Discover Atlanta with your student
571 South Kilgo Circle
Emory University’s world-class museum includes one of the premier ancient art collections in the Southeast. You can tour the collections on your own any day of the week except Monday (audio guides cost $2) or join a docent-led guided tour on Sundays at 2 p.m. Current and upcoming exhibitions include Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt and “And Something Magical Happened”: Baseball Photographs by Walter Iooss. Check the website to see if you’ll be in town for one of the 100 free admission days being offered to celebrate the museum’s centennial, or better yet, download a “Carlos Conversations” podcast onto your smartphone and bring it in to receive free admission.
265 Park Ave W NW, 168 Lucky Street NW
20 minute drive
Free; SkyView tickets $10 and up
Built for the 1996 Summer Games, Centennial Olympic Park hosts everyday fun plus special events like the city’s Independence Day fireworks. Start at the south end Visitor Center near the Fountain of Rings — the world’s largest interactive fountain — and pick up a map plus brochures for other nearby attractions (the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and World of Coca-Cola are all adjacent to the park). You’re sure to gravitate to the 20-story tall SkyView Ferris wheel with its breathtaking view of Atlanta.
450 Auburn Ave NE
20 minute drive
See the house where Martin Luther King Jr., and his dream for America, were born, and visit Ebenezer Baptist Church where he gave his first sermon at 19 (and later became co-pastor with his father). Ranger-led guided tours of the Birth Home are limited to 15 people and are first come, first served. (You must sign up at the Visitor Center but advance registration is not available — we recommend seeing the website for tips on the best ways to avoid a long wait. The rest of the site is self-guided.) Exhibits in the Visitor Center orient you with a background on MLK Jr’s life and central place within the Civil Rights Movement. The Atlanta Streetcar stops at the site.
1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
15 minute drive
$16 and up (free for members)
Color, scent, taste and texture — satisfy all your senses at the Atlanta Botanical Garden where you will find Japanese, edible, rose and cascade gardens as well as a Canopy Walk and the Fuqua Orchid Center. Seasonal fun includes a summer concert series with big-name performers, “Cocktails in the Garden” for the 21+ crowd, garden chef demos, and autumn and winter holiday-themed events. Did you work up an appetite? Unwind at the full-service Longleaf Restaurant—maybe you’ll score a table on the rooftop terrace — or visit the Quick Café for grab-and-go.
660 Peachtree Street NE
18 minute drive
Event prices vary
On what single stage might you see, in the span of just a month or so, Ringo Starr, the national touring company of a Broadway musical, Hillary Clinton, and the Nutcracker ballet? If you guessed Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre, you would be correct. In addition to seeing a show, you’ll definitely want to tour behind the scenes to learn the history of the theatre, which opened in 1929 with ornate architecture and furnishings inspired by ancient Egyptian temples and the Spanish Alhambra (you must take the tour to get a peek at “Mighty Mo,” the world’s largest working Moller theatre organ with 3,622 pipes). A new Marquee Club is opening this fall, with a rooftop terrace overlooking the Fox’s iconic marquee and Peachtree Street (per-event Marquee Club access is limited; contact the theatre for details).