Atlanta, Day One:
Start your adventures at the Georgia Aquarium, where over 100,000 creatures from 500 species swim, dive and soar daily. Swim with whale sharks and manta rays inside the Gentle Giants Immersion Program (an additional cost); or join in the Beluga Whales Interactive Training program. After aqua fun, walk next door to the World of Coca-Cola. Learn about the world’s favorite beverage by watching the ‘Search for the Secret Formula’ inside the multi-sensory 4-D theater and walking into the Vault of the Secret Formula to learn how that famous flavor was created. Walk, jog, or stroll through the splendor of Centennial Olympic Park, home to the 1996 Olympic Games. Free concerts, festivals and more take place throughout the year, and don’t forget to snap a picture next to the world’s largest Fountain of Rings. All this activity works up an appetite, so stop inside Ted’s Montana Grill, founded by Atlanta mogul and rancher Ted Turner, for a famed bison burger. Popular, funky pizza chain Mellow Mushroom began in Atlanta in 1975, so stop in for some delicious slices and a few brews.
Atlanta, Day Two:
Newshounds won’t want to miss touring the world headquarters of CNN, where you can take a studio tour and sit at an authentic news desk. Head to the Sweet Auburn District to the walk the same streets that Martin Luther King, Jr. roamed as a child; take a guided tour of Dr. King’s birth home. Stop in to Pittypat’s Porch for scrumptious Southern fare; make sure to order the peach margarita. If seafood is what you’re craving visit Ray’s In the City. Sip on The Juke and munch on an order of Crispy Crawfish Tails inside Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint. When you’re ready to walk off your tasty lunch, visit the 3,200 acres of Stone Mountain Park for fantastic views, train rides and day hikes of all levels. Art lovers will want to stop in at The Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta, where you can view an array of modern art and photography or listen to the award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Atlanta, Day Three:
Start your day with outdoor play at Piedmont Park, which boasts more than 200 acres of lawns, lakes, jogging paths, playgrounds and more. Enjoy Mediterranean favorites inside Midtown’s Ecco restaurant. One more delicious food stop: JCT Kitchen & Bar before sampling and touring the brews inside the SweetWater Brewing Company. Next, head over to Buckhead neighborhood and stop in to the Atlanta History Center to explore Georgia’s past, peruse the largest collection of Civil War memorabilia in the world and take in guest exhibits. Then, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, which contains over 600 works by local artists. You can’t stop in Buckhead without indulging in shopping--Lenox Square has over 200 styling stores, including Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton. Kids will love the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. For more delicious eats, Anis Café and Bistro offers fine French cuisine. For more farm-to-table local fare, step inside Restaurant Eugene.