Despite the fact that it is home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, has earned the title of “Hollywood of the South”, and makes the Top 10 list of Largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the U.S.*, Atlanta offers both locals and visitors an incredibly unique draw: the opportunity to time travel. First established as Terminus in 1837, it’s no wonder that history abounds throughout the city of Atlanta. Of course, you won’t need a luxury car with a flux capacitor or an H.G. Wellian contraption to explore the city’s rich and colorful past. You’ll simply need your favorite mode of transportation, some travel money, and this list of 12 Awesome Ways to Do a Little Time-Tripping in Atlanta.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Comprised of the birthplace of Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King Jr., as well as Ebenezer Baptist Church – where he preached, the tomb of Martin and Coretta Scott King, and the Visitor Center, the sprawling campus of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site offers guests a stirring peek inside the Civil Rights Movement and the life of its greatest leader. The reflecting pool that surrounds the tomb and nearby “I Have A Dream” World Peace Rose Garden provide a tranquil spot to contemplate the meaning in the messages that Martin Luther King Jr. fought so hard to convey.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974, the “Fabulous” Fox Theatre has certainly earned its place in Atlanta history. First opened in 1929, the Fox has survived bankruptcy, foreclosure, several buy-outs, and even a four-alarm fire over the years. Its beautifully designed interior is a true tribute to the movie houses of old, and its stage has been graced by the likes of renowned actor Yul Brenner, legendary rock group The Rolling Stones, and a record-breaking Broadway production A Chorus Line. Today, the Fox Theatre continues its proud tradition as a venue for world-class theatrical performances, music concerts, and film premieres – and often conducts behind the scenes tours.
The Wren’s Nest
The stately Queen Victorian home of the author of the “Brer Rabbit” tales, Joel Chandler Harris, is also Atlanta’s oldest house museum. Harris lived here from 1881 to 1908 and penned many of the Brer Rabbit tales on the front porch. Museum tours are conducted Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Be sure to visit on a Saturday around 1 p.m. to hear the wonderful stories of Uncle Remus told by skilled storytellers.
Founded in 1850 and nestled in a quiet corner of Atlanta, this historic garden cemetery is the final resting place for many of the South’s most notable citizens – including Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson; Gone With the Wind Author, Margaret Mitchell; and golf legend, Bobby Jones. It is a public park that is open to visitors daily from dawn to dusk. Check the website for hours related to guided and special topic tours.
The Bremen Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum
Marking a horrific but significant time in our world history, The Bremen features a walk through time of the events leading up to and stemming from World War II and the Holocaust. While painful to consider the overwhelming tragedies that stemmed from the Holocaust, the Bremen serves as a lasting tribute to both the victims and Santayana’s belief that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” With two signature exhibitions – Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years 1933-1945 and Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to the Present – the Bremen also plays host to special and traveling exhibitions.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
We’re not just talking history… we’re talking ANCIENT history! The Fernbank Museum of Natural History showcases “A Walk Through Time in Georgia” with its dinosaur gallery and exploration of our state’s natural history; “Reflections of Culture” which explores the various cultures that inhabit our world; “Sensing Nature” for a fun interactive exploration of all five senses; “NatureQuest” for a hands-on exploration of the natural world; and more! Check back often for a variety of travelling exhibitions, special events, and new premieres in Fernbank’s IMAX theater.
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