Attractions in Atlanta
Atlanta is a city of great diversity, our many museums, theaters and historic landmarks will keep visitor and resident alike busy all year round. Whether you enjoy being up-close and personal with nature, want to experience the thrill of some of the great sports teams, or you want to experience the arts and culture first-hand, Atlanta has something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
The attractions in Atlanta are as diverse as the people that live and visit here. There are plenty of things to do, sightseeing, and attractions that will allow you to experience everything that this exciting city offers.
Buckhead is home to two high end malls Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza across the street from each other. Lenox Square is anchored by Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Macy's, along with 250 other stores. Phipps Plaza is anchored by Nordstrom, Belk, and Saks Fifth Avenue with 100 additional specialty stores. Lenox Square can be reached using Marta via the gold line to the Lenox stop.
If you are a looking for a more unique shopping experience try Little Five Points. This area is home to a collection of vintage and unique shops. The district is centered around Findley Plaza at the intersection of Moreland Avenue and Euclid Street. Little Five Points can be reached via a 10 minute walk toward Euclid Ave from the Inman Park station on the green or blue line.
Atlantic Station is a newer live/work/play area. It is built on the former Atlantic Steel site as a brownfield redevelopment. The area includes an outdoor mall, restaurants, movie theater and grocery store. The mall includes stores like H&M, GAP, Anne Taylor LOFT, and many more. Atlantic station can be reached via a shuttle from the Arts Center station on the red or gold lines.
Bodies the Exhibition & Dialog in the Dark
Located in the heart of Atlantic Station, these two exhibits allow visitors to peer inside preserved human bodies, and experience the world as a blind individual. Both exhibits are open daily, however visitors are encouraged to buy timed entry tickets ahead of time. Atlantic Station is 3 miles north of the Hyatt directly off of I-85/I-75, and is also easily accessible via the Free Ride shuttle that departs from Arts Center MARTA station.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is a 30 acre oasis containing dozens of trails, gardens, and greenhouses. The gardens are open daily, except Mondays, from 9am to 7pm. The Botanical Gardens are about 2 miles north of the Hyatt located on the edge of Piedmont Park; there is a parking deck behind the gardens, and the gardens are a half mile walk from the Arts Center MARTA Station.
Centennial Olympic Park
This park of fountains, amphitheater, and patchwork lawns was the center of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The park is open daily until 11pm. The park is 3 blocks due West of the Hyatt.
CNN Studios Tour
The Inside CNN Studios Tour is an hour long tour into the headquarters of CNN News. Tours are held daily until 4pm. The tours start in the CNN Center and Omni Hotel atrium, which is half a mile southwest of the Hyatt walking through Centennial Olympic Park, or accessible by MARTA at the Dome/GWCC/Philips/CNN Station.
The Fabulous Fox Theater is the world famous theater located in Midtown Atlanta. Tours are held on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10am, and the performances that coincide with the conference are South Pacific from April 6th to 11th, and Madea’s Big Happy Family from April 15th to 18th, both at 8pm on weeknights and various times on weekends. The Fox Theater is 1 mile north of the Hyatt, and 1 block from the North Avenue MARTA Station.
This 2 year old aquarium is the world’s largest with over 8 million gallons of water. The aquarium is open daily until 5pm, and until 9pm on April 9th and 10th. The aquarium is 5 blocks west of the Hyatt, on the southern edge of Centennial Olympic Park.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast combing American, European, and African art. Featured exhibits include “The allure of the automobile” and “John Portman: Art and Architecture”, with the Museum being open every day, except Monday, until 5pm. The museum is 2 miles due north of the Hyatt, and is adjacent to the Arts Center MARTA station.
Imagine It! Children’s Museum
Atlanta's only children's museum located in downtown Atlanta where children can discover the power of play through hands-on, interactive experiences created just for them. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays, and 10am to 5pm on weekends. The museum is about 4 blocks northwest from the Hyatt, and is across the street from the World of Coca-Cola.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is an opportunity to learn about the life and work of the 39th president with exhibits that include an exact replica of the Oval Office and exquisite state gifts. The museum is open every day until 4:45pm, and the library is open until 4:30pm on weekdays. Both are located about two miles east of the Hyatt on Freedom Parkway.
Little Five Points
L5P is a bohemian hangout with a rich mix of art, theater, and shopping, and it has been the epicenter of all things alternative for many years. Stores are open throughout the day while restaurants and performance venues are open throughout the afternoon and night. L5P is located a mile and a half east of the Hyatt, and is half a mile from the Inman Park MARTA station.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Visitors to the site are able to tour Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birth Home, see historic Ebenezer Church, view films and exhibits, and reflect at King's gravesite. The MLK site is open daily from 9am to 5pm, with house tours starting every hour. The site is located a little over a mile southeast of the Hyatt, and is about 5 blocks from the Martin Luther King MARTA station.
Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
Margaret Mitchell House is the three-story Tudor Revival mansion in Midtown where author Margaret Mitchell lived from 1925 to 1932 and wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone With The Wind. The house is open until 5:30pm every day. The house is located one and a half miles due north of the Hyatt, and is one block from the Midtown MARTA station.
Acting as midtown Atlanta’s “Central Park”, Piedmont Park features 180 acres of lush woods, Lake Clara Meer, picnic spots, skating paths and many annual events. The park is open from sunrise to 11pm daily. Piedmont Park is about 2 miles north of the Hyatt, and is half a mile from the Midtown MARTA station.
Rialto Center for the Arts
This theater is the performing arts center for the Georgia State University. There are various concerts and performances coinciding with the CHI convention. The center is located four and a half blocks south of the Hyatt.
Six Flags over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia is the Southeast's largest regional theme park. Visitors get to experience thrills on Goliath, ride Thomas the Tank Engine or cool-off in Skull Island, the world's largest interactive theme park water play structure. The park will be open on April 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th at various times each day that are typically about 10:30am to 8:30pm. The theme park is located 12 miles due west of downtown Atlanta directly off of I-20.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite rock and is the state’s most visited attraction. Features within the park vary on days open and times available. The park is located about 15 miles west of downtown Atlanta.
Sundial Restaurant, Bar, and View
The three level Sundial is located on top of the 70 story Westin hotel, and features a full 360 view of Atlanta. The restaurant, bar, and viewing platforms operate every day at varying times, typically open past midnight. The Westin hotel is one block south of the Hyatt.
Six city blocks, above and below street level, have been transformed into a spirited marketplace that offers historic guided tours, more than 100 specialty stores, exciting nightlife and restaurants with a special exhibit featuring Savannah College of Art and Design student sculptures running through April 9th. Underground is open daily, with shops and restaurants opening and closing at varying times. Underground is located half a mile due South of the Hyatt, and is adjacent to the Five Points MARTA Station.
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
Through its exhibitions, publications and resources, this museum of the Atlanta Jewish Federation explores Jewish heritage in general and how it relates to other cultures and religions. Featured exhibits include an exhibit about Dr Suess and a tribute to Jewish WW2 veterans. The museum is open various hours every day except Saturday, and closed during Passover. The museum is located about two and a half miles due north of the Hyatt, and is 5 blocks from the Arts Center MARTA station.
World of Coca-Cola
With a 4D theater, history display of Coca-Cola, operational bottling line, and samples of beverages from around the world, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the recently relocated World of Coca-Cola. The World of Coca-Cola is open daily with hours varying every day, but typically opening between 9am and noon, and closing between 6pm and 7:30pm. The site is located 3 blocks west of the Hyatt, on the northern edge of Centennial Park between the Aquarium and Children’s Museum.
Zoo Atlanta & Cyclorama
Zoo Atlanta contains over 200 species of animals featuring 24 gorillas and 3 pandas. The Atlanta Cyclorama features a 15,000 square foot painting which brings guest into the middle of the Battle of Atlanta. The zoo is open daily until 5:30pm on weekdays and 6:30pm on weekends, and the Cyclorama is open every day except Monday until 4:30pm, and 3:30pm on Sunday. Both are located next to each other inside of Grant Park about 3 miles southeast of the Hyatt.