A tour of the World of Coca-Cola is a must. Your journey will begin in the lobby, where you'll see a display of bottles decorated by artists from around the world who represented their country in honor of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Along the way, you can learn about the history of the company's "It's The Real Thing" campaign that began in the 1960s and catapulted the company into the brand it is today. You'll have the opportunity to taste-test more than 100 drinks, view hundreds of Coca-Cola artifacts, watch a show in the 3D theatre, and even get a look at the inside of the vault that guards the secret recipe.
Whether or not you're a history buff, the Atlanta History Center is a great place to explore. In addition to miles of trails, gardens, and woodlands, the 33-acre site has historic homes that will take you back in time, eateries, gift shops, family programs, and playgrounds. The main onsite attraction is the Atlanta History Museum, which features exhibitions that explore the history of Chinese trade and the stories of the Creeks and the Cherokees, as well as those of other influential people and companies that helped shape the city of Atlanta and the entire region.
One of the most popular attractions in Atlanta is the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. In addition to getting a full education of the history of the civil rights movement in the U.S., visitors have the opportunity to take a free guided tour of the place where it all began-the home where Martin Luther King, Jr., was born and raised.
Atlanta has its share of nature as well. Piedmont Park is a natural gem that spans more than 200 acres, and it has wooded areas, stone walls and bridges, a public swimming area, and a massive lake. Residents and tourists enjoy its tennis and basketball courts, recreation fields, walking trails, playgrounds, and guided tours free of charge. The park operates a green market on Saturdays from March through November, where you can buy food products produced by local farmers and bakers.