Thank you Hurricane Patricia, not only did you slam Mexico with crazy fast winds, but you also pushed a whole bunch of rain up to Texas. The good news is that the temperature dropped, the bad news is that we got a ton of rain this weekend, which means that we didn’t do a whole heck of a lot.
I realized that I didn’t upload like any pictures from some of our weekend trips to my personal Facebook page, so while I was uploading some pictures from some of our earlier trips, I realized that it’s officially been one year since our very first trip to Atlanta! In honor of that trip, I thought that I’d do a weekending post about how to spend a weekend in Atlanta!
What To Do
The first thing to do during your weekend in Atlanta is to check out the Georgia Aquarium near Centennial Park. The Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the country, and it is filled with lots of things to do and see.
The Georgia Aquarium is split into different sections, so you can start off by checking out the dolphin show, then make your way over to see the penguins and actually pop up into their habitat, and then make your way over to see the whale sharks where they literally swim right over you.
You could easily spend a half a day here, and at $35.95 per person (adult price with an online discount), it’s money well spent in my book.
One of the largest companies in the world, let alone in the United States, has stayed true to their Georgia roots and is headquartered in Atlanta. Coca Cola is one of the most recognized brands in the world, and at the Coke Museum you have the opportunity to learn a little bit about the company.
Not only will you get to learn about the history of Coca-Cola and their roots, but you’ll also learn about Coke’s culture and their marketing strategy, and even get a look inside the secret vault that holds the secret recipe for Coca-Cola. Probably the most exciting part about visiting the Coke Museum is the tasting at the end of the museum. Not only do you get to try some of the traditional flavors, but you also get to try some more unique flavors from around the world.
Coca Cola is such a big part of our culture that a stop at the Coke Museum is definitely worth a stop during your trip to Atlanta, plus tickets are only $16 per person.
Inside CNN Studio Tour
CNN is one of the biggest news companies in the world, and its global headquarters are located right in the heart of Atlanta. Not only are there news programs for CNN filmed in Atlanta, but also for HLN and several international CNN stations.
The Inside CNN Studio Tour gives you the opportunity to not only go behind the scenes of some of CNN’s shows on some of their multiple networks, but you also get to view the live News Room where stories are discovered and checked out to see if they can be presented on TV.
If you’re a news buff, then the Inside CNN Studio Tour, for only $16 per person, is a definite must hit during your trip to Atlanta.
If you’re looking for spectacular views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding areas, then look no further than SkyView Atlanta.
Before you step onto the large Ferris Wheel make sure to grab a beverage, alcoholic or not, to get yourself ready for the ride. During your ride, the narrator will point out most of the highlights of the downtown area and of the surrounding area, from the Georgia Aquarium to the arena where the Atlanta Falcons play to several of the taller buildings in downtown Atlanta.
I don’t think that you can go wrong with riding SkyView Atlanta either during the day or during the evening. You’ll probably be able to see the sites easier during the day, but I’ve always had a love of seeing the bright lights of cities during the evening. At no price change for an evening ride from the $13.50 per person, the decision about what time to ride is totally up to you!
Where To Stay
All of the activities listed above are located right around the Centennial Park area of Atlanta, which is right across the street from downtown. If you don’t want to rent a car, then the downtown area of Atlanta is the perfect place to stay during your visit.
During our visit, we stayed at the Doubletree in Downtown Atlanta, and I thought that it was the perfect location. Not only was the Doubletree located right on the edge of downtown closest to Centennial Park, but it also offered great views of the SkyView and the buildings around downtown. Also, because we are gold members with Hilton Honors, we got a free breakfast with our stay.
Where to Eat
When Chef Richard Blais first appeared on Top Chef, everybody fully expected him to win with his innovative flavors and sci-fi cooking techniques, so you can imagine everyone’s surprise when he came in second place. He had the chance to redeem himself a few years later on Top Chef All Stars where he did take the prize at the top.
One of the first restaurants that he opened up after winning Top Chef was Flip Burger, which is described as a “Burger Boutique”. You can choose from a wide array of burgers, from traditional burgers and cheeseburgers to fried chicken and bison burgers. And don’t forgot about your sides either, which include your usual fries and onion rings, and you’re not so traditional sweet potato fries and tater tots. What will really complete your meal though is one of the shakes, spiked or not spiked, that are frozen with liquid Nitrogen, in true Richard Blais fashion.
Depending on how hungry you are, be expected to spend anywhere from $20-$35 for a two person meal, which includes a burger, sides, and a drink for each person on the high end.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that not only offers great views of the city from every angle, but also some great food and drinks, look no further than Sundial Restaurant.
Located on the 72nd Floor of the Westin hotel, Sundial is one of the restaurants that rotates to show you views of the entire downtown area of Atlanta. If you’re going for dinner, I definitely recommend getting a reservation because it is very hard to get a table during dinner time, but if you’re just going for drinks then you’ll probably be able to get a table in the bar area and still be able to enjoy the scenery.
Because of the location of this restaurant and the amazing view, you can expect to drop around $50 per person, without appetizers and drinks, on dinner. All of that being said, you will definitely enjoy a wonderful meal, that includes a fantastic view!
For all of you heading to Atlanta soon, I hope that this little city guide will help you out! If you’ve already been to Atlanta, what else have I missed that would make for the perfect weekend in Atlanta?
Linking up with the amazing Biana at B Loved Boston and Meghan at Champagne & Suburbs for their weekending linkup!