Category: Area Attractions
An abundance of theatres, museums, art centers, and festivals are offered in North Georgia to appease the art and cultural tastes of people of all ages. Surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, North Georgia is a hodgepodge of some of Georgia’s finest arts, music, theatre, golf, and cultural festivals.
Arts and Culture
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Blue Ridge Ghost Tour
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Holly Theatre, Dahlonega
The Ridges Resort and Marina
Wolf Mountain Vineyards
Young Harris College, Young Harris
Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
Fort Mountain State Park
Atlanta Sky Diving Center
Brasstown Valley Golf Club
Chateau Elon Golf Course
Fields Ferry Golf Club
Sky Valley Golf Course
The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farms
An abundance of theatres, museums, art centers, and festivals are offered in Atlanta to appease the art and cultural tastes of people of all ages. Quaint and unique galleries and culture-infused theatre companies as well as the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the exceptional High Museum of Art call Atlanta home. Below are some of the main art and cultural attractions in Atlanta along with websites where more information can be found.
7 Stages Theatre Company
Actor’s Express Theatre
The Apex Museum
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center
Booth Western Art Museum
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Carter Presidential Center & Library
Center for Puppetry Arts
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Dad’s Garage Theatre Co.
DE Fine Art Gallery
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
The Fox Theatre
Georgia Shakespeare Theatrical Group
High Museum of Art
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Horizon Theatre Company
Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Kennesaw Mt. National Battlefield
(770) 427-4686 ext. 0
Margaret Mitchell House & Museum
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory
National Museum of Patriotism
New American Shakespeare Tavern
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
Woodruff Arts Center
(404) 733 4200
1. Center of Human Rights; The Center for Civil 4 and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements.
2. High Museum; With its renowned collection of classic and contemporary art and award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High Museum of Art has grown from its origins in a stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading art museum in the southeastern United States.
3. Georgia Aquarium; Georgia Aquarium is the world’s most inspiring aquarium with over 8 million gallons of water the top Atlanta attraction, right in the heart of downtown.
4. The College Football Hall of Fame; The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience open in downtown Atlanta provides visitors with a highly-immersive, interactive, and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits.
5. Stone Mountain Park; Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do such as dozens of fun annual events. Stone Mountain activities are suitable for all ages.
6. World of Coke; The World of Coca-Cola is the only place where you can experience the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand in a dynamic, multimedia attraction.
7. Fernbank Museum of Natural History; Only at Fernbank Museum can you come face-to-face with the world’s largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth through the landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with cultures from around the globe, engage in a variety of hands on and special exhibitions including an incredible 5-story experience of an IMAX® film.
8. Atlanta Botanical Garden; The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acres botanical garden located Midtown, incorporated in 1976, the garden’s mission is to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment.”
9. Six Flags Over Georgia; The park boasts 12 heart-pounding roller coasters headlined by the hyper-coaster Goliath, ranked as one of the top coasters in the world and Dare Devil Dive, a beyond-vertical coaster that sends you soaring through three inversions. Cool off on Thunder River, a wild rafting adventure or splash around at Paradise Island, a towering water play structure with hundreds of water elements.
10. Atlanta Cyclorama; Visit the Cyclorama in Atlanta’s Grant Park to see artifacts of the war displayed in the Civil War Museum and a steam locomotive known as the Texas, a veteran of the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.
North Fulton County has a wealth of entertainment options for families. Explore everything from symphony performances and arts festivals to museums exhibitions and hiking trails. Below are just some of the family attractions North Fulton has to offer, along with websites for more information.
Abernathy Arts Center
AAC is the county’s oldest neighborhood arts center and offers day and evening classes for both children and adults.
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
Enjoy go-karts, food and games at this facility named after racing legend Mario Andretti.
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center
The preserve includes 46 acres of ravine forest as well as 2 miles of walking trails and a Heritage Village that recreates life in the 19th century.
Located just off Roswell Square, this 19th century home features the metro area’s only antebellum garden.
This antebellum home is best known as the location of the marriage of Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt, the parents of future U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
The metro area’s largest nature center features a butterfly garden, native plant garden and a green room garden in addition to children’s programming and hiking trails.
Chukkar Farm Polo Club
This family-run business boasts 173 acres of pastures and woods and hosts polo events throughout the year.
Georgia Ensemble Theater
Open since 1993, this ensemble is the resident professional theater at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
This sprawling complex includes gardens, a nature walk and an entertainment lawn, as well as the Williams-Payne House which houses the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum.
Johns Creek Arts Center
www.johnscreekarts.org (770) 623-8448
This non-profit arts center’s mission is to “inspire artistic development for youth and adults by embracing community and corporate relationships that stimulate creative growth and opportunity.”
Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra
Comprised of professional musicians from across the metro area, the symphony is under the direction of founder J. Wayne Baughman.
Roswell Cultural Art Center
Featuring a 600-seat theatre as well as meeting rooms, exhibits halls and a research library, and hosts events from puppet shows to corporate meetings.
Roswell Mills and Old Mill Park
Visitors to this historic site can see the remains of Roswell’s cotton mills and tours tell the story of the “Lost Workers of Roswell,” who were charged with treason and sent north during the Civil War.
The perfectly preserved home of one of Roswell’s founding fathers includes a two-story farm house, outbuildings, slave quarters, barn and carriage house.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Open since 2008, this 12,000-seat amphitheatre hosts a wide range of concerts and, during the summer months, is home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Cobb County has a wealth of entertainment options for families. Explore everything from opera performances and arts festivals to museums exhibitions and hiking trails. Below are just some of the family attractions Cobb County has to offer, along with websites for more information.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
The 2,750-seat venue hosts Broadway shows, ballet, concerts, educational shows, family performances and the Atlanta Opera.
Earl Smith Strand Theatre
This renovated 1935 Art Deco theater located on Marietta Square has a full calendar of movie screenings, concerts and other performances.
The Georgia Ballet
In addition to their performances at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, this troupe operates a dance school for children and provides field trip performances for area students.
Georgia Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1951 and now under the direction of Michael Alexander, the GSO attracts talented musicians from all over the metro area for its annual performances.
Gone With the Wind Museum
This museum opened on the Marietta Square in 2003 and boasts an extensive collection of memorabilia from the famed book and movie, including scripts and costumes.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Relive one of the key battles of the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign at this 2,923-acre battlefield.
Mable House Arts Center
From children’s music classes to tours of the historic house and a free summer concert series, this Mableton arts complex has something for everyone.
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
As the only art museum in the metro area to focus on American art, the MCMA has cultivated an impressive collection of pieces from the 18th century to the present.
Marietta Museum of History
This museum makes its home in a 19th century cotton warehouse that also served as a hospital during the Civil War. Its recently opened Aviation Wing brings the area’s aviation history to life.
Mountasia Family Fun Center
Engage in some friendly competition at this recreational complex that includes go karts, mini golf and an arcade.
The Root House Museum
The Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society operates this Greek Revival house that originally belonged to one of Marietta’s first druggists.
Silver Comet Trail
From the trailhead in Smyrna, this 61.5-mile paved trail created from abandoned railway lines extends all the way to the Georgia/Alabama state line.
Six Flags Over Georgia
A state-of-the-art theme park with more than 100 rides, shows and attractions.
Six Flags White Water
Take the edge off the summer heat at this waterslide amusement park. Enjoy body slides, tube slides and a lazy river that winds its way around the park.
Boasting more than 3,000 species of plants, this garden is an impressive blend of art and horticulture.
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Learn all about Cobb County’s role in some of the region’s most important transportation and commerce railway lines.
Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University
Housed within KSU’s Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, this museum displays works from the university’s permanent collection as well as contemporary work from local and national artists.