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October 12, 2006

By Linda Holloway

Atlanta offers visitors an array of attractions, from various museums for children and adults to sporting events. Visitors can also take a tour that would tempt their tastebuds with Coca-Cola.

Atlanta boasts professional sports teams such as the Atlanta Braves baseball team and the Atlanta Falcons football team. For other exciting sporting events, fans can visit the Philips Arena for fast-paced action on the ice or on the basketball court.

“Philips Arena provides unique and highly entertaining experiences, with Atlanta Thrasher hockey, Atlanta Hawks basketball, outstanding concerts or family events to choose from,” said Lou DePaoli, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Atlanta Spirit, the parent company of the Hawks, Thrashers and Philips Arena.

For information on the Thrashers or the Hawks call 1-866-715-1500. You can also visit www.atlantathrashers.com or www.nba.com/hawks/general_info. For information on other Philips Arena events call 404-878-3000 or visit www.philipsarena.com.

For Falcons information call 404-223-8000 or visit www.atlantafalcons.com. And in the spring, there’s the Braves. For information call 404-522-7630 or visit www.atlantabraves.com.

Downtown Atlanta is home to the World of Coca-Cola. Visitors experience the story of Coca-Cola from its birth in 1886 to the present through exhibits and memorabilia. Come thirsty; the tour lets participants see, touch and taste many of Coca-Cola’s almost 400 brands that are offered worldwide.

In summer 2007, the World of Coca-Cola will move to a new site next to the Georgia Aquarium.

“The new attraction will be more directly reflective of the global nature of our business and the global nature of the visitors to our city,” said Haven Riviere, vice president and general manager of the new World of Coca-Cola. For information call 1-800-676-COKE or visit www.woccatlanta.com. 

The Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour at the CNN headquarters in downtown Atlanta allows visitors to take a 50-minute guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the network that invented the concept of 24-hour news.

Visitors can see the techniques used in presenting a weather report. They can also learn how a news control room operates and how news professionals use the equipment. A highlight of the tour is a glimpse into the CNN newsroom and the CNN Headline News studio. For information call 1-877-426-6868 or visit www.cnn.com/tour/Atlanta.

Specifically designed for the 8-year-old-and-under crowd, Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is located one block from the Georgia Aquarium. This hands-on museum offers activities and programs designed to spark children’s imaginations.

“Children can learn how gardens grow, load a delivery truck, build sandcastles, go fishing or even paint on the walls,” said Jennifer Pons, director of marketing for the museum. For information call 404-659-5437 or visit www.imagineit-cma.org.

Atlanta offers a variety of museums, including the High Museum of Art Atlanta, the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum and the Atlanta History Center.

Visitors to the 33-acre Atlanta History Center can tour two historic homes, walk along garden trails and enjoy exhibits that focus on events from the Civil War to the Centennial Olympics.

For information call 404-814-4000 or visit www.atlhist.org.

Art enthusiasts can enjoy more than 11,000 works of art in the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art Atlanta. From October 2006 through 2009, the museum will display hundreds of works from the Musée du Louvre in Paris. For information call 404-733-4444 or visit www.high.org.

“Gone With the Wind” fans will enjoy the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum. The guided tour features the apartment where Mitchell wrote the novel, exhibit galleries and a movie museum showcasing memorabilia. For information call 404-249-7015 or visit www.gwtw.org.

For Atlanta information call 1-800-Atlanta or visit www.atlanta.net.

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