Atlanta is the seventh-most visited city in the United States, with over 35 million visitors per year. As the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States, Atlanta is nationally and internationally linked via highway, railroad, and the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Originally the intersection of two railroad lines, Atlanta rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become a national center of commerce with a diverse economy. Although surrounded by rolling hills and dense tree coverage, Atlanta earned a reputation from its progressive views, citizens and leaders.
Atlanta Convention Center
With 800,000 square feet (100,000 sq ft contiguous) of space, the Atlanta Convention Center boasts enough room for tradeshows and events of any size. Meeting Rooms, Exhibit Halls, the Penthouse Theater and the Atrium are available to house events at the area’s lowest price per square-foot, granting extra value to any and all vendors and conventioneers.
- Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta
- Unlimited dining and entertainment nearby
- Connected to the 1,100-room Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel
- Direct link to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport via rapid rail
Performing Arts and Culture
Atlanta is home to memory-making performance art venues. The Alliance Theatre Company, a part of the Woodruff Arts Center, is one of the largest regional theaters in the nation and serves a diverse audience. The historic Fox Theatre is one of the most beloved landmarks in the city and is a premiere venue for live entertainment in Atlanta. The Fox’s 4,678-seat theatre books more than 300 performances a year with shows ranging from Broadway to comedy. The Atlanta Ballet is the oldest professional dance company in America with performances that combine contemporary choreography and traditional themes. Both the ballet and the Atlanta Opera companies perform at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Atlanta History Center
Including the Tullie Smith Farm (1840s) and the fully restored 1928 Swan House Mansion, the Atlanta History Center features 32 acres of gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas. The museum offers exhibitions on the Civil War, African-American heritage, and Southern folk art, with a special wing of the building saved for exhibits featuring the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
Concerts in the City
Year-round concerts in Atlanta shine a spotlight on homegrown harmonies. The Philips Arena, a state-of-the-art entertainment complex, brings national acts to town. The Tabernacle, once a historic, turn-of-the-century church, currently houses rock ‘n roll concerts. Centennial Olympic Park offers weekly alfresco shows while Piedmont Park boasts annual music festivals such as Music Midtown. For a wonderful night with your love, Chastain Park Amphitheater provides moonlit dinner performances featuring big music stars.
Golf in Atlanta
If you are in Atlanta in September, watch the pros at East Lake Golf Club during the finale of the PGA TOUR Playoffs. Come to Atlanta any other time of the year, and you will be met with more than 100 public and private golf courses encompassing the metro area:
- Charlie Yates Golf Course
- North Fulton Golf Course
- Bobby Jones Golf Course
- Stone Mountain Golf Club
- Legacy on Lanier Golf Club
- Canongate Clubs
- Bear’s Best
- Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club
Near Oakland Cemetery as well as the Atlanta Cyclorama, Atlanta’s oldest city park is framed by stunning views, manicured lawns, authentic Victorian homes and Zoo Atlanta. Grant Park is a haven for families.
Zoo Atlanta features more than 200 species of animals from the African plains and Asian forests. Visit mammals, reptiles and amphibians alike (as well as the famous baby Po and the other playful Giant Pandas).
Festivals and Attractions
Atlanta offers plenty of family fun with year-round festivals. With the coming of spring, Atlanta welcomes local artisans to the streets during the Dogwood Festival. During the Atlanta Jazz Festival, music and good times float throughout the city. The National Black Arts Festival and Virginia-Highland Summerfest greet the beginning of the summer heat, while Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and Taste of Atlanta spice up cuisines with fresh, seasonal flavors.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
LEGOLAND® brings imagination to life at Phipps Plaza. Kids enjoy hours of interactive, hands-on fun inside one of the world’s biggest boxes of LEGO bricks. Highlights include:
- A 4-D cinematic experience
- Building classes from a LEGO Master Model Builder
- The Kingdom Quest LEGO Ride
- The MINILAND exhibit featuring a mini version of the Atlanta skyline