What are the best activities to do in Atlanta?

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Sonia Chopra

There are so many things to do in Atlanta, both indoors and outdoors.

In the summer, go tubing down the Chattahoochee River (locals will tell you to "Shoot the Hooch"), catch a laser show at Stone Mountain, or tailgate before heading to a Braves game at Turner Field.

When the leaves start to change, hike up Kennesaw Mountain or bike around the Silver Comet Trail, and in the spring, the Smith-Gilbert and Atlanta Botanical gardens are beautiful. You can also explore the Eastside Trail of Atlanta's new BeltLine, which connects Midtown to Inman Park in 2.25 miles of paved path. 

Want to stay indoors? Tour the World of Coca-Cola or the CNN Center, check out the Buford Highway Farmers Market, go to happy hour at the High Museum, watch a puppet show at the Center or Puppetry Arts, or enjoy martinis and an IMAX movie at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Dana Hazels Seith
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There are plenty of activities to fill your day in Atlanta. Here are our favorites.
 
Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The unifying civil rights leader had deep roots in Atlanta. The MLK Jr. historic site showcases the birth home, church, and tomb of the Rev. Dr. King.
 
Hit the Silver Comet Trail. Walk, run, or bike a portion of the scenic Silver Comet Trail. The 61.5-mile trail begins just outside of Atlanta in the suburb of Smyrna, and ends at the Georgia-Alabama state line. 
 
Tour Buford Highway. If you’re craving an adventure and exotic eats, foodies in the know head to Buford Highway. The dense area is populated with the city’s best Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Mexican, Cuban, and more.
 
Stroll through Piedmont Park. Atlanta’s version of New York’s Central Park is Piedmont Park. The park, located in the heart of Midtown, is a popular spot for outdoor fun. Bocce, tennis, and basketball courts, a dog park, and fishing pond make it a heavily utilized greenspace.  
 
Take in the view from a restaurant patio. Atlanta is a food-centric town and most restaurants have lovely patio sections. Even in the colder months, most have heated outdoor space perfect for lingering. It is the South, after all … stay a while.
 

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