2014 is a big year for the city of Atlanta, as several new touring sites will open to the general public. Atlanta already has a lot to offer when it comes to eating venues, sporting events, and historical sites, but the city too busy to hate continues to expand and grow each year, with regards to cultural and social experiences, it offers its tourist. Below are a few of the new openings taking place throughout 2014.
The official website overview reads, “The building of the modern Atlanta Streetcar represents the first step in the dawning of a new era for transit – one that will begin to transform how we get around in our community. The section currently under construction represents Phase One of a grand vision for the Atlanta Streetcar. In the coming years, additional lines are planned, and project developers intend to expand service to additional neighborhoods and other popular destinations around the city.
Ultimately, the Atlanta Streetcar is destined to become part of a whole new system of local and regional transportation. Phase one will offer last mile connectivity to the city center for MARTA, the Atlanta BeltLine and other transit options, and additional phases will expand that service even further. The Atlanta Streetcar will make access easier within the city, and it will also function as a metaphorical link between the city’s rich history with rail transportation and its evolution into a robust centerpiece of the New South and 21st century connectivity.”
Sarah Johnson writes, “Atlanta’s newest development, located in the former Buckhead Village, will offer pedestrian-friendly streets, great food and luxury retail shops.”
College Football Hall of Fame
Sara Johnson writes “Come fall, college football fans can celebrate their favorite teams every day of the week rather than just on football Saturday. The 95,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park, will recognize the game’s top players and coaches and give the non-fan a first-class entertainment experience.”
Delta Flight Museum
The official website reads, “The Delta Flight Museum is located in 1940s-era aircraft hangars. The hangars became the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum with the restoration of Delta’s first 21‐passenger Douglas DC‐3. In 2011, the attraction was designated a Historic Aerospace Site. Our recent renovation of the Museum brings new life to the facility. Renovation funding was provided by The Delta Air Lines Foundation. The facility also received generous gifts from Delta Air Lines employees, retirees and friends of the Museum. The Delta Flight Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.”
The websites overview reads “Dive into Hurricane Harbor, our new multi-million dollar water park now open inside Six Flags Over Georgia. Ride the surf in our giant wave pool or plummet down an enclosed tunnel into a zero-gravity wave slide on Tsunami Surge. Dare to take on three twisting, turning water slides on Bonzai Pipelines. Families love exploring the giant interactive children's area.
This new tropically-themed water park offers the opportunity to cool off on warm Atlanta days and is the perfect complement to our world-class rides and entertainment. Hurricane Harbor is included FREE with your Six Flags Over Georgia admission!”
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Sarah Johnson writes “Learn about the history of the civil rights movement and contemporary human rights movements in this highly anticipated 30,000-square-foot center set to open May 22. This is the first venue in the world of its kind.” I personally was there for the opening of the venue, and I can confirm that Sarah is correct when she says that it is the first venue in the world of its kind. If you’re ever in the Atlanta area, it’s a must see.
Ponce City Market
The official website reads “In 2014, Ponce City Market reopens the fully renovated Sears, Roebuck & Company building, restoring its prominence as a vital landmark in Atlanta’s burgeoning Old Fourth Ward. Linked directly to the Atlanta BeltLine, and situated across from Old Fourth Ward Park, our iconic stretch of Ponce de Leon Avenue is a major part of the redevelopment movement at the crossroads of Atlanta’s most established neighborhoods.”
“At the heart of Ponce City Market is the marketplace itself, a ﬂexible space to gather, eat and shop. In the Central Food Hall, artisan chefs and local purveyors will ﬁll an authentic market with the design, food, and ﬂavors of Atlanta. From morning coffee to lunchtime shopping and date-night dinners, the Central Food Hall will be a daily gathering place and culinary destination, year-round. Retail shops and offices will add to the life, color, and culture of Ponce City Market and surrounding neighborhoods. Residents of the Flats apartments the upper ﬂoors of the East Wing and West Wing—will be just a few steps or an elevator ride from workplaces, shopping, the Central Food Hall, and a direct access to the BeltLine. Atlanta neighborhoods of Virginia Highland, Poncey Highlands, and Midtown are all within easy walking or pedaling distance.”
Porsche Customer and Driver Experience Center
Sarah Johnson writes, “Experience what it’s like to drive a Porsche at the American headquarters of Porsche and North America’s first Customer and Driver Experience Center. Located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the center features a restaurant, shop and, of course, a test track.”
(Source By Sarah Johnson – Atlanta online)