The motor coach today will take you on a trip you won’t forget - to the wilds of Africa, the tropics of South America, the plains of Australia, the mountains of Asia and the forests of Europe!
This trip will show you the stars of Zoo Atlanta: Ivan and Kudzoo the Gorillas, Starlet O’Hara the Elephant, Roma and Rosie the African Rhinos and Allen the Sumatran Orangutan.
You’ll also have a chance to see the newest additions to the Atlanta Zoo family, Lun Lun and Yang Yang the Giant Pandas from Chengdu, China and two year old Xi Lan, born in 2008, the second offspring of Lun Lun and Yang Yan. Watch a demonstration of one of Starlet O’Hara’s baths, footwork or an exhibition of her natural agility and skills, or watch the zookeeper coax Allen out of the trees for a feeding.
The zoo's collection consists of nearly 1,000 specimens, representing 250 species of animals from all over the world, living in natural environments. You will be overwhelmed by the huge variety of animals sharing Atlanta with us humans!
For a little extra challenge, take part in the Zoo’s fun scavenger hunt! Find out why flamingos are pink and how much a giraffe weighs. Make sure you get all the answers so you can impress your friends at dinner with your knowledge of wildlife!
Heroes of Our City
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at time of challenge and controversy.”
Begin your tour on Sweet Auburn Avenue with a stop at the Martin Luther King Jr., Center for Nonviolent Change. You will have a chance to see Dr. King’s Crypt, the Visitor Center, his Birth Home and Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King and his father were co-pastor.
The Carter Presidential Center is a 37-acre retreat located just 2 miles from downtown. The Center in partnership with Emory University is guided by a commitment to human rights, wages peace by bringing warring parties to the negotiating table, monitoring elections, safeguarding human rights, and building democracies through economic development. Visit the Carter Library and Museum, where President Carter’s life, administration, and the office of the presidency are portrayed through films, videos and displays.
Home of the Brave
Land of the Free and Home of the Braves – Turner Field. The stadium served as the site for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and all of the Track and Field events for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The Atlanta Braves Museum displays more than 200 pieces of one-of-a-kind baseball memorabilia. During your stadium tour, visit also the Braves Clubhouse and Dugout, Scouts Alley, the press box and broadcast booth and Coca-Cola Sky Field.
After your tour of Turner Field, enjoy a drive around Atlanta to see the sights and enjoy a visit to Centennial Olympic Park. This Park was the central gathering place during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta with its centerpiece, the famous “Fountain of Rings”. You will walk through the park and see and hear all about that wonderful summer when all of the world was focused on Atlanta.
Headline News and Landmarks
Make a little news of your own during a behind-the-scenes tour of the worldwide headquarters for CNN, Headline News and CNN International. During this 40-minute guided walking tour, you will have a backstage view of the high-tech world of 24-hour TV network news in action. Explore the control room and special effects studio and learn the secrets of the TelePrompter. In the main CNN newsroom you’ll see the hustle and bustle of the domestic desk and writers composing news scripts as well as CNN newscaster at work.
On the way to CNN you’ll see many historic and modern landmarks of downtown Atlanta. The merchandise marts, Centennial Olympic Park, convention venues, Olympic sites, historic houses of worship, impressive state and local government buildings, and Underground Atlanta are some of the points of interest your guide will show you. You’ll even tour past Turner Field, home of the world-champion Atlanta Braves and the spectacular reincarnation of the Olympic Stadium.
Drive Sweet Auburn Avenue on the way to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change. From the motor coach you will see Dr. King’s Crypt and Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Travel down world-famous Peachtree Street past the Margaret Mitchell House, affectionately called “The Dump” by its best-known resident. It was in this turn-of-the-century structure that Mitchell wrote the bestseller “Gone With The Wind.
Hotlanta’s World Class Attractions
See, hear and taste the magnificent story of the world’s most popular soft drink at the NEW World of Coca-Cola. It’s a truly unique experience that encompasses the rich history and progress of the refreshing beverage created in Atlanta in 1886. Everyone is welcome at the “Happiness Factory Theater” where you will get a glimpse of the magic found in Coca-Cola and the source behind the happiness found in every bottle.
You may then tour the entire World of Coca-Cola facility. Visit the Pop Culture Gallery with one of a kind artwork by such luminaries as Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell or create your very own piece of pop art!! Delight in the 4-D Theatre and see the actual Bottle Works in progress. Enjoy the ultimate tasting experience as you taste all the Coca-Cola flavors from around the globe and take a souvenir bottle home with you.
Next, you’ll see many historic and modern landmarks of downtown Atlanta. The merchandise marts, Centennial Olympic Park, convention venues, Olympic sites, historic houses of worship, impressive state and local government buildings, and Underground Atlanta are some of the points of interest your guide will show you. You’ll even tour past Turner Field, home of the world-champion Atlanta Braves and the spectacular reincarnation of the Olympic Stadium.
Drive Sweet Auburn Avenue on the way to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Change. From the motor coach, you will see Dr. King’s Crypt and Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Travel down world-famous Peachtree Street past the Margaret Mitchell House, affectionately called “The Dump” by its best-known resident. It was in this turn-of-the- century structure that Mitchell wrote the bestseller “Gone With The Wind.”
High Speed and Hot Action
Dave and Buster’s is the ultimate sports and entertainment venue.
Feel the need for speed? Climb aboard a NASCAR car at the Daytona Special and strap yourself in and then take it for a spin around three different tracks. This is a four-player game, so bring three friends along so that you can challenge against them. Let's see who can take the checkered flag by putting the pedal to the metal and by running your opponent into the wall, because when all is said and done, only one will come in First Place!
Or step into the MoCap Boxing arena for the fight of your life! This boxing game simulates a real pro fight, forcing you to bob and weave to avoid your opponent's punches, while throwing punches of your own. Put on the special boxing gloves and throw a hook, uppercut, or jab, while dodging punches from your opponent. Mocap Boxing also displays the number of calories you burn during game play, making it not just a video game, but a full-body workout!
Perhaps you prefer D & B Carismo, Dance Dance Revolution, Dave & Busters Downs or Biathlon, Hyperbowl, Downhill Biker, Super GT, Hot Flash Air Hockey or Wave Runner? The possibilities are endless, and you will leave the sports arena exhausted and exhilarated!
A special View Point area will be reserved with Billiards and Shuffle Board for your group to gather and play during your visit without using your Power Card.
Hallways of Art & Design
The Savannah College of Art & Design was established in 1978 to provide a center dedicated for the higher education of Art & Design within the southeastern United Sates. Since then they have grown to 4 Campuses and over 9,000 students. Your tour will visit the SCAD Campus in Atlanta. Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Art district, SCAD Atlanta’s 312,000 sq ft main building offers classrooms, galleries, computer labs, library, dining hall and student lounge. Take a peek at this New World Class Art Institution!!!!!
On the way to SCAD, you’ll see many historic and modern landmarks of downtown Atlanta. One of your local 4-Her’s will serve as your host for the afternoon. As well as being a guide this host will share a few “tails” of times past in HotLanta.
Georgia’s newest attraction is the Georgia Aquarium, the World’s Largest Aquarium. With 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species from around the globe, you’re sure to see things you’ve never seen before! Trixie and Alice the new female whale sharks, beluga whales, California sea lions, sea otters and African black footed penguins just to name a few. Exhibits include the Georgia Explorer, Ocean Voyager, River Scout and the 4-D Theater. The tour allows you to examine each exhibit at your own pace.