5 Quirky Things to Do in Atlanta, Georgia

Posted by - December 10, 2012 | Category: Escapes, North America, United States

Unique, Unusual & Offbeat Things to Do in Atlanta

Atlanta’s nickname of “Hotlanta” is not only because of the stifling heat in summer, it’s also because it’s a beautiful and vibrant city full of adventure. If you are in the area, why settle on the boring and overdone when there are plenty of options when it comes to offbeat activities. From zombies to soda and more, there are plenty of quirky things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.

World of Coca-Cola

Vintage foreign Coke signs -- World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is home to several big names – CNN, the Centers for Disease Control, Delta Airlines, and probably the biggest of them all — Coke.  The name “Coca-Cola” is known in every corner of the world. And there are some flavours of Coke that can only be found in those corners. Or you could head over to the World of Coca-Cola to taste flavours from across the globe. The experience also offers the opportunity to watch a 4D movie, explore the bottling line, and see vintage ads from around the world.

Medieval Times

Medieval Times, Atlanta Georgia

You may not be able to travel back in time, but you can experience history for yourself. Medieval Times gives you the opportunity to watch knights, jousting, and all that pageantry of days of olde. You can also feast on foods and enjoy the entertainment while there. If you have children, this is a great place to live a little and create a memorable, unique vacation experience.

Clermont Motor Hotel

Clermont Motor Hotel and Lounge Sign, Atlanta Georgia

Sometimes, you just need an adult only type of vacation. The Clermont Motor Hotel is the oldest strip club in the country, but that is not the only thing that makes this stand out. The dancers are all older, creating a very different strip experience than what may be normal for you. Clermont is a hot spot that has attracted several celebrities who like you, were on the lookout for quirky things to do in Atlanta.

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetary, Atlanta Georgia -- quirky things to do in Atlanta

While a cemetery is rarely the place that comes to mind when you think about visiting a new area, this one should make your list of things to do in Atlanta. Along with the beautiful scenery and expansive views, there are also the ornate graves of famous citizens.

Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie Apocalypse

If your timing is right, you might be able to run into some zombies. Of course, these are actually actors dressing up as zombies, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. You are guided on a tour by professionals who know how to “kill” zombies and bring you to safety. These fighters and zombies may all be actors, but the excitement and wonder you experience is completely real. If this is something you would like to do, make sure to visit Atlanta in October since that is when this happens.

What quirky things to do in Atlanta do you know?

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13 comments - add one
  1. Festivals in the fall are a must. One word of advice: Don\’t do the aquarium unless you\’re traveling with little kids or have never seen fish before.

  2. Very cool list! I visited the Coca Cola factory and sampling the foreign drinks is so much fun!

    I had no idea I could find zombies in Atlanta! I\’ve been sad since The Walking Dead took it\’s break from TV. A pretend zombie apocalypse is just what I need!

  3. The question I find myself asking is should I do the cemetery followed by the Zombie Apocalypse or the Zombie Apocalypse followed by the cemetery?

  4. We just discovered the Oakland Cemetery two weeks ago. Absolutely agree – not to be missed (especially the monument to the Unknown Confederate War dead).

  5. I think that the Atlanta Cyclorama is quirky and Little 5 Points, too. LOL. Now that I think about it, I believe that I saw the Clermont on an episode of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

  6. There is LOTS to do around Atlanta. Not only did our road trip scavenger hunt take us through there, but 35 miles south of Atlanta is a little town called Senoia. Not only is this are where they film The Walking Dead, but other productions have been filmed here as well: Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, Pet Samatary II, Sweet Home Alabama, Drop Dead Diva, and the 2011 remake of Footloose. My wife is a HUGE Walking Dead fan, and I love photography, so we scouted the area for props and filming locations and recreated scenes from the TV series from screen shots we found online.

  7. I loved the World of Coca-Cola! I spent a couple of hours there – one hour alone just tasting every Coca-Cola brand from around the world. I am surprised I didn’t become a diabetic that day, but I digress!

    Although not “quirky” by any means, Sweet Auburn is a worthwhile Atlanta neighbourhood to check out. This is where Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised, and there’s a nice little museum dedicated to his life right near the new Ebenezer Church.

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