Even though we’ve been back to Georgia twice this summer to see family, we hadn’t spent much time in the city. So this weekend, we headed up to Atlanta with two of our Florida friends to show them the sights! Our main agenda was a concert, but we also fit in some other activities and plenty of food. Here are three “can’t miss” things we did last weekend:
1. The Georgia Aquarium
I know an aquarium is usually not at the top of everyone’s list for places to visit on vacation, but that’s because you haven’t been to the Georgia Aquarium yet. It’s relatively new, and they did an awesome job with it. It’s unlike any other aquarium I’ve visited, and the space itself is visually stunning. You can walk through an underwater tunnel of sharks, walls of jellyfish lit up against a stunning blue backdrop, and stand in a two-story viewing room to see whale sharks and other large sea creatures. My favorites are the sea dragons and sea horses, and the entrance itself with ocean lights on the ceiling. On a hot summer day, it’s the perfect escape for both kids and adults.
2. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
I’ve heard the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra play before, but this concert was by far my favorite. The Verizon Outdoor Ampitheater in Alpharetta is a super nice venue, with tons of covered seating and many of those seats at tables with comfy chairs. This concert was based on the composer John Williams who, in addition to many other well-known films, wrote the music for Star Wars. We took photos with the characters beforehand, including a working R2D2. The conductor kept us entertained with stories and jokes between songs, and I got goosebumps when I heard some of my favorite theme songs: Jurrassic Park, Jaws, E.T., and even Harry Potter! During the Star Wars songs, Darth Vader came on stage and “used the force” on the conductor, so that he could take over conducting . We all loved it, and if you can see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra when you’re in town, it’s so worth it.
3. Atlanta Restaurants
Atlanta is a foodie town! I have said that many times because it’s so true. On Saturday, we enjoyed lunch at our old haunt, There Gastropub in Brookhaven — the Bison Burger is unbeliveable — and bottomless mimosas. We also went to JCT Kitchen in Midtown on Friday night, and we might be biased because we know the chef, but it was AMAZING. So many delicious dishes, each completely different. It’s a farm-to-table twist on Southern food, and if you’ve only got time for one upscale dinner, this is the place. We practically had to be rolled out of that place, and Chef Josh is the best!
If you’re doing a quick weekend trip to Atlanta, these are the spots for sure. For more Atlanta ideas, check out this post for Atlanta date-night ideas!