8 Downtown Atlanta Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss

8 Downtown Atlanta Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss

If you're looking for something fun to do in Downtown Atlanta, check out these places.

Downtown Atlanta is a great place to spend time because there is so much to do. It’s a great place to have a wide variety of experiences and to learn new things. Many of these attractions are within walking distance, so you can visit a few in one day.

1. Centennial Olympic Park

This park was built for the 1996 Olympic Games but is still used for a variety of purposes today. It is a lovely place to spend a few hours walking around. The fountains are a great place for children (or adults) to cool off on a hot day. Depending on when you go, there are different things to do there. In the winter, there is an ice skating rink in the park. There’s also a chance there will be live music happening during the evenings during the warmer months. This is the place to go if you are on a budget or just want to spend a few hours outside.

2. World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola is fun for everyone, even the most loyal Pepsi fans. At the beginning, a short 3-D film will welcome you to the World of Coca-Cola and give you a brief history of the soft drink. You can walk through halls filled with Coke memorabilia and relive the days when a soda was only five cents. At one point of the tour, visitors get to see a bottling factory from behind glass walls and watch while glass bottles are filled and labeled. At the end, you get to take your very own glass bottle of Coke off of the line! Perhaps the best part of the whole experience is the station where you can sample flavors of Coca-Cola products from around the world. It’s a cool way to see what the popular flavors are on different continents.

3. CNN Center

If you love television and enjoy getting a behind-the-scenes-look at how it’s made, you’ll want to go on the CNN Studio Tour. The building is home to CNN and Turner Broadcasting Station and has the largest freestanding escalator in the world. Even if you don’t go on the tour, stop by for a quick bite to eat at the massive food court. The tour takes you through several news sets and lets you get a closer look at the filming of these shows as well as a peek into the newsroom where stories are prepared for the newscasters to present. The tour guide also gives a lot of interesting information about CNN and Turner Broadcasting Station.

4. Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is fun for visitors of all ages. It’s the second largest aquarium in the world and houses over 100,000 animals, including beluga whales, manta rays, whale sharks, and bottlenose dolphins. The aquarium is split up into separate areas for different habitats. There’s even a petting tank where you can touch small rays and sharks!

5. College Football Hall of Fame

This is one stop every sports fan must make. This museum has newly relocated to Atlanta from Indiana. The entrance of the museum is filled with hundreds of football helmets from schools across the country and different divisions, so take a moment to find your school. There are several rooms and exhibits dedicated to important players and teams that include interactive videos. In one exhibit, visitors can sit at the ESPN College GameDay desk and become part of their own virtual broadcast with other ESPN analysts. After learning about your favorite players, put your own skills to the test on the field that includes stations devoted to different football skills.

6. Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar, and View

This restaurant and cocktail lounge is located in a rotating observatory, letting you see all of Atlanta. There are three levels that all rotate slowly, so you can have a full meal or just go for drinks. Listen to live jazz music as you eat contemporary American cuisine and take in a spectacular view of the city. Go during the day to see every corner of Atlanta, or go at night to see the lights of the city.

7. Philips Arena

Philips Arena is home to NBA team Atlanta Hawks and WNBA team Atlanta Dream. If there isn’t a game scheduled during your vacation, it’s no problem, because there is a good chance there will be a major event happening there during your stay. Philips Arena is one of the busiest arenas in the United States. From major music acts, to comedians, and even WWE Wrestling, there is always something to see.

8. Children's Museum of Atlanta

If you’re traveling with children (or just the young at heart) you’ll want to stop at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The museum is best suited for children nine and under. There are different exhibits broken up by subjects like science, art, nature, maps, and food production. It’s highly educational, but your kids will be having so much fun that they won’t even realize that they’re learning.

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