Atlanta: Secrets of the City | Travel Ideas and Things to Do

Welcome to Atlanta, My name is Jennifer and
I’m a travel editor who calls the city home. I’m going to share with you today my best kept
secrets for experiencing this great city. Everyone knows about the Georgia Aquarium.
It’s the largest in the world but did you also know that it’s one of only a handful
of places in the world where you can swim or SCUBA dive with whale sharks, and the
only place in the U.S. The 2 1/2-hour experience takes place daily; guests can also enjoy encounters
with beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters
and penguins. Our next secret stop is a gourmet fruit house and market located in Atlanta’s Old fourth Ward neighborhood. There’s another location at the Atlanta Airport At Lotta Frutta they’ve got the classics, but it’s the exotic options
that make this space so hot, like the spicy Limonatta fruit cup, which combines cantaloupe,
coconut, cucumber, pineapple, watermelon, mango and papaya with fresh limejuice and
the owner’s signature spicy chile guajilo. There’s also Cuban-inspired grilled “sanduches,”
salads, smoothies, ice pops and coffee. We love this place. Here’s another travel secret for Atlanta.
To See Shakespeare done right you don’t have to go to London’s Globe Theatre. That’s right
Atlanta’s new American Shakespeare Tavern has a theatrical approach called ‘Original
Practice’ whereby each production is staged as it would have been in its own time. In
other words, live sound effects, period music on appropriate instruments and Elizabethan-style
costumes. And not mention, talented actors! You can eat here before the show and there’s
beer and wine too. It’s one of Atlanta’s most beautiful parks,
so why does nobody know about it? Maybe because of its secluded location at the heart of Emory
University’s campus (I guess the students don’t want to share). But this 154-acre park,
is a must-see, featuring miles of walking and jogging trails, a 210-foot suspension
bridge, and a beautiful lake the views of the Emory president’s home. Ok we’ve saved our best selection for last. Atlanta has a great nightlife scene but mix
and mingle at the most scenic and beautiful cocktail party in the city— no invitation
required! The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Cocktails in the Garden series, takes place every Thursday
evening May-September, features food, drinks, live music and one heck of a gorgeous setting. If you’re looking for more secrets to exploring
this city, grab a copy of Where Atlanta magazine at your hotel and visit us online at
for even more ideas.


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