We spent the last week in Atlanta, Georgia and found out how to make the most of it; we
picked up an Atlanta CityPASS and scored admissions to 5 of Atlanta’s must-see attractions: the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tour, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and Zoo Atlanta. With only one week to experience it all, the CityPASS was a perfect fit.
We explored Atlanta’s 10-million gallon playground, the Georgia Aquarium, filled with gentle giants, manta rays, and beluga whales. The world’s largest aquarium is nothing short of spectacular and I ventured into the waters for the journey of a lifetime. Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where you are guaranteed to swim or dive with whale sharks, manta rays, and more! (A word of caution: this experience is so unbelievable that I would plan an entire day around the event. Don’t downplay this magical experience by rushing through the rest of your day.)
We didn’t even have to leave the Georgia Aquarium lot to see the World of Coca-Cola. The World of Coca-Cola is the only place where you can experience the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand in a dynamic, multimedia attraction. We drank ourselves silly with 60 sodas from around the globe and learned about the legend of the secret formula for Coca-Cola. Admittedly, I’m a Pepsi drinker, but exploring the World of Coca-Cola was both entertaining and educational.
Journeying into the heart of CNN Worldwide, we got an up-close look at global news in the making. Inside CNN, we enjoyed a 55-minute guided walking tour with exclusive, behind-the-scenes views of Atlanta’s CNN studios and an exciting glimpse of news and broadcasting in action from the global headquarters of CNN, The Worldwide Leader in News. Darren acted as an anchorman for an interactive, hands-on experience. Athena and I were his cheering section as he read the news. Reading from a prompter and appearing on a television screen, it doesn’t get much more up-close!
Whisked back to a time where massive creatures roamed the land, we discovered ancient fossils, interactive science, and the world’s largest dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Our favorite exhibit, Sensing Nature, demonstrated the role of our senses in interpreting our environment. We witnessed a tornado forming right before our eyes, then tried to grasp the optical illusion coil spring that was always just out of reach. Fernbank Museum isn’t just another museum, it’s a journey to another time and place!
Finally, we enjoyed close encounters with more than 1,500 animals at Zoo Atlanta. With giant pandas, gorillas, and orangutans, I was a big kid again! I wanted to run from exhibit to exhibit, making sure I didn’t miss any of the animals.
From gentle giants to secret formulas, the adventures are endless in Atlanta. We left the planning up to CityPass and ventured to the 5 best attractions that Atlanta has to offer.