Atlanta Getaway

As I mentioned last week, my family cancelled our trip to Taiwan and so we scrambled to find a place to go for a long weekend at the last minute. We settled on Atlanta because 1) we’d never been there, 2) we have some family there, and 3) the tickets were the cheapest! And whaddya know, we LOVED Atlanta! We hung out with my cousins and their son all weekend, and hit up all the touristy spots. What we didn’t realize is how beautiful and family-friendly Atlanta is! The World Coca Cola (aka the Coke Museum), located downtown, right next the Aquarium

My favorite part of the Museum… the tasting room! It was a serve-yourself soda fountain where we got to try over 60 Coke products from around the world. Talk about a sugar high!!

Cherry blossoms were in full bloom ALL over Atlanta… it was stunning!

I had no idea that the Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world!

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The line to get into the Aquarium was ridiculous!! Luckily, my cousin pre-bought our tickets, so we sailed right past everyone…

Along with being the biggest, I thought this was certainly the best Aquarium I’ve been to!

Beluga whales are always my favorite…

They had FOUR, rare whale sharks… shipped via UPS from Taiwan! (excuse my awkward camera angle!)

That night, we went to see Peter Pan, a brand new take on the classic story set in an amazing 360° theater, complete with “dazzling flying scenes and the world’s first 360-degree CGI theater set”. To be honest, there was too much unnecessary dialogue and it was a bit long, but definitely not a bad show… it’s coming to Chicago starting April 29th!

We all loved the Atlanta Botanical Garden, located right on the outskirts of downtown.

I was completely obsessed with these Mount Tacoma tulips!!!

Oh, cherry blossoms, how I love thee…

Their Fuqua Orchid Center housed the most gorgeous orchid collection!

I got a recommendation for Sublime Doughnuts, the “best doughnuts in town”, so we had to hunt them down… and they were delicious! Especially the A-Town Cream…. MMM!!

That night we tried Community Q (another recommendation from Twitter!) for some southern BBQ.

Seriously the biggest beef ribs, and some amazing beef brisket!!

During our 4 days in Atlanta, we visited SunO, a shaved ice shop, THREE times!!

The morning before we left, we checked out the Atlanta History Center, also a great place to spend a few hours. We didn’t have nearly enough time, but I loved the tour of the Swan House mansion, which was on the Center grounds.

And then it was time to head to the Airport. I’d say we definitely saw A LOT during our brief stay, and we would definitely go back!

Have you been to Atlanta? What are your Must-Sees/Must-Dos/Must-Eats?!