When visiting Centennial Park in Atlanta, Georgia nowadays, it is hard to believe that, according to the park’s history, fewer than 20 years ago the neighborhood was in a run-down part of town. The area was turned into a beautiful park in honor of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and is still a place to gather with friends, go for a walk or let the kids run and play. During our weekend getaway to Atlanta, we spent a lot of time wandering around Centennial Park.
Take a self-guided walking tour. When you get to Centennial Park, stop by the Visitor’s Center near Googie Burger and pick up a brochure with the self-guided tour. You can also print the map from the website. Learn more about the park, see water features, and monuments. If you prefer, you can pick up a listening device for $5.
Spy the sports pictures in the pavement. As you walk around the park, don’t forget to look down! Many of the concrete tiles in the sidewalk have pictures of the different Olympic sports as well as bricks purchased by donors.
Splash in the Fountain of Rings. The Fountain of Rings is the world’s largest interactive fountain. The water shoots up from the rings and even in the cold air of winter we saw some brave souls run in and out of the water. It is free to watch the Fountain of Rings show that plays four times a day at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, and 9pm.
Run and play! The Children’s Garden and Playground is a good place to let the kids run out some energy after exploring the Georgia Aquarium or World of Coca-Cola. Skip down the walkways or play a game of tag on the lawns to expel some energy too!
Eat a meal. There are a number of grassy spots to put down a blanket and have a picnic. If you don’t bring your own meal with you, you can grab lunch or dinner at Googie Burger. Googie Burger has delicious burgers, fries, milkshakes and more. Service is walk-up but there are tables outside. There are also a number of restaurants around the park that range from fast food to glamourous meals.
Attend an event. In the wintertime, go ice skating on the outdoor rink and see the park decorated with thousands of lights. In the spring or summertime, see a concert or stop by for Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day, an interactive community event with hands-on activities and more.