As a reunion planner, you have many responsibilities to balance. You want a location that’s central for your family and friends, but you also want your site to be close to attractions and restaurants that will keep everyone happy and well-fed. What if all of this was available to you just steps away from the busiest airport in the world? The ATL Airport District is based around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with world-class hotels and restaurants perfect for reunions of any size. Your group can save over 30 percent on accommodations by staying 10 miles outside downtown Atlanta while enjoying the charms of the metro area’s southern neighborhoods. Your group will find an intersection of history and hospitality in the cultural capital of the South.
Minutes away from the airport is the Delta Flight Museum, housed in the airline’s original headquarters and a host to numerous exhibits on aviation and the company’s history. Airplane enthusiasts in your group will want to see the only remaining Waco 125 biplane and a restored Douglas DC-3 ship, while younger reunion members will love a scavenger hunt that runs through the hall’s exhibits. Family members of all ages will want to experience the flight stimulator, which replicates the conditions of piloting a Boeing 737 with authentic turbulence. Nearby, the Chick-fil-A Home Office Backstage Tour leads your group through the fast food company’s headquarters while revealing the history behind the famous “Eat Mor Chikin” cows. Of course, your group can always try some fried chicken for a meal after the tour. Car enthusiasts should make a beeline to the Porsche Driving Experience, 25 acres of test tracks and exhibits where you can try a German-engineered sports car for yourself. Rent a Boxster Spyder or a 911 Carrera GTS and try hairpin turns on an outdoor course. Members in your group who want less-intense thrills can try the indoor simulators, which replicate iconic racing courses like France’s Le Mans circuit.
Located in Atlanta’s historic Luckie Marietta district, Pemberton Place is home to many of Atlanta’s top attractions and is 10 miles away from the ATL Airport District. Inside, The World of Coca-Cola guides visitors through a history of the world’s best-known soda company. Over 1,200 artifacts from around the world tell the story of how Coke went from a 19th century patent medicine to the world’s most recognizable brands. Your group will have to stop by the Taste It! Beverage Lounge, where they can try over 100 Coke products available only in Asian, African and Central American markets. Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the country, is the only place outside of Asia to see a giant whale shark, seven times larger than an average human and housed in a 6.3-million-gallon tank. Visitors can travel through underwater tunnels to see manta rays, beluga whales and piranhas. The Center for Civil and Human Rights focuses on the civil rights history in Atlanta and ongoing fight for human equality across the globe. Exhibits here focus on global activism and the life and work of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr.
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Across the street from Pemberton Place is Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and host to weekly concerts and cultural events. Here you’ll also find dancing water fountains for kids of any age to let off some steam and SkyView Atlanta, which rises over 20 stories along the city’s skyline. Your reunion can see gorgeous views of downtown in climate-controlled gondolas at a reduced group rate.
Other attractions in the Atlanta area include the Inside CNN Studio Tour. Groups can explore the studio sets and newsrooms for the original 24-hour news network while seeing anchors and journalists at work.
The ATL Airport District includes 45 hotels with over 8,000 hotel rooms that include free airport shuttle service. In addition, the free ATL SkyTrain brings travelers direct from baggage claim to the Georgia International Convention Center Gateway Campus in 2 minutes, there, travelers can choose from the Atlanta Airport Marriott or SpringHill Suites located right on the Gateway Campus.
Food for large groups is a Southern specialty, and in the Airport District’s you can enjoy Atlanta’s cuisine for significantly less than downtown. Chick-fil-A and other nearby Atlanta establishments cater their popular fried chicken dinners complete with drinks, desserts and sides if your group wants to enjoy a meal together at the end of the day. The airport’s international clientele ensures a variety of world cuisine for your family to enjoy, including Thai, Mexican and Mediterranean. If members of your group prefer an upscale night out, Atlanta’s Buckhead and Virginia-Highland neighborhoods have hundreds of cafes and bistros for the foodies in your family to try. The Airport District’s convention centers and guest spaces are perfect for large meals, and hotel staffs are very accommodating to large groups.
The ATL Airport District is cosmopolitan, welcoming and reasonably priced. Blending affordable accommodations and meals with access to convention spaces, the area ensures your reunion is completely on-site and within your budget. With Atlanta’s attractions minutes away and Southern hospitality in all our services, you may never want to leave. For more information about local lodging and reunion assistance, visit http://www.atldistrict.com/reunions-social-groups/.