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5 Local Things to Do in Atlanta (and how to get there by bike)

Atlanta is famous for its traffic, but did you know you can escape the gridlock by hopping on a bike? The city is surprisingly bike-able. It’s home to several greenways and green spaces that offer beautiful, scenic rides. Follow this tour to experience 5 destinations that make Atlanta unique and several of the world-class bike paths that can get you from here to there.

1. Georgia Aquarium

Hop off your bike for a few hours and explore Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. Experience the wonders of the aquatic world in a 10-million gallon playground featuring sea lions, dolphins, beluga whales, manta rays, penguins, sea otters, whale sharks and thousands more. Buy tickets now and save at GeorgiaAquarium.org/mycitybikes.

2. Atlanta Contemporary

Founded in 1973 as Nexus, a grassroots artists’ cooperative, Atlanta Contemporary has since become one of the southeast’s leading contemporary art centers. Atlanta Contemporary plays a vital role in Atlanta’s cultural landscape by presenting over 100 consequential artists from the local, national, and international art scenes through our various exhibition and project spaces each year. Enjoy free admission every day! Stop by to see the latest exhibits and engage with educational programming. Join Atlanta Contemporary in changing the way we all see art.

Photo Credit: Atlanta Contemporary

3. Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology or “Georgia Tech” is a technology-focused public college in Atlanta, Ga, and one of the top research universities in the nation. Ride through this beautiful campus to see a combination of its classical and modern architecture.

4. Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is a 180-acre green space in the heart of the city. From visits to the dog-park to people eating lunch al fresco to active Atlantans walking, jogging and biking along the park’s many trails, there’s a constant buzz of activity in this park. Take a break and enjoy a spectacular view of the city skyline. There are many local restaurants and cafes lining the park where you can grab a bite.

5. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the legacy and history of Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States (1977 – 1981). The museum and library feature historical material and memorabilia from the Carter presidency and the President’s life.