What to Do In Atlanta
- The High Museum of Art is Atlanta's premier art museum.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art, on Bennett St. in South Buckhead, features modern photography, prints & sculpture.
- The Museum of Design Atlanta is downtown, in the Marquis II office tower.
- The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University isn't officially in Atlanta, but this museum has an excellent collection of Greek & Egyptian antiquities--and Emory is just a few miles east of Midtown.
- The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is also just east of Midtown, Atlanta, but includes an IMAX theater & hosts fascinating collections of gemstones & textiles.
- The Fernbank Science Center is just a mile or so from its sister museum, and is the original location of the museum. Attached to the science center are an observatory and planetarium.
- The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum features artifacts and books on papermaking.
- The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is also just outside of Midtown, and along with its resident collection of Carter records, hosts travelling exhibits of Presidential memorabilia.
- The King Center celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of non-violent change, and the history of civil rights in the U.S.
- Piedmont Park is Atlanta's & Midtown's greatest park, with a variety of environments to soothe the urban resident.
- Centennial Olympic Park is a legacy of Atlanta's 1996 hosting of the Olympics, and features an Olympic-rings fountain which invites playing.
- Grant Park is the site of the Zoo & the Cyclorama, and a very naturalistic city park, one of Atlanta's oldest.
- Freedom Park is Atlanta's newest park, and is the legacy of a successful neighborhoods' fight against a new highway.
- Fernbank Forest is a nature preserve tucked in between Atlanta and neighboring Decatur.
- ...and any number of other, smaller parks tucked throughout the city.
- The Georgia Aquarium is less than a mile from the southern end of Midtown Atlanta, and for the moment is the largest aquarium in the world.
- Zoo Atlanta is in the Grant Park neighborhood, and hosts in it's surprisingly small footprint an incredible troup of silverback gorillas, a pair of giant pandas & their newborn baby panda.
- The Atlanta Cyclorama is a nearly unique example of an enormous cylindrical painting paired with a diorama displaying in the round the Civil War Battle of Atlanta.
- The World of Coca-Cola is next door to the Aquarium.
- CNN Center is one of the top attractions in Atlanta, and you can tour the studios.