In the shadow of downtown, this bucolic expanse is a constant reminder of the city's history. Dating from the 1850s, the cemetery was the final destination for all Atlantans until 1884, when private burial grounds began appearing throughout the city. The oldest section is near the main entrance, where legendary golfer Bobby Jones and author Margaret Mitchell are interred, although locating Mitchell's plain headstone can be a challenge. A brochure from the cemetery office will help you find famous graves and interesting sections. Tours are offered March through October.
A few blocks to the east of downtown, the Sweet Auburn neighborhood is home to the birthplace of America's most influential Civil Rights leader. Operated by the National Park Service, this historic site contains Dr. King's boyhood home, his tomb and the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King and his father were both pastors. The district was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. This collective of historic monuments invokes poignant memories of Martin Luther King Jr., and the indelible mark that he has left on the American Civil Rights Movement. This historic site is home to many other monuments like King Center, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Prince Hall and a statue of the world-revered Mahatma Gandhi. The Visitor Center of the site shelters an insightful museum which sheds light on the legacy of Dr. King.
This Midtown dinner theater provides good food and great Shakespearean entertainment. The Atlanta Shakespeare Company, that manages The New American Shakespeare Tavern, was the first American company to perform at London's Globe Theatre. A traditional English pub meal is offered during the hour before the show. A full bar features Harp, Bass and Guinness, as well as a few wines. Seating is done on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early. Call for performance schedule.
Atlanta History Center is a great spot for history buffs. This comprehensive museum complex was founded in 1926 and chronicles the region's history which includes sections on the Civil War, Civil Rights movement, Southern folk crafts, Atlanta's expansion and much more. Spread across 33 acres (13.5 hectares), it consists of the Atlanta History Museum, Swan House, Tullie Smith Farm (Smith Family Farm), Margaret Mitchell House, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Kenan Research Center and six beautiful gardens. It has various programs, festivals and events going on throughout the year. Considered to be among the biggest history museums in the country, each space is unique and distinct, giving a glimpse of an era bygone and stories to enthrall everyone. The Margaret Mitchell House is a hub for authors and amateur writers as it hosts yearly creative writing programs to keep the legacy of the celebrated writer, whose novel Gone with the Wind, is among the most loved books. Don't miss this center when in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of the largest spectacles of plant life in the Southeast. Sprawling over 15 acres (six hectares), this natural oasis was established in 1976 and is located within stumbling distance of the famous Piedmont Park. It is home to the Fuqua Conservatory and Japanese gardens, both rich in globe-spanning flora. Follow a walking trail, great for couples, and admire exotic rose plantations and carnivorous specimens. In addition, guided tours and seasonal shows guarantee an entertaining botany lesson.
It is hard to miss this ultra-modern, stark white structure that houses Atlanta's finest collections of classic and contemporary art. A towering atrium soars to four interior levels, with the galleries moving from 18th and 19th Century collections near the ground floor to cutting edge art on the upper levels. The High has increased in size to 312,000 square feet with three buildings designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano: the Susan and John Wieland Pavilion, the Anne Cox Chambers Wing for galleries, and an office building. The High is a frequent host to some of the world's most important touring collections and has hosted exhibitions featuring artists like Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell. With over 15000 works in the permanent collection, the High also displays old prints of Abe Lincoln and of General William Tecumseh Sherman and an array of sculptures and photographs.
Milton Log Cabin is a beautiful, rustic house built in 1935. This is one of the most unique attractions of the city that lets you take a peek at the humbler times gone by.
Mansell House and Gardens, home to the Alpharetta Historical Society, is a veritable historical and natural splendor. Nestled amidst a verdant garden with a charming gazebo, Mansell House used to be a Victorian residence, reminiscent of the times of Queen Anne. The venue can be rented for public and private events including parties and weddings. Special tours are available for visitors. Check website for more details.
The sprawling Wills Park, located in the heart of the city offers some of the best recreational facilities in Alpharetta. Spanning 110 acres (44.51 hectares), the park has baseball fields, a disc golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts as well as a general playground. The well-maintained Dog Park is an excellent place for your furry friends to run about. Highlight of the park is the Equestrian Center, attracting horse-riding enthusiasts from all over the city. The park is also host to numerous cultural activities throughout the year. Check website for more.
Cogburn Road Park is a small local park with a well-laid path which is ideal for joggers and walkers. The park also has a cute play are for the little ones.
The Ameris Bank Amphitheatre is one of the most loved concert and performing arts venues in Alpharetta. Everything from classical to contemporary music is performed here, thus, giving you a holistic feel when you attend an event. TThe Ameris Bank Amphitheatre is a spacious venue, surrounded only by the woodlands of Alpharetta, that can fit up to 12,000 spectators. The center also has various rental spaces that are well-equipped to host diverse range of social and private events. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience so make sure you visit their website for the upcoming events and attend them.