Top 10 Things to See in Atlanta

Top 10 Things to See in Atlanta
Atlanta encompasses a large metropolitan area and offers many things to see and do. The top 10 atttractions for outdoor enthusiasts provide a multitude of adventures to enjoy in your leisure time. From parks to historic sites to sightseeing, the entire family will enjoy these activities while visiting Atlanta, a city that overflows with Southern charm.

Centennial Olympic Park

The downtown park covers over 21 acres of land that's dedicated to outdoor festivals, family activities and concerts. This is where you can see the Olympic Ring, which is the largest in the world, and a huge dancing water fountain that's popular with children in the summer months.

265 Park Ave. West N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-4412
http://centennialpark.com

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

When you visit this outdoor park, start by the visitor's center before you walk to the three main sites. You will see the burial site of Martin Luther King Jr. and the church where he once preached.

450 Auburn Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 331-6922
http://Nps.gov/malu/index.htm

Cochran Mill Park

Open for hiking, Cochran Mill Park's trails wind through streams and waterfalls. Its nature center is home to many wild animals that you can see up close and hiking trails offer scenic views of the area.

6300 Cochran Mill Road
Palmetto, GA 30268
(770) 306-0914
http://cochranmillnaturecenter.org/index.htm

Piedmont Park

Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Lake Clara Meer are located in Piedmont Park. The 180 acres of land are spread out with lush green grass, woods and picnic areas for relaxation. Paths allow for bike rides, which are available from bike rental vendors in the park.

400 Park Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-7275
http://piedmontpark.org

Underground Atlanta

Underground Atlanta used to be at street level, but became an underground area near the downtown railroad tracks. Revived many years later, the area is now a tourist spot, covering six city blocks that offer shopping, fine dining, nightlife with live music and the largest New Year`s Eve celebration in the Southeast. Festivals and happenings occur regularly at Underground Atlanta.

50 Upper Alabama St. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 523-2311
http://underground-atlanta.com

Chattahoochee River

Visit the Chattahoochee River for a day of kayaking or canoeing. With over 48 miles of recreational areas, your river fun can last for days. Join the locals to ``shoot the Hootch.`` First visit the nature center or the national park, then hike in the woods when you're not on the river.

(678) 538-1200
http://nps.gov/chat/index.htm

Balloons Over Georgia

Excitement never ends in Atlanta, whether you are out during the day or at night. Balloons Over Georgia takes you up in a hot-air balloon so you can see the city from the sky. Enjoy a balloon ride and see the whole city at once.

739 Trabert Ave. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 231-3090
http://balloonsover.com

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta offers something for the entire family. The zoo has over 200 animal species and 24 gorillas. But the Giant Pandas are the big attraction. It`s always fun to watch as they perform their antics for the crowds.

800 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 624-5600
http://zooatlanta.org

Adventure Sport Skydiving

For a rush and a thrill, you can jump out of a plane. Adventure Sport Skydiving takes you to a new high. Even if you have never experienced this before, you can jump from a plane with a trainer and float back to the earth.

3240 S. Cobb Drive S.E.
Smyma, GA 30080
(770) 405-1046
http://skydivecenter.com

Big Trees Forest Parks and Recreation

Hike the Big Trees Forest and see the beauty of nature as it is preserved and untouched by the growth of the city around it. There are cliffs, trails, dams and plenty of wildlife to see at Big Trees.

7645 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
(770) 673-0111
http://Bigtreesforect.com

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