Across its major cities and into its beautiful rural areas, Georgia offers up a bevvy of history, cuisine, haunts, arts and industry. The city is considered part of the USA’s “Deep South” and, for those looking to experience the country’s deep southern culture, you certainly won’t be disappointed. 

    If you've never visited Georgia before, you’ll likely want to start in Atlanta – which is easy, considering Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has long been one of the busiest airports in the world. Beyond Atlanta, can’t-miss sites abound in Savannah, August and Athens, and on over in the coastal islands. Check out our guide to the best things to do in Georgia. 

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    Georgia Aquarium

    Explore one of the largest aquariums in the world

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    The Georgia Aquarium was the world's largest aquarium when it opened in 2005, a title that the public attraction retained until 2012. Still, even though the title is gone, that hardly makes this spot any less impressive. You can marvel at the hundreds of species and the thousands of animals that call the massive building home, from manta rays to sea lions, beluga whales to whale sharks.

    The whale sharks are definitely one of the most popular marine animals at Georgia Aquarium – the building was designed around their 6.3-million-gallon tank. Additionally, the aquarium is one of only a handful of aquariums in the world that houses mammoth manta rays.

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    Location: 225 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 404-581-4000

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    Centennial Olympic Park

    Step back in time, in a green space that made history

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    Centennial Olympic Park is a beautiful green space right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, to be sure, but it’s so much more than just a pretty park with water gardens and walking paths. The park was host to the 1996 Olympic Games, and still shows signs of this today.

    You can explore the 22-acre park and see the medal podium on the West Lawn Promenade, the Olympic rings at the Fountain of Rings Plaza, and the separate plaza created in commemoration of the athletes who participated in the Paralympic Games. The city has created lots of dedicated selfie spots around the park, too.

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    Location: 265 Park Avenue West Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 7 am to midnight, Sunday–Thursday from 7 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 404-223-4412

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    Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park

    Experience one of the most significant spots in civil rights history

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    The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park is unlike any national historic park you’ll visit. Located in downtown Atlanta, it stretches across several city blocks and encompasses a handful of notable structures, all of which are worth a visit.

    After stopping by the visitor centre, travellers can go on to Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home, the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (where he was baptised and later ordained), Fire Station No. 6 (where you can learn about the desegregation of the Atlanta Fire Department), the tomb of Dr and Mrs King, the “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden, and more.

    Location: 450 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 404-331-5190

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    Stone Mountain Park

    An attraction that will keep the entire family entertained all day long

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    Stone Mountain Park is a family-friendly attraction that's within a short drive outside Atlanta. The park centres around a huge monolith known as Stone Mountain. The rock itself has attracted tourists for centuries, and a large carving on the side of the rock depicts Confederate figures.

    Some of the most popular activities at the park include travelling to the rock’s peak via a cable car or a hiking trail, as well as visiting the park’s historic square, which boasts structures dating to the late 18th century.

    Location: 1000 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 800-401-2407

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    National Center for Civil & Human Rights

    Educate yourself on the fundamental rights of all human beings

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    The National Center for Civil & Human Rights focuses on exhibits that inspire and encourage, while providing a safe space for all visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all humans. Exhibits focus on topics like the American civil rights movement, global civil rights struggles, homelessness and the life of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The centre is conveniently located right in downtown Atlanta, within walking distance of many other popular tourist attractions. The National Center for Civil & Human Rights offers exhibits and learning opportunities suitable for all ages.

    Location: 100 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 678-999-8990

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    Chattahoochee National Forest

    Get out in nature, in this dense, beautifully wild national forest

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    The Chattahoochee National Forest is mammoth, and a northern Georgia attraction that you could plan an entire trip around. Just how big is it? Well, it crosses over 26 counties and takes up nearly 900,000 acres, with 850 miles of recreational trails, thousands of miles of streams and rivers and dozens of spots to safely camp.

    Some of the most popular activities within the forest include camping and canoeing, taking the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway for scenic views from the comfort of your car, and visiting the tall twin waterfalls at the Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area. You can learn about 10,000 years of history at the Scull Shoals Historic Site.

    Location: Suches, GA 30572, USA

    Phone: +1 770-297-3000

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    Savannah Historic District

    Surround yourself with the charm of Savannah’s storied past

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    The Savannah Historic District is a delight to just walk around and take in all of the architecture and history. The streets are filled with homes dating back to the 1700s and 1800s, all still sitting in the original town plan that was designed in 1733. Examples of Georgian, Greek Revival and Gothic architecture abound.

    You can tour many historic homes in the Savannah Historic District, but it’s certainly not required to have a nice time. Taking it all in from the sidewalks and the picturesque green space is plenty enough.

    Open: +1 912-944-0455

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    Zoo Atlanta

    Visit rare animals at this large Atlanta zoo

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    Zoo Atlanta was founded in the late 1800s and today still delights families and travellers with its extensive collection of animals and species, including several rare animals, such as its giant pandas. Since conservation is a large part of the zoo’s mission, it’s not uncommon to see rare baby animals like twin gorillas and panda cubs.

    Habitats focus on Australian wildlife, reptiles, Asian forests, the African savanna, African rainforests and species that are specifically impacted by the international wildlife trade.

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    Location: 800 Cherokee Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30315, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 3.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +1 404-624-5600

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    Rock City Gardens

    Catch spectacular views from the tops of ancient rock formations

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    Rock City Gardens sits near the Georgia-Tennessee border and offers views of up to 7 states on a clear day. Sometimes called Lookout Mountain, it has been known to travellers passing through the regions as early as 1823 and, before that, the tall rock structures were well-known to regional Native American tribes.

    Rock City gained attention quickly, from both hikers and geologists, before it became a full-fledged tourist attraction in the 1920s. Nowadays, you can still hike to the same summit, as well as enjoy the family-friendly side attractions, shopping and restaurants built up around it, all of which make up Rock City Gardens.

    Location: 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750, USA

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 706 820 2531

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    Driftwood Beach

    Enjoy pristine views of the Atlantic Ocean from this island beach

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    Driftwood Beach is one of the favourite beaches on one of Georgia favourite islands, Jekyll Island. Southerners from the entire region flock to Jekyll Island for its laid-back atmosphere and hospitality. Driftwood Beach gets its name from the plentiful driftwood along its shores.

    While the beach is on the smaller side, it is very family-friendly and a good spot for those who want to enjoy a leisurely stroll on the sand, a picnic or splashing in the waves. Do note, though, that facilities are limited.

    Location: Jekyll Island, GA 31527, USA

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    World of Coca-Cola

    Have you ever tasted different Coke flavours?

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    The one and only World of Coca-Cola is a fun place to learn about the birthplace and history of the world-renowned soft drink. Inside, you’ll find exhibits and memorabilia that hark back through the brand’s history, with iterations of its bright red logos and different bottle forms. In their “tasting room”, we advise you to take only small sips to avoid a sugar rush – there are over a hundred different flavours of Coke from around the world to try! Tickets are around $18.

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    Location: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Open: Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 404-676-5151

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    Six Flags Over Georgia

    Ride high-speed rollercoasters

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    Looking for a thrilling day out in Atlanta? Six Flags Over Georgia is an amusement park that’s filled with over a dozen different rollercoasters. They also offer splashing rides in the onsite waterpark. Younger kids aren’t left out of the fun, with milder rides such as mini truck and train rides they can enjoy. Some coasters are comic-themed, such as the Superman: Ultimate Flight, which takes you on a series of high-speed ascents, as though “leaping tall buildings in a single bound” – 11.5-storey buildings to be exact.

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    Location: 275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell, GA 30168, USA

    Open: (July – September) daily from 10.30 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 770-739-3400

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    Holly Riddle | Contributing Writer

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