With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in full swing, a lot of Atlantans have a different kind of Olympic pride this time around — pride for the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Games in Atlanta. And though those Olympics have come and gone, it’s still not too late to celebrate the city’s Olympic history this week as the United States competes to add to its gold medal tally. Here are some of the top Olympic landmarks you should visit to honor Team USA and the Games.
Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic park not only has the reputation among Atlantans of being an essential Olympic landmark, but it’s also now an essential part of the city. It’s the largest downtown park developed in the United States in recent history, and it’s now the center of recreational activities in Atlanta. The park was initially developed for sponsor events and medal presentations for the Olympics, and acted as a “town center” of sorts for attendees of the Games. Now, it’s one of the liveliest Olympic landmarks in the city.
This iconic stadium hosting the Atlanta Braves baseball team has a lesser-known history of being the site of Centennial Olympic Stadium, the main stadium used for the Olympic Games and opening ceremonies. The Braves are only playing here through the end of the 2016 baseball season on October 2, and with the Braves unlikely to make the playoffs this year, you’ll only have until then to check out this iconic venue before it’s gone forever.
Clayton County International Park
Formerly known as Atlanta Beach, which hosted events like beach volleyball at the 1996 Olympics, Clayton County International Park now hosts community events like concerts, live DJ performances, beach volleyball competitions, water slides, swimming pools, and a fun beachy area to celebrate summer in. Located in nearby Jonesboro, Georgia, this attraction is $11 for entry, and gives you the opportunity to celebrate Atlanta’s Olympic heritage while taking in the dog days of this summer.