This week I am taking a break from the busy streets of New York and I am home in Atlanta. I am enjoying relaxing and getting away from all of the crazy tourist in New York, but I’m also having fun being a crazy tourist in my own city this week.
I dragged my little sister all around the city to see all of the touristy sites of Atlanta. Though most people are just connecting through our airport, Atlanta is a pretty cool city to stop and see. We have the world’s largest aquarium and entire museum dedicated to Coca-Cola. We have Centennial Olympic Park and Peidmont Park. And, we have some of the best restaurants you will ever eat at.
So, I decided to head downtown and see what Atlanta’s major tourist attractions were doing for this Christmas season. My first stop was Centennial Olympic. The park is decorated for the holidays with lights, a huge tree and of course an ice skating rink. Because is it really the holidays if you aren’t being overcharged to work out on a bed of ice? Both Piedmont Park and Atlantic Station also have ice rinks.
Next, we walked over to the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium where the lawn is covered in large Coca-Cola holiday themed ornaments, some of which double as chairs. The great thing about the tourist attractions in Atlanta is they are all within a very short distance of each other. And the whole park can be seen from the Atlanta Ferris wheel (it’s like a mini London Eye someone put up in an empty parking lot).
Another cool option for tourists in Atlanta is buying package tickets. You can buy one package with tickets to multiple tourist attractions. There are packages for the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium together and more.
Atlantic Station is another great part of the city to check out. It is a small city in itself and has plenty of stores and some holiday activities to check out. There are plenty of decorations, a large tree and, of course, an ice rink. They also have some activities for children (and also 22 year olds who still think they’re children). Today, we saw Santa at his workshop.
Most people don’t think of Atlanta as a touristy city. I didn’t really either until I started playing tourist in the city today. There really are a lot of things to do in the city. And, there’s always a lot of unique local places to eat. So if you’re looking for a cool getaway for your long weekend, think about stopping by Atlanta.
And, as always, pictures: