Welcome to the ATL!
CMAATL16’s convention hotel, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, is in the heart of the city’s many attractions.
Many are within easy walking distance.
There’s a downtown streetcar for destinations a bit further afield.
MARTA’s Peachtree Center Station is only two blocks south of the hotel.
Uber and Lyft ride-share services are available for other destinations.
ADVANCE SIGN-UP REQUIRED – WSB-TV
Go on a behind the scenes tour of WSB-TV on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Advance sign-up was required. The deadline has passed.
Sign up and meet at 1:30 p.m. on Friday near the critiques area in the Regency Ballroom to travel together to the station. Attendees can either Uber or take MARTA to the station. You will need to bring $15 cash for the tour. Sign up by Thursday evening.
See what the tour entails at http://www.wsbtv.com/lo/station/tours.
If you want to explore, here are some options:
Centennial Olympic Park:
225 Park Avenue West
This public park is only a seven-minute walk from the hotel, and a great chance to get outdoors and see the city. Created for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, the park is adjacent to the CNN Center, the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Georgia Aquarium.
Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The Center is located between the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.;
Student tickets are $14 plus tax; take your student ID.
College Football Hall of Fame
250 Marietta St., N.W
Upon entering the Hall of Fame, guests are greeted by a massive helmet wall featuring school helmets of every college football team in the country. Exhibits and displays are multi-dimensional, and each experience can be personalized by selecting various videos and images of your favorite schools, players, and coaches. The Hall of Fame celebrates the greatest legends in college football, and is a must-see for sports fans in Atlanta.
Hours: Sunday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special $16.99 discount tickets for CMAATL16:
CNN Studio Tours
190 Marietta St, NW
50-minute guided walking tours depart approximately every 20 minutes. The CNN Center is open to the public and entrance to the building is free. The public area includes a food court with casual and full-service restaurants, specialty retail and other services.
Reservations for the tour are highly recommended and should be made at least 24 hours in advance. Walk-up tickets are available at the box office and are sold on a first come, first served basis. Box office opens 15 minutes prior to the first tour.
Tour hours Monday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Book online at: http://www.cnn.com/tour/
225 Baker St.
One of the largest aquariums in the world, the Georgia Aquarium is across the street from the north end of Centennial Olympic Park. Visitors can admire animals like beluga whales, sharks, and sea otters across a variety of habitats and galleries.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Regular admission is $40.95; a discount rate of $29.95 for CMAATL16 is available by purchasing tickets online and using the following link: www.georgiaaquarium.org/2016conventions
168 Luckie St.
Atlanta’s giant Ferris wheel gives you a great view of our “City in a Forest.”
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: noon-11 p.m., Friday: noon-midnight, or Saturday 10-midnight.
$12.50 for students, plus tax; take your student ID.
World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St. NW
Explore the history, memorabilia, and advertisements behind the world’s most famous soft drink. The World of Coca-Cola is located beside the Georgia Aquarium near Centennial Olympic Park. Visitors can sample more than 100 different beverages, see how the drink is bottled and try to recreate the top-secret formula.
Hop the Streetcar:
Martin Luther King Historic District
450 Auburn Avenue, NE
The Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Freedom Hall are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Birth Home is open for ranger-led tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Fire Station No. 6 is staffed by park volunteers and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when volunteers are available.
There is no fee to visit the site.
Sweet Auburn Market
209 Edgewood Avenue, SE
The Sweet Auburn Curb Market is located inside the original Municipal Market building, which opened its doors in 1924. Referred to as “The Curb Market” by locals, the building houses 24 individual businesses, including produce and meat merchants, a full service bakery, a bookstore, pharmacy and 11 popular eateries.
Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.*
Sunday, Noon–5 p.m.*
*Some merchants have different hours of operation and some are not open on Sundays.
Arts Center /Midtown ATL
Take MARTA North from the Five Points Station to the Arts Center Station. Proceed to Peachtree Street and enter the city’s main arts facility — Woodruff Arts Center — home to the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theatre and Symphony Hall. Also, nearby you’ll find shops at Colony Square and numerous dining options for lunch and dinner near the intersection of Peachtree and 14th Streets in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.
Take MARTA South to Five Points Station, then East to Decatur Station.
As one of the city’s trendiest dining locations, the Decatur Square is easily accessible by MARTA. Exit the Decatur Station on Church Street, and you’ll find scores of award-winning dining and shopping spots, along with an historic town square.
Lenox Square Mall
Shop ’til you drop at one of Atlanta’s premier malls. From the Apple store to Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, there’s something for everyone at Lenox Square.
Located at 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, you can get there on MARTA.
From the Peachtree Center take the Gold Line (North/Doraville Line) to Lenox Station. Cross East Paces Ferry road up Lenox Road to pedestrian walkway (you are headed to the entrance between JW Marriott and Lenox Building). Head up the escalators and through the walkway into the mall. You may also take the Red Line (North/North Springs Line) to Buckhead Station. From there, it’s a two-block walk north on Peachtree.
Mall Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Margaret Mitchell House
990 Peachtree St NE
Margaret Mitchell lived here when she wrote “Gone With the Wind.” But there’s more to the house than a memorial to the writer. A current exhibit, Flashback: Atlanta in the ‘70s, features the work of news photographer Boyd Lewis.
Take MARTA north to the Midtown Station. Exit towards Peachtree Place NE and proceed east towards Cypress Street. Turn left at Crescent Avenue and the Margaret Mitchell House entrance will be on your right.
Student admission: $10.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday noon-5:30 p.m.
Use Uber or Lyft:
Atlanta Beltline/Ponce City Market
675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Want the visit one of the trendiest sites in metro Atlanta? Check out the Atlanta BeltLine, the city’s urban redevelopment that is transforming the city with a combination of rail, trail, greenspace, housing and art, putting the city on a path to 21st century economic growth and sustainability.
Enter from Ponce City Market, where you can shop, eat, and explore the former site of the largest Sears warehouse in the Southeast. At the heart of Ponce City Market is the marketplace itself, a ﬂexible space to gather, eat and shop. In the Central Food Hall, artisan chefs and local purveyors ﬁll an authentic market with the design, food, and ﬂavors of Atlanta.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
Exhibit by the famous glass artist Dale Chihuly continues through Oct. 30. The garden is located on 30 acres adjacent to the city’s Piedmont Park.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Admission is $26.71 per person. Buying in advance is recommended because it’s the final week of the popular Chihuly exhibit.
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Experience the history of Atlanta — from its days as a railroad hub to its role in the Civil War and its emergence as one of the nation’s most influential cities of the 21st century.
Student admission: $13 (The all-inclusive general admission ticket includes access to the Atlanta History Museum, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the 1860s era Smith Family Farm property, the 1928 Swan House mansion, and 22 acres of gardens. Plus, admission to our Midtown Campus, the Margaret Mitchell House, is included if visited within 9 days of Atlanta History Center.)
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday, noon-5:30 p.m.
Atlanta Movie Tours
With over 700 movies and over 20 television shows shot here since 1972, the impact of the film industry continues to grow in Georgia, making Atlanta a favorite of filmmakers and fans alike.
Visit http://atlantamovietours.com/tours/ to learn more about booking your tour and use the code “AMTCMA” to receive 10% off of your AMT purchase.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
One Copenhill, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta 30307
Visit the only Presidential Library in the Southeast, where you will find a replica of the White House’s Oval Office as it was with Carter was president, as well as exhibits and 35 acres of landscapes grounds with two lakes and a Japanese garden.
Admission: $6 students with ID.
Hours 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday; Noon-4:45 p.m. Saturday
Michael Carlos Museum
571 S Kilgo Cir NE (Near main Emory campus entrance at the traffic circle at North Decatur and Oxford Roads.)
The Carlos Museum is now one of the Southeast’s premier ancient art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.
Hours: Tuesday- Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $6 student with ID. Visitors who take public transportation, walk, or bicycle to campus get 20% off Museum admission. Mention that you have used alternate modes of transportation at the front desk.
Opening Night with the Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks welcome the College Media Association to their season opener on Oct. 27 against the Washington Wizards. Ticket prices start as low as $20! Follow the link, use the code “CMAATL” to purchase your tickets and get a $10 loaded credit for each ticket to use at the concession stand at the Hawks shop!
Good for up to 8 tickets per transaction.