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6 Hidden Gems in Atlanta

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by Rhoda Venture

If you’re planning a student trip to Atlanta, you probably know the standard attractions. The World of Coca Cola, Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site and the Georgia Aquarium are most likely on the itinerary. They’re fantastic stops for students! However, there are some lesser known places you may want to check out as well. These are 6 hidden gems in Atlanta for your student groups to explore!

Chick Fil® A Backstage Tour

I can hear mouths watering as I write this! Chick Fil A is a dining darling and student favorite across the country. The Backstage Tour at the home office in Atlanta will be a winner, winner chicken dinner as well! Choose between a one or two-hour tour highlighting the unique history of the franchise and its founder, Truett Cathy. You may even run into a cow!

Chick Fil A® College Football Hall of Fame

Charge through the tunnel and into the Quad to search for your favorite college team’s helmet. There are more than 760 on the three-story Helmet Wall! Then check out the indoor playing field to test your athletic skills. Student groups love the College Football Hall of Fame. Teachers love it too when coupled with a unique STEAM curriculum and lessons about leadership and hard work.

Scavenger Hunt at Centennial Olympic Park

Here’s a “hidden” gem in the truest sense of the word! Take your students on a Scavenger Hunt Adventure at Centennial Olympic Park using smartphones as guides. Students work together in teams as they experience Atlanta’s distinctive history. You’ll find some of Atlanta’s best-known landmarks and best kept secrets along the way.

Escape Woods

Escape rooms get a little more adventurous when they’re outside. Challenge the team building skills of your student group at Escape Woods at Sleepy Hollow Farm. It’s 60 acres of fully immersive adventure games and outdoor fun. There are lots of great game choices perfect for your kids of all ages.

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park is a gem but not really hidden. In fact, there’s so much to do here it could be a stand-alone destination! Laser shows, sky rides, museums, tours, outdoor activities, shopping and so much more are on its list of attractions. However, this blog is about the hidden gems in Atlanta – and Stone Mountain has a secret!

4 Hidden Attractions at Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park

At the base of the walk-up trail is Confederate Hall Historical and Environmental Education Center. It’s a spot to cool off and explore the fascinating ecology and geology of Stone Mountain. There are interactive science exhibits, educational programs and even a full-size cave. Students can also learn a little Georgia Civil War history and the story behind the mountain carvings. Unexpected and really cool (literally)!

DeKalb Farmers Market

While you may not think “farmer’s market” when planning your student trip, DeKalb Market will change your mind. It’s a sprawling indoor market with more than 450 types of international fruits, veggies cheeses and more. Groups of 5-25 can take a FREE tour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Students will love exploring, tasting and learning as they search for flags from 184 countries.

As you plan your Atlanta adventure, make it sparkle just a bit more with these hidden gems. You can also read on for more awesome things for student groups to do!

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