Atlanta is filled with things to see and places to go… you know, if you have time outside of the conferencing, networking, game playing, and friend making. A couple of things that would make the organizers short list include:
For the tourists…
The Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium. Some might say that it’s overrated, but that’s only because they haven’t been! It’s awesome… the coral reef, alone, is worth the admission.
There’s this 24 hour news station. It’s called CNN. It’s also headquartered in Atlanta and offers short tours that, as they like to say, take you on a “journey into the heart of the world’s news.” A quick diversion and one that’s, actually, pretty interesting.
The World of Coke
A museum to all things Coca-Cola. Tons of Coca-Cola memorabilia, a bottling line, and a tasting fountain where you can taste a gazillion different Coke products from around the world.
For the history buffs…
The King Center is the official memorial dedicated to life and teaching of Martin Luther King, Jr. The center contains a number of facilities and sits next to both his birthplace, the church where he got his start, and his final resting place.
The Carter Presidential Library
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is an opportunity to learn about the life and work of the 39th president. Walk into an exact replica of the Oval Office, see exquisite state gifts and special exhibits, and trace President Carter’s life from his 6th grade report card to the actual Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him in 2002.
Margaret Mitchell House
The Margaret Mitchell House, located in Midtown, is the three story home where Margaret Mitchell lived from 1925-1932 while she wrote Gone With The Wind. The house offers tours, a museum, and museum shop as well as a literature series that showcases Southern authors.
For those that want something a bit different…
Krog Street Tunnel (yelp!)
The Krog Street Tunnel is home to some of the best (and worst) graffiti in the city. It’s been called a “de facto public art gallery” The best thing about it is that it’s art that’s alive and ever-changing.
Center for Puppetry Arts
The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest organization in North America dedicated to the art of puppetry. The center contains an interactive museum, Puppets: The Power of Wonder that is the largest puppetry museum in the US.
For those that want to explore the outdoors…
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
This peaceful oasis includes 30 acres of gardens, an urban forest, wildflower trails, the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory and a 10,000 square-foot Fuqua Orchid Center. It’s located in Piedmont Park which you’re sure to see when playing games on Saturday.
Stone Mountain Park is a 3200 acre park just outside of Atlanta and is, perhaps, most famous it’s enormous high relief sculpture of three confederate heroes – Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. But that’s not the only reason to go there, whether you take the “summit skyride” or hike up to the top yourself (it’s just 1.3 miles), you’ll be treated to an outstanding view of Atlanta and the Appalachian mountains.