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Top 10 Accessible Attractions in Atlanta
By: Danielle Max | Sep 24 2017
As the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement, home of the “Real Thing” and with a wheelchair-accessible transportation system, Atlanta is a great place to visit. Many of the main attractions are located close to each other, so you can easily shuttle between them.

Evening streetscape on Peachtree Street in Midtown at 12th St | ©2013, James Duckworth, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

1. World of Coca Cola
121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
1. World of Coca Cola
121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
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The World of Coca-Cola in Centennial Olympic Park. Giant bottle display in main exhibit hall. | ©2010, Kevin C. Rose, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

Discover the story behind the world’s best-known beverage at the World of Coca-Cola. Visitors can taste 100+ drinks from around the world, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the bottling process and visit the vault where one of the top secrets of all time – the exact formula of Coke – is kept.

The site is wheelchair accessible. Courtesy wheelchairs are available at the ticket window (photo ID needed).

Handheld text and audio devices are available. Reflective and video captioning is available in select theaters and presentations upon request.

Braille guide maps can be picked up at the ticket window and Guest Services desk in the Lobby.

Click here to find out more.

Parking: Accessible garage on site.

Public Transportation: MARTA Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center (12-minute walk), MARTA Peachtree Center (12-minute walk) or Centennial Park streetcar stop (4-minute walk).

Top Tip: While power chairs and mobility scooters are welcome, during peak attendance times visitors are encouraged to use conventional wheelchairs due to crowding.

2. Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
2. Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
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Guest viewing fish and whale shark at the Georgia Aquarium. | ©2014, Gene Phillips, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

Get up close and personal with the sea at the Georgia Aquarium – the largest in the western hemisphere (and second-largest in the world). The aquarium contains 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water and tens of thousands of animals, including some that visitors get to interact with.

The entire site is wheelchair accessible with special viewing windows at designated exhibits – look for wheelchair emblems on the floor at designated exhibits for unblocked access to exhibit windows.

Complimentary wheelchairs (photo ID needed) are located at the main entrance and information desk, as well as at the drop-off point on weekends and holidays.

The touch pool at the entrance of the Cold Water Quest gallery has a special wheelchair access entry. A staff member will provide guests in wheelchairs with a personal experience touching animals in this pool as well as at the shrimp touch pool in the Georgia Explorer gallery.

A visual script of the cell phone and iPod tours is available at the Information Desk.

Tactile elements have been added at the education stations in each gallery for visitors who are blind. Check with a staff member for realistic three dimensional representations of animals found in each of the galleries.

Click here to find out more.

Parking: Accessible parking is located near the elevator on all levels of the garage, with oversized parking available on the first floor. Golf carts are available to transport guests to and from the parking deck. 

Public Transportation: MARTA CNN/Georgia World Congress Center (14-minute walk) or MARTA Peachtree Center (15-minute walk).

Top Tip: Make sure you don’t miss out on feeding time. There is no advance published feeding schedule. During a visit to the aquarium, feeding times for that day are posted near exhibits where animals are fed on display.

3. Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta, GA 30313
3. Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta, GA 30313
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Centennial Olympic Park fountain at dusk, looking back toward buildings. | ©2014, Gene Phillips, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

Go for gold at the site of the 1996 Olympic Games. The 21-acre downtown park offers a wide range of activities, including a synchronized water and music fountain, free lunchtime concerts as well as a place to just relax and take a break from Atlanta’s many busy attractions.

Visitors can also take a free audio walking tour to learn about Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park and the continued legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games. The self-guided audio tour through the park is packed with history, architecture, quirky trivia, original music and interviews. The walking tour begins and ends at the Parks Visitor Center and is an hour-long loop.

The paths in the park are wheelchair accessible. Accessible restrooms are available in the Visitor Center, located on Andrew Young International Blvd, and in the North Pavilion at the northern end of the park.

Parking: Paid parking lots in the area.

Public Transportation: MARTA Peachtree Center (9-minute walk) or MARTA Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center (10-minute walk).

Top Tip: Don’t miss the Fountain of Rings show. The show takes place four times a day. 

4. CNN Center
190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
4. CNN Center
190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
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The atrium and food court at CNN Center. | ©2013, Gene Phillips, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

Take a 50-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the World Headquarters of CNN and step behind the headlines. Check out how the news is made and get a thrilling insight into the workings of this media giant. You may even get a chance to see some of the channel’s most popular personalities on your visit.

The standard tours of CNN Center go down eight flights of stairs. Elevator assisted tours are available at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm. and 4:30 pm only and should be booked ahead of time due to their popularity.

Visitors who need a sign language interpreter or sighted guide, or who want to book an assisted tour, should call 404-827-2300 at least 72 hours in advance.

Click here to find out more.

Parking: Paid parking lots in the area.

Public Transportation: MARTA Dome-GWCC-Philips Arena-CNN Center (8-minute walk).

Top Tip: Do not book your tickets online if you need accessibility assistance. Call 404-827-2300.

5. High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
5. High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
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Display on patio at The High Museum of Art, Peaches & Pears nearly 5 ft in height | ©2006, Kevin C. Rose, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

The High is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States and features more than 15,000 works of art in its permanent collection and award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano.

All areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible, with complimentary wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Wieland Pavilion entrance. The restrooms on all floors of the Susan and John Wieland Pavilion, all floors of the Anne Cox Chambers Wing and on the Atrium level of the Stent Family wing are wheelchair-accessible.

Guided tours are available for groups who have sight, hearing or other physical disabilities. Book in advance at 404-733-4444.

Click here to find out more.

Parking: On-site paid parking.

Public Transportation: MARTA Arts Center Transit Station (6-minute walk).

Top Tip: Visitor drop off is available in the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office lane off Peachtree Street, NE at 15th Street. Drop-off is also available on 16th Street.
6. Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
6. Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
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The Fox Theatre entry and marquee. | ©2011, James Duckworth, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

The historic Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premiere venues for live entertainment. The Fox’s 4,665 seat theatre hosts more than 150 performances a year ranging from Broadway to rock to comedy to movies.

The theatre has a variety of accessible and companion seats – located on the orchestra level – available on request and subject to availability. A limited number of aisle seats have removable sides for easy transfer.

Wheelchairs are available to transport guests from the curb to their seats and to other amenities. Designated seats near the front of the theatre are available for attendees who are deaf or who have low vision. The Fox offers a free audio clarification device at performances. Sign-interpreted performances are available at Sunday Matinees for shows that run one full week or more.  Sign-interpreters must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Call 404-881-2016 to book accessible seats or sign-interpreters. The Spanish Room restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Additional restrooms are located in the administrative offices and on the ballroom level. All of the restrooms are equipped with automatic doors.  Click here to find out more.

Parking: The closest accessible parking lot locations are Ponce/Peachtree, Georgian Terrace and Peachtree/3rd.

Accessible parking is subject to availability. Vehicles must display a current accessible license plate or permit.

Public Transportation: MARTA North Avenue Station (1-minute walk) or MARTA Bus to the corner of Ponce/Peachtree (1-minute walk).

Top Tip: All street corners leading to the theater have accessible curbs.
7. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213
7. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213
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The birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. on Auburn St. in downtown. | ©2014, James Duckworth, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

Walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr. and visit the sites where this inspirational figure was born, lived, worked, worshipped and is buried. The tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site begins at the Visitor Center and includes the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, The King Center and the Birth Home Block. The main points of interest on this self-guided tour are located close by to each other.

Facilities with steps are all wheelchair accessible via either a chair lift or an elevator.

Parking: On-site parking lot.

Public Transportation: MARTA King Memorial Station (11-minute walk), Bus #3 or Bus #99

Top Tip: Arrive early if you want to tour Dr. King’s Birth Home. The free ranger-led tours are filled on first-come, first-served basis. Upon arriving at the park, go to the information desk located inside of the visitor center to sign up for a tour. Once you are signed up, visit the rest of the park – just don’t forget to get back in time for the start of tour.
8. Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
8. Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
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Children's Museum of Atlanta | Courtesy of The Children's Museum of Atlanta / Photo by Jeff Roffman

Prepare to have fun at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The interactive museum presents educational programs and hands-on-exhibits designed specifically to engage the imagination of children aged 0-8 and to promote problem solving, encourage creative thinking and artistic expression, all while having a great time.

The museum is wheelchair accessible, with ramps or elevators providing access to the exhibits. All bathrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible. Adult and child-size wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The museum opens early on the first Saturday of each month to allow children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to visit at their own pace. Click here to find out more.

Parking: Accessible parking is available at the American Cancer Society Parking Deck, located across from the museum’s entrance.

Public Transportation: MARTA Peachtree Center Station (8-minute walk) or the Centennial Olympic Park Drive & Andrew Young International Blvd streetcar stop (5-minute walk).

Top Tip: The best time to enjoy the museum is after 1pm when large crowds of school field trips have left!
9. Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
9. Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
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Artist Dale Chihuly's blue and white glass sculpture poised above the water. | ©2014, Gene Phillips, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

With more than 30 acres to explore, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is more than just a collection of plants and flowers. Visit the water features of the Cascades Gardens, the Edible Garden or the serene Japanese Garden. For younger visitors, check out the interactive Children’s Garden, which includes a butterfly maze, tree house and splash fountain.

All areas are accessible. Complimentary wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters are available for rent at the ticket window subject to availability (photo ID needed).

Parking: On-site parking.

Public Transportation: MARTA Bus #27 stops at the main entrance to the Garden.

Top Tip: Know what’s in season before you go – check out the Garden’s In Bloom information.
10. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307
10. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307
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Fernbank Museum of Natural History's central atrium with dinosaur skeleton exhibit. | ©2014, Gene Phillips, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest urban Piedmont forests in the United States. The museum brings science to life through immersive interactive programming for the whole family. The museum is a fully accessible facility and has free wheelchairs available to use during visits.

Parking: Free on-site parking.

Public Transportation: MARTA Bus #2 to the corner of Clifton Road (6-minute walk).

Top Tip: On the second Friday of each month, Fernbank After Dark offers a variety of unique after-hours experiences, including evening access to museum exhibitions, live music, full bars, tapas menus, films in the giant screen theater, and all-new science demonstrations and encounters.

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