If you haven’t noticed, Atlanta is becoming the new Hollywood. With all its attractions, film life and mouth-watering foods, there's no doubt its one of the best places to live. But what you probably didn’t know, was it also has some pretty surreal, cool places that you won’t believe really exist! Of course, every city has its weird, stand out places but nothing quite beats Atlanta. We have things and places here that even make the locals scratch their heads. We don't live by standards here, so just about everything is surreal. Continue reading to find out some places you won't believe really exist right here in Atlanta!
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park
Where: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive
Stationed in metropolitan Atlanta, you can get your exercise on while you learn about the battle that took place during 1865. It was called the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War. At least 4,000 people lost their lives here. Today, it’s one of the biggest hiking sites in the area. During your hike, you can find statues along the trails that highlight this area's rich history. I must warn you though, stay safe from the bears you may see.
Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar, & View
Where: 210 Peachtree Street
Think fine dining with 360-degree panorama views and you have Sun Dial Restaurant. It’s located in the iconic Westin Peachtree Plaza, in downtown Atlanta, on the 72nd floor. This high-end restaurant sits on a rotating dial that overlooks the entire city. But don’t think you’ll spill your drink or get dizzy — it takes one full hour to complete a single rotation. The subtle movement is all it takes to ensure you capture the spectacular view of the city while you eat. But if you aren’t feeling fancy you can still catch the spins up high by paying a small $8 fee.
Krog Street Tunnel
Where: 1 Krog Street NE
The infamous Krog Street Tunnel is saturated with graffiti artwork. Thanks to many local Atlanta artists, you can find spectacular murals, graffiti pieces, motivational sayings, and even just entertaining scribble covering the tunnel. Typically, graffiti gets a bad representation. But not here in Atlanta. It’s a unique place to visit if you’re a creative, social person. You can find many posters advertising local events in the area too. It’s one of the best places to host a photography session or just people watch.
Where: 100 Piedmont Ave NE
Yes, in Atlanta, you will find a now famous, Rainbow Crosswalk. What started off as just support for the Pulse Nightclub shooting that took place in Florida in 2016, is now a permanent memorial. The crosswalk represents love and people coming together in and with the LGBT community.
Silver Comet Trail
The Silver Comet Trail is the second longest trail in the United States. It’s 61 miles long and begins in Smyrna(metro Atlanta) and runs straight into the Alabama line. The trail is only used by pedestrians, bikers, and scooters — cars aren’t allowed. It’s often joked about that if you’re on the run in Atlanta and you need to skip town, take the Silver Comet Trail and get out of Dodge. You’ll be out the state in no time.
Hartsfield Atlanta Airport Pet Relief Station
Where: 6000 N Terminal Pkwy
Atlanta Airport wins for believing that fur babies are important too. Years ago, if you traveled with your pet, you were required to bring your dog outside so they could do their business. Now, the Hartsfield Atlanta Airport has seven pet relief stations throughout the airport — the most in the States. These stations are available for all service dogs and any passengers traveling with pets. You can locate the relief stations in each terminal.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Home
Where: 501 Auburn Ave
The late great Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised in Atlanta in a home that is now a tourist site. For free, you can tour the two-leveled home and get a glimpse of how MLK lived back in the 30s. The kitchen, bedrooms, and other rooms contain the exact same items that were in the home when MLK lived there. There’s a special touch of history and love that surround you as soon as you enter the home. Then, if you walk just around the corner, you will find the Church that MLK preached at, Ebenezer Baptist Church. His sermons play on repeat.
World of Coca-Cola
Where: 121 Baker St
If you’ve ever wondered about the history of Coca-Cola, wonder no more, there’s an entire attraction dedicated to it in downtown Atlanta. World of Coca-Cola has everything you'll ever need to know about the iconic brand. You’ll experience what happens behind the scenes, learn about the bottling process, and even taste different types of Coke!
You also have the choice to heighten your adventure with their VIP ticket option and have a private tour. You'll get the chance to ask your tour guide questions and even get close to the vault that houses their secret recipe! That’s not all they offer though — if you ever want to book your next event, World of Coca-Cola offers party packages too!
Waffle House Museum
Where: 2719 East College Ave
The original Waffle House is now a museum and you need to be there! Back in 1955, Waffle House opened their doors for the first time. The museum is complete with the old school setup from the cash register all the way to the old bar stools. However, right next door to the Waffle House is a building that houses even more history.
It has a room full of memorabilia and the first menu with prices that will shock you. If only waffles and eggs still cost 20 cents today. But don’t think this first Waffle House has been there forever. For years, the location housed a Chinese restaurant before Waffle House brought back their first location and made it a Museum. Talk about a change of heart.
Where: 5200 Buffington Road
If you’re one of the ones who think Chick-Fil-A isn’t just a fast food restaurant, then you’re a super fan and must visit their tour! Chick-Fil-A headquarters sits in Atlanta, so it’s only right for them to have created an exclusive tour so people understand the company a little better. For $10 you get a one-hour tour that includes hearing how the company begin and learn all about the Founder. They even have VIP tickets where you’ll get access to their museum and innovation center.
Where: 2055 Beaver Ruin Rd
Everyone knows that some of the worst drivers live in Atlanta. But thanks to Tiny Towne, they created a pretty cool company to help prepare future drivers, become great drivers. That’s right, the future drivers of the world are children! Tiny Towne is literally a tiny town that puts children behind the wheel of go-carts and teaches them how the roadworks.
It’s equipped with traffic signs, roads laws, and even Police. Yes—the Police are even handing out tickets for kids who text and drive along with court dates! Even parents get to test their knowledge by taking a computerized road test. Tiny Towne is what we all needed, 15 years ago; oh, what better drivers we all would be!
Sky View Atlanta
Where: 168 Luckie St NW
Only in Atlanta will you see a giant Ferris wheel just chilling downtown! If you take a walk down to Luckie Street, or anywhere surrounding it, you’ll see a giant 180-foot high Ferris wheel! No not during a festival or event, but literally every day. The Ferris wheel is positioned just perfect to allow riders to overlook the beautiful city. For just about $14, you can ride climate-controlled gondolas for 15 minutes. Each seat holds six people too, so you and your whole team can ride comfortably.
This humongous Ferris wheel didn’t just come from nowhere though. It originated from Paris when the owner decided to drop it off in FL. After deciding on a more permanent location, Atlanta was chosen. Also, if you’re ever in the area at night, the lights on the big wheel are worth the stares.
White House Replica
Where: 3687 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta wouldn’t be Atlanta if it didn’t have a White House replica, of course. I know — we do the most random things here! However, it’s pretty cool though. Its decked out with an oval office, Movie Theater and a replica of Lincolns’ Bedroom. It used to be known as a place that held events for a local Church, but now it’s a private home.
Dolls Head Trail
Where: 1305 S River Industrial Blvd SE
Well, you know what they say, one mans trash is another man's treasure. So we welcome you to, Doll’s Head Trail! Located in the Constitution Lakes Park, you can find a trail that leads to a collection of old, vintage doll heads. It represents art, in a strange, creative way. The creator thought it would be different to fill up an area with old dolls. But don't worry, you're also welcome to contribute if you like. Plus, if you don't have any old doll heads, they also accept old stuff like used TVs. You can always count on something being spooky in Atlanta, no matter the time of year.
Where: Moreland Ave NE & North Avenue NE
Don’t be confused, 54 Columns is precisely what the name says. It’s 54 concrete pillars that stand tall in the middle of the Old Fourth Ward area. Since 1999, folks have been wondering if they came from a building that once was destroyed or if a new building is in the works. But the reality is, it was installed for no deep reason, by a minimalist Artist named Sol LeWitt. Only a true artist can find creativity in concrete pillars.