Near hotels, events and attractions, the Dome MARTA station is certainly worth considering as a destination for families living locally or visiting Atlanta. The area can be a one-stop shop for a day’s worth of activities or a great spot to use transit to get to a ball game, concert or even the circus when it comes to town. Outside of scheduled events at the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center, read on to learn five family-oriented things to see and do in walking distance of the station.
1. CNN Center
Less than a block from the Dome MARTA station is CNN Center, world headquarters for CNN. Several tour options are available, which provide a behind-the-scenes look at the studios. Tours are available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The building also features a food court, Starbucks coffee and shops.
2. Image It! Children’s Museum
You can’t get more family-friendly than Atlanta’s Imagine It! Children’s Museum. About three short blocks away from the station, the museum features regularly changing exhibits, hands-on activities, reading events and summer camps.
3. Centennial Olympic Park
Across from the children’s museum and the CNN Center is Centennial Olympic Park, which hosted events during the 1996 summer Olympic games. One of the main highlights is the Fountain of Rings (pictured here), which is a fun water feature the kids can play in. So pack swimsuits, sunscreen and towels for a fun summer excursion.
The park also has an ice skating rink during the winter and free concerts on Wednesday evenings and at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In May you can check out the free Fiesta Atlanta festival to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
4. Fourth of July Fireworks
As one of the two largest fireworks shows in Atlanta, the display at Centennial Olympic Park is one worth seeing. Two MARTA stations are nearby for easy access (Dome and Peachtree Center) and an extra bonus is the reflection of the pyrotechnics off the downtown glass buildings and water features in the park. There is usually a special event/viewing space at the top of the nearby Georgia Aquarium parking deck, and for an upscale time, head to the top of the Glenn Hotel to watch the show.
5. College Football Hall of Fame
Although it won’t be open until the fall of 2014, the College Football Hall of Fame will be a great destination for families less than a 10-minute walk away from the MARTA station. The museum is being built in front of the Georgia World Congress Center and across from Centennial Olympic Park, making it easy to combine a stop here with the CNN tour, lunch, a walk through the park and even a visit to the Imagine It! Children’s Museum or the Georgia Aquarium.
A reminder that all MARTA passengers need to have individual Breeze cards. Children 46 inches or smaller ride free. Day passes are available if you plan to make multiple trips. For more information, see MARTA’s fare table.