I know, I know, I know . . . it’s so easy to say “I don’t do touristy things! I’m a traveler, not a tourist! Tours are for people with fanny packs and blue hair!”
Just hear me out for a second: tours can be a phenomenal way to see places that you might otherwise hate or pass over. So, take a few minutes searching for your personality and let’s run through 37+ Amazing Tours in Atlanta that will change your mind about tours and Atlanta.
The History Channel Is Always On At My House
Feels like fall is finally here! Come explore 33 acres of history this weekend at Atlanta History Center!
Atlanta History Center Behind the Scenes Tour of the Swan House
The Swan House is an absolute gem in the midst of gorgeous Buckhead and several of the rooms are only accessible via behind-the-scenes tours (either walk-in or reserved) via the Atlanta History Center. Constructed in 1928 by the Inman family, one of Atlanta’s wealthiest families, the Swan House exudes Gilded Age glamour and it is well worth taking the extra time to go on the behind-the-scenes tour and explore the basement, attic, and other closed rooms. Oh, and if you’ve never been there before, you might recognize it as President Snow’s mansion in the Hunger Games movie series.
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Atlanta was a city built on food and on this fun food tour, guests learn about the founding of Atlanta through the establishment of the city as the capital and how the history of the city relates to food, including a walk through stunning Oakland Cemetery (see more on the cemetery below). And, there’s yummy food, too, including Six Feet Under’s mind-boggling shrimp and grits (yum!) but the history is a star in this tour. If one person in the group isn’t a history lover and the other is, this is a great way to get both of them interested in the same experience.
Lemuel P. Grant House Tour with Atlanta Preservation Center
Atlanta has a tendency to neglect its important buildings down and that’s exactly what happened with the L.P. Grant House. When it was constructed in the late 1800s, L.P. Grant was Atlanta’s richest man, having made his fortune on real estate investments in what is today Southeast Atlanta, including present-day Grant Park, and, in later years, Bobby Jones was born in the L.P. Grant Mansion. But, the mansion soon fell into neglect and ruin, and after 70 years of terrible care, the Atlanta Preservation Center bought the mansion in 2001 and has slowly attempted to bring it back to some semblance of its former glory. The Center offers tours of the house and it was well worth seeing.
I Want to Walk In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Downtown Southern Food Walk combines the story of Dr. King’s passion for food with classic Southern tastes, including Paschal’s famous fried chicken (named Georgia’s best fried chicken by the AJC) and a tasting through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Atlanta’s oldest market. This is an awesome choice who have limited time in the city because it includes amazing food, an overview of the Civil Rights Movement and fascinating Civil Rights history, a walk through Downtown Atlanta, and a fun experience in just three hours.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta and lived in the yellow-painted home until he was 13 years old. The National Park Services limits the number of guests into the birth home each day with tours lasting throughout the day. Arrive as early as possible in the day to get the free tickets and plan that you might have to go back to the birth home later in the day to actually visit the home. This is a free tour and it is incredibly moving to visit the home Dr. King grew up in.
On this unique bicycle-led tour through some of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, bicyclists will learn more about how race and race relations impacted the history of Atlanta, from the Civil War through present day, including the Civil Rights movement. This tour is a broad overview of almost 150 years of history, while focusing on Civil Rights, and how Atlanta can continue to strive for comprehensive social justice.
The Breman Museum in Atlanta focuses on Jewish history in the city and offers monthly trolley and bus tours through historic sites to discuss important Jewish events and people. The Historic Jewish Atlanta Civil Rights Tour is a unique tour that showcases Jewish contributions to the Civil Rights movement, including stops at Rich’s Department Store and the American Motor Hotel. And, best of all, the tours are free!
Frankly, My Dear, I Can’t Get Enough Gone With the Wind.
Margaret Mitchell House will be opening at noon on Saturday, July 4th. See ya then!
Take an hour out of your day to tour Apartment No. 1, affectionately described by Margaret Mitchell as “The Dump” which is where she wrote Gone With the Wind. The apartment itself is quite small and it’s easy to imagine Peggy Marsh (Margaret Mitchell’s married name) typing away on her old typewriter and dreaming up scenes of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. After visiting the apartment, head to the other exhibits and see some of Margaret Mitchell’s journals, as well as the costumes from the movie.
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For a quirky way to learn more about Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind, join Atlanta Movie Tours on Saturdays for a one-woman show describing Margaret Mitchell’s life from a first person perspective. The tour includes stops at Oakland Cemetery and the Margaret Mitchell House, plus lively stories of Margaret Mitchell’s unique life.
Many visitors to Atlanta hope to visit a cotton plantation like Tara, owned by Scarlett O’Hara’s family. But, there were no plantations in urban Atlanta. However, a short drive outside of Atlanta will take you to the Archibald Smith Plantation Home, owned by one of the earliest settlers to the Roswell area, who established 300 acres of cotton farmland. Built by slave labor in 1845, when Atlanta was still in its infancy, the plantation house has been well preserved and it is possible to visit the interior of the home, the slave quarters, smokehouse, corn crib, and cookhouse on guided tours. The home also holds several events throughout the year.
Margaret Mitchell drank in the stories of Civil War and folklore told throughout the South, which ultimately made their way into Gone With the Wind. Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit stories, must have influenced her reading and writing because Harris was a local Atlantan and she autographed a first edition of Gone With the Wind to the Uncle Remus Memorial Association. Docents guide visitors through the Wren’s Nest, Joel Chandler Harris’ beautiful home in the West Side of Atlanta. This is a great tour for children because The Wren’s Nest often hosts storytelling events.
Food? Ummm, Yes, Please!
Great food, awesome storytelling, and fun walks through beautiful neighborhood? Yep, that sounds good. These popular small-group tours max out at 12 people so it is a nice way to get to know other people visiting Atlanta and eat and chat, while learning about Atlanta’s history and the stories behind the food. You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this tour; you just need to enjoy eating, chatting, and seeing the city.
Chowing down on some authentic Colombian food.
If you’re heading OTP, then Marietta Food Tours are an awesome way to experience the growing foodie scene at Marietta Square, which now includes coffee roasters, an Australian fish and chips shop, a cidery, and a James Beard nominated restaurant. The company offers a daytime and evening tour and head into some of the square’s best restaurants, so it’s a good way to explore Marietta Square for both locals and visitors.
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For kids, girlfriends, couples, or, heck, just about anyone, Chamberlain’s Chocolate Factory offers fun chocolate experiences, ranging from making your own chocolate to birthday parties for kids to chocolate education classes. Satisfy your sweet tooth at these unique experiences.
Don’t Mind Me – I’ll Be Over Here at the Bar
We do it all for you Atlanta. Our reward is your enjoyment. Bottling up 450 cases of Gin today. Don't forget we are now open everyday so you can pop in and see what we are doing and pick up a bottle or three. Be on the lookout for our new cocktail flights coming soon! #o4d #onlythebeginning #old4thdistillery #old4thgin #atlantasown
Old Fourth Distillery is Atlanta’s first distillery since Prohibition, and focuses on making gin and vodka. Its handcrafted spirits include sugar cane as an ingredient, giving it a sweeter mild taste. Head to their distillery for a tour every single day and watch them pouring and bottling.
Sweetwater Brewery is Atlanta’s oldest microbrewery and also has a fantastic tour and tasting room where visitors can meander through the whole brewing process. Tours are only held once a day but also include 3 5 ounce tastings and various points along the tour.
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If beer isn’t your thing, try Urban Tree Cidery where they make hard ciders using the traditional European methodologies. The ciders largely utilize local apples, making this a great way to taste and support local producers while getting your drink on in a beautiful space.
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Though there are no wineries in Atlanta, there are several wineries in North Georgia, a short drive away from Atlanta. If you’d rather hand over the reins to another driver and let them do all of the work while you enjoy wines, get in touch with Pop the Cork Wine Tours or Georgia Wine Tours, both of which focus on taking guests to a variety of vineyards.
If you want to do make the most of your time in Atlanta, visiting multiple breweries rather than just one, opt for a beer tour with Atlanta Brews Cruise or Southern Beer Tours which offer weekly bus tours to multiple microbreweries across Atlanta, along with an explanation of what makes these beers unique.
Get Me Up Close and Personal With Cute Animals
It’s a fish! It’s a shark! No, it’s our diver helping us show support for patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on #CapeDayATL!
Whale sharks are one of the most magnificent animals in the ocean and the Georgia Aquarium offers the only experience in the world where guests are guaranteed the chance to swim with these beautiful sharks. This 2.5 hour experience is pricey but it includes a view of behind-the-scenes areas, as well as all of the equipment, for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
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Zoo Atlanta offers guests the opportunity to get behind the scenes and get to know some of the zoo’s beautiful and interesting animals. You can choose a wild encounter with a lion, tortoise, elephant, panda, lemur, or, most exciting of all, the new baby pandas! The baby panda experience will cost a cool $1000 per person but the experience of being near baby pandas is sure to stick in minds forever.
Let Me Geek Out on Some TV (And Movies)
Atlanta Movie Tours loves the Walking Dead. I mean, they LOVE the Walking Dead and there are not one, not two, not three, but four full Walking Dead tours offered. You can head to the various filming locations across the state on their comfortable buses or take a walking tour in the cute city of Senoia with them. This is a tour for the zombie junkies out there.
One of the original tours in Atlanta is still rocking and I still love taking people to it when they come to visit me here. The CNN Center Studio Tour gets visitors backstage to see green screens and filming locations, with an inside look at how a newscast is produced. If you really want to get up close and personal, you can opt for a version of the tour where you’ll meet Robin Meade on Morning Express.
Ghost Stories, Spooks, and Haunts? They Don’t Scare Me.
One of the spookiest and most fun Halloween events in the city of Atlanta is the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours. These book up very early so plan way ahead and make sure you get a spot, but, on the night of your tour, head into Oakland at nighttime, lit up by beautiful ambient lighting and the moon. Actors and actresses are dressed up as famous residents to tell a bit about their story. It’s one of our favorite spooky events of the year.
The Unseen Underground tours don’t run frequently but they are a fun way to experience a very different part of Atlanta. Atlanta was originally at ground level to the railroads and then bridges and viaducts were built on top of those railroads. The Unseen Underground tours take guests and visitors through those underground spaces, including in tunnels and under bridges, to showcase how Atlanta began.
Thrill Seekers Go Here
White Water Rafting on the Ocoee, Chattooga, and Chattahoochee
Atlanta is lucky to be a short drive from many fantastic whitewater locations. The Ocoee, Chattooga, and Chattahoochee are all within a short one to two hour drive from Atlanta and offer fun and fast-paced whitewater adventures with all of the equipment included. There are many whitewater outfitters and we recommend considering your skill level and interests when choosing them.
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Historic Banning Mills is just a short hour drive from Atlanta and is home to the world’s largest ziplining canopy (certified by the Guinness Book of World Records) Soar above a deep hardwood forest on the Flight of the Falcon with 10 miles of ziplines and giant sky bridges. These tours will take you across numerous ziplines ranging from easy to more thrilling ziplining adventures.
If you haven't found the special gift for mom, we are here for you! Book one of our guided segway tours, electric car tours, or electric bike rentals and spend a day in the city. www.atlcruzers.com
Segways are a super fun and fast way to zoom around the city and ATL Cruzers offers up several great options for folks interested in trying out the Segway experience. We like the East Side experience best because it incorporates a bunch of our favorite spaces in the city but you could also head over to Midtown and zoom around Piedmont Park with them.
I Zoom With Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
The Porsche Experience Center will get everyone excited about fast, fast, fast ….. On tours through the Porsche Experience Center, sit with a personal driving coach who will coach you on pushing up to super high speeds in high performance vehicles. If you don’t want to shell out $400+, you could opt for a retail demonstration lap where you sit next to a professional driver as they take the course.
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The Delta Flight Museum takes visitors back to the glory days of flying with Delta, from crop dusting to major commercial airline, including tours of Ship 41, the first DC-3 to carry planes. Kids will especially love walking on the wing of a 747!
I Need to Relax in Nature
While the Beltline is always crowded with locals walking dogs, biking, and simply strolling through the newly rebuilt greenspace, it’s nice to get a different perspective of this popular attraction. So, Trees Atlanta’s Arboretum Walking Tour is a free 90 minute walking tour that discusses the plants, historic stories, and architectural points of interests that make the Beltline such a unique place in our city.
Our Picnic Trail Ride package includes a delicious farm-to-table lunch by the Serenbe Waterfall. Book your next ride with us by calling 770.463.2610.
It’s not your imagination: the above picture is just a short 30 minute drive from Atlanta. Head out to tranquil Serenbe to enjoy trail riding and even gourmet picnics that can be carried by horse.
Whew! That’s a lot of amazing Atlanta tours and we hope that you’ll try one of them the next time you want something unique and fun to do in our city.