A Coke and a Smile was playing constantly through my mind while exploring the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia. It was a wonderful place to escape on a hot June day in 2012. The unlimited drinks at the Taste It Sampling Bar also helped. Gene and I were in the Atlanta area and spent part of the day with some friends that live in the area. We had a great time, and their kids really seemed to enjoy themselves too. Let me tell you about our visit and a little bit about the amazing World of Coca-Cola Museum.
Before I share our visit I want to share about our visit. Hope you enjoy.
Anyway, when we first walked in we received a sneak peek video of some of the highlights of the World of Coca‑Cola experience. There were also many bottle sculptures that were created for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. I didn’t know this, but apparently, there were 75 of them made.
Next, we moved into the loft area with artifacts that represent more than 125 years of Coca-Cola memories. More than 30 different countries from France to Korea to Zimbabwe were represented.
The first thing the kids noticed after we moved into the main area was the Coca-Cola Polar Bear. Of course, we took a lot of pictures, but I was shocked when he stood up to take some pictures with some adults. He is really tall. It was a fun and exciting way to start the tour, especially for the kids.
I was most interested in checking out the Taste It Sampling Bar, so we headed there while we decided what to do first. This part was amazing. There are five tasting stations arranged geographically – Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, with more than 100 different beverages! Another sampling area is dedicated solely to the Coca-Cola Trademark brands such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Cherry Coke, Coke Zero, Caffeine-free Diet Coke, Vanilla Coke, Cherry Coke Zero, and Diet Coke with Lime. With so many different ones to try, we mostly stayed away from these, lol.
The thing that stuck a lot in my mind (besides A Coke and a Smile) was that all the different coke products from Asia were less sweet and not as “tasty” as those here in the U.S. The Fanta products were good from all over the world. Mostly anything fruity was pretty good to me. The one I did NOT like at all was Beverly from Italy. They state that it is one of their most popular, must-try drinks. However, I think they just want to get rid of it, lol. It was horrible. A lot of people didn’t like it, so I decided to try it and see what all the fuss was about.
As I said, it was horrible and I immediately followed it by my favorite Manzana Lift from Mexico. Who knew, lol. Eugene also tried the Beverly and said it wasn’t too bad, but everyone else in our party thought it was nasty. Try it yourself sometime and see what you think.
Either way, it was a great experience to see how different each country is regarding Coca-Cola. It was cool to think that we all share that in common, our love of Coca-Cola. 🙂 You also can’t miss the huge Coca-Cola bottle in the room, which is also a fountain of regular Coca-Cola products.
The first thing that we all wanted to see was the vault of the secret formula. Apparently, it is regarded as the most closely guarded and best-kept secret, for over 125 years. The next exhibit is an immersive multimedia journey toward the Chamber of the Secret Formula. They test how well you protect the secret.
It is a fun tour that led us through three virtual environments: the Triangle Room, Secure Train Car, and Bank Vault. All these locations are where the secret formula has been kept since the museum opened on May 24, 2007. It was a little silly, but fun too.
After checking out a few theater shows and trying a few more samples, we decided to check out Bottle Works. We were able to experience the equipment and processes that are found in a full-size bottling plant. It was very interesting and the kids seemed to be full of questions for dad, Poor dad, lol.
By this time we were all ready to go so we headed toward the exit where we were handed a complimentary commemorative 8 oz. souvenir glass bottle of Coca-Cola. I didn’t want to open it, but finally did since we couldn’t bring in on the plane. Still have the empty bottles though 🙂
After we received our bottles, we exited out into the store. Most of the time this is annoying, but It was fun at the World of Coca-Cola. They have cool memorabilia and cute stuffed polar bear animals. The kids really liked the store and begged dad to be able to buy just 1 thing. He relented and it was a perfect ending to a wonderful visit to the Coca-Cola Museum.
Here is some important information regarding your visit. All prices and information are up to date as of November 2019. Please check their website for the latest information before your visit.
Coca-Cola Museum Visitor Information
121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313
Daily 10 am – 5 pm
- Adult $17
- Senior (65+) $15
- Youth (3-12) $13
- Toddlers (0-2) Free with Adult
126 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30313
0-4 hours: $10 per vehicle
4+ hours: $15 per vehicle
Our parking garage is disabled accessible and meets all A.D.A. requirements. Courtesy wheelchairs are available at the ticket window for check out using a photo ID.
Assistive Listening Devices:
Handheld text and audio devices are available at the Guest Services desk in the Lobby.
Baby Strollers and Mobility Scooters:
Baby strollers are welcome. Single strollers are recommended due to high traffic during peak attendance times. Powerchairs and mobility scooters are also welcome, however, during peak attendance times, conventional wheelchairs are encouraged.
Braille Guide Maps:
Braille Guide Maps are available at the ticket windows and at the Guest Services Desk in the Lobby.
- Southbound via I-75/85:
Exit 249C Williams St.
Turn RIGHT onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
The parking garage is on the LEFT at the second traffic light.
- Northbound via I-75/85:
Exit 249D Spring St./W. Peachtree St.
Turn RIGHT onto Spring St. ramp toward Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
Bear RIGHT onto Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
Take immediate LEFT at traffic light onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
The parking garage is on the LEFT at the first traffic light.
- Eastbound or Westbound via I-20:
Exit I-75/85 North and follow Northbound via I-75/85 route.
- Public Transportation:
MARTA stop W1: Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center.
MARTA stop N1: Peachtree Center.
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