Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Things to do in Atlanta?

I've been to Atlanta a couple of times, but unfortunately I don't have much advice about what fun things there are to do there. Just the usual: CNN world headquarters, the Georgia Aquarium, and the "World of Coca-Cola" Museum are all walkable from the conference hotel. If you like baseball, which you should, you could take a tour of Turner Field (which all right-thinking people think of as Hank Aaron Stadium), but that's not at all close to the hotel. And the Falcons will be playing the Buccaneers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. But other than that, I'm not sure what to suggest. I'm not aware of any attractions of any real historical or cultural significance. And as I understand it, the "Downtown" area shuts down pretty early and doesn't have any kind of nightlife--though I'd be happy to hear that I'm wrong about this.

What say you, Smokers? What should conference-goers not miss while in ATL?

--Mr. Zero


Anonymous said...

MLK's childhood house and grave. Close to downtown ATL.

Anonymous said...

On Thursdays the Mai Tais at the Trader Vic’s in the Hilton Altanta (next door to the Marriott Marquis) are $5.

Liquor stores: Tony's Package Store (29 Baker St) and Peachtree Package Store (300 Peachtree St NW) are one block northwest of the hotel.

I’m looking forward to checking out the pub food at Sidebar (79 Poplar St—one block west of the hotel) and Park Bar (150 Walton St—four-ish blocks southwest of the hotel).

Really good non-pub food restaurants and bars can be found in Midtown, which is 2 miles north of the hotel. On foot, follow Peachtree St north, then turn right on 10th or 12th Sts. Or via MARTA (public transport), take the gold line north at Peachtree Center Station and get off at Midtown Station (Peachtree St and 9th). Midtown, not downtown, is where the nightlife is.

Anonymous said...

Piedmont Park (2 miles northeast of the hotel—head north on Peachtree and turn right at 14th St) is Atlanta’s equivalent of NYC’s Central Park. The Botanical Gardens are on the northwest end of the park.

The High Museum of Art is worth a visit. It's located at the intersection of Peachtree St and 15th St. You can walk to it or take the MARTA (get off at Arts Center Station).

There is a revolving restaurant on the top floor of the Westin, one block southwest of the hotel. It’s a neat place to get a drink and see the city from above.

Zētētikos said...

I wasn't a big fan of the High Museum when I lived in Atlanta (about 4 years ago). It's value depends largely on what they have on exhibition when you visit, IMO.

If you feel like getting out of downtown, Decatur is nice to visit (east from downtown via Marta). The area around Decatur Square was quaint with some interesting shops. I especially liked the Brick Store Pub which is right on the Square. It had many craft beers and a variety of whiskeys to try.

Anonymous said...

Check out the local craft brewing scene!

Anonymous said...

I have some stuff in mind, but I'm not gonna tell you. The last thing I want to see when I'm blowing off steam after a day among a thousand philosophers is a bunch of people who I recognize as philosophers. Seriously, doesn't the place you've picked out to visit become suddenly less enchanting when you find yourself next to some dudes with beards and sweater-vests talking about descriptivism?