Atlanta offers visitors a wealth of activities and attractions,
many located within walking distance or a quick cab ride from
ASTD’s conference hotels. If you have some downtime or
plan to stay an extra day in Atlanta, here are some links to
activities you might like to plan ahead for.
CNN Atlanta Studio Tours include a visit to
the Control Room theater where you can see and hear behind-the-scenes
elements of 24 hour news; interactive exhibits, and demonstrations
of special effects.
Drink in the World
of Coca Cola as you take a self-guided tour
of the pavilion that houses a collection of Coca Cola memorabilia,
interactive high-tech exhibits and video presentations, including
a re-creation of a 1930’s soda fountain. A new World of
Coca Cola will open in May 2007 and will feature state-of the
art technology and story-telling techniques and a variety of
new exhibits. The new attraction will be located near Centennial
Olympic Park and the Georgia Aquarium.
Visit the recently expanded High
Museum of Art. In addition to the ongoing
exhibits, an unprecedented partnership between the High and
the Louvre brings hundreds of works of art from the Louvres’
collections to Atlanta from 2006-2009. During ASTD’s conference,
the Louvre Atlanta will feature The Royal Collections -- paintings,
sculptures, drawings, and artifacts from the collections of
the Kings of France. A second exhibit will display decorative
arts commissioned by Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI.
Come face-to-face with the world’s largest dinosaurs
Museum of Natural History where you can engage
in interactive exhibits and enjoy the 5-story experience of
an IMAX® film. Fernbank offers ASTD International Conference
attendees a $2 discount on admission during the week of the
conference. Just show your conference badge to get the discount.
Visit the Atlanta
History Museum and tour two historic houses
--the grandiose 1928 mansion, Swan House and an 1840’s
plantation-plain yeoman farm, The Tullie Smith Farm, as well
as historic gardens.
See the Martin
Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, including
Rev. King’s boyhood home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church
and the surrounding Sweet Auburn neighborhood.
Set on acres of gardens, the Jimmy
Carter Library and Museum houses a vast assortment
of documents, correspondence, photographs and videotapes from
Jimmy Carter’s White House years, including an exact replica
of the Oval Office as it appeared during his presidency.
Fans of Gone With the Wind will enjoy a docent-guided
tour of the Margaret
Mitchell House and Museum. You will see the
restored apartment where she wrote the novel from 1925 to 1932
and view a film on Mitchell’s life and writing. The Gone
With the Wind Movie Museum displays original objects from the
film, correspondence, and memorabilia of the making of the movie
and its premiere in Atlanta.
Glide around Atlanta on a Segway! The City
Segway Tour includes Underground Atlanta,
the Georgia State Capitol, Centennial Olympic Park, and the
Sweet Auburn District.
Atlanta offers 2 1⁄2 hour walking tours
of Downtown, Sweet Auburn, or Midtown Atlanta.