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.
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.
The most expansive and popular of Atlanta's city parks were originally laid out for the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895, and it now attracts more than 2 million visitors annually. Dog owners, sun-seekers and sports enthusiasts flock to the Piedmont Park to enjoy the fair weather, largely unaware that this was the spot of the Battle of Peachtree Creek during the Civil War. Its picturesque locales also offer a romantic ambience. The 189-acre (76.48-hectare) facility is home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and scenic Lake Clara Meer, and plays host to many of Atlanta's favorite concerts and festivals.
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.
The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum sits on 35 landscaped acres just east of downtown where the Virginia-Highlands meet Inman Park. The complex consists of five interconnected pavilions that house the offices of the former President, research and foundation facilities, and the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, which includes thousands of papers and mementos from the Carter administration. The landscaped gardens feature a lake, as well as more than 400 plants and 80 varieties of roses, including the coral Rosalynn Carter rose.
Just east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park is a 3200-acre (1300-hectare) park centres on the world's largest exposed granite mountain. Skylift gondolas whisk visitors 825 feet (251 meters) to the top, where commanding views of the Georgia countryside await them. The north face's bas-relief memorial to Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson is one of the world's largest. An antebellum plantation, an antique auto museum and a petting zoo are all located within the park. Playing host to myriad activities such as camping, dining, and lodging, this park bears wooden mountain slopes bearing recherche Georgia oak, natural pools as well as delightful, verdant foliage. During the summer, there are evening laser light shows on the mountain, whereas the Great Barn and Geyser Towers are other attractions in the park. Some of the major trails coursing through the park include the Cherokee Trail, Walk-Up Trail, Nature Garden Trail, and Songbird Habitat Trail.
Founded in 1913, Georgia State has come a long way since its beginnings. It was recently awarded with a slot in the top 100 public universities in the nation and has over 55 degree programs to choose from. It is the only urban research university in the South and is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The school has approximately 30,000 undergraduate students as well as about 10,000 graduate students taking classes on campus.
Located within the Arts and Humanities building of the Georgia State University, Florence Kopleff Recital Hall is a standing tribute to Florence Kopleff. Once a teacher at the university and a noted contralto vocalist, she was cited to be one of the greatest of her times. The hall usually plays host to various artists and musical legends who entice guests with their classic and timeless compositions. With great acoustics and performers in company, the hall is nothing short of amazing.
Located within the Georgia State University, Cinefest Film Theatre is a student-run facility. This uncommon little cinema shows good movies that, due to small budgets or a lack of promotional backing, often don't make it to the bigger theaters but still deserve to be seen. For the bargain price of USD3 before 5p and USD5 afterwards, what do you have to lose? Show times vary and movies change monthly. Call ahead to get the schedule of screenings.
The Georgia State University's Sports Arena is a multi-purpose event venue with a seating capacity of around 4500. Since its construction in 1972, it has been home to the University's basketball team, Panthers. Besides university events the venue has been host to many important international events and tournaments. Being a popular location, there are a many sporting events happening here every now and then. So be sure to check the latest events scheduled here.
Designated a National Historic Landmark, this facility was the first Coca-Cola bottling plant in Georgia. Designed in the elements of the Queen Anne style, the convoluted building features a wide range of architectural influences, resulting in a truly unique and oddly beautiful industrial building. The Georgia State University Baptist Student Union use this building as their headquarters.
Located in the Student Center, the Ballroom is a multifaceted space that has three different rooms for smaller events. All three are named after legislation offices such as the Court, Senate and House salons. Each is equipped with a good system and can be paired up for bigger functions. The Ballroom can easily accommodate 950 people.