Sign for Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta
Take a stroll down Peachtree Street, poking in high-end shops and perusing museums.
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6 Attractions to Check out While You're in Atlanta for the Super Bowl

Beyond the Big Game in the Big A

It’s official! Super Bowl LIII will see the New England Patriots facing off against the Los Angeles Rams on February 3. If you’re planning on heading to Atlanta to watch the big game, you might want to make a mini-vacation out of it and see what else the city has to offer.

We’ve compiled this list of some of the best things to do in Atlanta to keep you, your friends, and your family entertained throughout your stay in the Empire City of the South.

Stroll Down Peachtree Street

Starting at the Five Points district in downtown Atlanta and stretching to the Buckhead district, Peachtree Street is one of Atlanta’s most famed thoroughfares. It contains Midtown Mile, a glitzy area positively packed with high-end boutiques.

You’ll also find historical attractions such as Fox Theatre (a theater crafted in Middle Eastern style), the High Museum of Art, and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum (dedicated to the author of Gone With the Wind). If you’d like a bite and a pint, there’s the Shakespeare Tavern, an honest to goodness British tavern in the heart of the Deep South’s biggest metropolis.

The Ebenezer Baptist Church Bell Tower in AtlantaLearn more about the Civil Rights Movement at this historic landmark.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

The 35 acres of property located on Auburn Avenue contains multiple exhibits of interest to those who want to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement. Arrive early at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site for a guided tour of King’s birth home before swinging over to the International World Peace Rose Garden.

The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame contains bronze castings of the feet of famous activists, while Ebenezer Baptist Church offers recordings of King’s sermons. Finally, Dr. and Mrs. King’s Tomb marks the final resting place of the man who made his mark on America.

(Please note that, as of press time, the United States’ Federal government is shut down. Parts of this site may not be currently available to visit.)

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A view from the top of Stone Mountain, Georgia, with a telescope in the foregroundTake in stunning views of the surrounding area from the top of Stone Mountain.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Scale Stone Mountain Park

For those outdoorsy folks looking for fun things to do in Atlanta, a visit to Stone Mountain Park is a must. Part kitschy Americana and part geographical wonder, Stone Mountain is a giant quartz dome that heaves up out of the ground just east of Atlanta. This brooding rocky monolith serves as home to Stone Mountain Park, a destination positively packed with family-friendly goodness.

Soar nearly 1,000 feet in the air on a gondola. Enjoy an amazing 18-hole miniature golf course. Until the end of February, fly down snow-covered slopes in giant, multi-person intertubes. Above all, though, enjoy the excellent view of Atlanta from this natural wonder.

Lot of various colorful Lego blocksYour kids' imaginations will run wild at LEGOLAND.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Build Something Grand at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Atlanta isn’t exactly known for frigid weather, but if you and your little ones find outdoor activities a bit too nippy, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center (3500 Peachtree Road) puts a roof over the California and Florida LEGOLAND parks. It’s one of the best things to do in Atlanta with kids as they can enjoy a pair of rides, as well as dedicated building zones.

They’ll get to test their creations at shuddering earthquake towers, see pint-sized recreations of cities, and race their own LEGO cars against other kids. There’s even a factory tour so that children can see how their favorite building blocks get made. Parents may not find the kid-centric grub at the on-site cafe quite to their liking, but they can take heart knowing their little ones will love it.

View of a television control roomGet a behind the scenes look at how the news is broadcast.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Tour CNN Studios

News junkies, rejoice! Atlanta is the home of CNN, the nation’s first round-the-clock news station, and it offers tours of its home studios. Learn how the news comes to television sets all over America by going behind the scenes. See how a green screen works for reporting the weather, ride the world’s longest escalator, and sit behind a phalanx of monitors in the control rooms.

Visit the CNN website for more information. Regular tours start at $15 USD per person for adults, and VIP tours cost $33 USD.

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Can of coca-cola with water drops in macro view on white backgroundTry Coca-Cola from all over the world!Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sip Away at World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola may bill itself as a museum, but it’s the tastiest museum you’ll ever enjoy. More than 100 flavors from around the world are on tap at this monument to Atlanta’s very own soft drink. Try sodas from Africa, Italy, India, Greece and Thailand in addition to all of the American standards.

The museum also contains exhibits highlighting Coca-Cola’s history and cultural importance. Meet the Coca-Cola polar bear, see the drink get bottled, and buy exclusive merchandise.

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