061214 ATLANTA: A later model Northeast Arilines Stinson SR-8E Reliant built in 1936 hangs from the ceiling of a hanger at the Delta Flight Museum on Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Atlanta. Nicknamed the 'gullwing" for their unique double-taper wing design, the plane was used as an instrument trainer. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM
Photo: Curtis Compton
Photo: Curtis Compton

16 of Atlanta's most underrated places

Looking for some of the best things to do in Atlanta?

There is a swimming pool on the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coke or the standard tourist go-to Piedmont Park.

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Here are a few:

Walk the path of a Civil Rights icon

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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

One great place to start the history of Atlanta, a fractured, fire-burnt affair marked by moments of human triumph.

We have  Martin Luther King Jr.'s national historic site , a national park forever memorializing the iconic leader's childhood home, church and final resting place; each preserved as a testament to the 1960's and the power of civil disobedience.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta. Use GPS coordinates instead of a street address. (GPS 33 ° 45'32.43 "N, 84 ° 22'24.00" W), 404-331-5190 ext. 5046. https://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm

Explore the life and times of the only president to hail from Georgia

Eggs have long been gifted to Commanders in Chief but this intricately crated ostrich egg is one of the more folksy items ever gifted to former President Jimmy Carter.
Photo: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library 

9 a.m. to 4:45 pm Monday through Saturday; noon to 4:45 pm Sunday. Last admission taken at 4:15 all days. Admission: Adult: $ 8; seniors, military and students with ID: $ 6; kids under 16: free.

441 Freedom Pkwy, Atlanta. 404-865-7100,  https://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/information

Or stroll through the  Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and contemplate. Georgia's homegrown president - the 39th -and consider how his term has more impact.

Visit one of Atlanta's most renowned cemeteries

Benjamin Hirsch, a Holocaust survivor and the Atlanta architect who designed the Holocaust Memorial at Greenwood Cemetery (in background), stands near the memorial which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The memorial features six large white poles with gas flames on top, which represent the six million Jews killed by the Nazi regime during WWII. Rich Addicks / AJC
Photo: Rich Addicks / AJC

Greenwood Cemetery

1173 Cascade Circle SW, Atlanta. 404-753-6276.

There is beauty in the macabre, too, in the lives of another era at  Oakland Cemetery . Or at the Memorial to the Six Million,  and the holocaust memorial in Greenwood Cemetery which exists in the era. The Cemetery and singer / songwriter Hank Ballard.

Get an inside look at life above Atlanta

061214 ATLANTA: The Douglas DC-3 Ship 41 (from left to right), and Northeast Airlines Stinson SR-8E Reliant built in 1936, and a restored 1931 Curtiss-Wright 6B Sedan that celebrates the Travel Air that flew Delta's first passengers on June 17, 1929 are on display at the Delta Flight Museum on Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Atlanta. The iconic DC-3's spreed, range and passenger capacity. Ship 41 is the only remaining. Delta passenger DC-3. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM
Photo: Curtis Compton

Delta History Museum

10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; noon to 4:30 Sunday. Closed Wednesdays.  1060 Delta Blvd. B-914, Atlanta. 404-715-7886 https://www.deltamuseum.org/visit

Sitting at the nexus of southeastern travel reservations remains Atlanta's claim to fame - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which has long been the busiest airport in the world. The airport is the home to Delta Airlines. The travel giants just opened their Delta History Museum to the public; it was once for employees only. Visitors can see for themselves the wheel of a flight of simulation.

Explore vintage kid entertainment

Atlanta Center for Puppetry  Arts

Closed Mondays.  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. Check the website for museum and special feature ticket prices www.puppet.org.

If history is not for you, perhaps Muppets are. At the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Jim Henson exhibit showcases the famous puppeteer's largest collection in America. There's Kermit, and Ms. Piggy, even a full-sized Big Bird, among the informative installations outlining Henson's mastery of the craft.

Get a good laugh

And nothing is cheerier- Muppets excluded - than a comedy show. 

The city has several places to see (and participate in) improv; at  The Improv Dad's GarageWhole Theater and  Village Theater (amongst others). Professionals can be seen working at  The Punchline . Then there's the secret comedy show at  Smith's Olde Bar .

If you need a change of pace. 

Olivia Burger- Pimento cheese, arugula, green tomato relish and bacon - is served with Pale Ale at Twain's Brewpub in Decatur. (Beckystein.com)
Photo: Becky Stein

Explore food outside the Perimeter

As the city has evolved into something more than the great wall at I-285. 

In Decatur, a lively craft beer pub and  Twain's Brewpub , while in  Roswell, Canton Street .

Lastly, you can always spin the wheel of chance on  Buford Highway aka the International

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