WINNER: Best tourist attraction | Best of Atlanta


WINNER: Best tourist attraction | Best of Atlanta

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Michael Ray and Amy Glover check out the Pacific Barrier Reef exhibit during the Sips Under the Sea, Game Night, at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Friday, August 12, 2016. During Game Night people could play a variety of classic games enjoy signature cocktails and wander through the aquarium's exhibits. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Atlanta is a destination city for anyone looking for a heavy dose of Southern culture, great food and excellent attractions. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll was on the hunt for our city's best tourist spots. 

You might not be surprised to hear that the Georgia Aquarium came in No. 1 with a vast majority of the votes. Folks come from far and wide to admire and lose themselves in the magic of all things under the sea. While you are exploring, here are ten things you might not have known about the Georgia Aquarium.

The exterior of the Georgia Aquarium Facebook/Georgia Aquarium

If you're in need of an outdoor adventure to fully enjoy an Atlanta day, head over to our second place winner at Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain Park is located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty; fun awaits as you discover interactive family friendly attractions in addition to the many natural and historical sights.

Buford Highway is a delicious destination for those on the hunt for some of the best food in Atlanta. Here are five dishes that prove that our third place winner is a real champ. 

As if those attractions weren't enough entertainment, you will find wonderful tourist experiences at all of our official nominees as well: Zoo AtlantaHistoric Oakland CemeteryKennesaw MountainWorld of Coca-ColaCenter for Civil and Human Rights and Avalon

If you plan to visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, you might want to take a look at our insider's guide.

Atlanta has a lot to offer, so you could have skipped out on a few cool spots. Here are some free museums that you should check out on your next day off. 

Veterans Immersion Program participants dive in one of world's largest aquariums at Georgia Aquarium on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 for a unique adjunctive therapy that compliments current rehabilitation and reintegration programs.
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