The Fountain of Rings’ light water and music show in Centennial Olympic Park is just the beginning. Atlanta’s spirit comes through in its museums, including the top-rated High Museum of Art, and its only-in-Atlanta exploration of Civil Rights that includes the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the city’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. Check out these sites while you’re in town for the Hinman Dental Meeting, March 23-25.
The 10-million-gallon Georgia Aquarium is home to 100,000 animals. Image source: Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta typifies a 21st
century blend of sophistication and southern charm. The bustling city features first-class museums, innovative dining and plenty of urban green spaces. Anchoring the downtown area, Centennial Olympic Park blooms with its Fountain of Rings, the symbol of the 1996 Olympics. Nearby are the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Well-worth visiting is the Sweet Auburn Historic District, home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
1. Centennial Olympic Park:
A good place to unwind, the 21-acre urban oasis frequently hosts free lunchtime concerts at noon. Stay for the 12:30 p.m. (also 3:30, 6:30, and 9:30) fountain light, water and music show. And if you want to cool off, join the kids who romp through the dancing waters.
2. Georgia Aquarium:
The 10-million-gallon facility houses more than 100,000 animals. Penguins periodically waddle through the facility’s atrium – a nice touch. Wall-sized tanks and a walk-through acrylic tunnel make you feel immersed in the sea. If you like animal shows, sea lions perform at Under the Boardwalk, and dolphins and beluga show off at different events.
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3. Center for Civil and Human Rights:
Created to educate and inspire, the facility details Atlanta’s role in the Civil Rights movement. Artifacts and exhibits tell of the struggle to eliminate segregation and obtain equal freedoms for all.
The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site pays homage to the iconic civil rights leader. Image source: Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site
4. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site:
Located in the Sweet Auburn Historic District, the site encompasses the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. King’s crypt in Freedom Plaza, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s birth home.
Click to the net page for destinations five through eight.