If Atlanta is on your list of places to visit this summer, or if a staycation is in your future, you might want to check out the Atlanta CityPASS, a multi-site ticket that offers a discount on admission to several top places of interest in the city.by Diliff via wikimedia commons
One is the Georgia Aquarium, where you’ll see the AT&T Dolphin Tales Show, Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wonderland show and other special exhibits. The aquarium is open 365 days a year, but hours vary. Check the website for details.
Then there’s the World of Coca-Cola, where you’ll get to sample more than 100 Coke products from around the world. There’s a 4-D movie and you get an 8 oz. glass bottle to take home. 2015 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Coca-Cola bottle, and there’s a special exhibit called “Kiss the Past Hello: Celebrating 100 Years of an American Icon.”
You’ll want to take in the Inside CNN Studio Tour too, where you’ll get behind-the-scenes glimpses of news as it happens. The regular tour includes walking down eight flights of steps, so if mobility is an issue, you might want to check out the elevator assisted tours at special times. Call for availability because these tours sell out quickly.by Hermann Luyken via wikimedia commons
Be sure to check out Studio 7E where you get to experience “on-air” magic as you watch yourself on the big screen while you read the news. Reservations are suggested, because visitors are assigned specific tour times.
Next, you get to choose between Zoo Atlanta or the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Zoo highlights include giant pandas, a petting zoo, train, carousel and playgrounds. Pass holders are also able to visit the Nabisco Endangered Species Carousel, a 24-foot-high rock climbing wall, and a bounce house. You’ll see more than 1400 animals representing more than 200 species from all over the world.by Marco Correa via wikimedia commons
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, near CNN Center and Centennial Park. There you’ll see personal papers and artifacts from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr., Collection as well as original recordings, videos and interactive exhibits, and original artwork by Ross Rossin, Platon, Paula Scher and others. Check the website for hours.
And last, but certainly not least, you get to choose from the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the College Football Hall of Fame. At Fernbank, you’ll see the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX screen, Native American artifacts from St. Catherines Island off the Georgia coast, and a special exhibit called “A Walk Through Time in Georgia,” detailing Georgia’s history through the ages.by Josh Hallett via wikimedia commons
Or if you choose the College Football Hall of Fame, you’ll get to experience the 4K feature film The Game of Your Life, as well as numerous interactive exhibits. You can even check out your skills at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone, where you can practice kicking a field goal along with other physical skills.
Special upgrades are available at most sites for visitors who want a more in-depth experience. Be sure to check out the individual websites for more information on each site as well as days and hours of operation, and individual ticket prices, which might be a better deal if you only have time to visit a few sites. Whatever you choose, be sure to sample Atlanta’s points of interest!
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