The Official Visitors Guide of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
2020 | PEACHTREE CONNECTS GUIDE
Our most famous street is your guide to the perfect visit
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WHAT’S INSIDE: The Road Paved by Peachtree...................... 6 From its humble beginnings, Peachtree Street has emerged as the artery that connects the city’s most spectacular areas from north to south.
Downtown....................................................... 8 Atlanta’s main event
Filming in Atlanta.......................................... 14 Peachtree Street Map.....................Centerfold An illustrated map of Atlanta created by Archer artists Chris and Courtney Alvarez
Midtown........................................................ 16 Heart of the arts
Buckhead...................................................... 22 Where decadence and style meet for drinks
Eastside........................................................ 25 Hip, eclectic and a little bit eccentric
Westside....................................................... 28 Urban warehouse chic
Atlanta CityPASS.......................................... 30 50 Fun Things to See and Do in Atlanta...... 32
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The Road Paved by Peachtree Every Atlantan can think of a story about Peachtree Street, and just about every Atlantan can tell you how this street connects to his or her life. Discover your own connection to the fabled road with help from this guide.
tlanta is home to more than 70 streets that display the name “Peachtree,” including the most well-known, Peachtree Street. This main thoroughfare travels through Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown, connecting attractions, restaurants, shopping and neighborhoods. You won’t find many peach trees on the road, for Peachtree Street was named for a large Creek Indian settlement called Standing Pitch Tree. As the story goes,
the Creek used trees with fresh pitch, or sap from a pine tree, for solemnizing treaties. “Pitch tree” became “peach tree” to English speakers. The Peachtree Trail stretched from northeast Georgia to Standing Pitch Tree along the Chattahoochee River. Peachtree Road began in 1812 at Fort Daniel in what is now Gwinnett County, and traveled along the course of the trail to the Chattahoochee. Some areas of the present road trace this route. Peachtree Street’s official boundaries are from
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Memorial Drive on the south side to the Gwinnett and Hall county line on the north. In between, the byway is called Peachtree Street, Road, Boulevard and Industrial Boulevard. Landmarks on this well-traveled community connector include the Westin Peachtree Plaza, 191 Peachtree Tower, GeorgiaPacific Tower and SunTrust Plaza dominating Downtown. In Midtown, find Atlantaâ€™s tallest building, the Bank of America
Plaza, plus Fox Theatre, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Woodruff Arts Center. Buckhead boasts numerous luxury hotels, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.
To find out more about attractions, shopping, hotels and dining on Peachtree Street, please visit Atlanta.net.
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xplore the obvious and discover the unexpected in Downtown Atlanta. With major venues and attractions within walking distance of many hotels, it’s no surprise visitors gravitate to these neighborhoods throughout Atlanta.
CONVENTION & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT LOCATION: One half mile southwest of Peachtree Street GETTING THERE: Take the Green or Blue MARTA line to the Dome/ GWCC/Philips/CNN station and exit into the heart of the convention & entertainment district. MARTA’s bus routes include The Peach shuttle (route 110, which connects Downtown to Buckhead via Peachtree Street). The Atlanta Streetcar stretches east to west on a 2.7-mile loop that runs from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to Centennial Olympic Park. The 12-stop route gives access to dining, attractions, hotels, parks and cultural establishments.
The convention & entertainment district is a 15-minute trip from the airport. Each year, numerous meetings and events take place here, but you’ll also find dining, attractions and nightlife. Most of Downtown’s attractions form a ring around Centennial Olympic Park, included in the Centennial Park District, which
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houses a thriving entertainment area including fine dining and family friendly options. The newly-renovated park provides the Fountain of Rings, two playgrounds, sculptures and a stage. At Georgia Aquarium, discover more than 100,000 creatures and experience the AT&T Dolphin Celebration, the 4-D Funbelievable Theatre, SunTrust Pier 225 Sea Lion Gallery and puffins and other seabirds in Cold Water Quest gallery. The nation’s largest aquarium is planning a major expansion expected to debut in late 2020 that includes a Continued on page 11
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Continued from page 8 new entrance and exhibit space that will house hammerheads and other species of sharks. Next door, World of Coca-Cola features a 4-D theater, the Vault of the Secret Formula, a live-action bottling line and the opportunity to taste more than 100 CocaCola products. The world headquarters of CNN, CNN International and HLN Networks are also located in this area. CNN Studio Tours allows visitors to go behind the scenes of their favorite daytime shows. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites children ages 0-8 to play and learn among several galleries on two stories, all with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). The 200-foot SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel boasts more than 42 gondolas, each holding up to six people. A 15-minute flight gives visitors a spectacular view of the city. National Center for Civil and Human Rights is the first venue in the world where visitors can learn about the history of the American civil rights movement, contemporary human rights movements and how they are connected. Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame provides fans a shrine for recognizing the game’s top players and coaches, an indoor football field and rotating exhibits.
Anchored by Centennial Olympic Park, the Centennial Park District houses a thriving entertainment area. Restaurants provide both fine dining and family friendly options. Visit State Farm Arena for NBA Atlanta Hawks basketball game action. The NFL Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United FC play at the new retractable-roof Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
SWEET AUBURN HISTORIC DISTRICT LOCATION: Approximately one mile southeast of Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta. GETTING THERE: Take MARTA Blue or Green lines to the Georgia State station and walk half a mile to Sweet Auburn.
The Sweet Auburn Historic District is steeped in history. Start on Auburn Avenue where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born and where many of Atlanta’s prominent blackContinued on page 12
Birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
DOWNTOWN Continued from page 11 owned businesses began. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park engages guests with a visitor center exploring King’s legacy, the King Birth Home, the historic and new sanctuaries of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the burial sites of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. In the 1940s and 50s, Sweet Auburn flourished economically with African-American-owned businesses,
newspapers, churches and nightclubs. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, Sweet Auburn has continued to invest in development, including initiatives like Atlanta Streetcar, which runs from the King Center to Centennial Olympic Park. Originally opened in 1918, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market offers produce, meats and dairy from local farms as well as artisan shops and eateries.
CASTLEBERRY HILL LOCATION: Castleberry Hill is approximately one mile southwest of Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta. GETTING THERE: Take the Green or Blue MARTA line to the Dome/ GWCC/Philips/CNN station and walk one half mile southwest to Walker Street.
Castleberry Hill’s early 20th century commercial and industrial structures give the area a distinctive, urban look. Art galleries such as the Besharat Gallery, a hip, European style salon located in an 1880s building, restaurants including
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FAIRLIE-POPLAR HISTORIC DISTRICT LOCATION: Fairlie-Poplar is onequarter mile from Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta. GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Gold MARTA line to the Peachtree Center station. Walk south on Peachtree Street directly into Fairlie-Poplar.
The Fairlie-Poplar Historic District has been revitalized with artist studios, galleries, restaurants and nightspots. Located near Georgia State University, this neighborhood’s vibrancy is complemented by many of Downtown’s cultural institutions. Rialto Center for the Arts amps up the night with national and international jazz, world music and dance. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s spotlights independent
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plays with a Southern edge from Theatrical Outfit. For national tours and concerts, visit Tabernacle, a renovated church-turned-concert venue. In Woodruff Park, take the kids to the Woodruff Park Playground in the northwestern corner. The area features a slide, climbing walls and the design depicts the letters ATL.
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“The Hunger Games,” “The Walking Dead,” “Stranger Things,” “Raising Dion,” “Ozark” and Tyler Perry’s “Madea” all have one thing in common – each is among the hundreds of films and television programs filmed in Georgia each year. Atlanta takes top billing for film and television production thanks to competitive On the set of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War tax incentives, location diversity, a moderate climate, state-of-the-art film studios and production facilities and ease of access via the Atlanta airport. Atlanta is the unofficial place for filming superhero movies. Marvel Studios works with Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios and, ever since the partnership started, superhero movies have been produced from Atlanta and the state of Georgia, including “Black Panther,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Captain America: Civil War.” The country’s first African-American-owned studio - Tyler Perry Studios - recently opened its new space on 330 acres in southwest Atlanta.
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Atlanta Movie Tours feeds the zombie frenzy with four tours dedicated to “The Walking Dead.” Victory Tour captures the real-life sites of “The Hunger Games” series while the Hero Tour transports fans to locations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Best of Atlanta Tour, is jam-packed with location visits and fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. The Atlanta Upside Down Tour takes guests on a whirlwind tour of Atlanta as they spot sites from the Netflix 11/1/18 hit3:50 PM show “Stranger Things.”
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idtown is a cultural district full of stylish substance between Downtown and Buckhead. Walk along Peachtree Street and discover local boutiques and galleries, and take in Atlanta’s temperate climate while sipping coffee or a cocktail at one of the trendy bars and restaurants lining Peachtree.
ARTS DISTRICT LOCATION: The Arts District is located along Peachtree Street from Ponce de Leon Avenue to 17th Street. GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA Red or Gold Line and exit at Arts Center Station, located next to The Woodruff Arts Center.
The city’s arts scene thrives in Midtown. Major venues with awardwinning performances and changing exhibits keep locals and visitors coming back to explore. The Woodruff Arts Center is composed of High Museum of Art, Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre. The campus was created by two of the world’s most famous architects, Renzo Piano and Richard Meier. Across the street at 16th and Peachtree streets, explore exhibitions on architecture, industrial design, graphics, fashion and more at Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the
study of all things design. Look for changes happening at Colony Square, located a block south. The renovation includes adding sidewalk stores, a pocket park and new restaurants. At 18th and Spring streets, William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum celebrates Jewish culture and promotes social justice. Across the street is Center for Puppetry Arts. The Worlds of Puppetry Museum with the Jim Henson wing houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Henson’s work, and has more than 500 artifacts including characters from “Sesame Street,” “The Muppet Show,” “Fraggle Rock,” “The Dark Crystal” and more. Another of Atlanta’s architecturally inspired arts destinations is Fox Theatre. Designed in the 1920s, this National Historic Landmark was originally a Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque with lavish structures, painted details such as the indoor Continued on page 18
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Wonderful, walkable Midtown. There’s no better place to stay and play than Midtown Atlanta. Home to the Southeast’s largest concentration of arts and cultural venues, 300+ acres of parks and gardens, a flourishing restaurant scene with 150+ dining options, and over a dozen hotels to choose from. All in a walkable, vibrant community. Experience Midtown—in the heart of it all.
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Continued from page 16 Arabian courtyard ceiling and a sky full of flickering stars. Throughout the year, the Fox offers guided tours, concerts and Broadway shows. Dive into the story of Margaret Mitchell at Margaret Mitchell House, managed by Atlanta History Center. Tours of the apartment where she wrote “Gone With the Wind” are offered. Walk across 10th street to the Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum, where exhibits explain the history of American banking and provide a glimpse of the bank’s automated
vault and cash-processing areas. The Atlanta campus of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) offers four free galleries depicting fashion, photography and more. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film celebrates the art of fashion by offering cutting-edge exhibitions, events, films and forums. Piedmont Park has provided a green space for Atlantans since 1904. Bordered by 10th Street, the park welcomes visitors to play sports, fish and picnic, with two playgrounds, a public pool and a dog park. Adjacent to Piedmont Park is Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Garden features more than 30 acres including a restaurant, the Fuqua Orchid Center and the Canopy Walk among the treetops of Storza Woods. New in Midtown: Plans are underway for a pedestrianfriendly thoroughfare. The Midtown Art Walk will extend along Peachtree Walk from MARTA’s Midtown Station at 10th Street to Arts Center Station at 14th Street, making room for public art, inviting plazas and weekend festivities in the open air.
WEST MIDTOWN LOCATION: West Midtown is located between I-75/85, North Avenue and Northside Drive, just under a mile from Peachtree Street. GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Gold MARTA line to the Arts Center station and follow signs pointing to buses. Free Atlantic Station shuttles run every 5-10 minutes. The Georgia Tech Trolley is a free shuttle that operates on an east-west route and stops at the Midtown Marta station.
Originally the Atlantic Steel Mill, Atlantic Station is an outdoor mall, combining shopping, dining and entertainment. There are more than 40 shops in Atlantic Station including boutique brands coupled with Dillard’s, H&M and IKEA, plus a Regal 18 movie theater. Atlantic Station expands with a refreshed Central
Park to include a new interactive water feature, shade canopies and a giant LED video screen for the summer movie series. Atlantic Station gets a thumbs up for having ample parking with two complimentary hours. Georgia Tech is located in this area, and includes Ferst Center for the Arts, hosting jazz, dance, other music genres, comedy performances and “Urban Nutcracker” by Ballethnic Dance Company in November.
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n affluent area, Buckhead is full of everything from sweeping mansions and high-end shopping to progressive restaurants and nightlife LOCAL TIP: Same road, different name. Peachtree Street becomes Peachtree Road when entering Buckhead from Midtown.
BUCKHEAD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT LOCATION: Peachtree Road runs right through the Buckhead Commercial District where it intersects with Piedmont Road and Lenox Road. GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA North Springs Red Line and exit at Buckhead Station to land in the middle of the Buckhead Commercial District. Bus routes complement MARTA’s rail service: “the buc” is a free shuttle service connecting hotels, shopping areas, MARTA and more.
If you’re looking for hotel luxury, this area has it all, from The Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead and St. Regis Atlanta to Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta and The Whitley. Part of the city’s social scene can be discovered at the stylish bars of these hotels. High-end shopping awaits at both Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square. An essential part of any legendary Buckhead shopping experience and anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Neiman
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Marcus and Macy’s, Lenox Square is home to 250 specialty retailers. When you need a little break, Lenox offers both fine dining establishments and casual restaurants as well as a food court. During the holidays, the Macy’s Pink Pig ride, an Atlanta tradition Continued on page 24
Continued from page 22 for more than 50 years, is located outdoors in the parking lot outside of Macy’s. Just across Peachtree Road, Phipps Plaza comprises more than 100 stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co. and Gucci, as well as a 14-screen AMC movie theater. Like Lenox Square, Phipps has full-service restaurants and eateries. Also at Phipps Plaza, LEGOLAND Discovery Center features a 4-D theater, two rides and a MINILAND exhibit designed as the Atlanta skyline. Just across the street from Lenox Square, find the outdoor Shops Around Lenox. Here’s where to shop Draper James (Reese Witherspoon’s retail offering of fashion and home goods) or the expansive Crate & Barrel. Visit fab’rik for clothing, shoes and accessories and Kendra Scott for jewelry and gifts. Keep a lookout for street art from well-known artists HENSE and Peter Ferrarri. Try some North Indian cuisine at Bhojanic or grab a smoothie at Roots Juices. All of that shopping is bound to work up an appetite. Bistro Niko, Aria, Del Frisco’s Grille, Atlas,
New York Prime, Kyma and Ruth’s Chris Steak House deliver both taste and atmosphere. The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is the city’s most recent live-work-play development. It encompasses six blocks and is anchored by Hermes, Atlanta-started Spanx and Etro. Diptyque, La Perla and L’Occitane, plus Billy Reid, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo are all found here. Alicia + Olivia, Brunello Cucinelli, Theory and Intermix produce luxury gifts. Dining options span from high-end to super affordable and include Shake Shack, The Southern Gentleman, Gypsy Kitchen, Le Colonial, Taverna, Le Bilboquet, American Cut and Doraku.
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Explore one of the community’s design and gallery districts, which include Miami Circle, Peachtree Decorative Arts Plaza, Galleries of Peachtree Hills and Bennett Street. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia on Bennett Street houses more than 600 works by local artists. Atlanta History Center features
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gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas. The complex includes the 1840s Tullie Smith Farm and the fully restored 1928 Swan House mansion. The Museum offers exhibitions on the history of Atlanta encompassing the Civil War, African-American heritage and Southern folk art. The Atlanta Cyclorama moved from Grant Park to the History Center and has been significantly restored. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park is one of Atlanta’s most unique traditions during the summer, where guests hear live music under the stars with a star-studded lineup. Horseradish Grill is around the corner for updated southern eats. Buckhead Theatre presents rock, country, hip hop, alternative and more in an intimate venue.
hether you’re into live music or street art, there is no short supply of creativity in these neighborhoods on the east side of the city.
EAST ATLANTA VILLAGE LOCATION: Three miles east of Peachtree Street down Memorial Drive. GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA Blue Line or Edgewood/Candler Park Green Line to Inman Park/ Reynoldstown exit. From there, it is a two-mile cab ride or rideshare to East Atlanta Village.
For live music, guests will feel at home in East Atlanta Village (EAV). The area is home to music venues
and intimate clubs. Places like The EARL and The Basement at the Graveyard Tavern attract local, regional and national bands. EAV is a walkable area of town with an edgy character. Along Flat Shoals and Glenwood avenues, there are restaurants, pubs, bookshops, LGBTfriendly bars, clothing stores and more. Keep traveling east and come upon the city of Decatur, full of boutiques and restaurants.
GRANT PARK LOCATION: Two miles east of Peachtree Street on Memorial Drive.
Located close to downtown Atlanta, Grant Park is characterized by Victorian-style architecture, shops and restaurants, and the fourth largest park in the city. Visitors can visit Zoo Atlanta (home of America’s only twin Giant Panda cubs), and, on the northern most tip of Grant Park, explore the 48 acres of Historic Oakland Cemetery, the final resting
GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA Blue Line or Edgewood/Candler Park Green Line to the King Memorial Station. From there, it is a one-mile cab ride or rideshare to Grant Park. Giant Panda at Zoo Atlanta
place of Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones and many prominent Atlantans. Trees are a signature feature of Grant Park, and whether you’re enjoying a restaurant, patio or taking a bike ride down the street, a canopy of trees keeps your experience cool. Be sure to visit during the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival in August.
LITTLE FIVE POINTS LOCATION: Approximately three miles east of Peachtree Street down John Lewis Freedom Parkway. GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA Blue Line or Edgewood/Candler Park Green Line to the Inman Park/ Reynoldstown exit. From there, it is a one-mile car ride to Little Five Points.
Everything about Little Five Points is Bohemian chic. Take in the music of street performers or find treasures in vintage apparel shops, eateries, vinyl stores, tattoo parlors, independent bookstores, pubs — and even a giant, 30-foot-tall skull (home of The Vortex restaurant), but this edgy artfulness pales in comparison to the people who live and work in this area. Though the main strip of Little Five is relatively compact, running mainly along Euclid Avenue and part of
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Moreland, it is packed with visitors and vendors. Come to Little Five and get a dose of edgy theater at 7 Stages Theatre, music at Variety Playhouse or Star Community Bar (don’t miss the Elvis shrine), and visit Horizon Theatre Company for contemporary plays.
Inman Park neighborhood
INMAN PARK LOCATION: Approximately three miles northeast of Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta. GETTING THERE: Take the Blue or Green MARTA line and exit at the Inman Park/Reynoldstown station.
With its Victorian homes and tree-lined streets, Inman Park was established in 1912 as Atlanta’s first planned garden suburb. Many community restaurants, coffee houses and bars are located here.
The area also is home to the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes in April, with costumed performers mingling with local city council members in the annual parade. On Highland Avenue, the scene changes from residential to a shopping and dining area with bakeries, restaurants, boutiques, lofts and more. Visitors can grab a bite to eat or a brew, and hop on the Freedom Parkway PATH trail or the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND LOCATION: Approximately two miles north from Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta. GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Yellow MARTA line to the North Avenue Station, then a 2.5-mile cab ride or rideshare into Virginia-Highland.
The area derives its name from the intersection of Virginia and North Highland avenues. Developed in the early 1900s, Virginia-Highland is known for bungalow homes and shopping and dining villages. Goods found along North Highland Avenue range from quirky home décor to antiques and trendy salons. For food, prep yourself for gelato, Irish pub fare,
fusion styles, Tex-Mex and more. Nearby, down Ponce de Leon Avenue, find Fernbank Museum of Natural History, housing the world’s largest dinosaurs, the Giant Screen Theater, WildWoods and traveling exhibitions.
Historic Fourth Ward Park
OLD FOURTH WARD LOCATION: Approximately one mile northeast from Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Gold MARTA line and exit at North Avenue station. From there, it is a 1.5-mile cab ride or rideshare into Old Fourth Ward.
There’s a lot going on in this neighborhood that has emerged as one of Atlanta’s hippest in just a few short years. Old Fourth Ward (OFW) is located in an area originally settled in the early 1800s. Visitors can see restored shotgun houses, Victorian homes and craftsman bungalows. One big asset to the area has been the proximity to John Lewis Freedom Parkway and Atlanta BeltLine, which
has inspired growth and community investment. The Historic Fourth Ward Park encompasses 17 acres of new green space, a two-acre lake, playground, a splash pad, an outdoor theater, athletic field and a world-class skate park. Also in Old Fourth Ward is Ponce City Market with a food hall offering many local favorites, retail shops and Skyline Park on the roof. Venture down Edgewood Avenue for bars and other hot spots. Some of Atlanta’s top restaurants call OFW home. Nearby is Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, hosting exhibitions and displays about the former president’s life and presidency, as well as his humanitarian work.
Westside Provisions District
he Westside is home to historic museums, acclaimed restaurants, shopping and furniture and textile shops. LOCATION: The epicenter of Westside is 1.8 miles west of Peachtree Street down 14th Street. GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Gold MARTA line and exit at the Arts Center station. It is a two-mile bus ride or rideshare to the area.
Spanning from the southern tip of Howell Mill Road to 17th Street and south to Southwest Atlanta, much of the Westside retains its rich history and loft-style industrial identity, with restored 1880s factories and warehouses. The Westside Provisions District on Howell Mill Road offers boutiques and restaurants, with many chefowned restaurants proclaimed as some of the best by Bon AppĂŠtit and Esquire including The Optimist, Marcel and JCT. Kitchen & Bar. The Westside is also home to five arts centers: the Goat Farm Arts Center, Westside Cultural Arts Center, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Southwest Arts Center and King Plow Arts Center, where Actorâ€™s Express performs. Visit Clark Atlanta University Art
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Museum and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and, for a bit of Atlanta history, tour Herndon Home Museum.
Mural along the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail
ATLANTA BELTLINE WESTSIDE TRAIL The newest section of Atlanta BeltLine is now open. Walk, bike, run or skate along the paved paths and see the sights. Washington Park provides more than 25 acres of greenspace for recreational activities. This historic park is the namesake of Atlanta’s first African American neighborhood and sits two blocks from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s high school. Use the BeltLine connected Lionel Hampton Trail to ride your bike directly from the Ashby MARTA Station to reach Washington Park. From Washington Park, begin your march South on the BeltLine through the neighborhoods of Just Us and Mozley Park. The trail weaves through the early 20th century neighborhoods featuring Victorian cottages and craftsman bungalows. Two miles south of Washington Park sits Atlanta’s best collection of Afro-centric vegan restaurants. Slutty Vegan, the most acclaimed of the bunch, can be found four blocks west of the BeltLine’s Lucile Avenue entrance in the Westview neighborhood. West End, one of Atlanta’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, borders the BeltLine’s Eastern entrance at Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. and features vegan
eateries including Tassili’s Raw Reality Café, Healthful Essence and Soul Vegetarian Restaurant. While in West End, stroll alongside the Queen Anne, Folk Victorian and bungalow houses on Peeples Street before making your way to Hammonds House, the African American culture and arts museum on the northern edge of the neighborhood. Visit The Wren’s Nest, the former home of Joel Chandler Harris, former editor of the Atlanta Constitution and author of the Uncle Remus Tales. The 1870 Queen Anne-style home is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the timeless legacy of the Br’er Rabbit tales. Proceed South on the BeltLine from Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. to the warehouse complex at Lee + White and take in the murals and street art that decorate the Westside trail. The Lee + White complex is a massive Continued on page 30
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WESTSIDE diverse array of world-class beer. Wild Heaven offers Comida Fina, an in-house restaurant with elevated Latin fare including tacos and flatbreads. Next door, Boxcar serves classic American fare with a southern inspired twist.
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CATCH A BROADWAY PLAY BEFORE IT HITS BROADWAY Musicals, dramas and classical favorites light up Atlanta’s theater scene. See groundbreaking performances at the Tony Awardwinning Alliance Theatre for a perfect ending to your evening.
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ATLANTA BELTLINE GET HYPED FOR HISTORY
WALK, BIKE, RUN ON THE BELTLINE Explore miles of Atlanta BeltLine by foot or on two wheels. Once you work up an appetite, stop in at one of the many spots along the path to relax and refuel. With all the changing artwork, unique neighborhood shops and restaurants, the BeltLine is an easy way to stay active in Atlanta.
Big things await you at Atlanta History Center. This 33-acre attraction features award-winning exhibitions including the reimagined Cyclorama exhibit, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House. Don’t forget to make a quick trip to the Margaret Mitchell House at the Center’s Midtown campus.
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ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN
STOP AND SMELL THE ORCHIDS Nestled in the northern corner of Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Garden spreads its roots across more than 30 acres. Explore the lush green garden when it is lit up for special
DISCOVER YOUR INNER MAGICIAN Hilarity and magic blend together to create an outstanding evening with tons of audience involvement. Peter Morrison’s performance will delight and amaze everyone! So play your cards right and see this marvel of a show. Showtimes are Fridays8:30 PM and Saturdays- 6:30 PM & 9:30 PM.
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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN AWARDWINNING SURROUND SOUND Prepare to be spellbound by song. Whether they’re performing the classics or a soundtrack over a favorite film, an evening with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is a sound plan.
EMBRACE THE HEART OF ATLANTA Pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy, take a selfie with the Olympic rings, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or play on the lush green space with Downtown views in every direction. Many of Atlanta’s world-class attractions, dining and venues are only steps away.
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TREAT YOURSELF See a movie, concert, tennis match or a Cirque du Soleil show. Then browse major retailers and find a local boutique in this walkable, outdoor shopping mecca. Pack a spare suitcase for all the goodies you will bring back from Atlantic Station.
Bring the kids to experience the most beloved children’s tales through award-winning puppetry shows, films and workshops at Center for Puppetry Arts. After a show, don’t miss the Worlds of Puppetry Museum featuring a huge Jim Henson collection.
EXPLORE ATLANTA’S INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT SCENE The endless restaurant options offer a global culinary adventure like no other neighborhood. This six-mile stretch of highway serves up metro Atlanta’s best Colombian, Korean and Mexican cuisine with farmers markets, dive bars and karaoke tucked in between.
FLOAT ON, ALRIGHT? If you want to experience chill river vibes on an Atlanta rite of passage, you have to “Shoot the Hooch.” The river is one of the metro area’s finest outdoor destinations to have a tubular time on the water through Atlanta’s serene, green outdoor scene.
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CHICK-FIL-A COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
LIVE THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE FOOTBALL FAN EXPERIENCE Broadcast with the ESPN College GameDay crew, browse decades of memorabilia, interact with legends and learn about your favorite Hall of Fame inductees. Once you’ve tackled that, try your luck at a field goal.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA
DELTA FLIGHT MUSEUM
SOAR THROUGH THE SKIES Experience aviation history at Delta Flight Museum, where everyone can reach for the skies. Enjoy immersive exhibits, state-of-the-art simulator technology and see rare planes from past eras. Take a guided tour or glide through the massive premises at Delta’s world headquarters with friends, family or a co-pilot of your choice.
FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
MEANDER THROUGH THE MESOZOIC
GET HANDS-ON WITH THE LOVE OF LEARNING Kids and families will love the 3,000-square-foot Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Climb through the layers of Earth, journey across the continents, deliver food from farm to table and then build or paint a masterpiece, all before storytime!
CNN STUDIO TOURS
WATCH THE NEWS UNFOLD News junkies and aspiring journalists, unite! Take a behind-the-scenes look at CNN Studio Tours to see how this global network reports news from beginning to end. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even see one of your favorite HLN or CNN hosts.
Get up close and personal with the dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This museum is an adventure for all who dare and takes travelers back in time to see giant creatures of the Mesozoic – including one that measures more than 120 feet long.
WALK THE RED CARPET Get ready to feel like a movie star when visiting Fox Theatre! Musicals, dance performances and nationally renowned acts await guests at the end of the red carpet walk. No show scheduled? You can take a tour and learn the fascinating history of this Atlanta icon.
LAUGH IT OFF In search of a good laugh? Look no further than award-winning Dad’s Garage improv comedy theater located just off of Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta’s Historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. With a variety of shows and a fully stocked bar, this is a can’t-miss activity for an unscripted night out.
JOURNEY UNDER THE SEA Georgia Aquarium is something you should “sea” to believe. Stare in awe at the sheer variety of marine life on display, peek at puffins and penguins or feed the dolphins after their spectacular show. Don’t miss the opportunity to check swimming with whale sharks off your bucket list.
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HIGH MUSEUM OF ART
MINGLE WITH THE MASTERS Find more than 17,000 works from 19th century art and a growing collection of contemporary pieces inside the leading art museum in the Southeast. Impress a date or bring the family for special exhibits and events plus the permanent collections at High Museum of Art.
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Office replica to the gifts received during his presidency and see his impact on the world today.
EMBRACE YOUR WILD SIDE IN ATLANTA’S ALTERNATIVE SUPERSTORE If the big stiletto-shaped staircase doesn’t give it away, this isn’t your typical store. Unique trinkets abound from vintage games to kitschy items for your home along with the funkiest costume selection in Atlanta. When you finish shopping, be sure to explore its equally quirky neighborhood- Little Five Points.
KENNY LEON’S TRUE COLORS THEATRE COMPANY
Historic Oakland Cemetery is alive and kicking. The infamous scenic resting place for more than 70,000 residents includes Atlanta legends such as author Margaret Mitchell, professional golfer Bobby Jones and Atlanta’s first African American mayor, Maynard Jackson. The cemetery also frequently hosts events including Halloween tours, regular weekend tours and a Harvest Hunt.
JIMMY CARTER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
RAISE YOUR SPIRITS WITH HISTORY AND MYSTERY
HEAR THE RESOUNDING VOICE OF STORYTELLERS Celebrate with bold artists of all cultures as they continue the rich tradition of black storytelling on stage. The shows here will leave you with a powerful message that educates, entertains and delights.
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HANG OUT IN A HUBBUB-FILLED FOOD HALL
ELECT TO SEE THE IMPACT OF A GLOBAL ICON Not every city boasts a presidential library and we’re proud of the one our very own peanut-growing, Nobel Peace Prize-winning President Jimmy Carter built. At Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, you’ll find everything from an Oval
If variety is the spice of life, then Krog Street Market is on fire. A bustling hub of authentic eats built into a 1920s warehouse space, this market has everything the stomach could crave. You can find tapas, burgers, paleo fare - and don’t forget the thirst-quenching beverage selection. While food and drink may be the highlight, don’t miss flowers and gifts galore and the famous Krog Street Tunnel just down the BeltLine.
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LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER ATLANTA
public. Connect with the community for yoga, art and other events at The Home Depot Backyard.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER ATLANTA
BUILD, PLAY, DISCOVER In the heart of Buckhead at Phipps Plaza, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is an attraction that will delight both kids and their companions alike. Rides, a 4D movie experience, themed play areas and the world’s biggest box of LEGO bricks offer hours of fun.
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BOND WITH A MUMMY Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum houses permanent collections from Egyptian artifacts to one of the earliest bathtubs in existence! World-renowned traveling exhibits will mesmerize your inner history buff.
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WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A CIVIL RIGHTS ICON Visit the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and see where he preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Explore his legacy at The King Center and his final resting place. Then stand in the footprints of changemakers and civil rights leaders on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) creates engaging exhibits of architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. See the impact of design on your everyday life with MODA’s range of programs and lectures for all ages.
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MICHAEL C. CARLOS MUSEUM
Score some of the best seats in town for an Atlanta Falcons (NFL) game, Atlanta United FC (MLS) soccer match or a high-energy concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Check out the daily tours to see amazing artwork and behind-thescenes areas rarely open to the
MARVEL AT MAGNIFICENT MURALS The city’s vibrant street art is on full display. Many murals come to life during annual collaborative community art events like Forward Warrior, ELEVATE and Living Walls. Artists are drawn to Atlanta to create these mustsee canvases throughout the city.
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NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
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BE INSPIRED BY HEROES PAST AND PRESENT Connect the American civil rights movement to current human rights issues through moving, experiential exhibits at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Interact with history to understand your role in the dream and the future.
A GETAWAY ABOVE THE FRAY Get off the beaten path and onto Buckhead’s premier outdoor trail. Enjoy vistas along the greenway while you take in this urban oasis. You’ll quickly fall in love with this peaceful path above one of the most well traveled roads in ATL.
PHIPPS PLAZA AND LENOX SQUARE
BE SEEN AT THE SOUTH’S SHOPPING EPICENTER Enter a shopper’s paradise with high-end boutiques and department store favorites. Lenox is the destination for an upscale shopping experience with all the brands you love. Phipps is home to Nordstrom and many luxury retailers plus one of Atlanta’s go-to movie theaters and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
Truly experience the “city in a forest” with a walk or bike ride through Piedmont Park, home to Atlanta Botanical Garden and Lake Clara Meer. Whether you are going to a festival, taking a sunset stroll or walking your pooch to the dog park, this is the place to be on a beautiful day.
PONCE CITY MARKET AND THE ROOF AT PONCE CITY MARKET
CATCH A CULT CLASSIC Ease on down Ponce de Leon Avenue to catch a flick at Atlanta’s oldest operating cinema. This theater specializes in special screenings of obscure fan favorites and minithemed movie runs. You’ll find indie movies and blockbusters depending on the week. Check for movie times and don’t forget the popcorn!
SAVOR THE FLAVOR OF ATLANTA Take the trail to Ponce City Market, home to a number of famous chefowned restaurants, quick service fare and a mixture of both national and local business retail options. Head up to The Roof at Ponce City Market, one of the best rooftops and most romantic views in Atlanta, for classic carnival amusements, miniature golf and a giant slide at Skyline Park. If you need provisions while you’re up there, fill ‘er up at Nine Mile Station and RFD social.
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PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER
ROOFTOP AT HOTEL CLERMONT
PEEL OUT IN A PORSCHE Push yourself to the limit at Porsche Experience Center, specially designed to exhibit elegance and engineering under the hood while testing you on and off the tracks. Once you feel the power from the driver’s seat, be sure to refuel with fine dining at Restaurant 356.
Take in sweeping skyline views from atop a fully decked-out rooftop patio. Grab a handcrafted drink while you luxuriate on top of the city’s historically quirky Hotel Clermont with friends new and old. Don’t forget to try your hand at giant Jenga while you enjoy the music and unique scenery at this Atlanta institution.
SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION + FILM
FLAUNT FINERY AND FILM SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film celebrates fashion as a universal language, garments as important conduits of identity and film as an immersive medium. Strut your stuff over to these dynamic exhibits and events on the SCAD Atlanta campus.
GET A SKY HIGH VIEW OF THE CITY Ride a SkyView Atlanta gondola to experience the city from 20 stories up. It’s a thrilling view during the day and a breathtaking sight at night. You’ll see everything from Stone Mountain Park to Midtown’s Georgia Tech campus.
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STATE FARM ARENA
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS ARENA? State Farm Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and some of the city’s hottest concerts year-round. The arena is also packed with notable eateries from B’s Cracklin BBQ to the always-lively Zac Brown’s Social Club. It truly has everything you need for a modern fan experience including Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop!
STONE MOUNTAIN PARK
ENJOY MOUNTAINS OF FUN Trek through the treetops on SkyHike, hike up the mountain for a beautiful view or take a relaxing trip to the top with Summit Skyride. While you are there, ride around Stone Mountain by train and enjoy the longest-running laser show in the world.
Scream and shout through all the roller coasters you can handle or relax waterside at Hurricane Harbor. Six Flags Over Georgia has heart-pounding rides, excellent live entertainment and is undeniably fun for the whole family.
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SUNTRUST PARK AND THE BATTERY ATLANTA
CHARGE UP THE BATTERY When the Braves play at home, take an outing between innings to SunTrust Park for a lively game-day atmosphere. Slide into The Battery Atlanta for restaurants, bars, shops or a concert at Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre.
creative vibes. TIP: Start at the Visitor Center in Centennial Olympic Park, where three of artist Karen Anderson Singer’s imaginative doors fit within an augmented reality mural made by local Atlanta artists, Lotus Eaters Club.
WORLD OF COCA-COLA
SWEET AUBURN CURB MARKET
SEARCH FOR THE SECRET FORMULA SWEETEN YOUR VISIT WITH A SAVORY SNACK This urban farmers market offers everything from seafood, farm-fresh meat and produce to unique eateries serving arepas and barbecue. Pro tip: Don’t stop after the bookstore, bakery and killer burger. While you are there, see if the market is having a culinary tour, storytelling, cooking classes or community event.
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Experience the history of the world’s most famous soft drink. Walk through fascinating exhibits at World of Coca-Cola, get nostalgic looking at classic ads and see a replica of the bottling process. Get a peek at the vault containing the secret formula and tempt your taste buds with a sample of more than 100 beverages from around the globe in the tasting room.
ALL TOGETHER NOW Come let your full-on fandom fly at one of Atlanta’s most unique music venues. Tabernacle, a concert hall which began life as a church over a century ago, is chock full of character and regularly features internationally known acts, all within walking distance of the rest of downtown Atlanta.
KNOCK KNOCK, Y’ALL Want to discover Atlanta’s best hangouts with a scavenger hunt? Keep an eye out for Tiny Doors ATL, the itty-bitty art installations beloved by locals. These six inch doors guide you through ATL’s neighborhoods and attractions and reflect the city’s
HAVEN’T YOU HERD? Join the migration as you travel into true-to-life habitats for elephants, giraffes, zebras, southern white rhinos and more. You’ll also see the only giant panda twins in the U.S., Ya Lun and Xi Lun, plus many more animal friends and other exciting exhibits. A fun-filled exploration of the animal kingdom awaits!
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