Over the summer the boys and I headed North to Atlanta, Georgia for some sightseeing. My husband was attending the Ron Clark Academy for a few days so we joined him on the road for some fun family travel. Because of my Type-A personality, it was important for me to have a plan prior to arriving, so I researched the best attractions in Atlanta. Here’s how you can get the most bang for your buck in Atlanta in just a few days!
This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own.
How to Save Money on Attractions in Atlanta
Short on time? Check out this quick recap video of all our Atlanta adventures!
Let’s face it – traveling isn’t cheap. You’re eating out more often than normal and sightseeing different attractions can quickly add up. When researching the top attractions in Atlanta, I noticed that most tickets were upwards of $20-$30 a person, then times that by three and it’s just simply not that affordable. However, with some detective work, I found out that Atlanta has a CityPASS! What does that mean exactly? When you purchase a CityPASS, you can get into the top five Atlanta attractions for up to 40% off! It is a steal! For a fraction of the price, the boys and I were able to sightsee multiple attractions in just two days! The CityPASS is valid for nine consecutive days from first use, however, we only had two days in Atlanta, so it is possible to do multiple attractions in a shorter timeframe.
Atlanta CityPASS booklets are $76 for adults and $61 for children (ages 3-12). Admission includes 5 attractions in 9 consecutive days.
Top Attractions in Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta – Enjoy close encounters with more than 1000 animals at one of Georgia’s most beloved destinations. Highlights include giant pandas and North America’s largest population of great apes!
Georgia Aquarium – America’s #1 aquarium! Experience 10 million gallons of awe-inspiring wonders at Georgia Aquarium. Learn about whale sharks, beluga whales, sea otters, penguins and more. In addition, your ticket allows you entry into the Dolphin Show and 4-D Funbelievable theater! This place is absolutely incredible and hands down a must visit! There’s also a separate (speedy) entrance for CityPASS tickets!
World of Coca-Cola – Learn the story behind the world’s most famous and most loved beverage brand at the World of Coca-Cola, including entrance into the secret formula vault, and taste test more than 100 beverages from around the globe!
College Football Hall of Fame – Celebrate the greatest game on earth with three floors of personalized, engaging and interactive experiences. If you know anyone who loves football – don’t miss this stop! It’s incredible! My 10-year-old is obsessed with football and has been for a few years. He actually has FIVE fantasy football leagues this year! As you can see in the video above, there are multiple drills available on the first floor of the attraction. Thankfully there were some chairs for my little guy and I because he burned off some steam (or maybe those 100 samples from Coca-Cola) for about a solid hour in this fun zone!
CNN Studio Tours – Take a 50-minute walking tour with your very own guide through the halls of the historic CNN Center and get an inside look at how a live broadcast is produced and sent to viewers all over the world.
There are two either-or options with the Atlanta CityPASS – you can choose to visit Zoo Atlanta or Center for Civil and Human Rights instead. Not a football fan? You can opt for the Fernbank Museum instead.
Centennial Olympic Park – A completely free venue located in the heart of all of these attractions – and not part of the CityPASS program, but definitely worth a visit! Enjoy musical entertainment as well as special events throughout the year. There’s a few playgrounds and large Olympic ring splash park that’s completely free – so bring swim clothes and a towel for the kiddos!
The best place to park for these attractions that are all within walking distance of one another is at the Georgia Aquarium. It’s a covered parking lot with plenty of levels of parking. There is a daily parking fee.