March 3, 2014
Jason Bateman at Georgia Aquarium
Jason Bateman at Georgia Aquarium

As one of the top five production destinations in the country, Atlanta hosts eminent television and film actors year-round. Popular films recently shot in Atlanta include Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Flight. Use the guides below to follow in the footsteps of your favorite comedian, action hero and leading lady.

 

Clown around like a comic

Morning: Play with dolphins at the world’s largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium. Melissa McCarthy, Rosie O’Donnell, Jason Bateman and Betty White have all participated in the aquarium’s new Dolphin Experience program.

Afternoon: Grab a slice from one of Zagat’s highest-rated pizzerias in the U.S., Antico Pizza Napoletana. Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd have all enjoyed Antico’s pies. Visit Skate Escape Bike Shop afterward to explore Midtown on two wheels like Owen Wilson.

Evening: Feast on upscale Southern fare at one of Atlanta’s most widely acclaimed restaurants, South City Kitchen, where funnymen Robin Williams and Chris Rock were spotted.

Night: Visit Laughing Skull Lounge for professional-grade comedy. Afterward, grab a paddle and a pint at kitschy celebrity-magnet Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium. Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn have all played Ping-Pong at this quirky local favorite.

 

Explore and eat like a hero 

Morning: Follow in the footsteps of Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln on Atlanta Movie Tours’ Big Zombie Tour. Relish visiting the most iconic sites from The Walking Dead and snap a selfie from the Jackson Street Bridge.

Afternoon: Break for a seafood lunch at Lure. Jennifer Lawrence was spotted refueling there while on location for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. After lunch, play Frisbee like Woody Harrelson on the lawn of the city’s centerpiece park, Piedmont Park.

Evening: Dine at STK, self-proclaimed as “not your daddy’s steakhouse.” Known as a local hotspot, this Midtown restaurant has hosted action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Denzel Washington among many other celebrities.

Night: Hit the dance floor at Vanquish Nightclub where Robert De Niro partied with rapper T.I.

 

Stroll like a leading lady  

Morning: Take a walk down the manicured pathways of the award-winning Atlanta Botanical Garden. Jennifer Garner visited multiple times with her children while filming The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

Afternoon: Lunch at Parish where celebs Eva Longoria, Marisa Tomei and Roselyn Sanchez were spotted. Afterward, head to Buckhead for high-lux treasure hunting at Phipps Plaza where Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian shopped while in town.

Evening: Grab inner at the upscale Buckhead Diner where Katherine Heigl and Jessica Alba have enjoyed dinner.

Night: Enjoy a nightcap in The Lobby Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. Celebrated actress Viola Davis is among some of the lounge’s star clientele.

 

Visit Atlanta.net for additional ideas on how to eat, shop and play like a movie star.