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One way to spend your Black Friday...
One way to spend your Black Friday...
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Black Friday in Atlanta: Best bets for things to do and see

For those who don't want to enter the shopping madness, there's plenty to do in Atlanta with visitors

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One way to spend your Black Friday...
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If you loathe the Black Friday fracas but crave an alternative to sitting around eating Thanksgiving leftovers, or if you have annoying family in town who won't stop fighting over politics, here's a list of things to get out and do in Atlanta rather than shop!

From burning off that second piece of pumpkin pie with a hike, to taking in the attractions around Centennial Olympic Park, there's plenty going on around the city right now.

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1. Atlanta History Center

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130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 814-4000
Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition and history. For those you enjoy delving deeper into local heritage, the Atlanta History Center features a museum, library, research center, and range of historic structures in its Buckhead complex.

2. Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

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152-168 Columns Dr
Marietta, GA 30067
Encompassing many miles of riverfront across 19 individual parks, the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area offers more than 16 square miles with hiking trails, picnic areas, and water access. Stretching across the north side of the city, it's not hard to get to the National Park from most of the metro.

3. Decatur Square

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E Ponce de Leon Ave at E Court Sq
Decatur, GA 30030
Holiday shopping season kicks in to high gear after Thanksgiving, with just a month left until Christmas to procure presents. For those wanting to start shopping but avoid big-box stores, Decatur Square offers an array of small shops and restaurants — for people who didn't get their fill on Thanksgiving, that is.

4. Delta Flight Museum

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1060 Delta Blvd Bldg B
Atlanta, GA 30354
(404) 773-1219
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For those who haven't spent enough time at the airport during the busiest travel time of the year, Delta offers the chance to check out the company's history (and interact with some old planes) in a historic hangar complex just off the runways.

5. Georgia Aquarium

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225 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000
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While Thursday may be all about turkeys, Black Friday could be the ideal time to check out your favorite H2O-dwelling creatures. As the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, lines can get pretty hectic, so buy tickets online in advance.

6. High Museum of Art

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1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4444
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For those who prefer a more sedate approach to Black Friday, take a trip to the High Museum to appreciate some art. It's also a great option for anyone who wants to stare contemplatively at works by some of the greats rather than talk to visiting relatives.

7. National Center For Civil and Human Rights

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100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Want a more cerebral Black Friday experience? Head over to the Center for Civil and Human Rights to gain an appreciation for those who have paved the way in Atlanta and around the world.

8. Piedmont Park (and Atlanta Botanical Gardens)

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400 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-7275
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For those who don't mind the chill of late November (okay, it'll be like 70 degrees this week), Piedmont Park offers the perfect opportunity to be active following a day of gluttony.The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, located in the park, offers a chance to check out fall foliage in Storza Woods, too.

9. Porsche Experience Center

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One Porsche Dr
Atlanta, GA 30354
Want to burn off restless energy by burning rubber? The Porsche Driving Experience offers the chance to test out some of their fanciest cars. Of course, the experience doesn't come cheap, but neither does a 105" UHD curved TV.

10. The Atlanta Beltline

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Active out-of-towners may be interested in checking out one of Atlanta's most famous infrastructural interventions. Even if there's a crowd, plenty of places like Historic Fourth Ward Park are available to stop and ponder thankfulness along the way.

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1. Atlanta History Center

130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition and history. For those you enjoy delving deeper into local heritage, the Atlanta History Center features a museum, library, research center, and range of historic structures in its Buckhead complex.
130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

2. Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

152-168 Columns Dr, Marietta, GA 30067
Encompassing many miles of riverfront across 19 individual parks, the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area offers more than 16 square miles with hiking trails, picnic areas, and water access. Stretching across the north side of the city, it's not hard to get to the National Park from most of the metro.
152-168 Columns Dr
Marietta, GA 30067

3. Decatur Square

E Ponce de Leon Ave at E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030
Holiday shopping season kicks in to high gear after Thanksgiving, with just a month left until Christmas to procure presents. For those wanting to start shopping but avoid big-box stores, Decatur Square offers an array of small shops and restaurants — for people who didn't get their fill on Thanksgiving, that is.
E Ponce de Leon Ave at E Court Sq
Decatur, GA 30030

4. Delta Flight Museum

1060 Delta Blvd Bldg B, Atlanta, GA 30354
For those who haven't spent enough time at the airport during the busiest travel time of the year, Delta offers the chance to check out the company's history (and interact with some old planes) in a historic hangar complex just off the runways.
1060 Delta Blvd Bldg B
Atlanta, GA 30354

5. Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
While Thursday may be all about turkeys, Black Friday could be the ideal time to check out your favorite H2O-dwelling creatures. As the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, lines can get pretty hectic, so buy tickets online in advance.
225 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

6. High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
For those who prefer a more sedate approach to Black Friday, take a trip to the High Museum to appreciate some art. It's also a great option for anyone who wants to stare contemplatively at works by some of the greats rather than talk to visiting relatives.
1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. National Center For Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Want a more cerebral Black Friday experience? Head over to the Center for Civil and Human Rights to gain an appreciation for those who have paved the way in Atlanta and around the world.
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

8. Piedmont Park (and Atlanta Botanical Gardens)

400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
For those who don't mind the chill of late November (okay, it'll be like 70 degrees this week), Piedmont Park offers the perfect opportunity to be active following a day of gluttony.The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, located in the park, offers a chance to check out fall foliage in Storza Woods, too.
400 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

9. Porsche Experience Center

One Porsche Dr, Atlanta, GA 30354
Want to burn off restless energy by burning rubber? The Porsche Driving Experience offers the chance to test out some of their fanciest cars. Of course, the experience doesn't come cheap, but neither does a 105" UHD curved TV.
One Porsche Dr
Atlanta, GA 30354

10. The Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta, GA 30306
Active out-of-towners may be interested in checking out one of Atlanta's most famous infrastructural interventions. Even if there's a crowd, plenty of places like Historic Fourth Ward Park are available to stop and ponder thankfulness along the way.