With a station title of Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN, it is clear there are four major venues at minimum making this station a hot spot. Besides easy access to sporting, performing arts and conference venues, take a look at some of the must-see activities to make the most of your visit to the area.
1. The Dome(s)
Starting with the obvious, attend an event at the Georgia Dome, especially before the new stadium is built. Atlanta Falcons, Georgia State University football, NCAA Final Four and large-scale concerts are common destinations. The new stadium will be about two blocks away from the current Dome, so you’ll be able to see the construction (scheduled to be completed by the 2017 football season) and attend future events via MARTA. For now, enjoy direct access from the station to the Georgia Dome at the western end of the platform.
2. Get a Cocktail at the SkyLounge
Situated on top of the Glenn Hotel, the SkyLounge is a swanky spot downtown for a cocktail with a view. The lounge opens at 6 p.m. (closed Sundays), and remains open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Some of the alcohol is house-infused, and you can choose from a variety of specialty drinks as well as couch or table seating. Specials are sometimes offered during events at the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena, or you can easily enjoy the scene before or after a concert at the Tabernacle.
3. See the Park
Built for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Centennial Olympic Park is largely used for events and to provide greenspace downtown, although you aren’t going to find playgrounds, tennis courts or ball fields. The biggest feature is the Fountain of Rings (pictured here), which is popular in the summer with kids in bathing suits. Also during the warmer months are free concerts on Wednesdays at noon and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Additionally, celebrate Fourth of July with the fireworks that reflect off the water features. During winter, an ice skating rink is set up in the north end of the park across from the World of Coca-Cola as another activity to try.
4. Pour Your Own Beer at Stats
Ranked as one of the top sports bars in the country, Stats has indoor and outdoor fun — literally at your fingertips. There is a beer tap system built into the tables so you can pour your own beer, and there are an additional five bars to choose from and a serious rooftop deck. If you need to eat, there is a full menu (American) including smoked meats, bar-style appetizers (think nachos and pretzels) fish and steak. Regular events and viewing parties take place throughout the year, or reserve private space for your party.
Take the Philips Arena exit out of the Dome station and turn left at the top of the escalators at street level. Walk around Philips Arena and turn right at the first street. Follow it around to Marietta Street, turn left and walk about two blocks.
5. Get Cultural
Outside of the park, event venues and restaurants, there are also a few cultural attractions to take advantage of in the area. The CNN Center is a short walk from the station where you can tour the studios. And across the park you’ll find the Imagine It! Children’s Museum, World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Coming in 2014, you can also check out the new College Football Hall of Fame.
If you need to eat during your cultural adventuring, Googie Burger is a restaurant literally in Centennial Olympic Park, or other central spots for a more casual bite include the CNN Center food court, Subway, Waffle House, Hudson Grill and Taco Mac. For a nicer meal, consider Legal Seafoods, McCormick’s and Schmick’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Dantanna’s or Prime Meridian.
Walking Directions for:
Imagine It! Children’s Museum
World of Coca-Cola
College Football Hall of Fame