by Jeanne Brei
Atlanta has attractions for every interest: sports fans, for starters, should visit the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. You can immerse yourself in must-see exhibits with content personalized to your favorite team (via an RFID tag on your admission ticket), historical artifacts, a three-story helmet wall and the inspirational rotunda that memorializes college football legends. Or you can catch an NFL Falcons game or United soccer at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, an NBA Hawks or WNBA Dream game at State Farm Arena, or an MLB Braves game at SunTrust Park.
Pop culture fan? Check out the World of Coca-Cola where you can experience the fascinating story of the world’s most famous beverage brand in a dynamic, multimedia attraction with more than 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts. There’s Coca-Cola memorabilia and a tasting room, where guests travel the globe by sipping more than 60 varieties of Coca-Cola from around the world. Or take a CNN Studio Tour to go behind the scenes and through the halls of CNN Center to see how news is gathered, learn production secrets and gain exclusive access to where news is made every day.
History buff? Take a journey through Martin Luther King Jr.’s storied life as the leader of the Civil Rights movement at the MLK Jr. National Historic Site. Start with a guided tour of his birth home, then make a stop in the original Ebenezer Baptist Church and the theater where visitors can view Civil Rights films. Or watch the past come to life at the Atlanta History Center. Housing the largest collection of Civil War memorabilia in the Southeast, the Atlanta History Center guides you through Atlanta’s fall and rise as an international city. Tour the acres of gardens, then take a run on the basketball hardwood from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games held in Atlanta.
Outdoorsy-type? Stone Mountain Park is the most-visited attraction in Georgia. Go hiking, biking or jogging, take in 18 holes of golf, complete the ropes course, catch a movie projected onto the mountain and enjoy the spectacular nightly laser show. Or visit Centennial Olympic Park, the lasting legacy of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games with expansive green spaces and the iconic Fountain of Rings. Or experience a lush, urban oasis at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Enjoy walking through the Orchid Display House or across the Canopy Walk, a 600-foot suspension bridge. Special events include Cocktails in the Garden, the summer music series or one of Atlanta’s most famed holiday lighting displays.
Love to learn? Mingle with the masters at the High Museum of Art, the foremost art museum in the Southeast. The High, located in the middle of Midtown Atlanta’s Arts District, features several permanent collections as well as high-profile traveling exhibits. Or escape into an underwater paradise at Georgia Aquarium where you can see the world’s largest fish, whale sharks, as well as belugas, dolphin, otters and more. Take a behind-the-scenes tour or indulge in one of the animal encounters where you can swim with the whale sharks, pet a beluga or get up close with a penguin. The Georgia Aquarium is the nation’s largest and houses 10 million gallons of fresh and salt water, with more aquatic life than any other aquarium in North America.
Animal lover? At Zoo Atlanta, you get a chance to see twin giant pandas, elephants and a kangaroo! Animal lovers of all ages unite to explore the habitats of more than 1,000 animals, including lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Big kid at heart? Ride the SkyView Atlanta for a one-of-a-kind view of downtown from atop a 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel, overlooking Centennial Olympic Park.
This story originally appeared in the May/June issue of Exhibit City News, p. 84. For original layout, visit https://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecnflipbook_mayjune_2019_web