It’s the perfect retirement recipe. Start with the sophistication of the Big Apple. Stir in a rich and vibrant cultural history. Then add a huge helping of authentic southern charm and hospitality. Voila! You have Atlanta, Georgia, the jewel of the south. Small wonder retirees from all over the country are packing up and heading to this urban treasure trove to embark upon their next adventure.
Whether you are seeking sports teams to root for, or a world-class restaurant scene and lively nightlife, the list of senior activities in Atlanta is virtually endless.
What began in 1926 as a small historical society has evolved over almost a century into 33 acres of curated gardens, four historic houses, a wide variety of educational programs and 6 permanent exhibitions, including the nation’s largest collection of Civil War artifacts. Golf enthusiasts will love “Down the Golf Fairways with Bobby Jones,” a showcase celebrating the life of the state’s most famous golfer. As a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the Atlanta History Center is part of the global memory initiative committed to applying history to present human rights struggles.
Just blocks from where John Pemberton created the original Coca-Cola formula, the World of Coca-Cola Museum features exhibits about Coca-Cola’s top-secret formula, a 3D movie, and a tasting area where visitors can sample 60 different flavors from around the world. The 92,000-square-foot building is part of a 20-acre complex that includes the Georgia Aquarium and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. It’s a delicious and fun way to quench your thirst for the history of America’s favorite beverage.
Get a kick out of touring The CNN Center. The tour takes about 50 minutes and is a peek behind the curtain into the origins and inner workings of Ted Turner's 24-hour news network. The tour is wheelchair accessible.
Unique among senior activities in Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium is a perfect outing to enjoy with – or without - the grandkids. Boasting tens of thousands of sea creatures in over 10 million gallons of water, the Georgia Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the world. You will love getting up close and personal with whales, manta rays, sharks, and dolphins to name a few. The world beneath the sea awaits. Avoid crowds and enjoy discounted prices after 4 PM.
As the centerpiece of Atlanta’s Fox Theater District, the Fox Theater hosts hundreds of performances each year. This former movie palace stages Broadway musicals, rock concerts, movies, and more. Seating is comfortable and refreshments are plenty making this venue high on the list for Atlanta’s seniors. It’s so popular, it has become a destination for senior travel groups to Atlanta. Make it a night on the town with dinner at your favorite restaurant and a ticket to the Fox. It’s a date!
Check out Overture Powers Ferry and Buckhead South, Overture’s premier active adult communities in Atlanta and find out what the lucky folks who live there already know: Atlanta is where the action is, y’all.