More than a thousand people voted for the top tourist spot in Atlanta. Stone Mountain finished in the top three. Piedmont Park, in the heart of Atlanta, was also among the favorites. But this attraction was the overwhelming winner. The Georgia Aquarium received more than 28% of the votes to take the title.

Winner: Best tourist attraction in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta has no shortage of tourist attractions. Whether you’re entertaining guests from out of town or being a tourist in your own city, the are things to do and places to go both inside and outside the Perimeter.

So when it came to picking a favorite attraction, there were lots to choose from. These museums won't cost you a penny to explore. 

But our readers’ top three should surprise no one. More than a thousand people voted, and here are the top three finishers.

In third place was Stone Mountain Park

The park features 3,200 acres of geology, land and history, including the iconic Stone Mountain, which displays the controversial memorial carving depicting three Confederate icons of the Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. It is also the site of festivals, water fun and a laser show.

» Photos: Stone Mountain Park, an iconic Georgia landmark

» A proposal to put the name of 'King' on a Stone Mountain Park bridge

Finishing second was Piedmont Park.

With its more than 180 acres of open space, walking trails, tennis courts and playgrounds, Atlanta’s most central park is a lot to take in.

» Everything you need to know about Atlanta's Piedmont Park

» Walk to these 7 restaurants from Piedmont Park

So, which attraction took the title?

Once again, our readers have voted the Georgia Aquarium as their favorite tourist spot. 

Opened in 2005, the Georgia Aquarium is a 600,000 square foot facility containing about 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater, making it the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere.

» Your guide to visiting the Georgia Aquarium

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Winners of all our Best of Atlanta polls can be found on ajc.com.

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