Hikes: Camp Brumby Loop - When we need a short, leisurely hike, we head to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and walk parts of the battlefield trails. 
The Big Chicken 3 Quirky Atlanta Restaurants - Atlanta has plenty of restaurants that have what you need when you’re craving an experience that’s a little out of the ordinary: 
Zoo Atlanta Boo at the Zoo Zoo Atlanta’s Boo at the Zoo - Zoo Atlanta’s annual Halloween festival returns with plenty of treats for the animals, kids, and kids at heart! 
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus A Very Atlanta Wedding - Last weekend, my cousin got married! And between the ceremony and the reception, I got to experience some Atlanta landmarks I might not otherwise have ever seen. 
Autumn in Atlanta Autumn in Atlanta - It’s fall, y’all! Which means it’s time to go watch the leaves change color and get into the spooky spirit. Here’s what you can do in and around Atlanta to celebrating the changing of the season: 
Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins Georgia Hikes: Sope Creek Trail - This Atlanta trail makes for a very quick, short hike around the Civil-War era paper mill ruins and a quaint pond. 
Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse Where to See a Shakespeare Play in Atlanta - As a literature nerd, I have been introducing Kevin to the wonderful world of Shakespeare and taking him to see a new play every few months. And there’s only one place in Atlanta that can really transport you from midtown to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and that is the Shakespeare Tavern: 
Apollo 12 view of Solar Eclipse How to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse - Are you ready to see the first total solar eclipse to cross the whole United States in almost 100 years? I’m prepared for it, and it’s not too late for you to prepare too because I’ve hunted down a ton of helpful links for you! 
East Palisades Trail Georgia Hikes: East Palisades Trail - When we need a break from shooting the ‘Hooch, we turn to hiking the ‘Hooch. And we made sure to bring along our hammocks because we heard there was a great spot in a bamboo forest, so we made like panda bears and headed for the bamboo! 
Shoot the Hooch What You Need to Shoot the Hooch - It’s summer in Atlanta, and that can only mean one thing — it’s time to Shoot the Hooch! We have evolved since our Shoot the Hooch adventure last year. This time, we embarked without the help of an outfitter, which means we had to gather the essentials ourselves. And after going tubing practically every weekend […]
Blacklight Slide Atlanta Is the Blacklight Slide Event Worth It? - Blacklight Slide boasts of an incredible glowing experience on the largest nighttime slide in the country. You get to race down inflatable slides filled with glow-in-the-dark water, dance to local DJs, and get covered in neon glow. But is the event worth the hours of line-standing you’ll have to do? Here’s the breakdown: 
Georgia Renaissance Festival How to Have a Rollicking Good Time at the Georgia Renaissance Festival - The gates of Newcastle opened this past weekend, and for the next couple of months when you enter through these gates, you will be transported back to 16th century England! Enter, and prepare thyself for merriment. 
Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Piedmont Park A Guide to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival - With spring comes the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. If you missed it this year, then now is the time to start planning for next year. Here’s what you need to know before you go: 
Silver Comet Trail Biking the Silver Comet Trail - Bike along a fully paved rail-trail built along abandoned railway lines. You can even bike 61.5 miles of it, if you were so inclined. We, however, opted for an 8-mile bike ride.
Fernbank After Dark Fernbank After Dark Review - Drinks and dinosaurs! Kevin and I enjoyed the sold-out premier of the Fernbank After Dark series, happening the 2nd Friday of each month. 
Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival Atlanta’s 1st Chinese Lantern Festival - The past week was your last chance to see the Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival. In case you missed it, here’s a little something to inspire you to catch it on its next go-around: 
Stone Mountain Singalong Train Christmas at Stone Mountain - The Christmas spirit is in full swing in Atlanta, and Kevin and I had a free adventure pass for Stone Mountain burning a hole in our pockets, so we went out to Stone Mountain for a winter hike and some Christmas festivities. 
Virginia Highland Bars 5 Virginia Highland Bars for a Night Out in Atlanta - For a night out in the Highlands, check out these bars:
Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill Georgia Hikes: Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill - The Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill is scenic, shady, and makes a great post-work hike. It’s a moderate trail with more than 5 miles of paths to choose from.
Halloween Halloween in the Highlands Pub Crawl Review - To celebrate Halloween, a group of friends and I decided to go on a pub crawl in the Virginia Highlands to get the most out of our Halloween partying. In the end, we decided this might not be the way to go next Halloween.
Medieval Times A Royal Wedding at Medieval Times - Recently, Kevin and I were invited to a costume wedding at Medieval Times. Kevin has been to Medieval Times plenty of times, but this was my first time. So off we went wandering through the mall, a princess and a monk on a simple quest for a royal wedding.
Netherworld Haunted House Total Terror at Netherworld Haunted House - Since 1997, Netherworld Haunted House has been terrifying Atlantans with over-the-top special effects, intense make-up, elaborate costuming, and chilling detail. Find out what rules the Netherworld this year:
Historic Oakland Cemetery A Stroll Through Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery - Nothing gets me ready for Halloween like a cemetery stroll. Especially one through 48 acres of the oldest cemetery in Atlanta, Historic Oakland Cemetery. Enter if you dare to see what lies beneath this expansive burial ground.
Sweetwater Creek State Park New Manchester Mill Georgia Hikes: Sweetwater Creek Red and White Trails - Sweetwater Creek State Park is a popular destination with 15 miles of hiking trails, plenty of campsites and picnic areas, 10 yurt rentals, and the gorgeous ruins of a Civil War-era mill. It’s the perfect place to spend a full day at. Since we had plenty of time, Kevin and I opted for a long […]
Island Ford Trail Georgia Hikes: Island Ford Trail - The Island Ford Trail is a simple trail along the Chattahoochee River that is good for a quick and easy mid-week hike.
Orpheus Brewing Local Beer: Orpheus Brewing - I’m not usually a fan of beer, but a friend of Kevin’s invited us to come to the brewery he works at and insisted they would have some beers we would like. So we figured we would give Orpheus Brewing a shot.
Chihuly in the Garden Experience Chihuly Nights - Dale Chihuly is an American artist who has mastered the qualities of ice, water, glass, and neon in his works of blown-glass art. He is globally renowned for his ambitious architectural installations, and he has returned to Atlanta with the Chihuly in the Garden exhibition to help mark the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s 40th anniversary.
World's First Coca Cola Wall Sign 2 Cartersville Roadside Finds - I don’t let a rainy day get in the way of my hunt for roadside attractions. If you’re looking for an afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, Cartersville offers a quaint downtown with plenty of shops and eateries as well as a couple interesting oddities.
Pine Mountain Summit Georgia Hikes: Pine Mountain Trail - The Pine Mountain Trail just outside of Cartersville, GA offers stunning summit views of Lake Allatoona and the surrounding North Georgia mountains.
Stone Mountain State Park Georgia Hikes: Stone Mountain - One of Georgia’s most popular attractions, Stone Mountain Park is located on 3,200 acres of wooded forest, lake, and of course Stone Mountain itself. Stone Mountain is open year-round, which means you’re free to hike up the popular Walk-Up Mountain Trail during any season you choose.
Cagle Castle 3 Roadside Georgia Oddities - When I feel I need to spruce up a particularly dull road trip, my go-to source is where I can find any sort of strange or hilarious roadside attraction I desire, complete with descriptions, traveler tips, and directions of how to get there. Even when I’m not on a road trip and I have a […]
World of Coca-Cola Inside the World of Coca-Cola - The queue for World of Coca-Cola is not unlike the queues for a ride at Six Flags – it’s long, it’s in the sweltering Georgia heat, they play videos to keep you entertained, and they have multiple check points to make you feel like you’re getting closer to the ride. Even the name is reminiscent […]
Chattahoochee River How to Shoot the Hooch - Grab some friends, a cooler full of beer, and a ton of sunscreen and spend the day floating down the river! Tubing the Chattahoochee River is a popular summer activity for Atlanta‘s locals and tourists alike, earning it’s own rhyming nickname: Shoot the Hooch. And there’s no better way to cool off than an ice […]
54 Columns 54 Columns - At the corner of Highland Avenue and Glen Iris Dr. stand a number of concrete columns peppering the lot. The effect is the look of something in ruins, or of something in the first stages of being built. But 54 Columns is neither of these things. It is art.
SkyLounge Atlanta A Day in Downtown Atlanta - With a day off of work, my boyfriend and I headed into the city to spend the day downtown. Our adventure consisted of a trip to the Georgia Aquarium, dinner followed by drinks at the SkyLounge rooftop bar, and a ride on the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel.
Top of Kennesaw Mountain Georgia Hikes: Kennesaw Mountain - Because I have clearly become such an outdoorsy person in the last few months and will explore all terrains of North Georgia, I agreed to go on a hike. Though I did not agree to go on an 11 mile hike, despite my boyfriend’s attempts at trickery. And so I made my second trip to […]
Atlanta Sibling Shenanigans with Panda Bear Siblings - Day Two of my brother’s visit to Atlanta consisted of a trip to the zoo to see the pandas, a picture-perfect stop at Jackson Street Bridge, some fun at Swan House, and a drive by the new Braves stadium. Here’s all about our Sibling Shenanigans Day 2:
Atlanta Sibling Shenanigans at 720ft - My brother came to visit! And in the tradition of great Sibling Shenanigans, we packed a ton into two days, went all over this town, ate Irish food, and got up to general shenanigans and malarkey. Here’s everything we did on Sibling Shenanigans Day 1:
Through the Trenches: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park - The weather has been nice, so my friend and I took a stroll through the battlefield. She lives near the park, so we took a shortcut through the woods to get to the trails, following what she told me were actual trenches left from the Civil War. She says they’ll still find old bullets and […]
The Wren's Nest Song of the South: Visiting The Wren’s Nest - I’ve known Joel Chandler Harris’s stories before I ever knew he existed. In fact, I didn’t know these stories were his before moving to Atlanta. I’ve known Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear since before I was knee-high to a grasshopper. And if you’ve been to Disney World, then I bet you have too.
Centennial Olympic Park An Atlanta Bucket List - I love making lists. I love checking things off of lists. But I love lists that are never-ending. I like a list that always has something on it because, rather than being stressful that there’s still so much more left to do, it’s exciting that there’s still so much more left to do. I can’t […]


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