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10 Lesser Known Places In Atlanta To Visit This Summer

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Atlanta is a cosmopolitan city meshed with southern culture and Civil War history. The largest city in the state of Georgia has numerous attractions to draw tourists there every year. Besides the well-known attractions of Atlanta, there are many hidden gems in this historic city. Read on to discover ten secret places in Atlanta that are worth visiting. 

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Secret Places in Atlanta Worth A Visit

Learn Georgia’s History at the Millennium Gate Museum

This underrated museum highlights the cultures and history of Georgia. Notable exhibits include 18th Century Georgia Pioneer Gallery and the Pink House, plus much more. The hours of admission for the Millennium Gate Museum are Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. General admission tickets are $12, with a senior, military, and student admission cost of $10. 

Hike on East Palisades Trail

This lesser known pathway runs along the Chattahoochee River. The East Palisades Trail is about four miles in length and is one of the most scenic trails in metro Atlanta. Hikers will enjoy the high scenic overlooks and the small bamboo forest. The area also has many riverside walkways and a dog friendly environment. 

Take a Plunge Off ‘The Diving Rock’

This cliff located on the Chattahoochee River is an obscure, but fun attraction. A popular activity here is diving into the Chattahoochee River from the towering cliff. Besides the diving rock, this area has a beautiful, lush landscape that is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the urban hustle. 

Jog on the Evolving Beltline

The Beltline is a 22 mile stretch of outdated railways that were converted into walkways and hiking trails. This revitalization effort began in 1999 when a Georgia Tech graduate student began spearheading the project. The Beltline is still in construction and evolving, and will be complete in 2030. Each visit to the Beltline can bring the discovery of a new path, clearing or park that has been unexplored. 

See Rising Stars Perform at Eddie’s Attic

Head over to Decatur to experience this tiny burg’s thriving music scene. An awesome low key venue to catch some up and coming musicians is Eddie’s Attic. Some major music stars like Sugarland and singer songwriter John Mayer have made appearances at this venue. The average cost for shows tickets is about $10, so Eddie’s Attic is a great place for an affordable night out as well. 

Find Treasures at Antique Row

You can find the unexpected in Antique Row, located in the nearby suburb of Chamblee. This district has a large array of antique and retail outlets. Great finds can be found when you shop the massive 8,000 square foot Antique Factory. You can get some decorating ideas when you visit Chamblee Antiques And Interiors. After you shop, you can also spend some time in this historic, quaint little town and watch the trains pass by. 

Relive the 1996 Olympic Games 

The Atlanta History Museum has a special exhibit that documents the Centennial Olympic Games held here in summer 1996. This lesser known exhibit in the museum guides guests through the Olympic process, and then visitors can view a film that highlights the games in complete detail, and the role Atlanta played in the event. 

Shop at Dekalb Farmers Market

This market is unusual because this sprawling shopping venue is virtually unknown to native Atlantans. This market has a vast selection of organic produce, fresh fish, and meat. There are also many international cuisines here, and a section of the market is dedicated to every country around the world. Dekalb Farmers Market also has a self-serve cafeteria for those that prefer to dine in. 

Have a Hip Learning Experience at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

If you are looking for a unique, adult learning experience, investigate the Fernbank After Dark series. This event, for ages 21 and over, is full of hands on museum experiences, special exhibits, live music, craft cocktails and small nibbles. The adult science nights are held monthly, and each event incorporates a different science theme into the lesson. 

Attend A Cultural Event at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

In the heart of metro Atlanta, you will find this historic community arts center. The venue on this 12 acre estate is located about 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta and is in a residential area. As a result, tourists largely miss this renowned center and don’t know what they are missing. The center has a wide variety of performances, events, and programs. Center highlights include Jazz on the Lawn, pottery programs, and even camps for children. 

Come and visit these secret places in Atlanta this summer!


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