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Final Atlanta Bucket Record (101 Issues to Do in Atlanta)

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The vision for Local Adventurer first came when we moved away from Atlanta in 2013. Jacob was born and raised there, and I had lived there since high school. It’s a place we both call home, but we realized while living there we had both gotten so comfortable that we had only explored a small fraction of what the city had to offer. The month before we left, we decided to play tourist in our own hometown and see as many of the spots we had taken for granted.

We created an ultimate bucket list for LA, Vegas, San Diego, and Portland, but we’re finally getting our act together to write one out for Atlanta. I have a running list in my head, but it’s always nice to get it down on paper (or in this case on the interwebs :P). Plus, if you’re headed to Atlanta, I hope you find this helpful during your trip! You can click through the links to find full posts.

The Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List (101 Things to Do in Atlanta on Your Next Visit) // localadventurer.com

THE ULTIMATE ATLANTA BUCKET LIST (101 Things to Do in Atlanta):

ATTRACTIONS

  1. ☒ Atlanta Beltline
  2. ☒ Atlanta Botanical Garden
  3. ☒ Callaway Gardens (butterfly center)
  4. ☒ Centennial Olympic Park
  5. ☒ CNN Center Studio Tour
  6. ☒ Georgia Aquarium – Dive or Snorkel with Whale Sharks
  7. ☒ Georgian Terrace Hotel – grab a drink or stay the night
  8. ☒ Krog Street Tunnel
  9. ☐ Center for Puppetry Arts – learn to make a puppet here!
  10. ☒ Legoland Discovery Center
  11. ☐ Peachtree DeKalb Airport (great for kids to play and watch airplanes)
  12. ☐ Porsche Experience Center
  13. ☒ Skyview Atlanta – go down the slide
  14. ☒ Take the Walking Dead Tour (or make your own tour here)
  15. ☐ The Goat Farm
  16. ☒ World of Coca-Cola
  17. ☒ Zoo Atlanta

The Coke Museum (101 Things to Do in Atlanta // Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List) // localadventurer.com

MUSEUMS + MEMORIALS

  1. ☐ AT&T Telephone Museum, Midtown
  2. ☒ Bodies the Exhibition
  3. ☐ Center for Civil and Human Rights
  4. ☐ College Football Hall of Fame
  5. ☐ Delta Flight Museum
  6. ☒ Ebenezer Baptist Church – MLK’s church (National Park Unit)
  7. ☒ Fernbank Museum (Martinis & IMAX or salsa / swing nights)
  8. ☒ High Museum of Art
  9. ☒ Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Library, and Museum (National Park Unit)
  10. ☒ The King Center (National Park Unit)
  11. ☐ Margaret Mitchell House
  12. ☒ MLK’s Home (National Park Unit)
  13. ☐ Museum of Design Atlanta, Buckhead
  14. ☐ Michael C. Carlos Museum (Mummy Exhibit)
  15. ☒ Oakland Cemetery
  16. ☒ Swan House + Atlanta History Center

Fernbank Museum (Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List) // localadventurer.com

OUTDOORS + URBAN PARKS

  1. ☒ Stone Summit – It’s considered one of the best climbing gyms in the US by Climbing Magazine, and their newest bouldering location just opened up in Midtown Nov 2017!
  2. ☐ Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
  3. ☐ Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park – first public skate park in Atlanta
  4. ☒ Lake Lanier – all your water sports
  5. ☒ Piedmont Park
  6. ☒ Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (National Park Unit)
  7. ☒ Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area – Shooting the Hooch is a popular summertime activity (National Park Unit)
  8. ☒ Stone Mountain – hike to the top or take the skyride
  9. ☒ Sweetwater Creek State Park – kayak through the set of Mockingjay
  10. ☐ Westside Reservoir Park / Quarry

EVENTS + SHOWS

  1. ☐ Alliance Theatre or True Colors Theatre (see a show before it goes to Broadway)
  2. ☒ Atlanta Braves Game
  3. ☒ Atlanta Hawks Game
  4. ☒ Chastain Park Amphitheater
  5. ☒ Dad’s Garage
  6. ☒ Dragon*Con (late Aug or early Sept)
  7. ☒ Fox Theater – Watch a show. We saw wicked here for the first time.
  8. ☒ Inman Park Festival
  9. ☐ Starlight Six Drive-in Theater
  10. ☒ The Tabernacle (to see up and coming music talent. We saw Muse here)
  11. ☒ Watch Up-and-coming Talent at Eddie’s Attic (John Mayer was discovered here)

SHOPPING

  1. ☐ Dekalb Farmer’s Market
  2. ☐ Krog Street Market
  3. ☒ Ponce City Market
  4. ☒ The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Eating King of Pops (Our Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List - 101 Things to Do in Atlanta) // localadventurer.comEating King of Pops (Our Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List - 101 Things to Do in Atlanta) // localadventurer.com

FOOD

  1. ☒ Antico’s Pizza (though they have been getting bad press recently)
  2. ☐ Atlas
  3. ☒ Bacchanalia (the quintessential special occasion dinner spot)
  4. ☐ BoccaLupo
  5. ☒ Brickstore Pub (Decatur Square, great beer selection and pub food)
  6. ☒ Chick-fil-A Dwarf House (original one)
  7. ☐ Cooks & Soldiers
  8. ☒ Danmooji (our fave fast-casual Korean spot. order the tuna kimbap!)
  9. ☒ Fat Matt’s
  10. ☐ General Muir
  11. ☐ Gunshow, Downtown
  12. ☒ Heirloom BBQ
  13. ☒ Holeman & Finch Public House (the best burgers in Atlanta)
  14. ☒ King of Pops
  15. ☒ Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee
  16. ☒ Mac Lab Bakery & Cafe for cute character macarons.
  17. ☐ Mary Mac’s Tea Room
  18. ☐ Miller Union – won the James Beard award for Best Chef SE 2017.
  19. ☐ Monday Night Brewing
  20. ☐ Octopus Bar
  21. ☒ Ormsby’s
  22. ☐ Paschal’s
  23. ☒ Porter in Little Five Points
  24. ☐ Red Brick Brewery
  25. ☐ Restaurant Eugene
  26. ☐ Sotto Sotto
  27. ☒ South City Kitchen
  28. ☒ Star Provisions
  29. ☒ Staplehouse, Old Fourth Ward – Bon Appetit’s best new restaurant in 2016
  30. ☒ Sublime Doughnuts, Westside
  31. ☒ Sundial (super touristy, but the views are nice. Skip dinner and get drinks)
  32. ☒ Swallow at the Hollow
  33. ☐ Sweet Auburn Curb Market
  34. ☒ Sweetwater Brewery
  35. ☒ JCT Kitchen
  36. ☒ OK Cafe
  37. ☒ Varsity (not the best fast food but very iconic)
  38. ☐ Victory Sandwich Bar
  39. ☒ Waffle House
  40. ☒ Yeah! Burger

DAY TRIPS

  1. ☒ Dahlonega (65 mi / 1 hr 30 min away)
  2. ☒ Amicalola Falls State Park (71 mi / 1 hr 30 min away)
  3. ☒ Callaway Gardens (80 mi / 1 hr 20 min away)
  4. ☒ Taccoa Falls (93 mi / 1 hr 40 min away)
  5. ☒ Tallulah Falls Hike (96 mi away)

If you’re planning on going to a few of Atlanta’s popular attractions, don’t forget to pick up a CityPASS. We did it before we moved and saved a lot of money.

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“Discovery consists not of seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes” – M. Proust

Anything else I’m missing? Have you been to Atlanta? How many of these have you been to? What’s next on your list?

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ESTHER + JACOB

Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They move to a new city every year and currently live in Portland, Oregon.

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Original Created Last updated: Nov 15, 2017

This bucket list was made with the help of Rob & Kim, our Atlanta experts on food!
Cover photo by @mistahfu

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