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12 Best Things To Do in Midtown Atlanta

By Jatu

One of the biggest perks of going to Georgia Tech is living in the heart of Atlanta. Midtown is full of unique food, drink and entertainment just a short walk or drive from campus.

While Whistler is just steps from Georgia Tech’s campus, we know how important it is to find activities outside of school that are near your apartment complex.

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To help you find some of the best things to do in Midtown Atlanta, we have written this article on the top 12 activities for students near Georgia Tech’s campus, including:

Best Things To Do in Midtown Atlanta

Activities Within Walking Distance of Georgia Tech

1. The Fox

Georgia Tech students at the Fox Theater, one of the best things to do in Midtown Atlanta

Distance from campus: 9-minute walk

Address: 660 Peachtree St NE

For Broadway shows, concerts, tours, and comedy, The Fox Theater is one of Atlanta’s most beloved attractions. Built in 1929, this historic theater has a unique feel making for an unforgettable night.

2. Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Tech student at Georgia Aquarium, one of the best things to do in Midtown Atlanta

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Distance from campus: 16-minute walk

Address: 225 Baker St NW

The Georgia Aquarium is dedicated to promoting conservation and preservation of our oceans while entertaining guests with hundreds of thousands of species of animals. If you’re looking to see the world’s largest fish in real life, the Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium in the western hemisphere to house whale sharks.

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3. World of Coke

World of Coke: best things to do in Midtown Atlanta

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Distance from campus: 14-minute walk

Address: 121 Baker St NW

The World of Coke is a museum that takes visitors through the history of one of America’s most beloved drinks, Coca-Cola. This exhibit also features a “Taste-It!” room where you can sample Coca-Cola beverages from different countries all over the world.

4. Centennial Olympic Park

Georgia Tech students in Centennial Olympic Park, Midtown Atlanta best things to do.

Distance from campus: 18-minute walk

Address: 265 Park Ave W NW

Built for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park is a 22-acre green space featuring olympic rings and fountains. This urban oasis has many activities and concerts throughout the year available to Georgia Tech students.

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5. SkyView Atlanta

SkyView Atlanta, best things to do Midtown Atlanta.

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Distance from campus: 20-minute walk

Address: 168 Luckie St NW

Towering 20 stories above Centennial Olympic Park, SkyView Atlanta features an upgraded ferris wheel experience with over 40 climate-controlled gondolas and some of the best views of Atlanta. You can even upgrade to a VIP gondola with Ferrari-style seats and a glass floor.

6. Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta, one of the best things to do

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Distance from campus: 19-minute walk

Address: 1380 Atlantic Dr NW

For an outdoor shopping experience with over thirty different shops and a variety of food and drink, this upscale commercial and residential area is perfect for an afternoon away from campus. As a bonus, Atlantic Station features different decorations for each holiday season.

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Activities Just a Short Drive or Uber From Georgia Tech

7. Ponce City Market

Georgia Tech students in Ponce City Market in Midtown Atlanta, one of the best places to visit

Distance from campus: 6-min Uber

Address: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NW

Ponce City Market is full of boutiques, food and drink, office spaces, and residential complex in a repurposed historic building. This area is a hub for fun and entertainment just a short drive from campus. The rooftop area also makes for a great photo-op of Atlanta.

8. Piedmont Park

Georgia Tech roommates sitting in Piedmont Park having a picnic, best things to do in Midtown Atlanta.

Distance from campus: 5-min Uber

Address: 1320 Monroe Dr NE

Piedmont Park provides some of the best views of Atlanta with over 200 acres of green space and a backdrop of the ATL Skyline. Piedmont Park is a great place to take a stroll, have a picnic, or attend concerts such as the annual Music Midtown festival.

9. Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Georgia Tech student in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Midtown Atlanta, best things to do nearby

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Distance from campus: 6-min Uber

Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens features tranquil green spaces and walking paths that reflect their mission to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment.” Check out the Botanical Gardens during the holiday season for a beautiful display of festive lights. 

10. The High Museum of Art

Georgia Tech students at High Museum, Midtown Atlanta best things to do.

Distance from campus: 5-min Uber

Address: 1280 Peachtree St NE

One of the leading art museums in the southeast, The High Museum of Art features American, European and African pieces in a uniquely structured building. Visit this museum to see a collection of over 8,000 works of art. 

11. The BeltLine

Georgia Tech students walking on the BeltLine in Midtown Atlanta

Distance from campus: 8-min Uber

Address: Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

The Atlanta BeltLine connects Midtown featuring restaurants, neighborhoods, shopping, and greenspaces on its 22-mile, multi-use loop. The BeltLine is a perfect place to workout, go on a walk with friends or explore Atlanta. 

12. TopGolf Midtown

TopGolf in Midtown Atlanta, best things to do

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Distance from campus:  8-min Uber

Address: 1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW

Enjoy food, drink, and golf-inspired premiere entertainment, visit TopGolf’s Midtown location located off of Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard. With over 102 bays, a rooftop terrace, good food and bars, this is the perfect place for your next outing with friends. 

Making the most out of where you live can totally change your overall living experience. We hope this article of the best things to do in Midtown Atlanta has given you some inspiration for your next weekend activity. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about living at Whistler in the heart of Midtown, contact our leasing staff! 


Jatu is a Leasing & Marketing Assistant at Whistler. She is a junior Psychology major with a Mental Health concentration at Spelman College.

August 29, 2022

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