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    Street Art

    by TexasDave Updated Jan 14, 2014

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    For the last few years a non-profit group called Living Walls has sponsored large murals in different parts of the city, particularly in troubled or high crime area. The idea being the art will draw a different class of people to see it and change the dynamic of the neighborhood. It is done during a week or so in the Summer. Artists from around the world participate.
    Some of the murals are interesting, others strange, still others have proven to be controversial.

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    Margaret Mitchell Square

    by TravellerMel Written Sep 13, 2013

    Not really much to see here, but this plaque and fountain honor Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With the Wind" Just across the street is the Georgia-Pacific Building, which was the site of the Loews Theater where "Gone With the Wind" premiered in 1939.

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    See a Play at the Alliance Theatre

    by TravellerMel Written Sep 13, 2013

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    Came to the Alliance Theatre to see the new Barry Manilow/Bruce Sussman musical "Harmony" - it's wonderful, by the way - and was impressed with this regional theatre. It is smaller than some of the venues I have been to (seats 770), but was very comfortable and fresh - and there is not a bad seat in the house! It is in the same campus as the High Museum of Art and the Woodruff Art Center, and there was a restaurant on-site.

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    April in Atlanta

    by rexvaughan Updated Apr 14, 2013

    The fact that it is April in Atlanta and I am enjoying once again its magnificent color made me think that I need to tell folks that the beauty of Atlanta in April is incredible. It is the time when things come into glorious and colorful bloom. Two of the most common trees/shrubs in Atlanta are dogwoods and azaleas and the tend to peak at the same time in the middle two weeks of April. There are lots of festivals this time of year, including the annual Dogwood Festival as well as garden tours all around the area. If you are contemplating a visit to Atlanta, try to make it in April. Here is a website listing some of the many festivals that are worth doing: http://www.atlanta.net/festivals/

    Photos are from gardens and garden tours around town.

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    Atlanta's Premier Attraction (possibly)

    by PR-7 Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    Over the last decade or so, cities around the world have been placing mascot statues around town, with each such statue being just different enough to be entertaining. In general, a city will pick a mascot that its leaders conclude best sums up the city. Berlin has used bears; Halifax, lobsters; Washington, elephants & donkeys; Munich, lions; Palm Springs, mountain rams; etc. It is an ongoing joy to discover these when coming to a new city, as is trying to guess what mascot a city will use.

    I must admit that it was a bit of a surprise, during our recent visit to Atlanta, to find that their mascot choice was a dolphin (I would have guessed a phoenix) -- after all, the city is far from the ocean and isn't even a river port. I began to guess WHY this choice was made when more than one Atlanta resident raved about a visit to the Georgia Aquarium. As we have always enjoyed such places, it took little encouragement to decide to go. Despite the $30 per adult admission charge (and I was unable to find any means to get a discount), we looked forward to our visit -- and were not disappointed.

    The place is divided into six general areas, each with a title that describes the type of aquatic life you'll find there: Georgia Explorer, River Scout, Coldwater Quest (with penguins), Ocean Voyager (one of the largest water tanks for fish viewing in the world), Tropical Diver, and Frogs. All permitted a chance for close up viewing -- and, in some cases, touching -- of aquatic life. Education and entertainment are well integrated at each place.

    As well as advertising and up-selling. It is an economic reality that corporate sponsors and souvenir sales are required to keep these spots in business. If you want to enjoy a place like this, you'll have to accept that corporate names will be everywhere, and that there will be a sales area as large as the other sections.

    Admission includes a timed ticket to see the dolphin show -- and here I discovered the WHY of using dolphins as the city mascot. Although I've seen a lot of this entertainment since viewing my such show in 1962, this one was probably the most spectacular of all. I've seen dolphins leaping out of the water on cue, but five of them doing a back-flip in synchrony, or a person riding the dolphin while the latter leaps three meters out of the water, was something new to me. Adding to (well, IMHO, actually distracting from) this entertainment was a series of singing, human acrobatics, light shows, and pyrotechnics. The entire event is pure entertainment with a "story" of a lost voyager; no pretense is made of education.
    Note that it is made VERY clear that (1) people in the front rows will get splashed by water and (2) camera usage of ANY kind is absolutely forbidden during the show.

    I can't disagree with Atlanta's choice of a dolphin to represent their city. Their aquarium is a justified source of civic pride, and its dolphin show is better than any I've seen over the decades.

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    Center for Puppetry Arts, Midtown Atlanta

    by dustmon Updated Oct 22, 2012

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    My son and his wife both work here, so I am a little biased, but this is the foremost Puppet Museum/Theater in the United States, the Executive Director is Vince Anthony, who was influential in Jim Henson's beginnings. The inside displays in the Museum includes original Kermits, an original Big Bird (wow!), videos, shows, artwork, and lots of really cool stuff for folk interested in puppets. You can make your own puppet in a workshop, you can have a birthday party for a very special child, you can go see an x-rated adult only performance at times!!! Just today, I went to see my son in a performance of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox, where he played the part of Paul and also did some of the hand puppets, as well as singing a few songs. (Can you tell I'm proud?) They have puppetry for all tastes and you should definitely give it a chance, if you have never been----

    updated Oct 2012---only for a couple of more weeks, The Ghastly Dreadfuls Show is a wonderful spooky experience with scary music, puppetry, film and more--with a bar just down the hall and for ages 16 and over---this is the last year they will be doing this show.....About $12 for adults and shows are at 8pm.

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    CityPass

    by grayfo Written Sep 14, 2012

    The Atlanta CityPass is booklet of admission tickets designed to fit in a pocket – contains admission to Atlanta’s most-visited attractions and landmarks at a 50% saving. Included in the booklet are the tickets with attraction information, transportation directions, a map and best times to visit. With a CityPass, you will not have to wait in queues at most of the attractions.
    The attractions included are: -

    1. Georgia Aquarium
    2. World of Coca-Cola
    3. Inside CNN Studio Tour
    4. High Museum of Art or Fernbank Museum of Natural History
    5. Zoo Atlanta or Atlanta History Center

    Cost as of September 2012

    Adult (Over 13): $69.00
    Children (3-12): $49.00

    CityPass booklets are valid for nine consecutive days beginning with the first day of use.

    email info@citypass.com

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    Atlanta Jazz Fest 2012

    by dustmon Written May 20, 2012

    Happens in Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta and it's free! This year it is from May 26 to the 28th and some of the performers include Edy Martinez and his Orchestra, Grace Kelly Quintet, Tito Puente Jr, and the excellent Roy Ayers---see the website for times and stages...they will have food and other stuff for sale as well.......

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    The Phoenix Statue

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 27, 2011

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    This is called the The Phoenix don't get it confused with the other statue called Atlanta From The Ashes.

    Presented to The City of Atlanta by the First National Bank of America
    1981
    Sculptor ~ Frances Somaini

    Located by MARTA station

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    Chastain Park and Art Center

    by dustmon Written Nov 20, 2011

    Located in north Atlanta close to Roswell Road and Wieuca Rd, Chastain has been a great little park close to where I went to High School--we used to cut class and hang at the park for sure! It actually used to be a prison for undesireables, a prison farm and a few poorhouses. The Chastain Arts Center used to be the African-American Almshouse, but now houses wine and cheese receptions on some fridays for local artists---Chastain has lots of swings, slides and jungle gyms for the little ones, but also has tennis, 18-hole golf course and a public swimming pool in the summer.

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    Academy of Medicine Building

    by dustmon Written Nov 20, 2011

    1941 building designed by noted local architect Philip Shutze in the Neo-Classical style----easy to find building for those who like old buildings----sometimes they give tours and they have a small medical museum inside as well.

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    Presidential Library a Few Minutes from Downtown

    by riorich55 Written Nov 10, 2011

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    On a Friday in Atlanta on business I had a couple of hours before I needed to get to the airport so I decided to do a little sightseeing a take a few pictures. I had passed by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum a few times on the way to dinners, so I knew exactly where it was at. It is only about 2 miles from downtown Atlanta, but in a very nice park like setting.

    Although I didn't get a chance to go into the library or museum due to time limitations I did walk into the building to get the look and feel. I then walked around the entire grounds and took a couple of pictures which you can see here.

    The admission prices as of November, 2011 are $8 for adults, $6 for Seniors (age 60 or over), Military Personnel or Students. Free for anyone 16 or under. Parking is free.

    Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 Noon to 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.

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    Norcross Train Depot 1909

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    On the 21st day of July 1909, by and between John P. Pettyjohn & Company of Lynchburg, Virginia and The Southern Railway Company to build a Combination Depot at Norcross in the State of Georgia, for the sum total amount of Four Thousan, Seven Hundred Fifty ($4750.00) Dollars. Eventually the Southern Railway depot was donated to the city by Norfolk Southern in 1983. 

Now she serves as a restaurant with lots of great food, service and lovely decor. Lots of historic photographs cover the walls. So stop in and say hi!

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    Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 1

    by Yaqui Written Nov 6, 2011

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    If you ever get bord with Atlanta, the little community of Norcross is just next door. They have a charming town. The Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 1 in downtown Norcross marks the location of Gwinnett’s first fire station and includes a fire museum building displaying fire services memorabilia Stone and brick veneer colors and accent details on these two structures are reminiscent of railroad stations and the rich history. It was not open that day, but your welcome to look inside from the windows and see some really wonderful historic fire trucks.

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    French Pressed Coffee

    by riorich55 Written Sep 4, 2011

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    Even though free breakfasts are to be had at most of the business hotels nowadays, its good to take a break from the same old, same old. Thus on my most recent business trip down to Atlanta I took an early morning walk through the Georgia Tech campus and near the other side from where I was staying I checked out Octane Coffee.

    I had a nice conversation with the barista, Dustin who explained the Octane Coffee concept of fresh beans, never mixed, french pressed coffee. My cup of coffee took several minutes to prepare and at $3.75 was very reasonably priced compared to the Big Boy national chains. This along with a fresh made moist bran/zucchini muffin and I was ready for another day of work.

    Have a couple of pictures to share, but I need to find the cord for my camera in order to download.

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