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7 Things To Do When Your Parents Visit Georgia Tech

By Annabelle

With Parents’ Weekend right around the corner, you may be scrambling to find activities for you and your parents to do together when they come to visit.

At Whistler, we love all that Midtown has to offer near Georgia Tech’s campus. To help you and your parents have an amazing weekend exploring the city, we have compiled this list of the top places to take your parents when they come to visit.

Top 7 Places to Take Your Parents on Georgia Tech Parents’ Weekend in Atlanta

1. Tailgate the Parent’s Weekend Football Game

Family Weekend tailgate at Georgia Tech on Parents' Weekend

Georgia Tech students and parents gathering to tailgate before the Parents’ Weekend game. Image courtesy of Abernathy Cochran Real Estate Group.

Location: On-Campus, various locations

Distance from campus: On-campus

This year, Parents’ Weekend is September 16th-18th, 2022, meaning the Parents’ Weekend football game is against Ole Miss on Saturday, September 17th at 3:30. From as early as noon on Saturday, campus will be buzzing with students and parents tailgating together.

If you’re involved with a Greek organization, your sorority or fraternity may have a tailgate specifically for you and your parents. This may include food, drink, or even a band.

If you’re not involved with Greek life or another campus organization, but still want to tailgate with your parents, you can also attend the Family Weekend Tailgate through Georgia Tech. This tailgate is on Tech Tower Lawn and will include food, music, activities and games, and even family pictures with the Wreck.

Read next: Top 6 Places to Tailgate for Georgia Tech Football Games

2. Ponce City Market

Georgia Tech students together at Ponce City Market

Georgia Tech students spending the day together at Ponce City Market.

Location: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

Distance from campus: 6-minute Uber

If you’re looking for a place to shop, eat, and spend the day with your parents, Ponce City Market is full of unique restaurants, a variety of shops and stores, specialty dessert places, and more for you and your family to enjoy. The Roof at Ponce also has great views of the Atlanta Skyline, a great spot to snag a family photo.

3. Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Tech families visiting the Georgia Aquarium in Midtown

Georgia Aquarium is one of the only locations in the world where you can see the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. Image courtesy of Explore Georgia.

Location: 225 Baker St NW

Distance from campus: 3-minute Uber

One of my favorite spots in Atlanta is the Georgia Aquarium where you can find hundreds of thousands of species of fish all in one location. The Georgia Aquarium is also the only location in the western hemisphere to house the world’s largest fish– the whale shark!

4. World of Coke

Georgia Tech students at Scent Discovery in Midtown

Families enjoying the Scent Discovery room at The World of Coke. Image courtesy of The World of Coke.

Location: 121 Baker St NW

Distance from campus: 5-minute Uber

Near the Georgia Aquarium, you can also find another Atlanta favorite, The World of Coke. Here you can learn about the history of one of the world’s biggest brands and even see the vault where they keep Coca-Cola’s secret formula.

One of the more notable exhibits at the museum is the Taste It! area, where you can sample any flavor of any beverage made by the Coca-Cola brand– that’s over 70 different drink flavors to try!

5. Take a walk around campus

Georgia Tech students walking around campus.

Georgia Tech students walking around campus together.

Location: On-Campus

Distance from campus: On-campus

Seeing that Georgia Tech is nestled in the heart of Atlanta, many people do not think of our campus as a very green area, but Georgia Tech is actually a certified arboretum!  Not only are there only 19 arboretums total in the state of Georgia, but Georgia Tech is actually ranked third among these.

With over 14,000 trees making up our urban canopy, it’s safe to say, our campus is very green, and it’s very beautiful! I’d highly recommend going on a walk with your parents around west campus and the EcoCommons.

6. Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Atlanta Botanical Gardens near Georgia Tech

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is just an 6-minute uber from campus.

Location: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE

Distance from campus: 6-minute uber

If you’re interested in spending time outdoors with your parents, but would rather get away from campus for the day, Atlanta Botanical Gardens is full of plants and trees beautifully landscaped around winding walking paths.

This tranquil area is the perfect place to take a relaxing break from city life and enjoy the presence of nature with your family.

7. High Museum

High Museum in Atlanta.

The High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. is just an 5-minute uber campus.

Location: 1280 Peachtree St NE

Distance from campus: 5-minute uber

If you and your family are interested in arts, The High Museum is always full of thought-provoking artwork and ever changing exhibits for visitors to enjoy.

The museum carries artwork of many different categories including African, European, American, Folk, Modern, Photography, and Decorative arts all in one place making it the High the leading art museum in the Southeast.

When you visit, be sure to see the temporary exhibits like Stephen Burke’s Shelter on Display exhibit, opening September 16th and the Shaheen Collection of French Works, which is currently on display.


We hope this article helps you decide where to spend time with your family on Parents’ Weekend. If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about living at Whistler, please contact our leasing staff.

Annabelle Whistler Marketing Intern


Annabelle is a marketing intern for Whistler and a sophomore at Georgia Tech majoring in Business Administration.

September 09, 2022

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