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Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta: Our most recommended tours and activities

Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

1. Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

Explore all the most popular and historic areas of Atlanta, the capitol of the south on this guided trolley tour. Discover top attractions like the area where Martin Luther King was raised and greenspaces like Inman Park and Ansley Park. Hop aboard the Trolley in Atlanta’s downtown and hear the stories and history of this southern metropolis. This trolley tour is an excellent way to get the lay of the land and open your eyes to all the things you can do in Atlanta. Cuise by the Old 4th Ward, the neighborhood where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, which is now filled with artisanal restaurants and stores. Discover areas such as Centennial Olympic Park, Inman Park, and Ansley Park.

Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

2. Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

Discover Atlanta in a fun and exciting way by gliding around on Segway. Learn about the rich culture and history as you explore some of the eclectic neighborhoods of this fascinating southern city. Choose one of three tours to explore different parts of Atlanta. Each segway tour begins with a 15-20 minute training session so that you feel safe and comfortable as you hit the streets on these vehicles.  On the Eastside Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, see the historic sites and neighborhoods of Atlanta on a relaxed tour that takes an in-depth look at the city’s history and culture. Meet your group at the meeting point and set off, avoiding the busy sidewalks and congested streets. Go to the Inman Park neighborhood to explore Atlanta's first planned suburb, established back in the 1890’s. Continue to the Martin Luther King National Park, located at his boyhood home on Auburn Avenue. Explore the traditionally African American neighborhood of Old Fourth Ward (O4W), where King grew up. Go to the Historic Oakland Cemetery, one of Atlanta’s largest green spaces. Cruise through Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest public park, and look out for the renovated mill in the artistic Cabbagetown district. Along the way, your guide will stop to introduce you to some of the city's specialty stores and there may even be the chance for food tastings along the way.  On the Midtown Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, experience the soaring skyscrapers and leafy neighborhoods of Atlanta and enjoy great views of architecture and urban nature. Pass the modern skyscrapers of the Midtown Business District en route to the lovely houses of Ansley Park. Marvel at a diverse range of building styles, from opulent Tudor homes to Craftsmen and Italian Renaissance buildings in the heart of the city. Discover one of the fastest growing areas of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, bordered by many of the city's top attractions. Glide into Midtown, known for its diversity of restaurants that you cane come back and visit some of them after the tour. Pass the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of America’s top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Then, escape the hustle and bustle of the city center as you roll past the lush landscape of Atlanta Botanical Garden. Continue to Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, always alive with a range of outdoor activities.  The Downtown Atlanta 90-minute evening tour is a leisurely journey through historic Downtown Atlanta. From Atlanta’s early beginnings, the Centennial Olympics, and current day expansion. Come and see why the city is noted as the Capitol of the south. See sites including the Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Headquarters, World of Coke, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and Georgia State University. Venture into the historic Fairlie Poplar district of downtown. This tour is great for picture opportunities. You will learn, explore, and get sound recommendations on restaurants and other things to do in the area.

Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

3. Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

Hear the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in a way that you’ve never heard it before. Walk the same streets that MLK once walked. Visit the places where he worked, lived, and worshipped. Even Atlanta natives will gain a deeper understanding of the community’s contribution to American history on this moving tour. Listen to amazing stories of civil rights leaders that seamlessly weave through the history of MLK, the movement, and the city of Atlanta. Learn about Dr. King with a visit to the Freedom Hall of the King Center. Step into the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where MLK served as co-pastor with his father. Visit Prince Hall Grand Lodge, which was the headquarters of the SCLC during the 1960s. Take in the phenomenal views at the Jackson Street Bridge. By the end of the tour, you'll walk away with a deeper understanding of Martin Luther King.

Atlanta: City Lights Night Tour

4. Atlanta: City Lights Night Tour

Ride by night around Atlanta and see the glimmering city lit up against the sky. Visit top landmarks, spot famous movie and TV filming locales, and iconic attractions like the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Listen to interesting facts from your guide and watch the city come to life as the sun sets. Drive through the twinkling lights of Downtown Atlanta and see all the sights. Take in the view of the sun setting as you drive by The King Center and learn of the city's important civil rights heritage. Grab local restaurant and bar suggestions from your guide as you pass by the best in town. Take in views of the Jackson Street Bridge, Centennial Olympic Park, and Mercedes Benz Stadium, which are sometimes illuminated with brilliant colors. Allow your guide to point out famous filming spots and share the history of the Millennium Gate. Enjoy plenty of time for photo ops and stops and drop-off at a dinner location at the end of the tour.

Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead Highlights Tour

5. Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead Highlights Tour

Experience three days' worth of awe-inspiring sightseeing in a half-day journey. Drive across Atlanta's most popular districts to get a fantastic insight into its culture and history. The tour allows time for up to two stops, so you can explore the destinations of your choice and take some photos. Start off the day in Downtown Atlanta to soak in a fusion of traditional and modern architecture. See Centennial Olympic Park, Underground Atlanta, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and famous TV and movie locations, as well as the historic Sweet Auburn Avenue. Enter Midtown Atlanta, the city's "Heart of the Arts", with attractions such as Fox Theater, Woodruff Arts Center, the Coca-Cola Headquarters, and author Margaret Mitchell's house. Enjoy this eclectic neighborhood as you move on to Buckhead, a modern and elegant residential district. Last but not least, admire the luxury of the Buckhead Mansions and the Swan House. Have a peek at the Governor's Mansion, Atlanta Financial Center, and the chic boutiques and high-end brands at The Shops.

Atlanta: Private City Highlights Tour

6. Atlanta: Private City Highlights Tour

Climb into a private vehicle and begin your tour of downtown Atlanta. Begin on Peachtree Street located along Atlanta’s main thoroughfare and home to one the South’s oldest private clubs, several historic churches, and the site of the deadliest hotel fire in US history. Then head into the Fairlie Poplar Historic District - the commercial heart of the city which contains a range of architectural styles popular in the late 19th and early-20th centuries including Atlanta's Flatiron Building. Then head to the Centennial Olympic Park to see The World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil Rights, and CNN. Finally, witness the imposing Mercedes Benz Stadium which is home to the Falcons and Atlanta United. Continue the tour with a drive through midtown, where you will see the apartment where the Pulitzer-Prize winning author Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With The Wind. Admire the Fox Theater & Georgian Terrace, a lavishly restored 1920's movie palace. Head into the Ansley Park neighborhood known for its winding roads, beautiful landscaping, and a variety of architecture predominantly from the early 20th-century. Finish this section of the tour at Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Next, see some of the finest architecture in the city in the exclusive neighborhood of Buckhead and Tuxedo Park including the 1920's Swan House which featured in The Hunger Games movies. See numerous sites related to the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the Civil Rights Movement and step inside the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Make a quick stop in the Ponce City Market which hosts a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops, apartments, and offices. End the tour with a drive through the Eastside district of the city. Pass by Cabbagetown, one of the 1st textile processing mills built in the South and the restored mansions at Inman Park. End the day with a tour of Grant Park - Atlanta’s oldest city park, home to Zoo Atlanta and a large collection of restored Victorian and Craftsman homes.

Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

7. Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Experience Atlanta, Georgia, on a self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map in one. This tour has been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. The walking tour begins at Centennial Olympic Park. Learn about the 1996 Olympic Games and the shocking bombing that went unsolved for an entire year. Enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as different centuries or interior rooms. Swing by the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta’s most popular attraction. Experience all sorts of quirky exhibits, colorful tidbits of history, and coke flavors from around the world. After that, stop at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the United States. See enormous whale sharks and more thanks to the aquarium’s 10-million-gallon tank. Continuing downtown, hear about the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917. Learn about the astonishing blaze that left a whopping 10 percent of the city homeless. If you know where to look, you can still find evidence of the fire. Keep exploring downtown and tune in to the city’s entertainment business, from Hollywood to hip-hop. If you want to get a birds-eye view of Atlanta’s gorgeous downtown, hop on board the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel next. Pass the APEX Museum, dedicated to Black history in Atlanta. Then, turn back the clock to a time before the Civil Rights Movement, when half of Atlanta’s population wasn’t allowed to vote. Step into the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical District and walk to his birthplace, Auburn Ave. Hear the whole story of King, from his formative years to his studies in the ministry and, finally, his world-changing activism. Stop by the World Peace Rose Garden and a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Learn Gandhi’s importance to King and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. Next, walk to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Hear about King’s shocking assassination and his enduring legacy. Finally, visit the King Center, hear about Coretta Scott King, and conclude your tour at the home of King’s birth.

Atlanta: Scavenger Hunt at Centennial Olympic Park

8. Atlanta: Scavenger Hunt at Centennial Olympic Park

Use your smartphone as part guide and part taskmaster on this fun scavenger hunt around Atlanta. See some of the city's best known landmarks and discover a few hidden gems along the way. Solve clues and complete challenges, whilst learning the local history. Begin in the heart of Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Then, follow a well-designed course among the monuments and brand name attractions. You will walk for approximately 1.5 miles, but can stop and start whenever you want. Enjoy a slice of peach pie or cold glass of sweet tea if you need a break!

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What people are saying about Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 223 reviews

This was the best tour we’ve been on. We travel quiet a bit and so these tours. Emily our tour guide was phenomenal. She really did a great job telling us about the history of MLK along with other African Americans in the community.

Great guide with lots of fun facts! All the essential highlights of Atlanta in this tour. Definitely recommend as a quick way to dip your feet into Atlanta’s rich history and unique attractions.

Right on time and the ppl on the bus were nice and very funny. We’re willing to take questions. There was a game (college) so that made things a little more difficult

Great tour of the city for 1.5 hrs. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Learned a lot of history in short amount of time.

Your guide Miriam was the best !! So fun and great tour route