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A couple of weeks ago we had friends visiting us from California — one of my best friends, Heather, and her teenage daughter, Hannah. Top on Hannah’s Atlanta Bucket List? World of Coca-Cola! Benjamin and I had never been, and were looking forward to visiting the popular Atlanta attraction for the first time. If you’re looking for fun things to do with with kids and teens in Atlanta, I totally recommend World of Coca-Cola.
World of Coca-Cola is located in Midtown Atlanta, and shares a great lawn (called Pemberton Place) with the major Atlanta attractions, Georgia Aquarium and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. It’s also located near the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame and CNN Center, and is just across the street from Centennial Olympic Park.
There is something for everyone at the World of Coca-Cola. Certainly, if you love Coke, it’s even better. Benjamin had never tasted it before! After you pay admission and before enter the first room, they give you a choice of Coca-Cola beverages. It’s here where Benjamin enjoyed his first can of Coke, and he loved it!
I don’t want to show you too much of the actual exhibits, because you should go see it for yourself. There is a lot to see, and there are even hands-on exhibits that the younger set can enjoy. My favorites were the old adverts and the Olympic games pins. (You know how we love our trading pins!)
I honestly hadn’t spent any time considering that the Coca-Cola formula might be a highly-guarded secret, but it is… at least according to Coke! I even googled, “has anyone tried to steal the coca cola formula?” The answer is yes! (Read about it here.) At World of Coca-Cola you can explore the Vault of the Secret Formula. So cool, even it is mostly a publicity stunt.
Check out this classic Coca-Cola commercial from 1953:
This is just a portion of the Olympic pins by Coca-Cola. I LOVED this exhibit! Here is a brief history of Coca-Cola Olympic pin trading:
If your child is anything like mine, then they are going to love the Tasting Room! We spent quite a bit of time there. Haha. Benjamin loved trying Coca-Cola products from around the world. His favorites were the Sprite with cucumber and pretty much all of the Fanta drinks. He really wanted to taste something gross (LOL, IKR?!), and found it in Beverly—an Italian soda. Ha! We really had so much fun here.
Before you leave, you’ll be enticed to spend a small fortune in the gift shop. Souvenir shopping is always part of the fun though, right? *wink*
Tips for your visit:
- Eat a big breakfast and plan to have lunch afterward. The entire museum and gift shop can be enjoyed in under 3 hours. Pack a lunch to enjoy on the lawn, or purchase something from Pemberton Café. There are also local street vendors and restaurants nearby.
- Feel free to bring a camera! Photos are welcome in most places and there are plenty of great photo ops.
- Atlanta bucket list.