Taking a guided tour is a nice respite from your normal everyday life and it’s a worthwhile activity to undertake when you might be hosting out-of-town guests. Here are some of the best guided tours in the Atlanta area.
The Big Zombie Tour Part 1 and Part 2
327 Nelson St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
At any given time, there can be a dozen television shows and movies being shot in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. That includes the cult hit, “The Walking Dead.” Atlanta movie buff Patty Davis and her crew will whisk you around Atlanta and Senoia, where “The Walking Dead” is actively in production. Guides on The Big Zombie Tours have worked as zombies on the set, so you get insider information on each tour. You will ride on comfortable and modern buses on these three-hour tours that will take you to the show’s hospital, the Goat Farm and the Feed Building. These tours run Friday through Sunday and cost around $65. Check the website for all times and details.
Fox Theatre Tour
660 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
This 60-minute guided tour of one of Atlanta’s most iconic buildings is a “must do” for anyone living in or visiting Atlanta. See the orchestra pit and, of course, Mighty Mo’ – the largest working theatre organ in the world. It’s quite a sight, as are all the antiques located throughout the Fox. This is a great tour and the cost is very fair. Tickets are $15 for military and seniors, $18 for adults, and $5 for children under 11. You can see tour times and buy advance tickets at http://www.foxtheatre.org.
CNN Studio Tour
190 Marietta St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Go behind the scenes of the biggest news network in the world. This is a 50-minute guided walking tour that will show you around a working television studio. You will feel like a VIP as you see CNN’s new HD Studio and possibly see Robin Meade in action on her show. Bring a camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities on this educational and entertaining tour. Tours leave about every 10 minutes from CNN box office.
Booth Western Art Museum
501 Museum Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
Many Atlantans don’t realize one of the best collections of western art is right in the metro area. In Cartersville, the Booth Western Art Museum showcases permanent and temporary exhibitions, so there is always something new. Come and see paintings, photography and sculptures from the western part of our country. Admission is a reasonable $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. A guided “highlights” tour takes place each day at 1:30 p.m. and is 60 minutes packed with information about the west and the museum.
Roswell Ghost Tour
617 Atlanta St.
Roswell, GA 30075
Now in its 15th year, the Roswell Ghost Tour keeps getting bigger and better. Roswell is an old Southern mill town and it’s haunted. Homeowners, business owners and longtime residents all experience paranormal activity in Roswell and this 2.5-hour outdoor walking tour explores everything spooky and weird in Roswell. This tour runs year-round and leaves from right across the the street from the Roswell Visitors Center. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Please check the website for times that the tours depart.
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