For those of you who will arrive in Atlanta before Wednesday, September 8, and/or remain in Atlanta after the conference ends on Saturday, September 11, consider the following ways to spend your time. These are in NO particular order.
The Mall at Peachtree Center
Over 60 shops and restaurants; located within 3 blocks of the Hilton (www.peachtreecenter.com)
The Georgia Aquarium
The world's largest collection of aquatic animals and species from around the world; located within 6 blocks of the Hilton, approximately a 15 minute walk (www.georgiaaquarium.org)
The Atlanta Braves
The Braves play at home September 9th through 15th, and usually a group of NCTA sports fans will arrange to head out to the ball park. Information will be made available as we get closer to the conference.
Centennial Olympic Park
Atlanta's lasting legacy to the 1996 Olympic Games; located within 5 blocks of the Hilton, approximately a 10-15 minute walk (www.centennialpark.com). You may want to check out the Fountain of Rings and the synchronized water shows.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
An opportunity to visit the home where MLK Jr. was born, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, and the burial site of both MLK Jr. and Coretta Scott King; transportation required (www.thekingcenter.org)
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
The only presidential library in the southeast, it contains an exact replica of the Oval Office, the actual Nobel Peace Prize he received, state gifts received, and other exhibits; transportation required (www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov)
The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum
Experience the 1864 Civil War Battle of Atlanta as the world's largest diorama painting literally revolves around you; transportation required (www.AtlantaCyclorama.org)
NCTA Group Outings
Not mentioned on this list are CNN Center and World of Coca Cola because visits to these will be available as optional entertainment on Thursday and Friday afternoons, September 9 and 10. Of course, those who wish to make their own arrangements are free to do so.