6 Tips for Visiting World of Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola and Atlanta–they just go together. So if you haven’t been to World of Coca-Cola, it’s time to pay a visit to this fun, engaging attraction in downtown Atlanta. Families love learning about the most famous beverage’s history, getting close to the secret formula and of course, drinking A LOT of Coke.
1. Try it All in the Tasting Room
By far, visitors’ favorite attraction at World of Coca-Cola is “Taste It!” That’s because they can taste over 100 (yes, 100+!) flavors of Coke from all over the world. Not only do kids love trying all the sodas (some great, some good and some weird), they get a little geography lesson in the process.
2. Go Beyond the Tasting Room
The Tasting Room may be the talk of the town but WOCC has so much more than that. Visitors can enter a vault that holds the Coca-Cola secret formula. For over 125 years, Coke has managed to keep their recipe on lockdown and this interactive exhibit explains its origins. Check out The Pop Culture Gallery to see how Coke and its iconic logo have been incorporated into our pop culture scene. Learn mind-blowing facts like this one: the image of Santa Claus we use today came from a Coca-Cola ad. Still mad about new Coke? They get into that controversy too.
3. Do the 3-D experience
Kids love to watch movies at museums and this one is a big crowd pleaser. Not only do guests receive 3-D glasses to watch “In Search of the Secret Formula” but their chairs move as well (and they may get wet) to make it a complete 4-D experience. Have a kid who doesn’t like all that movement? They have stationary chairs too.
4. Save Money
You’re not likely going to see coupons and discounts on tickets to WOCC as their general admission prices are pretty reasonable. But here are a couple of ways to save. If you are active duty or a reserved member of the U.S. armed forces or a military retiree, you always get in free. If you buy an annual pass to WOCC, it pays for itself after two visits. Annual pass holders also receive discounts such as $4 off for their guests. And of course, if you plan to visit other Atlanta attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, CNN and the Zoo (within nine consecutive days), the Atlanta City Pass is a great option.
5. Visit the Polar Bear
No trip to WOCC is complete without meeting the beloved Coca-Cola Polar Bear. Kids (and adults) geek out when they meet the iconic polar bear, who has actually been featured in Coca-Cola ads since 1922. Don’t forget to take a picture with the polar bear; you can take your own or let one of their photographers snap it.
6. Tour, taste, then eat
Plan to arrive when WOCC opens (to avoid the inevitable crowds) and stay about two hours. After you’ve toured the exhibits and tasted your share of Cokes from around the world, you will surely have worked up an appetite. Many visitors walk to nearby Pemberton Cafe (named after the pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola) for burgers, pizza, salads and kids’ meals. On a nice day you can walk through Centennial Olympic Park to the CNN Center which has a food court full of options. Need more family-friendly ideas? Johnny Rockets and Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria are walkable from WOCC too.