Attractions in Atlanta, Georgia

Attractions in Atlanta, Georgia
The geographic region incorporating present-day Atlanta was originally land belonging to the Creek and Cherokee Indians. The city of Atlanta was originally established as "Marthasville," a railroad station on the Western & Atlantic Railroad in the 1830s, but was renamed in the mid-1840s. Atlanta was burned to ashes during the Civil War, but the city today is home to nearly 500,000 people and offers a host of outdoor and nature activities and other attractions.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Robert Spano, has an international reputation for performances of the masterworks of classical music. Subscription classical and pops performances are scheduled throughout the year. Individual tickets are available at the box office and online. A number of restaurants are within walking distance from the arts center, including Table 1280, Tap, Tamarind Seed Restaurant, Trois, Shout, Gordon Biersch, ASO Fanfare, South City Kitchen and the Hard Rock Cafe.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Woodruff Arts Center Box Office
1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-5000
www.atlantasymphony.org/home.aspx

Underground Atlanta

Underground Atlanta incorporates six blocks that includes restaurants, retail sports and equipment stores, and museums. Five blocks of the area have been designated as a historic district and the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The storefronts and architecture in the mall were restored from the original structures built beneath the present-day street level immediately after the Civil War. Underground Atlanta, which first opened in 1980, underwent a significant second restoration in 1989. The retail outlets open at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.every day except for Sunday, when the hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Restaurants and nightclubs have extended hours. Call for hours during the winter season.

Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama St., Suite 007
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-2311, ext. 7019
www.underground-atlanta.com/

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is home to a conservation greenhouse, native plant recovery projects, and a research amphibian program and tissue culture laboratory for propagating endangered local plants. The site offers special events, classes, workshops and training. The hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from April through October. The park closes at 5 p.m. during the other months. The admission fee is $12 for children age 3 through 17 and seniors over 65 years old. The adult charge is $14. Smoking is not permitted.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859
www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/home.do

Article Written By David B. Ryan

David B. Ryan has been a professional writer since 1989. His work includes various books, articles for "The Plain Dealer" in Cleveland and essays for Oxford University Press. Ryan holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University and certifications in emergency management and health disaster response.

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