clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
One way to spend your Black Friday...
One way to spend your Black Friday...
Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

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

View as Map
One way to spend your Black Friday...
| Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

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.

Read More
Eater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process.

Atlanta History Center

Copy Link
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.

Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

Copy Link
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.

Decatur Square

Copy Link
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.

Delta Flight Museum

Copy Link
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.

Georgia Aquarium

Copy Link
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.

High Museum of Art

Copy Link
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.

National Center For Civil and Human Rights

Copy Link
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.

Piedmont Park (and Atlanta Botanical Gardens)

Copy Link
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.

Porsche Experience Center

Copy Link
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.

The Atlanta Beltline

Copy Link
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.

Loading comments...

Atlanta History Center

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.

Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

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.

Decatur Square

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.

Delta Flight Museum

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.

Georgia Aquarium

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.

High Museum of Art

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.

National Center For Civil and Human Rights

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.

Piedmont Park (and Atlanta Botanical Gardens)

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.

Porsche Experience Center

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.

The Atlanta Beltline

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.