Are you heading to Atlanta soon and looking for places to take photos? Whether it’s for professional photography, Instagram, or just for some fun, below are the best places to take pictures in Atlanta!
Top Places to Take Pictures in Atlanta:
Address: There are multiple entrances to the park, but the GPS address is 1320 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306.
Piedmont Park is one of Atlanta’s most popular places to take pictures. Often, you’ll see a wedding or engagement session when you visit.
Not only does the park provide fantastic views of downtown Atlanta, but there is also a lake, a gazebo, and Oak Hill, which has giant oaks on a sweeping green hill. People come here to jog, walk dogs, practice yoga, play sports, picnic, swim, or just lay on Oak Hill and watch the clouds drift by. And if you are into street photography, Piedmont Park is your place.
Other than paying for parking, Piedmont Park is free to visit. There are multiple places to park around Piedmont Park, but we prefer the parking garage at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which has a $30 maximum daily rate.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Another beautiful place to take pictures in Atlanta is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Here, you can get incredible photos of colorful gardens with the city in the background.
Atlanta Botanical Garden has several gardens, including:
- A small Japanese Garden
- The Skyline Garden, which is great for pictures with downtown Atlanta in the background
- The Cascades Gardens, with the beautiful Earth Goddess sculpture
- The Great Lawn, which is another good spot for photos with Atlanta’s skyscrapers in the background
- A relaxing canopy walk where you can walk on a curved bridge amongst hardwood forests
There are also indoor gardens, including an orchid house, a desert house, and a rotunda that houses tropical plants. I love walking around in these, but photography is a bit challenging since these are tighter spaces to move around.
When should you visit the gardens? Winter is fun for the holiday lights, and I also enjoy spring as everything begins to bloom and come to life. Sometimes, they will have temporary exhibits such as Alice and Wonderland and the SUPERnatural garden exhibition that features aerial and glass art.
For a day trip, we usually park at Atlanta Botanical Garden in the morning and head to Piedmont Park in the afternoon. But unlike the park, Atlanta Botanical Garden requires you to purchase tickets to enter, and you can buy them on their website.
Also, if you plan to do professional photography, you will want to review their policies here.
High Museum of Art
Address: 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
The High Museum is a fun place to take photos in Atlanta with its remarkable architecture and numerous exhibits containing artifacts from around the world. They have permanent and temporary collections, so you’ll want to check out their website for what is on display.
A spiral ramp in the Robinson Atrium provides the most beautiful setting as light shines down from the fan-shaped glass ceiling. Even the stairwells and bridges have soft, natural light that is optimal for photography. Outside, you can marvel at the modern architecture, including a colorful suburban house sculpture designed by artist Roy Lichtenstein.
You’ll want to check out their photography policies and guidelines if you plan on doing a professional or commercial photoshoot here. If you’re going to see the exhibits inside, check out their website for more information on visiting and admission costs.
SkyView Ferris Wheel and Centennial Olympic Park
Address: The GPS address for the SkyView Ferris Wheel is 168 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Centennial Olympic Park is next to the SkyView Ferris Wheel at 265 Park Avenue W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.
I’m terrified of heights, so you will never catch me on the SkyView Ferris Wheel, but it’s a fun spot for photography, even from the ground! But if you are braver than me and want to get pictures of Atlanta from above, visit their website for ticket information.
Once you are done riding the Ferris wheel or taking photos, hop over to the Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta was host to the Olympic Games in 1996. Sadly, I was too young to remember anything, but now we have this large park commemorating the event. Today, the Olympic rings are still popular in Atlanta to take pictures as people climb and sit in the rings.
The Centennial Olympic Park is large at 22 acres, containing the Olympic rings, a small reflecting pool, and flat green lawns. Sometimes, they will have the fountains running where kids can splash around.
Like Piedmont Park, this is an excellent spot for street photography, as many come here to take pictures, walk, and sit by the reflecting pool.
While it is free to visit Centennial Olympic Park, parking can be costly, especially if there is a large event or game taking place at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium. There are parking garages and street parking near the park, but we usually park at the Georgia Aquarium and take the short walk over. Parking is generally cheaper at the Georgia Aquarium at $20 compared to the nearby parking garages, which usually start at $30.
Address: 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313
If you are looking for unique places to take pictures in Atlanta, you will want to add the Georgia Aquarium to your list. The aquarium is the largest in the United States and is home to thousands of animals. They have a new shark exhibit that opened recently that I want to see.
I take several photos when we go, but the best photo spot is in front of the giant aquatic tank in the Ocean Voyager exhibit. Here, you can take pictures with gigantic whale sharks, grouper, turtles, manta rays, and other fish.
This fantastic view is also very popular, so expect crowds, especially on the weekends. If you don’t feel like waiting for people to get out of your frame, plan a weekday visit when schools are in session. We went on a Tuesday in January one year, and the experience was incredible – there were few people, and we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves!
But as much as I love the Ocean Voyager, I prefer the Tropical Diver exhibit. This is another great photo spot in front of a large tank full of colorful corals and tropical fish. I am not scuba certified (I wish I were!) but being there makes me feel like I am swimming in this turquoise water with thousands of vibrant fish.
Visit their website for general admission information and ticket prices. It’s expensive to visit but worth the cost, considering it is the largest aquarium in the United States.
Visitor Tip: if you are a Georgia resident, visit for free general admission on your birthday!
Address: 295 Marietta St NW (the mural is at the corner of Marietta Street and Baker Street)
The ATLANTA mural is not too far from the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park. I never knew it existed until we accidentally took a wrong turn and saw it! A parking garage nearby lets you go to the upper floors for an aerial photo.
Address: 61 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308
There are better places in Atlanta for food and pictures, but if you are new to the city or just visiting, you must stop at least once to see this iconic restaurant that greets you with its famous catchphrase, “What’ll Ya Have?”
The Varsity has been a staple in Atlanta for almost 100 years and has seen thousands of visitors, including presidents and notable actors. Grab onion rings and a chili dog while taking pictures in front of its mid-century red Varsity sign.
Jackson Street Bridge
Address: This bridge is at Jackson St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
I can’t make this list without including the famous Jackson Street Bridge. This bridge is an excellent spot to get incredible images of Atlanta’s cityscape, especially for sunrise and sunset.
Are you a fan of the TV series The Walking Dead? If so, Jackson Street Bridge might look familiar to you. Whenever I see this view, I always think of the character Rick Grimes on his horse heading to the zombie-infested city.
The TV series made Jackson Street Bridge famous; photographers and tourists will take pictures of Atlanta here, especially during golden and blue hours. Depending on what day and when you go, you might run into crowds and tour buses that occasionally make stops at the bridge.
Parking can be tricky, and you cannot park on the bridge. We were lucky to get free street parking on Jackson Street in the neighborhood next to the bridge. You can also find street parking on nearby streets, but you’ll want to check for parking signs (you can only park at certain times of the day) and ensure it is not a bike path.
If you don’t mind walking, you can park at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Parking is free here, on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, next to Jackson Street.
But if you must walk far to get to the bridge, the view will be worth it!
Photographer Tip: If you want the “streamy” look of cars driving by, don’t forget to bring your tripod and a shutter release cable!
Address: 1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
If you’re feeling nostalgic for the old-school movie theater or love going to the movies, consider adding the Plaza Theatre to your list of places to take pictures in Atlanta. The Art Deco theater was founded in 1939 and is Atlanta’s longest-running independent cinema.
Since it’s an operating theater, taking photos inside is limited, but the outside red, blue, and yellow marquee makes a unique background if you enjoy film and cinematography. But you’ll probably want to go early in the morning to take photos outside since the theater is in a busy, small parking lot.
Krog Street (Krog Street Tunnel) and Wylie Street in Cabbagetown
Address: You can find Krog St NE and Wylie St SE on a map here.
Krog Street and Cabbagetown (murals on Wylie Street) are fantastic places to take images in Atlanta if you love street art. You will find many colorful street murals in this area created by talented artists. Every time I visit, it’s never disappointing since I always see something new.
You’ll want to walk through the Krog Street Tunnel, filled with street art, to get to Wylie Street. If you are lucky, you’ll see an artist hard at work creating their mural. Once you reach Wylie Street, you will see a long wall of murals stretching east and west.
It is free to visit these areas, but you’ll probably have to pay for parking. We find it easiest to park at Krog Street Market for a small fee; it is a short walking distance to Krog Street Tunnel. And Krog Street Market has some excellent selections if you are hungry or want to grab a drink.
The address to Krog Street Market is 99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307.
Ponce City Market
Address: 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
The city of Atlanta has wonderfully repurposed many buildings, such as Ponce City Market, that have been sitting vacant for years. Constructed in the mid-1920s and once the Atlanta headquarters for Sears, Roebuck & Company, Ponce City Market is a historical building recently renovated to include many restaurants and retail stores. The decor maintains its historical roots but with a modern, industrial vibe.
And if you enjoy taking pictures of people, you will want to add Ponce City Market to your places to take pictures in Atlanta since there are always many people here, especially on beautiful weekends.
Don’t forget to head up to The Roof, at the top of Ponce City Market, to get aerial views of downtown Atlanta or take some fun photos at Skyline Park, a small amusement park with mini-golf.
While visiting Ponce City Market is free, you must pay for parking and entry to The Roof. You can view additional information about The Roof here.
Address: There are many access points to the Atlanta Beltline. For example, you can access the loop from Piedmont Park, Ponce City Market, and Krog Street Market.
What is the Atlanta Beltline? The Beltline is a loop around downtown Atlanta that connects parks and neighborhoods, and if you are at Ponce City Market, you can access one of the entrances to the Beltline from the second floor.
The whole loop isn’t completed yet, but I would love to walk the entire 22 miles one day. Talk about goals!
You can easily take many photos as you walk along the Beltline. Street photography is excellent here, with many people walking, biking, or skating. You’ll also pass by many restaurants, local breweries, and a skating park.
There are numerous parks along the Beltline, including the most recent addition, Westside Park. This park is at the former site of the Bellwood Quarry and is now the largest greenspace in Atlanta. To read more about Atlanta’s newest park, check out my article A Look at Atlanta’s Newest Park: Westside Park.
Swan House at the Atlanta History Museum
Address: 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Atlanta has beautiful historic homes, but the Swan House is one of my favorite places to take pictures in Atlanta. The home is part of the Atlanta History Center and is located on a road with some of the most lavish homes in Atlanta.
If you have seen the Hunger Games movie, the Swan House might look familiar. This English and Italian-styled home was constructed in the 1920s for the Inman Family, and the interior and exterior make gorgeous photos. There are also lovely gardens throughout the property.
Since it is part of the Atlanta History Center, you have to purchase a ticket for the Swan House, and you can do so on their website. If you plan to do professional photography, you will want to check out their policies here.
Address: 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
While the theater’s exterior might not be the most photographic place on this list, I had to include it because it is an iconic place in Atlanta for its theatrical productions.
Constructed in 1928, the Fox Theater was initially planned to house the Shriners Organization. The extravagant construction and architectural designs were a little too costly for the Shriners, resulting in them leasing the building to William Fox. Fox was known for building movie theaters in America in the 1920s, and with his financial assistance, the Fox Theater was completed.
Today, you can watch a live performance, a movie or attend a concert or comedy show. You usually can’t take pictures during a performance, but you can before and after a show. And when you are inside the theater, it will feel as if you stepped into a Middle Eastern temple with numerous stars twinkling over your head.
Address: 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
You might wonder why I have a cemetery on this list of places to take pictures in Atlanta. There are thousands of people interred at Oakland Cemetery, but there is nothing creepy or spooky about this place. It’s one of my favorite walks in the city, with its enormous oak trees, bright flowers, and an excellent view of downtown Atlanta.
Visiting Oakland Cemetery during the golden hours of early morning or evening makes it a peaceful and beautiful setting for photography. You’ll want to see Oakland Cemetery in the different seasons; fall time brings pumpkin displays, while spring bursts with color as flowers bloom. We last visited Oakland Cemetery in the fall, and I experimented with black and white 35mm film. In my article Capturing Beauty at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, you can read more about this visit.
It is free to enter the cemetery, but guided tours and events require ticket purchases. Learn more about visiting Oakland Cemetery here.
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A Note on My Images
Most of the images in this article I took were shot on 35mm film, and it took multiple trips down to Atlanta to take these exposures. The weather was not on my side for many of these visits, especially when we went to Ponce City Market. The third time was a charm, however! I finally got some sunny blue skies.
I’m lucky to live near Atlanta and have these incredible places to discover. I learned more about my city even though I lived in this area all my life! I hope to add more to this post as Atlanta grows; it is a quickly changing and evolving city.
Stay tuned for updates!