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3 day trip to atlanta?

for the july 4th weekend my family and i were planning to go to atlanta since its only about 3 hours by car from here (north carolina) and we can stay for the 3 days we have. i was planning on going to the aquarium since its the biggest in the world and somehow its a lot cheaper than the one in myrtle beach, sc....and we want to go to six flags over georgia and the atlanta zoo. also to the 4th of july fireworks. now the problem is that i havent checked where all of this is. and also i read some reviews of people from these places and it kinda brought my hopes down. a lot of people say its filthy and unsafe. but everyplace have its bad reviews.
so the questions:
are all the places too far away? is it a good idea to choose these places?
are they really that bad? are they even worth seeing?

its my 2 older sisters, my brother-in-law, my 2 year nephew my 10 year sis and me (16).
we are planning on leaving early friday morning, coming back sunday afternoon.

thanks so much.

Best Answer...


Being a ATLANTA navtive I must say that ATL is not a filthy place! Now to answer your questions

1. Six Flags is the only one out the way. Zoo Atlanta and The Aquarium is only 4 miles apart. Six Flags is about 12 miles from downtown Atlanta.

2. I think its a great idea to visit these landmarks!! If you do go to Six Flags please please please ride Goliath!!! I haven't been to the Aquarium yet but I've heard nothing but postive things about it. However if you do go I think you should check out the Coca Cola Factory its right next door to the Aquarium! And it always great to see the animals at the Zoo.

3. Again Atlanta is a great place. I suggest going to Cenntinnel Olympic Park as well so your nephew and you sister can run through the Olympic Ring Fountain its Super fun!!


Below is a link to see the distance between the places your are trying to going to.

I work downtown so we get a newsletter letting us know whats going on every weekend. This is for The weekend you are interested in visiting! It also let you know what streets are closed.

I hope this helps.

Enjoying and getting around the city whenever you’d like seems simple enough. With a city as thriving and constantly growing like Atlanta, growing pains tend to be a reality. But even with delays due to new construction or from the many conventions that create a strong economic impact, we can still get you Downtown as easily as possible. We will update you on construction, possible delays and shortcuts to help you have all of the information you need to navigate Downtown with ease. Explore and get around the city wherever you’d like.

Downtown will host a number of activities over the next two weeks. We welcome these events and look forward to seeing you Downtown! Please travel wisely, allow plenty of time, and consider your options - which include taking MARTA, carpooling, biking and walking.

Peachtree Road Race - Street Closings
Date: Wednesday July 2nd, 2008:

From 1 p.m. on July 2nd through 3:30 p.m. on July 4th: Piedmont between Ralph McGill and North Avenue.
From 7 p.m. on July 2nd through 3:30 p.m. on July 4th: Juniper between Ponce de Leon and North Avenue.
From 7 p.m. on July 2nd through 3:30 p.m. on July 4th: North Avenue between Juniper and Piedmont.
Date: Friday July 4th, 2008:

5 a.m. through end of race: Peachtree St. from Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. to 10th Street.
5 a.m. through 12 p.m.: Piedmont Ave. between Baker/Highland Avenue and Ralph McGill Blvd.
5 a.m. through 12 p.m.: Courtland St. between North Ave. and Linden Ave.
5 a.m. through 1 p.m.: Ponce de Leon Ave. between Peachtree St. and Piedmont Ave.
5 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.: Ralph McGill Blvd. between Courtland St. and Central Park Place /Bedford.
5 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.: North Ave. from Central Park Place to Peachtree St.
Lane closure on the westbound lane of Ralph McGill Blvd. from Courtland St. to West Peachtree St.
Peachtree Road Race Route:
Day/Date/Time: Friday July 4th, 2008 - The race begins at 7:30 a.m.
Race Route: The race will assemble on Peachtree Road in front of Lenox Mall, travel southbound taking the entire road. The race will turn left (eastbound) on 10th Street, then right (southbound) on Juniper Street. The race will then continue southbound on Juniper Street to the finish line just south of Ponce de Leon Avenue. When the race concludes the participants will continue to walk south on Juniper Street / Courtland Street to North Avenue. Participants will then turn left (eastbound) and proceed on North Avenue, then southbound (wrong way) on Piedmont Avenue to the Civic Center property.

Please see the attached Peachtree Road Race Detour Map.pdf file for special detour routes and visit www.atlantatrackclub.org for more information.


Atlanta Pride Festival
Date: This 3-day festival begins on Friday, July 4th (from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and continues on Saturday and Sunday, July 5th and 6th (from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on both days)
Location: Atlanta Civic Center
Lane Closures/Parade Routes:

The complete lane closures (in conjunction with the Peachtree Road Race lane closures) will begin Tuesday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 8th, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., which covers the following streets:
- North curb lane of Ralph McGill Boulevard - From Piedmont Ave. to Central Park Place
- East curb lane of Piedmont Avenue - From Ralph McGill Blvd. to Pine Street

The March, scheduled for Saturday, July 5th at 6:00 p.m., will depart the Civic Center parking lot from the Ralph McGill Blvd. entrance: Turn right (westbound) onto Ralph McGill Boulevard to Peachtree Street, then right (northbound) onto Peachtree Street, then right (eastbound) onto North Avenue, then right (southbound) onto Piedmont Avenue, then left (westbound) onto Pine Street, and will then disband back at the Civic Center.
The Parade, scheduled for Sunday, July 6th at 1:00 p.m., will start at the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue: Travel westbound on 10th Street, then left (southbound) on Peachtree Street, then left (eastbound) on Ralph McGill Boulevard and then disband at the Civic Center.
Please visit www.atlantapride.org for more information.


Centennial Olympic Park Fourth of July Celebration
Day/Date/Time: Friday July 4th, 2008 beginning at 5 p.m.
Where: Centennial Olympic Park
Road Closures:

July 3rd through 5th, 2008: Andrew Young International Boulevard will be closed from Centennial Olympic Park Drive to Marietta Street (through the park).
July 4th,, 2008: Park Avenue West (all day), and Baker Street between Park Avenue West and Centennial Olympic Park Drive from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Please visit www.centennialpark.com for more information.


Downtown Connector Resurfacing Project

In recognition of 4th of July travel, the Downtown Connector Resurfacing Project will take a break this holiday weekend. Work will resume the following weekend, Friday, July 11th, weather permitting. Additional information regarding construction activities will be provided in advance of July 11th.


AmericasMart Show
Date: Tuesday,July 8th through Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
Where: AmericasMart Downtown
Expected Attendance: Over 50,000