Atlanta

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

We had a really fun trip to the beach planned for Memorial Day Weekend but then a tropical storm rolled in, so we had to change our game plan. Instead, we headed to Atlanta for the weekend.

Atlanta is only a few hours from where we are in Alabama, so we left on Saturday morning and met up with some friends at The World of Coca Cola, a museum documenting the history of Coke, for the afternoon. The museum was fun, but I’m not sure it’s a must-see. Nathan and I thought the best parts were the vintage Christmas adds with Santa and the tasting room. The tasting room has over 100 different coke products from around the world.

Sunday saw us at the Georgia Aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world and is incredibly busy on the weekends. With that in mind, here are some of my tips for the best experience:

Buy your parking pass online. You get a discount and it ensures that you will have a parking spot in the garage connected to the aquarium.

Prioritize the beluga whale exhibit, the Dolphin Coast show, the whale shark tank, and the Southern sea otters.  These are popular exhibits, but it is worth it to wait a little while to get a close-up look. My favorite part of the trip was seeing the beluga whales. I don’t have any pictures from the exhibit because I was actually a little overwhelmed by them. They are graceful and beautiful and the Georgia Aquarium is one of a select few aquariums that have belugas.

Check out the gift shop. It was stocked with more than cheap stuffed animals and plastic fish replicas. They had a really nice selection of t-shirts, mugs, and art prints. We left with a blown glass beluga whale Christmas Tree ornament.

After the aquarium, Nathan and I ended our trip at a pub in Decatur Square (The Square Pub) that is owned by some UNM alumni. They have a green chile cheeseburger on the menu that really hit the spot after living for months in a place with no good Mexican food options.


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