Spoiler Alert! If you're brand new to the show and want nothing revealed, stop reading until you've seen at least all of Season 1.
Start your Walking Dead tour of Atlanta with a stop at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the CDC Center. This free museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and the only part of the CDC open to the public. The museum offers an overview of what the CDC does through multi-media installations.
While you won't see any literature or signs of a conspiracy theory cover up a zombie virus, visitors can wear a real hazmat suit and learn more about the history of disease.
For kids, special health sleuthing and educational programs are also available throughout the year.
(Another spoiler alert for anyone who has not seen Season 1)
The group of survivors, lead by Rick Grimes, heads to the CDC Center in Season 1 hoping for answers or a cure to the epidemic. By the time they arrive, it's getting dark and the only way to survive is to get in the CDC Center.
They group stumbles across Dr. Edwin Jenner, the sole survivor, who shelters and feeds them. Their relief is short lived when they find out the CDC is going to shut down and explode itself. In the final moments, Dr. Jenner whispers a shocking secret to Rick about the fate of all mankind. The group manages to escape with seconds to spare.
David J. Sencer CDC Museum Info:
Location:CDC at 1600 Clifton Road, N.E.
Get outdoors and find your zombie survival escape route at Freedom Park. The 144-acre park is the oldest and second largest park in Atlanta. Walk along the paved paths and take in the urban artwork, stop by the Jimmy Carter Museum and access the Beltway.
If you're walking from the Virginia Highland or Poncey Highland area, turn right at Freedom Parkway and North Highland. Walk towards Inman Park and the Old Fourth Wards to enjoy the skyline view. You might remember this from Season 1 when Rick enters Atlanta by horse. The show added CGI and special effects to make the road look longer, but the skyline is the same.
Looking for survivors? Head to the area Rick rode into town on his horse and encountered a herd of zombies and a tank at Forsyth St. NW and Marietta St. NW. Try to retrace his steps on his zombie run. When you're done exploring, head to nearby Woodruff Park.
Go incognito and grab a bite where the actos from The Walking Dead dine. Head to the Inman Park area, Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) have been seen sharing a meal at Victory Sandwich Bar.
The sandwich and pub spot is known for its innovative and inexpensive creations, like the Muffler with Capicola made from sopresata, salami, fontina and tapenade and Jack and Coke Slushie. Both run $4 each and sandwiches come with a side of chips.
Victory Sandwich Bar Info:
Location: 280 Elizabeth St. NE
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 2am, Sunday 11am to 12am
And over in nearby Virginia Highland, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is known to stop by Aurora Coffee for a cup to go before strolling through the Triangle and heading to work. It takes a lot of energy to slay zombies all day.
Aurora Coffee Info:
Location:992 North Highland Ave. NE
Hours: Mondays to Thursdays, 6:30am to 8pm, Friday 6:30am to 9pm, Saturday 7am to 9pm, Sunday 7am to 8pm
If you need to put some thrills and chills behind your The Walking Dead inspired Atlanta tour, head to the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse.
Try your luck running from zombies and get spooked at a part haunted house, part paintball zombie battle. Three attractions take you through zombie survival combat, chase and frights. Actors dressed as zombies are ready to give chase and test your skills. This is a seasonal Atlanta event, so plan ahead for September and October.
Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse Info:
Location: 4215 Thurman Rd. in Conley
Hours: Open most weekends from the end of September until Halloween, check the website for details Box office opens at 7:30pm, Zombie shoot starts at 8pm and ends around midnight.
Admission: $20 up to $55 for a full combo ticket
Looking to get even closer to the show? Travelers staying in Atlanta can try their chance for an extra spot on . Check out the local Extras Casting Atlanta and get ready to look grotesquely undead.