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Flying to Atlanta this morning on Delta’s withering 5:25 am flight from Minneapolis, The Rapid Traveler was seated next to a lighting architect and road warrior stopping in Atlanta to see his work progressing for the Legoland Discovery Center in Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza. Buckhead is north of downtown Atlanta within the I-285 perimeter loop, a popular business and shopping district with great dining. Boarding Area blogger Marshall Jackson frequently visits on business.
The Rapid Traveler confesses to having not previously visited a Legoland Discovery Center but is no stranger to Legos, so presumably these are fun, but readers are welcome to share their first-hand impressions of the other locations in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Manchester, Duisburg, Berlin and Tokyo.
The Atlanta website does not share a firm opening date but claims to sell discount advance tickets until the next line says that tickets are coming soon, so it is a work in progress and less organized than might be supposed.
This expands Atlanta’s collection of brands that consumers pay to be marketed to. The World of Coca-Cola and CNN are downtown, near the exemplary Georgia Aquarium. CityPASS for Altanta is a good deal at $69 and skips the lines (Georgia Aquarium is notorious for huge crowds), including those three and there two either/or choices among museums and the zoo. The Rapid Traveler votes for the stately Atlanta History Center, enjoyable as much for the drive, near Buckhead, among mint-julep dropping mansions.
Atlanta works well for families and Legoland will be a good way to park children and slip in some shopping or dining.