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 big game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, concert at State Farm Arena or convention at the Georgia World Congress Center, 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.
Sea lions, penguins and whale sharks - oh my! Come early or stay late at 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 presentation you want to see will be happening while you're there.
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!
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Discover how the struggle for civil rights has affected Atlanta, the United States and the world at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Come with an open mind and prepare to leave with a different worldview. This stop is best for teens and adults.
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.
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.
Ride on the Skyview Atlanta Ferris wheel (especially in the autumn or at night) for a spectacular view of the entertainment district.
Places to Eat
At CNN Center, you're sure to find something for everyone in the food court.
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.
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.
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 Municipal Market for a bite to eat.
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.
You also can tour the Fox Theatre, one of the city’s historic gems.
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.