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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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Lodging Near Centennial Olympic Park

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$109
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
4.3
of 5, from 3,650 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown is located on Peachtree Street, a 15-minute walk from Georgia World Congress Center. The hotel is connected to The Mall at Peachtree Center, and is a 10-minute walk from World of Coca-Cola. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a 20-minute drive.

$158
The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
4.1
of 5, from 2,986 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Extensively renovated in 2014, this 73-story cylindrical-glass-tower hotel rises above downtown Atlanta and is within 6-10 blocks of CNN Center, Georgia World Congress Center, and the Georgia Dome.

$118
The Ellis Hotel

The Ellis Hotel

176 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
4.2
of 5, from 1,736 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Ellis Hotel on Peachtree is in downtown Atlanta, within 5 blocks of Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, World of Coca Cola and College Football Hall of Fame.

$99
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center, Atlanta
4.3
of 5, from 4,872 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, connected to Philips Arena through CNN Center, connected to the College Football Hall of Fame and the Georgia World Congress Center via corridor, near the Georgia Dome and steps away from the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola in Centennial Olympic Park.

Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park

Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park

450 Capitol Ave SE, Atlanta
3.2
of 5, from 2,571 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This Atlanta hotel is less than a mile from Turner Field and within 2 miles of the Georgia State Capitol. It is also near the CNN Center, Georgia Aquarium, and Zoo Atlanta.

The American Hotel Atlanta Downtown - a DoubleTree by Hilton

The American Hotel Atlanta Downtown - a DoubleTree by Hilton

160 Ted Turner Dr NW, Atlanta
3.6
of 5, from 2,166 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Something's always new in Downtown Atlanta. Make get-a-way plans and discover the Centennial Park District right outside the doors. Enjoy all the attractions within the District that include the Georgia Aquarium with its new Sea Lion exhibit; the World of Coca-Cola museum; the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, CNN Center, and of course Centennial Olympic Park. Take a ride on Skyview Atlanta, a 20-story Ferris wheel with temperature controlled gondolas or visit Atlanta’s newest attraction, The College Football Hall of Fame. A shrine to the greatest to ever play or coach the game sits just across the park. All in one neighborhood, 25 restaurants and more than 20 attractions, the Centennial Park District.

$107
Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

265 Peachtree Center Ave Ne, Atlanta
4.2
of 5, from 2,847 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Marriott hotel connects to the Peachtree Center Mall, which links to the MARTA rail system; it is 5 blocks from the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, and 1 mile from the Georgia Dome.

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

181 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
4.5
of 5, from 1,818 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the central business district, this luxury hotel is within 5 blocks of the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame, and just minutes from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Philips Arena.