Recent Searches
Clear
Things to do in Georgia, USA

Things to do in  Georgia

Welcome to Georgia

Although most travelers visit Georgia for Atlanta's top attractions, including CNN Studios and the World of Coca-Cola, opportunities for culture and entertainment reach well beyond the limits of the Peach State’s capital.

The coastal city of Savannah, Georgia's original colonial town, is a 3.5-hour drive from Atlanta through peach and pecan orchards. There, strengthen your sixth sense on an evening ghost tour of the many purportedly haunted buildings around the historic district, where the Spanish moss hanging from live oaks in every square is said to mark sites of tragedy. Or choose to delight your taste buds on a culinary tour of Paula Deen’s home town.

Other Georgia destinations include the historic mill town of Columbus, 1.5 hours east of Atlanta, where you'll find Civil War history, a botanical garden designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (creator of Central Park), and opportunities for white-water rafting and kayaking on the Chattahoochee River.

For easy day trips from Atlanta, there's nearby Macon, where the Georgia Music Hall of Fame honors the Allman Brothers, while the funky college town of Athens impresses football fans with the 92,000-seat Sanford Stadium.

Top 10 attractions in Georgia

#1
Savannah City Market

Savannah City Market

star-56,209
Dating back to the 18th century, Savannah City Market has long been the commercial and social center of historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. The market is known locally as the “art and soul” of Savannah, a nod to the numerous art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that make it such an important part of Savannah's social fabric.More
#2
Savannah River Street

Savannah River Street

star-4.56,331
It is virtually impossible for Savannah visitors to miss River Street. A broad waterfront promenade lined with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, River Street is one of the main arteries of the historic city. The street also features a pedestrian-only path, perfect for leisurely strolls with unbeatable Savannah River views.More
#3
Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery

star-56,683
This site served as Savannah’s main cemetery for more than a century following its establishment in 1750. With three subsequent expansions, six acres and over 9,000 graves, burials were cut off in 1853, and the site is now recognized as the oldest intact municipal cemetery in the city.When the site first opened, it was intended to serve as the burial ground for Christ Church Parish, but after its expansion, the cemetery was opened to all denominations. Since interments were closed prior to the start of the Civil War, no Confederate soldiers were buried here. There are, however, some burials of note; over 700 victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever epidemic are here, along with many victims of Savannah’s dueling era. Declaration of Independence signer Button Gwinnett is buried here, as well as Archibald Bulloch, the first president of Georgia, and James Habersham, an 18th-century acting royal Governor of the Province.Not surprisingly, Colonial Park Cemetery is home to a number of interesting ghost stories and legends. Paranormal enthusiasts have dubbed it “Paranormal Central,” with one of the most famous ghost stories involving Rene Asche Rondolier, a disfigured orphan who was accused of murdering girls. It is said that he was dragged to the swamp and lynched, and some locals believe he still haunts the cemetery, calling it Rene’s playground. Some local paranormal experts dispute the validity of this ghost story due to a lack of historical records.Other ghost stories revolve around Savannah’s voodoo culture. Although many have moved out of the city, years ago it was not uncommon for morning visitors to find remnants from a previous night’s ceremony. Soil was used from the graves, and some were actually robbed for use in these rituals. The small park adjacent to the cemetery is the location believed to be the site of Savannah’s dueling grounds.More
#4
Inman Park

Inman Park

star-51,427
It is hard not to love historic Inman Park. Often called Atlanta’s oldest neighborhood, it was established in 1890 and named after Samuel Inman, a prominent Atlanta businessman in the late 1800s. The picturesque area features several parks with abundant green spaces, wide lawns, stately Victorian-era homes and a plethora of independent boutiques and restaurants. Winding, narrow streets make strolling through the neighborhood an appealing option, and on any given day, residents enjoy tea and lemonade on sweeping front porches flanked by azalea bushes, giving the area a charming, homey feel.Inman Park is a celebration of historic Atlanta residential architecture from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and in addition to Victorian-style mansions, influences range from Romanesque to Queen Anne. The neighborhood is comprised of two parts–the Inman Park historic district and the Inman Park-Moreland Historic District. The area has undergone extensive restoration and renovation in the last decade, and the priceless real estate, combined with the area’s accessibility to the rest of Atlanta, makes Inman Park one of Atlanta’s most coveted neighborhoods.More
#5
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

star-55,955
The oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is one of Savannah’s top historical, architectural, and religious attractions. The cathedral’s towering twin spires and French Gothic-style architecture set it apart against the Savannah skyline. Upclose, visitors can admire intricate details dating back to 1900.More
#6
Savannah Historic District

Savannah Historic District

star-57,130
Grand antebellum homes and historic plazas lined with live oaks are just some of the sights that define Savannah’s Historic District. Considered the heart of the city, the Historic District is not only the centerpiece of a Savannah vacation but also where to find the highest concentration of bars, restaurants, and historic attractions.More
#7
Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

star-5512
There was once a time when a sixth of the world’s wealth vacationed on Jekyll Island. Home to the Jekyll Island Club—an exceptionally exclusive, private club that opened in 1888—the island was a warm weather, winter sanctuary for a host of global elite. The club eventually failed, however, as it couldn’t survive the Depression, and today the island is mostly a state park that any traveler can visit. As the smallest of Georgia’s Barrier Islands, Jekyll Island is known for its wildlife and long, white sand beaches. The former “cottages” of millionaire club members comprise the island’s historic district, and four golf courses and a tennis center create a luxurious, oceanfront retreat. Most of Jekyll Island, however, is still wonderfully undeveloped, and the marshes host everything from herons to shorebirds that gracefully cruise through the reeds.When spending time on Jekyll Island, hire a kayak or paddleboard and explore the pristine shore, stopping to appreciate the tranquil simplicity of the island’s natural surroundings. Spend the night at the oceanfront campground or the Jekyll Island Club Hotel—a historic throwback to the island’s heyday that’s a National Historic Landmark. Escape the stifling summer heat at the 11-acre Summer Waves Park, or head to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to watch as small, endangered turtles scratch their way toward the sea.More
#8
World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola

star-51,587
Boasting a collection of more than 200 historical artifacts, a 4-D theater experience, and interactive museum exhibits, the World of Coca-Cola® in Atlanta does far more than whet your whistle for a (though it does that, too). Pay homage to the birthplace of the world’s most popular soft drink and learn how a simple beverage became a global sensation and a must-see Atlanta attraction.More
#9
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

star-52,112
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park commemorates the life, work, and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement leader. The center—which takes up several blocks in Sweet Auburn, the center of black Atlanta—includes King’s birth home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both King’s father and grandfather served as ministers.More
#10
Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta Beltline

star-51,527
An ambitious “rails-to-trails” project, the Atlanta Beltline transforms the city’s trash-collecting tracks into more than 22 miles of footpaths for bikers, runners and pedestrians. The Beltline, a work in progress, merges the city's parks and green spaces, connects neighborhoods to each other and makes public transit more accessible. The Beltline shows off the very best parts of Atlanta.The popular Eastside Trail and the Historic Fourth Ward Park are two projects, among many others, that have been completed. A planned streetcar is in the works, an addition that will connect the furthest reaches of the Beltline to more popular, central attractions in Atlanta. Some of the other highlights include 33 miles of multi-use trails, 1,300 acres of parks, more public art and historic preservation efforts.More

Trip ideas

TV and Film Locations in Atlanta

TV and Film Locations in Atlanta

Top activities in Georgia

Savannah Culinary & Cultural Walking Food Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Savannah's Off-The-Beaten-Path Secret East Side Historic Walking Food Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & Bonaventure
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
90-Minute Savannah History & Haunts Candlelit Walking Ghost Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Creepy Crawl Night-Time Haunted Pub Walking Tour of Savannah's Historic District
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Recent reviews from experiences in Georgia

star-5
An excellent experience!
Jeff_Z, Mar 2021
Jekyll Island Dolphin Tours
Not only did we get to see dolphins but we got to get a lot of history surrounding jekyll island and this part of Georgia.
star-5
Informative Tour
jkitschker, Nov 2019
90-Minute Atlanta Guided Sightseeing Tour by Electric Car
As a woman of color, I would like to see moving forward a professional attire to gain greater respect for your knowledge.
star-5
We had a great time. I grew up in...
Francis L, Jul 2016
Atlanta City Sightseeing Tour by Segway
I grew up in Georgia but never really spent much time in Atlanta this was a unique way to see the city.
star-4
The City Pass includes some of the...
Daniel V, Aug 2014
Atlanta CityPASS
The City Pass includes some of the best attractions in Atlanta.
star-5
Great way to spend a day in Atlanta!
Elizabeth_Miller, Feb 2020
3-Hour Atlanta Beltline Food, Street Art and History Tour
We did the tour on a beautiful, February, 55° day in Atlanta; I would recommend taking this tour during a season other than summer, when Atlanta is oppressively hot and humid.
star-4
Laura did an excellent job on this...
Joseph W, Mar 2018
Atlanta Segway Tour: Midtown Sightseeing
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because, honestly, there is just that not much to see history-wise in mid-town Atlanta compared to other cities.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the top things to do in Georgia?
Q:
What are the top activities in Georgia?
Q:
What are the top things to do near Georgia?
A:
Check out things to do near Georgia:
Q:
What do I need to know before visiting Georgia?