Atlanta city tours
Atlanta City Tours
- Tour of Atlanta Homes-See period homes within the city of Atlanta.
The Georgia Aquarium- The world’s largest aquarium and one of the feature Atlanta attractions! With eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you have never seen before! The Georgia Aquarium is open 365 days a year. Please note that hours of operation do vary. Please reserve your tickets in advance or call ahead at 404-581-4000. (Mon-Thur 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri-Sun 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) ( $24(Adults),$20(Seniors 55 and up),$18(3 to 12) ).
Centennial Olympic Park –This unique 21-acre park performs a dual mission: it serves as Georgia’s lasting legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games and it anchors efforts to revitalize residential and commercial development in Georgia’s capital city of Atlanta. The Park sponsors community-wide free events, including the Fourth of July Celebration, Wednesday Wind Down concert series and Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days. The Park also hosts festivals, fundraisers and private events. These events, in addition to the normal day-to-day traffic, bring an estimated three million visitors to this urban oasis each year.
Georgia Dome –The Georgia Dome, the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world, opened in 1992. Located in downtown Atlanta, the Dome is the home venue for the Atlanta Falcons, host to Super Bowl XXVII and XXXIV, host of the gymnastics and basketball events for the 1996 Olympic Games and host to both a Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Four. Annually, the Dome hosts the Bank of America Atlanta Football classic, the SEC Football Championship and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Dome is equipped to handle large non-sporting events which include everything from major trade shows to concerts by such entertainers as the Rolling Stones and Backstreet Boys to religious events by such ministers as Billy Graham and T.D. Jakes.
The Georgia Governors Mansion-Stately Greek revival home, 30 rooms and over 34000 square feet of living space. Past home of Jimmy Carter and Zell Miller during their Governor term. First floor tours available. (Tue-Th 10 am to 11:30 am) (Free)
The Atlanta History Center-Largest in the Southeast. A thirty-three acre campus contains the Tullie Smith Farm, The Swan House, a library with archives used by ten thousand people annually. Atlanta, 1835–2000, celebrates the rise and evolution of the area. (M-Sat 10am –5:30Pm: Sun12pm- 5:30pm)($15)
- The Swan House-Built in 1928.Stately manor home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Inman, heirs to a post Civil War cotton brokerage fortune. The large home takes it’s name from the variety of swans placed in the design detail throughout the home.($7)
The Tullie Smith Farm-A spectacular collection of antebellum outbuildings that came from working farms throughout Georgia. Clustered around the Smiths Farm house, are a barn, smokehouse, a diary, yeoman’s cabin, a black- smiths shop and a corn crib.($7)
- Chastain Gallery-Housed in a series of buildings that include the Chastain Art center. One of Atlanta’s oldest community Art centers known for its innovated exhibitions, addresses the social and political issues of our time. Located by Chastain Park.(1pm-5pm)(Free)
- Oglethorpe Museum of Art-Located at OglethorpeUniversity founded in 1835, Gothic revival Architecture style built as a institution for Presbyterian ministers. The permanent collection consist of a variety of works including sculptures, paintings, photography ,and prints. Artist include Richard Murray, Jeffery Mims, Richard Serin, and Fransisco Roa. (Thur-Sun, 12pm-5pm)($5)
- Rhodes Hall: The Castle on Peachtree Street-The castle was built between 1902 –1904.The exterior structure is constructed of solid granite from Atlanta’s Famed Stone Mountain. It was built by Amos Giles Rhodes, Founder of Rhodes Furniture. He built a thriving business, which sold moderately priced furniture on credit, at a time when most homes had been destroyed by Sherman’s March to the Sea.(M-F,11am to 4pm Sundays 12pm-3pm Behind the scene tours on Sunday only, includes second and third floor where the Georgia Historic Trust offices are located)($5)
- Center for Puppetry Arts-Housing over one thousand puppets and scores of books and video tapes. This museum is wonderfully interactive, educational, and fun for children, as well as adults. The museums permanent collection, Puppets: The Power Of Wonder, showcase over 350 puppets from all over the world and different time periods. Check listings to enjoy one of the puppet shows while visiting the museum.(Tue-Sat,9am-5pm Sun 11am-5pm)($8)
- The Breman:The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum- The museum maintains two core galleries “Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to Present” For those unfamiliar with Jewish customs, this is an excellent introduction to Jewish family life and the rituals that bind the Jewish people. The “Absence of Humanity” Exhibit features insight into the rise of Nazi Germany, the deliberate deterioration of Jewish liberties, and the holocaust. A special exhibits gallery host three or four exhibits annually. (M-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri.10am-3pm Sun 1pm-5pm)($10)
- Museum Of Contemporary Arts-It’s mission is to serve as an exhibition home and education facilities for Georgia artists. It was established in 1994 and has a collection of pieces as early as the 1940’s. Over two hundred and seventy-five works have been collected from over 125 artist from the state of Georgia. (Tue-Sat; 10am-5pm)(Free)
- National Museum Of Patriotism-Opened in 2004, works with schools in the area to educate military, American symbols and immigration defined as American culture, and a Memorial of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Tue-Thurs; Sat-Sun 10am-4pm)($12)
- The High Museum of Art-Much more than a traditional museum, the High is Atlanta’s center point for exposure and education of the community to the domestic and international world of art. The High collection maintains over 11,000 pieces in American, African, European, Decorative, Folk, Modern, and Contemporary arts and Photography. The High also host many renown international exhibits. (Tues&Wed 10am-5pm; Thurs&Fri 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm)($15)
- Atlanta College of Art: ACA Gallery&Gallery100 –Located in the High museum. It focuses on exploring contemporary art. Not only the art of the ACA students and faculty but from nationally and internationally known artists. (Tu-Th 11am-5pm:Fr 11am-8pm:S-S 12pm-5pm(Free)
- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta- Visitors Center & Monetary Museum-Atlanta is home to one of the twelve reserve banks in the United States. The museum is a surprisingly fun and playful exploration of banking in America. The reason for the Federal Reserve Banks, history of money and counterfeiting is explored. Glass windows allow a view of the Fed’s processing of cash. Fully automated robot cars shuttling boxes of money back and forth from the printers, the vaults, and the shredders (approximately $13 million are shredded daily in Atlanta). (M-F 9am-4pm)(Free)
- Margaret Mitchell House and Museum-Home of Margaret Mitchell during her writing of “Gone With The Wind”. Explore her life, family history and early career as a journalist. There is also a small theater and visual arts exhibit. For “Gone With The Wind” enthusiast don’t miss the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, Road to Tara museum, Stately Oaks Plantation and Historical tours in Jonesboro, Ga. (Mon-Sun 9:30am 5pm)($12)
- Atlanta’s Fox Theater-Built originally as a Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque. It was the Shriners national headquarters in the late 1920s. As well as showing films, the theater has become Atlanta’s destination for Broadway plays and has had featured performers ranging from the metropolitan opera to the Rolling Stones. It is an Egyptian décor extravagance. A picturesque and almost disturbing grandeur beyond imagination .Visitors encounter an indoor Arabian courtyard, with a sky full of flickering stars and magically drifting clouds. A spectacular stripped canopy overhanging the balcony, stage curtains depicting mosques and Moorish rulers in hand sewn sequins and rhinestones. Don’t miss Mighty Moe, the Foxes massive pipe organ with 3,622 different pipes. (M-W-F 10am; Sun10am & 11am)($10)
The Telephone Museum-Well organizedexhibits explaining the first one hundred years of telecommunication history in the United States. Starts with wooden phones, historic moment when the first words where uttered over the phone, how the early effect of the telephone had on society then and its growth to what it is today. (Call ahead) (Free)
- Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (The Contemporary)-Now a multi disciplinary contemporary art museum that exposes Atlanta to local, national, and international artist. Founded in 1973 as the NexusContemporaryArtCenter. (Tu-Sat: 11am5pm)($5)
- Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking-Located on the Georgia Tech campus, the museum offers a wide-range look at the origins and global spread of paper and the need for recording written information. (M-F: 9am-5pm)(Free)
- City Gallery East-One of Atlanta’s largest exhibition spaces. This gallery, a mainstay of the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs to promote local artist since 1993, also functions as a massive walkway through the lower part of the CityHallEastBuilding. This building was formerly the Sears and Roebuck building and was the backdrop of many game day photos for both the Atlanta Crackers and the Atlanta Black Crackers. The two professional baseball teams that played before the Atlanta Braves.
- Museum of the Jimmy Carter Library-Museum focuses on the key issues of Carters presidency. See a replica of the Oval office as it was during the Cater administration. Commentary by Jimmy Carter guides visitors as it explains the meanings of the furniture as well as the unique experiences that Carter had during presidency. Other exhibits tell the story of the major issues during his term, like the Iran hostage situation, the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaty and the Formal Recognition of the PeoplesRepublic of China. See Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize. (M-Sat 9am-4:45pm:Sun 12pm-4:45pm)($8)
Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site-Beginning with a tour of the birth home, visitors can see the bedroom where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. See period homes as well as shotgun shacks dating from Dr. King’s childhood. Tours begin in the oldest standing firehouse in Atlanta, located on the same block. Two streets down is the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King honored his skills as an orator. Visitors can listen to audio of Dr. King’s greatest speeches there. See the King visitor center and reflecting pool surrounding Dr. and Mrs. Kings tomb. (M-Sun 9am-5pm) (9am-6pmJun.15-Aug.15)(Free)
- The King Center-Dr. King, a civil rights leader from 1955 to 1968. A three room gallery with exhibits on Rosa Parks; the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King; and Kings visit to India in 1959.Visitors can also see the robes he wore during church services, the denim jacket he wore while leading marches, the suit he was wearing while he was stabbed on Sep.20 1958 and the key to room 307 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee, where King was assassinated. There is memorabilia from Coretta Scott King’s travels to different nations and a time line of her life. Highlights and quotes from Gandhi that inspired King’s belief in the power of non-violent resistance, a Grammy award for the best spoken word recording given posthumously in 1970 for Kings speech “Why I Oppose the War In Vietnam” and most recently added are the King papers, (His original hand written sermons and letters). (M-Sun 9am-5pm)(Free)
- Oakland Cemetery-Located a mile from AtlantaCity Hall. Originally built on 6 acres in 1850 was later expanded to 88 acres. Remarkably over 70,000 people are buried in Oakland including 6000 Confederate soldiers, 17,000 African-Americans, and a large percentage of Atlanta’s early Jewish Population. Famous Atlantans: Margaret Mitchell, Golfer Bobby Jones, Mayor Maynard Jackson and the founder of Rich’s department stores, Emanuel Rich. The cemetery’s Victorian tombstones and mausoleums make it a Mecca for both professional and amateur photographers. Cities third largest green space (Sat10am-2pmSun 2pm)($10)
- The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum-A gigantic circular oil painting 4 stories tall, 458 feet in circumference, and weighing 9000 lbs. The Atlanta Cyclorama depicts the battle of Atlanta. In 1886 the American Panorama company recruited 11 German artists for this project. It took over 2 years to complete and cost 42,000 dollars (today valued at 14 billion dollars). Visitors can also see the Locomotive Texas. Used by Confederate forces to run down and recapture the Locomotive General, stolen by union forces. Civil War artifacts are on display. (M-Sun 8:50am-4:30pm)($7)
- The Braves Museum and Hall of Fame-The building was originally built to serve as the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympics. It was then modified to its present configuration as a baseball stadium. Hank Aaron made history next to Turner Field in the old Fulton County Stadium, where he hit his 715th homerun, pushing him past Babe Ruth. The Braves team has also called Boston and Milwaukee home. The Braves began in Boston In 1871; making the Braves the oldest continually run franchise in the major leagues. See other Braves player’s achievements. Afterwards take an hour long guided tour of Turner Field. Stops include Coca-Cola Ski Field, a luxury suite, the press box, the broadcast booth, the locker room, and the Braves dugout. (M-F 9am-3pm Sat-Sun 1pm-3pm)($10)
- The Georgia Capitol Museum-Founded in 1889. Housed on the fourth floor of the Georgia Capital building. A wonderful collection of over 40 large oak display cases capturing many different aspects of Georgia’s amazing past. Georgia’s National History, recounting political milestones in the state assembly. The museum covers a wide range of interest. Oil paintings and statuary of famous Georgians are found throughout the building. A display of gemstones and minerals unique to Georgia, and 2 cases of Native American artifacts (M-F 8am 5:30pm)(Free)
The Apex Museum-A replica of an exhibit at the 1900 French Worlds Fair entitled “The Georgia Negro”. Which showed that African Americans were an economic force to be appreciated and respected. Also see a replica of the Moses Amos drug store. The first African American-owned drug store in Atlanta. (Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm)($4)
- Museum of Design Atlanta–Located in the lobby and garden levels of the MarquisIIOfficeTower. Incorporated in 1989, it has officially been named an affiliate to the prestigious Smithsonian Institution; M.OD.A.’S mission is to explore the impact of design on our daily lives. “Should the design of everyday objects-dishes, furniture, light fixtures-be considered art?” (Tue-Sat 11am-5pm)(Free)
- Imagine It! Children’s Museum-Created for children under the age of eight. Children are encouraged to play, explore, learn and interact. Five main exhibits including a giant interactive ball machine, fishing pound, an area for wall painting, a dance and music area and a miniature grocery store. Children can see musicians, storytellers, actors and artist perform. (M-F 10am-4pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm)($11)
- The Africa World Museum and Center-Drawn from over 500 leading African artists from 54 African Countries. Designed to educate visitors about Africa’s past, present and future. The museum itself is a combination gallery, workshop, education center, and gift shop. Two floor gallery showcase both traditional and contemporary African art, such as wood carvings, cow horns, wood burnings, metal plates, collages, and batiks. In addition to celebrating each Independence Day of Africa’s 54 nations, the museum organizes events and educational programs on African music, food, clothing, language and jewelry. (M-Sat 10am-7pm) (Free)
- World Of Coca-Cola-The museum tells the story as the worlds most recognized brand through its marketing and media campaigns. Created in an Atlanta pharmacy in 1886. Features key Atlanta business man who played crucial roles in the development and marketing. See early Coca-Cola advertising memorabilia, international faces of Coca-Cola, vintage Coca-Cola commercials, celebrities that pitch the brand and more. (Tue-Sat 10am-2:30pm)($5)
CNN Studio Tour-Established in 1980. The world’s first 24 hour cable television news channel. A tour guide explains exactly how the production of the news is managed. This explanation occurs while live footage of actual CNN producers overseeing the creation of the news is fed into the room. The tour guide shares teleprompter secrets and demystifies the special effect used during different parts of the news broadcast. The tour continues past studios of the different CNN channels which are broadcast to domestic as well as international audiences in a variety of languages. See a filmed testimonial of CNN broadcasters sharing very personal thoughts on what it means to share the news with the world. (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm, Tour every ten minutes)($12)
- The Herndon Home-Built and completed in 1910. The fifteen room Herndon home had the finest furniture and decorations money could buy at the turn of the 19th century. It was built by local black craftsmen in the Beaux Arts for Alonzo Franklin Herndon, Atlanta’s first black millionaire. Born a slave, after the Civil War he had a truly rag to riches story. After gaining his freedom, he grew tired of farming and perfected his skills as a barber. He opened and operated barber shops around Atlanta. He then went into real-estate, eventually becoming the most successful black property owner in Atlanta He acquired the company that became the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Today is the largest black-owned insurance company in America. (Call ahead for tour)($5)
- Clark Atlanta University Collection of African Art-From 1942-1970, Trevor Arnett Hall on the MorehouseCollege campus hosted the Atlanta Annuals’, the nations premier venue for African Americans to display their art work. Black artist from across the nation competed in the Atlanta Annuals’. Today, ClarkAtlantaUniversity’s collection of African American art boasts more than 950 objects. The collection has 4 distinct sections: African American Art, African Art, contemporary Art and Art of the Negro Murals. (M-F 10am-4pm)($3 Donation)
- Spelman College Museum of Fine Art-The Museum was founded at SpelmanCollege in 1899. The only museum in the United States to specialize in works by and about women of the African dispora. Today its rich permanent collection includes works by prominent artist from Central Africa as well as accomplished African American artist. (Tue-F 10am-4pm; Sat 12pm-4pm)($3 Donation)
- The Hammonds House-This 19th-century Victorian is one of the three oldest homes in the West End and was the site of the Atlanta’s first Kindergarten around 1911. It was eventually purchase by Dr. Otis T. Hammonds, a prominent black anesthesiologist and art patron. Dr. Hammonds lived here until his death in 1985. He was an avid supporter and collector of African American and Haitian art work and antiques. After his death, the house and over 250 pieces of art work was purchased by FultonCounty and in 1988 it opened as an African American art museum. (Tue-F 10am –6pm; Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm)($4)
- The Wrens Nest-The Wrens Nest contains much of the original furnishing and memorabilia belonging to Joel Chandler Harris, the author of the Uncle Remus Tails. Harris lived in the house from 1881 until his death in 1908. The Wrens nest is the oldest house museum in Atlanta. It was built originally in 1870, and Harris commissioned an architect to build an addition onto the house, which survives as a beautiful one-and-a-half story cottage in the Queen Ann style. Harris grew up in Eatonton, Georgia. He somehow befriended two elderly slaves named George Terrell and Old Harbert. They told Harris stories of Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox and other memorable characters living in their briar patch. Harris recorded the story in the unique dialects and rhythms used during that period. The Wrens nest takes its name from a discovery by Harries children: a Wren had built its nest in the family mailbox in 1900. A second mailbox was immediately installed so as not to disturb the bird. The Walt Disney Company filmed some of its controversial “Song Of The South”, and adaptation of the Uncle Remus tales, at the Wren’s nest in 1948. (Tue-Sat 10am-2:30pmTours Tue, Thur and Sat. 10:30am-1:30 pm on the half hour)($5)
- Salvation Army Southern Historical And Museum-The museum is located on the Atlanta campus of the Salvation Army college for officer training. The museum, which encompasses 3700 square feet, guides visitors through the founding of the Salvation Army in England in 1865 to its arrival in the United States in the late 1880’s. One of the first exhibits explains the Army’s commitment to United States service men during World War I and won wide spread gratitude. Then see a collection of memorabilia, which displays the various posters, postcard, and publications that helped publicized the Salvation Army in the United States. The final exhibits of the museum focuses on the history and achievements of the Salvation Army’s Southern territory and educates visitors on the out reach programs. Original musical compositions, work therapy at its thrift store, disaster services, and the creation of the United Service Organization, which supports the United States Armed forces-that have made the Salvation Army a household name. (M-F 9am-12pm and 1pm –4pm)(Free admissions donations welcomed)
- Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University- Maintains the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast. It is filled with objects from Egypt, Greece, Rome, The Near East, Pre-Columbian America, sub-Saharan African art as well as European and American woodcuttings and sketches. Collections for the museum began in 1920. See 4 richly decorated coffins and coffin boards as well as mummies from ancient Egypt. (Tue-Sat 10am-5pm: Sun 12pm-5pm)($7)
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History-The first museum in the world to display the world’s largest dinosaur. Argentinosaurus, stands 86 feet tall. Permanent exhibits include Giants of the Meszoic, a walk through time in Georgia, Sensing Nature, Cultures of the World, World of Shells, and First Georgians. An IMAX Theater, a Rose Garden, the Children’s Discovery Rooms, the Fernbank 65 acre forest, the Star Gallery, Fossil Floors, and the NaturalistCenter is also on location. (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm: Thur &Fri till 10pm: Sat 10am-5pm: Sun 1pm-5pm)(Free except planetarium $4)
- Fernbank Science Center-Thecenter includes the Exhibit Hall, Planetarium, Observatory, Aerospace Education Laboratory, Library, Meteorology Lab, and entrance to the FernbankForest. See the actual Apollo 6 Command Console (part of the last unmanned Apollo mission), meteor debris, pictures taken by the famous Hubble and Galileo Space Probe. (Hours and admission same as above)
- Dekalb History Museum-Located in the old court house on the Decatur square, the six rooms of the DekalbHistoryMuseum are full of artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs from 1823 to the present. See two of the museums rooms dedicated to the role of the county and its citizens in the Civil War. Biographical information about Mary H. Gay and her memoirs of “Life in Dixie During The War” which helped inspire Margaret Mitchell to write “Gone With The Wind”. Period dresses and a quilt from 1885, minie balls with teeth marks (used by Civil War surgeons before beginning an amputation). (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)(Free)
- The Teaching Museum South-The former NorthAvenueElementary school (Opened in 1992) boasts 14 different exhibit rooms that challenge children to consider the impact of different events in history. Employing a hands-on approach to learning, the museum encourages cultural tolerances through a native American exhibit, a “Secret Annex” that recreates the tiny living space inhabited by Anne Frank during the holocaust, and the African cultures exhibit. The museum also celebrates Georgia’s rich sports heritage and its role in hosting the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. See the state-of-the-art auditorium used for educational performances. (M-F 8am-4:30pm)(Free; call for tour)
- Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum- Tucked into a hanger at Delta Airlines Worldwide Headquarters, visitors can see a replica of the Monroe, Louisiana Airport from which Delta transported its first passengers. Inside the hanger are three beautifully restored vintage aircraft: a Stinson SR8E Reliant, a Curtis Wright Travel Air 6B Sedan, and a DC3. Exhibits show Delta’s technical operations and historical highlights. See exhibits dedicated to the former airlines-Northeast, Pan-Am, and Western-that were absorbed into modern day Delta Airlines. (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)(Free; call a day ahead for tour)
- Road To Tara Museum-Located in downtown historic Jonesboro (approximately 15 miles south of downtown Atlanta) at the Jonesboro Depot welcome center. The depot supported the rail line between Atlanta, Savannah, and Forsyth. During the Battle of Jonesboro the depot was burned. The train depot was on the cover of the 1970’s rock band Lynard Skynard’s first album and was also featured in the 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit”. The museum has an excellent collection of movie artifacts, actor and actresses signatures and personal effects of Margaret Mitchell. It has been long believed that Tara, Scarlet O’Hara’s family plantation home, was based upon Stately Oaks Plantation in present-day
The museum also explains the significance of the Battle of Jonesboro. (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm: Sat 10am-4pm)($5)
- Stately Oaks Plantation-This Greek Revival Antebellum Plantation was built circa 1839 and is located in historic Jonesboro. While Tara never really existed, it is believed that the Stately Oaks Plantation represents quite closely what it would have looked like. The grounds contain the plantation home, the original log kitchen, Juddy’s country store (souvenirs and refreshments), and the Bethel one-room schoolhouse. Call ahead as special events are often hosted at the plantation such as Civil War Battle reenactments, Civil War weapon demonstration, and period mourning rituals. (Mon-Fri (and most Saturdays) 10am-4pm)($12)
- Atlanta Botanical Gardens-The mission of the AtlantaBotanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment .Incorporated in 1976, it borders PiedmontPark. If it’s a warm day, bring swimsuits for kids, swim diapers, and towels for a splash in the Sunflower Fountain. (Tue-Sun 9am-5pm; April-Oct 9am-7pm)($12)
- Underground Atlanta-Reconditioned cars and trucks on display includes a 1947 Divco, manufactured in Detroit. The vehicle was used by Helms Bakeries to deliver breads and pastries door to door in Atlanta until1969, in the early 1900s, downtown Atlanta was a web of railway lines and a hub of industry leaving little room for pedestrians. The city built bridges and elevated streets over the tracks, and eventually the lower level of the “Underground” was forgotten. That changed in 1969, when Underground Atlanta Entertainment and Shopping Complex open. In the late 1980’s adding new stores, pushcart retailers, and more access points to the street above. From children’s rides to fine dinning restaurants, there is much to attract visitors of all ages.
See appealing architecture in many Atlanta Building’s throughout our city tours, as well as many historical church building’s.
II. Tours within one hour away from downtown
Tour II-A Stone Mountain State Park-
Stone Mountain Museum-Thelargest piece of exposed granite rock in the world. Larger than Mount Rushmore, the carving at Stone Mountain –billed as the world’ largest relief carving-with a three acre man made carving of three figures: Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy during the Civil War; General Robert E. Lee; and Lieutenant General Stonewall Jackson all on horseback. The Carving took more than 57 years and three main carvers to complete. The final carvings were completed in 1972.The museum traces the history of Stone Mountain from the Native Americans who first inhabited the site ten-thousand years ago, to the arrival of white settlers in the 1800s. A section of the museum is dedicated to the Civil War: revolvers, swords, and rare rivals are on display. Exhibits educate visitors on the carving of the mountain as well as reminding them that Stone Mountain granite was a much sought-after building material that has been used in projects around the world. You can hike up the mountain or ride the incline to the top if you wish. At the base of the mountain you can ride a train to a replica of an early western small town. There is a laser show at night projected off the side of the mountain. There is a lake with a river boat you can ride and tour the lake. There are paddle boats as well. The beautiful property has a resort hotel and conference center. (M-F 9am-6pm)(Free)
- Antebellum Plantation at Stone Mountain-Tour 15 original plantation buildings built between 1790 and 1845 at different locations throughout Georgia. Reassembled here at one location. The buildings are configured to give visitors an authentic look at Antebellum Georgia. Well-constructed walk ways enable guest to move freely among the buildings and yards. Stone Mountain park has a highly informative self-tour pamphlet that gives the purpose and history of each of the reconstructive buildings. See Thornton House, one of the oldest restored homes in Georgia, animals housed in the farm yard, Civil War reenactors drilling on the plantation grounds.(Check the web site for date and times) (M-Thu 10am-5pm; F&S 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-7pm)($7)
- The Antique Car and Treasure Museum-Located in Stone MountainPark, it’s named one of the top 10 small car museums in the United States. Among the automobile is the famous 1948 Tucker, rare motorized vehicles such as a 1904 one cylinder, 7 horsepower Oldsmobile pie wagon and a 1930 Rolls Royce Town Car. On display with the automobiles, are jukeboxes, player pianos, carousel animals, barber poles, antique toys, beaded purses, electric trains and over 70 antique bicycles. (Wed– Sun 12pm-6pm: Sat 12pm-7pm)($7)
Tour II-B Gwinnet County–The county was created in 1818 and named after Button Gwinnet, one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration Of Independence. Mr. Gwinnet died in 1777 and never saw the county named after him. In 1820, a lottery was help to bring settlers’ into the county. Eager pioneers rushed in to claim the 250 acre tracks. The production of cotton and the institution of slavery helped to fuel the transition in Gwinnet from small farms to plantations. The plantation owners of Gwinnet were thrifty and hard working. Between their work and church, they found little frivolous endeavors. Their homes are a reflection of their values and lifestyle. Typically, they were two story houses, one room deep, with central hallways and gable end chimneys. Today, less than 15 of these historic houses remain standing in Gwinnet. These properties are privately owned and not open to the public. Parking for photographs is available at the following locations only: the old Gwinnet County Courthouse, the Elisha Winn house, the Wayne-Russell House and FairviewChurch. TodayGwinnetCounty is completely urbanized and heavily populated. It contains the largest mall in Georgia (The Mall of Georgia), multiple golf courses, business parks, and don’t miss Vines Botanical Gardens. All together there are 16 historic sites on this driving tour.
Tour II-C Kennesaw & Marietta –
- The Kennesaw Depot Museum-Kennesaw, Ga., originally named Big Shanty for the workers shanties that spring up along the newly laid tracks in the late 1840s. Kennesaw was put on the map during the Civil War. Sherman destroyed the railroads linking Kennesaw to Atlanta. This museum is located across the street from the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. See exhibits on Kennesaw history, the Cherokee Nation, The Civil War, and the Glover Machine Works. (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)(Free)
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History-Because the American Civil War was the first war fought utilizing a rail system, the museum focuses largely on the manner in which both army’s depended on this rapidly expanding logistical network. See uniforms, musical instruments, surgeon kits, rifles and pistols, as well as family pictures, letters and other personal items. It was in this town that a small band of union soldiers hijacked the confederate locomotive “The General”. This brilliant Locomotive is fully restored and on display here. (Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm: Sun 12pm-5pm)($7.50)
Kennesaw National Battlefield Park and Museum–The museum offers a brief overview of the Civil War, the exhibits focus more on the individual General’s, politicians and the political climate during the 1864 famous Atlanta Campaign. While the museum documents the history of this famous Civil War battle ground, the landscape and the recreation opportunities of this beautiful region provides hiking up the mountain and picnicking. Four major battle sites here: Kennesaw Mountain, Pigeon Hill, Cheatham Hill, and Kolb’s Farm. Check the website for occasional battle reenactments and costumed Civil War soldiers explaining common weaponry and tactics. Explore extensive walking and jogging trails. (Daily 8:30am-5:30pm)(Free)
Marietta Museum of History-Located on the second and third floor of the Kennesaw House, a block away from historic Marietta square, it served as a confederate hospital and morgue. Andrew’s Raiders occupied a room here the night before their daring theft of the steam engine General. A small Civil War exhibit is located in that very room. The museum focuses on the growth of Marietta and Cobb county beginning with the original Native Americans. Additional exhibits include a civil war gallery and artifacts from all major American conflicts. There are many attractions on the square, including crafts, antiques shops, restaurants and theaters. In addition there are a number of historic antebellum homes just off the square. That can be viewed along Kennesaw avenue, which runs from the square to Kennesaw Mountain. (Mon-Sun 10am-4pm)($3)
- Root House Museum-Located just off Marietta Square, one of the oldest wooden frame houses built around 1845. William Root was one of the earliest known merchants in Marietta and its first druggist the house is much more typical of a middle class family in Atlanta prior to the civil war. The grounds also contain a separate privy, kitchen house, and garden. Perfect for children and antique lovers. (Tue-Sat 11am-4pm)($4)
- Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art-Located off historic Marietta Square in a beautifully renovated Greek revival building that was originally constructed in 1910 as the Cobb county post office.
The museum prides itself on being the only Atlanta metropolitan museum focused solely on American art. The museum maintains collections of various 19th and 20th century American artist, including Andy Warhol and Andrew Wyeth. (Tues-Fri 11am-5pm: Sat 11am-4pm: Sun 1pm-5pm)($5)
- Smyrna Museum-The exterior is a replica of the Original train station in Camp Smyrna that was built in the early 1880’s. The town was founded as a training site for the Georgia Militia at the beginning of the Civil War. The Battle of Smyrna also took place near the site of the current museum shortly after the famous battle of Kennesaw Mountain. The museum contains a variety of artifacts from different periods of Smyrna’s history. Next door to the museum is a replica of Aunt Fanny’s cabin. This was a very popular restaurant and tourist site in Smyrna from 1941-1992. It represented the Old South for its famed cooking and hospitality. Books are for sale featuring her recipes. (Mon-Sat 10am-4pm)(Free)
- Air Acres (Woodstock)-Located in a small hangar on a private runway, this facility is committed to maintaining and rebuilding past military and private aircraft. Owned and funded by private entrepreneur, Air Aces has a changing rotation of planes on display, depending on what is currently being restored. These planes are kept in flying condition and can often be found moving in and out of the hangar during a visit. Stop by and discuss the planes’ histories with these knowledgeable craftspeople. (Call for hours) (Free)
Tour II-D- Cartersville-Bartow County
- Booth Western Art Museum-The three story structure is 80,000 square feet, opened Aug. 2003; this museum offers contemporary Western Art. The American West Gallery has more than 110 works in it’s permanent collection, The Mythic West Gallery has western movie stars hand painted by artist. Also, artwork portraying western stories used for book and magazine covers, shows posters and magazine articles. The Real West Gallery has western movie posters used to advertise western movies that were critical to the movies success. This gallery features 25 outstanding examples. See an original 1865 stage coach similar to the ones used throughout the west. The Cowboy Gallery showcases the cowboy at work, rest and play in more than 35 paintings and sculptures. Sagebrush Ranch is designed for children of ages 2-12. Organized like a working ranch, this gallery features a farmhouse, barn, bunkhouse and corral. Take a ride in a stage coach, sit on a life size horse, learn to draw a buffalo or brand a cow. Additional galleries feature Presidential letters of 42 presidents with photographs. Civil War Art (artist of today continue to depict the heroism, glory and tragedy of this struggle of brother against brother). (Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat 10am-5pm: Thur 10am-8pm: Sun 1pm-5pm)($8)
- Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site-The Chieftain of Georgia’s AncientCity reigned across a 50-mile radius until visited by DeSoto’s Expedition in mid-1500’s. See three mounds still standing on the EtowahRiver. Also an interpretative museum, self-guided tours, special events.(Tue-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 2pm-5:30pm; Mon– Closed)($4)
- Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum- Impressive mineral and gemstone collections from around the world, fossil displays, antique mining equipment, simulated mining tunnel and special programs. Planetarium, dinosaurs, hands on science and Transportation gallery. (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun-closed)($4)
- Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona-Boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, putt-putt and special events. Cottages, lodge and restaurant. (Open year round)
- World’s First Coca-Cola Wall Sign-Painted on the brick wall of Young BrothersPharmacy in 1894, the sign was restored and authenticated in 1994 (Free)
- Coopers Iron Works-This furnace is the only remnant of the 1830’s town of Etowah and Georgia’s Iron Empire run by Mark A. Cooper until the Civil War. Located at the base of the Allatoona Dam (Visit the Dam); Picnic facilities, hiking and playground. (Free)
- Rose Lawn Museum-Legendary 19th Century Evangelist Sam Jones’ fire and fury was rekindled by the Victorian Splendor of his home –Rose Lawn. The man for whom Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (original Grand Ole Opry) was built, Rev. Jones was honored by presidents and revered by millions.
- Barnsly Gardens Historic District and Resort-Enchanting Gardens surround ruins of 1840’s manor house. Museum depicts Barnsly’s history and features a Civil War collection. The resort includes restaurants, luxurious accommodations, golf course, spa, conference center and range of sporting activities. (Open daily)
- Farm tours and activities-See happy and healthy llamas, miniature donkeys, horses, goats, alpacas, potbellied pigs, camels, buffalos, emus and more. Walking tours and hayrides available.
- Allatoona Pass Battle Site-Fought Oct. 5 1864, this was the first battle of the Nashville Campaign. Of 5,301 men engaged in battle, 1603 were lost. Earthern forts, trench works and interpretative markers. (Open daily free)
- Allatoona Lake and Visitor Center-This 12,000 acre lake offers water sports, hiking, picnic areas. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visitors center at the top of dam portrays regional history and natural resources. (Open daily free
Tour II-E. Roswell-
- Bulloch Hall-Built in 1840 by Major James Stephen Bulloch, the stately Greek revival mansion has a fascinating connection to two United States President by the name of Roosevelt. On Dec. 22 1853 Maj. Bullochs daughter Mittie married Theodore Roosevelt Sr., in Bulloch Hall. Their son Theodore Roosevelt , Jr., became the 26 President of the United States in 1901(you will see photographs of President Theodore Roosevelt visit in 1905)Mittie also had a famous granddaughter named Eleanor Roosevelt, who married Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States . (M-Sat 10am-3pm:Sun 1pm-3pmTours on the hour)($8)
- Historic Roswell Visitor Center-The city of Roswell was established as a result of it proximity to the ChattahoocheeRiver. Victory Creek, which feeds into the nearby river provided the necessary power to create an industrial base by the mid 1850s and became the largest mill in North Georgia. Roswell King built the first cotton mill in what is now historic Roswell. Perhaps the mill’s most notorious output, before being burned by Union General Sherman during the siege of Atlanta, was Roswell Gray, the material used for Confederate uniforms. The visitors center is located only one block away from this famous mill and was once the mill’s company store, selling provision to its employees. The center is staffed by local history enthusiasts. They have videos, books, and brochures on all of the surrounding historic sites. (M-F 9am-5pm: Sat 10am-4pm: Sun 12pm-3pm)(Free)
- Roswell Walking Tours by the Roswell Historical Society-Tours begin at the HistoricRoswellVisitorCenter. They take approximately an hour and half. After the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, General Sherman was looking for way to cross the ChattahoocheeRiver. He sent an advance Cavalry Division to capture Roswell. One story told is of the Roswell Mill which was burn to the ground after its French manager attempted to pass the business off as a French institution to save it from seizure. Upon learning the truth, the infuriated Union General ordered the mill burned and deported 700 women worker’s north. Also on the tour is the Presbyterian church– Built in 1840 and used as a hospital by Union troops: Great Oaks-Reverend Nathaniel Pratt’s home (pastor of the Presbyterian church), became a Union barracks and headquarters. Mimosa Hall-owned by John Dunwoody was also used as a Union hospital. (Wed 10am till ?: Sat- 1pm till ?)($5)
- Archibald Smith Plantation Home-Built with slave labor in 1845 on land made available by the forced removal of Cherokee Indians, the Archibald Smith Plantation Home provides a fascinating window into the complexity of the Old South. You can tour Twelve original outbuildings, which include slave cabins and a stone spring house. Throughout the year, the barn houses various exhibits drawn from 14,000 original Smith family artifacts (everything from clothing and old letters to farm tools and antique toys). (M-F 11:30am-2:30pm-Tours on the half hour); (Sat 10:30am-1:30pm)($8)
- The Roswell Fire and Rescue Museum-Housed in the same complex as Roswell Fire Department Station # 1, the two rooms of the museum display antique fire nozzles, axes, canvas buckets, and brass bells. See a fully restored red 1947 Ford LaFrance pumper truck. Panoramic photos of the destruction caused by Atlanta’s Great Fire of 1917 that burned 73 city blocks and destroyed 1,553 homes. (M-Sun 9am-7pm)(Free)
- The Teaching Museum North-Open in 1991. It Is connected with the RoswellElementary School and affiliated with the FultonCounty school systems. Exhibits touch on everything from local Roswell history to the Presidents of the United States. See full scale replicas of a frontier cabin and a turn-of-the-century courtroom,A section of the Georgia room is dedicated to the states most accomplished writers and artist, and a room dedicated to the 1930s that explores everything from The Great Depression to the Holocaust. (M-F 7:00am-3:30pmP)(Free)
- Southeastern Railway Museum-Atlanta can thank the arrival of the railroad in 1845 for its status today. As a world-class metropolis. Eventually 8 railroad lines would serve the city, bringing economic opportunity and explosive population growth. Today the SoutheasternRailwayMuseum is dedicated to preserving, restoring, and operating “Historical Significant Railway Equipment” and introducing visitors to the locomotive and railcars that built Atlanta. See locomotives, freight cars, cabooses from different time periods. The private Pullman car “Superb”, which was used by President Warren Harding in 1923.(F-Sun 10am-5pm April-Dec.; Sat 10am-5pm Jan-Mar)($7)
- Williams-Payne-House- Original located where Georgia route 400 intersects Mount Vernon highway, this fully restored home was built by Walter Jerome Williams in 1869.In 1980 It was moved to its current location in Sandy Springs surrounded by a beautiful landscaped green space. The yard contains typical extensions such as a partially underground milk house, a kitchen garden, a privy, and a gazebo. The exterior and plants are also typical of that time period. (By appointment only) (Free)
III. Tours within two hours away from Downtown Atlanta.
Tour III-A Macon – You can visit the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (music of Georgia musicians), Georgia Sports Hall Of Fame, Museum of Arts And Sciences, Warner Robin Air force Base Museum. Also visit many different style mansions and their histories. Different major events go on year round.
Tour III-B Dahlonega –Art galleries, GoldMuseum (where you can pan for gold), lots of shops and restaurants in the downtown square. You can easily spend two hours looking in all of the shops and restaurants in the square (beautifully decorated during Christmas). Also try the famous “Smith House Restaurant” (southern food served buffet style on your table).
IV. Christmas Activities and Light Shows-Calloway Gardens, Dahlonega, LakeLanier, Stone MountainPark, LifeUniversity, Centennial Olympic Park and many more (ask for current).
V. Real -Estate-these tours can be taken after discussing which parts of town you would want to explore. These tours include homes to purchase, homes to rent, as well as commercial real-estate. These tours can include assistance with a real-estate agent or with our company tour guides.
VI. Special Ideas-Our Chauffeurs are some of the most knowledgeable in the city. You will want to use them for some of the ideas shown below: