Hidden Gems in Atlanta

First-time visitors and tourists will have a great experience at Atlanta’s world-class attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. However, long-time locals and Georgia natives might be looking to dig a little deeper during their next visit to Atlanta. Even ATL community favorites like Ponce City Market, the Fernbank Museum, or Zoo Atlanta might seem like old news to the weathered ATLien. You might be wondering if you’ve done everything, what’s left for there to do?  But just because you think you’ve seen it all doesn’t mean there’s still not something for you to discover in this sprawling Southern hub!

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Rent a Charter Bus in Atlanta

For your next group trip to Atlanta, book a charter bus rental with Falcon Charter Bus. Private group transportation is the easiest way to stick to a custom itinerary and efficiently travel all together and on schedule. While you can technically visit the best of ATL’s hidden gems with a ride on the MARTA or by booking a rideshare, you’ll save significant time and money by investing in a motorcoach or minibus with a dedicated driver. Call us today at 404-400-3545 to speak with a reservation specialist about the best group transportation solution for you. We’ll discuss your group size, ideal itinerary, and charter bus rental prices before helping you book a bus for your next Atlanta trip.

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Hidden Gems in Atlanta: the Morning

We recommend starting your day as early as possible so that you can enjoy a full day in Atlanta. Depending on where you’re traveling from, you could have anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour aboard your charter bus rental. Grab some boxes of coffee and pastries for your excited travelers to enjoy en route, and hit the road so you can arrive at your first destination the moment it opens.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Kick off your day in Atlanta with a visit to the Center for Puppetry Arts—an understated and fantastic family-friendly destination in Atlanta. Since 1978, the Center has detailed and exhibited the art of puppetry through performances, workshops, and a museum. You can start your visit by exploring the museum, which includes a Global Collection Gallery of traditional puppets like Vietnamese water puppets, Punch and Judy puppets, and puppets from Native American storytelling. You’ll also see many of Jim Henson’s original Muppets on display. Finish your visit by attending a professional puppet show before breaking for lunch.

The Breman Museum

Another hidden gem nearby is The Breman Museum, a historic gallery of photographs and memorabilia dedicated to the Atlanta Jewish experience. If you and your group finish up at the Center for Puppetry Arts early or skip attending a show, walk a block over to visit this small, underrated institution. You can book a group tour of the permanent exhibition, Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933-1945, as well as any rotating exhibits if you schedule three weeks in advance.

Lunch at Krog Street Market

When your group is good and hungry, head to Krog Street Market for lunch. Found along the Atlanta Beltline in Inman Park, a charter bus rental would make it easy and efficient for your group to travel here from downtown. Since parking is limited, coordinate with your driver and work a good drop-off and pick-up location and time into your schedule. While it takes a little extra cooperation, it’s well worth it to fit this unique food hall into your itinerary.

Krog Street Market is popular among locals but a real treat for visitors and out-of-towners looking for a place to eat that has something for everyone. The food hall is stocked with more than a dozen stalls dishing out cuisine from all over the globe, so everyone’s tastes, dietary preferences, and cravings can be satisfied. It wouldn’t be odd to sit down at a table topped with everything from sushi and shawarma to açaí bowls and brick-oven pizza. Before you leave, browse the retail shops for a souvenir, like a bottle of boutique wine or handmade jewelry.

The King Center

After lunch, take your group to visit The King Center—an essential destination in civil rights history near Martin Luther King Jr. National Park. While this historic nonprofit isn’t exactly hidden in Atlanta, it’s definitely a gem. Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center stands as the official memorial to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visitors can pay respects at Dr. & Mrs. King’s Crypt, view the reflecting pool and Eternal Flame, explore the exhibits in Freedom Hall, and even reserve a tour of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home. Make sure your group leaves any lunch leftovers or shopping purchases on board your charter bus rental so they’re free to explore everything without distraction.

a tombstone at atlanta's westview cemetery

Oakland Cemetery

When you’re done at The King Center, load up your charter bus rental and head just 5 minutes away to the historic Oakland Cemetery. It’s Atlanta’s oldest public park, and is made up of 48-acres full of gardens, sculptures, and Victorian architecture. You can reserve a private tour for up to 16 people to learn about the “sights, symbols and stories” of the cemetery, or organize a self-guided tour for your group. Schedule your visit around a special event like Daffodil Days in early spring when more than 70 varieties of daffodils blossom across the grounds.

Dinner at Elsewhere Brewing

Atlanta is much-loved for its craft breweries like Monday Night Brewing and SweetWater Brewing Company, but since you’re interested in heading off the beaten path, finish your Atlanta Hidden Gems itinerary at Elsewhere Brewing near Grant Park. Beer lovers will enjoy a wide variety of unique brews—from New England IPAs to dark Czech lagers to “beer cocktail” mixes—but Elsewhere Brewing also offers classic cocktails, seltzers, and non-alcoholic kombucha. Grab a communal table and order from their tasty menu of bar-food-with-a-twist, including pork potstickers, BBQ chicken sandwiches, fried cauliflower, veggie burgers, and bratwurst.

Finishing Your Trip: the Evening

After dinner, arrange for your charter bus rental to return everyone safely to your starting destination. After a long day of exploring some unique aspects of Atlanta, your group will likely be tired and ready to wind down. Thankfully, instead of your group needing to drive or rely on a rideshare, they can relax and enjoy a comfortable bus ride out of the city.

Plan Your Trip with CFalcon harter Bus

Whether you’re traveling with a group of Atlanta natives or curious tourists, a charter bus rental will make it easy to explore the city’s hidden gems. Simply rely on your driver to navigate busy city streets while you and your group enjoy a day exploring, learning, and relaxing. Call us anytime, 24/7, at 404-400-3545 to speak with a reservation specialist and book your charter bus today.