From museums to gardens – and even a famous cemetery – Atlanta offers plenty of attractions for when you are not at Safety 2016.
Atlanta History Center
The Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive 32-acre destination featuring the Swan House that was used during the filming of the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It also includes the Atlanta History Museum, the Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Kenan Research Center, the Grand Overlook event space, the Coca-Cola Café and acres of historic gardens and woodland trails.
The Atlanta Beltline
The Atlanta BeltLine is comprised of 22 miles of unused railroad tracks circling the core of the city’s in-town neighborhoods. From trails and walkways, open green space and parks, public art project and many dining options, the BeltLine is not to be missed.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum
Take a journey through time at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum. Sit at the center of a sweeping panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, during the American Civil War. In addition to artifacts from the Civil War period, the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta is the world’s largest oil painting, measuring 42 feet tall and 358 feet in circumference.
Pass through the gates of Oakland and you will discover Atlanta’s fascinating history, from the beginning. From a hilltop in Oakland Cemetery, General John B. Hood watched the Battle of Atlanta, and nearby lie soldiers among sculpture and architecture, ancient oaks and magnolias.
You can actually snorkel or scuba dive with the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. Interested in interacting with a slightly smaller animal? The nation’s largest aquarium offers encounters with dolphins, belugas, otters and even penguins!
MLK historic site
Walk in the footsteps of heroes at the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, the only walkway to feature authentic shoe prints of civil rights pioneers, visit The King Center that includes inspirational materials including audio, video and the preserved writings of Dr. King, pay your respects at his original gravesite and current tomb, tour his boyhood home and so much more.
College Football Hall Of Fame
The College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-Fil-A Fan Experience is a shrine to college football and the fans who love it. Registering your favorite team will allow interactive exhibits to know who you cheer for as soon as you walk up to it, and it shows you photos and videos for your specific team. It’s the closest you can get to that game day feeling without being on a campus.
The High Museum of Art
Step inside the leading art museum in the Southeast and gaze at more than 13,000 classic, modern and contemporary works of art. Its main collection features Monet, Tournier, Tiepolo and Ernst amongst others, and renowned architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano..
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Adjacent to Piedmont Park is the Atlanta Botanical Garden where you can explore more than 30 acres of breathtaking botanical bliss.
Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum
With permanent collections that span the globe and renowned traveling exhibits, Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum will satisfy your inner history buff by everything from mummies to a Greek muse. Housed in a distinguished building by renowned architect Michael Graves, the museum maintains the largest collection of ancient art with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, and the ancient Americas.