Atlanta’s One-of-a-Kind Attractions
Atlanta is a booming metropolis with excellent economic prospects. At the same time, it is a great place for family living, with wide open green spaces, highly rated schools, and relaxed Southern culture.
Even more interesting, the city hosts one-of-a-kind attractions that are equally fun and educational. Here are some of them:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
See life-size replicas of the world’s largest dinosaurs, marvel at the stars in the planetarium, or get inside a virtual red oak tree. You can experience all these and more at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Surrounded by the 65-acre Fernbank Forest, the museum offers everyone the chance to explore and discover the natural world in a fun and fascinating way.
If you adore giant pandas, you’re in for a treat. The only pair of cubs born in the United States live in Zoo Atlanta, along with a few other pandas.
These adorable animals are not the Zoo’s only attractions, however. The “African savanna” sprawls over a five-acre spread of land that has become the habitat of giraffe, lions, meerkats, zebras, rhinos and other amazing creatures. The Zoo is also well-known for its care and study of gorillas. Five groups of these gentle apes also live in the zoo.
Younger kids will particularly enjoy the petting zoo, interactive wildlife shows, and the Zoo train.
MLK Historic Site
Atlanta has a reputation for ethnic diversity mainly because of the legacy of one of its greatest heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s no wonder, then, that MLK landmarks are everywhere in the city. You and your kids can learn more about the life and work of Dr. King as well as the history of the Civil Rights Movement at the 35-acre Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site. From downtown to midtown Atlanta, you will find other historic attractions such as Dr. King’s gravesite, Fire Station No. 6 (the oldest standing fire station in Atlanta) and Ebenezer Baptist Church (where Dr. King served as co-pastor), as well as present-day monuments.
Inside CNN Studio Tour
Enter the fascinating world of broadcast news through the Inside CNN Studio Tour, a 50-minute guided walking tour of CNN’s global headquarters. In the tour, you will get to visit the newsroom and control room, see how the weather map and teleprompter work, and experience the action in Studio 7, CNN’s largest studio.
The Georgia Aquarium
Using more than 10 million gallons of water, the Georgia Aquarium is one of the world’s largest. It is home to 500 animal species distributed over the 60-plus habitats created within the complex. Imagine getting the rare chance to see Beluga whales and other deep sea creatures up close without needing a diving license. If you prefer smaller animals, you can have a fun encounter with dolphins, penguins and sea otters. You’ll also get the opportunity to scuba dive or swim in the aquarium.
Historic Oakland Cemetery
If you want to relive Atlanta’s entire history in one place, visit Historic Oakland Cemetery. Founded in 1850, Oakland is the final resting place of Atlanta’s earliest settlers, Civil War soldiers, industrial pioneers, and Civil Rights heroes. It is also a stunning showcase of 19th-century garden cemeteries, featuring a wealth of historic art and architecture. But that’s not all. With its brick-laden paths, old trees, flowers and shrubs, Oakland is also one of Atlanta’s most famous parks and protected green spaces.