Choose from 30 Fun Things to Do in Atlanta
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta’s stunning temple of visual treats, is hard to miss. First, the building is built of white porcelain tile, and inside are four floors of galleries strung together by semicircular pedestrian ramps surrounding a sun-filled four-story atrium.
And that’s just the building. The High Museum of Art collection itself holds more than 11,000 works of art, including a stellar collection of American art, which includes fascinating works from the turn of the 20th century, plus contemporary pieces from the likes of Gerhard Richter and folk art from Georgia treasure Howard Finster. You can also see a marvelous collection of Italian paintings and sculptures from the 14th through the 18th centuries, as well as paintings by French Impressionists and German Expressionists. The collections of sub-Saharan African art and works by noted 19th and 20th century American and European photographers are also world-class.
The collection at the High Museum of Art rotates throughout the year, so each time you visit, you’ll see something you haven’t see before. The museum also hosts traveling exhibitions, concerts, lectures, workshops, and other events.
Located just west of Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden and north of downtown, the High Museum of Art is easy to get to by bus and MARTA trains. Be sure to stop in at the museum’s gift shop, which is filled with books, prints, and art-related gifts. The museum’s restaurant is also worth stopping in for lunch or dinner.
- The museum is an absolute must for Gone with the Wind fans as well as those with an interest in antebellum Georgia history. It’s not the best choice for children, who may find it uninteresting.
- Plan to spend roughly an hour visiting the museum.
- Student and senior discounts are available.
- The museum doesn’t have food services but there are restaurants within walking distance.
- There’s a restaurant and restrooms on-site.
- Plan to spend roughly three to four hours visiting the aquarium.
- Active military personnel receive a discount with ID, plus free admission days.
- The aquarium is wheelchair accessible and provides experiences for guests with visual and hearing impairments.
- The Atlanta History Center is a must for history buffs and is great for families with children.
- Dress for the weather if you plan to enjoy the grounds and gardens.
- There is a coffee shop and a café with light fare.
- The Atlanta History Museum is wheelchair accessible, but other parts of the center are not.
- Studio tours last about 50 minutes.
- Tours often sell out in advance, so it’s a good idea to book early.
- The CNN Center houses a large food court and gift shop.
- Tours involve climbing down several flights of stairs, and only some tour options offer elevator access.
- Fire Station No. 6, a restored firehouse, has a gift shop selling memorabilia relating to Dr. King’s life.
- Most portions of the National Historical Park are accessible to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Most exhibits and tour routes are inside, but you must pass between buildings, so dress accordingly for the weather.
- The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a must-visit for nature lovers and families traveling with kids.
- Dress appropriately for the weather, as many of the gardens are outdoors.
- Give yourself three to four hours in the garden to explore.
- Nearly all areas of the garden are wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available for rent.