No other institution focused on puppetry is as big as this one in Atlanta, which features a large collection of rare and delightfully nostalgic puppets, a popular educational center and a performance troupe. However, you’ll want to go for the unique things to see, numbering 4,000 pieces in the collection, some donated from the family of puppeteer and “Muppets” creator Jim Henson. Before you go, there’s still one more thing to do: Use a phone or camera to document the center’s “tiny door,” a painted miniature door that’s part of an art project—#TinyDoorsATL—adding “tiny wonder in big places.” Think of them as little secret Atlanta attractions scattered across the city.
1305 S. River Industrial Blvd. S.E.
Best from April to September, this trail within Constitution Lakes Park, only about 5 miles from downtown, was inspired by local resident Joel Slaton who started displaying “found art” along the 1.5-mile loop. This urban preserve-turned-art installation features everything from, yes, doll parts to old bricks—the latter not so surprising since there used to be a brickyard on the grounds. After strolling past scenic wetlands and lakes to washed-up rubble that’s been turned into folk art, visitors are encouraged to create their own family-friendly contribution using what they’ve found.Wikimedia Commons / CC BY SA
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1680 Westview Dr. S.W.
This peaceful place to go is not as visited as Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place of the city’s glitterati in the heart of downtown, though it’s still convenient if you take public transit (15 minutes from West Lake Marta) and does contain the grave of Coca-Cola co-founder Asa G. Candler. The architecture and interesting historical details are what to explore. The original gate is one of the oldest standing structures in the city. The cemetery is also the site of an eye-catching, cathedral-like mausoleum and chapel called Westview Abbey, said to be the largest of its kind under one roof. Not all of the 582 acres of Westview Cemetery are developed, but it’s one of the largest cemeteries in the Southeast, with a portion of it having been the site of the Civil War Battle of Ezra Church.AAA
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