What To Do In Atlanta
A thriving international metropolis where regional hospitality meets diversity, commerce and style, Atlanta is the emblematic Mecca of the New South and location for the 2011 AZA Annual Conference!
On November 23, 2005, Georgia Aquarium officially opened its doors to the public. As the world’s largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium in more than ten million gallons of water. Through a path of more than sixty exhibits, the Aquarium tells a global water story, with features modeled after the greatest zoos and aquariums in the world. Each majestic exhibit is designed to inspire, entertain and educate.
Interested in partaking in one of the many encounters Georgia Aquarium has to offer while you're in Atlanta? Check out times and information for Whale Shark and Beluga experiences! Special discounts are being offered to AZA attendees.
All attendees are invited to stop by the Aquarium during the week of the conference for free! Just show your conference badge at the door! And don't miss the Icebreaker on Wednesday, September 14th for a chance to network with colleagues and get behind the scene access to many exhibits.
The Georgia Aquarium is located 2 blocks from the Conference hotels and Convention Center.
Zoo Atlanta is Atlanta’s oldest cultural institution and one of Georgia's most beloved family destinations. Founded in 1889, the Zoo is one of the 10 oldest zoos in continuous operation in the U.S. Average annual attendance typically exceeds 700,000, and Membership tops 27,000 households.
Known for its leadership in the movement to provide naturalistic habitats for animals, Zoo Atlanta began a multi-million dollar redevelopment campaign in 1985. The Zoo environment is designed to give guests a tour of exotic destinations around the globe without ever leaving Atlanta. A leader in formal and informal education, the Zoo is also a dynamic living laboratory for students of all ages.
If you're interested in visiting Zoo Atlanta during the conference, show your name badge at the door for free admission! And don't miss Zoo Day and Twilight Safari Party on Saturday, September 17th with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, living entertainment, and more!
Zoo Atlanta is located about 3 miles, a short 10 minute drive, from the Conference hotels and Convention Center.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Renowned plant collections, beautiful displays, and spectacular exhibitions make the Atlanta Botanical Garden the loveliest place in town to visit in every season. An urban oasis in Midtown, the Garden includes 30 acres of outdoor gardens, an award-winning Children's Garden, a one-of-a-kind Canopy Walk through Storza Woods, and the innovative Edible Garden featuring an Outdoor Demonstration Kitchen. The Fuqua Conservatory is an organic biosphere and home to important collections of tropical palms and conifers; the Fuqua Orchid Center is home to the foremost collection of species orchids in the United States. Conservation gardens and amphibian displays highlight the Garden's work with carnivorous plant bogs across the Southeast as well as endangered species of frogs from around the world.
On Thursday, September 15th, Atlanta Botanical Garden is hosting a Science Café during Cocktails in the Garden. It is an opportunity for regional scientists to talk with the public about their research. The event starts at about 6:30pm with an “evolutionary cocktail”, Absinthe, and a discussion of the botany, history, chemistry and geography of the ingredients in the drink. At 7pm, Dr. Eric Gaucher of Georgia Institute of Technology will speak on the topic “Resurrecting Ancient Life.” After the speaker there will be tours of the collections, including evening tours of the conservatory to look for frogs.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is offering AZA Conference attendees a $5 discount on admission to the Garden. All you have to do is show your conference badge at the admission booth. Science Café and Cocktails in the Garden are included with your admission.
Atlanta Botanical Garden is located about 4 miles, a short 10 minute drive, from the Conference hotels and Convention Center.
The New World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place® celebrated its Grand Opening on May 24, 2007. It's the only place where you can explore the fascinating story of the world's best-known beverage brand. With 60,000 square feet for you to explore, the World of Coca-Cola features more than 1,200 artifacts from around the world that, until now, have never been displayed to the public before.
Around every corner you'll experience something new and inviting. You'll see great interactive exhibits such as a thrilling, multi-sensory 4-D movie (3-D glasses with moving seats) and a fully functioning bottling line. You can even give our 7-foot Coca-Cola Polar Bear a big hug! And of course, a World of Coca-Cola favorite-the tasting experience, will give you a refreshing opportunity to sample over 60 different beverages from around the world. All this and much more make the World of Coca-Cola a unique and must-see Atlanta experience! A visit of the entire attraction is estimated to last an average of 90 minutes.
The World of Coca-Cola is located 3 blocks from Conference hotels and Convention Center, right next door to the Georgia Aquarium.
Inside CNN Studio Tour at CNN Center
The world's first all-news, around-the-clock television network got its start in Atlanta. Entrepreneur Ted Turner, always on the lookout for the next frontier and the next opportunity to grow TBS, Inc., launched the Cable News Network (CNN) in 1980, forever changing the way news and information are gathered and broadcast.
From the control room theater to the bustling CNN newsrooms, the CNN Studio Tour is your chance to go “inside” the fast-paced, high-tech world of live television news. Get a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of news gathering and broadcasting from the working studios of The Worldwide Leader in News.
CNN Center is connected to the North Tower of the Omni Hotel.
Centennial Olympic Park
Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, a remaining legacy of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, features family fun and live music many days each week. Music At Noon presents local bands performing mid-day and Wednesday Wind Down features jazz during rush hour. Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day is free with performers and children's activities. The Fountain of Rings Show displays a dancing water show harmonized with pop music, lights and sound effects.
Centennial Olympic Park is located across the street from the Conference hotels and Convention Center.