Our favorite ways to spend summer in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta. Home of Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, and The Walking Dead. The “City in a Forest” remains a major national hub for music, film and business- all among notable greenery. If you’ve chosen Atlanta as your destination, you won’t be disappointed. Here are some of our suggestions among all that Atlanta has to offer.

Georgia Aquarium

At over 10 Million Gallons, more than 250 different species of animal, and as the largest aquarium outside of Asia, the Georgia Aquarium is truly a marvel to see if you get the opportunity. You may have visited aquariums before, but it is both the range of experiences offered and the sheer scale of the Georgia Aquarium that stands out.  Come see the sociable African penguins, eccentric Japanese Spider Crabs, flashy Bottlenose Dolphins, or the genius Beluga Whales. Get close inside of the acrylic tunnel that runs through the Ocean Voyager Built exhibit, one of the only places in the world where you can meet gentle giants like the Manta Ray or the Whale Shark. Or if you want an even closer encounter – walk with rays. ( And for the truly adventurous, hop in a dive cage among 6 species of shark! ) 

World of Coca-Cola

One of the world’s most recognizable brands has its history on display where it all started- Atlanta! Come to Pemberton Place and get a taste of everything Coca-Cola. Stroll through the Loft or the Pop Culture Gallery and take a journey through Coca-Cola’s history. See how Coca-Cola is made and bottled, and enter the mystery around the “ Secret Recipe ”. Take a photo with the Coca-Cola bear and browse the Coca-Cola store for exclusive pieces. Or, walk past it all and straight to the main attraction- the “ Taste It! ” exhibit, where you can try over 100 Coca-Cola beverages from around the world. Maybe it’s a Coca-Cola beverage you only had once on vacation a long time ago, or maybe you just want to try a little bit of everything. Either way, you will find it all at this exhibit. ( Just watch out for the soda called “ Beverly ”- you’ve been warned. )  

Atlanta Jazz Festival

If you arrive earlier near Memorial Day weekend, you can attend the Atlanta Jazz Festival, one of the largest ( and free! ) Jazz Festivals. Listen to Jazz artists and vocalists from Georgia, across the country, and the world at the vibrant Piedmont Park. If you arrive early or want a break from the music, the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Gardens are just on the other side of the park.

Brew At The Zoo

Another thing to do in the early Atlanta Summer is attending the Brew At The Zoo at Zoo Atlanta. Taste beer from local talented breweries, enjoy live music and free rides and see over 220 species, fifteen minutes from Downtown Atlanta! Cool down with an Atlanta Microbrew and visit Giant Pandas, or observe Orangutans operate computers. 

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