Amazingly, Coca-Cola has managed to create an entire attraction that is centered around advertising their products. The World of Coke is nothing but a giant marketing gimmick, a cheesy and corny tourist attraction, but yet it is a fun visit.
Visitors will start by watching a short video that includes clips of Coke advertisements over the years and details some fun Coke statistics. You'll learn the basic history of this soft drink giant and how it's home is right in Atlanta, Georgia.
The rest of the place features exhibits, many of which are rotating but may include a guessing game of the ingredients and flavors or art inspired by the red and white symbol. The best part of the attraction is definitely upstairs, where you can try soft drinks made by Coca-Cola and sold around the world. It's actually quite amazing seeing how many sodas are featured!
While I wouldn't call this a must-do, it is an interesting look at Americana, marketing throughout the years, and how a brand can become an international icon.
If you're planning on visiting the World of Coke, you can save on admission by buying a combo ticket with CNN and/or the Georgia Aquarium (both in walking distance) or by getting a CityPASS.
Take the Tour of CNN is a MUST as the Americans say. They are the biggest studios of CNN and they are open 24/7, 365 days a year. The guided tour takes about 1 hour and security is tight, prohibiting taking photos in some of the studios. They have a little history of Turner Television and CNN news and in that minute the news is transmitted in multiple languages, as CNN is in many countries. You can see the big touch screens updated minute by minute, pre-recorded programs and newsroom journalists who have to write scripts to read out loud and Live. It is a megastructure that ends in a souvenir shop. A place to visit in the tourist area of Atlanta, Georgia.
This museum opened in the year 1905 by the Atlanta Art Association. Currently it is the biggest art museum in the southeastern United States. It is in the arts and shopping district of the city, and is proud to offer a permanent collection of over 11,000 works. In November of the year2005, this majestic museum opened 3 new buildings, in a lively city of the arts in Midtown Atlanta: the Woodruff Arts Center.
Centennial Park was built in the heart of Atlanta in 1996 to commemorate the first centennial of the modern Olympic Games. The park is surrounded by important places like the World of Coca Cola, the Aquarium, the Children's Museum, the CNN Tower, the Georgia Dome and the Convention Center. There is open space that can be used to enjoy outdoor activities by people of all ages. It has an interactive water fountain, the largest in the world, made of the five Olympic rings. It also has playgrounds, roads, green spaces and places to host events and meetings like fairs, festivals and concerts. Visiting the park is easy and enjoyable. There are lots of stations nearby if you are coming by Marta, and lots of parking if you are coming by car.
The Children's Museum of Atlanta, if can't say if I like it or not, because we had a very different idea of what it would be like. The entrance area, as in many other museum, has lockers and brochures. The price was high, about $12 per person (9 euros), compared to what I was used to and the place is funny because it does not have its own building, it is located on the ground floor of an apartment building. However, it is more than a museum, there are interactive displays and a park of diversions to which children can go on their own and play with different elements but practically understand the operation of each. For me it was frustrating, I wanted more educational support to explain to my kids the reason for everything and I ended up sitting down and let them roll. I must admit that every space understood or not, is so much fun, especially with eight years on the mechanical side, making a crane with balls and seeing how each circuit generated some other movement, action and reaction. There was also a mini farm and you could learn about all stages of food, from the farm, the garden, packaging, transport and store. There was a story area with costumes for imaginative play and a musical. It's a place to play. Admission is valid for all day, and inside there are machines with snacks and drinks, but there is the option of going out to eat and then returning. We spent all day there, because we were happy, but you could also bring a good book to sit and wait while exhausted. The museum can also organize on site events and children's parties. It has no parking, but in the area has plenty. THe are also has the highest concentration of tourist attractions and is near the centennial park.
One of the activities that make American culture, are the Boy Scouts of America, and although they are all over the world, here they still have many traditions of its inception over 125 years ago. My son joined this year, and he is a Cub Scout and is in the Bears Den. When you start the school year, we had to buy the uniform and got the information from one of the major stores in Atlanta, which is at 1800 Circle 75 Parkway. The place also has offices and meeting rooms, all dedicated to the Scouts. The store has all types of things, besides the uniforms and emblems, they have souvenirs, decorative items, books, notebooks, school supplies and even balloons and decorated plates, like most things in America. It is a place to visit, and if you like hiking there you will find backpacks, tents and sleeping bags, as well as flashlights, repellents and cookware.
Piedmont Park is in the heart of downtown Atlanta, and is considered the city's smaller "Central Park". You can admire the city's skyscrapers in the background while picnicking on the lawn or jogging. I suggest going to Georgia in the fall, when nature is the most impressive.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is in the heart of the city and is big. It is one of my favorite places to go. You can visit the tropical greenhouses or look at different species of orchids. There are statues of Niki de Saint Phalle that decorate the garden and make it a unique place to visit. I recommend visiting in spring or summer to take advantage of the flowers and colors.
This places was created in the year 1980 with the objective to preserve every one of the places where Martin Luther King lived and died. Here you can take a long walk around the visitor center, which traces his life and his work, as well as the church where he was born.
Peachtree Street is the main street of the city: here, along the several miles that run north to south through Atlanta you can find the major fast food chains, from McDonalds and Hooters to less known options. The theaters are found here, along with the most important buildings in the history of the city, like the Bank of America, Georgia-Pacific Tower, Flatiron Building (a copy of the one in NYC) and the Neon of Coca Cola. If you visit the city you must come here.
This is one of the essential things you have to do when you go to Atlanta. Many people will leave it off their list because they think it's only for the locals, but no. The Fox Theatre, built in the 1930s, can accommodate nearly 5,000 people, and has hosted acts from James Brown to the Smashing Pumpkins. But regardless of the show, the theatre is a real spectacle in itself. The marquee lights, the red carpet, the bar, and finally ... the main hall. I swear that you won't find a more beautiful theatre in all the United States. It is divided into three floors, but no matter where you end up, you'll feel very close to the artist. The walls are decorated like a Roman coliseum, with a starry night painted on the ceiling. Really, I don't have the words to describe it ... just go. You won't regret it.
Rhodes Hall is one of the few mansions constructed before the First World War that is still standing. It is a reminder that Peachtree Street was once one of the most fashionable residencies that ever existed. The house was designed by Willis Franklin Denny, one of the most renowned architects in Atlanta, for a business man named Amos Giles Rhodes. It is a true example of luxury and good taste of high quality.
When you go to Atlanta, if you want to have a good long night without exhausting yourself, then you should try one of the last remaining drive-ins: the Starlight Six Drive-In. Admission is $ 7 per person, which allows you to see all the movies you want from sunset to sunrise. They usually start at 9:00 PM and end at 5:00 AM, and with a bit of luck you can see up to four movies without leaving your car. What I like most is that the Starlight strives to maintain the style of the old drive-ins, but has great picture quality and up-to-date equipment. On Saturdays and Sundays the site is used for a flea market, for which people queue up from the night before!
I want to warn you that you absolutely can't miss this site if you go to Atlanta! Created as a bunker during World War II, to protect citizens from the possibility of bombing (which never came), it has been turned into a historical and cultural center which reminds the world of the history of the black community in North America. On the outside, there's a beautiful shopping center, but the inside is fantastic, giving you a real insight into the culture and history of Atlanta. And when you've finished, you can go to the nearby cake shop to enjoy some strawberries dipped in chocolate, and continue your tour of downtown Atlanta.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a botanical garden that is over 1 hectare . It is next to Piedmont Park in the center of Atlanta, Georgia. It is managed by a private company that is nonprofit and called Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc. They develop and preserve diverse plant collections for display, education, research and conservation.
In this historic stadium, the Atlanta Braves played their legendary World Series against the Minnesota Twins. It is the most important baseball stadium in Georgia, but it is about to be demolished because the Atlanta government doesn't have enough money to complete the needed renovations. So this stadium, which saw Andrew Jones, Chipper Jones, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux grow into legends, is to be torn down within two years. If you have a chance, you have to visit. Tickets for the games can cost between $ 11 and $ 300 depending on where you want to sit. A new Braves stadium is to be built in Cobb County within 4 years, and will be one of the most modern in the country.
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (God, what a long name) is the main center of cultural events in Marietta, Georgia. When I arrived in Atlanta in 2010, Tom Jones was performing here, and in the same week there was a huge concert featuring the gospel choirs from churches in southern George. The Cobb Energy Perf ... (yeah, you get it) is fantastic, with glass walls, marble columns, and a carpet on the stairs. Ticket prices can range from $12 to $55. I paid $45 for two seats for Cindy Lauper and Dr John. We were sitting on the balcony, but the acoustics were fantastic, so it didn't matter too much. Important note: they sell beer, wine and spirits on the ground floor, but they are very expensive. Parking is $8 from the time you arrive until the time you leave, regardless of duration.