Atlanta --what to do? one full day

Old Dec 8th, 2001, 10:24 AM
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Atlanta --what to do? one full day

Mother & daughter ( ages 60 & 40)in Atlanta on Dec. 14th. Need suggestons on what to do that day. Will take Marta from airport to Buckhead and have brunch in the area. From then on ????
Willing to take taxi to get to other areas.
I like history stuff but daughter ---so-so.
Any opinions on Martin Luther King Center..????
Been to the "underground" and Coca-cola exhibit=O.K. but not impressed
Will welcome and appreciate any suggestions.....Lynn
P.S. Did "search" on Atlanta already
Old Dec 8th, 2001, 02:13 PM
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I was in Atlanta recently with the same dilemma. Decided to go to the CNN center and Olympic park which are adjacent. The CNN tour was interesting ($8/person, but should be free given all the commercial pitches) and so was walking around the Olympic park.
However, the MLK center turned out to be the highlight and a most moving experience.
I advise spending the whole day at the MLK center. The sense of history and its relevance to today is what makes this Atlanta landmark worth many visits.
Old Dec 8th, 2001, 03:26 PM
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World of Coke and Underground Atlanta are good choices and they are right accross the street from each other.
If your really short on time and would prefer to stay in the Buckhead area, there is also plenty to do. The Tullie Smith and Swan houses are wonderful to visit, so is the Governors mansion and just to take a drive through the neighborhoods in Buckhead are a treat. Many of the homes are pre-civil war mansions that go for millions of dollars
Old Dec 8th, 2001, 06:28 PM
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i second the tullie smith and swan houses. they are part of the atlanta history center, which has some great exhibits. admission is $12 i think. you can easily spend 3-4 hours here plus it's only a very short (10 min?) cab ride from anywhere in buckhead.

i haven't been to the mlk center in about 10 years but from what i remember it is also well worth a visit.

Old Dec 8th, 2001, 07:08 PM
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Atlanta is one of our largest cities and as such, has several available options. You'll find that Atlanta is quite spread out and although the main street connecting downtown to the Buckhead area is Peachtree Street, there are many roads with the name 'Peachtree' in it so just be sure of your directions.
As a tour guide, I love history as well. I have two favorite sights in Atanta; Martin Luther King Jr. Center and the Cyclorama in Grant Park next to the zoo. If you have the time, take the MARTA to Decatur. A small but quaint town east of the city. Stone Mountain might be something you & your daughter might both enjoy doing together. It is both a historical landmark and a park full of fun. During the holidays, they will have a spectacular light show in the evenings.
The Westin hotel has an expensive elevator to the top floor, 73 stories about $7/8 pp but what a view. No charge if you want to splurge and eat in their restaurant.
The CNN center offers a nice food court, 45 min. tours $8 pp and their 'Talk Back Live' segment which you have probably seen on t.v. 3pm eastern time. If that interests you, it's free and you would have to be there by 2pm to get a seat. I suggest phoning CNN in the morning to find out what the topic will be.
While in Buckhead, please make time for the 'Buckhead Diner'. A fabulous and trendy place to eat! But there are so many wonderful eateries in that area.
One further note, if you plan to take the tour of Martin Luther Kings house, call ahead of time to find out about ticket availability.
Have fun!
Old Dec 8th, 2001, 09:12 PM
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There is a special Monet exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Midtown, along about 16th and Peachtree Streets, NW.

Old Dec 9th, 2001, 09:46 PM
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Michael C. Carlos Museum (@ Emory Univ)has extensive egyptian burial exhibit, plus excellent but medium sized exhibits on Mesopotamia, Greece/Rome, India, and Africa.
Also, Fernbank science center has exhibit on Undersea Dinosaurs, plus a permanant display of lrgst carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs found so far (argentinasaurus and giganotosaurus)
Old Dec 10th, 2001, 04:44 AM
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I don't know where in Buckhead you are going, but if you choose to go to the Lenox station, you can hit the stores at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaxa is right across the street.

From there, you could take a cab to the Atlanta History Center, which does include the Tulie Smith and Swan Houses. Both of them are probably nicely decorated for Christmas. That will take up plenty of time. The last time I was at the History Center, they had some very good exhibits. One was on the history of the PGA Golf Tournament and another was on famous Georgia Bobby Jones.

The History Center is in the heart of Buckhead and near some very good restaurants so if you wanted to finish up your day at one of them, then catch a cab to the airport or back to the Lenox Marta station, you'll have had a full day indeed!
Old Dec 10th, 2001, 05:29 AM
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Hmm...I'd think I'd use MARTA to go the Arts Center stop and walk over to the High Museum to take it in its very fine self-guided exhibit of Winslow Homer; there's also a nice mini-exhibit of Monet. Take a little break in the small sandwich/coffee shop at the base of the building. Use MARTA again to ride to the Lenox stop, walk over to Lenox Square Mall, and take in the holiday scene there. I'd cap the day off with tea down the road at the Ritz-Carleton Buckhead. Seatings are at 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. in The Lobby Lounge. Settle back into comfortable chairs and enjoy
a selection of imported teas, along with freshly made scones, tea sandwiches, miniature pastries and tea breads. Sip from English bone china teacups, relax, and catch your breath before you ride MARTA back down to the airport. Reservations are required for the tea; call (404) 237-2700.
Old Dec 13th, 2001, 09:50 PM
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High Museum @ the Arts Center Stop,
train to Lenox,taxi to the Tullie Smith and Swan House. Ritz for Tea or a Buckhead Bistro. If you have time, some
performance at the Fox Theatre, restored
theatre on Peachtree @ North Ave. About 12 blocks from the High Museum, North Ave Train Stop.



Old Dec 14th, 2001, 04:21 PM
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I was in Atlanta for 2 days in November and had a great time. We dined at Dante Down the Hatch in the Buckhead area (Fondue menu and live Jazz band. Also enjoyed Chicken and Waffles on Peachtree (owned by Gladys Knight). The CNN tour was cancelled due to the 9/11/01 attacks but a walk-thru was fun. We went to Blind Willies for live Blues. We felt safe in all the areas I have mentioned above.

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