Sage Summit 2017 will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia from May 9-11, which is only two short months away. Straying from tradition, Sage Summit will not be having a evening party on one of the conference nights, which gives you more time to explore the city. We’ve put together a guide of all the best sights to see and things to do around Atlanta. Whether you’re just looking for somewhere to go on your night off or planning to spend a weekend getaway after Sage Summit, make sure you don’t miss these 10 Atlanta hot spots.
1.ATLANTA SOUTHERN FOOD TOUR
Where better to satisfy all your southern food cravings than in Atlanta, Georgia? The walking tour lasts about three and a half hours and takes you to seven of the most iconic Atlanta restaurants known for their Southern comfort food. The food tour covers all Southern delicacies including soul food, barbecue, Lowcountry cuisine, Creole and modern southern dishes.
2. PONCE CITY MARKET
Ponce City Market is where you can view the old Atlanta while experiencing new Atlanta at the same time. Restored from the old Sears, Roebuck & Company building, Ponce City Market is a mixture of offices, apartment buildings, dining and shopping. Stop here to do some boutique shopping and then head to Central Food Hall for some unique food choices from artisan chefs and local restaurateurs.
3. CIVIL RIGHTS TOUR
Atlanta played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement, giving the United States many of the movers and shakers who shaped how we recognize Civil Rights today. The Civil Rights Tour takes you to many of the locations that played a crucial role in the Civil Rights Movement, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s last house, historic black colleges and Paschal’s Restaurant, recognized as the “headquarters” of the movement. Tour attendees will even be able to hear eye witness accounts from key movement icons like Andrew Young, John Lewis and Julian Bond.
4. ATLANTA BREWERY TOUR
Atlanta’s most well-known craft beer comes from the SweetWater Brewery, but that’s not all Atlanta has to offer for brews. Take a Sothern Beer Tour and make a stop at SweetWater, along with two other local craft breweries (rotating by month). For only $65 dollars, you get transportation to all the breweries, 3-4 samples at each brewery, a koozie, water, a small snack and brewery glass ware.
5. CNN CENTER
CNN is one of the most well-known cable news networks and is headquartered in Atlanta. The center isn’t just a hub for news, but also has fast food and full service restaurants and retail shops. During the tour, you can see how each broadcast is produced, how the camera and teleprompter work and get a chance to sit behind an anchor’s desk. If you plan your trip for a weekday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., their broadcast hours, you may even get to see a live broadcast.
6. ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens spans 30 acres in the northern corner of Piedmont Park. If you stop by the Botanical Garden, be sure to check out the Fuqua Conservatory which houses rare tropical and desert plants, including begonias, palms, hibiscus and jasmine. Within the glass walls of the conservatory, you can view a collection of poison dart frogs.
7. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is a must-see when in Atlanta. Covering a few block in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, tour attendees will see where Dr. King was born and raised, Ebenezer Baptist Church where he served as Pastor and Dr. King and Coretta King’s gravesites. Finish the tour with the Center for Nonviolent Social Change which has several exhibits on the Civil Rights Movement.
8. WORLD OF COCA-COLA
Coca-Cola is one of the world’s most popular soft drinks, so if you also enjoy the drink stop by the World of Coca-Cola. The tour will give you a peek into the history of Coca-Cola and how it became world renown today, its role in pop culture and the bottling process. Stop at the end in the Taste It! Room where you can sample hundreds of varieties of Coca-Cola from around the world.
9. ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER
The Atlanta History Center is nestled on a whopping 33 acres which includes trails and many historic homes. The main facility of the center is the Atlanta History Museum has exhibits starting from the Native American culture to life in the Antebellum south. Visitors of the Atlanta History Center also have the chance to visit a 19th century plantation home where costumed farmers give demonstrations of old farming techniques. Fans of “Gone With the Wind” can stop by an old Tudor home where Margaret Mitchell originally wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
10. GEORGIA AQUARIUM
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is home to hundreds of sea creatures. In fact, it is the world’s largest aquarium and home to 80,000 animals. Some of the most popular animal exhibits include the Beluga Whales, albino Alligators, Penguins, Sea Otters and Giant Octopi. The Ocean Voyager Exhibit is always busy, where visitors can walk through an acrylic tunnel surrounded by whale sharks, manta rays, stingrays and hammerhead sharks.