How I Spent My Weekend in Atlanta

Weekend in Atlanta

Before the semester began and I became inundated with work, I made it out to Atlanta for a weekend! It was my first time in the city, and I had so much fun – I took lots of photos to share too! I’d say that a weekend in Atlanta is the perfect amount of time to spend in the city. In this post, I’m going focus on two can’t-miss activities that you should prioritize if you’re in A-Town.

First up? The High Museum of Art!

If you’re an art history nerd like me, you should definitely check out The High Museum of Art. Actually, you should check it out even if you aren’t! The entire collection is fantastic, but I was especially in love with the Andy Warhol exhibition. Pop art for life! Unfortunately, this exhibition will only be around until September 10th. If you don’t make it out to Atlanta before then, don’t worry! I took photos of some of my favorite pieces:

Weekend in Atlanta

Weekend in Atlanta

Weekend in Atlanta

Weekend in Atlanta

If brightly colored portraits of Mao aren’t really your thing, there’s plenty of other things to admire in the High Museum of Art. The architecture itself is beautiful, and their modern art collection is fantastic! I spent about two and a half hours total in the museum, but I’d imagine you could easily spend over three if you were really dedicated. After you’ve looked at the all the cool art, go check out Octane Coffee Bar! Their iced mocha was the perfect icing on the cake that was my first day in Atlanta.

Weekend in Atlanta

Weekend in Atlanta

Weekend in Atlanta

After waking up and downing some chicken and waffles on Sunday morning, I did a little exploring around my hotel! I stopped by CNN’s headquarters to see if I could meet Jake Tapper. It turns out he doesn’t record his show there, so that was a bust. I also got a pretty nice view of SkyView Atlanta, which is basically their version of the Orlando Eye!

Weekend in Atlanta

Weekend in Atlanta

Afterwards, I headed straight for the second main event of my weekend in Atlanta:

The Georgia Aquarium!

If there’s one thing I love more than art, it’s fish. Sharks, specifically. Lucky for me, the Georgia Aquarium is famous for its sharks! And not just any sharks – whale sharks! The price tag for the Georgia Aquarium is a bit steep, but I’d say it’s worth it. It’s not every day that you can see the largest known fish species in person, after all!

After a pretty quick walk that felt like a marathon in the heat, I made it to the aquarium! First stop? The Ocean Voyager exhibit, of course! After a trip through a shark tunnel (the best invention in history), I finally got to see the whale sharks in all their gigantic glory. You don’t even want to know how many photos I snapped while I was in this exhibit! Here’s some gems:

Weekend in Atlanta

Weekend in Atlanta

Besides the whale sharks, there’s plenty more to see at the Georgia Aquarium! Between beluga whales, sea otters, and everything in between, you could easily spend all day here. Pro-tip: don’t miss the penguin march!

In my opinion, the High Museum of Art and the Georgia Aquarium add up to a perfect weekend in Atlanta. I didn’t know what to expect when I planned my visit here, but what I found was a friendly and exciting city with so much to see and do! I’m glad I got to end my summer with a trip to such a neat place, and I’ll definitely be back in the future!

That about does it for this travel blog! I hope you found it helpful if you’re thinking of planning a trip to Atlanta soon. It’s shaping up to be a fairly busy semester for me between classes and my internship, but I’ll be posting as much as I can. In the mean time, drop me a comment if you think I missed out on something in Atlanta, or if you’ve been to the High Museum or Georgia Aquarium! I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Until next time, I hope your September is off to a great start! Autumn, here we come!

  • Sara Rentas

    I’ll be going to Atlanta soon! Thanks for the tips!

    • Of course, I’m glad you found them useful! I hope you have so much fun in Atlanta!!