Best Educational & Not-So-Educational Tours Of Atlanta
While not everyone is fond of finding themselves perched on the second level of a big red double Decker bus or huddled up with a cluster of tourists while being led through a museum like a group of First Graders on a field trip, there is no question that one of the best ways to learn about a city and all it has to offer is by taking an official tour. Atlanta is a city rich in many aspects including history, athletics, landscape and fascinating corporate anatomy. Thus, YAHglobal.Com wholeheartedly recommends dropping any inhibitions you may have about structured sight seeing and partake in one or more of the following tours that this fine city has to offer. Some will provide an in depth accounting of what makes the city tick while others simply serve as a good old fashioned "map & camera carrying" good time.
World Of Coca Cola
121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA
Parking Garage Address:178 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta
For information call (404) 676-5151 or 1-800-676-COKE (2653)
Nothing much says "America" like "Coca Cola". From the old styled glass bottles to advertisements of women in bee-hive hairdos propping up the beverage in hand with a twinkle in their eyes, Coca Cola has found its way into the world as one of the most recognized confectionary products and perhaps single handedly has kept the dental industry in business in the process. It only makes sense that this global phenomenon create its own little world for us to explore.
As the official corporate head office and planetary tourist attraction, the World of Coca Cola presents us with an in depth look at everything related to this caramel food colored "bubbly" from creation to its promotion and everything in between. Visit assembly lines and learn about the recipes of the various products under the brand banner while sampling the multitude of savory selections on site. Browse the galleries of Coke art and advertisements that spanned generations, creating multitudes of well refreshed and loyal consumers. The World of Coca Cola is a fun and fascinating look at a slice, or sip, of America.
Turner Broadcasting - CNN Tour
190 Marietta Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA
For information call (404) 827-2300
Is that Anderson Cooper's actual hair color? Does Larry King wear suspenders to bed? While you might now get answers to these questions, the tour of Turner Broadcastings CN is still informative and entertaining at the same time.
Start the tour by taking a ride up the world's largest free standing escalator towards the gigantic 50 foot CNN globe where inside interactive kiosks play highlight footage from 25 years of CNN news. Next, the control room experience provides an all access look into the quick paced environment of live broadcasting while the following Studio 7E tour allows you to deliver news and weather with the most up to date technology around. The CNN Outloook gives you a birds, or producers, eye view of the newsroom action and an in depth look at the process involved in getting news from its source to the ultimate viewer. You also get to learn about the other networks under the CNN banner such as Headline News, CNN International and CNN en Espanol. In the Finale, you get to sit back in the comforts of a contemporary theater and watch and listen from the ever popular anchors about their personal experiences of working on the frontline of world news.
CNN Studio Tour Admission (courtesy of CNN.Com)
Senior (65+): $14
Student: $14 (13 - 18, or with valid college ID)
Child: $10 (ages 4 - 12)
Group $13 (per person with 20+ people)
Youth Group $9 (per person, ages 4 - 12, 20+ people)
Military Free with Active Duty ID
Tour operators call 404.827.2300 for pricing information.
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Inside CNN VIP Tour $35 Purchase Tickets
Morning Express Tour $49 Purchase Tickets
Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended and can be made Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by calling 404.827.2300 or toll free at 1.877.4CNNTOUR. Buy Tickets here.
Tour pricing and availability subject to change without notice.
Atlanta Braves - Turner Field Tour
755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, Georgia
Although Turner Field, the current home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, is fairly new (opened in 1997) in the grand scheme of ballparks, the Braves have a long and storied history in Atlanta since the team moved there from Milwaukee in 1966. We must never forget Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's long standing home run record in 1974 and it is undisputable that between 1991 and 2005, the Atlanta Braves were one of the most successful franchises in the MLB. A tour of Turner Field will take you through it all, combining nostalgia with an unparalleled blend of both entertainment and technology as it relates to America's favorite pass time and the elite city of Atlanta.
Tour Stops (Courtesy of Turner Field Management)
Braves Museum & Hall of Fame
Coca-Cola Sky Field
The Braves Museum and Hall of Fame offers five specialized tours tailored to elementary and junior/senior high school students.
Social Studies tour:
The Social Studies tour focuses on the history of the Braves organization and the different cities and states that are home to Major League baseball teams. The tour also concentrates on the impact baseball has on the economy and city of Atlanta as a whole.
The Mathematics tour details how baseball is a game of numbers. This tour gives students an introduction to some of the statistics in baseball and how they are calculated and used during a game.
Careers in Sports tour:
The Careers in Sports tour is targeted towards high school students and provides a general overview and perspective of different career opportunities available in the sports industry, specifically Major League Baseball.
The original tour of Turner Field provides information of the history of the stadium, team, and the different areas on the tour route, including Coca-Cola Sky Field, the press box, broadcast booth, dugout, clubhouse, Scout's Alley; and the Braves Museum Store.
Turner Field tours can be scheduled by calling 404-614-2311 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $5 for students and $7 for adults. Complimentary admission is granted for one adult per every ten students.
Children (3- 13) $7.00
Museum only (no tour) $5.00
Game time museum admission ($2).
104 North Main St., Jonesboro, GA (15 miles from downtown Atlanta)
This one is for history buffs and fans of silver screen classics, specifically Gone With The Wind. The Southern Belles & Whistles Tour takes you through the town of Jonesboro in Clayton County approximately 15 miles outside of downtown Atlanta and into the home of Rett Butler and Scarlett. Highlights include the Road To Tara Museum that showcases GWTW costumes, props, and historical and hollywood based memorabilia. The Old Jail is a glimpse into an actual 1800s era prison, now converted (thankfully) into the Calyton County History Center. Patrick Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery takes you to the final resting place of over 600 fallen Confederate soldiers while the Warren House presents you with a peak into an integral site of the Battle of Jonesboro. While this tour isnt for everyone, it certainly satisfies the appetite of those interested in the genre and time period.
Tickets can be purchased on site at the Clayton County Visitors Bureau.
Children (12 and under) $13.95
1951 Airport Road #116, Chamblee, GA
Literally the best way to get to know a city in the shortest amount of time is to take a helicopter tour. Air Atlanta Helicopters will put you up close and personal with the ATL in a manner that will make the pavement pounding, map weilding tourists below green with envy. With a wide variety of packages available to accommodate your tastes and budget, Air Atlanta will make you an expert in the landscape of Georgia's pride. Below is a list of our picks for the best tour packages.
For reservations and information call (770) 458-7771
Tours are 2 person minimum, start at $45 per person
Downtown & Atlanta Zoo - $120.00 Per Person (20-25 Minutes)
Fly over downtown Atlanta, including a quick jaunt over the Atlanta Zoo where it will feel as if you are on an urban safari from the sky!
Stone Mountai - $120 Per Person (20-25 Minutes)
Get an up close and personal look at one of the largest exposed granite surfaces in the world and come face to face with the Confederate Memorial Carving, which covers 25 million square feet and is 1683 feet above sea level.
Stone Mountain, Buckhead & Downtown (THE WORKS!) $170/Person
Chattahoochee River to Deans Gardens - $120/Person (20-25 Minutes)
Follow the Chattahoochee River the way birds do and head north to Alpharetta where you will circle over the “Pink Palace” – a timeless and magnificent 25,000 square foot mansion with expansive gardens, an amphitheatre and golf course.
The Works - $200/Person* + $50 Landing Fee (30-35 Minutes)
An all-inclusive package ensures you don’t miss a thing!