Centrally located between the CNN Studios, the Aquarium, and the Sky View, the Centennial Park is a good stop to walk around and stretch your feet. When we were there (January) the grass was dormant and the Olympic Ring fountain was off due to the Georgia drought (?), but it was still cool to see the monuments to different 1996 Olympic stories. This was also the time they have an outside ice rink up and the Chinese New Year celebration. (That looked worth checking out.) But we didn't have much time, so we took a brisk walk around and moved on to our next thing on the itinerary.
Centennial Olympic Park is a pleasant green space in the heart of downtown Atlanta that hosts lots of events and music. The part your kids will love the most is the iconic Dancing Fountains, shaped like the Olympic rings, which at scheduled times throughout the day perform synchronized "dances" to music. The best part is, that all the rest of the time, the Dancing Fountains are open to play in! This was a major highlight of our trip for our seven-year-old.
If you're ever spending time Downtown, perhaps at the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, or CNN Studio, save a few minutes (and maybe bring a change of clothes) to enjoy the water and cool off in HOTlanta.
Seriously for kids this is great. We were there over a holiday weekend so the splash pads were crowded however they had a blast. There are also several playgrounds to play on. I think we hit them all. This is a great kids exhaustion place. We were staying at a local hotel so we went to the park and wore them out! It is a lot of walking from one end to the other but with three boys it was much needed!
Centennial Park is a lot of fun, especially if you are already in the area for the aquarium or children's museum. If the weather is nice, play on the playground or run around the grass. Often, there are festivals or other interesting things happening. If it's blazing hot (which it often is), check out the Olympic Rings fountain. Think the Bellagio, but you can play in it! Parking is a bear, but there is a website you can check to find available lots.
One of the highlights of a visit to Centennial Park is when our daughter gets a chance to play in the fountain. She absolutely loves the water and this gives her a chance to cool off, while we enjoy the surroundings. There is also a nice playground towards one end of the park that always holds her attention. Each time we have visited, the park is really clean.
When we visit Atlanta, we usually stay in Downtown area. After visiting those fun tourist places, we sometimes take our kids to play at the fountain in summer. My kids love this fountain and when they get tired, we go to the playground at the park. If you'd like to relax between visiting main attractions, this might be a place to chill out.
There really wasn't very much to see at this park. There was a water fountain set like the olympic rings that kids could run and play in. They also did a little show with the water that was set to music. We walked around a little more but couldn't find anything else.
U will never miss this park as far as location is concerned.The centerpiece of the park is fountain of rings,kids luv playing in this musical fountain ;shows are at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.We could see many kids jump,enjoy and dance in this fountains.Kids would love the play area .They usually have concerts and special events going on in the park.Check their website for all info at http://www.centennialpark.com/
Set right in downtown, it's fun to look up at all the buildings! The fountain is a blast to play in. Who doesn't love that? There are also 'water's shows set to music, and that's fun. During the summer there are concerts. The winter- a skating rink. What a fun place to go! (While it's free- you will have to pay for parking which can range from $5-$20)
A nice place to go and sit if you like to people watch as it is very crowed in the summer. The fountain is fun to play in when the weather is hot and sometimes it is put to music. There is a play ground that is fun for the little ones but it can get very crowed and hectic. Not one of the cleanest parks I have seen.
We visited the park on a HOT day in the begining of August last summer. What a fantastic way to cool off! The kids played in the water, they both had so much fun! It was crowded as others have mentioned, but that didn't bother us a bit. We even had someone take our family picture while we all stood in the fountain! After we played for a while the police whistles started and it was time for the show! Beautiful water show put to music. We watched, we danced, we enjoyed ourselves! And after the show we played in the water a bit more!
We went to the park after visiting the Zoo Atlanta. It was summer and the kids were getting cranky because of the heat. As soon as they saw the water show, their tiredness disappeared. The kids were 4, 2.5 and 2 respectively. They all had a great time and we parents did too watching them. After the water show, we all had a nice walk around the park to the children's play ground. The main feature in the play ground is the slide, but there are other activities too. We rest our feet while the kids were having a ball. It was truly a very enjoyable day for all of us.
My 4 year old son LOVES to spend the summer days here at the water fountain. He gets to meet new friends, run in the water, play, and we have a picnic with Varsity chili dogs.
Parking is easy (You have to pay) and there is a high police presence. There is often free concerts in the park, as well.
There are various other attractions nearby - Imagine it! Children's Museum, CNN, etc.
It can become a bit scary at dark, so we make sure to clear out before then.
This park is very historical and beautiful. Try to catch it at a low traffic time, because it isn't very enjoyable when it's really crowded. The fountains are beautiful and it's especially pretty at Christmas! Very nice park and usually there are lots going on there (concerts, etc.).
I went to Centennial Park to cool off in the fountain, but it was HORRIBLE. It was really sketchy to take my daughter there by myself, and it was dirty and it was something that I decided I would not go to again. There is no way that I would ever go there again. It might be good to go to if you want to hang out and drunk , but not to take the family to.
We've been here a few times with the kids. The Christmas decorations are kinda fun to walk through. The Olympic rings fountain in the summer can be fun, but it can also be very crowded. It can be difficult to keep eyes on your kids, especially if they're very young and tend to run away from you. There is a huge green space, good for picnics and throwing frisbees, and it's convenient to CNN Center, the aquarium, the World of Coke, and the Children's Museum,
The good: The splash pad is huge and perfect to cool off on a hot summer day in the south. The playgrounds are awesome offering lots for the kids to do, shady areas for the parents to sit, and water fountains.
The bad: There is only one small restroom and it's a pretty good hike from the playground.
Centennial park is a great stop if you are visiting the GA Aquarium or the World of Coke. Bring a swimsuit and a towel and the kids can play in the fountains. The fountains do a show and then the kids get to splash around in between. Sometimes it gets crowded but it's worth a trip.
My daughter and I visited the Centennial olympic park on a trip to Atlanta. The playground was nice but nothing amazing. She loved seeing all of the monuments left over from the Olympics but we were a little disappointed that the splash area was not running. Hopefully, when we return with my son, they can both have fun in the water.
Lots of big open space in this park designed for the year Atlanta hosted the olympics and they went all out. There are museum attractions at every corner from the Children's museum, The Aquarium, and the Coca-cola Museum. The playground space has a few areas. There is a fence around it all but the openings do not have gates so as long as you're near your kids and watching them, you're cool. The playgrounds have the rubber bottoms and for all ages. The swings are those lazyman ones...big blue ones that adults can sit in, too. I love those. At the other end of the big park is the Fountain of Rings, which is the free splash pad. On a hot day, definitely stop there to cool off!