10 Things to Do in Forest Park That You Shouldn't Miss

July 22, 2017 Leida Jutras

Forest Park is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. It is located approximately nine miles (14 km) south of Atlanta and is part of the Atlanta–Sandy Springs–Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 18,468.
Restaurants in Forest Park

1. Stately Oaks Plantation

100 Carriage Ln, at Jodeco Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236-8114 +1 770-473-0197
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Stately Oaks Plantation

Stately Oaks is an 1839 antebellum house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its plain Greek Revival architecture is representative of the era in which it was built. It was originally constructed in 1839 by Mr. Whitmill Allen who sold his home to Robert McCord in 1858 and then moved to Tyler, Texas. It is located in Jonesboro, GA., the very city where Scarlett had to pay the taxes on Tara. Even though Tara only existed in Margaret Mitchell's imagination, she placed Tara in Clayton County where she had visited relatives who lived on a large plantation south of Jonesboro. Many of the stories she heard as a child are in the movie. Clayton County is truly home of Gone With the Wind. Also on site, are a one room schoolhouse, a tenant cabin, cook's house, country store, blacksmith shop and Native American Indian Village.

Reviewed By Dawn K

Our guides Colonel Al and Miss Connie were wonderful! Their authentic period clothing and knowledge about the history of the plantation were entertaining as well as educational. Our group had a delicious catered lunch in the one-room schoolhouse. This would be a great place for families, couples, or groups.

2. Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker St, Atlanta, GA 30313-1809 +1 404-581-4000
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is the world's most magical aquarium. Situated near Centennial Olympic Park and World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta,Georgia, Georgia Aquarium offers its guests an experience like no other. Across six separate galleries, with more than 70 amazing habitats, 10 million gallons of water and thousands of species of marine animals, guests will marvel at, learn about and come to better understand such majestic aquatic animals as whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, African penguins and thousands of species of exotic fish and other animals. The spectacular AT&T Dolphin Tales show combines incredible natural animal behaviors with dynamic theatrics, a Broadway-inspired musical score and a compelling story, which together underscore the connection between humans and the animal world. The animated "Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow," for all ages, tells an entertaining but important story about conserving and protecting animals and their natural environment. Cafe Aquaria offers delicious sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta and delectable desserts. Two gift shops give visitors the chance to take home a treasured collectible. Special animal encounter programs offer the chance to go behind the scenes and come face-to-face with dolphins, sea otters and penguins. Guests can even swim or dive with whale sharks and manta rays in the world's largest aquarium habitat (at 6.3 Million gallons), Ocean Voyager built by the Home Depot. And an onsite parking deck immediately adjacent to the aquarium means quick, easy-to-find and affordable parking.

Reviewed By Fran1336 - Pascagoula, Mississippi

We went during spring break week, so it might not always be like this. But the place was so crowded we didn't really get to enjoy any of the exhibits for being jostled along. I had always heard it was a fabulous aquarium, but I will never visit it again, nor do I recommend anyone try during a typically "busy" week. I bought tickets in advance, because I had heard the number of attendees was regulated. That number should be lowered. I had driven 5 hours with my grandchildren for this attraction and we left after an hour because it was PURE chaos.

3. Georgia International Convention Center

2000 Convention Ct Concrse, College Park, GA 30337-4200 +1 770-997-3566
Excellent
35%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

Georgia International Convention Center

Reviewed By Pamela L

Recently had the pleasure of coordinating an event at The Georgia International Convention Center. It was a pleasure working with such friendly and experienced staff. The one stop shop concept for sound/lighting, food and the best preferred vendor list imaginable, put everything in place for a successful event. Yanous, Dianne, Sharon (Proof of The Pudding), Reggie (Housekeeping) and other GIC staff thanks for helping me create a most memorable occasion. I could not have done it without you.

4. Reynolds Nature Preserve

5665 Reynolds Rd, Morrow, GA 30260-3731 +1 770-603-4188
Excellent
77%
Good
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5 based on 21 reviews

Reynolds Nature Preserve

Reviewed By 231kyd - Forest Park, Georgia

The nature that is avalable here is breathtaking. There is a couple ponds, swamps, and lakes around the preserve. There is snakes loose so something to be on the lookout for. There is turtles, swans, ducks, geese, deer, and different birds in the area. Very motivating to take a morning jog around the trail.

5. Atlanta Farmers Market

16 Forest Pkwy, Forest Park, GA 30297-2015 +1 404-675-1782
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Atlanta Farmers Market

Reviewed By Capri67 - Chennai (Madras), India

It was a perfect place to visit for a Vegan! Great spread of farm fresh veggies, cut fruits neatly packed and basically ready to eat! Great place to visit!!!

6. The Hindu Temple of Atlanta

5851 Highway 85, Riverdale, GA 30274-1403 +1 770-907-7102
Excellent
62%
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

The Hindu Temple of Atlanta

Reviewed By Bernardo F - New York City, New York

You can go walk around and even look inside as visitors are welcome. Great architecture and carvings. And the grounds are pretty nice as well.

7. Arches Brewing

3361 Dogwood Dr, Hapeville, GA 30354-1439
Excellent
91%
Good
9%
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5 based on 11 reviews

Arches Brewing

Arches Brewing is a craft brewery located just north of the Atlanta airport, in the arts district of Hapeville, GA. Our focus is bringing the best of old-world and modern brewing practices together to deliver many beer styles never commercially brewed in Georgia. Our biochemist-brewmaster, Jamey Adams, brewed his first batch of beer over ten years ago with the idea that beer could be made better through chemistry. Through many hours of brewing and tasting, we now have over 30 different distinct recipes. We have a strong emphasis on classic & seasonal lagers, but also make many American styles along with several strong Belgians. We believe doing things the old way makes for a cleaner, more complex and balanced, delicious end result. We offer many year-round styles along with many seasonal lagers which follow the European brewing calendar. We will also offer specialty and limited-release beers throughout the year available only at the brewery.

Reviewed By Tom B - Atlanta, Georgia

Discovered this brewery recently and it was a very pleasant surprise. Nice little tasting room and comfy outdoor area with picnic tables lounge chairs and fire pits.
Tried 5 beers and all were good. My favorite was their flagship brew Unseasonal.
What was particularly nice is that while many of the breweries around here seem to focus on hoppy beers, these guys don't.
Recommend a trip to Hapeville to check them out.

8. World of Coca-Cola

121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313-1807 +1 404-676-5151
Excellent
43%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

World of Coca-Cola

Immerse yourself in World of Coca-Cola, the one and only place you can explore the story of the world's most popular beverage brand. It's a place where anyone can experience moments of happiness and wonder. At World of Coca-Cola, inspiration is around every corner - from the vault where we secure our secret formula, to world-class art and memorabilia to more than 100 beverages to taste from around the world. With opportunities to meet the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, take a VIP Guided Tour - and more - it's no wonder that the World of Coke is a must-see among the top things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.

Reviewed By Montrese W

My daughter and her friend loved it! I was surprised at all the information I was able to take away from the visit. We will probably go again on an off season day to really slow down and enjoy the day.

9. Road To Tara Museum

104 N Main St, Jonesboro, GA 30236-8315 +1 770-478-4800
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 165 reviews

Road To Tara Museum

Located in the Official Home of Gone With the Wind, the Road to Tara Museum invites you to relive Rhett and Scarlett's epic romance. From the true stories of the 1864 Battle of Jonesboro to the characters that brought Margaret Mitchell's beloved novel to life, there is something for everyone. See original movie props and wardrobe items, reproductions of some of Scarlett's most famous dresses, items from the 1939 Atlanta premiere and a Civil War exhibit featuring the Atlanta Campaign and Battle of Jonesboro.

Reviewed By Bonnie P

Great museum, Wonderful artifacts, costumes, letters etc. very special for the fan and even those who are not fans!! The staff are awesome, the washrooms lovely and clean the gift shop well priced. We were very happy to have made this stop We took the "Road to Tara" bus tour and our driver/guide "Jack" was very good! It was very special afternoon!

10. National Museum of Commercial Aviation

5442 Frontage Rd, Forest Park, GA 30297-2538 +1 404-675-9266
Excellent
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4 based on 5 reviews

National Museum of Commercial Aviation

Reviewed By Carlos C - Frankfurt, Germany

I visited on a Thursday and I was the only visitor. Richard showed me around and it was so interesting! The museum is run mostly by volunteers and it really deserves more attention. It is rather small but has many interesting exhibits which illustrate aviation history, all kind of artefacts and some very impressive simulators and other training devices (see photos).
You can do it in 1 hour, it cost you 5$ and it is located immediately at the airport.

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