Not everyone can step aside from their busy schedules for the requisite two-week vacation every year. If you’re in the Atlanta area for work, however, you might tack on a little vacation time to your business trip and consider a “bizcation.”
Atlanta, Georgia, is the ideal American city to do so. Thanks in part to the rise in bleisure travel, more than 50 million people visit the Atlanta metro area each year. Cut loose a bit after an all-day conference or back-to-back meetings by checking out seven of Atlanta’s greatest offerings.
1. World of Coca-Cola
Learn more about the brand loved across the globe by planning a guided tour of the World of Coca-Cola. Considered an absolute must-see, this stop offers a trip down memory lane with various historical and cultural markers relating to the popular beverage. You can even sample varieties of Coke from different continents. It’s an educating and entertaining way to make the most of your visit to Atlanta.
2. Georgia Aquarium
Located in close proximity to the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium is an obvious second stop for your adventuresome time in Atlanta. You can marvel at thousands of species of aquatic animals throughout 70 different habitats. If your business trip to Atlanta happens during summer break, the aquarium is a great place to bring your kids for hours of amusement. You and your whole family will certainly enjoy great options like the 3D show or have a rare close encounter with whales, dolphins and sharks.
3. Fox Theatre
Did your partner tag along for your client meeting in Atlanta? If so, plan a fantastic date night and catch a show at the iconic Fox Theatre. The 5,000-seat performance venue offers a “magical” experience with its Egyptian architectural elements. Browse their calendar to learn which comedy shows, dance performances or Broadway musicals are happening when you’re in town.
4. Center for Civil and Human Rights
History buffs might enjoy a visit to downtown Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Center features revolving exhibitions that can leave even the casual visitor more informed about the progress of the American Civil Rights Movement and global human rights. If you enjoy learning about civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., you can view historical documents from his personal collection made available by Morehouse College.
5. Piedmont Park
Being cooped up in glass and steel buildings all day can leave you craving fresh air and wide expanses of green. Piedmont Park is just the place in the city of Atlanta to satiate your craving for the great outdoors. Tour the adjacent Atlanta Botanical Gardens, jog the extensive park trails or while away an afternoon under the city’s notable tree canopy.
6. Stone Mountain Park
Thrill-seekers, fitness junkies and families can all enjoy one of Georgia’s top attractions at Stone Mountain Park. No matter which time of year you plan your Atlanta business trip, an adventure awaits you. If you’re visiting during summer, explore the many hiking trails and ropes courses. If you’re there in winter, take advantage of snow tubing.
7. Lenox Square
Return from your Atlanta business trip with gifts for everyone from Lenox Square on Peachtree Road. This renowned shopping center has 50 designer boutiques are on offer, including Tom Ford, La Perla and Diptyque. Select something special for yourself or someone else before grabbing a premium meal at any of The Shops fine dining establishments. Venture onward into the city’s most affluent neighborhood and walkable areas to browse the many art galleries and museums in Buckhead, too.
If your Atlanta business travel spans more than a few days, find out about more local activities on the Discover Atlanta Instagram page.
How do you spend your extra time when work takes you to Atlanta? Share with fellow business travelers in the comments below.