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Atlanta is a sightseer’s dream and known for many attractions unique to the city. If you are visiting for a short amount of time, it can be difficult to choose what to do. We have rounded up some the top places to visit while exploring Atlanta—whether you are a history buff, art lover, or shopaholic, you will likely find something to pique your interest.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Atlanta played a unique role in the American Civil Rights Movement. The Center for Civil and Human Rights is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The 42,000-square-foot facility is part of what is now called Pemberton Place, an area just north of Centennial Olympic Park that is also home to the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.
Beluga whales! Enough said. The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the US, with more than 10 million gallons of water, home to more sea creatures than any other aquarium. If you want to experience personal encounters with penguins, dolphins and sea otters, this is place to be. And you don’t want to miss the dolphin exhibit and dolphin show with an expansive underwater dolphin viewing window and a high-energy performance that highlights the emotional bond between dolphins and humans.
Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood has been a shopping mecca since Lenox Square opened in 1959. When the highly anticipated Buckhead Atlanta development opened last fall, it solidified Atlanta as the fashion capital of the South. Locals and visitors alike now have one-stop shopping for Hermès scarves, Canali suits, Christian Louboutin pumps, Warby Parker glasses, and Etro printed slacks.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum showcases art appreciation at its finest, with more than 15,000 works of art in its permanent collection. The High has an extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art, European paintings, African American art, modern and contemporary art, photography, folk art, and African art. With a dynamic schedule of special exhibitions, an extensive permanent collection, and several dining options, there is something for everyone at the High.
Want to see the city from a “bird’s-eye view”? Check out Atlanta’s newest attraction — a 200-foot Ferris wheel. The SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel comes equipped with 42 climate-controlled gondolas that each hold up to six people. It’s conveniently located in Centennial Olympic Park, providing passengers with a unique skyline view of the city.
The list goes on and on, but try these out for a start and remember that there’s always something going on in the various parks with a good restaurant nearby. There is never a dull moment in Atlanta!
Katie Kern is the marketing and public relations director at Media Frenzy Global, an award-winning technology marketing communications agency. She has over 15 years’ experience driving strategic growth and product visibility for leading corporate, technology, retail, nonprofit and fashion organizations. Follow her on Twitter @katiekern
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