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Local Courtesy Shuttle

A complimentary Galleria Centre and hotel courtesy shuttle (seats 7) is available on request. This service is offered within a three-mile radius of the Galleria Centre local area. Notify your hotel to make arrangements for pickup and drop-off.

Atlanta Tourist Attractions and Activities

The State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta offer a diverse array of attractions for visitors with many interests. From the zoo and museums to parks and gardens, the Peach State and its capital city have something for everyone to see.

For more information about our conference location, Cobb County, please visit the links below; compliments of the Cobb County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Dining and Nightlife: http://www.cobbcvb.com/cobb-atlanta-restaurants-nightlife/ or http://www.atlanta.net/dining/local.html

Shopping: http://www.cobbcvb.com/static/index.cfm?contentID=23

Weather (up to the minute): http://www.cobbcvb.com/static/index.cfm?contentID=246 or http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Atlanta+GA+USGA0028

For additional information about activities in and around the Galleria area contact:
Cobb County Convention and Visitors Bureau
1 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1A2A
Atlanta, GA 30339
Local Phone Number: (678) 303-2622 (COBB)
Toll-Free Phone Number: (800) 451-3480
URL: http://www.cobbcvb.com

For more information on attractions, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and other activities in the city of Atlanta contact:

Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
233 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Local Phone Number: (404) 521-6600
Toll-Free Phone Number: (800) 285-2682
URL: http://www.atlanta.net/

Atlanta CityPASS®

Atlanta CityPASS is a carefully selected collection of the most popular Atlanta attractions, priced at 51% less than the cost of tickets purchased separately. Their dollar-bill-size booklet contains six real tickets to the most famous Atlanta attractions.

Current pricing is $74.00 for adults and $54.00 for children ages 3–12.

Look for Atlanta CityPASS signs at the box office or entrance to each attraction listed below. The exact location to present your ticket for admission to the attractions is noted on the front of each Atlanta CityPASS ticket.

  1. Georgia Aquarium: expedited entry including Deepo’s 4-D Theater and Quick Dip Tour.
  2. World of Coca-Cola: timed entry admission.
  3. Zoo Atlanta: admission and all-rides wristband.
  4. Inside CNN Atlanta: admission
  5. Fernbank Museum of Natural History: admission to special exhibits and an IMAX® film
    Atlanta Botanical Garden: admission and special exhibits.
  6. High Museum of Art: admission and special exhibition
    Atlanta History Center: admission

Purchase Tickets:

  • Atlanta CityPASS Booklets can be purchased at any one of the participating attractions listed above.
  • Visit the Atlanta CityPASS Web site for more information, and to purchase ticket books: http://www.citypass.com/atlanta

Alliance Theatre

The theater is one of the largest regional theaters in the U.S., serving a diverse audience through award-winning performances. The Alliance has produced more than 50 world premiers.

Hours: Performance times vary. Check the Alliance calendar here: http://www.alliancetheatre.org

Cost: Prices vary

Atlanta Botanical Garden

This peaceful oasis in downtown Atlanta includes 30 acres of gardens, an urban forest, wildflower trails, the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory, and the 10,000-square-foot Fuqua Orchid Center.

Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday

Cost: $15 Adults; $12 ages 3–17


Atlanta History Center

This Buckhead attraction features 33 acres of gardens, wildlife trails, and woodland areas. The complex includes the 1840s Tullie Smith Farm, the fully restored 1928 Swan House mansion and Swan Coach House restaurant. The Center Museum features exhibitions on subjects such as the Civil War, African-American heritage, Southern folk art, and a wing dedicated to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.

Museum Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday; Noon–5:30 p.m. Sundays

Swan House and Tullie Smith Farm House Hours: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 1:00–4:00 p.m. Sundays

Cost: $16.50 Adults; $11 ages 4–12


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The ASO is a Grammy Award-winning, internationally-renowned ensemble now in its 65th season, and is currently under the creative partnership of Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.

Hours: Performance times vary. Check the ASO calendar here: http://www.atlantasymphony.org

Cost: Prices vary

Centennial Olympic Park

This 21-acre site was one of the most popular spots in Atlanta during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Today, year-round programming featuring concerts, family activities, and festivals make the park a gathering place for all. The park features the world’s largest Olympic Ring fountain.

Hours: Open daily 7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Cost: Free, unless a performance is scheduled


Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center is the largest organization in North America dedicated to the art of puppetry. It offers performances from the Family Series and New Directions for adults. An interactive museum—Puppets: The Power of Wonder—is the largest puppetry museum in the U.S.

Museum Hours: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Tuesday–Friday; 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturdays; 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sundays
Performance times vary.

Cost: Museum: $8 Adults & Children; Performances: Prices vary


Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Come face-to-face with the world’s largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth through the landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with cultures from around the globe, engage in a variety of hands-on exhibits, and enjoy the incredible 5-story experience of an IMAX® film. Don’t miss Martinis & IMAX®, Atlanta’s perfect mix of culture and cocktails offered every Friday (January–November).

Museum Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Saturday; Noon–5:00 p.m. Sundays

IMAX® Theater Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Saturday; Noon–5:00 p.m. Sundays

Martinis and IMAX® Hours: 6:30–11:00 p.m. Fridays

Cost: Museum: $15 Adults; $13 ages 3–12; IMAX®: $13 Adults; $11 ages 3–12


The Fox Theatre

Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre is a restored movie palace turned cultural jewel. A National Historic Landmark, The Fox Theatre serves up a full menu of live performances, ranging from dance to opera to Broadway shows to rock concerts. Originally intended to be the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque, the Fox Theater Atlanta welcomed movie audiences for the first time on Christmas Day, 1929.

Hours: Performance times vary. Check the Fox calendar here: http://www.foxtheatre.org

Cost: Prices vary

High Museum of Art

The High is the leading art museum in the southeast, containing a broad, diverse selection of art comprising 19th & 20th century American works, European paintings, decorative arts, African-American art, photography, and modern and contemporary art.

Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday; Noon–5:00 p.m. Sundays

Cost: $12.50 Adults & Children 2 and above


Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Located at Centennial Olympic Park, the museum features hands-on, colorful exhibits and activities where children can discover, imagine, and explore as they learn how things work in their world.

Hours: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday–Friday; 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $12.50 Adults & Children 2 and above


Inside CNN Studio Tour

Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide and get an up-close look at global news in the making. Inside CNN is 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 world headquarters of CNN.

Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Daily

Cost: $13 Adults; $10 ages 4–12


Jimmy Carter Library and Museum

The Carter Library and Museum is an opportunity to learn about the life and work of the 39th President of the U.S. Walk into an exact replica of the Oval Office, see exquisite state gifts and special exhibits, and trace President Carter’s life from his 6th grade report card to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him in 2002.

Museum Hours: 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Monday–Saturday; Noon–4:45 p.m. Sunday

Library Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday

Cost: $8 Adults; $6 16 & under


Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

The Mitchell House is the 3-story Tudor Revival mansion in Midtown Atlanta where author Margaret Mitchell lived from 1925 to 1932 and wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone With the Wind. The House offers tours, a museum and shop, as well as a literature series showcasing Southern authors.

Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday; Noon–5:30 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $13 Adults; $8.50 ages 4–12


Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum

The Museum, Scarlett on the Square, has been a mainstay in downtown Marietta, Georgia, since April 2003 when it opened in the historic Old Thomas Warehouse Building. With an extensive collection of memorabilia provided by Dr. Christopher Sullivan, the museum is sure to delight and intrigue any Gone With the Wind fan, from novice to aficionado.

Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Saturday

Cost: $7 Adults; $6 Students


Marietta Museum of History

The museum is housed on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House. Originally a cotton warehouse built in 1845, it was remodeled to become the Fletcher House in 1855. During the Civil War the hotel temporarily served as a makeshift hospital and morgue. Today the museum houses four galleries featuring collections from local history, home life, and the military.

Hours: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday–Saturday

Cost: $5 Adults; Children under 6 Free


Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site & Sweet Auburn District

The area of Sweet Auburn served as the thriving center of Black enterprise in Atlanta from the 1890s through the 1940s, and is the birthplace of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At the King National Historic Site, explore his birth home, visitor center, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and The King Center, where Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize is on exhibit. The crypt and gravesite of Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, are also located here.

Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Daily

Cost: Free


Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History

Take a trip back in time to this museum in Kennesaw, Georgia. The museum has three impressive permanent collections and holds a membership in the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations Program. The museum offers a wide range of exhibits, including a glimpse into the daily lives of soldiers in its Civil War collection, a reproduction of a turn-of-the-century locomotive assembly line from the Glover Machine Works, and an exciting depiction of the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase featuring The General locomotive.

Hours: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Saturday

Cost: $7.50 Adults; $5.50 ages 3–12


Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite rock and is Georgia’s most visited attraction. With more than 3,200 acres of natural beauty, the park offers families recreational activities, special events, lodging, and camping. Sky Hike is the largest family adventure course in the treetops. Also see the Skyride, Paddlewheel Riverboat, Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard, The Great Barn, Scenic Railroad, Ride the Ducks, Great Locomotive Adventure, golf, museums, and the 1870s town of Crossroads® which includes live shows, craft demonstrations, shopping, and dining.

Hours: Hours vary according to time of year, but the park is open daily from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Cost: One day pass: $27 Adults; $21 ages 3–11


World of Coca-Cola

From a multi-sensory 4-D theater, a marvelously restored 1880s soda fountain, a one-of-a-kind World-of-Coca-Cola glass bottle produced in a real, live bottling line, to an opportunity to sample nearly 70 different beverages from around the world, you’ll experience something inviting around every corner.

Hours: Hours vary according to time of year, but the site is open daily, generally from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Cost: $15 Adults; $10 ages 3–12


Zoo Atlanta

Located in historic Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta features more than 200 species of animals from the African plains and Asian forests. See Bornean Sumatran orangutans, Asian small clawed otters and Sumatran tigers, plus Giant Pandas and their cubs. The Ford African Rain Forest houses one of the largest captive gorilla populations in North America.

Hours: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday; 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $19.99 Adults; $14.99 ages 3–11