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Make your next Atlanta family vacation the most memorable of all.
Explore the new South ― vibrant, bustling and modern, yet rich in history and tradition. With world-class fine dining, prestigious shopping, and close proximity to Atlanta’s cultural attractions, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is located near Centennial Olympic Park and Piedmont Park, making it one of the perfect Atlanta family hotels to discover all that Georgia’s capital city has to offer. Just minutes from LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and a convenient drive to American Girl® Atlanta, our hotel provides the perfect location for many must-see destinations for your upcoming family trip.

Whether you are interested in exploring the Georgia Aquarium or indulging in some retail therapy at nearby Phipps Plaza or Lenox Mall, our Atlanta family hotel’s close vicinity to the city’s splendor will leave you enriched and excited for more.

Atlanta Ballet

The Atlanta Ballet is the oldest professional dance company in America. The company’s performances combine traditional and contemporary with classic ballets and new choreography.

Contact: (404) 873-5811 | Distance: 5.1 miles/13 minutes | Website

Atlanta History Center

Located on 33 acres in the heart Buckhead, history buffs will find one of the Southeast’s largest history museums, research library, archives, and two historic houses illustrating over a century of Atlanta’s history. Permanent collections span the Civil War, Southern Folk Arts, the beginnings of golf with Georgia legend Bobby Jones and a glimpse into the private collections of Atlanta architect, classicist and connoisseur Philip Trammell Schutze. Historic houses on the property include the Swan House, offering a view of the grandiose life of 1930s gentry and the Tullie Smith Farm, a typical yeoman farm in Antebellum Georgia.

Overnight guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead may enjoy deluxe accommodations, American Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, $50 hotel credit, and two adult passes to the Atlanta History Center with our Discover With You package.

Contact: (404) 814-4000 | Distance: 1.74 miles/10 minutes | Website

Center for Civil and Human Rights

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is a museum dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement.

Contact: (678) 999-8990 | Distance: 8.3 miles/21 minutes | Website

Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is known as a “magical place” where children and adults are equally entertained. Get up close and personal with puppets in the Center's Museum, which houses a collection of puppets, books, posters and videos from around the world.

Contact: (404) 873-3089 | Distance: 5.2 miles/10 minutes | Website

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is a premier venue for Broadway shows, ballet, concerts, educational shows, and opera.

Contact: (770) 916-2800 | Distance: 7.9 miles/17 minutes | Website

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History showcases the Giants of the Mesozoic, the world’s largest dinosaurs and a snapshot of what life was like during the Cretaceous Period. Guests may engage in hands-on exhibitions, experience a 5-story IMAX® film and even explore the development of life on Earth through the landscapes of present-day Georgia.

Contact: (404) 929-6300 | Distance: 7.1 miles/18 minutes | Website

Georgia Aquarium

The world’s largest aquarium, constructed at a cost of more than $250 million, the Georgia Aquarium boasts eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more than 100,000 animals including four whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet. Guests may contact the hotel Concierge for information and reservations for fascinating “Behind-the-Scenes” tours.

Overnight guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead may enjoy deluxe accommodations and VIP un-timed total tickets to the Georgia Aquarium with our Georgia Aquarium and Georgia Aquarium Family packages.

Contact: (404) 581-4000 | Distance: 8.16 miles/15 minutes | Website

High Museum of Art

Considered as the leading art museum in the southeastern United States, the High Museum of Art has more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection.

Overnight guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead may enjoy deluxe accommodations, American Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, two tickets to the High Museum of Art and valet parking with our High Museum of Art package.

Contact: (404) 733-HIGH | Distance: 6.56 miles/10 minutes | Website

Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Imagine a place where children can paint on the wall, play in the sand, and learn all about science, math, art, dance, reading, and much more. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of bright, creative, hands-on exhibits designed to spark discovery and creative thinking.

Contact: (404) 659-KIDS | Distance: 8.9 miles/14 minutes | Website

The Atlanta Opera

The Atlanta Opera, now located at the John A. Williams Theatre at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, has entertained more than 800,000 patrons during more than 250 performances and 75 productions since 1979.

Contact: (770) 916-2800 | Distance: 7.9 miles/18 minutes | Website


American Girl Atlanta

American Girl Atlanta is headquarters for doll outfits, accessories and furniture, a bookstore and even a doll hair salon.

Contact: 888-777-0010 | Distance: 17 miles/20 minutes | Website

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden showcases numerous plant collections including tropical species in the Tropical Rotunda; succulent collections in the Desert House and Andean orchids and exotic bromeliads in the High Elevation House. Tour the Orchid Center, filled with rare and fragrant species all year round or see the Japanese, Rose or Parterre Gardens all within 15 acres.

Contact: (404) 876-5859 | Distance: 4.5 miles/11 minutes | Website

Centennial Olympic Park

A unique, 21-acre park nestled in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park remains as a timeless reminder of the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta.

Contact: (404) 223-4412 | Distance: 9.2 miles/15 minutes | Website

CNN Center

Experience a guided tour of one of the world’s largest cable news networks studios and learn about the history of CNN.

Contact: (404) 827-2300 | Distance: 9.8 miles/18 minutes | Website

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Steps across the street on the top level of Phipps Plaza, LEGOLAND Discovery Center brims with family fun including rides, activities and even a model of the city of Atlanta made from LEGO Bricks.

Contact: (404) 848-9252 | Distance: 0.1 miles/2 minutes | Website

The Carter Center

The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. The Carter Center presents a look behind the scenes and at the frontline efforts to attain the mission of advancing peace, health and hope worldwide.

Contact: (404) 420-5100 | Distance: 11 miles/17 minutes | Website

The World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola is brimming with interactive exhibits, a multi-sensory 4D movie, fully functioning bottling line and more than 1,200 global artifacts on view.

Contact: (404) 676-5151 | Distance: 9.3 miles/15 minutes | Website


Atlantic Station

With more than 130 acres, Atlantic Station is known for its pedestrian traffic, wide boulevards, sidewalk cafes and expansive parks. Shop, dine and end your night with a movie at Regal Cinemas.

Contact: (404) 876-2616 | Distance: 7.2 miles/12 minutes | Website

Bennett Street Arts and Antiques District

More than 18 antique furniture showrooms, artist studios, imported rug dealers, art dealers and boutiques are showcased along one street. Bennett Street Gallery (shown) is home to established and emerging artists.

Contact: (404) 352-8775 | Distance: 3.2 miles/8 minutes | Website

Buckhead Atlanta

Newly opened, Buckhead Atlanta offers luxury shopping and dining. This shopping district features 24 luxury brands like Hermès, Helmut Lang, and Christian Louboutin. This is the first location in Atlanta for many of the brands.

Contact: (678) 704-0900 | Distance: 1.4 miles/6 minutes | Website

Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza

Anchored by luxury retailers Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, and brimming with designer boutiques such as Burberry, Cartier, Gucci, David Yurman, Jimmy Choo, Judith Leiber, Louis Vuitton, Polo Ralph Lauren, St. John, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stuart Weitzman, Tiffany and Versace, these malls are the premier shopping destinations of the Southeast.

Overnight guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead may enjoy deluxe accommodations, American Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, $25 gift voucher for Lenox Square or Phipps Plaza and valet parking with our Legendary Shopping package.

Contacts: Lenox Square: (404) 233-6767 / Phipps Plaza: (404) 262-0992 | Distance: .1 miles/2 minutes | Lenox Square Website / Phipps Plaza Website


Bear's Best Atlanta

Bear's Best Atlanta is a compilation of Jack Nicklaus' greatest creations. Rated "Top Ten courses you can play in America" by Golf Magazine, Bear's Best Atlanta will be sure to become your favorite golfing getaway. The course provides a challenging round of the finest playing action with all of the elements you would expect from a professional course of this caliber. As part of the experience, your forecaddie will familiarize you with the course, offer club selection assistance, hole-specific strategy, as well as insight on effective ways to play each shot of the course.

Contact: (678) 714-2582 | Distance: 28 miles/45 minutes | Website

Chastain Park Amphitheater

This 6,500-seat venue is annually voted Atlanta's best outdoor concert venue. The amphitheatre showcases leading and emerging pop, rock, R & B, blues, jazz, country, urban and world artists. This season’s artists include Edwin McCain, Jill Scott, Kenny G., The Beach Boys, Emmylou Harris, and more. See hotel concierge for information on tickets and transportation.

Contact: (404) 733-4900 | Distance: 3.7 miles/10 minutes | Website

College Football Hall of Fame

The College Football Hall of Fame is an experience devoted to college football. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the new attraction provides visitors with a highly- interactive experience using a blend of college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, multimedia exhibits.

Contact: (404) 880-4800 | Distance: 8.9 miles/15 minutes | Website

Concerts at Philips Arena

The largest indoor concert venue in the Southeast, Philips Arena showcases entertainment stars such as Steve Harvey, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Bruce Springsteen, George Michael, Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Jay Z and Barry Manilow.

Contact: (404) 878-3000 | Distance: 9.4 miles/17 minutes | Website

Gwinnett Center

The Gwinnett Center features the new Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Convention Center, the 702-seat Performing Arts Theatre and located next door, the Hudgens Center for the Arts.

Contact: (770) 813-7500 | Distance: 23.3 miles/30 minutes | Website

MLB's Atlanta Braves at Turner Field

Home to the Atlanta Braves, Turner Field also offers baseball fans guided tours of the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, dining at the 755 Club or the Chop House and a fireworks display after the game. See hotel concierge for information on tickets and transportation.

Contact: (404) 827-1700 | Distance: 11.5 miles/18 minutes | Website

NBA Teams at Philips Arena

Sport's fans may watch professional NBA teams play the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. See hotel concierge for information on tickets and transportation.

Contact: (404) 878-3000 | Distance: 9.4 miles/17 minutes | Website

NFL's Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome

The largest cable-supported dome in the world, the Georgia Dome is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and also hosts the Atlanta Football Classic, the SEC Football Championship Game and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Contact: (404) 223-4636 | Distance: 9.9 miles/17 minutes | Website

Six Flags Over Georgia

With more than ten roller coasters and “40 Fun Things for Kids”, Six Flags Over Georgia is fun for families and kids of all ages. Take a trip aboard Six Flags’ very own railway or even become a matador as you ride the bulls on the Toro Toro ride.

Contact: (770) 739-3400 | Distance: 21.8 miles/28 minutes | Website

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, and offers a variety of attractions, entertainment and recreation such as the Summit Skyride, Lasershow Spectacular™ and Paddlewheel Riverboat.

Contact: (770) 498-5690 | Distance: 18.5 miles/41 minutes | Website

Zoo Atlanta

One of only four zoos in the U.S. housing giant pandas, Zoo Atlanta is also home to the nation’s largest collections of gorillas and orangutans, a renowned diversity of reptiles and amphibians, and more than 1,500 animals from around the world. Other highlights include an all-new Splash Fountain, Zoo train, carousel, interactive wildlife shows, keeper talks, training demos and behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters. Zoo Atlanta is open year-round, closing only on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Visit for more information.

Contact: (404) 624-9453 | Distance: 13.3 miles/21 minutes | Website