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Discover Atlanta’s heritage on a private MLK tour geared specifically towards families!

A tlanta is a destination for Civil Rights history, being the birthplace, home, and resting place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

To make the most of your family vacation, book this private MLK Jr. History tour to learn about Dr. King’s legacy in an interactive tour geared towards kids but still engaging for adults. We share untold stories that you can’t learn about in textbooks, plus give you a hands-on, interactive way to learn about important history as a family.

You’ll walk in the footsteps of Civil Rights leaders like Dr. King, Congressman John Lewis, Coretta Scott King and many others. Named by Conde Nast as one of the 16 best things to do in Atlanta, this 1.5-hour tour will inspire and thrill you.

Most importantly, your kids will walk away from the tour with a strong understanding of how Atlanta changed the world while feeling like they took a fun field trip.

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Reserve Your MLK Jr. History Family Tour Today!

Don’t see a date that works for you? No problem! Email us privatetours@unexpectedatlanta.com or call us at 470-2223-2203 and we can work your private Family King Tour into the schedule.

We Love Our Students!

  • Flexible start and end time
  • Seeing Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Hearing immersive stories of Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders
  • Understanding the impact of Atlanta on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Photos emailed to you after the tour
  • Interactive games to keep kids engaged
  • Private tours for just your family

“If we missed this tour, we would’ve missed Atlanta"

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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting the King Historic District

Walking Tour Details

Why should I book a walking tour for my family?

First, a walking tour is an amazing, memorable, and impactful way to educate.

Plus, your kids will love this interactive tour where they can stretch their legs and see some of Atlanta’s best hidden gems and popular historic spots, led by our expert guides! The Family MLK Jr. Tour in Atlanta is a great way to understand Atlanta’s Civil Rights heritage in a fun and interactive way. We’ve packed it with interactive questions and games to keep kids engaged, while making sure it’s made for adults too.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park is a massive site filled with history about Dr. King’s life. Additionally, there is the King Center, which is a separate area. Beyond that, the entire Sweet Auburn and Old Fourth Ward neighborhood is full of historic sites.

Our guides will help you make the most of your time. You will see more and learn more with our tours, created by historians and award-winning storytellers.

Additionally, we promise you’ll experience much more on a walking tour than sitting on a bus or driving through the city!

Are the buildings open to the public?

Generally yes. The buildings at the King Center and the National Park Service Visitor’s Center are free. When the buildings in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park are open, our tours may go inside Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the King Center, and the National Park Service Visitor Center. While there is construction at Historic Ebenezer and The King Center, admittance to the buildings are limited. However, the walking tour of the neighborhood does not rely on the buildings for the story and impact, so the tour is not affected!

Does the tour include Dr. King's memorial and the reflecting pool?

Yes, the Family Martin Luther King Jr. History Tour includes visits to the reflecting pool and the memorial where Dr. and Mrs. King are entombed.

Does the tour visit the home where Martin Luther King Jr was born?

Your guide will take you to the exterior of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth home during this tour. However, we do not visit the interior.

Currently Dr. King’s birth home is closed for restoration until 2025.

Are there breaks during the tour?

The tour is conducted at a leisurely pace. There is a stop for restrooms when the facility is open.

Is this tour appropriate for all physical conditions?

This is a 1.7 mile outdoor walk with limited seating. Guests should be in good physical condition to walk 2 miles through a city. A rest halfway and restroom break is available if the facility is open. A private tour is walked at a leisurely pace and can accommodate your group pace as needed.

Is this tour appropriate for elementary school ages?

Absolutely! This tour is geared towards families traveling with kids ages 8-13 years old. Kids love the Family Martin Luther King Jr. History Tour because it present crucial history in a storytelling fashion, making the facts more memorable and the impact stronger.

Neighborhood Details

What is "Sweet Auburn"?

Sweet Auburn is MLK’s neighborhood. He was born on Auburn Avenue. But, there is much more to the story of the Sweet Auburn area! It was also home to early leaders who created the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, it was always one of the wealthiest early Black neighborhoods.

This neighborhood has a rich history and culture. For tourists and locals alike, it’s worth exploring!

Why explore Sweet Auburn?

The Sweet Auburn neighborhood is one of America’s historic “Black meccas.” In the 1950s, Fortune magazine called it the richest street for African Americans in the world.

In addition to being the home of many early Civil Rights leaders, it was also a street filled with lawyers, doctors, and more. Additionally, Jazz clubs and restaurants sprang up on the street. The history of this street continues to remain important.

Are there great Instagrammable spots?

Yes, and we work taking photos into the tour and we’ll send you them after the tour.

Where should we eat lunch after seeing the Martin Luther King National Historic Site?

Fortunately, our tours are located near some incredible Atlanta restaurants. Here are a few of our favorite lunch spots near the King District:

  • Edgewood Avenue: Slutty Vegan, Harold’s Chicken and Ice
  • Municipal Market on Auburn Avenue: Panbury’s, Miss D’s, Metro Deli
  • Krog Street Market: Gu’s Kitchen
  • Krog Street area: Nina and Rafi’s