What to Do for a Day Trip To Atlanta

If you only have one day in Atlanta, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with crucial advice, must-see attractions, and things to do on a day trip to Atlanta.

To make the most of your one day in Atlanta, I’ve created an itinerary that maximizes your time while ensuring you don’t miss any of the attractions. This will help make your day trip to Atlanta unforgettable, from transportation recommendations to the best times to see renowned sights.


Getting to Atlanta, whether it’s by road or by sky, is really easy. As one of the major metropolitan cities in the United States with one of the busiest airports and three major highways intersecting near Atlanta, you’ll be able to get to your little day trip excursion with ease.

By Road

Three major interstates pass each other in Atlanta: I-20, I-75 and I-85. Whether you’re coming from North, South, East, or West, you’ll be able to have a direct thoroughfare to this bustling city.

By Sky

If you’re looking to fly, then Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is your best bet. It is known to be the busiest airport in the world and has over 100 cities with direct flights into Atlanta, so you’ll be able to find a flight from your town.


Being in the Southeast, Atlanta has considerably good weather. That, combined with its diverse cultural offerings and events, means there really is no bad time to visit Atlanta; it just depends on what you’re looking for!

During the winter months, Atlanta will get cold, and with the occasional snow and ice storms, buy it can become warm the next day. Be sure to check the weather to see what to pack.

Spring brings mild temperatures and lower humidity than summer. The Botanical Garden, in particular, is beautiful during the springtime with all the blooming flowers.

Summer is one of the busiest times in Atlanta as it’s summer vacation for families and kids, but that just means there’s always something to do! Enjoy outdoor concerts, food truck festivals, and getting from place to place by walking. Just be prepared for lots of that Southern humidity and hot temperatures, but that just means you’ll have an extra reason to enjoy the AC of indoor activities like the Georgia Aquarium!

Finally, autumn brings a little reprieve from the heat and, eventually, the beautiful colorful leaves and fall foliage around town, including the Botanical Garden. The nice part about Atlanta is that, really spring through fall, you can enjoy outdoor dining, so put on that great comfy sweater and boots and enjoy a meal al fresco in downtown Atlanta.

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Georgia Aquarium | 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Tickets are available online only and must be purchased in advance. You must also reserve a specific time slot for your specific visit. All guests above the age of three years old are required to wear masks, and a temperature scan is required to enter.

The Georgia Aquarium is one of the most visited sites in Atlanta and a top thing to do for a day trip to Atlanta. With over 500 species of aquatic friends to view, including the infamous whale sharks, it’s a mesmerizing and exciting excursion for all. Explore the exhibits, watch a whale shark feeding, and walk through the water tunnels, and experience the ocean like never before.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden | 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is an oasis in the major of a large city. The Botanical Garden combines nature and art. You’ll witness some incredible pieces of artwork throughout the garden like blown glasswork, hedge designs, and large floral installations.

I’ve had a chance to visit the Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined installation and the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights exhibit. Both were very fun!

Day Trip to Altanta Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Day Trip to Altanta Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Day Trip to Altanta Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Day Trip to Altanta Atlanta Botanical Gardens

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights | 100 Ivan Allen Jr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

A museum and education center on the civil rights movement in the United States as well as the overall movement of human rights throughout the world. Be inspired during your visit and explore the museum, listen to a discussion panel, watch short films, attend a cultural event, and dive into the fundamentals of civil and human rights. Their goal is to empower the community to start a conversation, to help us learn and grow as human beings, and to move forward with a passion for protecting and promoting equality, love, and acceptance.

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World of Coca-Cola | 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

The World of Coca-Cola is a museum dedicated to the global phenomenon that is Coca-Cola! Born in Georgia, Coca-Cola has become a beloved soda pop drink around the world. While at the World of Coca-Cola, you can learn about the history of the company and how it gained popularity, interact with multiple exhibits, watch short historical films about their advertising, and most deliciously… sample over 100 different beverages from around the world.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum | 441 John Lewis Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Did you know that there are Presidential Libraries throughout the country? A Presidential Library is a museum and learning center that highlights some of the key and influential Presidents in our country. The Jimmy Carter Library houses the former US President’s papers, artifacts, and other artifacts that made up his transforming presidency.

Ponce City Market | 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta GA

Super hip and trendy, the Ponce City Market is an industrial indoor-outdoor space of food stalls, restaurants, bars, and of course shopping! You can easily spend an entire day exploring all the food options, cute local boutique shopping, and people-watching here. If you don’t want to eat at the Ponce City Market check out the best places to eat in Atlanta below.

Outkast Mural 1240 Euclid Ave (Parking Lot)

For my Hip Hop lovers, the Outkast Mural is the perfect Instagram spot. If you are able to fit this in, go early as the mural is in the parking lot of businesses. Also, more and more people stop here to shoot videos. Unless you’re okay with cars and people in the background of your photo, go during non-peak time. I captured this drone footage of the mural on a cloudy early weekend morning.

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Der Biergarten |300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

The best spot to grab a drink with friends and enjoy downtown Atlanta. They have a large selection of sips and brews as well as traditional German fare. It has a large indoor space as well as a great two-level outdoor patio for the perfect summertime hangout.

The Flying Biscuit | Multiple Locations

What started as a local eatery in Atlanta has grown in popularity to 15+ locations. They serve breakfast all day and, yup, you guessed it, is known for their absolutely warm buttery biscuits. Located throughout Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs, this gem really hits the spot.

Sublime Doughnuts | 535 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

If you’re looking for a delicious and unique sweet treat, then Sublime is your spot. There are two locations that serve up gourmet donuts including the A-town mocha, an orange dreamsicle, salt and vinegar, and chocolate banana. Whether it’s a morning or an afternoon treat, you can’t go wrong. Sublime is a Black-owned business in Atlanta. See more Black-owned businesses in Atlanta.

Atlanta is a metropolitan city that provides endless fun, entertaining, and educational things to experience for a day trip to Atlanta. Whether you’re interested in eating your way through some of the best spots in town, enjoying the urban gardens and outdoor options, or exploring and learning through museums and experiences, Atlanta will not disappoint. If you decide to stay overnight, check out this review of the Loews Atlanta hotel.

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