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Atlanta School Trip: The Best of Atlanta in 3 Days

By November 4, 2013 January 10th, 2017 2 Comments
Atlanta School Trip


This 3-day Atlanta school trip explores the best that Atlanta has to offer. Spend the first day focusing on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Day two takes you to many of the most famous sites in the city, including the Georgia Dome, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and more. The last day explores the life and legacy of President Jimmy Carter and concludes with a visit to the Fernbank Natural History Museum. Your students will be talking about this trip for years to come!

Atlanta School Trip: Day 1

The first day of this Atlanta school trip focuses on the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Begin in the Martin Luther King Historic District. This area spans several blocks in Atlanta in a traditionally black neighborhood Here you can visit Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was a pastor, and his gravesite.

Atlanta School Trip


Pause for a few reflective minutes at Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birth Place and Gravesite.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in an upstairs middle room at 501 Auburn Avenue on January 15, 1929. The home is a two-story Queen Anne style house in a neighborhood called Sweet Auburn. He lived there until 1941.

King’s gravesite is located in a memorial park. This park was built around King’s crypt in 1976 and consists of a chapel, a reflecting pool, and a plaza with a covered walkway. At the center of the reflecting pool is the crypt of Martin Luther King. Inscribed on his tomb is: “Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968, ‘Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I’m free at last.”

Then, learn about the ongoing mission of the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Change.The King Center is a living memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.  Coretta Scott King founded the center to promote nonviolent social change.

End the morning with a visit to the Ebenezer Baptist Church.  King was ordained here and later became the Assistant Pastor of Ebenezer. In 1960, he moved back to Atlanta and became co-pastor with his father at this church.

Lunch is at a restaurant of your choice.

Start the afternoon at the Apex Museum . The Apex museum interprets and presents history from an African-American perspective.

Head to the Georgia State Capitol .

Dinner is at Hard Rock Cafe

Spend the rest of the evening shopping and browsing at Underground Atlanta.

Atlanta School Trip: Day 2

Begin the day with a Georgia Dome Behind the Scenes Tour.  Visit the observatory deck, press box, suites, lounges, locker rooms, and the field itself.

Grab your snorkels! It’s time to explore the Georgia Aquarium at Pemberton Place. Georgia Aquarium is home to FOUR WHALE SHARKS!  Be truly amazed by the Ocean Voyager exhibit.

Enjoy lunch at The Café Aquaria Food Court.

Next, tour CNN Studios. Take an inside tour the global headquarters of CNN.

Dive into the World of Coca-Cola®- Atlanta. Try over 100 flavors from around the world in Taste it!

Dinner will be at The Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in dinner! Learn more about its history.
End the day with downtime at the Lenox Square Mall.

Atlanta School Trip: Day 3

Atlanta School Trip

Photo: Jimmy Carter Library and Museum (photo:

Spend the morning at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum. The museum holds photographs and historical memorabilia from the Carter presidency (1976 – 1981). The is also an exact replica of the Oval Office.

Lunch is at a location of your choice.

In the afternoon, take a closer look at the many exhibits and interactive centers of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. see Argentinosaurus, the largest known dinosaur to ever walk the Earth. Become immersed in the scenery at the  Rankin M. Smith, Sr. 2D-IMAX® Theatre .

Complete your tour with a hearty dinner before returning home.

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