Attractions near Cobb Galleria Centre
Like most major metropolis', a family can get a room in mid-town Atlanta and be within walking distance of enough attractions to keep them busy for a day or more. This article will name four such attractions in the midtown area.
Centennial Olympic Park was opened in 1996 as an attraction for the Olympics. It takes up over 21 acres of space with gardens, sculptures, and one of the world's most entertaining fountains. The Fountain of Rings has shows in the summer with the waters of the fountains “dancing” to a set of music. They make a cool and refreshing playground in the summer as well. This venue is also a great place to find a number of events from street performers to life-size chess games.
The Georgia Aquarium is the world's largest with 8 million gallons of water and home of cold water and tropical fish of countless species. Giant Beluga whales, sharks, otters, and many other creatures entertain their guests everyday. There is even a “petting zoo” of manna rays! For those who have never experienced the coral reefs and vibrantly colored fishes of the tropics, this aquarium brings it in all its splendor.
The High Museum of Art is an architectural piece of art in itself. This museum brings to Atlanta the world's most sought after exhibits. Founded in 1905 and named after the High family, it now covers over 312,000 feet and houses 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection. Among these are American art, European art, African-American art, African art, modern art, and many others, making the High Museum a pleasant museum to visit anytime.
Adjacent to Piedmont Park is the 30 acre Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Fuqua Orchid Center holds the nations largest collection of orchids and holds a winter display named Orchid Daze. In staying current with modern issues, the new visitor center has a “green” roof. Plants cover almost 50% of the roof area and provide natural cooling, sound insulation, and garden area.
For a day or weekend of enjoyment, a trip to mid-town Atlanta will provide more entertainment than one family can manage in a couple of days. But its worth a try!