Martin Luther King National Site

Martin Luther King National Site

Martin Luther King National Site: Our most recommended tours and activities

Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

1. Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

Explore all the most popular and historic areas of Atlanta, the capitol of the south on this guided trolley tour. Discover top attractions like the area where Martin Luther King was raised and greenspaces like Inman Park and Ansley Park. Hop aboard the Trolley in Atlanta’s downtown and hear the stories and history of this southern metropolis. This trolley tour is an excellent way to get the lay of the land and open your eyes to all the things you can do in Atlanta. Cuise by the Old 4th Ward, the neighborhood where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, which is now filled with artisanal restaurants and stores. Discover areas such as Centennial Olympic Park, Inman Park, and Ansley Park.

Atlanta 5 Hour City Tour by Air-Conditioned Bus

2. Atlanta 5 Hour City Tour by Air-Conditioned Bus

Tour Atlanta from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Visit everything from Downtown to Buckhead with stops at Civil War Battleground sites and the Swan House. Take a walk along the BeltLine and admire the Buckhead mansions. From Peachtree Center, head to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park for an in-depth look at the life of Dr. King. Continue to Krog Street Market and witness the reinvention of Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods. Walk along the BeltLine trail and admire the public art installations. Stop at the booming Ponce City Market - the area's largest adaptive reuse project which houses the Central Food Hall and various shops. Relax on the bus and let your guide take you on a tour of the homes of the rich and the famous in this beautiful neighborhood. See other historical sites, including The Swan House which was featured in "The Hunger Games."

Atlanta: Black History and Civil Rights City Driving Tour

3. Atlanta: Black History and Civil Rights City Driving Tour

Drive around the home of the modern Civil Rights movement and discover the rich African-American heritage of Atlanta. Visit the most iconic and significant neighborhoods and landmarks while learning their historical significance and hear the stories of leaders and activists, past and present. Explore the major heritage sights of African-American Heritage by driving around Atlanta. Visit the heritage district of Sweet Auburn Avenue, a famous black neighborhood lined with iconic churches and black-owned businesses. Learn important stories from your guide and discover Atlanta's many close ties to great African-American leaders and activists such as W.E.B Du Bois, Madam CJ Walker, Booker T. Washington, Stokely Carmichael, Maynard Jackson, and many more. Drive through the Downtown, West End, Castleberry Hills, Vine City, Atlanta University Center, Downtown Atlanta, and the birth home and last residence of Dr. Martin Luther King. Despite its past challenges, Atlanta is a vibrant city that has emerged as a center for black culture, education, political influence, and business — a testament to its power, strength, and undefeated spirit.

Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

4. Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

Learn all about the history of Atlanta and explore some of its most exciting areas on a 90-minute journey via electric car. Explore the city far away from all its main tourist-crowded areas downtown. Discover some of its most historic and eclectic neighborhoods like Inman Park, Atlanta's first planned suburb; Old Fourth Ward, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to Dr. Martin Luther King; Georgia Institute of Technology; the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site; and Midtown Atlanta, with its thriving bars, cafes, and colorful lifestyle. The Atlanta Experience tour is perfect for both tourists and locals wanting to learn more about the city's history. Whether a first-time visitor or an Atlanta resident, you will leave with a new found love and affection for this great southern city.

Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

5. Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

Discover Atlanta in a fun and exciting way by gliding around on Segway. Learn about the rich culture and history as you explore some of the eclectic neighborhoods of this fascinating southern city. Choose one of three tours to explore different parts of Atlanta. Each segway tour begins with a 15-20 minute training session so that you feel safe and comfortable as you hit the streets on these vehicles.  On the Eastside Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, see the historic sites and neighborhoods of Atlanta on a relaxed tour that takes an in-depth look at the city’s history and culture. Meet your group at the meeting point and set off, avoiding the busy sidewalks and congested streets. Go to the Inman Park neighborhood to explore Atlanta's first planned suburb, established back in the 1890’s. Continue to the Martin Luther King National Park, located at his boyhood home on Auburn Avenue. Explore the traditionally African American neighborhood of Old Fourth Ward (O4W), where King grew up. Go to the Historic Oakland Cemetery, one of Atlanta’s largest green spaces. Cruise through Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest public park, and look out for the renovated mill in the artistic Cabbagetown district. Along the way, your guide will stop to introduce you to some of the city's specialty stores and there may even be the chance for food tastings along the way.  On the Midtown Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, experience the soaring skyscrapers and leafy neighborhoods of Atlanta and enjoy great views of architecture and urban nature. Pass the modern skyscrapers of the Midtown Business District en route to the lovely houses of Ansley Park. Marvel at a diverse range of building styles, from opulent Tudor homes to Craftsmen and Italian Renaissance buildings in the heart of the city. Discover one of the fastest growing areas of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, bordered by many of the city's top attractions. Glide into Midtown, known for its diversity of restaurants that you cane come back and visit some of them after the tour. Pass the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of America’s top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Then, escape the hustle and bustle of the city center as you roll past the lush landscape of Atlanta Botanical Garden. Continue to Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, always alive with a range of outdoor activities.  The Downtown Atlanta 90-minute evening tour is a leisurely journey through historic Downtown Atlanta. From Atlanta’s early beginnings, the Centennial Olympics, and current day expansion. Come and see why the city is noted as the Capitol of the south. See sites including the Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Headquarters, World of Coke, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and Georgia State University. Venture into the historic Fairlie Poplar district of downtown. This tour is great for picture opportunities. You will learn, explore, and get sound recommendations on restaurants and other things to do in the area.

Atlanta: Trace the Legacy and Life of Martin Luther King

6. Atlanta: Trace the Legacy and Life of Martin Luther King

Embark on a guided walking tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta. Walk the same streets once traversed by Dr. King and see the places where he worked, lived, and worshipped including the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. Meet your guide at the Behold Monument at the entrance to the King National Historical Park. Listen to amazing stories of civil rights leaders that seamlessly weave through the history of Martin Luther King JR, the civil rights movement, and the city of Atlanta. Learn about the work of Dr. King with a visit to the Freedom Hall of the King Center. See the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where he served as co-pastor with his father. Visit Prince Hall Grand Lodge, which was the headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1960s. Visit the King Center and see a variety of photos and artifacts related to his life. Take in the phenomenal views at the Jackson Street Bridge. By the end of the tour, you'll walk away with a deeper understanding of the life and enduring legacy of Martin Luther King.

Atlanta: City Lights Night Tour with Photos & Dinner Stop

7. Atlanta: City Lights Night Tour with Photos & Dinner Stop

Ride by night around Atlanta and see the glimmering city lit up against the sky. Visit top landmarks, spot famous movie and TV filming locales, and iconic attractions like the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Listen to interesting facts from your guide and watch the city come to life as the sun sets. Drive through the twinkling lights of Downtown Atlanta and see all the sights. Take in the view of the sun setting as you drive by The King Center and learn of the city's important civil rights heritage. Grab local restaurant and bar suggestions from your guide as you pass by the best in town. Take in views of the Jackson Street Bridge, Centennial Olympic Park, and Mercedes Benz Stadium, which are sometimes illuminated with brilliant colors. Allow your guide to point out famous filming spots and share the history of the Millennium Gate. Enjoy plenty of time for photo ops and stops and drop-off at a dinner location at the end of the tour.

Atlanta: Civil Rights Self-Guided Audio App Walking Tour

8. Atlanta: Civil Rights Self-Guided Audio App Walking Tour

Explore the historic Civil Rights sites in Atlanta at your own pace and schedule on our Location Aware Audio Walking Tour App. You’ll see sites associated to Martin Luther King’s Jr including his home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, his tomb, and many places he frequented and learn the story of the man Martin Luther King Jr. including how he changed his name from Michael King. You'll learn about his Father, Big Daddy King, and his influences in Atlanta that made him the man he became. ' Hear parts of his historic speeches on site and feel the emotion of his words. You'll learn the history of the "I Have A Dream" speech, and how he did not plan to give it that day. And you'll learn about assassination, and the dent he put in the universe. You’ll also see historic sites and learn about other local civil rights heroes including Reverend Borders, the first black millionaire Madam CJ Walker, John Wesley Dobbs, David T. Howard, John Lewis, many more.

Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

9. Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This 3+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Atlanta in 1-2 hours. Experience Atlanta, Georgia, on a self-guided tour via an app. This tour has been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. The walking tour begins at Centennial Olympic Park. Learn about the 1996 Olympic Games and the shocking bombing that went unsolved for an entire year. Enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as different centuries or interior rooms. Swing by the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta’s most popular attraction. Experience all sorts of quirky exhibits, colorful tidbits of history, and coke flavors from around the world. After that, stop at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the United States. See enormous whale sharks and more thanks to the aquarium’s 10-million-gallon tank. Continuing downtown, hear about the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917. Learn about the astonishing blaze that left a whopping 10 percent of the city homeless. If you know where to look, you can still find evidence of the fire. Keep exploring downtown and tune in to the city’s entertainment business, from Hollywood to hip-hop. If you want to get a birds-eye view of Atlanta’s gorgeous downtown, hop on board the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel next. Pass the APEX Museum, dedicated to Black history in Atlanta. Then, turn back the clock to a time before the Civil Rights Movement, when half of Atlanta’s population wasn’t allowed to vote. Step into the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical District and walk to his birthplace, Auburn Ave. Hear the whole story of King, from his formative years to his studies in the ministry and, finally, his world-changing activism. Stop by the World Peace Rose Garden and a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Learn Gandhi’s importance to King and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. Next, walk to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Hear about King’s shocking assassination and his enduring legacy. Finally, visit the King Center, hear about Coretta Scott King, and conclude your tour at the home of King’s birth.

Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Take a journey through recent history on this walking tour of Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood. The tour starts at the Atlanta Breakfast Club, giving you a chance to get some coffee or a bite to eat before you step back in time to the Civil Rights Movement. I’ll show you where Martin Luther King is buried, and where he was born. I’ll also point out Fire Station No. 6 and the many churches with links to the Civil Rights Movement. While exploring the history of MLK's life and legacy, we’ll venture off the main path to see great skyline views of Atlanta. We’ll explore the changes made in recent times to this ever-evolving neighborhood, peppered with historical landmarks. Architecture fans will have their hands full snapping photos of the restored Queen Anne-style homes, and Jackson Street Bridge. Towards the end of our journey, I’ll take you through the funky Edgewood neighborhood, where the vibe changes significantly. Great photo ops appear thanks to large sweeping murals and unique watering holes. We’ll end our tour by paying tribute to a few more historical spots, and exploring a quaint museum dedicated to Madame CJ Walker, the first female self-made millionaire. I hope you enjoy discovering this neighborhood, steeped in history!

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oh my gosh totally exceeded my expectations!!! I was born in Atlanta and first time back for 52 years !!!!! What a homecoming... an intensive , interesting, emotional trip thanks again!!!

I couldn’t make it at my initial scheduled time, they kindly helped me to reschedule without no ask, then I had this wonderful trip before I left!!

The tour guide was very informative and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The driver was warm and friendly also and funny.

Good. I just wish it included another stop in the nice tourist attractions

Katy was a welcoming and very informative guide. We learnt & saw heaps.