Remember how I said I was on a hunt to find outdoorsy activities in Atlanta when I was there for a conference recently? The Botanical Garden was my favorite find in Atlanta, but while much smaller the Atlanta Centennial Park was really not bad either. The park was built for the 1996 Centennial Olympics. There are a lot of interesting statues and artsy displays along with fun mini waterfalls and kids are playing in the water fountains in the summer. I heard the fountains actually feature a light show at night, but the concierge in my hotel kind of said not to head out there at night, so I didn’t.
I did however make going for a quick run in it part of my Atlanta morning routine since I was lucky enough to have my hotel located right beside it. With all the posts about eating and visiting beautiful places, you didn’t think I still ran, didn’t you? 🙂 Well, I run much less than I want to/should, but ever since I wrote about running as my go-to workout on the road I have sort of kept up with it and go for a quick run about once a week either on the treadmill or in my neighborhood. However, the Atlanta Centennial Garden was by far the nicest, prettiest, and most interesting run since Guangzhou’s Botanical Garden and the pretty French Brittany beach. The only drawback? It was much smaller than expected. That would make it perfect for a stroll on a pretty day, but if I can run around it and zig-zag through it in 15 minutes or so, any serious runner would be done way too quickly. That’s why I suggest you include Pemberton Place which houses the Coke museum and the Georgia Aquarium which I both visited last year. Brought back nice memories running by them again 🙂 There are lots of tourists and it does get hot, hot, hot in Atlanta in the summer, so I suggest you go pretty early.
The neatest thing? I was there when the 2012 Olympic Games were going on in London. It felt pretty cool to run by all the Olympic statues and artifacts knowing that at the same time athletes from around the globe were competing half way around the world.
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