A starter’s guide to Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium
(Photo by Todd DeFeo)

ATLANTA — A visit to Atlanta might seem a little daunting – after all, there is so much to see. But, it doesn’t have to be.

New World of Coca-Cola

Located near Centennial Olympic Park, this 35,000-square-foot tribute to all things Coca-Cola boasts the largest collection of Coke memorabilia. Highlights include a 4-D theater and a bottling operation that produces 8 ounce commemorative bottles.

The Georgia Aquarium

With 8 million gallons of water and more than 550,000 square feet, the Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium. Highlights of the 80,000 animals (representing 500 species) that call the aquarium home are the four beluga whales and the four whale sharks, which are the world’s largest fish. The Georgia Aquarium has recently launched a free audio tour that visitors may access by using their personal cell phones.

Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour

This 55-minute behind the scenes tour of CNN provides visitors with a unique look at what goes in to the making of a newscast watched by 2 billion people across the globe.

Zoo Atlanta

Located in the Grant Park neighborhood, Zoo Atlanta features more than 40 exhibits that are home to 800 animals from 200 species. Highlights include a five-acre African Plains and The Asian Forest that is home to the zoo’s giant pandas.

The Cyclorama

Also located in Grant Park, The Cyclorama is best known for its painted depiction of the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864. The theater rotates in a 360-degree circle, allowing the audience to see the entire 42-foot-tall painting. There’s also narration on each part of the scene as the room rotates. While visitors are waiting to view that painting, they have the chance to see the locomotive Texas, the engine that ultimately caught up with the General to help end the Great Locomotive Chase.

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