Stepping into Atlanta’s famous World of Coca-Cola, I didn’t know what to expect. Was this popular attraction a factory tour, a museum, or just one big ad for Coke? Turns out, it’s a little bit of all three. While it won’t be the most meaningful stop on your Atlanta intinerary with kids, it will be fun…don’t skip it!
Visitors are first led into a large room filled with Coca-Cola advertising and products from the past century (think of a menorabealia wall at Hard Rock Cafe), where a tour guide gives an overview of the company’s founder and the invention of Coke. You’re then led through to a large theater, where you watch an odd (but somewhat endearing) six minute film that’s basically one big Coke commercial (but Coke commercials aren’t the worst, right?).
You’re then let loose to explore the remaining exhibits at your own pace. You can see the vault where the secret formula for Coke is supposedly located, which includes a well-done exhibit detailing the history of Coke, and you can get a good overview of Coke marketing and programs over the years. Kids can meet the Coca-Cola polar bear, though be prepared for a line.
The best part of the World of Coke is, in our opinion, the upstairs tasting room. Filled with soda fountains offering Coke products from around the world, the tasting room allows kids (and parents) to sample over 100 types of Coke (yes, a sugar rush is involved). I really enjoyed samples from countries in Africa and Asia for their novelty.
Upon exiting World of Coke (though a large gift shop, of course), everyone is offered a free bottle of Coca-Cola, which you can take to go.
Date last visited:
February 9, 2013
Distance from the interstate:
Several minutes off of I-75/85.
Hours vary with season. Check website for deals, but general hours are 10 am-6:30 pm.
From I-75/85, take Exit 249C Williams Street. Turn right onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, to 121 Baker Street NW. A parking garage is located nearby at 178 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. Park there in the morning and stay in the park area all day, visiting other Centennial Olympic Park attractions.
As I disclose whenever applicable, we experienced World of Coke as guests, for the purpose of review. While appreciated, this hospitality did not come with expectation of a positive review.