Centennial Olympic Park

Formed after the 1996 olympics in Atlanta, the park now serves as an extensive green space for the community and travelers.

Nearby Attractions

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Atlanta Civil Rights Movement
For over thirty years, Atlanta was called 'the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement', where leaders took on systemic racism at several layers of civil society.
Sweet Auburn
The national historic landmark district in the historically African-American community was at the center of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta.
Georgia State Capitol
Formerly the Atlanta City Council building, the capitol has served as the seat of state government for over a century and also houses a museum which displays the history of the state.
Downtown Atlanta is not only where the state capitol is, but also home to the stadium of the Atlanta Falcons and the site which hosted the 1996 Olympics.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
The 42,000 square foot center in downtown Atlanta was founded in 2007 and tells the story of global human rights causes, abuses, and movements
SkyView Atlanta
SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 private gondolas with amazing city views.

Related Tours

Welcome to Atlanta: Private Tour including Skyview Ferris Wheel
Explore Atlanta, Georgia's capital and a city with a diverse and thriving cultural scene on this private walking tour where you will get the opportunity to discover its most popular highlights, and to walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King through the heartlands of the Civil Rights Movement. 

On your private introductory tour of Atlanta, you will: 

  • Discover Atlanta's southern charm, rich history and vibrant culture;
  • See Dr King’s birthplace on Auburn Avenue, just one of several buildings that make up the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site;
  • Visit the site of King’s baptism and funeral - the Ebenezer Baptist Church - which has become the most meaningful symbol of civil rights in America; 
  • See the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Headquarters;
  • Visit the King Center to see the Eternal Flame, the Freedom Walkway and Reflecting Pool surrounding Martin Luther King  Jr.'s tomb;
  • Pass by the SCLC National Office and learn about this still-active national and international human rights organization;
  • Explore the John Wesley Dobbs Plaza, named after John Wesley Dobbs, informally known as the "Mayor of Auburn Avenue" and a local and powerful voice in the African-American community;
  • See the Woodruff Park Fountain, constructed in 1995 to commemorate Atlanta’s role in the Civil Rights movement;
  • Walk along Auburn Avenue towards Downtown Atlanta to see the iconic CNN building;
  • Visit Centennial Olympic Park and its famous Olympic Rings, the legacy of the Olympics Games of 1996;
  • End your tour with tickets included to SkyView Atlanta, and admire the views of the city from above!

Known as “The Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement,” Atlanta emerged as the epicentre for activism from 1940 to 1970 when it became the cultural catalyst for freedom without discrimination or repression. Black leaders called for voting rights, access to public facilities and institutions, and economic and educational opportunities for African Americans. 

The civil rights movement had a spiritual home in Atlanta, specifically in the Sweet Auburn district, where the influence of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife on civil rights history can still be felt to this day. It is here that King first had “his dream” while honing a particularly powerful speech that would have a seismic impact on US race relations.

Atlanta is also popular for its cultural and food scene with patios in every neighbourhood, and for being the number 1 filming location for movies and TV shows in the world, like the popular show Stranger Things filmed on the outskirts of Atlanta. 

You will discover the legacy of the Olympic Games of 1996 by taking a stroll down the Centennial Olympic Park to see its iconic Olympic rings and end your tour with a ride on the Skyview Atlanta Ferris Wheel where you will admire the skyline of the city from above. The perfect way to end this introductory tour!
The Best of Atlanta on a Half-Day Tour with Private Transportation
Atlanta, Georgia's capital city, is rich in stories, culture and historical significance as the centre of the Civil Rights Movement, and their storytelling is a distinguishing feature of the Southern culture. On your private tour, you will: 

  • See Atlanta through the eyes of a local tour guide who will bring history to life as you explore Downtown, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Buckhead, and Eastside
  • Learn the impact of the Battle of Atlanta during the American Civil War and how the Civil Rights movement continues today.
  • See the State Capitol Building with its magnificent gilded dome and Centennial Park Downtown
  • Understand the deeper cultural context of Atlanta’s sports scene and the local fanaticism for five major teams.
  • Find out exactly how many of the Atlanta area streets are named Peachtree.
  • Visit historic Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward and Piedmont Park in Midtown.
  • Prosperity in Atlanta means an ever-changing skyline throughout Midtown, Downtown, and the outer fringes of the city as its population continues to experience dramatic growth since rising from the ashes in 1864 after being burnt to the ground.  Electric streetcars arrived in 1889, spawning new residential suburbs that today form an intrinsic part of Atlanta’s heritage. 
Later, the city emerged as the home of the Civil Rights Movement, a powerful frontline role that altered the course of history. Historic sites, landmarks and museums celebrate Martin Luther King’s achievements in his crusade for equal rights and the black history in the South. 

On this Half-Day Highlights Tour, you will delve into Atlanta's history while your tour guide shares the stories that make the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement come alive. Today Asian and Latin American cultures are interfused with the Irish, African-American, German and Austrian immigrants that played a role in the city's early history. The result is a vibrant culture with a mix of languages, cuisines, and music that lends this world-class Southern city an exciting, energetic buzz. 


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