A guide to all the fun and merriment available in The Big Peach while the industry is in town.

Erik J. Martin, CSP Correspondent

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Other Unforgettable Options

Some of the best that Atlanta has tooffer isn’t easily categorized into a commonterritory or type. During your stay,these other memorable attractions arealso strongly recommended:

Stone Mountain Park: The adventureof a lifetime beckons at StoneMountain Park, home of an enormousquartz monzonite mountainthat sports an amazing Confederatememorial carving—the largest highrelief sculpture in the world. Visit thequarry exhibit, songbird habitat andtrail, and Confederate Hall museum, getwet walking the suspended rope bridgesand net tunnels of Geyser Towers, andtrek through the treetops on suspendedwooden bridges at SkyHike. $28 generaladmission (770-498-5690; stonemountainpark.com).

Zoo Atlanta: Komodo dragons,Aldabra tortoises, African lions, exotickookaburras and Panamanian goldenfrogs are among the many colorful,diverse species on display at this worldrenownedzoo, which has the country’slargest zoological collections of orang-utans and gorillas and is one of onlya few American zoos featuring giantpandas. $22 general admission (404-624-WILD; zooatlanta.org).

Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Ever wanted to see the world’slargest dinosaurs up close and personal?Book a trip to Fernbank and witnessa 123-foot-long Argentinosaurus,among other Mesozoic-era goliaths.Discover the wonders of the naturalworld at NatureQuest, travel back intime through the natural history andgeography of Georgia, explore theWorld of Shells, and witness an inspiringcultural collection of masks, jewelry,costumes and other artifacts. Themuseum’s newest limited-engagementexhibit is “Marco Polo: Man & Myth.”$19 general admission (404-929-6300;fernbankmuseum.org).

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum: Learn about one of Georgia’s favoritesons and revisit the Carter presidency.View an exact replica of the OvalOffice, gifts received by the Carter family,important historical photographsand memorabilia, and more. $8 generaladmission (404-865-7100; jimmycarterlibrary.gov).

Six Flags Over Georgia: Get yourkicks on thrill such as Goliath, Superman:Ultimate Flight, Georgia Cycloneand The Great American ScreamMachine; simulate white-water raftingon the Thunder River; enjoy a live show;or snap a picture with your favoritelarger-than-life Looney Tunes character.$60 general admission (770-948-9290;sixflags.com/overGeorgia).

Balloons Over Georgia: Top offyour trip and create indelible memoriesby taking a ride in a hot-air balloon.This one-hour guided tour will, on aclear day, provide up to a 50-mile viewthat reveals the Atlanta skyline, KennesawMountain, Stone Mountain, LakeLanier, and the edges of the Appalachianand Blue Ridge Mountain ranges. Youmay even spot red-tail hawks, largecranes and blue herons, so pack thecamera. $200 per person (678-283-4033; balloonsovergeorgia.com). 


Bet you didn’t know these facts about Atlanta:

  • The city was originally called “Terminus”and “Marthasville” before it wasrenamed “Atlanta” in 1845.
  • Located at the foothills of the southernAppalachians, Atlanta’s landscape isprimarily distinguished by rolling hills and broad, smooth uplands.
  • Entrepreneur Asa Candler paid $2,300to own Coca-Cola in 1891; a year later he founded The Coca-Cola Co, long based in Atlanta.
  • Atlantan Margaret Mitchell’s “GoneWith the Wind” was published in 1936,for which she won the Pulitzer Prize thenext year.
  • The city is one of only two in theworld to be home to two Nobel PeacePrize winners: Martin Luther King Jr. andformer President Jimmy Carter.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta InternationalAirport is the world’s busiest passengerairport.
  • Atlanta is the seventh most visitedcity in the United States, with more than42 million visitors in 2012.
  • In the past six years, the metro areahas added more people—458,000 annually—than any other in the country.
  • The city has more than 65 streetscontaining the word “Peachtree.”
  • At 825 feet tall, Atlanta’s StoneMountain is the world’s largest freestandingpiece of exposed granite.year

Do as the Atlantans Do

The NACS Show dates are fortuitously timed to coincide with hot happenings scheduled exclusively in and around Atlanta in October. So let carpe diem be your credo, and considerattending these limited-run performances, exhibits and festivals during your South east sojourn. (Visit the October calendar at atlantaplanit.com for more details.)

  • Concert by renowned pianist Steven Lin at Ferst Center for the Arts: 8 p.m. Oct. 11 (ticketsfrom $25).
  • Third Country, an original dramatic play at Horizon Theatre: 8 p.m. Oct. 11; 3 and 8:30p.m. Oct. 12; 5 p.m. Oct. 13 (tickets from $25).
  • 11th Annual Pumpkin Festival, free (with park admission) at Stone Mountain Park: 10:30a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 and 13; 10:30 a.m. to 7p.m. Oct. 12.
  • University Symphony Orchestra free concert at Georgia State University School of Music Arts: 3 p.m. Oct. 13.
  • Michael McDonald concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 (tickets from $35).
  • Art Linkage, a free art installation at the Georgia State University Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery: 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Oct. 14-16.
  • “Ina Garten: The Barefoot Contessa,” a conversation with the Food Network host at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre:-round.


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