From the days of the Native Americans to the Civil Rights era, Atlanta, Georgia, has a rich history that residents and tourists alike celebrate each day. Museums, historic sites and other Atlanta attractions tell the story of the years leading up to the present, and they often attract visitors from around the world.
If you’re planning a trip to the city in the near future, you may want to take time to explore some of these places that are both educational and entertaining.
Atlanta History Center
Start at the Atlanta History Center, which dates back to 1926 and sits on 33 acres of historic land in the city’s Buckhead district. Some of its features include the Atlanta History Museum, the Swan House, the Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, a tea room and gardens and trails.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Learn about Georgia’s natural history at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, which sits on 75 acres and features both indoor and outdoor exhibits. This kid-friendly museum has everything from dinosaurs to Native American artifacts. Be sure to see a movie at the IMAX theater before you leave.
Considered one of Atlanta’s top attractions by many publications, the Fox Theatre is a majestic venue that hosts Broadway musicals, concerts and other shows throughout the year. Take in a show, or tour the theater to get a glimpse of its stunning Arabian decor and ornate architecture.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Get a glimpse of American history through the eyes of one of Georgia’s most famous residents: former President Jimmy Carter. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum are home to Carter’s Nobel Prize, a replica of his Oval Office and thousands of other items from his presidency.
Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame
College football is king in the South, and you can learn all about its history at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. Bring the kids along to take part in interactive football-themed exhibits.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
At one of Atlanta’s top tourist destinations, you can learn all about Dr. King and the Civil Rights era by visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. See his birth home, visit the International World Peace Rose Garden, check out the King Center and explore Ebenezer Baptist Church where King preached.
Margaret Mitchell House
Located in Midtown and operated by the Atlanta History Center, you can explore the world where famed author Margaret Mitchell wrote her beloved novel “Gone with the Wind.” It’s also home to exhibits relating to the book and movie.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is located just outside of Atlanta, but it’s one of the area’s top attractions and features plenty of Civil War-era history. There are also numerous fun and seasonal attractions to check out, including the nightly laser show.
Delta Flight Museum
Delta Airlines is headquartered in Atlanta, and the company has turned its original 1940s-era hangars into a flight museum. View hundreds of items, including old plans, related to Delta’s history.
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Before you leave town, take a stroll through historic Oakland Cemetery in Downtown Atlanta. Famous Atlanta residents, like Margaret Mitchell and Bobby Jones, are buried here among the old oak trees and magnolias. Enjoy the cemetery’s beautiful architecture and unparalleled views of the Atlanta skyline.