12 Insanely Fun Group Activities in Atlanta
Atlanta is a city of neighborhoods, each having its own charm — ensuring every day you spend in the city is unique. The locals are incredibly friendly and will warmly welcome you to the New York of the South.
With its rich history, eclectic dining scene, and a multitude of shopping districts, it’s no wonder that the Lonely Planet added Atlanta to the Best in Travel List for 2022 (and it was the only U.S. city that made it to the list!). From professional sports to world-class attractions and festive nightlife, Atlanta has plenty in store for avid travelers.
If you’re ready to hop onto the bandwagon and visit the city for an exciting experience, group activities make for a great way to bond with friends — or make new ones! Keep reading as we share our top 12 picks for insanely fun group activities in Atlanta, so you know exactly what to experience while you’re there.
From century-old diners to award-winning eateries, the food scene in Atlanta is one-of-its-kind. It is diverse with a nod to Southern traditions. And if you’re a foodie, you know your goal is to try every cuisine the city offers. Why not give it a shot with a food tour?
Our food tour takes you on a walking food tour, where you stroll through the neighborhoods of Atlanta and sample culinary bites along the way. The different restaurants and eateries you stop by will give you a true taste of the city. And as an added bonus, you will get to bond with your group members over a love for food.
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If you’re looking to take a souvenir back home… how about learning a new recipe and cooking it for your loved ones when you’re back? If you’re ready to master a local dish with one of Atlanta’s talented chefs, Sidewalk Food Tours offers cooking classes you’ll thoroughly enjoy! Not only will you get to watch a demonstration — our classes also provide hands-on experience where you create a dish along with your group.
The reward? Sharing your handmade goodness with your group members, and taking memories (plus a new recipe) back home. All you need to do to get started is fill out our request form.
3. Visit the Georgia Capitol Museum
The Georgia Capitol Museum is a sight to see. For the past 120 years, this building has been a host of events and an architectural stop for citizens and tourists alike. The museum seeks to preserve the history and showcase wonderful pieces. Back in 1889, the museum began as the Georgia General Assembly wanted to work with a state geologist to showcase minerals, soil, and plants. Over time, the museum has grown and changed and now has a modern selection of exhibits. Most of the musuem is on the 4th floor, however, you can walk throughout the building to learn more about the state and see art pieces adorning the walls.
4. Listen to Live Music
If you’re interested in a lax activity for your group, you may want to swing by one of our favorite live music joints. The Starling Hotel offers live music to guests every Wednesday starting at 8pm. Every Saturday morning you have the pleasure of sitting in for a Jam Session of local Atlanta musicians. This one takes place at Black Dot Cultural Center. Another option for music lovers is to check out what’s going on at the Atlanta Symphony Hall.
5. Explore the Fernbank Science Center
Explore live animal exhibits (and also a live honey bee hive!) at the Fernbank Science Center. There are also plenty of space exhibits and a meteorite collection. Learn all about science while witnessing the exhibits with your group members — all for free! It is helpful to note that the planetarium shows are paid.
6. Immerse in Adventure at the Kennesaw Mountain
Looking for an adventurous experience for team building? At the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, you can watch a short movie on the Battle of Kennesaw and take a guided hike. You can also lay back and enjoy a picnic with your group. While the day pass costs $5 per person, there are also several free days to keep an eye out for (in 2023, there are 5 free days, with the upcoming one being November 11).
7. Enjoy Panoramic Views at Westside Park
Photographers, rejoice! Atlanta’s Westside Park, covering 280 acres, is a nature lover’s dream. Offering panoramic vistas of the cityscape and featuring a steep terrain, this destination is where to click Instagram-worthy photos with your group. Don’t miss a photo with the entryway; it was built by Portman architects and is a sculptural masterpiece.
8. Go For a Group Walk Along the Atlanta Beltline
Spend an afternoon soaking in the sun with your group members while taking a stroll along the beautiful Atlanta Beltline. It connects different parts of the city (with events and public art) — pay a visit to see for yourself!
9. Cool Down at Centennial Olympic Park
The centerpiece of the Centennial Olympic Park is Fountain of Rings — a wonderful fountain to play in the water. Cool down here with your group members, or watch one of the four shows held everyday. The lights and jets of water synchronized with music will be a great group experience!
10. Experience a Farm Tour at Serenbe
Located just Southwest of the city and nestled in forests and nature trails is Serenbe, one of the best destinations for group activities in Atlanta. Here, you’ll enjoy experiential learning while munching on local produce. Keep an eye out for free events, such as the Farmers’ Market hosted at the end of October 2023.
11. Bike Along the Silver Comet Trail
The Silver Comet trail begins in Smyrna, extending through Pork Country. Biking this 61-mile trail with your group means going past a tunnel, trestles, and four towns with restaurants and shops to stop at. This quiet, non-motorized trail is equally amazing for walkers, hikers, rollerbladers, dog walkers, you name it!
12. Spend a Day at Ponce City Market
Ponce City market is great to spend a day with your group members. Shop fruity and woodsy scents at Candlefish, attend a painting class at Splatter Studio, and buy yourself flowers at the locally-owned flower shop. Finish up by grabbing a dessert for your team.
Folks heading to Atlanta with a group have plenty of team-building activities awaiting them (as a bonus, they’ll easily make it to your treasure trove of best memories). Bonus tip— Pack your travel bag with all those tees and lightweight cardigans, Atlanta sure is warm 😉