Midtown Atlanta is located right next to downtown, so it’s easy to get into the business district if that is why you are visiting Atlanta, but also right next to Buckhead, which is Atlanta’s number one night spot. It is a classy area with a southern flare! Amazing restaurants, hotels, bars, and cultural centers are all at your fingertips. If you love the hustle and bustle of a big city, Midtown is where you want to stay.
- The Fox Theater is an old movie palace and cultural centerpiece in midtown Atlanta. It is built in both an Islamic and Egyptian architectural style and the auditorium replicates an Arabian courtyard with a night sky of 96 crystal stars, which flicker during the shows. It hosts a variety of cultural and artistic events and well worth checking out while you are in town!
- If you like orchestras, then check out the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the Woodruff Arts Center.
- The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest American theater for puppetry and opened in 1978 when Kermit the Frog and his creator Jim Henson, cut the opening ribbon. It is an amazing museum with equally amazing shows, so if you are looking for something eclectic and different to do, check it out!
- With over 15,000 works in the permanent collection, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art is the Southeast’s leading art museum.
- The Margaret Mitchell House was home to the author of Gone With the Wind and the location for where it was written. It is in the heart of midtown and makes for an easy afternoon stopover.
- The United States is well known for its drive-in fast food establishments, and Atlanta happens to have the country’s biggest in the world! The Varsity is a staple in midtown and if you have never had a sloppy dog, you’d better get down there and see what the fuss is all about!
- John Pemberton created Coca Cola in Atlanta in 1886 and the history of its birth and evolution are well documented at The World of Coca Cola near Olympic Park. There you can check out sixty different flavors from around the world.
- Piedmont Park is Atlanta’s urban park and it is nestled between Midtown and Virginia Highland neighborhoods. It has two softball fields, tow soccer fields, 12 tennis courts and plenty of dirt and paved paths for cyclists and joggers. It even has a fishing pond where anyone can fish, stocked with large mouth bass, crappie, bream, and catfish.
- The Swan House is one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Atlanta, and one of my favorite places. It is a classically styled mansion built for the Inman family, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune. The Atlanta History Center now owns it and so you can visit and take tours Monday through Saturday until 4:00pm.
- I would be remiss to speak of Midtown and not suggest you visit one of the South’s biggest music festivals, called Music Midtown. It usually takes place in the fall in Piedmont Park and always has the biggest names of the day playing.
Where to stay
Where to eat
Steel Restaurant and Sushi Lounge
Where to imbibe
Dive Bar Buckhead
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