Explore Atlanta

Things to Do in Downtown Atlanta

The city began in what is now known as Downtown Atlanta. As railroads merged, terminating in a city once (appropriately) known as “Terminus,” a rough-and-tumble town emerged—transforming eventually into the Capital of the South. Now, Downtown Atlanta is the city’s tourism hub thanks to an impressive mix of attractions, restaurants and massive venues, like the Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Arena, all within walking distance of each other. Get your downtown day started by visiting any of the must-see stops below, including everything from attractions to historical sites and more things to do in Downtown Atlanta.

Centennial Olympic Park

This 21-acre park is a permanent legacy to the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Olympic games. A starting point for many visitors, it offers easy access to the Georgia Aquarium,

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Upon entering this high-tech attraction, visitors come face to face with a wall of 768 college football helmets. Exploring this massive college football shrine’s three stories lands visitors on a 45-yard indoor football field and sitting in Georgia’s only 4K movie theater, among many other interactive activities.


A National Register Historic District, this Downtown area is home to the city's first high-rises. Most notably, Atlanta's version of the famed flat-iron building—the English American building—is at the corner of Peachtree, Broad and Poplar streets.

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is dedicated to inspiring awareness and preservation of the ocean and aquatic animals worldwide.

Georgia State Capitol

A National Historic Landmark, the 1889 building was designed to resemble the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Historical markers on the grounds explain how the city was rebuilt after the Civil War.

Inside CNN Studio Tour

If you’ve ever wondered how the world’s 24-hour news giant runs and want to get in on the action, the 55-minute walking tour of Atlanta’s CNN studios is a fun way to get your fix.


The 20-story Ferris wheel takes passengers on a 15-minute ride up and over the city. At night, the ride lights up with millions of LED lights. Open Su-Th noon-11 pm, F noon-midnight, Sa 10 am-midnight. Tickets: adults $13.89, seniors and military $12.50, ages 3-12 $9.26, plus tax. VIP $50 per person.

Underground Atlanta

This downtown area dates back to the 1800s, and is where Atlanta began as a railroad town. Today, the area teems with restaurants, retail, entertainment and nightlife. Visitor center's open Monday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday noon-6 pm. Check website for hours of indivudal stores.

World of Coca-Cola

Explore the story of the world’s best-known brand. Visitors will see a functioning bottling line, watch a 4D movie and taste more than 100 different beverages from around the world. Open daily. Tickets: $13-$17; ages 2 and under free.