Atlanta Culture & history

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World of Coca-Cola: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry

1. World of Coca-Cola: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry

Welcome to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta! Spend the day interacting with multiple exhibits, learning about the history of the iconic brand, and sampling more than 100 different beverages from around the world. With artifacts from yesterday and today, experience the real stories behind the world’s most famous beverage brand. Get a behind-the-scenes view of the bottling process in Bottle Works. Don't forget to take your selfie with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear before leaving! Enter the new exhibit, Scent Discovery, and use your nose to guess the origin of a variety of scents led by your small group docent. At World of Coca-Cola, inspiration is around every corner - from the vault where the secret formula is secured to world-class art and memorabilia. Located near beautiful Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola is right in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s bustling entertainment district and a must-see while in Atlanta. Advance ticket purchases will allow you to proceed directly to the main entry line.

Atlanta 5 Hour City Tour by Air-Conditioned Bus

2. Atlanta 5 Hour City Tour by Air-Conditioned Bus

Tour Atlanta from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Visit everything from Downtown to Buckhead with stops at Civil War Battleground sites and the Swan House. Take a walk along the BeltLine and admire the Buckhead mansions. From Peachtree Center, head to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park for an in-depth look at the life of Dr. King. Continue to Krog Street Market and witness the reinvention of Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods. Walk along the BeltLine trail and admire the public art installations. Stop at the booming Ponce City Market - the area's largest adaptive reuse project which houses the Central Food Hall and various shops. Treat yourself at the CNN Center before continuing to Buckhead. Relax on the bus and let your guide take you on a tour of the homes of the rich and the famous in this beautiful neighborhood. See other historical sites, including The Swan House which was featured in "The Hunger Games."

Illuminarium Atlanta: Waking Wonderland Morning Family Show

3. Illuminarium Atlanta: Waking Wonderland Morning Family Show

Bring the whole family along to the immersive Waking Wonderland experience, a 40-minute adventure that follows a storyline, and includes interactive components both on the floor and on the walls. Join Alice’s granddaughter, Anna, on an adventure to a magical forest full of colorful characters, as you tumble down the rabbit hole. Journey through the multiple immersive environments that are all part of Waking Wonderland. Encounter surreal settings and colorful characters. During your adventure, greet the Cheshire Cat and chase it through the magical forest. Help the Mad Hatter in his chaotic tea factory. Even tiptoe into the throne room to awaken the Queen of Hearts as you brave the hero’s quest to breathe life back into a dormant Wonderland. Illuminarium Atlanta allows you to be transported to this all-encompassing magical world using 4K laser projection. Combined with state-of-the-art audio, in-floor haptics, and even scents, your whole family can experience a fully immersive and shared entertainment journey. Visit the onsite retail shop and indoor/outdoor cafe featuring food, drinks, and artisanal gifts to cap off your experience.

Atlanta: Black History and Civil Rights City Driving Tour

4. Atlanta: Black History and Civil Rights City Driving Tour

Drive around the home of the modern Civil Rights movement and discover the rich African-American heritage of Atlanta. Visit the most iconic and significant neighborhoods and landmarks while learning their historical significance and hear the stories of leaders and activists, past and present. Explore the major heritage sights of African-American Heritage by driving around Atlanta. Visit the heritage district of Sweet Auburn Avenue, a famous black neighborhood lined with iconic churches and black-owned businesses. Learn important stories from your guide and discover Atlanta's many close ties to great African-American leaders and activists such as W.E.B Du Bois, Madam CJ Walker, Booker T. Washington, Stokely Carmichael, Maynard Jackson, and many more. Drive through the Downtown, West End, Castleberry Hills, Vine City, Atlanta University Center, Downtown Atlanta, and the birth home and last residence of Dr. Martin Luther King. Despite its past challenges, Atlanta is a vibrant city that has emerged as a center for black culture, education, political influence, and business — a testament to its power, strength, and undefeated spirit.

Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

5. Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

Learn all about the history of Atlanta and explore some of its most exciting areas on a 90-minute journey via electric car. Explore the city far away from all its main tourist-crowded areas downtown. Discover some of its most historic and eclectic neighborhoods like Inman Park, Atlanta's first planned suburb; Old Fourth Ward, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to Dr. Martin Luther King; Georgia Institute of Technology; the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site; and Midtown Atlanta, with its thriving bars, cafes, and colorful lifestyle. The Atlanta Experience tour is perfect for both tourists and locals wanting to learn more about the city's history. Whether a first-time visitor or an Atlanta resident, you will leave with a new found love and affection for this great southern city.

Atlanta: Center for Puppetry Arts, Worlds of Puppetry Museum

6. Atlanta: Center for Puppetry Arts, Worlds of Puppetry Museum

Discover the history of puppetry in The Global Collection. The collection celebrates puppetry traditions in major cultures from around the world. Highlighting the history of puppetry in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, learn how puppets have been used as a teaching and communication tool. See puppets organized by continent, and find artifacts displayed with rich, contextual backdrops, and hands-on interactives that encourage patrons to immerse themselves in puppetry traditions from around the world.  Explore the interactive Jim Henson Collection, displaying the work of the creator of The Muppets. Follows Henson’s prolific imagination chronologically, and explore environments that typified the master puppeteer’s world, such as Jim’s Office and the Television Studio. In addition to learning how Henson’s characters came to life and are still performed, see iconic puppets such as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

7. Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

Hear the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in a way that you’ve never heard it before. Walk the same streets that MLK once walked. Visit the places where he worked, lived, and worshipped. Even Atlanta natives will gain a deeper understanding of the community’s contribution to American history on this moving tour. Listen to amazing stories of civil rights leaders that seamlessly weave through the history of MLK, the movement, and the city of Atlanta. Learn about Dr. King with a visit to the Freedom Hall of the King Center. Step into the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where MLK served as co-pastor with his father. Visit Prince Hall Grand Lodge, which was the headquarters of the SCLC during the 1960s. Take in the phenomenal views at the Jackson Street Bridge. By the end of the tour, you'll walk away with a deeper understanding of Martin Luther King.

Atlanta: College Football Hall of Fame All-Access Pass

8. Atlanta: College Football Hall of Fame All-Access Pass

Visit the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall Fame and enjoy an immersive and interactive experience. Use your special all-access pass to see all the museum has to offer. Explore the museum’s 95,000-square-foot space, which boasts a 45-yard indoor football field, and over 50 interactive exhibits. Learn about the greatest college gridiron players, teams, and coaches. Head through the tunnel and enter the quad. Find your team’s helmet from the massive three-story Helmet Wall, which displays helmets from 770 schools. Choose your team, and watch their helmet light up on the wall. Hit the indoor playing field and test your skill at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone. Kick a field goal, throw like a quarterback, and run the obstacle course. The College Football Hall of Fame is one of the only museums you can work up a sweat in. Win bragging rights and snap photos for your social media. Die-hard and casual fans alike will feel the love of the game when they visit the College Football Hall of Fame.

Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

9. Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

Start the tour with a stop at Cabbagetown - a historic cotton mill-town established in the late 19th century which still retains its unique and historical architecture. Then head over to Inman Park to see the site of the Battle of Atlanta. Marvel at the many decorative Victorian homes in the neighborhood including the home of the founder of Coca Cola.  Next, continue on to Oakland Cemetery - a garden cemetery which is the final resting place for various historical figures including Civil War soldiers, the author of Gone with the Wind, and the founder of The Masters Golf Tournament. Visit numerous locations associated with the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the Civil Rights movement including his birthplace, church, and final resting place. Finally, end the tour at Sweet Auburn Curb Market - Atlanta's only public market located on what was known in the early 20th century as the richest African-American street in the world.

Atlanta: Gone With the Wind & Margaret Mitchell Private Tour

10. Atlanta: Gone With the Wind & Margaret Mitchell Private Tour

Start the tour with a visit to Margaret Mitchell's House, the apartment where the Pulitzer-Prize winning author lived and wrote Gone With The Wind. Next head to The Georgian Terrace, the historic hotel where the film's premiere party was held in 1939. Continue on with a tour through Inman Park where you will see the site of the Battle of Atlanta which featured prominently in the novel. Marvel at some of Atlanta's grandest Victorian homes during your tour through the surrounding neighborhood. Next, head over to Oakland Cemetery, the garden cemetery which is the final resting place for thousands of Civil War soldiers as well as Margaret Mitchell and her family. Continue the tour with a drive along Peachtree Street and visit the location on Atlanta's major thoroughfare where Margaret Mitchell met her untimely death. Finally, end the tour with a stop in Ansley Park, the historic, tree-lined neighborhood where Margaret Mitchell was born.

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4.7 / 5

based on 75 reviews

Our tour guide Jeff was very knowledgeable and well verses with the events of this Black History and city tour. His amazing presentation combined with humor made our interest to listen and learn so joyful. We really appreciate his professionalism. We recommended this tour to our family who live in the Atlanta area. We also plan to schedule a tour the next time we travel back to Atlanta area. Thank you

This was the best tour we’ve been on. We travel quiet a bit and so these tours. Emily our tour guide was phenomenal. She really did a great job telling us about the history of MLK along with other African Americans in the community.

The tour was fantastic and the tour guide knew exactly what he was talking about. I what to bring my grandchildren on the next trip. I hope I have the same person driving for the tour.

We used Roundabout Tours. Jeff was excellent!super knowledgeable and friendly!

A great opportunity to tour the city without driving yourself..