Adventures in Atlanta – some places to visit in Atlanta – Food and Dairy Expo 93

Adventures in Atlanta – some places to visit in Atlanta – Food and Dairy Expo 93 – Directory

Chris Zimmerman

Party to Olympic proportions in the home of the ’96 games

Not since fictional characters Scarlett and Rhett steered their cart through a city in flames has this home of the free and the Braves been so hot. With so much to do during the day, and even more when the sun goes down, it’s no wonder Atlanta was chosen to join an elite group of cities playing host to the summer Olympiad.

Whether you’re interested in visiting historic sites, sampling the arts, enjoying the scenery or taking in some technological wizardry, Atlanta has plenty for you to partake in. The only part that’s up to you is deciding whether to take time off the show floor to have some non-dairy fun. Here are some ideal spots for you to visit if you want to stay close to the Dairy Show action:

WILDERNESS COUNTRY

* Those who want to temporarily escape the hectic business world and get back to nature will find tranquility among beautiful and exotic tropical, desert and endangered plants from around the world at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Ave. at the Prado, 404/876-5858. The striking Dorothy C. Fugua Conservatory is open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $4.50 for adults.

* Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave., 404/624-5678, is open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit the Ford African Rain Forest where primates run “wild,” or the Birds of Prey Amphitheater Show. Admission for adults is $6.75.

HAVE A BLAST IN THE PAST

History comes alive at several places downtown to recapture the birth of the South and its painstaking rebirth after the Civil War.

* Atlanta Cyclorama, Georgia and Cherokee Avenues, 404/658-7625, presents the 1864 Civil War Battle of Atlanta in an immense painting in the round. View three-dimensional figures and great special effects from a rotating seat platform. The 1885 creation is open daily from 9:30-5:30, for an admission price of $3.50 for adults and $3 for seniors.

* Atlanta Heritage Row, 55 Upper Alabama St., 404/584-7879, offers an exciting panorama of Atlanta’s past, present and future through exhibits and wide-screen high-definition videos. The Row is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Adults pay $3, seniors, $2.50.

* The Atlanta History Center/Buckhead, 3101 Andrews Dr., N.W., 404/814-4000, features tours of two historic plantations, exhibits on the Civil War, the making of “Gone with the Wind” and Atlanta history, as well as 32 acres of gardens. The center is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $6, $4.50 for seniors. The Atlanta History Center/Downtown is at 140 Peachtree St., N.W., 404/814-4150.

* The Georgia State Capitol, Capitol Hill at Washington St., sports a pure gold dome on its 1889 frame. The building is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

* The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, 1 Copenhill, 404/311-0296, chronicles the former president’s life and administration, and the office of the presidency itself. The library is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:45 p.m. Admission for adults is $2.50, $1.50 for seniors.

* The Margaret Mitchell House, Tenth St. and Crescent Ave., 404/233-7915, is the birthplace of “Gone with the Wind.” Contact the Mitchell House for details on touring the private domain of the author, built in 1914.

BACK TO THE FUTURE

* Tours of the CNN Studio, 1 CNN Center, Marietta St. and Techwood Dr., 404/827-2400, offer 45 minutes in a typical day at the headquarters of Cable News Network and Headline News. Tours are given on the hour, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults pay $5.

* If you’d like to take a look at the future site of the 1994 Super Bowl and the venue for the 1996 Olympic gymnastics and basketball, stop in at The Georgia Dome, One Georgia Dome Dr., N.W., the world’s largest cable-supported dome. Hosted tours are offered on the hour Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Admission for adults is $4, $2.50 for seniors. Call 404/223-TOUR.

* Scitrek Science and Technology Museum, 395 Piedmont Ave., N.E., 404/522-5500, can give you answers to such profound questions as why does your hair stand on end and how does an airplane stay in the air? Ranked as one of the top 10 science centers in the nation, Scitrek offers more than 100 interesting exhibits. The center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $4.25 for seniors.

* Underground Atlanta, Peachtree at Alabama Streets, 404/523-2311, is a whole world of fun itself. Six city blocks in the heart of Atlanta have been transformed into a spirited marketplace featuring 20 restaurants and nightclubs, more than 100 specialty shops, and entertainment emporiums.

NIGHTTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME

* Ampersand in the Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree St, N.W., 404/557-1234 is a cozy nook off the lobby serving refreshing cocktails. Big-screen TVs will let you enjoy your favorite sports teams.

* And speaking of sports, B’Champs Sports Bar across from the Stadium, 735 Washington St., 404/222-8434, has a full-line menu, outdoor patio and big-screen TVs.

* Beauregards Bar & Lounge, Holiday Inn, Buckhead, 3340 Peachtree Rd., N.E., 404/231-1234, offers nightly entertainment and a free buffet Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.

* At the Casablanca Bar, Courtland and Harris streets, N.E., 404/659-2000, in the Atlanta Hilton and Towers, you can have a cocktail, enjoy billiards or watch the big screens in a nostalgic setting.

* Fat Tuesday, in Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St., Suite 50, 404/233-9584, claims you would swear you were in an elegant Southern home if it weren’t for the live music from 5:30-11:30 p.m. Fat Tuesday is open 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

* The International Bar, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Peachtree St. and International Blvd., 404/659-1400, serves up an extensive variety of beer and wines from around the world. Cocktails and snacks are served from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.

* The Lobby Bar at the Stouffer Waverly Hotel, 2450 Galleria Parkway, 404/953-4500, provides a beautiful setting in which to meet friends for a drink. Relax and enjoy the Stouffer’s spectacular 14-story atrium.

DANCIN’ THE NIGHT AWAY

* Flamingo Joe’s, 231 Peachtree St., N.E., 404/521-2110, is Atlanta’s only ’50s and ’60s dancing spot. Convenient indoor walkways will lead you to some of the major hotels, so there’s no need to fret about that silk shirt if it’s raining.

* If moving to the beat of a 10-piece orchestra sounds more up your alley, head to Rupert’s, 3330 Piedmont Ave., 404/266-9834.

* You’ll hear the sounds of the best dance music from all decades at T-Birds Dance Club & Cafe, Underground Atlanta, Kenny’s Alley, 5th floor, 404/525-0881. The club also offers an all-American menu.

* At V’s on Peachtree, 320 Peachtree St., N.E., 404/522-3021, only the 25-and-over crowd will be getting down. “Plush decor” are the buzzwords here. A complimentary buffet is served at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The club opens Tuesday-Saturday at 5 p.m.

ALL THAT JAZZ

* Club Vegas, 4640 Washington Rd., 404/766-6513, offers the hat trick–live rhythm & blues, jazz and comedy Friday-Sunday.

* Ship off to Dante’s Down the Hatch in Underground Atlanta, 86 Alabama St., 404/577-1800. Dip into a fondue dinner in this relaxed, nautical setting while the Paul Mitchell Jazz Trio plays on seven nights a week.

By Chris Zimmerman, contributing editor and Chicago-based freelance writer.

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