Buying Tickets

Do I have to purchase tickets to the Atlanta history tours in advance?

Yes. Tickets must be purchased in advance on our website, as our Atlanta tours often sell out. We suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour date, time and number of tickets you prefer.  Tickets must be purchased 30 minutes prior to the tour start time.

If a history tour is sold out, can I get on a wait list?

We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, we may add an additional tour on that day. Please contact us to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.

Are gift certificates available?

Yes. To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.

Can I book a private group tour?

Yes. To arrange a private tour, please click here.

Does the tour guide accept gratuities?

Gratuities are greatly appreciated for exceeding your expectations, though not mandatory. A tip of 15% is customary in the tourism industry.

The Tours

How much walking is involved?

The King Historic District Tour covers about 1.7 miles of easy walking on level ground. We walk at a moderate pace and it is an easy walk for most individuals, but we always recommend wearing comfortable walking shows.

Is the tour appropriate for Atlanta locals?

Absolutely!  We explore off-the-beaten path places so that locals can get to know the hidden gems in our own city.  Locals particularly enjoy getting a deeper understanding of the history that makes Atlanta such a great place to live.

Can I take pictures on the tour?

Of course! We welcome cameras and filming throughout the tour.

Is there parking near the starting point of the tour?

Yes, there is free parking near the starting point of the tour. More information will be provided upon ticket purchase via email.

Is there public transportation to the starting point of the tour?

Yes. The nearest MARTA (metro) station is about .5 miles, or a 10 minute walk from the starting point. It is also very easy and cheap to catch an Uber or a Lyft to the starting point from most locations inside Atlanta.

Does the tour begin and end at the same place?

Yes. The tour ends across the street from the start location. The tour ends directly in front of the Atlanta Streetcar so it is easy to take the Streetcar to most other major tourist attractions.

Will the tour still happen if it rains?

Yes! We operate in rain or shine. Atlanta’s weather is normally pretty good year round, though we recommend always checking the forecast beforehand, and bringing an umbrella if necessary. On very rare occasions, we will contact you if the tour needs to be cancelled due to severe weather forecasts.

Can I bring pets on the tour?

No, pets are not allowed on the tour. The exception would be for a service animal only.

Are children welcome on the tour?

Our walks involve about 2 hours of walking and standing. Some children may have limited attention span and these Atlanta tours may not be appropriate for them. We also discuss the history of the South – including sensitive topics like slavery and the struggles faced during the Civil Rights Movement – so it is helpful if your child is aware of this history. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually.

Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?

Yes, but, please keep in mind that though most of Downtown Atlanta is very flat, some of the sidewalks are uneven and broken. We will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

Are restrooms available during the tour?

Yes. Restrooms are available at the start of the tour and about halfway through the tour.

Does the King Historic District Tour include the National Center for Civil and Human Rights?

No. The King Historic District Tour begins approximately 2 miles away from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The end point of the tour is on the Atlanta Streetcar line so the tour is a perfect accompaniment for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Does the King Historic District Tour include the King Birth Home?

No. The King Historic District Tour includes the King Center and the burial site for Dr. King. But, the tour does NOT include a guided tour of the Birth Home. The Birth Home is operated by the National Park Service and only park rangers conduct those free, 1-hour long, guided tours.  You can get free tickets to the Birth Home tour by walking inside the National Historic Site Visitor Center. Ask for tickets at the Park Ranger desk.  (Your guide can help direct you to that location).

We recommend that you schedule your Birth Home tour at least 3 hours after the start time of your King Historic District Tour. For example, if you have booked at 10:00 History Tour, we recommend that you ask for a 1:00 p.m. Birth Home tour ticket, which will give you 2 hours to complete the History Tour with a bit of wiggle room on both sides to make sure you are at the starting location of the Birth Home tour by 12:45, which is about one block away from the end point of the History Tour.

Why should I take the King Historic District Tour? Isn't the King Center free?

First, yes, the King Center and the National Historic Site are free and you can absolutely visit them on your own. But, the locations are massive: the National Historic Site is 35 acres alone, and the King Historic District is almost 2 miles across.  Many guests miss some of the most interesting spots simply because the area is so massive. Though Atlanta History Tours is not affiliated with the King Center or the National Park Services, our tour was built with the support of the King Center to ensure that you see all of the important locations at the King Center and the National Historic Site, while also going beyond those locations and exploring the whole neighborhood.

Second, we want to ensure that you understand the full richness of this neighborhood. Of course, we will tell you the story of Dr. King, but we also want to tell you the story of the many other people who influenced Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in this neighborhood.  We think you will walk away amazed by how Atlanta changed the world.

How do I get to the start location?

We meet at the Behold Statue (a large African man holding a baby) at the entrance to the King National Historic Site and across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church.  To get to this location, follow these directions.

From the Atlanta Airport and areas south of the city: Take I-85 to Exit 248B (Edgewood Avenue). Make a right onto Edgewood Avenue. Make a left onto Jackson Street. Make a right onto John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and the parking lot for the National Park Services will be on your right. (If you don’t need to park, you can make a left onto Jackson Street and get out of your taxi at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Jackson Street.)

From areas north of the city: Take I-85 South to Exit 248D (John Wesley Dobbs Avenue). Make a left onto John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, which will turn into Irwin Street. To park, make a left onto Jackson Street and then a right onto John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and the parking lot for the National Park Services will be immediately on your right. (If you don’t need to park, from Irwin Street, make a right onto Jackson Street and get out of your taxi at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Jackson Street.)

Via MARTA: Take MARTA to the King Memorial Transit Station. When you walk out of the MARTA station, make a right onto Decatur Street. Make a left onto Jackson Street and walk 0.5 miles and you will come to the Behold Monument at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Jackson Street.

Via Streetcar: This is the easiest option!!! Take the Streetcar to the King Streetcar stop and walk off the streetcar. You will see the Behold Monument directly across the street from the Streetcar stop.