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Why You Should Visit Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017

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Why You Should Visit Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017

When my boyfriend (now husband) and I got serious, I decided to move to his hometown just south of Atlanta, Georgia. Not exactly a big city gal, I was hesitant to start a life in a place with skyscrapers, crowds, and traffic. However, I soon discovered that being in Atlanta meant I could find something new to do every day. Here are some of the best reasons why you should visit Atlanta this year.

GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Why You Should Visit Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. It was actually the biggest aquarium in the world until 2012. (Darn you, Singapore!) While this spot makes a great family outing, don’t think the aquarium is only aimed toward little kids. My husband and I received aquarium tickets for our wedding and were pumped! While you’re there, take time to attend the dolphin and sea lion shows.

SPORTS GAMES

Why You Should Visit Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017

Regardless of what sport you follow, there will be a professional sports team you can see in Atlanta. Now that the Falcons have finally made it to the Super Bowl again, maybe you want to buy a ticket to see them in action! (I’m still bitter about Super Bowl LI, though.) You can also see the Atlanta Braves play their first season at the new, much-anticipated SunTrust Park. Basketball fans can see the Hawks play at Philips Arena.

SOUTHERN FOOD

Going out to eat was one of my favorite things to do in Atlanta. Go to lunch at a mansion called The Swan House, where you can order a mint julep to drink and a Coca Cola cupcake for dessert. There are numerous cafés where you can indulge in southern brunch. Order buttermilk pancakes or shrimp and grits from Ria’s Bluebird Café. Try the Kirkwood Breakfast and a mimosa at Sun in My Belly.

HISTORY

Why You Should Visit Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017

Atlanta is full of historical sites. Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, where you will see where King was born and buried, as well as the church he pastored. Walk through Oakland Cemetery, where a number of famous Atlanteans have been buried, as well as many Confederate soldiers. Go the Centennial Olympic Park, where the 1996 Olympics were held.

FILM SITES

Why You Should Visit Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017

The Walking Dead fans know that there are many TWD filming sites you can visit around Atlanta. If you’re a true fanatic, you can easily drive to nearby cities, such as Griffin and Newnan, to see even more spots. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was also filmed around Atlanta. Drive about 20 miles south of Atlanta to see where Stranger Things was shot.

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18 Comments

  1. Robin rue says

    I would love to visit Atlanta. Sounds like there’s lots of great stuff to do there.

  2. Sarah Bailey says

    OK I want to visit all of these. The history and film set would definitely be high on my list if I was in the area but all of them sound such fun.

  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    Hotlanta, baby! I don’t have to visit. I live here! It’s the best place I’ve ever lived, bar none.

  4. Jen Rattie says

    I love Atlanta. I only got to visit once, but it was one amazing city. Thanks for the heads up on all the awesome going down in ATL.

  5. Pam says

    We actually live about two hours from Atlanta. We are going to Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta later this week.

  6. Liz Mays says

    I’d love to take another trip there and do some exploring. Checking out some of the restaurants in Atlanta sounds fun.

  7. Theresa says

    I’ve never been to Atlanta, but it’s on my bucket list. There seems to be so many things to see and do, one would never get bored there!

  8. kristin says

    I did visit a few years ago and loved it!!! I totally want to go back.

  9. Brianne says

    I love the city of Atlanta and haven’t been there in a long time. This post makes me want to take another trip back!

  10. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says

    I have heard lots of great things about all the stuff to see and do in Atlanta. I haven’t been there since I was a kid and don’t remember a whole lot about it.

  11. Tracey says

    We are thinking of planning a trip to Atlanta this year actually! Walking Dead is my favourite show so I can’t lie this plays a huge factor in my decision to go!

  12. Shannon Gurnee says

    It looks like there are so many fun things to do in Atlanta. I’ve been there once for a conference and would love to go back someday.

  13. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    Atlanta, Georgia does look like a good destination.
    We are TWD fans, plus we love aquariums.
    Also, I am a big fan of the warmer climate areas…I could do without the snow.

  14. Dawn McAlexander says

    I have been trying to plan a trip here for some time. I just can’t seem to get it to work out. I want to visit Atlanta in the near future if I can.

  15. Crystal says

    My daughter is named Georgia, and keeps reminding me we need to visit “her” state. You’re making it even harder to stay away!

  16. Carol Cassara says

    I haven’t been to Atlanta in a while and it would be so nice to visit! I think there are plenty of awesome things to do there and it would be nice to take the family as well.

  17. Our Family World says

    I have read so many articles about places to visit, restaurants to dine in and southern recipes to try in Atlanta. It sure looks like a fun place to live! I would love to see the Georgia Aquarium.

  18. Zach Strange says

    My wife and I took our family to Atlanta 3 years ago for New Year’s Eve. Our main reason for going was to see the Georgia Aquarium. It was pretty amazing. It was actually my second time being there and I had just as much fun then as I did the first time I went. The tank that contains the three whale sharks is ridiculous. I could just sit in front of it all day and watch them swim.

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