For the longest time, Atlanta had very limited attractions downtown, mostly considered tourist traps. But over time, the city has improved upon these sites and now you can spend a whole day or longer at the different venues that downtown offers.
Free of charge and open to the public is the Centennial Olympic Park with its vast green expanse and fun water fountains in the center. Many a childhood has been spent enjoying summers at those fountains. They have a canteen onsite as well as a play area and plenty shaded locations around for a picnic or some alone time.
The newer attraction close to this is the Skyview – a ferris wheel that goes up almost 20 stories for an eagle eye view of the city. Day or night, you are sure to catch splendid city vistas. The gondola style cabins make this a safe attraction for adults and children alike.
One of the newer museums here is the Center for Civil and Human rights which educates visitors and locals alike on the civil rights movement which is so strongly grounded in Atlanta as well as the global human rights movement. Another new museum is the College Football Hall of Fame, which includes a 45-yard replica field, helmets from more college teams than you probably know and other related paraphernalia.
There is also the older but equally interesting Children’s Museum of Atlanta where young ones can learn math, science and more in a fun and interesting way. All of these attractions are connected by the central park space so it is easy to walk over to them or use the park as a common meeting point while different members of your party enjoy different attractions.
Of course, old time faves such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola and CNN tour are still around and available. Each offers its own unique experience – the aquarium is among the largest in the Southeast and has many varieties of marine life not found elsewhere. The World of Coca Cola has many interactive experiences, a lot about the history and global reach of the brand as well as a tasting floor where you get to sample flavors from around the world. The CNN tour is the only part of the building, other than the food court, which the general public can access. If you are lucky you might get to rub shoulders with an anchor or two!
All attractions are accessible by public transport or have paid parking nearby. Just remember to plan your day well in advance since most attractions are huge and need a few hours worth of your time. Don’t try to rush the experience, as you will only miss out. Enjoy your time downtown – there are restaurants in the area to suit any and all taste buds. Enjoy!