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Atlanta's diverse economy attracts a huge number of visitors on business trips to corporations like Coca-Cola, The Home Depot or UPS. Once your work is done, take a few hours or an extra day to explore the fun side of ATL. Dive into its distinctly Southern culture and experience the tastes, sounds and moods of Hotlanta! Here’s our compilation of can’t-miss sights and experiences.

Tune In

From rap to country to R&B, you can find live music performances in venues of all sizes. State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park is one of the city's most popular outdoor summer venues. Bring your own food and beverages for an evening picnic during the concert. The Tabernacle is a downtown music venue housed in a former Baptist church. Check their concert schedule to see what’s playing when you’re in town.

Ponce City Market

Atlanta’s Ponce City Market houses a wealth of dining opportunities, shopping and even a rooftop amusement park. The food hall boasts a variety of local fare including fried chicken from Hop’s Chicken, gourmet burgers from H&F Burger, and doughnuts from Five Daughters Bakery. Peruse the wares at enticing shops like Citizen Supply or Onward Reserve and update your look at Lily Rain or Madewell clothing stores. You can reach the Ponce City Market by bike via the Beltline trail or the MARTA bus.

Cultural Sights

Get tickets to a theatrical production or music show at the beautiful and historic 1920s-era Fox Theater. With its dramatic red carpets, classical and art-deco accents and superb acoustics, it really is something special. Check for traveling exhibits at the High Museum of Art, which recently hosted contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors. History buffs will enjoy a to trip to Center for Civil and Human Rights, located near Centennial Olympic Park, or visit the King Center, located next to Ebenezer Baptist Church, where a young Martin Luther King, Jr. was once a regular member.

Go Green

Piedmont Park is Atlanta's version of Central Park or Boston Common – the city’s most popular green space. The park has something for everyone, whether it’s watching street entertainers, taking a power walk, or just sitting by the water. In April, you may catch the magnolias in bloom. Centennial Olympic Park was home to the 1996 Summer Olympics. Visit the Fountain of Rings water feature and take a spin on SkyView Atlanta, the 200-foot Ferris wheel. Afterwards, take a short walk from the SkyView to visit the Georgia Aquarium, home to the largest aquarium in the U.S.

Local Dining

You’ve got to try Atlanta’s Southern staples like fried okra, cornbread and banana pudding with sweet tea. Mary Mac’s Tea Room serves up the South with entrees and sides, such as fried catfish, meatloaf, black-eyed peas and sweet potato soufflé. You may want to sample other rich flavors of the city like the Spanish-influenced Gypsy Kitchen in Buckhead. This lively spot has a rooftop patio and live music on the weekends.

For more on the ‘business+leisure’ trend, check out Bleisure Travel: What is it and How Will it Impact Your Travelers (and Your Bottom Line?)

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