A First Timer’s Guide to Atlanta: What You Need to Know

Get ready to make memories in Midtown Atlanta! Our historic area is full of fun activities and attractions, and we’re going to help you experience them all like a pro. That’s why we created this first timer’s guide to Atlanta. Below, you’ll find essential information about what you need to do to make the most of your time here. From beautiful botanical gardens to must-see museums, our guide has it all. You can thank us later when you’re living it up in the city!

You’re already taking a step in the right direction by reading this blog. Just make sure you continue your journey toward enjoying Midtown to the fullest by viewing our free Travel Guide. This complimentary resource includes more of our local recommendations to simplify your planning and ensure you have a spectacular time here.

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The Ultimate First Timer’s Guide to Atlanta

Note: Please keep in mind that some of these attractions might be temporarily closed or have limited hours due to COVID-19.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

One of the best reasons to visit Midtown Atlanta is that it features a charming mixture of historical buildings and natural scenery. There are several green spaces to enjoy, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden that’s a short walk away from Piedmont Park and Stonehurst Place. Let the enticing aromas and vibrant colors lead you along the pathways as you fall in love with nature all over again. Invite your special someone for a date you’ll both remember for years to come!

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

If you’re a history buff, then you’ll want to add the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to your itinerary. It’s part of Pemberton Place in Downtown Atlanta along with the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. The museum has a wide variety of permanent and rotating exhibits that teach you about civil rights movements in the United States and abroad. You’ll leave feeling fascinated, inspired, and empowered.

Museum of Design Atlanta

It’s truly incredible what goes into designing everything from skateboards to skyscrapers. If you don’t believe us now, you will after a visit to the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Here, you can explore the world of design via rotating exhibitions, listen to insightful lectures, and even meet industry professionals!

Tip: Enjoy free passes to the Museum of Design Atlanta when you stay at Stonehurst Place nearby!

High Museum of Art

Get in touch with your inner art fan at a paradise of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more. The High Museum of Art has over 17,000 works of art for you to see! Purchase an admission ticket to roam through sprawling spaces that feature artwork from a variety of time periods and locations around the world. Simply put, exploring the High Museum of Art is one of the best things to do in Atlanta!

Stonehurst Place

A bed at Stonehurst Place for staycations in Georgia

Last, but certainly not least, is Stonehurst Place. A stay at our award-winning, historic inn is a must if you want to make the most of your first visit to Atlanta. You’ll feel like a VIP guest from the moment you arrive, even though you’ve never been here before! That’s the level of Southern hospitality that we like to provide. Plus, Stonehurst Place is conveniently located near the above attractions, as well as some of the best restaurants in Atlanta

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