Our local experts from Where Atlanta bring you some our favorite things to Atlanta, Georgia!
Georgia Aquarium: The world's largest aquarium is home to tens of thousands of unique marine life including whale sharks, beluga whales, sea otters and, most recently, dolphins. A 4-D movie, cafés and a gift shop are also on site. Guests can enjoy special animal interactions with whale sharks and beluga whales; call for prices; reservations recommended. Su-M 9 am-6 pm, Tu-Sa 9 am-9 pm. Adults $35.95, seniors $31.95, children ages 3-12 $29.95, including dolphin show, 3-D movie and exhibits.
Stone Mountain: A 3,300-acre park surrounds the world's largest granite monolith. The park offers trails, golf courses, a skylift, a railroad, miniature golf, campgrounds, a 4-D theater, the Lasershow Spectacular and the newly opened Geyser Towers with suspended rope bridges and net tunnels overlooking a gushing geyser.
Fox Theatre: This 1929, lavish movie palace is a showplace of Moorish-Egyptian style. Today it is used for concerts, theatrical productions and movies. Call for a schedule of events. The Atlanta Preservation Center offers year-round tours.
Zoo Atlanta: Lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, rhinos and more than 1,500 other animals call the zoo home, but it's probably best known for its gorilla and giant panda bear exhibits. Also, a children's petting zoo, train rides, a rock-climbing wall, a playground and a carousel. M-F 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sa&Su 9:30 am-6:30 pm. Adults $21.99, seniors $17.99, children 3-11 $16.99, 2 and under are free.
The Varsity: The iconic drive-in, the world's largest, is an essential Atlanta experience. Step up to the 150-ft. counter to order chili dogs, naked dogs, burgers, fries, fried apple pie and FOs (frosted orange drinks).
High Museum of Art: More than 11,000 works are in the permanent collection, including 19th- and 20th-century American art, decorative arts and folk art. Tu, W, F&Sa 10 am-5 pm, Th 10 am-8 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Adults $19.50, seniors and students $16.50, children 6-17 $12, under 6 free.
CNN Studio Tour: See the fast-paced newsrooms of CNN's global headquarters. Guests get a bird's-eye view of the actual newsroom and a chance to be a weatherman or news anchor. Daily 9 am-5 pm; tours depart approximately every 10 minutes. Adults $15, seniors $14, children $10.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History: One of the largest natural history museums south of the Smithsonian. The centerpiece is Giants of the Mesozoic, with skeletons of the world's largest dinosaurs. On special exhibit is The Scoop on Poop, which reveals what we can learn about animals by examining what they leave behind, through Sept. 3. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Adults $17.50, seniors and students $16.50, children ages 3-12 $15.50, 2 and under free; IMAX tickets not included in admission.
Fountain of Rings: This 21-acre park, with inscribed bricks, the Fountain of Rings and sculptures, is a permanent legacy to the 1996 Olympic games.
Sun Dial Restaurant: This tri-level complex, including a revolving restaurant, a cocktail lounge and an observatory view level, sits atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel, the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. Live jazz Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6-11 pm.
Have any Atlanta favorites of our own? Let us know what they are in the comments section below.
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