Downtown is an ideal starting point for a visitor’s introduction to Atlanta. This district is very walkable and those looking to stay active will appreciate how easy it is to rack up thousands of steps. Don’t forget a pedometer before departing on an exploration of downtown Atlanta.
Breakfast at Waffle House (135 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW)
Fuel the day at a famous Atlanta establishment that has been serving Southern comfort foods since 1955. Order the shredded potato hash browns with cheese and onions, also known as smothered and covered, for a truly Southern dish.
Tour the CNN Center (190 Marietta St.)
Wander over to CNN global headquarters to experience CNN Studio Tours. The guided tour will show behind-the-scenes views of the CNN studio, allowing guests to catch a glimpse of a live broadcast.
World of Coca-Cola (121 Baker St. NW)
This interactive attraction has an abundance to do, from tasting more than 100 beverages from around the world to watching a video in the 4-D theater or visiting the vault where Coca-Cola’s secret formula is housed.
After visiting CNN global headquarters and World of Coca-Cola, your steps should be in the 3,000 to 4,000 range. Time to break for lunch.
Lunch at STATS (300 Marietta St NW)
Grab a bite at STATS, located across from Centennial Olympic Park in the Centennial Park District. Named among the 10 best sports bars across the United States by USA TODAY, STATS serves all-American pub fare and local brews you can tap right from the table.
Centennial Olympic Park (265 Park Ave W NW)
Stroll around the 21-acres of Centennial Olympic Park, which serves as Atlanta’s lasting legacy of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, and visit the iconic Fountain of Rings located in the southwest corner of the venue. Known as the centerpiece of the park, the Fountain of Rings has a unique show with music that plays four times a day, 365 days a year in the heart of Downtown.
After covering Centennial Olympic Park, the fitness tracker should read around 6,500 steps.
Georgia Aquarium (225 Baker St. NW)
Venture across the street to North America’s largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium. This attraction houses one of the most abundant collections of aquatic life in the world, in more than 10 million gallons of water. Spend the afternoon viewing the new sea lion attraction, dolphin exhibit and catch the penguins and beluga whales while you navigate through the 600,000-square-foot facility.
Dinner at Twin Smokers (300 Marietta St. NW)
Cap off the day with a regionally-inspired BBQ dinner at Twin Smokers, which utilizes a unique twin smoking approach with meat smoked over Texas mesquite and post oak wood.
Not only have you accomplished 10,000 steps by the end of the day, but you’ve also had an authentic downtown Atlanta experience.