After we left Greenville, we headed down to Commerce, Georgia. I wanted to stop here because I use to live here and wanted to see the area. We ended up eating at Outback Steakhouse which is hidden. It’s across from the Walmart on 441 behind the truckstop. You have to go through the parking lot of the abandoned strip mall thing. The service was excellent though and the food was just as good. Outback is usually always pretty good.
We got a hotel at The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. The hotel was nice, no complaints at all with them. They are over next to the Tanger Outlets next to the Home Depot. It was a new hotel I think but very good.
We headed down to Atlanta that morning since we were only an hour away. We went straight to The Atlanta Zoo since we were early. Now I don’t know if it was because it was hot, or because there were 798,723,984 kids there, or because 60% of the animals weren’t on display but this zoo was just, no. It was small, crowded, animals weren’t there. If it wasn’t included with out Atlanta CityPass, I’d be mad. I would not recommend going here.
After we left the zoo, we went to check into our hotel which was Aloft Atlanta. Let me just say this hotel was literally PERFECT. It was a block from everything around Centennial Olympic Park area, and a block from Peachtree Street. We checked in, dropped our things off, and walked down to the Georgia Aquarium.
In case you didn’t know, the Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world! It was a great experience. We saw the dolphin show which was fun, as well as the other shows they had. I highly recommend the Georgia Aquarium.
Once we were done seeing the marine life, we walked across the street to Johnny Rockets to grab dinner. Then we walked back to the hotel. We would spend the rest of the night in the hotel room relaxing and watching a little TV. I was tired because we had done so much and it was so hot this day.
Once we finished we walked next door to the CNN Center. We thought it would be neat to show the boys how International TV is done. This was a fun tour, I think my oldest enjoyed the behind the scenes things he got to see. They got to see the newsroom, an interactive studio, the morning show broadcast, some offices and some other exhibits from CNN.
After we finished at CNN, we ate some lunch there in their main dining area. Now this is a huge dining plaza that everyone from around the area comes to eat in. There are lots of restaurant choices here. I think I ate at Moe’s while they ate Chick-Fil-A
Then we hailed an Uber to take us to the LegoLand Discovery Center. This was a really fun place and this was for my youngest. This would be somewhere I’d highly recommend if you have kids that like Legos. It was fun. I think we spent about 4 hours here. It’s not a huge park or anything like that, it’s just inside of a mall but you forget you’re inside of a mall once you’re in the LegoLand Discovery Center. My little one loved it. After we finished at LegoLand, we walked down to Johnny Rockets there in the mall for some lunch before calling for an Uber to take us back to our hotel.
We got up early and headed down to The World of Coca-Cola. This was fun. They show you a history of Coca-Cola, how it was invented, etc. Also the actual recipe for Coke is kept here. I though it was just an attraction or a joke but I did some research and it’s actually in a vault inside of this building. You can see an actual bottle being bottled, and try Coke flavors from all over the world.
At this point, we were hungry and tired. We went over to CNN to get some food, then went to a little arcade next door. Afterward, we went to the College Football Hall of Fame which was really cool. I enjoyed that. The whole place is interactive. When you go in you get a “field pass” which they scan with an RFID and you select your favorite NCAA team. Then as you go through the museum you scan your field pass at each exhibit and everything is geared toward your team. It was really cool and I would love to go back sometimes.
Afterward, we went back to the hotel for the night, got cleaned up and went to Hard Rock Cafe up on Peachtree St. This was our last night in Atlanta.