The Georgia Aquarium is always a highlight during a day out in Atlanta.

Atlanta is the largest city in Georgia and is absolutely teeming with all sorts of things to do. With plenty of options for outdoor recreation, museums, shopping, live music and entertainment, amusement parks, and professional sports venues, the only limit to activities in Atlanta is your imagination. But to keep things simple, we’ve boiled our list down to five things you absolutely must do the next time you’re in Georgia’s state capital.  

Georgia Aquarium

With more than 100,000 marine animals, the Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in North America. Learn about the lives of beluga whales, watch playful dolphins, and marvel at four massive whale sharks, the only in captivity on the continent.

There are 60 different habitats that house everything from voracious piranhas and albino alligators in the River Scout gallery to jellyfish and moray eels in the Tropical Diver gallery. An immersive underwater simulation in the 4D theater and a visit to the tide pools where you can feel horseshoe crabs and sea stars round out top encounters, but the list of sensory-stimulating experiences is endless.

Alliance Theatre

Since 1968, the Alliance Theatre has worked with local, national, and international communities to become the premier theater in the Southeast and one of the leading regional theaters in America. From its inaugural presentation of King Arthur to its Broadway-bound premiere production of The Color Purple, the Alliance has consistently advanced the art of theatre.

Over the years, the Alliance has produced more than 50 world premieres, bringing the world’s best resources to Atlanta in one of the nation’s finest venues. The Alliance Theatre also serves the community as a gateway into the world of performance art for children and adults.

Atlanta History Center

With 33 acres of exhibits, the Atlanta History Center features one of the Southeast’s largest history museums. Additionally, the grounds contain two historic houses—the 1928 Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm—as well as the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Kenan Research Center, the Grand Overlook event space, and acres of historic gardens and trails.

Also, the museum operates the Margaret Mitchell House, a two-acre campus located in Midtown, that features tours of the house and apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gone with the Wind, two exhibits, and a museum shop.

High Museum of Art

From its humble origins in a stately home on Peachtree Street, the High Museum of Art has become the leading art museum in the Southeast. With more than 15,000 works in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art, holdings of European paintings, African-American art, along with modern and contemporary art, photography, folk and self-taught art. The High’s revolving array of temporary exhibits are always worth checking out as well.

Atlantic Station

A national model for smart growth and sustainable development, the Atlantic Station neighborhood is a community with unsurpassed architectural quality, functionality, and finesse. It combines an attractive mix of affordable, middle-income housing and upscale residences with world-class restaurants, theaters, and retailers.

This area of Atlanta accounts for much of the city’s retail and office space. You can watch a movie at the Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 theatre, shop at favorite stores including Dillard’s, Gap, and H&M, or enjoy a meal at Strip or Yard House. This 24-hour community also holds festivals frequently and is very walkable.