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Things to do in Atlanta

Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in Georgia, and the ninth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta sits in both Fulton County and DeKalb County – which is where most of the CDC facilities reside. As of 2010, the city of Atlanta had a population of approximately 420,000 and a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of 5.27 million. The mayor of Atlanta is Kasim Reed. Nicknames for Atlanta include “Hotlanta” and “the ATL.”

skyline of Atlanta at night

 intern group enjoying Atlanta 

Atlanta has a reputation for being a “City of Trees” and along with the city’s tree lined neighborhoods, Atlanta has many parks including:

  1. Piedmont Park
  2. Grant Park
  3. Lullwater Park
  4. Centennial Olympic Park
  5. Freedom Park

There is something for everyone in Atlanta and Georgia; and there is almost never a shortage of things to do. Use the lists below to help plan your weekends in the summer.

 photo of bear at World of Coke-Cola 

Places to visit in Atlanta:

  1. Georgia Aquarium
  2. Zoo Atlanta
  3. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site
  4. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
  5. Atlanta History Center
  6. Woodruff Arts Center
  7. High Museum of Art
  8. Center for Puppetry Arts
  9. Margaret Mitchell House
  10. Atlanta Botanical Garden
  11. Six Flags Over Georgia
  12. Fernbank Science Center
  13. Underground Atlanta
  14. World of Coca-Cola

Places to visit in the Atlanta metro and beyond: photo of students at the World of Coca-Cola

  1. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  2. Chattahoochee Nature Center
  3. Stone Mountain State Park
  4. North Georgia Mountains
  5. The Appalachian Trail
  6. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
  7. photo of students Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
  8. Ocmulgee National Monument
  9. Fort Frederica National Monument
  10. Fort Pulaski National Monument
  11. Savannah, GA
  12. Cumberland Island National Seashore


Plenty of professional sports events occur in Atlanta during the summer. Some events include Atlanta Braves baseball and Atlanta Silverbacks soccer.


interns enjoying an Atlanta Braves game

Useful Websites

  1. The City of Atlanta Website
  2. Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: Atlanta travel guide
  3. Fulton County Visitor’s Bureau
  4. Dekalb County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  5. Georgia’s Official Tourism and Travel Website

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