Visit the Trap Music Museum
Started as a creative marketing idea to promote Atlanta rapper T.I.’s 10th album Dime Trap, the Trap Music Museum was originally supposed to be open for a couple of months. Instead, this westside art house, curated by former LaFace Records creative director DL Warfield, has become a must-visit tourist attraction, drawing more than 6,000 visitors every weekend. Inside you’ll find paintings, artifacts, and exhibits dedicated to the “Rubberband Man” himself, along with Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Killer Mike, Pusha T, Rick Ross (yep, they’re trap, too), Migos, Future, and other street rappers from Atlanta and beyond. There’s also a recently added section honoring the late Nipsey Hussle, and while you can splurge on an escape room session for $30, the $10 museum ticket is really all you need.
Play historic golf in the middle of town
Reopened in November 2018 after an epic $23 million redesign and renovation, Bobby Jones Golf Course is something of a redemption story. At one point in its life, the legendary golf champion for whom it is named was actually ashamed of its condition. But with the removal of hundreds of decrepit trees, lots of landscaping and repair, and a new reversible nine-hole design that switches every other day (the only such design in the US), it’s now undoubtedly worthy of its namesake. The 130-acre public course, beautifully expansive and surrounded by the midtown skyline, is just a 15-minute drive from downtown. Tee times vary in price between $45 to $85, fluctuating daily based on demand. So if you can, tee off on a weekday for a better deal.
Go skating at Cascade
You probably don’t think of the movie ATL as a classic, but the way it used the city as a character is unmatched. Even when cameras aren’t rolling, Cascade’s grounds are full of skaters doing synchronized dances. It’s one of Atlanta’s most culturally significant places, where “Old Atlanta” enthusiastically welcomes newbies, as long as those of you who need help staying upright stay out of the way as the rolling human trains come through. Pro tip: Wednesday is adult night (Saturdays are for teens, and more expensive anyway), and it’s just an $8 cover with $4 skate rentals.