The VOX teens are people about town. Here are some of their highly recommended spots to visit around Atlanta.
Atlantic Station is the best place to hang out with friends or go on a date. The outside mall is perfect for shopping at popular stores such as H&M and Express. Atlantic Station has many eateries — including California Pizza Kitchen and Yard House — and a movie theatre. Local police have been enforcing the curfew/conduct rules (people younger than 18 supposed to be with a parent/no one younger than 21 allowed after 11 p.m.). — Jhoanna
American Deli — “You can’t go anywhere and not have wings. If anyone tells you to go to The Varsity, that’s a touristy thing. It’s a part of Atlanta culture, that V in the front, but that’s it.” — Sydney, 19
Cafe Intermezzo is the place for $9 cake and virgin drinks. Go before or after prom. Some people say the burger “America” is the best ever.
Centennial Olympic Park – This is a legendary Atlanta destination. It’s lively, fun, and there’s a really cool Italian Ice Truck that sometimes shows up. 🙂 – Mack, 15
Goat Farm Arts Center – Feed goats, while walking the set of “The Hunger Games” and see art installations. Chickens roam free. Coffee shop takes donations. —Alexandria, 19
Majestic Diner & Plaza Theater — Sitting between L5P (Little 5 Points) and the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood, the Plaza Theatre is Atlanta’s oldest operating cinema. Hailed by Mensjournal.com as the “5th best theater in the world,” the Plaza keeps an age-old tradition of performing the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at midnight every Friday. A hop away is the Majestic Dinner, which has been open every day for 24 hours since 1929. Also in that plaza is probably the most aesthetic Urban Outfitters ever. – Kaylynn
The High Museum of Art — More controversial recently, Atlanta’s largest art nonprofit hosts teen nights and organizes a Teen Team each summer.
Little 5 Points – This crossroads of restaurants and shops scares some and fascinates others. A good place to thrift, get a piercing or pass through to hip Inman Park or O4W. Find music, art, graffiti, panhandlers and vinyl records on the same block. A great place for Instagram photoshoots, listening to random unknown bands and deep discussions.
Noah’s Ark — A nonprofit animal sanctuary about 45 minutes south of downtown. The Atlanta Zoo is cool but here you can see rescued animals up close. Where else could best friends lion, tiger and bear live in the same enclosure?! (Leo the lion died in 2016. The organization published: “…since being rescued together from a drug dealer’s basement in 2001, it is highly likely that Baloo and Shere Khan knew their lion brother was terminally ill long before Leo began displaying outward symptoms.” — Julianna, 16
Old Fourth Ward Skatepark (off the Beltline Eastside Trail) – right on the edge of gentrified and not-gentrified Atlanta, it’s a really cool spot with a lot of great art. – Kenneth, 17
Ponce City Market — Although a bit pricey, PCM is a great place to go for fashion inspiration, room decor, books and good food. Not to mention it’s right off the Beltline and in close proximity to Piedmont Park. If you enjoy walking, you can hit all three locations in a day. — Alexandria, 19
The West End — Yep. West End is a hub of art, culture and Atlanta history. Home to art galleries (Hammonds House, Gallery 992, West End Arts Center), West End Park and The Wren’s Nest. And Wendy’s. — Khalil, 16
The World of Coca-Cola — Because Coke is magical — and a large point of business and staple of Atlanta society. – Chris J., 14
The Wren’s Nest — It’s a home of a guy (Joel Chandler Harris) who wrote some things (the Brer Rabbit tales) after Atlanta was burned down (1876 and 1908). — Khalil, 16
Compiled by teens at VOX who live all around the metro ATL area.
This list will be published in our back-to-school special print edition, circulating printing today and circulating later this week. Get your free copy at school (or let us know if you don’t see it there and can recommend a teacher who can sign up as a distributor).
Save the date! Share your voice – Dec. 9.
This semester we invite you to join VOX teens in a community dialogue about immigration. Create art. Slam poetry. Meet each other. Follow along this semester’s investigation voxatl.org/category/vox-investigates/.