Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Each year millions of tourists and locals flock to the oasis in the city.
Travel to Downtown Atlanta and one of the first things to discover among the backdrop of lofty skyscrapers is an oasis called Centennial Olympic Park. 21 Acre Olympic Park, famous for its festivals, events and Olympic Rings, is drawing tourists from all over the south and beyond.
Recently the Olympic Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland with its Holiday in Lights festival that displays thousands of glittery lights. Also featured is “Atlanta’s Only Outdoor Skating Rink” which is reminiscent of the eloquent Bryant Park in New York City.
Centennial Park is surrounded by other Atlanta landmarks such as the Georgia Aquarium, the New World of Coca-Cola, and the CNN Center. This park was built for the 1996 Olympic Games hosted by Atlanta and hosts many events and festivals throughout the year.
Take a look around Centennial Olympic Park and observe the exceptional venues its surrounded by including the world’s largest aquarium – The Georgia Aquarium. Other notable downtown Atlanta tourist attractions feature The World of Coca-Cola and Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The CNN Center stands proud as it towers over Centennial Olympic Park. The National Museum of Patriotism is the newest exhibition to open its doors to the public.
The list of major urban tourist destinations in the United States includes San Antonio’s River Walk, New York’s Times Square, and the Mall of America in Minneapolis. With the addition of three new venues over the next few years, Atlanta hopes to be joining the list of vacation destinations that tourists flock to.
The new downtown Atlanta themed entertainment exhibits expected to open its doors over the next few years include the National College Football Hall of Fame, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the National Health Museum.
The National Health Museum, combined with other Georgia-based institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CARE, the Arthritis Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, marks Georgia as a major player in the global health industry in the 21st century. In fact, The Coca-Cola Company was a key contributor in attracting the National Health Museum to the Olympic Park montage of venues.
There’s are many activities this summer at Centennial Olympic Park starting with the Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days. The family event occurs once a month until fall and designed to be educational, entertaining, and theme-based. A different theme is featured each Saturday.
Other events include the 4th of July Celebration, Music@ Noon, Wednesday WindDown, and the ones so beloved by kids – The Fountain of Rings, the 4th of July Celebration, and Holiday in Lights.
4th of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park is Atlanta’s best fireworks display. Get there early to secure a spot. Kids activities run from 5:00pm – 9:00pm on the south end of the park.
Music @ Noon features a variety of music by local artists. Styles include Jazz, Pop, and R& B and shows at 12:00pm – 1: 00pm every Tuesday and Thursday, April through October.
Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days is a fun event for kids as well as parents to participate in.
Centennial Park invites entertainers, performers, and organizations from all over the South to join the program.
Popular activities include children’s art and crafts, family-friendly performances, life-size chess, touring shows, and educational events. There are even contests and prizes that are awarded. Be sure to bring the family and this festive event occurring every fourth Saturday of the month from April through September.
Wednesday WindDown features live music performances every Wednesday at the Southern Company Amphitheater located inside of Centennial Olympic Park. This is Atlanta’s longest-running free concert series and runs at 5:30pm to 8:00pm May through September.