Dive in to Atlanta

Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, was once engulfed in flames. Its citizens rebuilt and today, the symbol of the city is a phoenix, a mythological Egyptian bird that is said to rise from the ashes. As you wander the streets you may notice something in common throughout the city.

The word "peachtree" is used in more than 65 of the street names. You might need a map to be sure you end up at the right one! Head to these three attractions (none of which are on a peach-related street) to get a glimpse of entertainment, history and beautiful biology:

Georgia Dome

Drive your Atlanta rental car to 1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest to see an Atlanta Falcons National Football League or Georgia State Panthers game. This 1.6-million-square-foot facility opened in 1992 and has since hosted:

  • Two Superbowls
  • College football and basketball games
  • Final Four and March Madness matchups

WrestleMania XXVll was hosted here in 2011, and other major events include concerts (U2, Rolling Stones), MonsterJam, Supercross and religious gatherings. The steel used to construct this stadium weighs a total of 8,300 tons, which is more than the entirety of the Eiffel Tower. The permanent seating capacity here is 71,250 people.

Looking to use the restroom? There are three times as many restrooms as is necessary for this building to be up to code, which means shorter lines and a quicker and closer trip to the bathroom. This is handy after drinking soda and other refreshments that are piped through 32,952 feet of liquid lines that wind through the stadium to feed the many dispensers.

Georgia Aquarium
Are you looking to get out of the heat and cool off? Visit the Georgia Aquarium at 225 Baker Street. Here you can get up close and personal with incredible marine wildlife from all over the world.

Watch sharks make their way through schools of fish and see manta rays glide along in their saltwater homes. Count the spots on a passing whale shark and imagine making music with a guitarfish.  Learn the difference between:

  • Mammals
  • Amphibians
  • Invertebrates

You can see African pancake tortoises, African penguins, Asian small-clawed otters, blubber jelly, chocolate chip sea stars and even an emerald tree boa! Every member of your family will find at least one creature that they like in the many tanks and exhibits at this aquarium.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Drive your Atlanta rental car to 501 Auburn Avenue to see the home where the legendary Martin Luther King Jr. grew up. The activist was born here in 1929 and lived in the home with his family for 12 years. You can walk through the home yourself, but it is recommended that you take a ranger-led tour in order to have the best experience.

On the half-hour tour, you can learn about the young man and his family and their relationship with the nearby city. Tours are free and fill up on a first-come first-serve basis. There are five or six tours a day, starting at 10 a.m. with the last tour starting at 4 p.m.

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