Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia

An Atlanta City Pass is a great way to see several city attractions for half the price.

Getty / Photographer: Frank Mullen Foo Fighters during 11th Annual Music Midtown Festival

There are, of course, so many things to do in Atlanta that it is difficult for us to count them. However, a great way to take in some of the city's hottest and most interesting attractions is with an Atlanta CityPass. The pass not only saves you 42% off the combined admission prices of the attractions you may visit, but the included booklet provides useful information, directions and our favorite part, the best times to visit. With your pre-purchased pass booklet, there is usually no need to queue up for tickets.

As of this publication, a CityPass is $74 for adults and $54 for kids 12 and under.

So, where can you go; what can you see? Your pass gains you admission to the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta and the CNN Atlanta Studio Tour. Then you can choose between the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the Atlanta Botanical Garden—and the High Museum of Art or Atlanta History Center. Atlanta CityPasses are valid for a full 9 days from the date you visit your first attraction and you are locked in to that admission price until you use the book. For example, if Zoo Atlanta is forced to raise their prices because of a run on bamboo for pandas but you bought your pass prior to Bamboo Gate, you're safe from the price increase.

Look closely in your ticket booklet and you'll find coupons for 2-for-1 admission to the Atlanta Preservation Center's historical walking tours. Led by knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers, these tours take you either through historic downtown, around Grant Park or Inman Park, or you can enjoy a private tour of the LP Grant mansion. There are also coupons for various stores in Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza shopping malls.

Chastain Park is also a favorite destination for visitors and residents alike with year-round activities such as concerts in the amphitheater, organized sports for the community (such as baseball and a swim team), Atlanta's only horse stables, a public pool and tennis courts.

The concerts at the park are one of the most popular attractions and take place from spring to fall.  The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays frequently, as do rock bands like the Flaming Lips, the B52s, and Tears for Fears. It is standard practice for attendees to bring in coolers filled with snacks, bottles of wine and beer. They set up tables, and some even have dinner catered by the onsite service. The concerts happen rain or shine. Even when soaked, people seem to be having fun.
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