There is no end to things to do in the city of Atlanta, capital of Georgia and Gate City of the South. Tour the hometown of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and enjoy the abundance of historical sites to visit and museums to see. Home to the world’s largest aquarium and the factory of one America’s favorite soft drinks, Coca-Cola, adults and children will enjoy their visit to Hotlanta. Between the Atlantans’ southern charm and the city’s rich history, visitors are guaranteed a great time in Georgia’s cultural center.
5…Save on Atlanta’s Hottest Sites
Pick up Atlanta’s CityPass and save 42 percent on the city’s five hottest tourist destinations. The pass includes discounted admission fees to the Georgia Aquarium, the largest in the world. See beluga whales, white sharks, penguins and a variety of aquatic animals from all over the world.
The pass also grants you access to the world of Coca-Cola where visitors will sample sixty beverages, watch the live-action bottle line and see an 1880s soda fountain. The one thing you won’t learn is the Coca-Cola secret recipe. Also stop by the CNN Worldwide studio tour and get a behind-the-scenes look at news in the making.
After, check out two of Atlanta’s greatest museums; the High Museum of Art and local galleries and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History are included in the pass. Watch as dinosaurs come to life at Fernbank’s hands-on exhibits. For adults, the museum hosts a night of culture and cocktails and IMAX every Friday Night. The High Museum of Art houses an extensive collection of 19th and 20th century European, American, African and African-American art as well as a modern and contemporary art collection.
Finally, visit Zoo Atlanta which contains more than 200 species of animals from all over the world. The Ford African Rain Forest at the zoo is one of the largest captive Gorilla populations in North America with 24 of the magnificent animals. If animals are not your thing, try the learn about the gate city to the south at the Atlanta History Center which is also included in the CityPass.
4…History Abounds in Atlanta
Discover the birthplace of one of Atlanta’s most important figures, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. at the MLK Jr. National Historic Site and Sweet Auburn District. Visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church where the Reverend was pastor and is the final resting place of MLK and his wife.
3…Relieve the Battle of Atlanta at Grant Park
While visiting the city’s oldest park, tour the Cyclorama and relieve the 1864 Battle of Atlanta. Examine Civil War artifacts at the exhibit, which has been on display since 1893. Watch a 14-minute movie about the events that lead to the historic battle and see the world’s largest oil painting featuring scenes from the battle.
2…Atlanta’s Most-Visited Destination
Atlanta is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite rock and longest running laser show at the highly attended Stone Mountain Park. Ride to the top of the mountain to see the Stone Mountain carving depicting three Confederate heroes, President Jefferson and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The relief is the largest of it’s kind measuring at 90 by 190 feet.
The park also hosts various events and festivals throughout the year such as the Indian and Yellow Daisy festivals. End the day with a firework finale at the Laser Spectacular in Mountainvision.
1…Year-Round Entertainment at Centennial Olympic Park
Home of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, the park hosts a variety of concerts, festivals and family-friendly activities throughout the year. See the world’s largest Olympic Ring fountain and enjoy the food at the Googie Burger. With 21 acres of open space, it is the perfect place to relax after touring Atlanta.
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