Since its debut as a key attraction during the Summer Centennial Olympic Games in 1996, Atlanta’s Centennial Park has gone through two major phases of renovation, the second of which is nearly complete.
The 22-acre park is one block from the Georgia World Congress Center, site of the 2020 AAO Annual Session (Friday, May 1 – Monday, May 4). A dynamic downtown social and event hub, Centennial Park features many amenities including acres of green space, beautiful new views of mid-town Atlanta, public art, walkways, fountains and a 200-foot Ferris wheel (SkyView Atlanta).
Attractions and venues accessed via the park include the sites of four Annual Session events:
- The Mercedes Benz Stadium (Opening Ceremonies);
- The World of Coca Cola (Global Reception);
- The Georgia Aquarium (AAO Celebration); and
- STATS Brewpub (Residents Reception).
Additional attractions in the park include the College Football Hall of Fame and, next to the World of Coca Cola, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Center’s exhibits connect the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global human rights movements.
The vast array of restaurants available in Centennial Park will offer delicious and convenient options for hungry Annual Session attendees. Whether you are seeking tasty pub fare, southern-style barbeque, innovative ethnic cuisine or a fine dining experience, Centennial Park has something for everyone.
Atlanta Offers Unique Recreational and Cultural Experiences
Known for its large amount of tree coverage in comparison with other large U.S. cities, the vegetation in the “city in a forest” * helped earn Atlanta designation as a National Geographic “Place of a Lifetime.” The Atlanta Botanical Garden boasts the Kendeda Canopy Walk, a 40-foot-high canopy path that takes visitors through the treetops of an urban forest.
- Attracting 53 million visitors per year, Atlanta offers diverse attractions spanning the natural world, sports, culture and history:
- Stone Mountain, a 3,200-acre outdoor activity park;
- The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site;
- The High Museum of Art, featuring more than 15,000 works in its permanent collection, including American, European, African, and folk art;
- The ATL Beltline, 22 miles of abandoned railway beds converted into attractive trails serving hikers and cyclists, surrounding the city’s downtown core.
Learn More about Annual Session
Visit the 2020 Annual Session page for information and (starting November 4) to register yourself and your team.