Did you know Atlanta is a state capital, home to dozens of Fortune 500 corporations and once hosted the Olympic Games? In recent years, Atlanta has also become the home of growing tech and media industries. With so much going on, it’s not hard to see why this city is a great destination for meetings and events. Atlanta’s unique blend of historic grandeur and innovative style are on display in fabulous venues around the city. Easily accessible from the nation’s busiest airport, the city also boasts great weather, convenient transportation and plenty of great dining and entertainment opportunities. Atlanta might not be the biggest city, but it’s got a spirit that’s hard to top. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in the Big Peach.
The Top 10 Atlanta Venues Planners Should Consider
The third largest convention center in the country boasts over a million square feet of open space, 12 exhibit halls, two ballrooms and over 100 meeting rooms. In addition to its own array of outdoor plazas, the GWCC counts the 22-acre Centennial Olympic Park as part of its campus. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the GWCC is just blocks from a wide variety of hotel, dining and entertainment options.
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This postmodern architectural marvel is more than just a pretty face. Indigo’s plush rooms, great amenities and on-site restaurant are right next door to the 500,000 sq. ft. AmericasMart Convention Center. For planners looking for maximum comfort and convenience in the heart of Atlanta, this hotel is hard to beat.
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Historic glamour and contemporary style blend seamlessly in this popular Peachtree Street venue. Many of the six private event spaces showcase the building’s original marble floors and vintage lighting. With two beautiful ballrooms flexible to enough display vehicles, Southern Exchange is a great example of Atlanta’s past and present character.
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For something a little more laidback, head to Atlanta’s trendy arts district. This chic venue is flexible and offers a wide range of amenities to help planners make their event stand out. LOFT’s three spaces can be used individually for smaller events or combined to accommodate up to 400 guests.
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Originally built in 1911, this grand hotel famously hosted the 1939 premiere party of Gone with the Wind. The Terrace is still a great choice for gatherings thanks to three versatile ballrooms and six meeting rooms. As the official partner of the equally historic Fox Theatre, the hotel can offer even more fabulous event space just across the street. With luxurious rooms, gourmet dining and a rooftop pool, guests are sure to feel like A-listers.
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Located just outside the Georgia Tech campus, this venue is ideal for planners interested in dedicated meeting and conference space. Featuring five amphitheaters and 15 meeting rooms, the GLC is capable of hosting events of up to 400 attendees. In addition, the Atrium or Courtyard spaces are great options for pre- or post-meeting receptions.
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At this green oasis, you’ll be able to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving town. Magnolia Hall and the Greystone feature elegantly decorated interior spaces with great ambience, while the Dockside provides beautiful lakeside views. Looking for even more venue options? Piedmont Park is also home to the Atlanta Botanical Garden and its 17 unique event spaces.
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On the 14th floor of this stylish midtown hotel, you’ll find 12 elegant event spaces, including two ballrooms and an outdoor terrace. Planners are sure to appreciate the top-notch support the hotel can provide, while guests will enjoy plush rooms, fine dining opportunities, an onsite spa and even more great amenities. Whether your event is for 10 or 1000, everyone will get to see Loews’ commitment to Southern hospitality in action.
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Another arts district masterpiece, this venue boasts over 18,000 sq. feet of open galleries. Spread throughout multiple floors you’ll find a rotating inventory of contemporary and abstract art as well as a permanent collection of award-winning photography. Thanks to its complimentary parking and optional outdoor spaces, there’s no doubt Besharat is as flexible as it is sophisticated.
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Located along one of downtown Atlanta’s historic railways, this building is home to an airy 5,400 sq. foot open event space. Planners are welcome to think creatively thanks to flexible layouts and world-class AV capabilities. With exposed brick walls, timber columns and original hardwood floors, Terminus proves that industrial can be glamorous too.
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Top Things to Do in the Big Peach
In Atlanta, it’s easy to step into the past. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site allows visitors to explore the Civil Rights leader’s home and church. Less than two miles away, you can check out the replica Oval Office at the Carter Presidential Library and learn about the life of this former president. Interested in more popular history? Visit the World of Coca Cola to learn about the iconic drink or head to the College Football Hall of Fame for an inside look at “the greatest of the amateur gridiron."
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Have the adventure of a lifetime right in Atlanta with some of the most unique experiences around. At the Porsche Experience Center, guests have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of the world’s most iconic cars. A slower but equally thrilling ride, SkyView Atlanta takes guests up 20-stories for unparalleled panoramic views of the city. For those looking for a truly wild experience, the Georgia Aquarium offers visitors the chance to swim alongside whale sharks and manta rays in the world’s largest aquarium habitat.
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Hollywood of the South
Some of the biggest names in film and television can be found right in heart of Atlanta. At the southern end of Olympic Centennial Park is the CNN Center, where visitors can get an inside look behind the scenes of the news giant. Movie fans are sure to enjoy a film tour to check out the many Atlanta locations featured in hit shows and movies including The Walking Dead and the Avengers franchise.
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