An Atlanta tours package can be the best way to explore this vibrant and diverse city. Atlanta is rich with history and one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development commissioner, Pat Wilson, Georgia ranks as the top filming location in the world in 2019.
Home to large corporations, including CNN and Coca-Cola, Atlanta offers ample opportunities to take behind-the-scene tours and find out what makes the capital of the Peach State function. With guided and self-guided tour options, any Atlanta city tour is bound to entertain and educate.
Atlanta City Pass
The Atlanta CityPASS is a ticket that provides discounted admission to Atlanta’s top attractions. Each CityPASS is valid for nine days and can be used to enjoy the following museums, tours and attractions:
- Georgia Aquarium
- World of Coca-Cola
- CNN Studio Tours
- Zoo Atlanta OR National Center for Civil and Human Rights
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR College Football Hall of Fame
Purchase an Atlanta City Pass online or at one of the CityPASS company’s partner attractions. You can choose to receive printed booklets in the mail or a mobile voucher that can be printed or saved on your phone and scanned for admission to each attraction. You may need to show a photo ID at certain venues, but you will not have to wait in ticket lines like other patrons.
An Atlanta CityPASS for adults age 13 and over is $76 plus tax, while the cost for children age 3 to 12 is $62. Children age 2 and can receive a free pass. The CNN Studio Tour requires you to stand in line and obtain a free children’s ticket. CityPASS will save you up to 40 percent off the usual cost of admission, and you will also receive coupons to save on shopping, dining, transportation, souvenirs and entertainment.
Coca-Cola Tour Atlanta
Any Atlanta city tour should include a visit to the World of Coca-Cola. This tribute to the king of beverages opened in Atlanta in 1990 and has welcomed over 24 million guests since. It is located in Atlanta’s Centennial Park District—just a few blocks away from where pharmacist John Pemberton first invented Coca-Cola in 1886.
In addition to general admission, the World of Coca-Cola offers a special VIP Guided Tour for $32. Scheduled in advance, the VIP tour is led by a professional guide with extensive knowledge of the history of Coca-Cola. A VIP Coca-Cola Atlanta tourist pass group is limited to 10 visitors and includes the use of headphones to clearly hear the guide and a special keepsake.
Although the guided tour includes the same exhibits and artifacts that general admission guests view, the tour guide provides insider information and takes time to answer the tour group’s questions. This walking tour takes approximately two hours to complete, and guests are encouraged to stay an extra hour or two to revisit favorite areas of the attraction.
Atlanta Movie Tours
Over 1,200 movies and TV shows have been or are being filmed in Atlanta! Atlanta Movie Tours offers highly-rated Atlanta tours package deals highlighting the city’s booming film industry. Visitors can choose from set tour packages or book a custom tour for groups up to 400 people. In addition to the Big Zombie tours detailed in the section below, Atlanta Movie Tours offers the following film-related Atlanta tours packages:
Best of Atlanta Movie Tour
This tour includes locations and insider stories highlighting The Hunger Games, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Jumanji and more.
This tour focuses on the Marvel Universe, including Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther.
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind Tour
Led by a guide who acts as the author, herself, this tour visits the Margaret Mitchell House and explains the story behind the world-famous novel and movie.
Castleberry Hill Backlot Walking Tour
Explore the Castleberry Hill Arts District that has formed the backdrop for hundreds of films, including Driving Miss Daisy, Dumb and Dumber Too and Jumanji. This walking tour takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.
Atlanta Heritage Tour
This historic tour showcases civil rights landmarks, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s home and church. Movie-related highlights include a photo opportunity at Tyler Perry’s Madea House and locations used to film Black Panther and Hidden Figures.
Atlanta Movie Tours packages average $55 for three hours and are led by trained actors. Due to Atlanta’s legendary traffic, no specific return time is guaranteed. Advanced booking online is strongly encouraged, as tours often sell out quickly.
Note that Atlanta Movie Tours are usually conducted on foot and by bus. Guests should dress comfortably and wear shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain. Handicapped guests may find it difficult to enjoy a full tour, as the tour bus does not have a wheelchair lift and many sites require stair navigation. However, guests are encouraged to call ahead and learn what accommodations are available for their specific tour. Handicapped guests are welcome to bring a folding wheelchair that fits on the bus.
Walking Dead Tour Atlanta
Fans of AMC’s hit zombie TV series can go on a Walking Dead tour in Atlanta and visit the scenes of their favorite show. Atlanta Movie Tours offers four types of bus and walking tours centered around The Walking Dead locations in Atlanta and Senoia, Georgia, which is approximately one hour south of Atlanta.
Big Zombie Atlanta tourist pass prices range from $20 to $69. Hardcore Walking Dead fans will want to schedule all four tours to obtain the full experience, and they will receive a discount for booking more than one Big Zombie tour.
Big Zombie Tour Part 1
This Atlanta tour takes place in the city and focuses on filming locations from Season 1 through Season 5. It will soon include locations from Season 9, and features Rick’s hospital, Daryl & Carol’s bridge and more.
Big Zombie Tour Part 2
This tour departs from the Walking Dead Café in Senoia and features scenes from “Woodbury” (now “Alexandria”) in Seasons 2 through 6. Morgan’s Clear apartment and Hershel’s bar are just two of the locations on this tour.
Big Zombie Tour Part 3
This tour also departs from the café in Senoia, but highlights locations from Seasons 6 through 9. Glenn & Nicholas’ dumpster and Rick’s bridge are included on this tour.
Big Zombie Walking Tour
This tour takes place exclusively in Senoia and provides an in-depth look at Woodbury and the outside views of Alexandria. While the other Big Zombie tours last for three hours, this is a one-hour excursion.
Walking Dead Haralson Tours and Events is another company that provides The Walking Dead themed tours. Hardcore fans have the opportunity to take an interactive tour while dressed in zombie attire and wearing walker makeup. Prop weapons and ample photo opportunities are provided while visiting famous Walking Dead tour Atlanta scenes, including the Cherokee Rose Retail and Esco Feed Mill Complex. Tour prices range from $30 to $80, depending on the features you choose.
CNN Tour Atlanta
A stop at CNN is a necessary part of any news buff’s Atlanta city tour schedule. Find out how the news comes together with a behind-the-scenes tour ticket starting at $12 for children, $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. Tours are scheduled daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and last approximately 50 minutes.
The CNN tour Atlanta will take you into the main studios and newsrooms to witness live filming of the network’s 24-hour news coverage. You will learn about the network’s history and its founder, Ted Turner. Additional highlights of the Atlanta CNN tour include learning how weather maps and other on-air graphics are created. You will have the opportunity to play news anchor behind a real CNN desk and see famous anchors and their guests filming live through a glass wall.
Limited to 12 guests at a time, VIP tour tickets are available for $33. A longer HLN Morning Express Tour with Robin Meade is available on Thursday mornings for $47 and includes a souvenir press pass and lanyard. Guests with accessibility issues must call in advance to schedule an ADA elevator-assisted tour.
Georgia Aquarium Tours
A favorite Atlanta tours package is offered at the Georgia Aquarium when visitors purchase a “Behind the Seas” tour ticket in addition to their regular aquarium admission. These 45-minute walking tours run every half-hour from 10:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. and every hour from 4 p.m. through 7 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 for aquarium members and $15 for non-members.
High heels, strollers, food and drinks are not allowed on the Behind the Seas tour. Highlights include seeing the water filtration room, veterinarian facilities, feeding areas and more. Tour guests get to view tanks from the top and get insider information on the care of aquatic animals.