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O ur unforgettable Atlanta History Tour of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.

Get 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 Martin Luther King Jr tour will inspire and thrill you.

We want to help you get the most of the massive King Historic Area.

We will show you the best of it, with forgotten spots that even locals don’t know, in just 2.5 amazing hours.

Most importantly, you’ll walk away from our tour with a strong understanding of how Atlanta changed the world.

Please note that this is a 1.7 mile outdoor walk with lots of standing, so contact us directly if you have any physical limitations or difficulty walking or standing.

Highlights include:
  • Exploring Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Visiting Dr. King’s office in the Prince Hall Grand Lodge
  • Seeing Dr. and Mrs. King’s memorial and where King Jr was born
  • Immersive stories of Dr. King and the many Civil Rights leaders
  • Great views at the Jackson Street Bridge
  • Interacting with our unique and fun sticker brochure
  • Understanding the impact of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood and the Civil Rights Movement
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Martin Luther King Jr Tour in Atlanta | Details

When:
Fridays to Mondays at 10am
Duration:
Approximately 2.5 hours
Cost:
$40 per person
What’s Included:
Visiting Freedom Hall at the King Center, seeing Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, and many other locations; an entertaining and knowledgeable guide; a donation to the King Center; an exclusive hand-drawn brochure
Sales Deadline:
Tickets must be purchased 30 minutes before the start of the tour
Tour Size:
Small groups of no more than 14 people
What to Wear:
Comfortable weather-appropriate clothes and very comfortable shoes
What to Bring:
A bottle of water, an umbrella on rainy days, and cash for gratuities if you have an awesome time on your tour
Weather Conditions:
Tour takes place rain or shine
Distance:
1.7 easy miles with plenty of stops
Meeting Point:
Provided with ticket purchase via email

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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting the King Historic District

Walking Tour Details

Why should I take a walking tour?

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site is massive. In addition, there is the King Center which is a separate area. Beyond that, the entire Sweet Auburn neighborhood is full of historic sites.

Our tour guides will help you make the most of your limited time. You will see more and learn more with us.

Additionally, we promise that you will experience much more on a walking tour than sitting on a bus.

Is the Visitor Center closed due to COVID?

Currently, the ranger led tour of the King Birth Home is closed. The park rangers are not conducting tours of the neighborhood. The visitor center is also closed.

However, our guides will show you so much that you won’t even miss these areas.

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

Yes, the tour ends at 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?

We visit the home exterior but do not see the interior of the home.

Currently, the Martin Luther King Atlanta birth home is closed to visitors.

Are there breaks during the tour?

The tour is conducted at a leisurely pace. We stop for one break in the middle of the tour for water and restrooms.

Is this tour appropriate for children?

We have many children attend this experience. We generally recommend that children are over the age of 9 since the walk is around 1.7 miles long. Children love the Martin Luther King Jr tour.

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 Sweet Auburn! It was home to early leaders who created the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement. It was always one of the wealthiest early Black neighborhoods.

Why explore Sweet Auburn?

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

Are there great Instagrammable spots?

The Martin Luther King Jr History Tour is full of Instagrammable spots. Some favorite spots are:

  • Jackson Street Bridge
  • Homage to King
  • Hamilton Howell Home
  • King Birth Home

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

Here are some of our favorite lunch spots near the King District:

  • Edgewood Avenue: Slutty Vegan, Noni’s, 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