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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.
We will take you for a brief look inside the King Center when it is open. Ebenezer Baptist Church is currently closed for construction. However, this tour operates even if all buildings are closed.
- Exploring Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (when open)
- Dr. King’s office at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge
- Seeing Dr. and Mrs. King’s memorial
- Hearing immersive stories of Dr. King and the many Civil Rights leaders
- Taking in amazing skyline views of Atlanta 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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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting the King Historic District
Walking Tour Details
A walking tour is an amazing, memorable, and fun way to explore your own city, or a new city! During an Unexpected Atlanta tour, you’ll be led by expert local guides to some of Atlanta’s best hidden gems and popular historic spots.
For instance, the MLK Jr. National Historic site 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 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.
Additionally, we promise you’ll experience much more on a walking tour than sitting on a bus or driving through the city!
Fortunately, it is open! While the Visitor Center was previously closed due to the pandemic, it is now re-opened.
Yes, the King Historic District Tour ends at the reflecting pool and the memorial where Dr. and Mrs. King are entombed.
Yes! You will visit Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth home during this tour.
The tour is conducted at a leisurely pace. We stop for one break in the middle of the tour for water and restrooms.
Many children attend our tours. Generally, we recommend that children are over the age of 9, since the tour includes around 1.7 miles of walking. We’ve found that many children love the Martin Luther King Jr tour as a way to bring their classroom lessons to life.
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!
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.
Yes, the Martin Luther King Jr History Tour is full of Instagrammable spots. Some of our favorite places to take a photo or video are:
- Jackson Street Bridge
- Homage to King
- Hamilton Howell Home
- King Birth Home
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, 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