Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta

Guide to Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park

Follow these insider tips for things to do and places to eat near Centennial Olympic Park, the center of Atlanta's tourist district.

When you're in Atlanta for a convention at the Georgia World Congress Center, or a big game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium or concert at State Farm Arena, there is plenty to do besides the event that brought you into town. Set out to explore the sights and restaurants in and near the Centennial Olympic Park District.

Things to Do

Right in the heart of Atlanta are five attractions that can satisfy young children and those that are merely young at heart. They are all located within a few blocks of each other.

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium

Sea lions, penguins and whale sharks - oh my! Come early or stay late at the Georgia Aquarium for the least crowded visit experience. Be sure to check the Aquarium's calendar for its frequent promotional events and to ensure that an animal show you want to see will be happening while you're there.

Inside the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta
Inside the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

World of Coca-Cola

The most famous soft drink in the world got its start in Atlanta, right down the street from where the World of Coca-Cola now sits. Children and adults will love their stop at the venue, which boasts a fully interactive experience. Don’t miss out on the tasting room!

Photo courtesy of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The Center for Civil and Human Rights

Discover how the struggle for civil rights has affected Atlanta, the United States and the world at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Come with an open mind and prepare to leave with a different world view. This stop is best for teens and adults.

Children's Museum of Atlanta
Children's Museum of Atlanta

Children's Museum of Atlanta

Children ages 10 and younger will enjoy a stop at the Children's Museum of Atlanta. The interactive experience is all about teaching children through play. The museum has an engaging space specially designed for STEAM-focused learning.

Inside the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta
Inside the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy your time at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. But, if you are, you can check in to experience the exhibits with the focus on your favorite team. The Hall of Fame is best experienced by tweens, teens and adults.

Skyview Atlanta
Skyview Atlanta

Inside CNN Studio Tour & Skyview Atlanta

The Inside CNN Studio Tour is great for kids and adults, as is a ride on the Skyview Atlanta Ferris wheel (especially in the autumn or at night).

Places to Eat

CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta

CNN Center

At CNN Center, you're sure to find something for everyone in the food court. Or, you can hit up Taco Mac or Dantanna's, where you can grab American fare while watching games on their big screens.

Der Biergarten in Atlanta
Der Biergarten in Atlanta

Der Biergarten, Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria & Twin Smokers BBQ

Grab a beer and giant pretzel at Der Biergarten, coal oven-fired pizza at Max’s or barbecue at Twin Smokers BBQ.

Other favorites nearby

Get a taste of the South by ordering Savannah Spuds at Park Bar, a bison burger at Ted's Montana Grill (owned by former CNN owner Ted Turner), or hash browns at Waffle House.

Find more places to eat in the Centennial Park District Menu Guide.

Explore further

When you're not eating or experiencing one of downtown Atlanta’s more traditional attractions, you'll want to acquaint yourself better with the city.

Atlanta Movie Tours often stop for photos at the Jackson Street Bridge.

Atlanta Movie Tours

Atlanta Movie Tours offers visitors a great way to see the city through the eyes of some of Georgia's television and movie productions. They offer round-trip transportation to their tour check-in locations from their downtown office.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

If you want to venture outside of the downtown area, take the Atlanta Streetcar to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park with a stop at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta
Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Or, take a MARTA ride to Historic Oakland Cemetery, where you can join a tour or download the app for a self-initiated tour.

The Fox Theatre in Atlanta
The Fox Theatre in Atlanta

Fox Theatre

You can also tour the Fox Theatre, one of the city’s historic gems.

The Atlanta BeltLine and Ponce City Market

Atlanta BeltLine

Set off and explore Atlanta's BeltLine neighborhoods, especially Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward. Book a food tour, take a walk or rent a bicycle to explore the path. The Eastside BeltLine trail has Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market on its north and south ends to satisfy your food, shopping and souvenir hunting needs. The Westside trail takes visitors to destinations like The Wren's Nest and Monday Night Brewing's Garage location.

Follow the Ultimate Guide to the Atlanta BeltLine for many more things to see and do on the BeltLine.

Published: December 2018