If you travel in Delta Airlines a lot it is most likely that you will have a layover in Atlanta. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest airport in the country and the world. I always try to take advantage of a layover to get to see a new place. It makes the trip even more fun and less tiresome, as you will be distracted seeing new things instead of seating down waiting for your next flight. The airport offers a shuttle from there to Centennial Olympic Park.
In this guide we will be sharing the main highlights of things to do in Atlanta during a 10 hour layover.
What to do in Atlanta during a long layover around the Centennial Olympic Park
The main attractions of the city are located around the park. I normally take the subway as it only takes 30 minutes and it is not expensive, $3 each way. If you do not have enough time or rather saving it to enjoy the attractions you can always get an Uber or even a Yellow taxi.
Visit the CNN Center
If you are into news, you must visit the CNN main headquarters and take a fifty minute long tour that take you around the building and provides some great behind the scenes. This headquarter is where several of the main newsroom and studios of CNN’s channel are located.
Ride the Skyview Ferris Wheel
The Skyview is a 20 story tall ferris wheel located at the end of the Centennial Olympic Park and at the heart of downtown Atlanta. From there you can get a beautiful panoramic view. The ride lasts 15 minutes and it goes around four times, so you can take different photos from different angles.
Enjoy a coke at the World of Coca Cola
If you are a fan of Coca Cola you must visit this beautiful museum that showcases the history of the company from its start to what it is today. My favorite thing in the museum is to try as many soda flavors from around the world. The museum can take you from 30 minutes to 3 hours, it depends how in depth you will like to get to. What I recommend doing is to go to a section of the museum and then head to the Free Coke section to enjoy and try the cokes from a continent, then go to the next section and keep doing the same.
National Center for Civil Rights
You can not visit Altanta and not learn about the Civvil Rights Movement. This museum focuses on the Civil and Human rights movements and shows you with artifacts, photos and art pieces their achievement through the history of the United States and the world. To go through the museum and to experience this powerful places allow yourself at least 90 minutes.
For those of you who love marine and salt water animals, this is the perfect destination for you. The Georgia Aquarium houses more than a hundred thousand animals, with over 700 species. Its largest tank holds 6.3 million gallons of water, the largest indoor aquatic habitat in the world and the largest aquarium in the United States. It is also the only institution outside of Asia that has white sharks.
The aquarium takes between 2 to 4 hours to see, depending on how long you spend in each section. I recommend you to go to all the shows, especially the AT&T dolphin celebration. If you want to see the shows, show up at least 20 minutes in advance to make sure you have a seat. Otherwise, if they are at capacity the will not let you in.
Estimated time in each location:
Visit the CNN Center: 50 minutes to an hour
Ride the Skyview Ferris Wheel: 15 minutes to 30 minutes
Enjoy a coke at the World of Coca Cola: 2 hours to 4 hours
- National Center for Civil Rights: 1 hour and a half to 3 hours.
Georgia Aquarium: 3 hours to 5 hours.
Total Time required to visit all of the places above: 8 hours to 14 hours not counting the travel and walking time to each location. It all depends on how much time you actually want to spend in each attraction.