If you’re like me and you’ve done the Georgia Aquarium, sipped your fill of Coke at the Coca Cola Museum and know every nook and cranny of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind attractions in Georgia, you’re probably looking for something a little different on your next girls’ trip to Atlanta.
We hear you and understand, so we’ve compiled a list of must do experiences, brought to us by Atlanta locals in the know. They’ve kindly shared with us their favorite hangouts and things to do in the city. For those of you looking for a memorable experience that’s off the beaten track, check out these five awesome attractions and foodie spots in Atlanta.
1. Atlanta’s Municipal Market
Also called the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Atlanta’s oldest food market is a popular destination for city foodies. You’ll find everything from pig’s feet (hooves?) to gourmet popcorn in this newly renovated space in downtown Atlanta.
2. Walking Tour of Martin Luther King’s Home
A lot of visitors to Atlanta end up missing the tour of Martin Luther King Jr.’s house because they arrive too late to book this popular tour. We’re going to give you some girlfriend advice here. Get up early girl!
Big insider tip: this walking tour of MLK’s home usually is sold out by mid morning. Get to the Martin Luther King Jr. Visitor’s Center and sign in early to reserved these popular tickets, it is free and well worth the effort! MLK’s home is beautifully preserved, historic and inspirational. I had tears.
3. Lotta Frutta in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward
This place is adorable! We loved Lotta Frutta’s kitschy charm and we especially loved the fruit cups adorned with teeny weeny little umbrellas. Just a few minutes from the Martin Luther King Visitors Center, this little spot on Auburn is a great place to stop for lunch, smoothies and Mexican paletas. YUM!
4. Tour Atlanta on a Bike
What better way to stop and smell the magnolias than by a leisurely bike ride through Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods? Robyn Elliot, owner of Bike Tours of Atlanta, works tirelessly to make your trip through intown neighborhoods, downtown and midtown the highlight of your Atlanta adventure. City Tours depart daily from the company’s headquarters in the Studioplex, and all tours are specifically geared to enjoying the city on two wheels, not as a warm up to the Tour de France.
If you prefer biking on your own or just with your besties, rent a bike from Atlanta Beltline Bicycle and do the Beltline Path. This bike/walking path is so very awesome, it’s the best way to visit Atlanta’s coolest eastside neighborhoods up close and personal.
Did we mention the many places on the Beltway where you can stop, hop off your bike and indulge? Cool off at Dancing Goat with a iced caramel latte (with home-made caramel), lick up some of the deliciousness that is King of Pops, or imbibe in a Castaway cocktail (go ginger!) and snack on salmon chips at Two Urban Licks.
5. A Funky Little Ride: Atlanta Electric Car Tours
Take a tour of Midtown (aka the ‘Sex in the City’ part of town) and downtown Atlanta on one of ATL-Cruzers 5 passenger “Electric” cars. Whether you’re looking to learn about Atlanta’s rich history, or just want to enjoy an eco-friendly ride on a beautiful day or evening, this is a pretty cool way of traveling around town. Atlanta’s new très chic way to go green!