Arts & Culture
Atlanta is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, the cornerstone of which is the Woodruff Arts Center – home to the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Arts for Learning. Other popular “hot spots” include the 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, Center for Puppetry Arts and the Atlanta Ballet. For music lovers, options include everything from the quaint, singer-songwriter atmosphere of “Eddie’s Attic” to the glitz and glamour of a show at The Fox Theatre to the novelty of catching a concert downtown at The Tabernacle (which, as the name suggests, originally served as a church building from the early 1900s until it was transformed around 1996.)
For something a bit different, spend an afternoon connecting with history by touring the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which just opened in 2014. Or, if comedy’s more your style, check out Dad’s Garage or Whole World Improv for a night of endless laughter. There are also a variety of other museums, theatres, and galleries to explore, in addition to the emerging street art, murals and art installations frequently popping up around the city.
There is something for everyone looking to experience sports in Atlanta. No matter the time of year, there are professional, collegiate, live action pro sports, motorsports and more that are sure to make the crowds go wild. During your trip, consider heading to Turner Field to catch a game. The Atlanta Braves are one of the most popular baseball teams in the country and are scheduled to play the New York Mets September 10-13.
You also won’t want to miss touring the College Football Hall of Fame, which opened in 2014 and features a variety of interactive experiences, including the chance to broadcast “live” alongside hosts from ESPN’s College GameDay.
There are a variety of ways to travel around Atlanta. Many of the neighborhoods are walkable, including the Buckhead area surrounding the conference hotel. However, if you’d like a lift to a different part of town, hop on a MARTA train for quick access to the city’s most exciting locations. With a convenient stop along Peachtree Road just a couple blocks north of the Hyatt Buckhead, you can easily be in Midtown, Downtown or the Old 4th Ward in just a few minutes. And, if you’re visiting the downtown area, you definitely want to take a ride on the new Atlanta Streetcar, which is free to use through 2015.