Atlanta is often in the news, for a variety of reasons. This year, the Atlanta Falcons are Super Bowl contenders! But what do you really know about Atlanta? Whether you just changed planes at our airport or considered it for a family vacation, Atlanta is worth knowing. Here are four things to know about Atlanta that Long Weekend TravelingMom wants to share about her hometown.
Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport, so you may have changed a plane here once or twice. But if you haven’t gone beyond the airport, there are plenty of reasons you should! Here are four things you need to know about Atlanta as a visitor to my adopted hometown.
1. Atlanta is a City and a Region
When someone who lives here tells you “I’m from Atlanta,” there’s a greater than 50% chance that they don’t actually live in the city limits but still claim it as home. According to the US Office of Management and Budget, Atlanta is the ninth largest area in the country and has a population of 5.7 million people. There are 20 counties that make up this area. The great thing about having such a large geographic area is that there is so much to love when you visit us!
If you’re all about city life, shopping and fine dining, please come and hang out in Buckhead! My personal favorite place to stay is the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta.
If you’re more interested in a retreat and spending time in nature, be sure to visit the Serenbe community right on the edge of Atlanta. The area is set among acres of preserved forests and meadows.
If you’re looking to climb mountains, Kennesaw Mountain and Stone Mountain are both ready for you to conquer.
If you’re an animal lover, do your favorites swim or walk? We have the world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, as well as one of the few sets of panda bears in the US at Zoo Atlanta.
If you’re looking for something else, check out what other TravelingMoms have found in Atlanta.
TravelingMom Tip: Atlanta traffic can be a beast! If you’re staying inside the city, consider using mass transit and taxis or ride share services. Also be sure to check that where you’re staying is near to any “MUST visit” places on your list.
2. Atlanta is a Sports City
From the College Football Hall of Fame to Disc Golf, Atlanta is a city full of people that love our sports. Any season of the year, you’re able to get tickets to some type of game. Fall is all about football, with college football at the schools within the city limits: Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia State University, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University.
Soon everyone will be hearing about one of the things to know about Atlanta. The NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons will kickoff the 2017 season in their new Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Spring brings out the crack of the bat as the Atlanta Braves run out to the mound. Spring 2017 will also be a big year for soccer, as we welcome the Atlanta United Football Club, a franchise of Major League Soccer. They’ll be playing their inaugural season.
Atlanta Dream, the WNBA team, owns the summer with a schedule of games from May through September, but Atlanta also makes room for tennis with the BB&T Atlanta Open hosting world champion caliber level players as a stop of the ATP World Tour Men’s Professional Tennis.
TravelingMom Tip: Outdoor sports are a huge part of Atlanta but that means allergies are as well. Be sure to pack your allergy medicines if you’re coming in any season other than winter, even if you’re not using them at home.
3. Atlanta is a True Foodie City
Whether you’re a fan of downhome BBQ or vegan cuisine at the other end of the spectrum, I absolutely promise that there is going to be someplace in Atlanta that will cater to your culinary desires.
Like most major cities, Atlanta is home to a number of James Beard award nominated restaurants. But it’s also the home of many children’s fan favorites, like Chick-Fil-A, which opened its first restaurant in 1967 in Atlanta.
During their visits, TravelingMoms have covered some great Atlanta restaurants. Ocean Prime is one of my personal favorites and Gringa TravelingMom enjoyed it too. Also, be sure to check out her review of Cook Hall as well. While it’s not local to Atlanta only, Ted’s Montana Grill is one of our hometown favorites. It’s perfect for traveling families.
TravelingMom Tip: If you order tea in Atlanta, the default is usually going to be sweet tea. It’s a black tea brewed strong with loads of sugar added. Consider asking for half sweet tea and half unsweetened if you’re not sure. It’s much easier to sweeten to taste.
4. Atlanta Loves to Host Visitors
Atlanta is not only the home to world-renowned museums like the High Museum of Art and world-loved beverages like Coca-Cola. It is also the home of world-respected leaders like President Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s the only city in the United States that can boast two Nobel Peace Prize and Medal of Freedom winners.
We’re proud to note that Atlanta was the most recent place in our country to host the Summer Olympic Games, during the 1996 Olympics. Centennial Olympic Park is a family favorite place to visit. It’s a lasting memorial of those special Games.
If this has piqued your interest, how about taking a Peachtree trolley tour so you can see it all? However you choose to experience Atlanta, I just want to remind you that you’re always welcome to come visit.