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This 21-acre park is a permanent legacy to the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Olympic games. A starting point for many visitors, it offers easy access to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center. The park features several monuments dedicated to Olympic ideals, plus a children’s playground and a full calendar of festivals, outdoor concerts and films. During the summer months, kids frolic in the Fountain of Rings, which blasts jets of water into the air choreographed to music; in winter months, the park is turned into a wonderland complete with holiday lights and an open-air ice skating rink. Grab a bite at Googie Burger, a local favorite and the only restaurant on park grounds.