Whether you’ve lived in Atlanta your whole life or you’re just visiting for a weekend, these fun Atlanta tours will show you the best the city has to offer. Tours can be a phenomenal way to see the less-visited, under-the-radar places you might never discover otherwise. Plus, many of these tours are led by expert guides who can share insiders’ secrets and tips. Read on to discover your next Atlanta adventure based on your personality!
Note: To make sure you have all the right information, be sure to check each tour’s website for availability, restrictions, safety guidelines, advance purchase, etc.
TL;DR – in this list, you’ll find:
- best Atlanta tours
- tour ideas for history lovers in Atlanta
- Atlanta activities for foodies
- Ideas for exploring Atlanta’s civil rights history
- Atlanta brewery tours
- COVID-safe experiences in Atlanta
- animal encounters in Atlanta
- spooky and haunted Atlanta spots
- …and much more!
If you’re a history buff:
Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk with Atlanta Food Walks – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Tours
Atlanta was a city built on food. During this fun food tour, you’ll learn about the founding of Atlanta. You’ll also explore how the history of the city relates to its renowned food. The experience includes a stroll through Historic Oakland Cemetery (see more on the cemetery below). Plus, you’ll taste 9 southern dishes at 3 food stops, including the incredible shrimp and grits at Six Feet Under. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice. Whether you’re there for the food or the history, this tour is perfect for a date or a family activity.
Cooking & Live History Demonstrations at the Smith Plantation
The Smith Plantation was built by slave labor in 1845 when Atlanta was still in its infancy. The building and grounds are now open to the public as a museum. Part of the museum’s work is to bear witness to the lives of the approximately 30 enslaved people who built and worked on this property. Here, we can engage with, confront, and learn about this problematic part of our past. The museum’s interactive experiences include a free, regularly-occurring cooking and living history demonstration. Check out this New York Times article to learn more about how museums and historical institutions are shifting how they describe issues such as slavery.
Virtual Tour of The Wren’s Nest, Home of Joel Chandler Harris
The Wren’s Nest, located in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood, was the home of Joel Chandler Harris and his family. Harris is known for writing the Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit stories, based on African American folk tales. He was a journalist and associate editor of The Atlanta Constitution for more than two decades. Harris and his family moved into the home in 1881. They extensively renovated and expanded the home into its current charming Queen Anne Victorian style. The Wren’s Nest became a museum in 1913, at which time it became the first and oldest house museum in Georgia. While The Wren’s Nest is currently closed, you can experience a virtual tour of this Atlanta landmark as well as weekly virtual storytelling sessions.
If you’re passionate about Civil Rights and social justice:
King Historic District Tour with Atlanta History Tours – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Tours
This unforgettable 1.7-mile walking tour tells the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. with an in-depth look at the people and locations that inspired him. Named by Conde Nast as one of the 16 best things to do in Atlanta, this tour will give you a strong understanding of how Atlanta changed the world. Includes stops at Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center.
Atlanta’s Journey for Civil Rights Bike Tour with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
On this unique bicycle tour through some of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, you’ll learn more about Atlanta’s civil rights history. Explore our city’s past, from the Antebellum South to the present day. This tour provides a safe space for people from all walks of life to come together and gain insight and knowledge as we continue to strive for comprehensive social justice for all citizens. Your tour includes the use of a bicycle, helmet, bottled water, and snacks.
Virtual Holocaust Exhibit Tour with The Breman
The Breman Museum in Atlanta works to connect people to Jewish history, culture, and arts. Their free docent-led virtual tour uses special software that allows you to feel as though you’re in the museum gallery. In this hour-long tour, you’ll learn about the events leading up to the Holocaust, the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during WWII, and the post-war lives of those who survived. This exhibition was designed by Atlanta Holocaust survivor Benjamin Hirsch, z”l, and features historic photographs, memorabilia, and family documents of survivors who moved to Atlanta after the war.
If you consider yourself a foodie:
Great food, awesome storytelling, and fun walks through beautiful neighborhoods? Sign us up! These popular small-group tours max out at 12 people. A walking food tour is a great way to eat and chat with other locals and tourists. Plus, you’ll learn about Atlanta’s history and the stories behind the food. You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this tour – you just need to enjoy eating, chatting, and seeing the city! More tours will be added throughout 2021, so check back often.
Virtual Chocolate Tour with Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate (In-Person Atlanta Tours Expected to Resume Fall 2021)
Learn about everything chocolate from the comfort of your home, with one of Atlanta’s most beloved chocolate-making companies! Xocolatl’s Craft Chocolate Primer and Tasting is a live, hour-long exploration. You’ll learn how chocolate is made and experience a guided tasting of three single-origin dark chocolate bars. The experience includes a printed tasting guide, a tasting mat for recording your flavor notes (and to keep as a memento!), plus a few surprises. In-person micro-factory Atlanta tours and tastings are expected to resume in the fall.
If you love exploring craft beer and spirits:
Self-Guided Tour & Tasting at Old Fourth Distillery
Old Fourth Distillery, Atlanta’s first distillery since Prohibition, focuses on making bourbon, gin, and vodka. The company’s handcrafted spirits include sugar cane as an ingredient, giving it a sweeter mild taste. Book your self-guided tour and tasting from preselected time slots. You’ll learn all about the distillation and fermentation process. Plus, you’ll get a taste of some of Old Fourth’s delicious, locally-made spirits.
Brewery Tour & Tasting at Sweetwater
Located in the heart of Atlanta, Sweetwater Brewing is one of the largest breweries in the country by production volume. Visiting this brewery is a classic Atlanta experience. Sweetwater prides themselves on their mellow, outdoors-inspired vibe. You’ll enjoy a spacious tasting room as well as an on-site restaurant. Purchase a brewery tour during operating hours and you’ll learn all about the beer-making process. Plus, you’ll enjoy 15 oz of samples along the way. Pups are welcome to join on the brewery’s patio.
Tour & Tasting at Urbantree Cidery
If beer isn’t your thing, try Urbantree Cidery in West Midtown Atlanta. You can enjoy hard ciders that were made using traditional European methods. The cidery takes a farm-to-table approach, largely utilizing local apples. Taking a tour of Urbantree is a great way to taste and support local producers while getting your drink on in a beautiful space. Cidery tours are currently offered on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons (subject to change due to special event schedule). Urbantree is a dog-friendly establishment that also has a patio and games to play.
Mountain Escape with North Georgia Wine Tours
Just a short drive north of Atlanta, you’ll find rolling mountains and hills, idyllic meadows, and some truly beautiful wineries. North Georgia Wine Tours offers private wine tour escapes from Atlanta – transportation included! As a result, you can kick back, relax, and be whisked away. Head to the Helen/Dahlonega area and experience 3-4 different wineries in the North Georgia Mountains.
Atlanta Brewery Tour with Southern Beer Tours
If you want to make the most of your time in Atlanta, visit multiple breweries rather than just one. Southern Beer Tours offers an Atlanta Brewery Tour that includes stops at Sweetwater, Atlanta Brewing, and Monday Night Brewing. Tours include transportation, admission and tastings, and a pint of beer at each stop. You’ll also get a koozie, water, and a snack. For an even better time, upgrade your experience and get a meat and cheese plate or some Fox Bros. BBQ delivered during your tour!
If you’re an animal lover:
It’s been a rough year – and maybe you just need to chill out with some penguins. Go behind the scenes of the Cold Water Quest gallery for an up-close and personal penguin encounter. You’ll learn all about penguin care and conservation initiatives. You’ll also meet an African penguin with guidance from one of Georgia Aquarium’s penguin trainers. Plus, take home a professional photo with a penguin! Additional animal encounter options include encounters with a shark, sea lion, dolphin, otter, and more.
Zoo Atlanta offers guests the opportunity to get behind the scenes and get to know (and feed!) some of the zoo’s beautiful and interesting animals. You can choose a wild encounter with a giant panda, elephant, rhino, tortoise, toucan, or lemur. A Zoo Educator will walk you through the animal’s care, environment, and habits. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities allow you to create memories that will last for years to come.
If you love ghosts, Halloween, and everything mystic:
Group Scavenger Hunt at Historic Oakland Cemetery – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Tours
You don’t need to be into the macabre to enjoy a day at Oakland Cemetery – but it helps! The cemetery offers custom group scavenger hunts for purchase. The experience is perfect for 3-4 people, making this ideal for families and friends to enjoy. Explore Oakland while searching for clues hidden in gravestone inscriptions, mausoleums, and statues. You’ll also learn fun facts and complete photo challenges. Plus, get a keepsake map. Choose your time frame, difficulty level, and group goals. Then, the Historic Oakland Cemetery staff will create an experience just for you!
Full Moon Ziplining on the World’s Largest Zipline
For your next full moon ritual, go soaring through the moonlit night sky on an epic ziplining adventure. Each month, Historic Banning Mills offers full moon ziplining sessions for thrill-seekers and night owls. This spot is home to the world’s largest ziplining canopy, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. You’ll soar above a deep hardwood forest on sections ranging from easy to hair-raising.
If you’re a thrill-seeker:
White Water Rafting on the Ocoee, Chattooga, and Chattahoochee
Atlantans are lucky to be a short drive from many fantastic whitewater locations. The Ocoee, Chattooga, and Chattahoochee Rivers are all within a short one to two-hour drive from Atlanta. At each spot, you’ll find fun and fast-paced whitewater adventures. There are quite a few whitewater outfitters and we recommend considering your skill level and interests when choosing them.
Ride a Segway with ATL Cruzers
Segways are a super fun and fast way to zoom around the city. ATL Cruzers offers several great tour options for folks interested in trying out the Segway experience. The Eastside Atlanta Segway Tour includes an in-depth look at Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods like Inman Park and Grant Park, plus picturesque views of the city. Or, choose the Midtown tour, which makes a stop at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Get Behind the Wheel at the Porsche Experience Center
Located near Atlanta’s airport, the Porsche Experience Center was built with the thrill of the drive in mind. As a result, the Porsche Driving Experience is perfect for when you want to treat yourself or someone you love to an ultra-luxurious experience. You’ll get one-on-one instruction from a driving coach and plenty of time on the 1.6-mile circuit track. From the kick plate to the off-road circuit, this course will allow you to experience firsthand just what makes Porsche so special.
If you’re a nature-lover:
Sunset Beltline Arboretum Tour with Trees Atlanta – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Tours
Trees Atlanta is a local tree-planting nonprofit organization. This summer, they’re offering free recurring sunset tours of the Eastside Beltline trail and arboretum. An expert docent will guide the experience, which ends near the popular Ponce City Market. You’ll meet fellow nature lovers while exploring local history, seeing funky local art, and learning about the importance of trees in the city.
Farm Tour at Serenbe
Just 30 miles southwest of Atlanta, Serenbe is a tranquil spot to hike, shop, dine, and enjoy a taste of rural farm life. Each Saturday, you can register for a tour of Serenbe’s active certified organic farm. You’ll learn about sustainable growing and harvesting practices. At Serenbe, you’ll find more than 300 varieties of heirloom and hybrid vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Experience a taste of local produce by visiting one of the nearby restaurants after your tour.
Whew! That’s a lot of amazing Atlanta tours. We hope you’ll try one of these experiences the next time you’re seeking something unique and fun to do in our city.