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The Swan House: Places to Visit in Atlanta

By Edited Jul 17, 2016 1 0
The Swan House: Places to Visit in Atlanta
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If you are planning to visit Atlanta, take the time to visit one of the premiere Atlanta, GA attractions. I have been inside the home and know the area very well. It is located in one of the nicest areas of the city near Buckhead and the Governor’s Mansion.

If the house looks familiar, then you probably saw it in the Hunger Games second entry, Catching Fire.

The property is beautiful and well-maintained and worth a visit if you have some extra time to kill and are staying in Atlanta on business  or a layover. If you are staying downtown, it is just a short drive up I-75 and you can get there in about 10 minutes.

Swan House Atlanta

The Swan House: Places to Visit in Atlanta
If you are looking for places to see in Atlanta, do not skip the Swan House. The home gets its name from the swan motif throughout most of the home.

Located off 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. in NW Atlanta just one block from Peachtree Road, the Swan House has a rich history and is one of most recognizable buildings. Its unique design has landed it in several movies, most recently The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The Swan House was built in 1928 for a prominent cotton producing family named Inman who were active in the development of the Atlanta area after the Civil War on early 20th century.[1]

The mansion itself was designed by Philip Trammell Shutze, a local architect in the city and presents a Gatsby like glimpse into the life of rich Atlantans during the 20s and 30s.

The Atlanta Historical Society bought the Swan House in 1966 and opened it to the public the following year.[1]

The property is surrounded by beautiful gardens which you can explore on your own after the guided tours, or open visitation hours. The landscape was created in the 20s when the home was originally built and features pools, fountains and beautiful rose covered stone walls surrounding the home and property.

The house is open for visitation Mondays through Fridays from 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturdays from 10 AM to 12:30 PM and Sundays from 1 to 4 PM.[1]

Capital Tour

If you are interesting in touring the property, there are guided tours available which highlight the history including the relevant filming locations of the Hunger Games film.

If you are watching the film and are interested in knowing what locations were filmed at this location, the house itself is the home of President Snow where they host the gala banquet for the Victory Tour.

Your tour guide will answer any questions your have about the film and will show you other areas that typically are not included in the main tour if you ask. For instance, the staircase you see in the film in the garden area for the banquet scene was made out of wood specifically for the movie. They painted it to look like stone and you cannot tell the difference.

Adults

  • $26.50 walk-up
  • $24.50 online 

Children

  • $21 walk-up
  • $19 online

Discounts for Seniors/Students

  • $23 walk-up
  • $21 online 
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Atlanta CityPASS

The Swan House: Places to Visit in Atlanta
Credit: Josh Hallett via Wikimedia Commons

If you are visiting the area and would like to see other attractions in Atlanta, Ga, you might want to consider getting an Atlanta CityPASS online. Admission to the Swan House is included in the CityPASS.

The Atlanta CityPASS gives you preferred access to five separate attractions around the city for $74 and $59 for adults and children respectively.

If you visit each of the sites separately, the costs are listed below. For the record, I have been to all five sites and they are worth a visit if you are spending the weekend in Atlanta.

  • Georgia Aquarium - the GA Aquarium is the largest in the world with more than 60 exhibits. Georgia Aquarium tickets separately are $31.95 for adults but you receive a $7 discount if purchasing online beforehand
  • World of Coca-Cola – experience the history of Coca-Cola through its advertising campaigns and pop culture in this museum of sorts. You can even mix your own type of cola based on your preferred tastes. The Coca Cola museum tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for children.
  • Inside CNN Studio Tour – experience the behind the scenes working of CNN’s world headquarters. Ticket are $15 for adults and $14 for children.
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History – experience an observatory, a planetarium and an IMAX theater. Admission to the science center is free, but tickets for the planetarium show are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors. Imax tickets are $13 for adults, and $12 for students and seniors.
  • Zoo Atlanta – located just to the east of downtown in Grant Park, the zoo houses over a 1000 animals. Tickets to the zoo are $21.99 for adults and $16.99 for children under 12.

As you can see, if you plan on going to the Georgia Aquarium and either the zoo or Fernbank to catch a show, then the Atlanta CityPASS is the best deal. However, visitors using the Atlanta History Center ticket option with Atlanta CityPASS may visit the Swan House as well for no additional charge.

Final Thoughts

The Swan House property is beautiful and well-maintained. There is also a restaurant on the premises called the Swan Coach House, however, it is pricey and most tourists might feel a bit underdressed.

During the tour of the home, you will notice that a portion it locked and unavailable to the public, but this is typically the case with historic homes such as Mount Vernon in Virginia or Wren’s Nest, also in historic Atlanta. If you love historic homes such as the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina, you will love visiting the Swan House.

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Bibliography

  1. "Swan House." Atlanta History Center. 11/01/2015 <Web >

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