Centennial Olympic Park
The Centennial Olympic Park pays tribute to Atlanta's time as the host of the 1996 Summer Olympics. The park was created before the games began and still stands as a place to remember the Olympics. In addition to plenty of landscaped grass for outdoor activities, the park features a beautiful fountain in the shape of the Olympic rings. The interactive fountain includes an array of synchronized water jets timed to music. Children can play in the adjacent splash pad on a hot day. Around the fountain, visitors will find flags from each of the previous Summer Olympic host countries. Other sections of the park display plaques and other information for tourists to learn more about the 1996 Olympic Games.
The Georgia Aquarium ranks as the world's largest aquarium. This aquarium features tanks holding more than 8.5 million gallons of water and over 100,000 animals. Some of the most impressive residents of the Georgia Aquarium include beluga whales, giant Pacific octopuses, whale sharks and Great Hammerhead sharks. Many of these fine specimens were donated from other countries. The aquarium also houses an indoor exhibit dedicated solely to dolphins. Other attractions include an underwater tunnel and a display of polar mammals.
Atlanta History Center
Surrounded by beautiful grounds, the Atlanta History Center gives visitors a look at the history of the city. One exhibit gives tourists an in-depth overview of the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. This exhibit includes film clips and related memorabilia. Other museum displays take visitors back to the American Civil War. Visitors may glance at over 1,400 Civil War era artifacts. Other highlights include a look at the growth and expansion of the city of Atlanta from its earliest beginnings.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers nature lovers a rare opportunity to see an urban forest from above. Visitors can walk along the elevated boardwalk to stare at the sprawling forest 40 feet below. The garden also houses an impressive collection of exotic orchids and a formal Japanese garden. Children are welcome to play in a garden created just for them, featuring fun sculptures and interactive learning stations.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History focuses on the natural history of the Atlanta area. Upon entering the main hall, visitors are greeted by the impressive sight of numerous large and intimidating dinosaur skeletons. The museum houses a skeleton of an Argentinosaurus, the largest dinosaur skeleton ever assembled. Other delights in the museum include a close look at evolution, a vibrant coral aquarium and a collection of stunning gemstones.