Weekend Breaks to Atlanta
Planning a short break to Atlanta? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Atlanta. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Atlanta. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Atlanta on a Short Break
Located just outside of Atlanta, GA, is Stone Mountain Park, where the same artist who did the famous carvings on Mount Rushmore has carved a great equestrian sculpture of General Robert E Lee, General Stonewall Jackson, and Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, into a massive granite rock, the size of a small mountain.
The Grant Park area has a number of interesting attractions such as the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, a 360 degree painting of the battle of Atlanta that stands 42 ft high, The Zoo Atlanta, and in summer months a laser show that is projected on to the face of the rock, which attracts thousands of spectators.
The museum is next to the zoo, and is open from 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM, with admission prices of $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and $4.00 for seniors.
The Park is open from 6.00 am to midnight, and is located 16 miles out of downtown Atlanta. Directions - I-20 to exit 59a (Boulevard). Follow signs.
For public transport from Five Points MARTA Station take the #97 bus to Grant.
Located at Freedom Hall, 449 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, the Martin Luther King Center is open 7 days a week. The center was established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, and is dedicated to the legacy left by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the advancement of his non-violent movement for justice, equality and peace. Over 650,000 international visitors come the King center annually, drawn by the exhibits portraying his life and teachings, such as his final resting place, the home where he was born, and the King Center Library.
The centre can be contacted for general information by phone on (404) 526-8900, or email www.thekingcenter.com
Located at 50 Alabama Street, Atlanta, and open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Underground Atlanta is a celebration of historical buildings and streets of old Atlanta, where visitors can enjoy shopping and dining, or take a guided history tour. Over a hundred vendors line the cobblestone streets telling fortunes, painting faces, performing magic tricks, and selling different items from toys to food. There are a number of attractions within walking distance, such as CNN Centre, The World of Cocoa Cola, and the Centennial Olympic Park.
Located in the centre of Atlanta, the Centennial Olympic Park is within easy walking distance of downtown and can be reached by car or by MARTA subway. The 21 acres of the park are filled with a variety of attractions and offer great family type entertainment, with concerts, Family Fun Days, and incredible fountain shows. The Fountain of Rings is the worlds largest interactive fountain, and is designed on the Olympic symbol of 5 rings. The fountains are programmed to timed sequential water and light displays.
To see what events or programmes are planned phone 4044 222 PARK (7275), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.centennialpark.com/about/about_the_park.html
Located in Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta is only minutes from downtown Atlanta and not even a mile from Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves. The animals in the zoo range from gorillas, orangutans, tigers, lions, giraffes, elephants, to a variety of birds, and much more, and all live in their natural habitats. Of particular interest are the Giant Pandas of Chengdu.
The zoo is open Monday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. on weekends) Grounds remain open 1 hour after admissions close, and are Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day. To reach the zoo by car take Exit 59A off Interstate 20, and follow Boulevard in a southerly direction for about ½ mile. (For more information on how to get to the zoo phone 404-624-5600 (888-945-5432) (M-F).) Public Transit MARTA can be contacted directly at 404-848-4711 or visitors can go to www.itsmarta.com for current schedule information to Grant Park. Admission for Adults is $16.50, Senior Citizens (55+) $12.50, and for children (3-11) $11.50. Children under the age of 3 are allowed free entrance.
Visit the website: www.zooatlanta.org/
The CNN Centre is located in Marietta Street, just off Centennial Olympic Park Drive. The tour provides an insight into the daily running of CNN, with an interactive Exhibit Area where video clips of the top 100 news stories of the past 20 years can be viewed. The Special Effects with behind-the-scenes demonstrations on how weather maps, and such like, appear behind the anchors, and the Tour Finale, which showcases the networks making up the entire Turner Broadcasting group, such as TBS, TNT, and the Cartoon Network. Admission Adult $10 and Child (4-12) $7 (Children under the age of 4 are not allowed entrance.) Phone (404) 827-2300 or 877-4CNNTOUR, E-mail: email@example.com
Located at 55 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, step back in time to 1886 when Dr John Pemberton invented a magic and invigorating cure for hangovers, namely Coca-Cola, then follow the journey of the worlds most popular soft drink as it filtered through to every corner of the globe over the nest 100 years. With an outstanding collection of memorabilia that traces the heritage of the drink, and impressive interactive exhibits that include soda fountains from the past and those to come, visitors can taste over 40 different beverages form around the world. Admission - Adults $7, Senior Citizens (over 60yrs) $5, Children (6-11yrs) $4, Children 5 and under free with an adult. (Prices are subject to change) Open Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm. Sundays, 11 am - 5 pm. For more information Phone 770-578-4325 ext. 1465.
Go to www.woccatlanta.com/wocc_info.html
Located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., this is the most beautiful part of Piedmont Park, with a conservatory of rare and endangered species from tropical rainforests and desert regions, 10 acres of natural hardwood forest, an orchid centre, and a childrens garden. The Garden is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 7 pm, with admission for adults$12, senior citizens $9, and students $7.
For more information phone 404-876-5859 or go to www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org
Located at 767 Clifton Road, in northeast Atlanta, close to Emory University, the museum is a 160,000-square-foot interactive science museum, and is filled with interesting and imaginative displays of natural history from the time of the dinosaur to modernity. The museum also houses an IMAX Theatre, and has special exhibits and educational programs. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for students and seniors, and $10 for children age 12 and under. (IMAX admission is extra.)
For more information, phone 404-929-6300 or go to www.fernbank.edu/museum
Located at 240 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd., Dawsonville, by taking a 90-minute scenic drive north of Atlanta, on Ga. 400. 12 miles of hiking trails surround the 729-foot Amicalola Falls.
The park offers overnight facilities in the Lodge at Amicalola Falls, and the Len Foote Hike Inn. Open from 7 am to 10 pm daily, there is no entrance fee, and parking is $2 per vehicle.
For more information phone 706-265-4703
Info available at www.gastateparks.org/info/amicalola
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