A 3 day weekend + a teacher’s workday was the perfect reason to plan a family fun getaway in Atlanta, GA. From Raleigh, NC it’s a straight shot on 85 South, which takes us approximately 6 hours by car. Although it was not our first time going to Atlanta, we were ready to make new memories spending time with family & friends, seeing some
historical sights and having some #HeighPartyof3 family fun!
On our way to have family fun in the A!
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My top recommendation for anyone who is planning to travel to Atlanta and want to go visit some attractions is to make buy a CityPASS! Here’s why:
- 1 simple purchase
- Valid 9 days
- Skip most ticket lines
- Save 40% on admission to 5 must-see attractions
There are two easy ways to make a purchase. You can buy at citypass.com, where you’ll get instant delivery with convenient mobile ticketing , opt to have the booklet mailed to you before the trip OR ask for CityPASS at any attraction.
CityPASS Atlanta Admission includes:
• Georgia Aquarium
• World of Coca-Cola
• CNN STUDIO TOURS
• National Center For Civil And Human Rights
(or Zoo Atlanta)
• Fernbank Museum of Natural History ( or Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame)
For more information on the attractions we visited, check out these websites at:
GEORGIA AQUARIUM | georgiaaquarium.com
WORLD OF COCA-COLA | worldofcocacola.com
CNN STUDIO TOURS | tours.cnn.com
FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY | FernbankMuseum.org
NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS | civilandhumanrights.org
CityPASS | citypass.com
EXPLORE BLACK HISTORY FOR FREE
While Atlanta has all sorts of world class attractions, visitors usually must pay an admission fee to enjoy. However, there is one square block here in the Sweet Auburn Historic District that requires no entrance fees and allows you to walk in the footsteps of the great Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Here are the places we visited:
Ebenezer Baptist Church
We started at 407 Auburn Ave where the historic and iconic Ebenezer Baptist Church sits. Dr. King was co-pastor with his father Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. at this location off and on from 1947 until 1968. Original pews, stained glass windows and organs are all inside. Sit and listen as the guides gives details about the church. To literally see the podium and actual microphone that Dr. King preached from was a wonderful experience to have with my family.
• National Park Service Visitor Center
Across the street is the MLK Jr. National Park Service Visitor Center. This facility houses some wonderful exhibits relating to not only Dr King, but to the struggle to equality in America. Some of our favorite areas was the “Freedom Road” marchers that my little one and myself joined.
• The King Center
Adjacent to Ebenezer Baptist Church is the resting place of both Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. Dr. King was never shy in telling folks that he would not have been able to achieve anything without Coretta by his side. Visitors can see an eternal flame and the two marble tombs in the center/bottom of a cascading waterfall with a uniting message of peace and purpose in their words. Although there were people present, it was still peaceful, serene and reflective. His body was there but his spirit and legacy lives forever.
WHERE TO STAY
📍Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park
Top Reasons To Stay at this location:
✔ Comfortable Beds & Bedding
✔ Accessibility to walk to many of the CityPASS Atlanta attractions
✔ Free Happy Hour (& breakfast)
Atlanta is a fun, fascinating place full of rich history and cool things to do. If you are planning a trip here soon, I hope these recommendations are helpful. Have you been to Atlanta before? Do you have any recommendations for our next family visit? Please leave a comment below.
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