On this week's episode of Georgia Traveler, we explore some of the sites in Georgia's capital city of Atlanta. We find fine art at the High Museum and discover fun at Turner Field, Home of the Braves. We visit with the animals above and below the water's surface at Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium. We explore the history of the Cyclorama, and what would any trip to Atlanta be without a chili cheese dog and onion rings at the Varsity?
Zoo Atlanta and Cyclorama (Atlanta) – Watch This Segment Online
Both attractions are over 100 years old. Both attractions are located in Grant Park. That's where the similarities end. Zoo Atlanta is a world-class zoo that in recent years has gained a reputation as a leader in research and conservation. The acquisition of Giant Pandas catapulted the institution to global status in 1999. Located just beside these animal habitats is a museum that conserves a part of Atlanta history. The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum features numerous artifacts and photographs, but the big attraction is the Cyclorama painting itself. Commissioned by Union General John A. Logan, the painting depicts the Battle of Atlanta. The largest oil painting in the world, it has been on display in Atlanta since 1893.
Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta) – Watch This Segment Online
The newest addition to the tourism landscape in Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium boasts 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water inhabited by more than 120,000 animals from 500 species, making it the largest aquarium in the world. In this first year of operation, the aquarium expects to attract over two million visitors – watch the show to find out why you should be one of them!
High Museum of Art Atlanta (Atlanta) – Watch This Segment Online
The destination for fine art in the city, the High Museum of Art Atlanta is definitely worth a visit. With exquisite special collections as well as an outstanding permanent collection, the High is not to be missed. The buildings which house the museum were recently improved and expanded, but there is even more excitement on the way for the High. Check out the details of upcoming exhibits on their website.
Turner Field (Atlanta) – Watch This Segment Online
You might have been to a Braves game at Turner Field, but have you truly explored all that this ballpark has to offer? David Zelski takes you on a guided tour that includes the Museum and Turner Field. The Braves website boasts that there are 101 things to do at Turner Field – find out which ones you can check off your list and what you haven't discovered yet.
The Varsity (Atlanta) – Watch This Segment Online
This Atlanta icon founded by Frank Gordy in 1928 has grown and expanded to six locations serving the Atlanta area, but if you've never been to the original Varsity in downtown Atlanta, you simply must come. The restaurant is located on more than two acres and can accommodate 600 cars and over 800 people inside. Two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onions, 2500 pounds of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili are made from scratch daily. Now that ought to be enough to feed Phil!