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Highlights of Atlanta: Downtown Centennial Olympic Park & Attractions

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.851 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Just 15 minutes from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, easily accessible by Interstate and rapid transit (CNN Center MARTA... more »

Tips:  In Summer, bring a bathing suit and towel to splash in the Centennial Olympic Foundations. In winter, wear layers. Atlanta's... more »

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Points of Interest

The CNN Studio Tour is located within CNN Center. The 55-minute tour takes you up the world's tallest freestanding escalator into the newsrooms of CNN and a chance to watch some of the programs like Morning Express with Robin Meade and get a picture behind the CNN News desk.

If you don’t have time for the tour, you can still take pictures with... More

Begin your tour at the Centennial Park Visitors Center where you can learn about the history of Centennial Olympic Park, shop or grab lunch at Googie Burger, a great fast food restaurant with hand cut fries, fresh burgers and fantastic milkshakes. There are also restrooms located in the building.

Six international cities bid to host the 1996... More

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games CEO Billy Payne was the visionary who transformed a seedy, run-down series of city blocks into a gathering spot for the world during the Centennial Olympic Games.

After the Games, the park closed and was redesigned for daily public use. It reopened in March 1998 with expanded amenities. At the... More

Centennial Plaza is exactly 100 meters square, commemorating the distance of the 100 meter track race. The most distinct feature of the Plaza is the Fountain of Rings. The Rings are the centerpiece of Centennial Olympic Park and one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Georgia. When you go, be sure to take a towel and change of... More

The Great Lawn at Centennial Olympic Park is perfect for a football game, or tossing the Frisbee. During the holidays, stroll through the 21 acre park at night and enjoy the holiday lights, as well as ice skating on the outdoor ice rink.

During summer months, enjoy the Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day. Each month is a different theme and includes... More

On the East side of the park are five small sections or ‘quilts.’ The Quilt of Remembrance, the Quilt of Origins, the Quilt of Olympic Spirit, and the Quilt of Nations. These quilts salute the nations that participated in the games, the athletes who competed, the essence of the games through history and a memorial to the 111 people injured by the ... More

Children can play where elite athletes once walked at one of two playgrounds within Centennial Olympic Park. One is specifically designed for children of all abilities, the other is a traditional playground.

If you are touring with little ones, you will want to save plenty of time to head across Centennial Olympic Park Drive to Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. This hands-on museum is for the preschool and young elementary school set. Exhibits include a life-size John Deere tractor, wooden trains, moon sand station, UPS truck, water play... More

9. Pemberton Place

Pemberton Place is located across the street from Centennial Olympic Park and is where you’ll find the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. The plaza is named for John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola. During the summer months, Coke generally has special events or promotions going on within the plaza.

Georgia Aquarium
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