Atlanta At Large: Experience Like An ATLien

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Atlanta At Large: Experience Like An ATLien

I’ve lived in Atlanta for over a year and a half and, surprisingly, the fact that I still feel like a tourist makes for the best adventures.

Last summer, my little sister spent two weeks in the city with me and we had quite the experience with the Atlanta CityPASS (See the CityPASS: The Key to the City blog). I’ve had several friends and sorority sisters visit as well as random expeditions with my “Atlanta Friends” that have made for the BEST memories. Below is a list of my favorite places to visit, shop, eat, and even a couple of places still on my list to visit. Trust me, if you go to even a third of the things on this list, your Atlanta experience will be phenomenal!

Top Tourist Attractions:

Georgia Aquarium – For views of Beluga Whales, sights of tiny Seahorses and Starfish petting, the GA Aquarium is perfect for your under the sea adventure. (CityPASS attraction)

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Quick photo with the Belugas! They were huge!

World of Coca-Cola – Ever tasted coke from Asia, Africa, or South America? The World of Coca-Cola provides and in-depth and interactive history of Coca-Cola as well as taste testing from every Continent in the world. Yum! (CityPASS attraction)

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Coca-Cola LOVEEEE!

CNN Studio Tours – Tour the historical facility and gain insight from one of the world’s leading news sources. Perfect for aspiring journalist/communications professionals, news geeks, or history buffs! (CityPASS attraction)

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Zoo Atlanta – Want to meet the king of the jungle, admire the beauty of giraffes, or learn about a ton of animals you’ve probably never heard of? The zoo is for you! Comfy shoes are highly suggested! (CityPASS attraction)

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Panda Bear mama and twin cubs!

Center for Civil and Human Rights – Explore American and World history through the eye opening adventure through Civil and Human Rights movements of past and present day! This is truly a humbling experience! (CityPASS attraction)

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Liberty and justice for all!

Ponce City Market – For shopping, eating, and/or cool photo shoots, check out Ponce City Market! Don’t forget to visit the rooftop with friends for fun and games!

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Ponce City Market photo shoot!

Krog Street Market – Similar to Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market is the center of little shops and eateries perfect for hanging out with friends or taking photos.

Centennial Olympic Park – In the heart of downtown Atlanta and in the center of many tourist attractions lies the famous Centennial Olympic Park.

SkyView Atlanta: Ferris Wheel – For one of the most exclusive views of the city and sometimes free chocolate, be sure to book your ride on Atlanta’s Ferris Wheel. (Check Groupon.com for deals!)

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This thing is huge!

The High Museum of Art – Love visual art and seasonal art exhibits? The High Museum of Art is for you! And not to mention you can take some of the most creative pictures in this place! But don’t forget to wear comfy shoes.

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Hi from the #HIGH!

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park – Visit the house where Dr. King was born and the site that serves as the grave for he and his late wife, Coretta Scott King, for one of the most humbling depictions of black history and its relevance in present day.

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MLK helped pave the way!

Cascade Family Skating – Famous for its significance in the Black blockbuster film “ATL”, Cascade is just as lively as it was portrayed in the film.

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Ride skate, roll bounce!

Dance 411: Drop in for a dance class as a fun, empowering activity in Atlanta.

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Pole class was tons of fun!

 

For the Best Shopping:

Atlantic Station – Stores like Target, H&M, Icing, and Dillards, a host of restaurants, and a Regal movie theater!

Lenox Square – For the Buckhead boujees! Visit for stores like Steve Madden, Top Shop, Cartier, Coach, Fendi, and Forever21!

Perimeter Mall – The perfect shopping experience on the outskirts of Atlanta.

Cumberland Mall – My favorite! This mall features a lot of affordable shops and boutiques.

Ponce City Market – See Above!

Krog Street Market – See Above!

 

Favorite Restarurants:

The Old Lady Gang – Finger licking Southern Eatery! (Owned by Kandi Burruss Tucker & Todd Tucker)

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Fried Chicken, Mac ‘N Cheese, & Greens! Delicious and Affordable!
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Stop by at any moment and you’re likely to find one of the owners or the infamous Old Lady Gang trio to greet you and snap a few pics!

Negril Village – Want to party during brunch? Try Negril Village for the sounds of a live DJ and the best Jerk Chicken you’ve ever tasted!

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Jerk Chicken and Waffles was the number one selection!

Busy Bee Cafe – Soul Food Restaurant in the heart of the AUC!

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Forgot to snap a pic of my Turkey and Dressing, but at least I got the Menu! (LOL)

Papadeaux – Sea Food Restaurant Chain! Best Crab Dip EVER!

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For a girl with roots in Louisiana, Pappadeaux’s Crawfish Étouffée gets a golden star!

Hop’s Chicken (Ponce City Market) – Delicious Restaurant for Fried Chicken and Mac’N Cheese!

The Juicy Crab – BEST Crab in Atlanta!

Taco Mac – Delicious wings (Never had the tacos, but I’ve heard they are delicious too – lol)

Bar Taco – Yummy Tacos (Be sure to try the fish taco!)

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Bar Taco gives these cool chips for a free taco during your next visit!

Puff & Petals Lounge – Quick Delicious Eats and if you’re a girlie girl, like me, you’ll LOVE all of the pink! (Owned by K. Michelle)

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My line sister Ariel ordered pasta and I wish I would’ve! YUM!

Poor Calvin’s – Fusion flare restaurant with southern roots! D to the E to the LICIOUS!

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Fried Chicken, Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese, and Greens! And don’t forget to ask for their Lavender Lemonade!

Highland Bakery – The perfect spot for studying and munching!

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I LOVE French Toast!

Worship Organizations:

The Gathering Oasis: Pastors Cornelius and Heather Lindsey – For the best experience with a younger generation of worshippers who have a genuine love for God, The GO is highly recommended. Check out Heather and Cornelius on YouTube for sermons and more information about their church and ministries.

Elizabeth Baptist Church: Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr. – Visitors are welcomed and actually followed up with. If you want that traditional Baptist church feel EBC is the place to be!

 

Other Attractions still on my list to visit:

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Piedmont Park

Little 5 Points

Atlanta Beltline

 

Well, I’m sure you can tell I’ve become quite the ATLien! The list could go on and on, but hopefully this gives you a good start to planning your next trip to Atlanta!

Be sure to list your favorite Atlanta spots below and share this post with all of your friends planning a trip to the city of the south!

Welcome to Atlanta, “Where the Playas Play!”!

By: Verinique D. Bailey, “The V. in Virtue”

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