Atlanta. It’s home to Home Depot, Turner, CNN and The Weather Channel. It’s a college football and NASCAR hot bed. It’s known as Hotlanta due to the summer’s extreme heat and humidity and it continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country.
This will be a first in a series of posts spread over time highlighting some of my favorite to-do’s in the various neighborhoods within and regions around Atlanta. Why not start with downtown?
Centennial Olympic Park. This downtown gem was built and open in 1996 when the Olympics were in town. It’s a great place to walk your dog and/or drink coffee early in the morning while looking at the midtown and downtown skylines and all the greenery. Home to concerts, an outdoor skating rink in the winter, an Olympic ring fountain for kids to play in and more, there is something for everyone. Lot’s of popular attractions reside around the perimeter of the park as well.
The first is the World of Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is headquartered in Atlanta as well. Here you can get a complete history of Coca-Cola and it’s branding over the years and also visit Taste it!, my favorite part. Here you can taste test products under the Coca-Cola umbrella from all over the world. I think I consumed to much when I was there last haha. I tried things that I later had where they are actually made and sold like L&P (Lemon and Paeroa) which is a New Zealand beverage.
On the opposite side of the park is the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. Here you can see sharks, whales, penguins, countless species of fish and just added this month, dolphins. Check out my photos from my time there.
Love sports? Get down to Turner Field to check out the Braves MLB team. Philips Arena is home to the NHL’s Thrashers and NBA’s Hawks. The Georgia Dome is home to the NFL’s Falcons, the Peach Bowl, college basketball tournaments and the opening game of every college football season.
Also, checkout Underground Atlanta. Lot’s of shopping and dining options and history. One thing I’ve still gotta do in the downtown area is the Inside CNN Studio Tour. I’ve heard great things. Any other suggestions on things to checkout downtown?