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Same day, half-price ticket booth, offers local attractions, theater, dance, and musical performances. Tickets may be purchased at Underground Atlanta at the ACVB Visitor Center on the corner of Upper Alabama and Pryor Streets; and at Lenox Square at the Simon Guest Services booth on the main mall level.

Atlanta CityPass
At savings up to 50 percent, Atlanta CityPass offers tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, the new World of Coca-Cola, the High Museum of Art, Inside CNN Studio Tours, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, or the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center.

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000
DOWNTOWN. Georgia Aquarium offers the adventure of a lifetime, allowing visitors to view a whole cast of creatures from the oceans and rivers of the world. The premier attraction, Ocean Voyager, features over six million tons of saltwater occupied by hammerhead sharks, stingrays, giant grouper, and the world's largest fish species, whale sharks. The aquarium itself is also the largest in the world and provides a 100-foot, glass-enclosed walkway through its center and an enormous 23-foot by 61-foot viewing window in its own theater.

The NEW World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(800) 676-COKE
DOWNTOWN. The new and expanded World has something for everyone including, a thrilling 4-D theater, the world's largest collection of Coke memorabilia, a fully functioning bottling line that produces commemorative 8-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola, tasting experience with nearly 70 different products to sample, the Pop Culture Gallery featuring works by artists such as Andy Warhol and Steve Penley, the world-famous Coca-Cola Polar Bear and so much more!

Inside CNN Tour
1 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 827-2300
DOWNTOWN. Take a stimulating, behind-the-scenes tour of the world's leading news authority at CNN's headquarters in Atlanta. The tour includes visits to the 24-hour news channel's sets, information about the history of news reporting, and an excellent multimedia guide highlighting what goes into making broadcasts. The most thrilling moments, though, could be getting to meet personalities. A final point of interest is seeing artifacts that correspondents have brought back from the field, including old missile parts and the latest trial-of-the-century transcripts.

Louvre Atlanta at the High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4400
MIDTOWN. Louvre Atlanta promises stunning art and sculpture from ancient Egyptian, Eastern, and Greco-Roman cultures. The exhibit includes mesmerizing statues like Mercury from the first century CE, detailed pottery from 5000 BCE, and images on papyrus from Egypt's Book of the Dead (circa 1000 BCE). The partnership between the Louvre and Atlanta's High Museum of Art runs through 2009, and rotating exhibits focus on different historical eras and the Louvre's role in society.

Fernbank Science Center and Planetarium
156 Heaton Park Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 874-7102
DRUID HILLS. Some people may find their thrills and chills in more cerebral outings, which makes Fernbank Planetarium a terrific option for a virtual, mind-bending experience. The 500-seat theater is accessible for a minimal fee, and it delivers views of space through the 70-foot dome, along with the added bonus of over 100 special effects. Programs for the family include An Astronomer's Christmas Carol, Beyond the Pyramids, and Comet Crumbs.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History and IMAX
767 Clifton Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Information: (404) 929-6300
Tickets: (404) 929-6400
DRUID HILLS. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is Atlanta’s home to dinosaurs! Come face to face with the world’s largest dinosaurs, discover Georgia’s natural history, make a cultural connection, enjoy hands-on exhibitions and don’t miss stunning special exhibitions or the incredible 5-story experience of an IMAX film. Also experience a one-of-a-kind Friday night experience - Martinis & IMAX. Enjoy cool cocktails, stunning films, live music and creative cuisine beneath the world’s largest dinosaurs, Fridays (January through November) from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 404.929.6400 to purchase tickets in advance.

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 659-5437
DOWNTOWN. A children's museum is definitely one place where you want to find a great staff. With the knowledgeable, extremely upbeat folks at Imagine It!, you’ll feel comfortable bringing your children - and all their questions. Staff members organize and lead many activities for children, making the experience as memorable for them as it is gratifying for you.

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
990 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 249-7015
MIDTOWN. Wordsmith Margaret Mitchell is Atlanta's most famous resident. Indeed, the Gone with the Wind author spent most of her life in Atlanta, and between 1925 and 1932, she penned her beloved, era-defining classic. The museum offers a peek into Mitchell's childhood writing, and it also features movie memorabilia like the doorway to Tara, along with a gift shop.

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