November, 11 2020
How to Have Safe, Healthy Fun in Atlanta During COVID-19
Given the unprecedented nature of 2020, it’s unsurprising that many local events and attractions have had to drastically rethink the ways they operate in order to keep their guests healthy and safe. This is a time unlike any other, but there are still plenty of fun things to do in Atlanta while sticking to social distancing guidelines. Here are a few of our recommendations.
College Football Hall of Fame
If you’re a fan of college football, there’s no better place to go than the College Football Hall of Fame, which has reopened its doors to the public. The Hall of Fame spans 95,000 square feet and has over 50 interactive experiences, including a brand-new Air Force Air Raid QB Sim. All the interactive attractions are in operation, following strict CDC guidelines to maintain safety. In addition, there is a new exhibit on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, featuring the history and legacies of these HBCU football programs. Interested in stopping by? Purchase a ticket here.
For one of the best views in the city, take a ride on Skyview Atlanta. At 200-feet tall, you’ll have no trouble finding this massive Ferris wheel in Midtown, which towers over the neighboring park and surrounding restaurants. The attraction has implemented a variety of safety and social distancing measures, so you can have a fun and safe experience inside a temperature-controlled gondola as you take in the scenery.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
From arts to mathematics to technology, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta has it all. The non-profit’s extensive collection of interactive kiosks and displays encourage imagination and problem-solving, providing kids and parents alike with an unforgettable (and educational) experience. If you want to spark your little one’s imagination, this is the museum for you. Wherever your child’s interests lie, they’ll have a blast.
The largest aquarium in the western hemisphere, Georgia Aquarium has reopened with limited attendance. If you’re interested in seeing colorful sea creatures swim behind massive ceiling-to-floor water tanks, or learning more about marine life, the aquarium won’t disappoint. Visit the Ocean Voyager exhibit to see giant whale sharks, or attend a dolphin show to see majestic bottlenose dolphins show off their skills! No matter what, you’ll have a blast exploring the wide variety of exhibits and activities that Georgia Aquarium has to offer.
Visit Piedmont Park
Although basketball courts and pools are closed until further notice, Piedmont Park is still a beautiful area to explore. Looking to take a long-distance walk outdoors? With over 200 acres of green space, Piedmont Park has plenty of ground to cover. Ride on a designated bike path, or take a jog as you observe the beautiful landscape. We especially recommend that you check out the large lake near the center of the park. You might even see a few ducks swim by!
Other Atlanta Attractions and Activities
World of Coca-Cola
If you’re a fan of the famous fizzy beverage that got its start in Atlanta, you’ve got to check out the World of Coca-Cola. Not only can you learn about the history of the beverage, but you can sample Coke products from across the globe!
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gorgeous gardens and seasonal exhibitions make this greenspace a must-see. See botanical masterpieces crafted by local artists and light technicians throughout the year, including the famous Holiday Nights event that takes place every winter.
Explore miles of outdoor trails and unused train tracks that circle Intown Atlanta. You’ll see local art, industrial architecture, and historical landmarks on your journey.
High Museum of Art
With a growing and diverse collection of art from a variety of periods and places, there’s something for everyone at The High. Plus, you can get free admission on the second Sunday of every month!
Atlanta’s famous zoo houses a variety of animals native to all parts of the globe. See elephants, lemurs, and more! Fun fact: Zoo Atlanta is one of the only zoos in the United States to house giant pandas.
Krog Street Tunnel
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a section of this tunnel that isn’t covered with street art. If you’re interested in the local art scene, take a bike ride through this painted wonderland!
The Sun Dial Observation Level
Take an elevator ride to the top of The Westin (the tallest hotel in the Southeast) to see the city from over 700 feet in the air. The entire room rotates, so you’ll get a full, 360-degree view unlike any other.
Trap Music Museum
Dedicated to showcasing the works and triumphs of the trap trailblazers of history, The Trap Music Museum is the place to be if you want to learn about the feats of your favorite trap musicians, and perhaps discover some local emerging artists.
Tiny Doors ATL
Have you ever noticed a small, 7-inch door on the side of some Atlanta architecture? It’s probably a part of the Tiny Doors ATL project! Explore the city and see how many tiny doors you can discover!
Museum of Design Atlanta
This museum is a real treat for people interested in design. Explore incredible exhibitions that showcase anything from product design to architecture to fashion!
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Take a walk through Atlanta’s oldest public park, and explore the fascinating gardens and sculptures that populate the grounds.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Established in 2007, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a cultural space that teaches visitors about Atlanta’s role in the American Civil Rights Movement, and relates this legacy to today’s struggle for human rights around the globe. Purchase a ticket online and learn about the history and future of human rights everywhere.
Atlanta History Center
33 acres of gardens, exhibitions, and historic homes make up the incredible Atlanta History Center. Walk the grounds in person, or explore a collection of workshops and exhibitions from the comfort of your home!
ZuCot Gallery works to promote the works of living African American creators and features the works of the great contemporary artists of today. Find the gallery in the Castleberry Hill district, or view their virtual exhibition online!
Focused on the promotion and appreciation of contemporary art, Atlanta Contemporary presents the works of over 200 artists, both local and international. Admission is free; simply reserve your time online.