The Georgia World Congress Center welcomes more than one million guests a year to its three event buildings. From conventions and trade shows to galas and private events, the center is a popular choice for many Atlanta events. With nearly four million square feet of event space, dedicated IT and event staff, and easy access to the METRA transit system, attending or hosting events at the center couldn’t be easier when you stay in hotels near the Georgia World Congress Center.
40 Years of Georgia World Congress Center
At the time of its opening, the Georgia World Congress Center was the first state-owned convention center in the U.S. Originally opening in 1976, it featured 350,000 square feet of event space. Four expansions, the latest in 2002, added a variety of exhibit spaces and business-oriented facilities. It now includes Starbucks Coffee shops, a FedEx Kinko’s office, a gift shop, dedicated IT and event staff, and a full food court, restaurant, and catering service as well.
The center is adjacent to the Georgia Dome. Many big Georgia Dome events feature complimentary admission, after parties, and other expanded offerings at the Georgia World Congress Center for fans and attendees to enjoy. Popular historic events include hosting a number of indoor sports for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the annual SEC Football Fanfare, the 2009 Soul Train Music Awards, and WrestleMania Axxess.
Attractions near Georgia World Congress Center
The downtown location of Georgia World Congress Center puts some of the most popular attractions and businesses in Atlanta just steps away. Many of the hotels near the Georgia World Congress Center are within walking distance of these attractions. Additional options are easily accessible using the Dome-GWCC-Philips Arena-CNN Station MARTA depot that’s just south of the center.
A few minutes north of World Congress Center, Georgia Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 fish and other aquatic life. Covering 550,000 square feet and featuring eight million gallons of tanks, the aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. Popular exhibits include the whale shark tank and the Dolphin Tales show and seminar. As one of the most popular attractions in the city, pre-purchasing tickets and arriving early is highly recommended. The concierge desk at hotels near the Georgia World Congress Center can help secure tickets for your convenience.
Another popular attraction is the World of Coca-Cola. As a museum dedicated to the popular beverage, the exhibits and attractions offer a glimpse at over a century of Coca-Cola history. From advertisement montages to samples of the company’s many international products and beverages, the museum offers a fun-filled experience for visitors of all ages. More than one million visitors tour the World of Coca-Cola each year.
The Georgia Dome is the home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and features concerts and other live events throughout the year. The National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks play nearby at Philips Arena.
During warmer weather, Olympic Centennial Park and the Fountain of Rings often features free events, exhibits, and shows for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Other popular attractions close to hotels near Georgia World Congress Center include the 20-story Ferris wheel at SkyView Atlanta, live music at the Tabernacle, and the tours and shops of CNN Center.