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Centennial Olympic Park

This urban oasis offers walking paths, lawns for relaxing or playing Frisbee, and a series of public events to enjoy throughout the year.

Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park is one of the city’s major public spaces. The 21-acre (nine-hectare) downtown park is bound by several major attractions: the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center and the World of Coca-Cola. 

Cool off in summer beneath the Fountain of Rings, a series of more than 250 water jets built into a courtyard known as the splash pad. Each ring is 25 feet (eight meters) in diameter and the jets of water propel up to 35 feet (10 meters) in the air. Don’t miss the great photo opportunities during the light and music show on display throughout the afternoon and evening.

Stroll the park’s walkways for spectacular views of Atlanta’s skyline. Glance down to check out messages from donors to the park’s construction, engraved in the pavement. The park was built as a centerpiece of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, when locals and visitors congregated here for entertainment and medal presentations. 

Centennial Olympic Park remains a popular meeting point for locals. Particularly on weekends, families fill the lawns with picnic blankets. Joggers and cyclists use the paths for exercise in the early mornings and late afternoons.

Starting in November, the park is decorated with lights and Christmas trees for the holiday season, and an ice-skating rink is open November through January. During the summer, the park plays host to a series of events. Visit at lunchtime on Tuesday and Thursday for Music@Noon, or drop by for the music on Wednesday Evening WindDown. Weekend family activities are also regularly scheduled. Check the park’s website for a complete events schedule.

The park is open every day. There’s free wireless internet access and public restrooms at the Visitor’s Center on the west end of the park. 

There are limited public parking spaces, so consider using public transport. Three buses stop on the park’s perimeter.


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Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown $108
Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown

Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown

431 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia Aquarium. State Farm Arena and Georgia Institute of Technology are also within 1 mi (2 km). Civic Center Station is 13 minutes by foot and Dome-GWCC-Philips Arena-CNN Center Station is 15 minutes.

    Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown $84
    Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown

    Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown

    330 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Design Atlanta and AmericasMart. Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park are also within 15 minutes. Civic Center Station is only a 4-minute walk and Peachtree Center Station is 6 minutes.

      The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta $144
      The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

      The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

      210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Atlanta, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart, Centennial Olympic Park, and CNN Center. Tabernacle and Children's Museum of Atlanta are also within 10 minutes. Peachtree Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and Five Points Station is 9 minutes.

        Hyatt Place Atlanta Centennial Park $101
        Hyatt Place Atlanta Centennial Park

        Hyatt Place Atlanta Centennial Park

        300 LUCKIE ST NW, Atlanta, GA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is steps from Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park. World of Coca Cola and Georgia World Congress Center are also within 5 minutes. Peachtree Center Station is 12 minutes by foot and Dome-GWCC-Philips Arena-CNN Center Station is 13 minutes.

          Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
          Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

          Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

          265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Atlanta, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart, Centennial Olympic Park, and World of Coca Cola. Georgia Aquarium and Children's Museum of Atlanta are also within 10 minutes. Peachtree Center Station is only a 3-minute walk and Civic Center Station is 6 minutes.

            Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park $114
            Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park

            Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park

            267 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is steps from Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia Aquarium. CNN Center and State Farm Arena are also within 10 minutes. Dome-GWCC-Philips Arena-CNN Center Station is 9 minutes by foot and Five Points Station is 11 minutes.

              Aloft Atlanta Downtown $105
              Aloft Atlanta Downtown

              Aloft Atlanta Downtown

              300 Ted Turner Drive NW, Atlanta, GA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Children's Museum of Atlanta and AmericasMart. Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park are also within 10 minutes. Civic Center Station is 6 minutes by foot and Peachtree Center Station is 6 minutes.

                Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown $109
                Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown

                Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown

                275 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Atlanta hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia Aquarium. College Football Hall of Fame and State Farm Arena are also within 10 minutes. Dome-GWCC-Philips Arena-CNN Center Station is 11 minutes by foot and Peachtree Center Station is 12 minutes.