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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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$108
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
4.3
of 5, from 3,739 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.

$144
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center, Atlanta
4.3
of 5, from 4,681 reviews
4.5 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.

$92
The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
4.1
of 5, from 2,848 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.

$106
Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park

Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park

450 Capitol Ave SE, Atlanta
3.2
of 5, from 2,346 reviews
3.5 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.

$84
Hilton Atlanta

Hilton Atlanta

255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta
4.0
of 5, from 6,644 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Positioned in the heart of downtown Atlanta, this hotel is conveniently located near renowned attractions & premier venues, including the Georgia World Congress Center.

$169
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

181 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
4.5
of 5, from 1,911 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.

$89
Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

265 Peachtree Center Ave Ne, Atlanta
4.3
of 5, from 2,933 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.

$84
AC Hotel by Marriott Atlanta Downtown

AC Hotel by Marriott Atlanta Downtown

101 Andrew J. Young Intl. Blvd. NW, Atlanta
3.6
of 5, from 1,159 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is in Atlanta, one block from Centennial Olympic Park, two blocks from the Peachtree Center MARTA station, and within a quarter mile of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.