Atlanta has always enjoyed a rich reputation for its cultural and economic strength. It is known for its involvement in the Civil War as well as one of the birthplaces of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. This February, the city will be hosting events celebrating Black History Month as well as various festivals and activities for citizens and visitors alike.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights gives you an immersive experience of the movement that helped shape our country. Make sure you visit the Civil Rights Movement gallery, a visual and auditory integration involving the leaders and individuals who fought for equality during The American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. You can even listen to speeches and songs that were popular during the movement. One activity includes a lunch counter sit-in simulation. Guests undergo training for non-violent protests before physically placing themselves in the places of protesters who performed sit-ins decades before them.
The Atlanta History Center gives visitors an intimate view into Atlanta and its impact on the black citizens who lived there. Before heading in, take in the sights and sounds of Atlanta’s chic Buckhead neighborhood. However, feel free to block out the noisy traffic sounds with RHA S500 Universal Noise Isolating Compact In-Ear Headphones. Visitors will learn everything from the Civil War and its fight over slavery to the Civil Rights Movement. Their new interactive exhibit, Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta, also gives guests a peek into Atlanta’s history using a unique medium.
Don’t forget to check out the Black History Month parade on February 24th. Touted as “the largest celebration of African-American history month in the Southeast” the parade features floats, music, and more. Come see the marching bands, entertainers, dignitaries, non-profits, and celebrities participating in this year’s parade. The celebration wraps up at Hurt Park, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, with some fun education and entertainment. Merchandise vendors will be there too, so make sure you bring your Ogio Renegade RSS Notebook Backpack so you can carry your purchases around the city with ease.
The King Center and Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is a popular place to visit during Black History month. Visit the sites where Martin Luther King Jr. lived and worshipped. Entrance is free, and they have an exhibit called “Children of Courage” that encourages kids to become engaged in civil rights. Another exhibit, “Courage to Lead,” lets visitors follow marchers along “Freedom Road.” The D.R.E.A.M. Gallery hosts exhibits that vary occasionally and the Visitor Center Theater airs short films for visitors.
For a reminder of what sheer grit and determination can bring you, visit the Herndon Home. Built by the first black millionaire, Alonzo Herndon, the house was designed and built by black craftsmen. Herndon was born as a slave, but after the Emancipation Proclamation, he traveled to Atlanta and eventually built a banking and life insurance empire.
You’re definitely going to get hungry from walking around all day. Check out these places when you need a break.
The South City Kitchen Midtown is known for serving Southern classics like fried chicken and shrimp and grits. If you’re feeling daring, you should check out their fried green tomatoes and pan fried chicken livers. Their braised short rib with Maine lobster tail looks pretty good too! You can either dine in or grab some food at their counter service. The casual, wooden aesthetic interior will make you feel right at home. You can also use this downtime to charge your electronics with the myCharge HubPlus Portable Charger.
Fox Bros. BBQalso has some mouth-watering meals. You can either visit their walk-in barbeque place for quick counter service and a sit-down meal or their original restaurant. An Atlanta staple, the restaurant serves meals from chicken fried ribs to brisket chili. Either way, you’re definitely not going to leave hungry from here.
Owned by Kandi Burruss, Grammy Award winner and current Housewife of Atlanta, Old Lady Gang will delight you with its traditional Southern recipes. Each selection on the menu was created using old family recipes passed onto Burruss. When you go, make sure you post a photo to your social media with #oldladygang in it for a chance to be featured on their website.
Make sure you swing by some of these places during your visit.
Visit CNN’s headquarters on the World of Coca Cola and CNN Center Tour. Not only do you get to learn how news is produced during a behind-the-scenes look at CNN, you get the see the vault holding Coca-Cola’s secret recipe and discover rare artifacts at the World of Coca-Cola.
The Georgia Aquarium is a favorite among visitors. Located near the World of Coca-Cola downtown, the aquarium offers six different galleries to explore and thousands of marine animal species ranging from whale sharks for African penguins to marvel at. Make sure you attend the AT&T Dolphin Tales show and “Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow.”
Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden for beautiful scenery and garden displays. Past exhibitions include the Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden, which featured installations created by optic fiber and Chihuly in the Garden, which exhibited 50 glass sculptures created by Dale Chihuly.
Don’t forget to take a break. There’s nothing better than relaxing in your hotel room with a pair of Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. You can switch their noise canceling option on or off, depending on how aware of the outside world you want to be at the moment.
Well, we’re definitely sold on flying down to Atlanta this February. Our staff at Atlanta’s InMotion stores will also be happy to tell you about some of their favorite places to visit in addition to theses Atlanta highlights so be sure to stop in for some great electronics and personal travel advice!
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