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With a packed schedule of sessions, workshops and networking, we’re going to keep you pretty busy this Oct. 2–6 at Connect Atlanta. But in case you arrive early, stay late or find time to squeeze in one more activity, here are 10 things that you have to do when you visit Atlanta.
- ATL Attractions: If you’ve never been to Atlanta, pretty much everything you need to see is within five blocks of the Connect venue, Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Drink all the sodas at the World of Coca-Cola, see beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium, stroll past the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park, ride the world’s longest freestanding escalator to the CNN Center and throw a football at the College Football Hall of Fame.
— World of Coca-Cola (@WorldofCocaCola) September 13, 2016
- Rise Up: If you’re not earning AirWatch accreditation on Sunday, go see the Atlanta Falcons play the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome, home of the Peach Bowl. Sunday’s also the very last baseball game anyone will ever see at Turner Field, in case you want to see Braves fans get all soft.
- Museum for Techies: The Museum of Design Atlanta has wearable tech and user-centered design exhibits up through Sunday, and you can even sign up now for a 3D printing class to see how it all works.
- Connect Block Party: Tuesday, join us offsite for a block party with your Party Pass.
- Food Halls: The Krog Street, Ponce City and Sweet Auburn Curb markets are all less than 10 minutes away and full of gems like Ticonderoga Club and Minero.
- Drinking Games: Ponce City Market is also home to the new Skyline Park, a mini “carnival” open until 10-11 p.m. during the week with mini golf, games, cotton candy and frozen Georgia Juleps. Joystick Gamebar is another good spot for arcade games.
- Best Eats in the South: Some of the best restaurants in the Southeast are just 10–15 minutes away, including Miller Union, Cakes & Ale and the Gunshow, where dinner is served dim-sum style. Of course, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta itself is home to Polaris, a rotating restaurant with skyline views and a modern take on Southern food.
- Walk the Line: The Atlanta BeltLine is a popular railway-turned-urban path that has it all: Historic Fourth Ward Park, local art, bike rentals and eateries like Ladybird and Lottafrutta on the way.
- History Here: The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is less than 10 minutes away, which consists of the civil rights leader’s home block, a World Peace Rose Garden, the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center’s stunning Reflecting Pool and Eternal Flame. Oakland Cemetery is also home to historic names like “Gone with the Wind” Author Margaret Mitchell, and seafood pub Six Feet Under overlooks it all.
- Boo, Y’all: The Greater Atlanta area is home to one of the scariest haunted houses in the entire country: Netherworld Haunted House. In fact, Netherworld is so popular that you’ll spend the entire experience in long lines—but that just means you get to spend more time with the monsters inside. If you don’t want to make the 30-minute trip, Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia is just over 20 minutes away, or you can follow your zombie heart to the places “The Walking Dead” was filmed with Atlanta Movie Tours.
*Tip: Hyatt Regency Atlanta is within walking distance to the Peachtree Center MARTA station. Load a Breeze Card there to get around Atlanta.
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