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Atlanta, Georgia on the Piedmont Plateau is a large metropolitan city with impressive skyscrapers as well as a number of incredible parks like Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park, and grant Park. In Atlanta, there is a unique blend of the old Southern traditions and the modern urban jungle. The Atlanta CityPASS will get you into 5 top Atlanta attractions for a reduced price and tourists should head for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau on Peachtree Street for all tourist information.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
In the permanent collections are dinosaur replicas to scale, fossils, exhibits about Georgia’s prehistory, adornments from different cultures around the world, clay artifacts, interactive exhibits about sensing nature through the sight, touch, and sound of our surroundings, and a shell collection. There are temporary exhibits and an IMAX theatre on the site.
The museum is located at 767 Clifton Road NE and is open from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sundays from noon. Entrance is $17.5 for adults, $16.5 for students, and $15.5 for kids aged 3-12. The IMAX films require an extra fee.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Located next to Piedmont Park this garden covers 30 acres and includes statues throughout the garden, seasonal flower displays, the Kendeda Canopy Walk which allows you to walk above the Storza Wood for 180 meters and several themed gardens. The gardens include a Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, woodland areas, and a Children’s Garden. The entrance is $18.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids aged 3 – 12.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta – Imagine It!
The mission of this world-renowned kid’s museum is to spark the imagination and inspire kids to explore, ask questions, and learn through play. Through hands-on exhibits which kids will see as pure playthings, kids can learn about fundamental foods by following the food from farm to store; crawl and climb on soft playground apparatus; put on a raincoat and splash in the water meeting fish and finned creatures along the way; paint the walls and use interesting tools. There are costumed guides and shows. The museum is above all fun for the kids and they’ll learn without even realizing it. Admission is $12.75 for all visitors over 2 years old. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm during the week and until 5 pm on weekends. The museum is located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park.
Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta back in 1886 and now visitors can explore the 18km² site where you can see 3D movies about the drink, the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in the world, find out how Coca-Cola is made, and enjoy the tasting room. This attraction is at 121 Baker Street NW, Pemberton Place, and general admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for kids aged 3 to 12 years.
Fogo de Chao
This restaurant at 3101 Piedmont Road is one of Trip Advisor’s top three best Atlanta restaurants and is the overall best Atlanta restaurant on the Urbanspoon.com. It is a romantic steakhouse serving Brazilian and international dishes. This Brazilian churrascaria restaurant is a meat lover’s paradise with juicy, top quality ribeye, sirloin, filet, and linguica to name but a few of the meats. There are also salads and cheeses like the aged Manchego cheese and the 24-month aged parmesan. The service is efficient and the atmosphere smart yet inviting and warm. They serve lunch and dinner during the week and just dinner on the weekends.
TWO Urban Licks
This modern American and international style restaurant at 820 Ralph McGill Boulevard has live music to entertain you while you eat. On the menu are duck, brisket, mac n’ cheese, mahi-mahi, tuna Crudo, popcorn sundae and rum-soaked raisin bread. The restaurant stays open late every night except on Sundays and an eclectic crowd gathers to enjoy the lively atmosphere and delicious filling food. The party ambiance and innovative twist on traditional American dishes make this one of the most popular restaurants in the city.
Located at 1093 Hemphill Avenue this restaurant serves pizza and the usual side dishes and desserts. On the menu are favorites like homemade cannoli and sfogliatelle, lasagna, and specialty pizzas like a broccoli rabe, salsiccia, buffalo pizza, meatball, ricotta, and romano pizza and a salaiccia, sweet red peppers, buffalo and cipolin pizza. The basic no-frills restaurant serves up simple homemade-style pizzas to satisfied crowds. The pizza is prepared with all-natural products using traditional Italian methods and top quality ingredients. They have 3 ovens which were imported from Napoli Italy and the fior di mozzarella is flown in fresh from Naples weekly.
Brick Store Pub
At 125 E Court Square, there is this Gastropub serving traditional American cuisine. A Gastropub is a relatively new concept combining restaurant surroundings with pub/bar food. So the restaurant has an intimate pub feel but all the perks of a great restaurant. On the menu are items like country chicken pate, sausage and grits, pastry basket and curry. They have a wide range of beers and alcohol and the atmosphere is young and lively. The décor will make you feel like you’re in an English pub with exposed brick and checkered table cloths. There is a choice of indoor or outdoor dining and the restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and late-night meals seven days a week.