Slip away to Atlanta during the winter months to avoid freezing temperatures, but still experience the coziness cool weather can bring. A city where old traditions and modern culture mix, Atlanta is a truly unique city with lots to offer. Be enamored by the local Southern charm, enjoy a range of outdoor and indoor activities, or learn about the city’s musical heritage and history as home to the civil rights movement. There’s something for everyone in The ATL.
Do some urban exploring on the Atlanta BeltLine. Once a railway corridor that circled the heart of the city, the BeltLine is now a ring of parks and trails that offer an interesting perspective on Atlanta’s urban development. Parts of the multi-use trail are still under construction, but there’s still plenty to see, including the public art exhibition “Art on the Beltline.” Discover the giant murals, sculptures, and installations dotted along the BeltLine and get a sense of Atlanta’s diverse communities.
World of Coca-Cola
A brand that everyone recognizes, Coca-Cola was invented in downtown Atlanta. In dedication to this world-famous beverage, an interactive museum and sizeable complex were built in the city. Visit the World of Coca-Cola museum and browse its multiple exhibits and sample over 100 drinks from around the world. The museum showcases the history of The Coca-Cola Company and also provides a chance to learn about the drink’s secret formula.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Worth visiting year-round, the botanical gardens are extra special in the wintertime because of their seasonal light show. Deemed a must-see Atlanta holiday tradition, the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights offers stunning displays including Nature’s Wonders spectacle of synchronized lights and sounds. Even if it’s not the holiday season, visit the garden and walk along its famous 600-foot-long canopy skywalk to see one of the city’s last remaining urban forests. Browse other exhibits that include a Japanese and rose garden. The children’s garden will surely entice your younger travel companions as they browse fun plant sculptures and interactive exhibits.
Touted as the largest aquarium in the world, Georgia Aquarium is a must-see for anyone planning to visit Atlanta. The aquarium houses hundreds of species in more than 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater divided into seven different galleries and exhibits. Have the chance to walk through an underwater acrylic tunnel and watch as creatures swim around you. Apart from seeing the colorful tropical fish, coral reef habitat, imposing sharks, jaw-dropping whales, and more, learn about the aquarium’s research and conservation missions.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
The 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, is a Georgia native and Atlanta proudly hosts his presidential library and museum. Those interested in the United States’ 20th-century history will certainly find the complex of interest. The library and museum house the president’s papers and material related to the Carter administration and Carter’s family life. Take a guided tour or browse on your own, see the president’s state gifts, stroll through the garden for gorgeous views of the Atlanta skyline, and even get a glimpse of what the Oval Office is like at the center’s replica.
Krog Street Market
Foodies and those looking to get off the beaten path will want to head to Krog Street Market to browse its selection of stalls featuring produce and prepared foods. Maintaining the aesthetics of its origins as a 1920s warehouse, the market features local retailers and Southern-inspired restaurants. Satiate your cravings and hunger with a selection of barbeque, fried chicken, Asian cuisines, ice cream, candies, Italian foods, baked goods, and more. You can also get some shopping in with specialty food items and chic boutiques offering wares for your homes and pets.