If you’re planning a family vacation, there are tons of fun things for kids and children’s events in Atlanta. Keeping the little ones entertained when you’re on a budget can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are quite a few free things to do with kids in and around the city during your visit. Here’s a nice video about the Children’s Museum Atlanta:

Keep your children’s mind active at the Fernbank Science Center, which provides free admission for children and their families. The science center exhibition hall is open every day except Sunday and the observatory is open Thursday and Friday evenings, weather permitting. Although there is a small fee to see the planetarium, there are no parking fees for any of the center’s events.

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Imagine, one day you are traveling around the United States, and on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, your stomach starts grumbling. Suddenly, you can smell a delicious food scent that will make you salivate at once. With no doubt, you will say, “A BARBECUE SMELL!!”, and starts running toward the smell direction. One thing you should learn, if you are craving for barbecue, there is not any substitution for it. Well, congratulations. You have arrived in the right place to enjoy your barbecue.

Atlanta actually does not have its own distinct of barbecue. But Atlanta specialized in many kinds of barbecue, like Kansas City rub or the vinegar based North Carolina sauce. Everyone has their own preferences.  These barbecue places in Atlanta are simply irresistible. So, for the people who are on a diet, prepare to break your diet. Pulled pork, baby back ribs, beef or chicken can make you order it more and more.

If you have a big number of people joining you for barbecue, enjoy it at the barbecue spot like Williamson Brothers or Zeiglers. Or you prefer to enjoy music while feasting on your barbecue, come to Daddy Dz or Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack. So, anything your barbecue preferences, whether it is a large rack of ribs or chicken smothered with sauce, you will always find a barbecue restaurant which suits your taste. Do not forget to add cold beverages to your barbecue platter. Some interesting side dishes like coleslaw, baked beans, fries, macaroni, cheese or other dishes can complete your full stomach.

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Atlanta is a major city with over four and a half million residents. It hosted the 1996 Olympics and is an important business center. Atlanta Tourism Attractions are many and varied and the city is a marvelous location to visit. Nicknamed the “Crown Jewel of the South” there are many Atlanta Attractions to suit all tourist tastes and while you are visiting the great city of Atlanta many will want to visit the Olympic Park specially developed for the Games.

This wonderful Centennial Olympic Park is still one of the main attractions in Atlanta and has 21 acres of land and 500,000 commemorative bricks and flags that honor the nation.

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With a metropolitan population of over five million, Atlanta is the largest city in the state of Georgia and thriving with a wealth of diversity. Although Atlanta’s metropolitan area is the fastest growing area in the nation, the numerous sub-sections of Atlanta offer close-knit communities for residents.

Offering a taste of all four seasons, the climate in the area is ideal for many who retire in Atlanta. The summers are warm, with average temperatures in July between 71 and 89 degrees. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 53 degrees. Snow is a rarity, another factor which makes Atlanta GA retirement very appealing. As it is with many southern cities, the temperatures are known to increase for a day or two in the winter, allowing residents to enjoy the outdoors in the spring-like temperatures.

With its high-rise and mid-rise buildings of moderns and postmodern vintage, Atlanta’s skyline is unlike any other in the South. The Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta’s tallest landmark, stands at 1,023 feet and is the tallest building in the southeastern United States.

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Atlanta is home to a great number of very interesting cultural venues. The city is truly a hotspot for all sorts of contemporary art and is and a highly fascinating destination located right in the heart of beautiful and culture-rich Georgia. The below-listed galleries highlight contemporary art and memorabilia from Georgia artists.

14th Street Antiques Market
530 14th Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: 404-325-4600
Voted “Designers’ Best” by House and Garden Magazine. 50,000 sq. ft. of French, English and American furniture, art, estate jewelry, lighting, collectibles, and oriental rugs. Open 7 days. Convenient Midtown location.

Aliya Linstrum Gallery
2833 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-869-2338
Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri-Sat., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Aliya Gallery specializes in contemporary painting and sculpture by regional, national and internationally recognized artists.

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Check out the Atlanta theatre district shows calendar for theater in Atlanta. Theater in Atlanta, Georgia is thriving, so you’ll definitely want to be a part of the excitement this summer and there are also quite a few places where you can enjoy the best of theatre dining shows as is shown in this Guthrie Dinner Theatre video:

The Alliance Theater and the Fox Theater are two of the absolute best places to catch an amazing show that you’ll never forget. When you need a break from the steamy, Atlanta heat, step into one of these theaters to cool off and get cultured.

Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theater has proudly served as the leader in Southeastern theatrics for diverse people on two stages. In its history, the theater has premiered over seventy original productions like The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Aida, and The Color Purple.

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Atlanta is the cultural capital of the South and it is your ticket to the finest arts adventure. Get ready to have a great time as you walk along the city streets, see the best Atlanta attractions, visit the museums and take in the shows in the “Crown Jewel of The South.” It has a great museum dedicated to the art of puppetry (Center for Puppetry Arts), a marvelous experience for young and old and all who go to it love it and enjoy the shows and history.

Atlanta also has the oldest continually running ballet in the United States and this record is impressive in itself, but wait until you see the performances. You will just love it. While you are at it you may wish to take in a symphony or orchestra concert also and Atlanta is famous for the performances. These will please you even more.
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Atlanta was incorporated in 1847 making it a city and then during the Civil War, it became a major target for the Union army. In 1864, the city burned down because of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, thus in the famed Gone with the Wind, it was portrayed and surprisingly Atlanta recovered in a few years.

It continued to be strong and then Atlanta won the right to host the 1996 Olympics, which led to much recognition for the city. The Atlanta population has reached 4.7 million as it has become an ever more popular place to live and play and work.

Many Newspaper owners, bankers, politicians and city leaders, Industrial giants who based themselves here, included Coca-Cola, who were called “boosters” gave gifts to help establish the city since it was labeled as the “New South”.

The City of Atlanta convinced the world of its prosperity and also visionaries like CNN founder Ted Turner and ex-mayor Andrew Young worked very hard to make the city even better.

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Pretty much any weekend of the year, in some metro neighborhood or civic center, there’s a celebration going on of something: yellow daisies, Japanese culture, fishing boats. Below you’ll find some of the biggest and best events. To find out what’s happening this week, check out www.accessatlanta.com.

Inman Park Festival – Annually in April. Not your average neighborhood block party, this weekend celebration includes a home tour, a dance festival, an antique market, and a parade, in addition to the usual crafts booths and entertainment. Free. 770-242-4895.

Annually in June. The festival closes off 42 acres of Midtown Atlanta for a three-day “We Are the World” of music – more than 100 acts of all genres. There are always some pretty big names at the festival. Through the years, we’ve seen big artists like Tom Petty (God have his soul) and the Heartbreakers, The White Stripes, Black Eyed Peas, and The Pixies just to name a few.

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Atlanta is the only major American city destroyed by war. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and his 62,000 Union soldiers leveled more than 95 percent of the city in the summer of 1864 during the Civil War. All over the metro Atlanta area, you can find reminders of the campaign to conquer — and defend — Atlanta.

Here are some must-see Civil War-related sites:

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/
Operated by the National Park Service, the park is the site of the decisive battle in the Atlanta campaign, although the battle was a tactical defeat for Sherman. A visitors center offers exhibits and a 20-minute movie. Open every day but Christmas and Thanksgiving. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Foot trails cover a 16-mile loop from the visitors center to the Kolb Farm and back. Park open year-round dawn to dusk. Free.

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