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In the middle of Midtown, Piedmont Park is where locals come to play, picnic, and commune with nature. Indeed, the park is a glorious, rambling urban park, filled with verdant lawns, rolling hillsides, and Lake Clara Meer – all set against the backdrop of the Midtown Atlanta skyline. The park also is the setting of many cultural and music festivals, as well as some superb people watching.
For the active, Piedmont Park has softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, a public swimming pool, and fantastic paths for jogging, skating, and biking. For leisure activities, there’s fishing on Lake Clara Meer, picnic tables and benches, and expansive lawns for lazing in the sun. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is also here. Children will have endless fun, as open, car-free spaces abound. Make sure they don’t miss PlayScape, at the 12th Street gate. The geometrically shaped, modernist playground includes a soaring swing set, slide, sand pit, climbing dome, and more made of bright and exciting colors.
Come Saturday for the Saturday Green Market, where you can browse locally grown produce, artisan cheeses, fresh-cut flowers, and arts and crafts.
A theme park surrounds the bare granite of Georgia’s Stone Mountain, a monumental outcropping adorned with the carved images of three Confederate figures: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. Cable cars and a hiking trail take visitors to the summit, while the theme park area features a museum, historic houses, and more.
The Gone with the Wind Museum in Marietta, Georgia, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the epic novel-turned-movie. Though small, the museum’s rare signature items and memorabilia celebrate the iconic tale and 1939 film. A top piece is the Bengaline silk honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh, who portrayed Scarlett O’Hara in the film.
Reconnect with nature at Georgia's Callaway Gardens, a lush 2,500 acres (1,1011 hectares) oasis that boasts gardens, 13 lakes, and lots of outdoor activities. Marvel at the colorful blooms in the Overlook Azalea Garden, stroll the nature trails that wind through the woodlands, or soak up some sunshine at Robin Lake.
Immerse yourself in Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler's enigmatic romance at the Road To Tara Museum, which brings to life Tara, the mythical plantation whereGone With the Wind takes place. Margaret Mitchell, the novel's author, created Tara based on the sprawling Victorian homes she saw in Clayton County, Georgia ,so today, Clayton County and the city of Jonesboro have been officially designated by the Georgia State Legislature as the "home ofGone With the Wind." Fittingly, the Road to Tara Museum is housed in the 1867 Train Depot in downtown historic Jonesboro.
At the museum visitors can see original props, wardrobe items and keepsakes from the 1939 Atlanta premiere of the feature film. The centerpiece is a large original oil mural depicting Rhett and Scarlett from the film, while additional oil paintings flank this large one. The museum also has an exhibit on the Civil War, featuring the Battle of Jonesboro.
The Atlanta CNN Center serves as headquarters for the cable TV news giant, CNN. Inside, visitors can see the 24-hour news cycle in action with an insider’s look at newsrooms, control rooms, production studios, and sets, all in addition to the interactive exhibits that chronicle the network’s history.
With 10 million gallons of water and more than 500 species of aquatic animals, the Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the United States. Thankfully, bite-sized exhibits help organize your trip and make it possible to see the best of the aquarium in one day.
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta’s stunning temple of visual treats, is hard to miss. First, the building is built of white porcelain tile, and inside are four floors of galleries strung together by semicircular pedestrian ramps surrounding a sun-filled four-story atrium.
And that’s just the building. The High Museum of Art collection itself holds more than 11,000 works of art, including a stellar collection of American art, which includes fascinating works from the turn of the 20th century, plus contemporary pieces from the likes of Gerhard Richter and folk art from Georgia treasure Howard Finster. You can also see a marvelous collection of Italian paintings and sculptures from the 14th through the 18th centuries, as well as paintings by French Impressionists and German Expressionists. The collections of sub-Saharan African art and works by noted 19th and 20th century American and European photographers are also world-class.
The collection at the High Museum of Art rotates throughout the year, so each time you visit, you’ll see something you haven’t see before. The museum also hosts traveling exhibitions, concerts, lectures, workshops, and other events.
It's not often that we get to see the inner workings of the human body, and the ever-popular "Bodies... The Exhibition" continues to display just that. Using a unique preservation system, over 200 actual human bodies can be seen in ways typically only available to medical professionals.
The exhibits are arranged by systems of the body, including skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive, urinary, and circulatory. The eye-opening displays are highly educational, and the chance to see the complex inner workings of the human body is unforgettable. The exhibition is also a great way to learn about the history of anatomy from ancient times to the latest modern technologies.
Families of all ages are welcome to attend, though young children should be supervised by an adult during their visit. The exhibition exists in multiple cities across the world, and is highly popular as a part of tours of Atlanta.
Atlanta as a city has made innumerable contributions to the soul of American music, and many of the nation’s top musical icons have memorabilia hanging on these walls. Conveniently located in downtown Atlanta right next to the Peachtree Mall, Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta can not only accommodate 1,200 people, but also houses its own music venue that’s know as the Velvet Underground. Music fans have been dining here since 1992, and the restaurant is located in the Cornerstone building that was built in 1928 at the heart of Atlanta’s downtown. After dining on classic American fare like burgers and hickory smoked BBQ, peruse the collection of memorabilia to learn about dozens of artists, and stay to enjoy an evening of rock, blues, country, or soul.
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Located in Atlanta’s historic West End, the Wren’s Nest was the Victorian home of Joel Chandler Harris, known for hisUncle Remus books featuring Brer Rabbit. The oldest house museum in Atlanta, the museum holds a treasure trove of African-American history and folklore, and provides insight into Harris and his contemporaries.
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