Atlanta is host to many must-see attractions, and conference attendees will have ample time on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the city. There are several things to do located downtown, all within a walk-able distance from one another.
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the U.S. and is home to several whale sharks, a dolphin show, and more fish than any other aquarium in the world. Dive opportunities are also available.
The World of Coca-Cola offers a glimpse into the history of the world’s most famous beverage brand. Here guests will see thousands of artifacts, watch a 4-D movie, and take a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Guests then finish the tour by sampling over 100 beverages from around the world.
CNN Center offers a tour of the company’s global headquarters, located in downtown Atlanta. Guests can get an up-close look at what goes on behind the scenes of one of the world’s leading news sites. Tours are 50 minutes long.
Guests who would like to wander further away from downtown will find several other renowned sites to see:
Zoo Atlanta is one of the oldest zoos in America, and features several noteworthy exhibits. Zoo Atlanta is one of only 4 zoos in the U.S. to house giant pandas, has the largest collection of orangutans, and also has the largest collection of gorillas.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Historical Sites are located a short distance from downtown, and accessible by riding the Atlanta Streetcar. There, guests will find a visitor center, a world peace rose garden (one of only five in the world), and be able to tour Martin Luther King, Jr.’s boyhood home. All events are free to the public.
The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States, featuring over 15,000 permanent works of art, all housed in an award-winning building designed by Richard Meier.
Stone Mountain Park is home to the “best firework show in Atlanta”, and will be a popular destination over the Fourth of July weekend. Guests can come early to the park and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, from riding a cable car, playing miniature golf, touring an antebellum plantation, to riding a train. The park features the world’s largest laser light show, followed by a fireworks finale every night during the summer months.
Six Flags Over Georgia boasts wild roller coasters, a water park, shows, and activities for the whole family. This attraction is located 20 minutes west of downtown, but thrill-seekers may find it worth the trip.
Guests who are interested in seeing several attractions over the course of a few days may be interested in purchasing a City Pass, with 10% off for AHS Conference attendees. More information can found here. A free Savings in the City Card is also available with a variety of discounts, including some of the attractions above, both courtesy of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.