Better late than never, right? We returned home from our Atlanta trip a week ago, and it’s about time I put up our review.
Here are our highlights:
Favorite place: Stone Mountain
Favorite restaurant: Fat Matt’s
Favorite tour/museum: Aquarium
Overrated: Coke Museum
Favorite memory: “Being with my wife all week.” (To which I replied, “Not the suck-up answer.” And, he replied, “It’s the true answer.”)
Favorite place: Turner Field
Favorite restaurant: Mellow Mushroom
Favorite tour/museum: CNN
Overrated: The food at the Varsity, although it was a pretty neat place to see
Favorite memory: Walking a long ways in the scorching heat to get to Fat Matt’s, and Ryan motivating me not to keel over and die. Oh… and being with my husband all week, of course. =)
Here’s a few obligatory photos with more information in captions. (The new format of photos is inspired by enJOY it, who is brilliant. Hopefully she doesn’t mind.)
1. At the Coke Museum, hanging out at the soda fountain.
2. Getting ready for a 4D Show at the Coke Museum (which was very fun, by the way). We actually saw two 4D shows during our trip. The Coke one was better than the Aquarium, although both were enjoyable.
3. Centennial Park – our hotel was one block away from here, which was a great and accessible location. Very nice area.
4. On a bus, the first day in Atlanta. We took trains and buses everywhere. The city’s transit system was impressive and heavily-staffed with friendly folks. We paid only $13 for a 4-day pass and rode unlimited. Definitely beat the heck out of renting a car and paying to park (which was $20/day at the hotel). The city is relatively spread out, and sometimes it took awhile, but we were in no real rush.
5. We got to take a backstage tour of the Aquarium because we bought the CityPass (highly recommended). It was the best part of the Aquarium. We got to see the area where the whale sharks were fed. Ryan is oohing and ahhing with the kiddos.
6. The Coke Museum’s tasting room. Probably my favorite part of the tour. Very fun to try out different brands from different countries. There were over 60 choices.
7. Kids playing in the Centennial Park fountain.
8. Enjoying our backstage tour at the Georgia Aquarium.
9. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens were quite lovely. Just beautiful flowers, green spaces, views of downtown and volunteers.
10. We got to see the Braves dominate our Cubbies. Kinda sad… but Turner Field was great. What a nice field and great seats!
11. CNN in the background of Centennial Park. The CNN tour was surprisingly fun – Ryan thought he would hate it and was pleasantly surprised.
12. Stone Mountain was quite a beautiful place. If we did it over, we would have rented a car for the day because the bus drops off over a mile from the park. But, the views are lovely and the grounds are impeccable. We went up to the top of the mountain and took a train ride around the base of the mountain. I wish we could have stayed for the infamous laser show, but we were totally exhausted and weren’t sure we’d make it to the bus in time.
13. The Aquarium, again, was pretty impressive. However, approximately 16 billion children were there, which made it hard to navigate. We like kids… but there were just so many, it was really hard to see anything. No one’s fault, just an observation. It was also disappointing that the Titanic exhibit was an extra $9. I wanted to go, but we bought the CityPass specifically so we wouldn’t have to be nickled and dimed (the pass covered entrance to the Aquarium, the 4D show and the backstage tour). So, we passed on that.
14. A view of Stone Mountain, in all it’s glory.
And, although I mentioned the CityPass, it bears mentioning again. We got a great deal by buying the pass. We went to the Coke Museum, CNN tour, Aquarium (with 4D show and backstage tour), Botanical Gardens and the Zoo. We saved about $40/person for the pass, plus we didn’t have to wait in line at any of the places. Definitely worth it if you want to see lots of things. Atlanta (or any big city) is not cheap, but this helped a little.